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Cosplay & U

There has been a great deal of debate recently about the impact of cosplay on comics. This video hammers home the points made by Rob Salkowitz and Tim Beyers about the impact of cosplay.  Thousands of hours to design and construct these costume demands the fans go to conventions to interact with fellow geeks. The net result is a revenue engine driven by fans for fans.  Cosplay adds something to the conventions that corporation cannot control, but arguably benefit from...passion.

Comics are culture!

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Dynamic characters or dynamic times?

At the core of comic book superheroes current "moment" is a broader context culture. Check out Hybrid Graphic Space to see the contours of that landscape.

What's Happening in Comics?

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Doctor Who -- Last Christmas: Official TV Trailer

Comics are a space of cultural fusion

The link between comic and contemporary culture has become more complex in recent years. Hybrid Graphic Space gathers glimpses of that dynamic landscape for you to explore.

Comics and Culture

Hybrid Graphic Space is a curated view of news, events, and ideas linked to comic culture.

The BLACK PANTHER UNLEASHED part 2 (FAN FILM Teaser)

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Comics, Narrative, and the Unstable Other

An interview with Vidhu Aggarwal about her new comic arts project.

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Comics, Geeks and More!!!

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Difference Between There and Here: Manga Mad

One of the key differences between comic culture in the United States and other countries is the immaturity attached to comic books in the United States.  While we think of comics as for kids, other countries do not. Japan is perhaps the most developed and diverse landscape linked to comics. There is a comic for every genre and the entire population reads comics. Like the U.S., Japan's comic represented ideas, values, and concerns linked to the national mind. Yet, the fact that the audience is so large means the cultural narrative touches on issues of sex, politic, and culture shaping Japnese life.  Manga Mad Tokyo gives you an overview of the complex cultural dialogue linked to comics in Japan.

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UK trailer for Gotham is a little different

The UK trailer for Gotham gives us a few new perspectives on character.  The ideology turn in this show is to focus on Gotham as a character. My forthcoming course, "Creating the Comic Book City" uses this same structural analysis to great effect. To understand comics, you must understand the urban fears and aspiration that inform the character's archetype.  For Batman, Gotham represents the civilizing ethos associated with the frontier applied to the urban experience.  This might make the difference for the Anglo-American audience.



A Fan Made Black Panther Film Strikes a Chord

I was able to speak to the star and director of Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed for Canada's Digital Journal.  With +14,000 views and climbing, the little fan film hints at the possible demand for a live action Black Panther film. Will Marvel Studios listen?

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Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods

Philosopher, pop-icon, shaman and story teller - as one of the most influential comic book writers in the market today, Grant Morrison is all of these things. His explosive and often controversial 30 year career has made him a household name for comic fans, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Morrison's career is now taking a new turn, as he explores media beyond comic books.

Grant Morrison could be one of the most important people you've never heard of, an inventive comic book writer who's practically a god among hardcore fans for spawning titles like Batman RIP, The Invisibles, All Star Superman and The New X-Men.


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The Mindscape of Alan Moore

Is there a more compelling figure in modern comics?  
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Spotlight on Comic Documentary: The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics

The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics charts the short and controversial life of publisher Todd Loren, whose scandalous series of unauthorized comic book biographies of rock stars enraged and sometimes charmed his subjects, all before he was savagely murdered in 1992. Includes first hand accounts from many of the artists and writers who were inspired and exploited by Loren.

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Weekend Preview @ The Daily Buzz

With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles making their return to the big screen, the folks at The Daily Buzz had me on to talk about why the Turtles are still going strong after 30 years. Check out the interview online.

Marvel's Phase 1 & 2 - A Look Back

With Guardians of the Galaxy setting box office records, Marvel Studios has rightly decided to reminds us all how they made it this far. At the end of the day, Marvel films are taking the best from 75+ years of comic book stories.  With that much material to draw from, you can do great things.  The company's success does go beyond having a deep history to exploit. In the end, Marvel's style differs from DC in an essential manner. While DC offers a pantheon acting as heroes (think Greek gods), Marvel has always been about real people rising to face a challenge.  It is a easier and more accessible story to tell.

Fandom Unleashed: Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed

A great fan film based on Marvel's Black Panther.  Over the last decade the quality and scope of films coming from fandom has skyrocketed.  While major corporate owners are quick to stifle any attempt to make money, fan films continue to grow as non-profit exercises.  Many showcase the skills of all involved.  A smart move would be to create some path for these creators to move into producing content license holders.  Top Cow's Talent Hunt competition does this in comics, YouTube can easily do this as well. 

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Talking with Women Write About Comics

A conversation with Amanda Murphyao from Women Write about Comics.

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Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler: The Body Envisioned
                       A recent essay on how we discuss Octavia Butler from The Hooded Utilitarian.

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What If Disney Made

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The Black Tribbles are celebrating Doctor Who!

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Big Hero 6 Poster!

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The Birth of the Information Technology

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Arthawk Entertainment's Kickstarter

I like this kickstarter for a couple of reasons.  First, I think the idea of pulp adventure stories rooted in the African-American experience can be compelling entertainment while challenging assumptions about African and African-American failure in the 20th century.  Second, the embrace of a transmedia approach allows these creators to build an audience that cuts across fragmented fan communities. I'm wishing them luck!

Not Terrific...

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Fan-Made GotG Poster

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Fan Envisioned GotG

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Rhodes Retconned!

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The Anomaly

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The Anomaly

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Graphic Black History

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Marvel's GOTG - TV Spot #1

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New Creative Team!

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LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow campaign hits it mark!

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Panasonic's Robotic

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Google making moves!

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Doctor Who fails the test!

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The voice of Thanos!

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Eva Green isn't bad.

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