Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter by Tim Hanley

Over the past two years, my comic-reading habits has shifted toward titles featuring female leads.  I can’t get enough of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus, James Robinson and various artists’ Scarlet Witch, Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk’s Mockingbird, and my favorite female superhero of all time, the Black […]

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

An ongoing debate over steampunk’s viability has been underway for some time. In 2013, an IBM algorithm, the Social Sentiment Index, predicted that by 2014 steampunk would become a major force within the retail industry, a dominant influence on clothing, jewelry, and accessories.  Well, not so much, as time has shown, except for those dedicated […]

The 2017 Hugo Awards: Best Graphic Story

During an interview at the most recent Marvel Retailer Summit, David Gabriel, Vice-President of Sales, blamed declining sales of Marvel’s titles on people who were “turning their nose up against” diversity in Marvel’s titles.  This inspired a storm of online articles by commentators disagreeing with Gabriel, most of whom cited instead Marvel’s glut of crossover […]

Five Moments That Define My Batman

To augment a special issue of the popular fanzine Journey Planet dedicated to Batman, co-editor Christopher Garcia asked fans to name their first memories of that hero.  To answer, I shared about how at four-years old I wandered into my two oldest brothers’ shared bathroom to peek at their stag magazines.  What confronted me instead was a stack of half-ruined […]

Orphan Black: The IDW Miniseries

The fourth season of Orphan Black is underway and over the years the show has garnered a solid fan base.  As of this writing, 727, 809 individuals like the official Orphan Black page on Facebook, and 132,666  have shown support for the page dedicated to the show’s star, Tatiana Maslany.  Message boards, a wiki, and […]

Diagnosing Sherlock: A Cursory Review of Trends

  While a psychology major at San Jose State during the mid-1980s, I interacted with a group studying psychopathology with Sheila Bienenfeld, a professor famous for using biographies of noted writers to teach diagnostic methodology.  Here assigned selections included Louise DeSalvo’s Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work and […]