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Ask Chris #306: In Praise Of Jughead Jones

Ask Chris #306, background art by Derek Charm


Q: Why do you think Jughead is such a great character? -- @hurgling

A: Every now and then, I'll bring up the idea that I have a definite, immutable, and 100% official list of the five greatest characters in comic book history. Whe...

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Filed Under: Category: Archie, Ask Chris, Opinion

Strange But True: The Unbelievable Gwenpool Is Your New Favorite Character


When Marvel first introduced the character of Gwenpool, a lot of people were instantly turned off by what seemed like a blatant cash-grab. She’s Spider-Gwen + Deadpool, and inspired by cosplay; there doesn’t seem to be much there to her at all.

However, under the watch of Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru in the pages of The Unbelievable Gwenpool, she’s actually one of the most interesting and complex characters in the Marvel Universe.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 6: ‘Last One Out of Beach City’


Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.

In this week’s episode, Pearl joins Amethyst and Steven for a trip to a rock show, and someone new catches her attention along the way. Last One Out of Beach City was written by Kat Morris and Lauren Zuke, and directed by Joe Johnston and Ricky Cometa.

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Why ‘Star Trek’ Is Still Around After 50 Years


Star Trek’s first appearance in The New York Times’ TV listings is inauspicious. “William Shatner as the captain of a space ship.”

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Filed Under: Category: Longform, Opinion, Television

Raymond Chandler Meets Aleister Crowley: Should You Be Reading ‘Black Magick’?



With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.

Black Magick is a beautiful and haunting Image series by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, about the occult, witch hunters, detectives, and the darkness biding its time just below the surface of the mundane world.


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Dream of Brighter Tomorrows: Should You Be Reading ‘Assigned Male?’


Created by Sophie Labelle, the socially aware comedy webcomic Assigned Male has been running since 2014, detailing the daily life and trials of queer kids of every gender and orientation.

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Negative Space In Greg Smallwood’s ‘Moon Knight’


Greg Smallwood is one of the most fascinating artists to have emerged in the last five years. His breakout book Dream Thief showcased his innovative approach to page design, classic figure work, and the clever incorporation of sound effects and simple iconography into his layouts. He's not just a comic book artist; he's a sequential artist, designer, and storyteller, and in his fantastic second run on Moon Knight, he's been doing some very exciting things with negative space.

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Ask Chris #305: Death Of The Sidekick

Ask Chris #305, background art by Frank Quitely

Q: There's hasn't been a new sidekick in years. What happened to the concept of the sidekick? -- @RedEarth18

A: I'm not sure that sidekicks are really all that in danger of extinct, but I do think you're right to say that sidekicks aren't as prominent as they used to be, and I think there's a reason for that. And a lot of it has to do with how you define the term.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star In A ‘Future Quest’ Movie?


Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.

This week, I'm looking at one of my favorite current comics, Future Quest, written by Jeff Parker with art by Doc Shaner and a number of guest artists. If you don't already know, Future Quest is a timespace-spanning epic that unites characters from a wide variety of classic Hanna-Barbera adventure cartoons, including Jonny Quest, Birdman, Space Ghost, and many more.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 5: ‘Future Boy Zoltron’


In this week’s episode, Steven has a debt to pay to Mr. Smiley and ends up helping people along the way. Future Boy Zoltron was written by Raven Molisee and Paul Villeco, and directed by Hye Sung Park, Ricky Cometa, and Kat Morris.

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