The Batman v Superman We Deserve: Why Zack Snyder Used the Wrong Source Material

Enough digital ink has been spilled over the awfulness of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but allow me to add a drop of a different color. While most critics have focused on the lack of character motivation, the skimpy writing, the overwhelmingly complicated plot, the poor direction, the bland score, too much time devoted to setting up future features, and the overwhelming sense of gloom and cynicism, few have focused on the source material that led to this cinematic disaster and how this work became so poorly translated. … More The Batman v Superman We Deserve: Why Zack Snyder Used the Wrong Source Material

Something New in Comics: Lucy Knisley at C2E2 2016

Not all comics books are about superheroes and aliens. Some writers and illustrators, like Chicago’s own Lucy Knisley, combine the paneled, visual mode of comic books with memoir, satire, and other creative nonfiction. Perhaps best known for her New York Times-bestselling graphic memoir Relish, a celebration of our relationship with, Knisley’s next book, Something New (May 3), is about her adventures planning a DIY wedding: a feminist vs. the American marriage-industrial complex. … More Something New in Comics: Lucy Knisley at C2E2 2016

Drawing Bombshells: Marguerite Sauvage at C2E2 2016

Finally, more than 75 years after the comics industry as we know it was born in New York City, female writers and artists—while still underrepresented—are becoming more prevalent at major publishers. As a result, fans are seeing new kinds of stories and art that they never would have experienced in the 1980s or 1990s. … More Drawing Bombshells: Marguerite Sauvage at C2E2 2016

From Kickstarter to Comic-Con: The Only Living Boy Creators at C2E2 2016

12-year-old boys have enough problems without waking up one morning to find themselves the last human being on Earth. Especially not when the world has (literally) gone to pieces. The Only Living Boy—about a New York City tween who teams up with an insect princess and a mermaid warrior in a fragmented, “patchwork” version of Earth—is a wildly inventive, young-adult graphic novel from David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, last seen as co-creators of DC Comics’ werewolf/Western mashup High Moon. … More From Kickstarter to Comic-Con: The Only Living Boy Creators at C2E2 2016

Roche Limit and Beyond: Michael Moreci at C2E2 2016

It’s not often that an “existential sci-fi noir” comic book from an indy publisher gets optioned for a major motion picture. But that’s exactly what happened to Roche Limit, a trippy, trailblazingly original cross between Alien, Chinatown, and Lost, about a distant colony of humans orbiting a black hole. … More Roche Limit and Beyond: Michael Moreci at C2E2 2016

Writing Comics on Both Coasts: Marguerite Bennett at C2E2 2016

The most compelling, most beautiful, most bad-ass comic book series of 2016 doesn’t feature Iron Man or Batman or any of the infinite versions of Spider-man. Angela: Queen of Hel is the story of Thor’s long-lost sister, on a Dantean quest to rescue her lover Sera from the depths of Hell (or, in Marvel’s reappropriation of Norse mythology, Hel). … More Writing Comics on Both Coasts: Marguerite Bennett at C2E2 2016