REVIEW: Breaking the Mold? ANIMAL MAN #18 and SWAMP THING #18

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The end of the ROT WORLD crossover arc raises the question that Umberto Eco posed in his famous essay on Superman in 1972: can there really be change in a superhero universe? Doesn’t that imply aging, and movement toward an end, death, in fact? Whereas the constant return to a status quo at the end […]

To do tonight NYC: Harvey Kurtzman at the Society of Illustrators

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I suspect this is going to be an epic night so get there early!  The Society of Illustrators invites you to attend the 
Opening Reception for
 The Art of Harvey Kurtzman Curated by Monte Beauchamp and Denis Kitchen   Friday, March 8th, 2013, 6:30pm 
Refreshments will be served 

Cash Bar will be open until midnight […]

To do tonight: Baltimore “Check-Marks” Opening at Open Space Gallery

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(8) “Check-Marks” Opening at Open Space Gallery Running March 8th through April 15th Opening March 8th from 7 to 10pm Curated by Austin English Featuring works on paper by Nick Payne James Ulmer Leif Low-beer Jason T Miles Molly Colleen O’connell Wiley Guillot Becca Kacanda The 7 artists in this show believe in images. Characters, […]

On the Scene: Celebrating Golden Age Comics at Columbia University

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On January 23rd, Columbia University Library acquired a double-bill of Golden Age related comics materials, including the research materials Larry Tye compiled to write his Superman biography, The High Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, and six 1940’s BATMAN scripts from the estate of Jerry Robinson. These add to the ongoing Rare Book and […]

Justice League of America tops February sales

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Marvel topped both units and dollars in February, while DC reclaimed the top comics spot with Justice League of America #1 by Johns and Frank. The big news this month was IDW’s surge for their first time over 7% market share– it’s amazing how far you can go riding on a little pony. They were […]

So just how do comics work, anyway?

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With comics having reached a hitherto unseen level of respectability, that’s the cue for the comics literati to go back to the begining and argue about how the whole thing works…or doesn’t.

DC Comics launches a blog for families

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Sharing your favorite superheroes with your kids is one of the most reward parts of the fan experience, and DC has just launched a Fan Family mini site to promote their family friendly offerings.

On the Scene: World War 3 Illustrated, A New York Institution

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Feeling adventurous I journeyed out to an unfamiliar part of Bushwick last night for an opening night party for the new issue of World War 3 Illustrated. Founded in 1980, this comics magazine has been charting politics, struggle, and social causes around the world for more than 30 years. The latest issue’s theme is “The Other,” surely a propitious one. I’ve yet to read the whole issue but the parts presented last night were quite striking.