Comics & Graphic Novels

Articles and posts that deal with SF, fantasy and horror in comics and graphic novels

Frankenstein 1931 - Boris Karloff - Director James Whale

No. 9: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and Who’s The Real Monster?

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, while on holiday, visited Lord Byron’s Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in 1816. Percy Shelley, her lover and future husband, and two close friends entertained Lord Byron, over several days, with discussions about galvanic responses, reanimation, and vivisection. After a lucid dream, she meditated upon these ideas and so inspired, began […]

A DOCTOR FOR THE ENTERPRISE: New Art, New Pages

Troy Boyle reports that he’s been sending completed pages to the inkers, letterers,colorers and who knows who else at a breakneck pace!  We’re closing in on sending this book to the printers and may even be able to give you an estimate of print time (and ordering time! – remember, we’re going to print with […]

Sequential Wednesdays #1 – Rockwell’s Masked Heroes

    Let’s get one thing straight: I go weak at the knees because of some colored pigment on a stretched cloth surface – often and regularly.  Somewhere I know my parents got it right by taking me repeatedly to art galleries because like Pavlov’s pooch, give me a Rothko painting from his late period […]

Halo Jones Interview with Ian Gibson

Before From Hell, before Watchmen, before The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there was The Ballad of Halo Jones. Co-created by writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson, Halo Jones was a space opera about a young woman who is swept up in a vast galactic war. Appearing from 1984 to 1986 in the British weekly comic 2000AD, the Ballad won several Eagle Awards. Then, everything stopped. The […]

T*Zers: David Gerrold’s – Doctor on the Enterprise

Earlier this week we warned you that today Amazing Stories would be teasing the heck out of you and everyone else in the science fiction world.  That is at the very least, those fans of the science fiction world that put Star Trek, Dr. Who, Star Wars and a few other unmentionable (at this time) […]

Remembering When Comic Books Were For Kids

One of the coolest milestones I’ve had as a parent is when my kids learned to read. Not having to change diapers anymore was great, but seeing the pride in their faces as they read to you is something no parent should ever forget. When I was a kid in the 70s, I read comic […]

Passion & Panels – Mutants in Love

Hallo again!  I know I just posted yesterday, but there’s a comic I feel is far too appropriate for Valentine’s Day which I feel driven to showcase. Last year, I was discussing my love for the Kirby/Lee character Black Bolt of the Marvel Universe with a close friend.  He’s a beautifully unique super-powered individual who exemplifies (possibly […]

I, Shebot

If this photo gives you the creeps, congratulations, you may be human. But in another few years, it may not be so easy to tell. And as usual, science fiction is largely to blame.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Manga

The Japanese manga Planetes reminds us that it’s not always about destroying the Death Star Sometimes, I tell people that it’s my brother Nick’s fault. Back in those dim, dark days before home video,  Nick gave me an audio cassette that he had recorded,  with the suggestion that I should check it out. “It” turned out to […]

Sequential Wednesdays #0 – Origins & Purpose

Hello and thank you for taking time out of your day to look at this.  This will probably be the most viewed thing I’ve written on the internet to date.  I’m thrilled to be part of the Amazing Stories Magazine staff.  You can expect content mostly on comics with a smattering of visual arts, anime, animation, and film.  If […]

Return of the Space Cadet

Whenever I’m asked to write an introduction or a short bio, I’m always tempted to quote  from the Rolling Stones’ song, “Sympathy For the Devil.” You know the line: “Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste.”  The problem with that is that I’m not wealthy, and the jury’s still […]

No. 2 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars

Any SF library without Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Carter of Mars is hardly complete. Burroughs’ John Carter series captured the imagination of many noted SF writers, like Ray Bradbury, early in their youth. As a teenager, I noted that Burroughs works were a multimedia experience with mass-marketing appeal: comic books, comic strips, novels, and […]

Captain Marvel vs The Right Stuff

One of the ways writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is developing the new Captain Marvel is by giving her firm links to the history and culture of women’s aviation. This approach combines the real world and Marvel Universe in a way that comics fans haven’t seen in several years. Captain Marvel #1, DeConnick introduces Carol Danvers’ […]