What FAITH Really Means for Comics

What FAITH Really Means for Comics

Big things are happening in the comic book industry, and what’s happening with Faith is one of the biggest. For years, comic book readers have taken to their keyboards and con floors for heated debates over the unrealistic body images presented in most mainstream and even independent comic books. Depictions of characters of both genders (though the debate has primarily focused on depictions of women in comics) have been skewed since the industry’s creation towards…

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LGBTQ Representation in Comics

LGBTQ Representation in Comics

The Stonewall Riots were the beginning of the LGBT movement.  As we approached the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Supreme Court of the United States made Same-Sex Marriage legal nationwide.  In the past 46 years the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way. We went from homosexuality being prohibited to seeing The White House turned into a rainbow with lights in order to commemorate yet another important day in history. Today, there is…

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Pros and Cons of “Leaked” Content

Pros and Cons of “Leaked” Content

We live in the age of spoilers, but Supergirl has taken it to a new level. When I was little, I remember the only advantage I had in order to know about a TV show or a new movie was to catch the one and only trailers of it, whether they be on TV or in those old previews on VHS and DVD’s. Now, leaked footage, such as photos on set, videos of cast, and…

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Bleeding Cool, Batman, and Media Ethics

Bleeding Cool, Batman, and Media Ethics

It’s Tuesday, which means that there’s controversy in the comics community. Earlier today, news/rumor site Bleeding Cool posted spoilers regarding DC Comics’ forthcoming Free Comic Book Day release, Divergence. In the article, writer Rich Johnston reveals the identity of the person behind the mask in the widely cirulated images of Batman in a new suit of mechanized armor. The site’s staff had been aware of the new Batman’s identity for several weeks, having been provided…

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GOTHAM and the Problematic Perfection of Batman

GOTHAM and the Problematic Perfection of Batman

Fox’s Gotham has made no bones about playing fast and loose with Batman’s seventy-five year canon, and with good reason. To handicap the show by limiting its storytelling options to what’s already been laid down on paper would have the writers do a disservice to their show and its own dramatic thrust. That said, there remains a legitimate criticism of how the show runners have chosen to include so many characters who the comics depicted…

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Can Scribd revolutionize the comic industry?

Can Scribd revolutionize the comic industry?

Comics have a bit of a problem. While we are currently amidst an explosion of comic book movies, there hasn’t been a corresponding explosion in physical sales for the comics industry. Don’t get me wrong, comic books have seen a steady increase in sales for the past couple years, but few of those sales have translated to lasting new readers for the medium. Outside of the trade market, the only place where we are seeing a marked…

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A-Force is Marvel’s Next Step in Reducing the Gender Divide

A-Force is Marvel’s Next Step in Reducing the Gender Divide

This week Marvel announced they were ending the Avengers. This is a comic book series with a multi-billion dollar movie franchise, and Marvel are going to replace it. Think about the magnitude of that decision, for a moment. Consider the dollar value in sales that ‘Avengers Comic Books’ gains from ‘Avengers Movies’. The Avengers will be back at some point, no one has any doubt, but issue 1 of A-Force will be released just 19 days after Joss Whedon’s Age…

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EDITORIAL: How Comic Book Media Is Becoming Just Media

EDITORIAL: How Comic Book Media Is Becoming Just Media

During this year’s Super Bowl contest between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, something really stood out to me. It wasn’t the contest between the players, but how the commercials for upcoming films like Jurassic World were covered by sites like ComicBookResources. It has long been the practice of sites like CBR and others to cover anything tangentially related to comic books. With the casting of Chris Pratt in Jurassic World’s lead role, the…

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Five DC Ladies Who Deserve Television Shows

Five DC Ladies Who Deserve Television Shows

With the recent news that Brandon Routh’s Ray “Atom” Palmer may be headed for a CW series of his own and that Vixen will be receiving her own animated, web-only series, its apparent that the network is looking to expand its super-hero universe in as many ways as possible. As network execs look to the future, it’s important that they attempt to diversify their offerings from a gender perspective. While the Vixen animated series is…

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Why Jim Gordon Will Never Save Gotham… And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Why Jim Gordon Will Never Save Gotham… And Why It Doesn’t Matter

A common theme among critics of FOX’s Gotham TV show has been that the show’s protagonist, Detective James Gordon, will never succeed. By virtue of knowing Gotham’s future, we know that Gordon and the GCPD will fail to make any sort of serious dent in the city’s crime problem, and that the city will eventually give rise to a certain cowled vigilante. However, that’s not the point of the show. Let’s be clear on one…

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