Celebrating the Unpopular Arts

Bibliotheque Interruptus: Agatha Christie gets weird and two twisty tales from John Dickson Carr (Confessions 2)

A big reason I can’t get more of my hoarded comics sorted and read is because I go to the library and get free or very cheap books. However, I can turn them into a column and here I discuss Agatha Christie getting weird and two twisty tales from John Dickson Carr.

The Cosby Problem and the Card Line

I’ve gone round and round with this issue in my head a lot over the years. But it was our friends at Radio Vs. The Martians that gave it a name. Sam Mulvey calls it “the Card line.” And Mike Gillis refers to it as “the Cosby problem.” I think they use it to mean roughly the same thing… the place where separating the art from the artist becomes impossible. But the more I think about it, the more those examples seem to me to be two different things.

House to Astonish Episode 149

House to Astonish, Scotland’s premier comic book podcast, comes to the Atomic Junk Shop! After several years of being syndicated at Comics Should Be good, Paul O’Brien and I have joined the rest of the gang here to bring you comic book news and reviews (and some messing around with the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe).

Originitis and the Power of Mystery

When I was a kid, comic books would recap Batman’s or Superman’s origin every once in a while. In comic strips, you’d get an annual Sunday page of The Phantom’s origin “for those who came in late”, but the rest of the time, you could count on the Ghost Who Walks fighting evil as usual. On TV, syndicated reruns of shows like Batman and Star Trek would give you a throwaway line at best. But now, origin stories are everywhere.

In Defense of Fun

In recent years, there’s been a lot of press about comics starring girls and women; Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Squirrel Girl, plus less superhero-oriented fare like Gotham Academy and Lumberjanes. While much has been made about the emphasis on diversity, I think one of the reasons why these books are popular is that they are fun.