Comic Books

Doujinshi: Distinctly Japanese

There are many expressions of fandom that cross genres and cultures – fan fiction, fan art, even cosplay.  But there is one form in particular that is distinctly Japanese, both in its origin and in its current form, and that is doujinshi.  The term refers to anything that is self-published (“doujin” means “same person”), but […]

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

If you’re looking for a glossy, full-colour account of Marvel Comics, featuring classic artwork and covers from the company’s long history, this book is not for you. Rather, Sean Howe sets out to give an insider’s view of the editorial and management world that lay behind the creation of such icons as Captain America, Iron […]

Four Color Heroes! or: Superman at 75!

So Superman is 75 years old. That’s astounding. What’s even more astounding is how good he looks, given that he is now a senior citizen. Special cases like Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come notwithstanding, it seems that Superman has looked like he’s been perpetually in his 30’s since,,, well, since the beginning. Good luck getting a […]