Christmassy Greetings

Merry Christmas, my foolish friends! Pull up a chair, grab a mince pie and take a seat! Did you try the mulled wine? You really should – go on, pour yourself a glass, it’s Christmas! Yes, I...

Joking Apart

The recent passing of Jerry Robinson deprives the comics reading community of yet another of our giants. There are few – too few - left.There isn’t much of value that I can add to the tributes...

The Genius of Verity

 OK, I'm now forty years old. This means two things.Firstly, I'm now very definitely middle aged.Secondly, since my birthday was on Friday*, it's been something of a busy weekend having...

Getting Catty

Sex.It’s a guaranteed way to get attention, and as a result it’s every lazy writer’s and publisher’s promotional storytelling trick of choice. Sex in comics has a somewhat unhappy...

A holy terror indeed.

Back in the late eighties I think I probably would’ve read a shopping list if Frank Miller had written it. I would’ve paid to read a shopping list if Frank Miller had written it. His work on Batman:...

Fascists or Folk Heroes?

We live in increasingly politicised times. On both sides of the Atlantic, across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, people who have never really directly involved themselves in politics beyond...

52 reasons to be cheerful.

I’m not going to mention being late. That’s become such a shamefully frequent occurrence that it no longer warrants comment. What does merit some comment however, is the fact that I appear to have made an...

Pearls before swine

Once upon a time I rather liked my comics to be bright and gaudy. Although the bat has been my favourite supe for more than two decades, I didn’t start with him. Oh no. I started with the red and blue...

The 52

There is a danger that I could begin to sound like a bit of a whinger during this column. I’m going to try not to* but I fear it may be inevitable, because that’s what old blokes sound like when they...

Reasons for Optimism

I’ve been banging on a bit about how comics are moving ever further away from younger readers* and painting a pretty gloomy picture. Well, school’s out, summer’s here and I’m determined to rise...