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I’ll Have the Super-Heroes, Hold the Grim and Gritty

This is not an argument of era or audience sophistication. Sophistication does not negate sincerity, nor does it even deny it, as the Captain America movie proves. Sophistication demands better storytelling, clearer motivation, purer intention. “Gritty” is an apologist word in this sense, used in the place of “realism.” We don’t go to the movies for “realism.” This is why documentaries aren’t the major product in the theaters. Sophistication does not demand realism; it demands smart.
Greg Rucka

Today marks the launch of the New 52 at DC Comics.  I was stoked last night that the DC Twitter account retweeted my excitement… and a nice nod to The Great Escape Records and Comics in Bowling Green. Since DC has the opportunity to start fresh, I hope they’ve learned some valuable lessons over the […]

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HP7.2 Week: The Entire Potter Saga in One Massively Delightful, Incredibly Complex Comic

HP7.2 Week: The Entire Potter Saga in One Massively Delightful, Incredibly Complex Comic

It’s HP7.2 Week here at Chillax.in.  (HP7.2 = Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II…derp.)  We kick off the week with something truly magical! Pages upon pages of narrative and frame by frame of movie wonder come down to the eighth and ultimate Harry Potter film.  Rather than slogging through the books or stapling […]

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Kingdom Come and a Comics Renaissance

'Kingdom Come' was a reaction to the current state of comics. The term 'super-hero' is a misnomer. It's more as though 'super-human' is the proper term for contemporary 'super-hero' characters, because 'hero' denotes some sense of ethics. And you won’t find ethics in your average comic book.
Alex Ross, Comic Book Artist and Creator, 1997

In many respects, Kingdom Come was the wake-up call the comic book industry needed in the 1990s.  The characters that defined the rebels at Image Comics had spread their influence over Marvel and DC–and not in a good way.  Sales were in the dump and the future of the industry was being called into question. […]

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Comix and 9/11

Comix and 9/11

I could, and someday hope to, spend an entire semester discussing the translation of the events of September 11, 2001, into the medium of comix (comic books and graphic novels). For the sake of brevity today, I’ll point you to a Time article from 2002 that examines the response to those dark events from the […]

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The Deep Sadness of the Sunday Funnies

The Deep Sadness of the Sunday Funnies

Sure, the newspaper industry is dieing a little bit every passing day.  That’s no reason to stop enjoying the Sunday funnies. The reason you should stop laughing at those four-color bits of yesteryear is because the interwebs are trying to apply a deep layer of existential crisis on top of these old-fashioned comic strips. All […]

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Team-Up: Joker and Lex

Team-Up: Joker and Lex

A delightful homage to Calvin and Hobbes found in this week’s special anniversary issue of Superman/Batman.