Girls Don't Read Comics

Girls Don’t Read Comics

The latest survey results from DC regarding the New 52 reboot make for interesting reading. The vast majority of the people surveyed (93%) were male, and this trend of low numbers of women purchasing comics is common. So perhaps then women just aren’t interested in comics? While I know plenty of people who would disagree, [...]

Is 'Before Watchmen' Gilding the Lily?

Is ‘Before Watchmen’ Gilding the Lily?

This week DC announced that they will be releasing a series of prequel comics based on Alan Moore’s seminal Watchmen graphic novel. When it was released in 1986, Watchmen changed the way that people thought about superheroes and influenced many later comics with its portrayal of heroes as cruel, narcissistic and selfish. Since then, Moore [...]

Comics piracy: stealing sales or making new fans?

Comics piracy: stealing sales or making new fans?

With SOPA and PIPA topping the internet news recently, and DC and Marvel now offering digital downloads of their comics, there has been a debate over the harms and benefits of people illegally sharing comics online. Brand new issues are available to download on day of release, as are entire series spanning many years, and [...]

Diversity Series: Oracle & Disability

Diversity Series: Oracle & Disability

How diverse are characters in comics? Do they accurately represent the variety of cultures, lifestyles and identities which exist in the world? There’s been a lot of debate among comics fans recently regarding diversity, particularly in regard to the treatment of female or ethnic minority characters. People often ask, “Why does it matter? What difference [...]

Why Aren't American Comics More Popular in Europe?

Why Aren’t American Comics More Popular in Europe?

I attended London Comic Con this weekend and a good time was had by all. However, I was struck by something – most people attending were fans of anime rather than western comics such as those produced by DC, Marvel or Vertigo. Most of the cosplayers were dressed as anime characters, most of the stalls [...]

DC Elseworlds: 5 Amazing Alternate Universes

DC Elseworlds: 5 Amazing Alternate Universes

If you read DC comics, it’s likely you have enjoyed the epic historical continuity and big cross-title events such as Infinite Crisis. The universe of DC is extensively researched and documented by comic fans, and events in one series might have lasting consequences on the stories of another series. But what if writers and creators [...]

DC Comics: The Times They Are A-Changin'

DC Comics: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Last week, Joshua wrote about his disappointment in DC comic’s recent “new 52′ reboot, in which many characters have been given new backstories and histories, and many years of continuity have been changed or erased. As a fellow avid DC fan, I was not thrilled at the prospect of seeing major changes to characters and [...]

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Review

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Review

Daniel Burden reviews Green Lantern: Emerald Knights This anthology rises and falls on the quality of the stories it tells and for the large part, they work very well. With all the furore over the Green Lantern cinematic release happening, it might have been easy to miss the Blu-ray/DVD release of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. [...]