“Mindless Entertainment” Still Requires Emotional Intelligence

“Mindless Entertainment” Still Requires Emotional Intelligence

I’m not a fan of the idea of “mindless entertainment.” Not the entertainment media itself, mind you, but the perspective that one can consume whatever garbage is thrown at your eye and/or ear holes with your brain in a willfully torpid state. I’m not down with the notion that it’s okay to numb ourselves to ..

Moral Complacency in the Age of The Badder, The Better

Moral Complacency in the Age of The Badder, The Better

We’ve been conditioned to root for the bad guy. Throw us any self-serving, amoral yet internally conflicted son of a bitch week after week or month after month and we’ll voraciously consume it. It’s pervasive across most entertainment, this base desire to see our ids laid bare and perhaps live vicariously through their struggles and ..

Once More With Feeling: Reassessing How We Evaluate Comic Art

Once More With Feeling: Reassessing How We Evaluate Comic Art

The real magic of the comic book medium is in the interplay and harmony of words and pictures and how their dance allows for a unique storytelling experience. When critiquing comic book art, the real aspect to put underneath the microscope is how effective it is in telling its story via that aforementioned marriage of ..

A Very Comics Christmas

A Very Comics Christmas

‘Twas the day before Christmas, when through comics’ hub Not a creator was stirring, not even Jim Zub; The issues were out, but the shops were pained, In hopes that Star Wars fever soon would be waned; The children were nestled all snug in their homes; While visions of BB-8 danced in their domes; And Latour ..

Comic Reviews: Who Are They For and What Should They Do?

Comic Reviews: Who Are They For and What Should They Do?

“Well, shit. Now I’m going to have to watch the next season after all.” That was how my father wrapped our hour-long conversation about season one of Mad Men. He’d heard me praise the show for years and after recently taking the plunge into setting up his very own Netflix account (okay, he set it ..

Fight The Dragon: Guilty Pleasures, Dragon Ball, and Rationalization

Fight The Dragon: Guilty Pleasures, Dragon Ball, and Rationalization

I wish I could be one of those people who say that they don’t believe in guilty pleasures. We should like what we like without any inherent shame in doing so, that is our right after all. Okay, yes, obviously there are some extreme examples (with appropriate legal ramifications) but as far as things intended ..

Why Do Publishers Insist on Releasing Titles That They Know Will Fail?

Why Do Publishers Insist on Releasing Titles That They Know Will Fail?

A couple of months ago, Marvel began announcing their slate of “All-New, All-Different” titles in the wake of Secret Wars. Much like DC’s “New 52” relaunch in 2011, Marvel’s line-wide pseudo-reboot is expected to bring a massive influx in sales. That said, as interesting as many of the titles appear, of the 47 new titles, ..

Valiant Needs to Rethink Legends of the Geomancer

Valiant Needs to Rethink Legends of the Geomancer

For anyone who isn’t particularly active in the online comics, there was a major controversy this past week revolving around Valiant’s Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer. This event is especially notable given that since their relaunch in 2012, Valiant Entertainment has earned a loyal following precisely because they haven’t involved themselves in any ..

Waiting for Superman, Again

Waiting for Superman, Again

I don’t want a Superman for my generation. I want a Superman for a generation that never was. That same generation that so many politicians harken back to; a time when far too conveniently clear-cut values and morality guided our actions, when freedom brought prosperity, when the only thing we could see on the horizon ..