Where/How to Start Reading Comic Books

This may sound weird–maybe laughable–to those unfamiliar, but begging the venture of becoming a comic book reader is a challenging and intimidating task. There are millions of issues and a plethora of different series, genres, and publishers. Not to mention the most recognizable heroes have decades of backstory. Delving into the medium is no easy…

Can the comic book industry survive?

It’s no secret that the digital age has taken its toll at every category of the print publication industry. Newspapers have fallen victim to the internet and its plethora of social media websites that are used as news/information sharing platforms. In 2016, the U.S. daily newspaper had its 28th consecutive year of decline, according to…

Chicago Comic and Anime Conventions

One of the best attributes for comic book, anime, and just overall nerd junkies about living in or around a large metropolitan city like Chicago is the plethora of annually hosted, local conventions. C2E2, Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo:   Hosted in either March and April, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, more commonly called…

Chicago Comic Book Store Tour

Live in Chicago and want to start reading comic books but don’t know where or how to start? Overwhelmed or intimidated by the plethora of information and continuity available online? Need someone to talk one-on-one with to grasp this world? Maybe you’re in town for a week and don’t want to risk your local comic…

Why are comic book character rundowns popular?

A trend that’s been prevalent for years has been nagging at me lately—as well as since it started—comic book character and story run-down videos on YouTube. Ask yourself: Would I rather watch a movie or be told what happened? The correct answer—from my perspective—is watch. So, why have hundreds, maybe thousands, of YouTube channels popped up…

Top Five Current Ongoing Image Comics

5. The Wicked + The Divine: Greek mythology, reincarnation, fashion, and music fans should be driving to this comic in droves. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie, The Wicked + The Divine experiments with a world where gods and goddesses are incarnated every nine years as humans. The populous is drawn to them and…

Superman vs. American ideals?

Action Comics #987 Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic  Colorist: Michael Spicer Inkers: Viktor Bogdanovic and Jonathan Glapion Cover: Nicholas Bradshaw Publisher: DC Comics Confronted with a crazed man with a gun and nowhere to go, a group of men are saved when Superman swoops in at the nick of time. The latest issue of Action Comics…

Too Many Characters? Not the Problem with Batman v. Superman

Warner Brothers'(WB) recent attempt at expanding their own superhero cinematic universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(BvS), has become one of the most talked about, controversial, and polarizing films of all time.  Sure there are people out there in the middle, or even liked the movie but do acknowledge its problems, however, those that I’ve…

The Reason Captain America is Anti-Registration

It’s a bit late on this topic but I don’t care, I feel I need to get this off my shoulders.  Something that’s bothered me about the recent Captain America: Civil War movie, is the complaints against Steve Rogers'(Captain America) reasons as to why he’s against signing the Sokovia Accords. Just as a friendly reminder…

Roland Emmerich Calls Marvel Movies “Silly”

When Bryan Singer’s X-Men rolled out into cinemas in 2000, it was clear that the director and the studio took liberties, particularly with the costumes, to make the Marvel franchise more accessible to a wider audience.  Since then, the average movie goers suspension of disbelief has grown accustomed to the insanity that is the comic…