Theory Archive

Science Fiction, Music, Comics. The Secret Origin of Comics Criticism.

Cross-contamination I stumbled on the following a while ago on Blissblog: “Along with the many cross-contaminations between rock-etc and s.f., one thing that Heller’s book reminded me of was that many of the very earliest rock criticism publications were started by people who had previously done science fiction fanzines.   Intensely self-reflexive fields, rock

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Superheroes & Cities

If you’ve read my Comics Journal column on Ted McKeever’s Eddy Current (and the outtakes here), you probably saw a brief detour I took to discuss the relationship between superheroes and cities. I’ve expanded that topic a little more on my twitter account. Check out this thread:

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Critical Cartoons, Carl Barks’ Weird Panel, Comics Continuum and More

In last week’s post I mentioned I’d write more about Carl Barks’ Duck by Peter Schilling Jr. (out now from Uncivilized Books). Well, I ended up writing about the Critical Cartoons series as a whole. Spectrum When I conceptualized the Critical Cartoons series for Uncivilized Books, I wanted to demonstrate the breadth of subjects

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