The Fallout of Dreams, the Demonstration of Shadows: Watchmen and the Atomic Zeitgeist of the ‘80s
When the war in Ukraine began, PhD student Evheny Osievsky was reading Watchmen in Kyiv. Watchmen, with all of its martial brinksmanship; its dreams of apocalypse. This article examines the end-of-days texture of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons/John Higgins classic.
Garry Leach: A Life in Comics
David Roach takes a look at the work of Garry Leach, one of the most influential British comics artists of the last 50 years, who passed away in March of 2022.
Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All: Ted McKeever, Pencil Head and Leaving Comics
An examination of Ted McKeever’s final narrative comic, a kiss-off to the comic book industry, with comparisons to other famous Fuck You features.
How Ayn Rand Influenced Comic Books
Echoes of the infamous author in the superhero comic book behemoths of the 1980s – satirized in Watchmen, and domesticated in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
“Providence Was Really Exhausting. Finishing It Felt Like Finishing College”: An Interview With Jacen Burrows
The artist behind Crossed, Punisher: Soviet and Providence speaks with Alex about how he ended up responsible for some of the most diabolically unsettling images of the last decade, and what it’s like to go from Alan Moore to Garth Ennis.
Their Other Last Hurrah – Cinema Purgatorio
Tom Shapira takes a look at the recently concluded series of comics by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill. No, not those. The other ones. Yeah, the ones from Avatar.
Come in from the Cold: Gou Tanabe’s At the Mountains of Madness and the Comics Adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft
Tom Shapira runs through some of the many comics adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing with an aim towards crowning one with the title of Number One.
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest
Brian Nicholson takes a look at Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary of Gentlemen, whose recent conclusion reportedly serves as the conclusion of Moore’s career in comics as well.
Anything But Reality
How both George Herriman’s final Krazy Kat strips and the overpacked silliness of Mort Weisinger’s Silver Age Superman illustrate the true power of cartoon storytelling.
H.P. Moorecraft: On the Ending of Providence
The climax of the book is Alan Moore’s meta-meditation on the shape and nature of his comics career, written as he prepares to leave the medium.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (9/14/16 – Alchemical Salon)
Books! Words! Pictures! All formats! A bonanza of hits! The blockbuster season is here!
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (5/11/16 – Crashing Headlong Into the Limits of My Charisma
Joe is 1. back from vacation and 2. sick, but we trust the orgonic radiance of comics will restore his vim before midnight falls on the country hills.
From Watchmen to Orfani: A Colorists’ Roundtable
Some of the most important colorists from around the world gather to talk about the pros and cons of their job, the best and worst ways to color, the effects of new digital tools, and oh yes, how much they get paid.
The Truth about America’s Superheroes; Or, Real-Life Revisionism.
In one image, Daniel Clowes defeats the superhero. Also: Eugenics, Fetishes, Word Games, Race, Feminism, Fredric Wertham, Corporate Branding, Libertarians, Pajamas, Stan Lee, Graffiti, The Austrian School of Economics, and much more!
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (9/9/15 – Alternating Current Criticism)
Wake up! The future arrives every morning, but does Electricomics herald more than just a new spin of the same sphere?
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/18/15 – Logographic Devil History)
You’ve seen one man’s best of 2014, now see another’s hot take on someone else’s selections for the best of the 1980s! CLICK AT THE RISK OF YOUR OWN LIFE.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (3/19/14 – The Dark Fades Early)
An old favorite returns, among some shadowy suppositions.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (3/6/13 – A Wafer Duly Spat to the Floor at the American Secular Mass)
More service than you can stand; more attention than you can bear.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (12/5/12 – Why Does Herr Moore Run Amok?)
Not many comics catching my eye this week, which means we’re GOING TO THE MOVIES ON THE INTERNET!!
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (7/11/12 – Halloween in July)
A scary incident from Alan Moore’s past, among other chillers for your summertime bag.
The Alan Moore Interview
Gary Groth’s 1987 interview with Alan Moore documents the writer’s attitude towards DC after creator protests over a proposed rating system. “The Watchmen and Swamp Thing writer explains why he’ll no longer work for DC.”
A Portal to Another Dimension: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and Neil Gaiman
A discussion on the influences and thought behind Watchmen between creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons at the UK Comic Art Convention in London on Sept. 21st, 1986. Moderating the panel discussion is Neil Gaiman.
Jim Shooter: Groundhog Day in the Land of the Apocryphiars
Running alongside his storied career as a comics writer, editor, and publisher, Jim Shooter began a second, parallel career sometime in the 1990s: that of recounting his first career in vainglorious prose and delusional detail.
Live from Little Torch Key
The meaning of the term “Comics!”. Also: Prostitution.