rants & raves

Rave: The Legend of Korra

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It should come as no surprise that we here at No Flying No Tights were waiting for the sequel to the beloved Avatar the Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, just as eagerly as any of the legions of fans…

Roundtable: DC Comics & Superheroines

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The big news in mainstream comics this fall has been the dramatic reboot of the DC Comics universe. With an aggressive marketing push behind it and the stated purpose of the reboot partially being recruiting new readers, anticpation was high.…

Mocking comics…

James Lileks, the mad genius behind two of my favorite coffee table books, The Gallery of Regrettable Food and Interior Descecrators, is now providing snide commentary on bad comics. Yay! Rediscovered via Journalista

Define classic

When I was considering speaking at New York Comic-Con, and in general considering what titles every library should stock, I began to think about how folks think of classics. A few articles, (this list of unfinishable books from The Guardian…

The S Word: A Censorship Rant

As a librarian and a comics fan, I know how hard it’s been for comics to achieve their newfound legitimacy in libraries. Most of the resistance actually comes from librarians, not from the public, but that could change. Now that…

Why We Like Manga

Via Mangablog, I discovered today a very nicely done post about why manga has taken off, and perhaps more sadly, why U.S. comics are not catching on. The author works in a comics store, and so has a lot of…

A Tale of Two Robins

I like Bill Willigham as an author. I love the work he’s done on Fables. I was excited when I heard he was going to be writing Batman. I was even more excited when I heard that he was going to be writing a female Robin to replace Tim. Yes, there are plenty of female superheroes in the Batman universe – Batgirl, Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress, Catwoman . . . but Robin is iconic. Robin was part of the original Bat legend before DC’s stable of heroes multiplied, so I was fascinated when I heard rumors that Willingham was going to make the next Robin female, because really, way to go with girl power and equal opportunity for women in the US comic market.

Anti-Superhero Blather – A rant

As a long-standing fan of genre fiction, I’ve heard a million reasons why genre fiction is less important, less impressive, and less, well, literary than “regular” fiction. The most often cited defense are that it’s escapism, it’s fanciful, it’s not…

The Darren Blues

Happily reading through all The Authority trade paperbacks, I was struck by one thing that all comics readers have to put up with. In any other visual medium, be it TV, film, or traditional illustration, it would be met with great resistance and loud

TV is to comics as comics is to…

Ok, so my thought this time around is really not as deep as last time’s treatise. However, I think it’s just as important a realization. I was thinking, as we head toward the beginning of the new TV seasons, how much I love TV.