On Comics: Jillian Tamaki, "SexCoven," in Frontier #7 (2015)

Jillian Tamaki’s “SexCoven,” originally published in Youth in Decline’s Frontier #7 in 2015 (now appearing in her collection Boundless (2017) presents a complex narrative of nostalgia and loss over a shared cultural moment, for a time when an .mp3 with the potential to alter consciousness was passed around networks and social circles.

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Tower-ing Fiction #12: The Continental, John Wick franchise (2014- )

The heart of the John Wick franchise (2014- ), The Continential is a mercurial hotel chain, catering to the world of hired killers that populate the series. Expanding and shifting with each film, New York City’s Continential is an intriguing example of tower-ing fiction.

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Forgotten Toons: Hanna-Barbera, Anticommunism, and "Make Mine Freedom" (1948)

Evan R. Ash reads the supposed educational Hanna-Barbera cartoon “Make Mine Freedom” (1948) as presenting a variety of rhetorical devices that deployed its anti-communist propaganda, offering a vague antagonistic collectivist vision that very carefully attacked communism without ever uttering its name.

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An Age of (Super)Heroes?: Hollywood and the “Global War on Terror”

Allan W. Austin argues that post-9/11 superhero films—particularly the Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, and the many Iron Man and Captain America appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—stand as cultural signposts directing us to deeper understandings of the ways in which Americans understood and responded to 9/11, revealing both conflicting and shared attitudes that continue to shape the ways in which Americans interact with the world.

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On Comics: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Red: A Haida Manga (2009) and Alan Moore & JH Williams III, Promethea #32 (2005)

Shawn Gilmore connects two works that seem to be from very different regimes of comics: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ Red: A Haida Manga (2009) and Alan Moore & JH Williams III’s Promethea #32 (2005), both of which have formal elements that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the page or bound codex, requiring readers to imagine another, larger level of comics organization.

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Tower-ing Fiction #10: The Seven/Vought Tower, The Boys (2019)

Amazon’s recent series The Boys (2019), an adaptation of a comic-book series of the same name, features The Seven Tower (owned by Vought International), a digital creation built to blend in with the New York City skyline while also extending the show’s real-world filming location in Toronto.

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On Comics: Fiona Smyth, "Skin of Fate," in Nocturnal Emissions #3 (1991) & #4 (1992)

Shawn Gilmore examines Canadian comics artist and illustrator Fiona Smyth’s “Skin of Fate,” originally published in her magazine Nocturnal Emissions #3 (1991) and #4 (1992), using the surreal tale as an introduction to some of the shared stylistic and conceptual elements in her work.

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