The best analysis of Comic-Con you'll read this year

Amazon's Kindle Singles has just published a long, fascinating essay about the cultural meaning of Comic-Con by Douglas Wolk, author of the Eisner-winning book Reading Comics. If you're interested in a sympathetic but critical analysis of the Con that rules the world of genre writing, filmmaking, TV and art, this… » 8/03/11 4:46pm 8/03/11 4:46pm

A Web of Footnotes — How We Will Read Books in the Future

The technological development that's going to change the way we read forever isn't ebooks — it's footnotes » 10/25/08 6:32pm 10/25/08 6:32pm. For the past few months, if you really wanted to understand DC Comics' big crossover series Final Crisis, you basically had to read each issue alongside Eisner-winning critic Each time a new issue in the…

Wondercon Confronts The Rise Of The Police State

The biggest cheers at Wondercon weren't for killer robots, but for allegories about government conspiracies, endless wars and terrorism. Much of the weekend felt like a poli-sci seminar, except with nuclear holocausts and mutated alien bugs instead of textbooks. If you needed proof that the shadow of 9/11 keeps… » 2/25/08 2:30pm 2/25/08 2:30pm

Ten Kickass Songs About Comic Books, Plus One Weird Ditty

What are the best songs about comic books, other than Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"? I asked Douglas Wolk on IM the other day because he's the only person I know who is obsessed with comic books and music simultaneously. (He's the author of the awesome Reading Comics and Live At the Apollo about James Brown.) The best… » 1/03/08 9:45am 1/03/08 9:45am