Markley’s Fevered Brain: The Long Road


The Flash

The Flash


Creators can leave comics comics at any time; sometimes at a moments notice, other times after a tenure of years. Wayne Markley looks at some creators who stuck around, creating a legacy that survives to this day on such books as The Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, and The Flash.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Epic!


Grendel Omnibus Vol. 1

Grendel Omnibus Vol. 1


There are a handful of creators who have steered characters, often creator-owned, over many years. Wayne Markley takes a look at a few of his favorites – Grendel, Nexus, and Don Rosa’s Disney Ducks stories.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Riding a Dark Horse


Dark Horse Presents #1

Dark Horse Presents #1


Dark Horse Comics turns 30 this year! Wayne Markley takes a look at the history of the publisher.

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KC COLUMN: The Never-Ending Story, Part 4: 1986


Secret Wars

by KC Carlson

PREVIOUSLY ON NEVER-ENDING STORY: (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

The early 1980s were a tremendously exciting time for comic books, as comic creators were making bold new leaps in presenting their stories to an increasingly sophisticated audience. Superhero comics began to mature, introducing more and more elements of “realism” into the four-color pages. Long-dormant genres of comics — as well as brand new ones — appeared. Things were changing so rapidly that old publishers — pushed by their writers and artists — scrambled to invent new ways to present comic material, such as mini- and maxi-series and graphic novels. There was more emphasis on the self-contained story (with beginning, middle, and end), another mature industry development that the media and readers traditionally outside of superhero comic books began to embrace in a big way. And if the old-school publishers weren’t willing to try something new, there were dozens of young independent publishers anxious to experiment.

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C2E2: we were there & gave stuff away & everything


C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, in case you didn’t know) had its inaugural show this past weekend, April 16-18, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Comic fans from all over came to see what was new from their favorite publishers, meet their favorite artists, maybe get a sketch or an autograph, and generally have a good time enjoying this hobby we all love so much. What’s more, we at Westfield were there!

It was great seeing all the customers who stopped by to say hi, give us some helpful input, and even offer up the occasional outright praise. Your kindness made us blush (or at least we think it was blush – some of us had an awful lot of makeup on …). Anyway, it was also great to meet new friends who we hope will greet us next year as loyal customers and fun to give away some awesome prizes! Although Roger will be dedicating Thursday’s post to Westfield’s adventures at C2E2, here’s a look at the lucky winners along with their swag:

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