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‘The XII’ takes us into familiar wastelands

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  • Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11:15 AM EST

There’s a theory that the American obsession with the apocalypse stems from Manifest Destiny: As settlers pushed west, they encountered things that would strain the threads tying them to civilization. Storms rolling across the flat plains could be seen from man miles away, and they posed a considerable threat to the livelihoods of entire communities. […]

Marvel to be honored by Los Angeles LGBT Center

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  • Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST

Marvel will be presented with a Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th-anniversary gala on Nov. 8. Activists George and Brad Takei and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will also be honored. “Marvel Entertainment, through its award-winning portrayals of LGBT characters and storylines that parallel the struggle to end discrimination against our […]

Normalcy among the surrealism in ‘Opplopolis’

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  • Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST

(This post contains spoilers for Opplopolis Proceed at your own caution.) This week, Kit Roebuck’s Opplopolis starts Issue 14 as the entire saga slowly but surely approaching its planned conclusion with Issue 20. It’s been a strange journey thus far, full of odd little left turns. There’s a moment, for example, that seems to be […]

Andres Salazar talks ‘Pariah Missouri,’ Westerns and Kickstarter

Writer Andres Salazar puts a cool spin on the supernatural Western genre in Pariah, Missouri: The town itself anchors the book — Salazar calls it the “main character” — and he uses it as a vantage point to watch the comings and goings of an amazingly varied cast of characters, some with supernatural powers. He […]

Grumpy Old Fan | Selling Complicated Boy and Look-It-Up Lass

It won’t be long before the Legion of Super-Heroes reappears in the New 52. This week’s two-page editorial spread (written by editor Brian Cunningham) teases next month’s “The Infinitus Saga,” a Justice League United arc pitting the newest batch of Leaguers against the future’s greatest super-team. Providentially, rumors have begun circulating about the Legion’s possible […]

Comics A.M. | Axel Alonso on Marvel’s female superheroes

Publishing | Admitting that “I don’t think men are as sexualized as women” in Marvel comics, Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso says the publisher is moving toward including more types of female characters: “We believe there’s an audience of women out there who are hungry for this and we want to make sure they get it. This […]

Revisiting Fleischer Studios’ monumental ‘Mechanical Monsters’

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  • Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST

I recently had the pleasure of rewatching The Mechanical Monsters, the 1941 animated Superman short from Fleischer Studios. I viewed it once before in the early ’90s on a cheap video tape that virtually disintegrated after just three uses. However, we’re in the new millennium now, and thanks to the dual magic of public domain […]

Talking Comics with Tim | Sam Henderson on ‘Magic Whistle’

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  • Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 2:45 PM EST

In early August, in the wake of Mike Dawson’s conversation-starting essay, Magic Whistle creator Sam Henderson assessed the mitigating factors affecting his work as a cartoonist, laid many of the challenges at his own feet. As refreshing as it was to read a candid assessment of his creative plight, I was curious to learn Henderson’s […]

Comics A.M. | Salt Lake Comic Con draws a reported 120,000

Conventions | Attendance at the second annual Salt Lake Comic Con was estimated at between 120,000 and 130,000, putting it on a par with the big shows like Comic-Con International in San Diego and New York Comic Con. Even better, Stan Lee proclaimed it “the greatest comic con in the world” (but he probably says […]

BOOM! announces Roger Langridge’s ‘Abigail and the Snowman’

After teasing the project in July with a video and earlier this week with a pair of images, BOOM! Studios has announced Abigail and the Snowman, a four-issue miniseries miniseries by Roger Langridge. Debuting in December from the publisher’s KaBOOM! imprint, the all-ages comic centers on a 9-year-old girl with a wild imagination who moves […]

The Fifth Color | ‘Daredevil’ delivers a PSA without the cliches

As a child of the ’80s, I’m well aware of the PSA comic. There was a lot of media at the time intended to teach kids about the dangers of everything from drugs to molestation to crossing the street. It was difficult to avoid that “very special episode” of your favorite television series, or that […]

Dylan Todd and company reveal the future in ’2299′ anthology

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  • Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST

You might not have realized it at the time, but if you’ve read Avengers A.I., Five Ghosts or just about any issue of a Monkeybrain comic, you’ve seen the work of Dylan Todd. As a designer, Todd has touched a lot of comics, from the recap pages in Avengers A.I. to the logos for Monkeybrain […]

‘Agents of the Realm’: She is the one named Sailor Norah

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  • Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST

The Americanization of Japanese properties isn’t a new thing — in fact, it’s a time-honored tradition. Ever since Raymond Burr was inserted into the original Godzilla, there’s a history of cultural sharing on both sides of the Pacific. Perhaps someone’s mixing the Japanese series Super Sentai to form a popular new show about teenagers with […]

Cunningham delivers a message of hope after unexpected tragedy

[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.] The unexpected death of Robin Williams was shocking enough, but the news that it was suicide was a […]

Dawson initiates larger constructive discussion

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  • Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST

[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.] When writer/artist Mike Dawson shared how weakly his graphic novels sold (as part of a larger self-examination of […]

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