[Title Bump] The Wind Rises: A Review

Whenever discussing animation, the name that always springs to mind is Ghibli and man behind it all, Hayao Miyazaki. Over the past many decades, he has created masterful films for audiences across the globe. Beginning his film directorial career with Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Miyazaki has consistently given us meaningful and groundbreaking work and […]

[Title Bump] What 2014 Has In Store

This past year has shown us quite a lot in the world of film. Audiences are beginning to finally understand that pricey CGI-driven action clustercusses aren’t exactly worthwhile entertainment. As always, Hollywood is slow to really grasp that—but they’re getting there. A new wave of (sort of) trilogies based on popular YA sci-fi/fantasy books have […]

SW #23.4 – NYCC ’13 Interview With Rebecca Sugar & Ian Jones-Quartey

Rebecca Sugar is an artist, composer and director who is best known for being a writer and storyboard artist on the series Adventure Time. Ian Jones-Quartey is a storyboard artist, animator and voice actor who supplies the voice of Wallow in Bravest Warriors. He has also served as a storyboard supervisor for Adventure Time and storyboard artist for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and as art director for The Venture Bros.

Sequential Wednesdays #23.2 – NYCC ’13 Interview With Lucy Knisley

My second interview at New York Comic-Con this past weekend was with the marvelously talented and sharp-tongued Lucy Knisley, who has recently released her memoir graphic novel contextualizing moments and developments in her life around her love of food, titled Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. We discussed her life in comics, future projects, and her views on the relationship between public and private that her work explores—all while cussing a decent amount.

One Hell Of A Story: A Review of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity

“Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission…” Gravity is a constant reality to humanity.  It forever keeps our feet planted on the Earth we’ve risen up from and is innate to the way we live as sentient organisms – an un-ending part of any paradigm that we exist in stating that if you […]

Sequential Wednesdays #21 – Small MICE, Huge Weekend

MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) is an annual event held in Somerville, MA showcasing the best in local comics creation. Free for all attendees and proudly all-ages, this event normally would have been a small blip on my yearly conventions/expo calendar. However, it’s local, had guests whom I’ve met before and am quite fond of, and […]

Sequential Wednesdays #19 – A Letter To Mark Millar

This is a letter to Mark Millar (Superman: Red Son, Kick-Ass, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Wanted) Dear Mark (may I call you Mark?), I would like to thank you for your contributions to the comic world – you’ve made some interesting, redefining, and important works over the years.  I will always love your examination on the Superman tale […]

Sequential Wednesdays #18 – Comic-Con Pt II: Boston Redux

So – how does one get over the wild ride that’s the week of San Diego Comic-Con?  How can anything possibly hold up to the monsoon of unique experiences offered by the Mecca-by-the-Bay?  I think I found my answer: go to another convention two weeks afterwards.  By the numbers, Boston Comic-Con draws a tenth of the […]

Sequential Wednesdays #17 – Comic-Con: A Recounting

Another year, another Comic-Con touches down in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp district and billows the hell around and makes a metric ton of people really excited.  I love being one of those people and for as long as Comic-Con remains in the beautiful marina of San Diego’s downtown area, I will continue attending; no matter […]

Sequential Wednesdays #16 – San Diego Comic-Con 2013

It’s finally here!  I’ve attended San Diego Comic-Con in mid-July for about the past 11 years and it’s never been stale.  Sure, there are lines out to Tijuana and back, but there’s really nothing wrong with that – I’ve met some friends in these lines!  Sure, it’s overwhelming, but I love being completely subsumed into […]

Humanity’s Armored Hope: A Pacific Rim Review

It’s bizarre to consider, but I’ve been plagued all week on how to begin my review of Guillermo Del Toro’s new giant monsters versus giant robots movie, Pacific Rim, not because I couldn’t parse how I feel about it, but because it’s actually a seriously complex movie.  That’s not saying the narrative is somehow muddled and […]

Sequential Wednesdays #15 – A Brawling Youth & His Magical Wardrobe

“Read the book.  Help the people.  You already know what to do…slay the monsters.” Paul Pope is a comic creator who has essentially calcified the notion of first-look recognition.  His art of splashing squalor threatens with deadly surreality to burst through the portal of the page and drown the reader in quintessential glory.  Once you read one […]

Sequential Wednesdays #14 – Image’s Brave New World

Con season is seriously rolling up, so be prepared to see some very hastily, exuberant and rather long-winded reports of the goings on and going downs at San Diego Comic-Con in the next couple of weeks – from speculation, early rumors, and breaking news – it makes me wish I had access to a continuously […]

Sequential Wednesdays #13 – On Reminiscing & Predicting

Hey folks, I’m back after a self-imposed 6 week (or so) hiatus from writing posts for ASM.  I went off to work on an art installation, so now that’s done I can get back to writing about what’s truly important: comics. During the time I was working on the installation – I took a quick […]

Sequential Wednesdays #12 – Of Panels & Piracy

  If it hasn’t been made immensely clear: I adore comics.  As an artistic expression, a narrative medium, and physical object I can hold in my hands – shifting and sliding the all-too thin pages with my unfortunately greasy fingers – there’s an untenable magic to it.  I love comics and sometimes I download them. […]

Sequential Wednesdays #11 – The Quiet Majesty of Kazu Kibuishi

Out in the world of beautiful stories, digital art, and ironclad contracts with Scholastic exists a beautiful man, in every sense of the word, named Kazu Kibuishi.  For years, Kazu has worked on, collected, and made nothing but monumentally gorgeous comics for mostly younger readers that surpass all expectations of what one can expect from […]

The Beautiful Tiny Worlds of Animated Music Videos

  Music videos are a strange amalgamation of variant creative forces merging together, all too often used to further market or popularize a song with flamboyant budgets, unnecessary celebrity appearances and overall lame concepts.  For every one or two interesting music video(s), there are dozens of poorly-executed, thematically dull, 5-minute snippets not really worth the […]

Sequential Wednesdays #10 – Bos-Con: The City-Wide Adventure of Levity

The past week endured by the city and residents of Boston has been extraordinary and bizarre, affecting pretty much everyone in the vicinity.  Thanks, and often less than thanks, to media outlets, social networking, and alternative online resources rapidly updating news was easily accessed and spread.  Boston public service entities such as the transit authority […]

Sequential Wednedays #9 – Boston, Where Yo’ Con At?

There are few things genuinely more enjoyable than conventions.  It’s sprawling enjoyment catered to all your tastes and more if you’re attending the right one.  My convention experience is a little bizarre compared to most other con-goes I’ve encountered, but that just may be due to fortunate location.  The first convention I ever attended was […]

Sequential Wednesdays #8 – Rotten & Dirty [UPDATED]

UPDATE: ComiXology’s David Steinberger has announced that it was *NOT* Apple’s decision to not release Saga #12.  Please see my comment below. It’s genuinely shocking that I haven’t written a full post about my absolute favorite currently-running comic yet.  I’ve blathered on and on to rooms of deaf (or soon deafened) ears about the magnificent work […]

Sequential Wednesdays #7 – Tales of Tails

Animals have a very special role to play in stories, at least according to the long history of tales utilizing their presence as potent symbolism.  Throughout the world of story-telling, a multitude of beasts have had very specific representation pinned to their proverbial rears; black sheep, loyal hounds, royal lions, and so on.  This is not about […]