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Wed, August 4th, 2010
Steven Grant returns to CBR to help divine the absolutely true real truth about "Inception." Plus: some praise for this year's Comic-Con, a few words about "Ditkomania" and a call to kill the coming new draft.
Fri, May 7th, 2010
Steven Grant surveys the L.A. Convention Center's pitch for Comic-Con International and has a few words to say in the interest of keeping the show where it's had it's roots for four decades. Plus: "Iron Man 2!"
Thu, April 15th, 2010
Steven Grant takes "Kick-Ass" out for a test drive and kicks the tires, declaring it the best superhero film to date with Chloe Moretz's performance "as close to a revelation as anything I've seen on film in years."
Wed, January 6th, 2010
In this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE: It's The Big One - The End of the Decade or The End of the World (as we know it?). Plus, five books you absolutely must read this year and the winner of the Ultimate Comics Cover Challenge.
Wed, December 30th, 2009
This week: Steven is winding down the decade with the last of Gil Kane's wild west stories; hoisting up the best TV series of the year and running down the worst; plus puzzle solutions galore and the ultimate Comics Cover Challenge.
Wed, December 23rd, 2009
Steven looks at the artists he has most enjoyed working with - and those he'd love to work with in a perfect word. Plus, we present the year end MEGA-Comics Cover Challenge, and have a few special messages to Permanent Damage fans.
Wed, December 16th, 2009
This week: Hot comics (& related) moments from my misspent youth; the first round of audience Comics Cover Challenges; plus the new Hollywood blacklist, Marvel & Disney, portable software, soap operas and gobs of other notes.
Wed, December 9th, 2009
This week: the western art of Gil Kane, and why I'll never be publisher at Marvel; plus Gov. Ahnuld hell-bent for leather, Captain Action, the undisputed kings of copyright infringement, the weirdest Comics Cover Challenge of all and more.
Wed, December 2nd, 2009
This Week: The final word on narrative and what it means to the future of the graphic novel; comics books for Xmas 2009 - our recommendations; plus Wonder Woman, Rupert Murdoch, gays in Uganda, bankers with guns and lots of other notes.
Fri, November 27th, 2009
This week: narrative as the key to the new graphic novel; suggested changes in Thanksgiving and what Steven's truly thankful for this year; plus Rex The Wonder Dog, who remembers the grassy knoll?, piracy foibles and the Comics Cover Challenge.
Wed, November 18th, 2009
Where the graphic novel is now, and where it needs to go; why terrorist trials are more American than apple pie; an ode to Gray Morrow; plus eBay, movie non-news, what really spiked gas prices, another Comics Cover Challenge, and more.
Wed, November 11th, 2009
In this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE, are super heroes alive and well, or have they become a dying breed, breathing their last breath? Plus: little household disasters and the latest installment of the Comics Cover Challenge.
Wed, November 4th, 2009
This week: Comics are the new Disco!; why the forgotten was is forgotten and what parts they want to keep that way; plus library shows, the Hooded Utilitarian, Kellogg's and other notes, and the Comics Cover Challenge
Wed, October 28th, 2009
The strange life and mock death of The Comics Journal; who wants Internet Freedom, and what kind; letters on APE, motion comics, Ireland, Apple and more; plus eBay news, book wars, DVD wars, the end of the world, and lots of other notes!
Wed, October 21st, 2009
This week: the view from APE - making alternative comics viable in today's comic book market, and other thoughts; a nightmare in Capital City; the FTC's new review guidelines for blogs; plus notes and the Comics Cover Challenge
Wed, October 14th, 2009
What comics art lacks most today, and what it needs the most; this week's Congressional sneak attack, why, and what you can do about it; fun with the Bible, in comics and other places; plus APE, San Diego cosplay, and more
Wed, October 7th, 2009
This week: underground comics, putting the realism into comics art, and other strolls through the distant past; more missives from the mailbag; plus APE, the Red Squads ride again, other notes, the Comics Cover Challenge, and more.
Wed, September 30th, 2009
This week: searching for good comics art, and what that even means; the new wrinkle in health care reform, and why it'll make you sick; assessing the fall TV season; plus APE, Ellroy and gobs of other notes, and the Comics Cover Challenge
Wed, September 23rd, 2009
This week: the revenge of Jack Kirby, and why bad business practices of the '60s could make Marvel and Dsiney's lives interesting; mail; plus Massachusetts break-ins, lots of other notes and a new Comics Cover Challenge
Wed, September 16th, 2009
This week: Here comes the new DC, same as the old DC?; Original graphic novels - threat or menace?; lunatic fringes on the tea party doilies; plus APE, Bertolt Brecht, who's rich now, other notes and the Comics Cover Challenge.
Wed, September 9th, 2009
Getting ideas for dummies: the ultimate guide; comics companies that shouldn't exist and why; what makes the right wing so entertaining; plus comparative storytelling, "smart" food, tons of other notes, and the Comics Cover Challenge
Wed, September 2nd, 2009
Disney buys Marvel and why it doesn't matter, maybe; more John Severin love; plus APE, dead bees, hot roads, Steven's bout with international finance, hot roads and tons of other notes, plus the Comics Cover Challenge!
Wed, August 26th, 2009
This week: Steven has the last word on Howard Chaykin; the EC-Atlas link of the '50s; plus family matters, the comics-methadrine connection, political conspiracy theories, the return of Comics Cover Challenge and more notes
Wed, August 19th, 2009
In praise of Howard Chaykin Pt. 1; health care reform and the death panels we already have; plus the ANDRE addendum, Slate looks into why movies don't sell comics, what's a week without the Comics Cover Challenge and more?
Wed, August 12th, 2009
A new approach to genre and comics, courtesy of literary fiction; what can be done to create a comics market for the new era and why no one's going to do it; blast from the past with Bernie Krigstein; the return of Hawkeye and more.
Wed, August 5th, 2009
More lessons of San Diego and how fans (no, not you, the other fans) are killing comics, plus Russ Heath, writing advice, great Firefox news and lots of other notes from Steven Grant this week.
Wed, July 29th, 2009
This week: the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con post-mortem - winners, losers and threats we must deal with. Plus mail, thoughts on the Eisners, parties, wrestling, the evil Easter eggs in Obama's health plan and plenty more.
Wed, July 22nd, 2009
This week: what's so funny 'bout peace, love & Wednesday Comics?; San Diego signing schedule; weird scenes inside the real world; plus what banks spent their money on, the Comics Cover Challenge and much more.
Wed, July 15th, 2009
It's Comic Con time, so hooray for San Diego! So what do we do about it now? Plus: thoughts on moving the con, the Permanent Damage midsummer television wrap-up, the crazy art of spying, and more.
Wed, July 8th, 2009
This week: why comics are fun and how to keep them that way, plus shocking recovered memories; the death of the review; reader mail; some notes on San Diego, the last week in news, TV, swine flu mania and more!
Wed, July 1st, 2009
The natural history of ideas in comics, why they're rarely found in the wild, and how to tell good ideas from bad; rare work from the great John Buscema; 1000 reviews takes on Shonen Jump, Dark Reign and others; plus: more!
Wed, June 24th, 2009
The trouble with spinoffs, a little less than 1000 reviews in 1000 days, and gobs of notes, including helping Steve Lieber, questions of superhero law, SDCC moneymaking strategies, the Supreme Court's shaky notion of justice and more.
Wed, June 17th, 2009
Comics, mass media and religion - why rendering unto Caesar is the best policy; a sudden detour to Disneyland; domestic terror - threat or menace? (and where the real threat lies); 1000 Reviews In 1000 Days; plus Welcome Joe and other notes.
Wed, June 10th, 2009
Great black supervillains? Why the odds on it, or any more great superhero comics characters, grow slimmer by the day. Plus 1000 reviews in 1000 days, more Odysseus and tons more.
Wed, June 3rd, 2009
This week: the "Captain Britain and MI13" autopsy, and why magic's just not magic for comic book readers anymore; more of our 1000 reviews in 1000 days; plus this week's Comics Cover Challenge and other notes
Wed, May 27th, 2009
This week's topics include: respecting comics, and other worthless endeavors; 1000 reviews in a thousand days; plus San Diego Con notes, death to New Comics Day, courtroom follies and other notes.
Wed, May 20th, 2009
This week: The comics freelancer's guide to creative slavery and self-determination, and the blurry lines separating the two; 1000 reviews in 1000 days; SMALLVILLE, what was served on Cro-Magnon plates, and more!
Wed, May 13th, 2009
A brief history of the page rate, and its continued implications for comics; laughing at Archie, the problems with crime comics, and what really happened on 9/11; 1000 reviews in 1000 days; plus the last word on webcomics and more!
Wed, May 6th, 2009
How to be a comics professional and other cautionary tales; 1000 Reviews In 1000 Days - Free Comic Book Day Edition; plus new releases, swine flu, Europe wants the Internet and the Comics Cover Challenge in this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Thu, April 30th, 2009
It's a pro wrestling world, and comics are only published in it; 1000 reviews in 1000 days; plus the politics of superheroes, weird scenes in the Pirate Bay, the FBI comes home, a new Comics Cover Challenge and more.