Category Archives: Writing

Homer Phobia: Should Children Read The First Great Writer?

This was a piece I wrote for a class on the philosophical foundations of education on the question of whether students should read the work of dead white males like Homer, or more contemporary material. In The Literary 100: A … Continue reading

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Priorities of Fans and Writers

An analysis by Thomas Mets of the differing priorities of comic book fans and writers, especially when it comes to payoff and setup, with an emphasis on Spider-Man: One More Day. Continue reading

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The Culture Shock of Brand New Day

Some of the backlash against Brand New Day was inevitable. The book suddenly had younger (defined by the year they were born, rather than the year in which they started writing Spider-Man) American writers. For 30+ years from September 1972 to … Continue reading

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Bryan Cranston’s Strategy

Yesterday, I came across a profile of Bryan Cranston in The New Yorker. And I thought this part was pretty cool, detailing the strategy he used to get the most out of seemingly thankless roles. As he was often the … Continue reading

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Alan Moore on Three-Dimensional Characters

This seems appropriate to post on Moore’s 60th Birthday. Alan Moore had some interesting thoughts on the subject in an essay he wrote in 1985, later published by Avatar Press as Writing for Comics. The approach to characterization in comics has … Continue reading

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August 21 2013 Round-Up

Swedish artist Simon Stalenhag has an interesting style, depicting things that sorta look like they could exist. Matt Soller Zeitz of New York suggests it’s a great time for TV criticism. Matt Wilistein notes improvements in the second season of … Continue reading

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July 21 2013 Round-Up

R.I.P.D. joins a long line of Dark Horse properties to flop as films. The film features Ryan Reynolds as a young police officer killed in the line of duty who remains a cop in the afterline, partnered with a Wild West … Continue reading

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