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The Comics Classroom: AKIRA, a Cyberpunk Masterpiece

The Comics Classroom: AKIRA, a Cyberpunk Masterpiece

It is probably going to be impossible to say anything genuinely new concerning Akira, that masterpiece of Japanese manga created by Katsuhiro Otomo (hereafter referred to as Otomo) in 1982 which then ran until 1990. The premise of the story is that, thirty years after a post WW3 Japan has somewhat started to recover from

Comics and the FILM PHOTONOVEL: One-on-One with Jan Baetens

In Jan Baetens’ creative work as a poet, novelist, and scholar, we see an ongoing interest in image-text forms and content. This takes shape in his scholarly focus that has systematically analyzed all variety of image-text narrative form, especially those that move across genre and form like and that have traditionally been relegated to the

Escape from Freedom: MISTER MIRACLE and Western Marxism

In Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s critically acclaimed Mister Miracle, Scott Free toils in search of something seriously lacking in our own lives today: the power to escape. But escape from what? Viewed through the lens of an iPhone screen, the comparison might seem counterintuitive. After all, it seems like today we have nothing but

Transmyscira: The Catfight over MAN-EATERS #9

We are not at war. There is no enemy. This is a rescue operation. – Mister Six, The Invisibles Volume 3 #12 The comic book industry is in the midst of a full blown crisis in the representation of transgender, non binary, and otherwise gender non-conforming people. The decision by Man-Eaters writer Chelsea Cain to

The Horror of Internment: MAN-EATERS Under The Microscope

Trying to define “horror,” ultimately, is one of the toughest and most subjective artistic projects because, at its heart, horror relies of value judgement and opinions. What one person considers “horrifying” won’t have the same impact on another person, at least not all the time. You might read a comic, such as some of the

KIRBYOLOGY!: Charles Glaubitz, Dickheads, and STARSEEDS

A while back I talked to Charles Glaubitz about his ongoing cosmic epic Starseeds, which has been published in two volumes so far. Here’s part two of our talk, with more of Glaubitz’s thoughts on his quantum work, Jack Kirby, and penis hats. Glaubitz’s approach to the concept of starseeds is opposed to what you’ll

Fire and Suicide: The Legacy of THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA

Eleven is going to kill herself at the end of Stranger Things. Bold claim, I know. Especially since I don’t know how many seasons are left, nor have I uncovered any insider information in the coffee shop I’m sitting in. But listen, Eleven, Mike, and the rest of the gang are going to come up

Cómix Latinx: Recovering Latinx History through Comic Biographies

This guest post is written by Jennifer Caroccio, a Nuyorican from Queens, graduate student, poet and writer. She is currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, where her dissertation project focuses on the narrative capabilities of Latinx graphic memoirs and comic biographies as they reclaim a Latinx subjectivity in US cultural production.

Health and Inclusivity: The Kids Can Be Alright with THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM

This one’s for the kids. I had been waiting to drop this particular article for a while. As my little sister moves from fifth to sixth grade, beginning her transition to middle school, an important thought came to mind. We spend a lot of time unpacking media and what it means for diverse people and

The Comics Classroom: Cathartic Horror, JOOK JOINT, and Mahalia

In the previous part of this horror exploration series, I mentioned how art-horror was something different from other kinds of horror, i.e. being scared from a work designed to terrify was different than being scared in the real world by a snake or anything else. While I previously engaged with New Mutants and Demon Bear

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