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Comics: ‘Descender’ and others take us away from winter

As the Iowa winter takes hold, it’s a good time to let comics creators — both established and new on the scene — take us to various other locales. Our destinations include a galaxy in the midst of an interplanetary battle over robots, an alternate Chicago endangered by labor unrest among sidekicks and an island where mainstream […]

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The year in comics: A look at 2015’s best words and pictures

By now, you’re probably making your naughty and nice list for whatever gift-giving activity might be part of your holiday traditions. Here’s a round-up of choice comics you should wrap up. Green Arrow Benjamin Percy, Patrick Zircher Benjamin Percy is best known as a novelist, and he brings his literary sensibility, which has always been […]

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UI alum’s forthcoming graphic novel tackles social issues with watercolors that are as gentle as they are powerful

nAMUH

The origin story for Ryan Bentzinger’s nAMUH could be summed up this way: right place, right time. As a University of Iowa student studying studio art in 2009, he was in the right place when UI professor Chungi Choo suddenly appeared one day and announced she needed an assistant. Choo, in addition to keeping him […]

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The Tube: As villains take center stage, ‘Gotham’ forges its own path through the Batman mythos

Gotham

The first season of Gotham, FOX’s exploration of the Batman mythos beginning from the moment Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered, was, at best, uneven. Driven by strong performances, including that of Shueyville, Iowa native Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, the show nevertheless floundered about as characters and storylines were introduced, dropped and (sometimes) revisited. […]

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Interview with ‘Nightwing,’ ‘C.O.W.L.’ writer Kyle Higgins

Like many writers, Kyle Higgins found his voice in Iowa City. The comic book creator — whose credits include work for Marvel and DC Comics as well as his creator-owned series C.O.W.L. — spent two years at the University of Iowa and credits a creative writing course with setting him on his current path… […]

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Comic buyers’ guide: Top 5 picks for the holiday season

Colorblind Comics

Perhaps you need a comics pick-me-up to beat back the winter blahs. Or maybe you’re shopping for those hard-to-please readers on your list. Or maybe time has gotten away from you, and you wonder what comics are worth your attention. Here are five great books for whatever your comics need might be. Batman/Superman Vol. 1 […]

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Comics: A look back at Phantom Jack

Sometimes, something forgotten and flawed is just as interesting as, if not more interesting than, something new and perfect. Case in point, the 2005 Speakeasy Comics edition of Phantom Jack I found on the benefit table outside The Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City. I’d never heard of the title, but a quick examination revealed that […]

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