When Words Collide

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When Words Collide

Published every Monday, Timothy Callahan examines the world of comics and graphic novel with indepth analysis in his new weekly column WHEN WORDS COLLIDE.


The Exit Interview

Mon, December 30th, 2013

In the final WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, special guest Chad Nevett interviews Tim about his career writing about comics and why he decided to step away

The Ten Best Comics of 2013

Mon, December 23rd, 2013

Which comics make Tim's TEN BEST OF 2013 list? Find out this week in the penultimate WHEN WORDS COLLIDE!

The Best Comics of 2013, Part One: #25-11

Mon, December 16th, 2013

Tim looks back at work by Derek Ballard, Ulises Farinas, Paul Pope, Chris Roberson, Grant Morrison, Charles Forsman as he counts down the BEST COMICS OF 2013.

One Last "Gødland" Conversation with Joe Casey

Mon, December 9th, 2013

Tim conducts his final interview with Joe Casey about the superhero sci-fi spectacle of "Gødland" and what it all means, with exclusive Tom Scioli art.

Frank Miller's Long Goodbye: "Elektra Lives Again"

Mon, December 2nd, 2013

Tim rereads Frank Miller's often-overlooked "Elektra Lives Again" graphic novel and wonders why it seems to be forgotten by fans.

Despite "RoboCop 2," 1990 Was Frank Miller's Year

Mon, November 25th, 2013

Frank Miller failed to conquer Hollywood in 1990, but he did collaborate with some of the greatest talents in the comics industry.

Four Comics Walk Into Tim's Office...

Mon, November 18th, 2013

Tim reads three newish comics and one old, unfamiliar classic. Wolverine, pseudo-literary ennui, hipster detectives & crazy dreamscapes battle for his attention!

Revisiting Marvel's Heroes for Hire, Part 2: Busiek, Priest & Death

Mon, November 11th, 2013

Tim concludes his two-part history of Power Man and Iron Fist in time for you to be interested in the characters again thanks to Marvel's Netflix deal.

Revisiting Marvel's Heroes for Hire, Part 1

Mon, November 4th, 2013

Tim recounts the history of the exploitation-tastic "Power Man and Iron Fist" with the help of some behind-the-scenes info from writer Jo Duffy.

Chris Claremont, Outer Space Evil and Muppets

Mon, October 28th, 2013

This week, Tim watches a Chris Claremont documentary, reads a couple of Ben Marra and Geoff Johns comics and reflects on the life and times of Jim Henson.

Alex Raymond's "Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim"

Mon, October 21st, 2013

Tim jumps back to 1935 and reflects on Alex Raymond, "Flash Gordon" and "Jungle Jim" and IDW's oversized collection of those classic comics.

Understanding the "Miracleman" Saga

Wed, October 16th, 2013

Check out Timothy Callahan's comprehensive history of Marvelman/Miracleman in preparation for the Marvel revival of the character in January.

Paul Pope's "Battling Boy" Has Arrived

Mon, October 14th, 2013

Tim looks at Paul Pope's long-anticipated "Battling Boy" and finds a fantastic superhero comic exploding to the surface. And it's a great-looking surface.

Tim's Top 5 Graphic Novels to Look Forward To

Mon, October 7th, 2013

Tim looks ahead at what's coming from the world of collected editions and graphic novels and finds only a few things worth getting excited about: The Top 5 things, specifically.

Art Adams' "Longshot" - Image Is Something

Mon, September 30th, 2013

Tim rereads a collected edition of Ann Nocenti and Art Adams's "Longshot" miniseries and finds the big bang that would help kick off Image Comics...and a story that's not quite there.

Aaron Kuder is Hungry for Superman, Parasite & More

Tue, September 24th, 2013

Tim chats with soon-to-be-superstar artist Aaron Kuder about what it's like to write and draw comics and how his upcoming "Superman: Parasite" Villains Month one-shot came to be. Plus, exclusive art!

Forever Infinite: Thanos and the Legion of Doom

Mon, September 16th, 2013

Tim reads "Forever Evil" #1 and "Infinity" #2 and has some deep thoughts: When is the Deathstorm and Friends comic coming out? What does Black Bolt sound like? And can we just ignore Ex Nihilo?

The Silver Age of DC, the Authorship of Comics, and Nu-Marvel Now

Mon, September 9th, 2013

This week, Tim provides the straight truth as he responds to reader questions about the best comics of the Silver Age, the importance of art criticism, and the legacy of Nu-Marvel."

Revisiting Azzarello and Risso's "Spaceman"

Tue, September 3rd, 2013

Tim reconsiders "Spaceman," the mostly-ignored sci-fi miniseries from the "100 Bullets" team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, and finds a comic that is not at all what it first seems to be.

Joe Casey Talks "Gødland Finale"

Mon, August 26th, 2013

Tim has an in-depth discussion with Joe Casey about the upcoming "Gødland Finale," the legacy of the series and what it all means. Also: an exclusive glimpse at new Tom Scioli art!"

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