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The Expansion of Comic Language: MELANCOLíA and Graphic Poetry

The Expansion of Comic Language: MELANCOLíA and Graphic Poetry

When we analyze comics, it is very common to find emphasis on the sequential aspect of the comic’s language. As if the continuity of images in a certain order could be the most significant quality of comics. Despite that, it is a reality that the images in a certain order have the capacity to represent

Anatomy of a Panel: David F. Walker and BITTER ROOT

To say that David Walker is a creative super-force of nature would be an understatement. Prodigious author of award-winning comics. Author of widely acclaimed YA and adult fiction. Writer of incisive pop cultural criticism and journalistic scholarship. Maker of documentary films. Passionate and dedicated professor across all the storytelling arts at Portland State University. It’s

Learning to Love the Legion [Bonus]: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #5

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! It feels weird to be writing a fannish examination of the latest Legion of Super-Heroes comic, ensconced in my locked-down New York City apartment. I haven’t been outside in three days, but my wife is a social worker in the ER of a large hospital. Today she went to work and saw

Transmyscira: Exorcising the Ghosts of the 20th Century with IRON MAN: EXTREMIS

Let us not become the evil we deplore. – Rep. Barbara Lee, September 14th, 2001   I couldn’t take it any longer. I grabbed a microphone and said, ‘I’m no fly on the wall. I am the hornet that stings.’ There was an immediate uproar, so not having anything more to say, I shouted out,

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA and its Debt to Shinji Wada

Do you know? Do you know? Have you heard this story before? A pink haired young girl seeks to protect her friend, a bullied young woman with a bindi mark on her forehead. What the pink haired girl doesn’t realize is there’s more to her friend then she’s able to recognize and the girl with

Learning to Love the Legion [Bonus]: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #4

Welcome back! It’s issue #4 of the new Legion of Super-Heroes series and we finally get the backstory on the Legion’s foundation… Or at least, part of it. This issue starts with Superboy finally settling in to view the orientation the Legionnaires have been talking about since the first issue. He doesn’t quite get through

Anatomy of a Panel: John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and PARABLE OF THE SOWER

Extraordinary comics creators in their own right, when joining forces the inestimable John Jennings (artist) and Damian Duffy (writer/letterer) pull off the superheroic. For over a decade, this virtuoso dynamic duo have channeled their co-creative talents into radical revolutionizing of the comics scene. Already in 2008, they pushed the art of comic book storytelling beyond

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