Comics provide space for social commentary

Comics are the funny books, the home of people in tights fighting each other, yet they are a great medium for social commentary and protest. Since their inception, comic books have challenged the established system and worked to highlight injustice around the world. Comics created the space for activism because they were the underdog of […]

2012 remains promising for comic creators

There’s a lot to look forward to in comics this year. DC Comics brought in some of the best writers and artists for the Before Watchmen books, and its relaunched core titles are picking up steam. Marvel is starting its big company-wide crossover, Avengers vs. X-Men that will take up the summer in a slew […]

Anthology interrupts sexist comic trends

Over the weekend at the WonderCon 2012 comic book convention, IDW Publishing announced that the series Womanthology — which just put out a Kickstarter-funded 300-page graphic novel — is going to become an ongoing anthology series. The book, and the new series, is made up of stories, essays and comic-making tips from an all-female creative […]

Comic prequel receives backlash

Last week, DC Comics dropped a bombshell by announcing the Before Watchmen line, a set of miniseries designed to serve as a prequel to the landmark 1986 series. The seven titles, plus a stand-alone wrap-up issue, are set for release this year and the announcement set off a flurry of heated discussion among comic book […]

Extensive series limit reader opportunities

I often hear from non-comic book readers that they don’t read comics not out of a lack of interest, but out of intimidation over where to begin. This complaint isn’t completely unwarranted. Narrative arcs within various series can be complex and many people don’t want to just jump into the middle of a story. After all, […]

Adapted comic book flick has the ring, but no power

With the summer releases of Thor and X-Men: First Class behind us and Captain America, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Cowboys & Aliens on the way, 2011 looks to offer the perfect summer for comic book movies. Green Lantern should fit right in, but instead it fails miserably both on its own merits and […]