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The Incredible Stories of Africans Who Fought Against Brazil’s Slave Trade The Incredible Stories of Africans Who Fought Against Brazil’s Slave Trade

Lots of clichés abound in modern-day takes on the resistance that happened during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. All too often, the focus is narrowly cast on individuals and small groups who managed to break their chains and find some sort of freedom. But what happened after that? One of history’s answers can be found…

More Than a Decade Ago, Checkmate Gave Readers a Brilliant Fusion of Politics and Superheroes More Than a Decade Ago, Checkmate Gave Readers a Brilliant Fusion of Politics and Superheroes

In most mainstream superhero fiction, the United States of America has superheroes. Lots of them. When France, England, China, and other countries also have their own metahumans, things can get…tense. Over the decades, many comics projects have explored what it might look like for powerful nations and superpowered…

Good Talk Uses a Masterful Mix of Pictures and Words to Speak on Life’s Most Uncomfortable Conversations Good Talk Uses a Masterful Mix of Pictures and Words to Speak on Life’s Most Uncomfortable Conversations

Becoming a parent means that you have to explain things you already know to a hungry, developing mind. Kids build a frame of reference off your every word, with parents hoping all the while they can shape someone who’ll add good to the world. That endeavor gets tricky when the world already has certain ideas about…

A New Graphic Novel Explores How Racism Made Weed Illegal A New Graphic Novel Explores How Racism Made Weed Illegal

For the last few years, a wave of legislation has been decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana all across the United States. Cannabis advocates have long said that it should never have been illegal. The story of how the substance became outlawed in the first place combines willful ignorance, petty careerism,…

The Tick TV Show Doesn’t Give a Damn About Your Cynicism

Two years ago, a new version of The Tick premiered during Amazon’s Pilot Season promotion with a first episode that felt queasy, paranoid, and claustrophobic. It definitely wasn’t The Tick of years past. But, for the most part, any worries about Ben Edlund’s big, lovable crimefighter melted away as that first season…

What It’s Like to Turn Good Omens Into a TV Show, According to Neil Gaiman, a Guy Who Would Know What It’s Like to Turn Good Omens Into a TV Show, According to Neil Gaiman, a Guy Who Would Know

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to having his fantastical literary works adapted to other media. Whether it’s Coraline, American Gods, or Neverwhere, his writing has mutated into successful movies, TV shows, and radio dramas. But when it came time to work on Good Omens—the upcoming Amazon series based on the 1990 novel he…

Neil Gaiman and the Cast of American Gods Talk About Belief, Happy Endings, and Going to War Neil Gaiman and the Cast of American Gods Talk About Belief, Happy Endings, and Going to War

In the second season of Starz’ American Gods TV series, the motley deities and celestial beings dotting the landscape of the United States are getting ready for war. It’s a conflict that will change what we know about them and how Shadow and the show’s other characters perceive themselves.

Jordan Peele Reflects on the Cultural Relevancy of Us, The Twilight Zone, and Candyman Jordan Peele Reflects on the Cultural Relevancy of Us, The Twilight Zone, and Candyman

The Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke-starring Us had its worldwide premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas and early reactions have been extremely positive. It’s safe to say that Jordan Peele’s next film is one that will have people talking. If they’re brave enough to see it, that is.

Little Monsters Is a Skeevy-Cute Parade of Zombie Comedy Clichés That Works Despite Itself Little Monsters Is a Skeevy-Cute Parade of Zombie Comedy Clichés That Works Despite Itself

Almost nothing that happens in Little Monsters will surprise you. People die comically horrible deaths, kids say and do cute things, characters become better versions of themselves by the end. It’s a greasy cheeseburger of a movie, utterly predictable in every way. But, hey, sometimes you want a greasy cheeseburger.

Jordan Peele’s Us Goes Deeper and Darker Into America’s Collective Psyche Jordan Peele’s Us Goes Deeper and Darker Into America’s Collective Psyche

In his new movie Us, Jordan Peele shows the distance between everyday ordinary folks, and the dangerous fringe-dwellers who can upend their lives, can be as slim as a mirrored pane of glass.

David Walker Is Betting on the Power of Black History and a Bold New Self-Publishing Gamble David Walker Is Betting on the Power of Black History and a Bold New Self-Publishing Gamble

David Walker is busy. He’s co-writing Naomi, a new high-profile series from DC Comics, along with Brian Michael Bendis and artist Jamal Campbell. He’s also working on Image Comics’ enthusiastically received Bitter Root with co-writer Chuck Brown and artist Sanford Greene. But, despite the fact that the veteran writer…

There Will Never Be Another George Perez There Will Never Be Another George Perez

If superhero comics have anything like Michaelangelo’s painting in the Sistine Chapel—awe-inspiring work that communicates celestial grandeur and human drama on a grand scale—it’s probably something drawn by George Perez.

Brian Bendis and David Walker Talk About How Their Friendship Created DC Comics’ Newest Superhero Brian Bendis and David Walker Talk About How Their Friendship Created DC Comics’ Newest Superhero

For two decades, even after becoming friends, Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker worked in parallel spaces. This week, with the release of their new comic Naomi, the world gets to see what happens when two comics writers with very different backgrounds come together to create a new superhero story.

The Creators of The Wicked + The Divine Talk About Making Beautiful Magic Together The Creators of The Wicked + The Divine Talk About Making Beautiful Magic Together

The comics that Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have done as a tandem have featured characters channeling a love for creativity, blasting away orthodoxies, and evolving into frighteningly powerful personas. When they talk about their working relationship, it sounds—no surprise—just like being in a band.

The Everyday Weirdness of Xombi, One of the Most Under-Appreciated Comics Ever Made The Everyday Weirdness of Xombi, One of the Most Under-Appreciated Comics Ever Made

In the mid-1990s, David Kim lived in a world where bicycle piranha would secretly feast on chained-up two-wheelers. He fought against incarnations of misdirected rage and rode in elevators where you had to read stories aloud to get to the right floor. He was the main character of Xombi, a comic about an unkillable…

Legendary Creator Stan Lee, Who Changed Comics and Pop Culture Forever, Is Dead at 95 Legendary Creator Stan Lee, Who Changed Comics and Pop Culture Forever, Is Dead at 95

Stan Lee, the public face of Marvel Comics and co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, and Black Panther, has passed away at age 95.

The Joker Looks Sicker Than Ever, Thanks to a Hollywood Legend The Joker Looks Sicker Than Ever, Thanks to a Hollywood Legend

The Joker has gone through dozens of different looks over the last 70-odd years, with artists making him more horrific or cartoony as they re-imagine him. With a new bust depicting the Clown Prince of Crime, special effects make-up master Rick Baker joins the roster of creators who’ve tackled the DC Comics villain. Of…

Dakota North Became a Marvel Comics Cult Classic Because It Put Style Above Everything Else Dakota North Became a Marvel Comics Cult Classic Because It Put Style Above Everything Else

Back in 1986, I subconsciously decided I liked a new Marvel Comics heroine without actually reading any of her books. Her name was Dakota North and, 32 years later, I’ve finally read her series.

Why Norm Breyfogle Was One of the Best Artists to Ever Draw Batman Why Norm Breyfogle Was One of the Best Artists to Ever Draw Batman

The best Batman artists always do something cool with the Dark Knight’s cape. It’s a given. Norm Breyfogle did that and so much more, re-inventing almost every visual aspect of Batman’s mythos.

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