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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

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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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Local comic ‘Lost in the Wash’ explores unlikely monsters

In the awarding-winning graphic novel Lost in the Wash, writer John Ira Thomas, who lives in Coralville, and artist Will Grant, an Iowa City native who lives in Minneapolis, have crafted a tale that pays homage to Dungeons & Dragons, horror comics of the past and schlocky, scary movies. The story… […]

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Watson and Holmes: Re-imagining the classic sleuth

Writer Kent Bollers and artist Rick Leonardi invite you to look up Sherlock Holmes at a new address. Oh, the detective still resides at 221B Baker Street. But in Watson and Holmes, Baker Street isn’t in London—it’s in Harlem. In the crowded landscape of recent and ongoing Sherlockiana, Watson and Holmes stands out because the […]

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