BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

BACK ISSUES: Sequential Dissent – Protest in Comic Books

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. In the aftermath of November 8th’s presidential election, which saw Donald Trump emerge victorious, dozens of protests erupted across cities and communities across the United States. Protestors were reacting not just to their preferred candidate losing, but to Trump’s platform, which had been built upon what they saw as…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: The Last Halloween

Webcomic Wednesdays:  The Last Halloween

So it’s Halloween, and your parent has agreed to take you trick-o-treating, but then bails on you for a party.  And since you’re only ten years old, you have to stay home and miss all the fun.  And then your house is attacked by monsters.  If your name is Mona, this is what happened to you. Escaping the monsters, Mona runs into a fellow group of trick-or-treaters, who turn out to be a vampire, a…

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DISCOURSE DISH: On the Maintenance of Hope

DISCOURSE DISH: On the Maintenance of Hope

This week, it may feel silly, or trivial, or what have you, to focus on fiction.  The U.S. has elected Donald Trump as our next president, proving a whole multitude of American stereotypes correct.  Bigots countrywide now know that the new establishment stands with them.  People living in fear, too, because of the color of their skin, the nature of their religion, their relationships to others, and the relative strength or ability of their bodies….

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#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

So, due to some personal reasons and election anxiety, it took me two weeks to watch Dick Tracy.  That said, I had a great time with the film, which diverges from the usual superhero fare for comics movies.  The titular Dick Tracy works as a detective, hot on the trail of mobsters all over his town. The star-studded cast includes Warren Beatty as Tracy, Madonna as femme fatale Breathless Mahoney, and others such as Al Pacino,…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Always Human

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Always Human

In Kaku City, everyone has mods.  From memory mods to help with schooling to fashion mods that push the boundaries, anyone who looks normal is simply… plain.  But when Sunati sees a girl without mods at the train station, she is intrigued.  With everyone else always changing their looks, a girl who never changes stands out.  Working up the courage, Sunati approaches the never-changing girl, Austen, and asks her out on a date.  However, even…

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GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

In this feature, GRUDGE MATCH, I or another writer on the Capeless Team will issue a satirical challenge to duel someone in the comics/adaptations industry.  The challenge is delivered in old-school epistolary format.  Basically, this is “Your Obedient Servant” meets the comics industry. This week, I challenge Benedict Cumberbatch. My Dear Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch: No one in my life has ever bothered to call me ‘slow to anger’ or some such nonsense.  However, this grievance…

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BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

BACK ISSUES: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Essential Doctor Strange!

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, most people in the US will be able to head into their local multiplex and enter a world of sorcery and psychedelia and super heroics with Marvel Studios’ latest installment in their cinematic universe; “Doctor Strange”. The character has been around since 1963, and was one…

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Webcomic Wednesdays: Oops Comic Adventure

Webcomic Wednesdays:  Oops Comic Adventure

Once upon a time, a young boy wished he had a friend.  And he got one:  a human-sized, wise-cracking, smart aleck rat named Plague.  The boy, Oops, is thrilled…until he realizes the magic that brought Plague into being took something away, namely his voice.  With only an ancient medallion from his long-lost family, Oops and Plague journey to the Baldie Mountains to find answers.  Along the way they meet Talon (Talon is a girl) and…

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DISCOURSE DISH: #IStandWithChelseaCain and Mockingbird

DISCOURSE DISH: #IStandWithChelseaCain and Mockingbird

Whoo, we had a week this week in the grand halls of Discourse, that’s all I can say.  From the lingering fallout of the Midtown Comics Invincible Iron Man variant cover to discussions of whether casting a white woman as an Asian man is better or worse than the Mystical Asian trope, it’s been wild.  But I want to focus, today, on Chelsea Cain and the associated hashtag, #IStandWithChelseaCain. Chelsea Cain co-wrote the Mockingbird solo series, which just…

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BACK ISSUES: The Spooktacular Legacy of EC Comics

BACK ISSUES: The Spooktacular Legacy of EC Comics

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This week, I’m going to look at the amazing legacy of EC Comics….wait, someone’s coming in the room……oh, good lord, it’s horrible! Put down the axe!…gurgle, choke, bleghhh……   Good evening, my dearest fiends! I’m Capeless Crusader’s resident “Dead”-itor in Chief, the Grave Digger!! Jeremy’s taking a…

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