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.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Otaku – Frank Miller and Ronin
Revisiting the Frank Miller/Lynn Varley epic of the early ’80s as a story of fanboy dreams – embraced, defied, and deified.
The Dark Knight Returns: Art Makes Sense If You Force It To
A new comics reader decides to cram the titles that comics call their canon. In the first installment, it’s Frank Miller’s take on an aging Batman that gets the spotlight.
Kazuo Koike, 1936-2019
Remembering the writer of Lone Wolf and Cub, Crying Freeman, Lady Snowblood, and many more things than were deemed fit for our local eyes.
ED-CMYK: A Survey of RoboCop in Comics (Part Two)
Looking at the best and the worst RoboCop comics, which show that even when a story’s social commentary loses out to the chance to sell a dozen diminished returns, the message can still carry a charge.
ED-CMYK: A Survey of RoboCop in Comics (Part One)
RoboCop moved from film to comics with an almost pre-programmed inevitability, which doesn’t make the resulting comics any less remarkable—or ironic.
Give Me Liberty
Marc Sobel takes a long look back at Give Me Liberty, Frank Miler and Dave Gibbons exploration of fascism and heroics, to see if the book got anything accurate with its prediction of the future.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (8/2/17 – Appetite)
Dining out with Geof Darrow’s hungry ghosts.
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!
Dustin Harbin on Batman Year One
Dustin Harbin joins me for a conversation about Batman Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Full disclosure, I went into this pick totally wanting to hate on it and hate on Frank Miller, but I have to stay honest (that’s the TCJ Talkies Code) and admit this book is still a solidly satisfying… Read more »
Run of the Miller
In this review from The Comics Journal #82 (July 1983) Kim Thompson reads and reacts to the first issue of Ronin.
2011: A Year in Comic Ambition.
The first GRID of the new year looks at a handful of comics and graphic novels from 2011.
A critical look at a book of conversations between Will Eisner and Frank Miller.
Welcome to the Attic
This column will be my monthly report from the front—or, more accurately, from the rafters.
St. Louis Shuffle
On the road.
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.