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Mar 31

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for March 2012

Posted by Chris Eckert

Welcome back to 5-10-15-20, a monthly column that looks at things that happened in comics using arbitrary five year jumps! I realize this is being published in April. I had finished the post a week or so ago, but got caught up researching something really dumb and forgot I hadn’t posted this until today, when [...]

Mar 16

New 52 Brand Management Musings, or what happens when the cat wakes up.

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

Six months after DC’s historic line wide relaunch, it’s become clear that the artists have taken over. The four best books from the first wave — Wonder Woman, Flash, Batman and Animal Man — all have talented writers, but with all due respect to Messrs. Azzarello, Lemire and Snyder, the art is the primary appeal. [...]

Feb 21

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for February 2012

Posted by Chris Eckert

In the interest of making everyone feel old, inspired by Scientific American, and because I spend too much time digging through old comic book material anyway, here’s what will hopefully be a new monthly feature: 5-10-15-20, a look back at goings-on in the funnybook field in half-decade increments. Yesterday should’ve been the fiftieth birthday of [...]

Jan 9

An Aperitif

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

I’ve been meaning to write about comics for about two months, but life got in the way. Family, work, holidays… you know the spiel. I haven’t stopped reading comics (as evidenced by my Twitter feed), but between the controversies about salaries and work conditions at Marvel Comics, the Kirby (and Ghost Rider) litigations, diversity in [...]

Oct 24

New York Comic Con 2011: No Fear, No Loathing, Just A Pleasant Experience

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

Another New York Comic Con has come and gone… The FBB crew ran wild during the annual pop culture festival that reminds us that we have the best and the worst hobby in the world. We drank, ate, schmoozed with creators and held our annual FBB/4L reunion sans David “Benedict Arnold” Brothers. We also drank. [...]

Oct 21

Girl Talk in Context: The Ultimates Problem

Posted by Chris Eckert

Looking across the sometimes bleak landscape of Women in Superhero Comics, it’s easy to get dispirited. Whether’s it’s inequity in representation — be it in the stories or on the credits page — there’s still plenty of ground to make up before things are acceptable. And even when female characters are pushed to the fore, [...]

Aug 26

The Flashpoint Death Toll: Remembering the Fallen

Posted by Chris Eckert

Everybody’s talking about THE NEW 52, which must be exciting for everyone working on those books at DC Comics. Unfortunately, they’ve spent the past few months still publishing THE OLD 50-SOMETHING, which seem to have largely been forgotten by all parties. It’s not surprising, given the fact that most of them are last-gasp inventory stories [...]

Jul 30

Avenging the Week – SDCC Leftovers

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

With the flood of news last week from San Diego, its inevitable that some things will escape notice. Here are two overlooked picks from the San Diego Comic Con, along with some other ephemera. At DC’s Vertigo panel, Derek McCulloch announced Gone to Amerikay, an original graphic novel about Irish immigration to the United States [...]

Jul 19

DC: The New 52

Posted by Chris Eckert

2011 will be a crucial year for DC Comics. In September, DC will relaunch its entire line of superhero books in a bid to expand its audience while holding on to the core of loyal readers. Over the coming months, we’ll see if DC has mastered the delicate art of pleasing everyone – the readers [...]

Mar 8

Retro Linkblogging: The Comic Reader #157 and #168

Posted by Chris Eckert

Here’s the latest news from over thirty years ago!

Feb 6

The Adventures of Ronald Reagan, American’s Comic Bookiest President

Posted by Chris Eckert

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Wilson Reagan, America’s first Movie Star President, and our fortieth Commander-in-Chief overall. Befitting his celebrity status, Reagan was all over the comic pages. I’m not talking about political cartoons, MAD Magazine send-ups, or his frequent appearances in Doonesbury and Bloom County. I’m talking about bonafide [...]

Feb 2

BHM #1: Beast History Month

Posted by Chris Eckert

I’m guessing anyone reading this blog knows about David Brothers’s Annual Black History Month blogging . If not, go read them. And then know that this series of blog posts is an affectionate tribute to that. With a small wholesome whimper, the Comics Code Authority has gone gentle into that good night. For many reading [...]

Jan 10

Top Ten Pamphlets Bought in 2010 Not Named Daytripper of the Year: Part One

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

There’s something ridiculous about year-end top ten lists, especially when they’re written by non-professional critics. Ordinary folk like me probably haven’t read a representative sample of books published in any given calendar year due to budget limitations, established genre preferences and a lack of time. The date restrictions also feels artificial – many of the [...]

Jan 7

Avenging the Week – Succumbing to Peer Pressure

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

After a lengthy winter hiatus, Funnybook Babylon is back for 2011! Apologies for the unannounced break – a wedding, work responsibilities and the holiday season conspired to keep me away from regular blogging for the last two months. This week we’re going to embrace convention with part one of my randomly selected Cool Things in [...]

Oct 12

FBB NYCC 2010: I Promise I’ll Buy the Trade Edition

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

The Con is over! Here’s a round-up of the best (and worst) news the Con had to offer.