December 5, 2018

I reflect on Stan Lee's life and legacy at First Things:

"It was impossible not to look up to Stan Lee if you were a nerdy kid (like me) interested in creating fantastical universes (like me). Books like How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way interspersed comics-drawing tuto...

May 28, 2018

I made another appearance on the podcast God and Comics, this accompanied by my wife Leah Libresco Sargeant, chatting with a geeky priest and deacon about the latest and greatest superhero epic, Avengers: Infinity War. One of the most interesting parts of the conversat...

December 27, 2017

I returned to God and Comics to talk about comic book origin stories. Which are our favorites? What trends in origin stories do we find upsetting? Are all retcons and retreads of origins bad? How does this all relate to God and the Incarnation?

Plus, as a third-time gue...

November 1, 2016

"The comic book world lost a mad master of the form last Sunday. Tributes to him on comic book sites have been mixed in tone. One reads, “Of all the many masterful artists that we’ve covered on ComicsAlliance, it seems safe to say that Jack T. Chick is the only one to...

October 31, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, I discussed the "scared-straight"-style evangelical tracts by the late artist Jack Chick. What made these grotesque propagandistic comics such a staple of American Christian culture? What are we to make of Chick's rabid anti-Catholic fear-mo...

August 31, 2012

With Acculturated gone from the internet, I am reposting some of my Acculturated articles here, in their entirety. Enjoy.

Not since the Anthony Hopkins’ brutally cultured Hannibal Lecter has a screen villain so frightened, enthralled, and twistedly delighted audiences....

March 31, 2012

With Acculturated gone from the internet, I am reposting some of my Acculturated articles here, in their entirety. Enjoy.

Quite possibly the most popular and profitable superhero of all time, Batman casts a long shadow over popular culture. The word “shadow” is not chos...