Top Comic Book One Shots and Graphic Novels

Graphic novels and comic books have been in the news recently, with the announcement that Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel Sabrina has been included in the longlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Many column inches have been generated on the topic: lists of other “literary” graphic novels; asking why it has taken so long for … Continue reading Top Comic Book One Shots and Graphic Novels

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth

One evening, a distracted teacher scribbled a sentence atop the exam papers he was marking: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”  These words became a novel, and in 1937, The Hobbit was published, the first in a series of works which form the epic legendarium of Middle Earth.

The Superhero – our ongoing infatuation

In July 2008, Vanity Fair published an article entitled “Why America worships superheroes” – this was the summer of The Dark Knight and Iron Man (whose post-credits scene effectively birthed the Marvel Cinematic Universe); but also of the dawn of a global financial crisis, whose effects are still influencing politics and lives a decade on. … Continue reading The Superhero – our ongoing infatuation

Doctor Who, Timeless, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The TV Tropes of Time Travel

Ever since H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine was published in 1895, the concept of time travel was been a popular mainstay of the science fiction genre. Sometimes it’s a mere plot device (for example, in The Flash TV series); others, it forms the basis for the story itself. From the Back to the Future … Continue reading Doctor Who, Timeless, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The TV Tropes of Time Travel