Browsing Blurbs

Jun 24

Because I Was Kind of A Jerk to Mark Waid on Twitter

Posted by Chris Eckert

Earlier tonight I responded to the announced creative team for Marvel’s All-New, All-Different Avengers book with the following tweet: The three white dude creators announced for the young + diverse All New All Different Avengers have an average age of 51 — Chris Eckert (@kennybloggins) June 25, 2015 Was this snarky? Probably. Was it justifiable? […]

May 12

RIP, Lawrence Business That Did a Commercial That Had Batman Torturing Osama bin Laden!

Posted by Chris Eckert

I don’t know about anyone else, but as a former resident of Lawrence, Kansas my social media was BLOWING UP today with news of the demise of Payless Furniture, a fixture of the edge of the town where the Target and the movie theater were. I don’t know anyone who ever actually purchased furniture from […]

Apr 23

Oh, So THAT’S Why the Current Punisher Series Reads That Way

Posted by Chris Eckert

I picked up a couple of trades from the library of the current Punisher series by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads a couple of months back. I thought the art was nice, but felt the storytelling made me uneasy. I’m not upset about the alternative take on the Punisher himself: long-running iconic IP has to […]

Feb 28

Avenging the Week: A Comeback?

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

[Originally posted on Between the Stations, where you can find more Jamaal-y goodness about pop culture. I typically post these linkblog posts on that site (check out weeks 0, 1 and 2), but decided to reblog this one here because of the comics-related commentary.] Another sleep deprived week with Jamie the Bean… This was supposed […]

Jan 30

Invisible Readers

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

[originally posted on Between the Stations] I enjoy the insights into the creative process and the business of comics gained from good interviews with comics creators and professionals. I’m not comfortable with the trend of parsing random interviews with comics professionals like policy briefs from the American Enterprise Institute. Even if the subject of the […]

Dec 4

Full Circle, or Learning to Appreciate the Single Issue

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about change in superhero comics, the Crisis on Infinite Earths and Giffen’s Legion of Superheroes. I originally planned to post at Funnybook Babylon, but after some image insertion issues, I posted at Between Stations, my personal blog about pop culture. Go check it out. I had a […]

May 20

Off Topic: No More Butlers

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

I know that you shouldn’t judge a movie by its trailer, but God, I hate the trailer for The Butler. It wraps all of the problematic bits about Hollywood’s approach to race and history in a single horrifying package. The Butler is the new film from Lee Daniels (director of Shadowboxer, Precious and last year’s […]

May 16

The Limits of Metaphor

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

The recent success of movies based on superhero comics has inspired some smart conversation about how the political and social themes buried in the comics should evolve as the franchises are translated in different mediums. It’s a conversation that reminds me of the potential of these stories to explore meaningful issues in other media and […]

Apr 21

A Long Drive: Betty & Veronica, Remixed

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

This is my favorite comics-related thing of the week. Brandon Graham recently posted two great mini comics on his website (which you should follow) based on a Betty and Veronica short by Gladir and DeCarlo. One is by Graham, and the second is from the talented Emily Carroll. As you might imagine, the stories are […]

Apr 2


Posted by Jamaal Thomas

Top Cow Productions recently completed its first international Talent Hunt competition, and today CBR News announces its winners with an exclusive look at their art and story pitches. …….. Top Cow eventually selected writers Eugene Ward, Hannibal Tabu and Kenneth Porter, and artists -Rom- and Martin Gimenez as the winners of the 2012 Talent Hunt. […]

Mar 29

Life Hasn’t Been Very Kind To Me Lately

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

I’ve spent most of the last six months thinking about trauma. In my day job, we’re investing a lot of time and effort to identify the ways in which the traumatic experiences of our clients (individuals from vulnerable populations with some involvement in the justice system) affect their lives and develop interventions that can help […]

Mar 25

Private Eye: An Extraordinary Ordinary Comic

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

If you’re reading this post, you’re almost certainly aware that Brian K. Vaughan teamed up with Marcos Martin to announce a mysterious independent comic project last Monday. People were excited. The excitement only grew when Vaughan announced that the book would be available for download, DRM free at the Panel Syndicate website on the following […]

Jan 2

Jamaal’s Day of Reckoning With Judge Dredd

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

Welcome to 2013. Hope everyone’s had a safe, fun and relaxing holiday. I was recently invited by Douglas Wolk to discuss Tour of Duty: Backlash, the impressive first part of a lengthy Judge Dredd storyline in 2000 A.D. by John Wagner with art by Carlos Ezquerra, Nick Dyer, Pat Goodard, Colin MacNeil, Kevin Walker and […]

Oct 15

NYCC Has A Cold: A Look At NYCC 2012 From Afar

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

New York Comic Con. This is the first year that I’ve missed the Con since we started Funnybook Babylon about five years ago. I’ve always found a way to enjoy NYCC, despite the overwhelming crowds and inane panels, but the tension between my preferences for a comic/pop culture convention and the reality of NYCC became […]

Sep 19

I Know I Contradicted Myself. Look, I Don’t Need That Now.

Posted by Jamaal Thomas

“They try to find some hidden darkness or something like that,” he sighs, “or ‘this proves, this proves!’ – naw, it just proves I said something that day, you know, which either I still agree with or don’t. Why do I have to defend all of this? I think people just want to be mad […]