Stan Lee with John Romita, Jr. – Heroes’ Origins: Super Orphanage!

Superherologist | May 25, 2011

While working on my chapter about why Batman works with a boy sidekick, I’ve been contemplating how and why the most famous superheroes all tend to be orphans. For Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, their parents’ and surrogate parents’ deaths are integral to their origins. Daredevil too. Robin’s origin was a deliberate reflection of Batman’s own. [...]

Front and Center: The Psyche of Superheroes

Superherologist | February 20, 2011

Wayne Bryant interviewed me about the psyche of superheroes: What does Batman tell us about ourselves? Perhaps an even better question is, what do our thoughts about him and the fact that so many people think about Batman say about our society? Travis Langley, Ph.D., a professor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, researches those [...]

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Gameplay Footage

Alex | August 6, 2010

Words cannot express how much I’m looking forward to the video game Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I love Marvel comics. I love Capcom games. TWO GREAT TASTES COMBINE! Here’s some footage I snagged of the upcoming fighter, fresh from the San Diego Comic-con floor!

Academics Assemble! Comics Arts Conference Programming at San Diego Comic-Con International 2010

Superherologist | July 19, 2010

Thursday, July 22 Fri, Jul 09, 07:35PM 10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in the Classroom— Lisa Vizcarra (Carquinez Middle School) explores the pedagogy for creating a middle school biology curriculum based on the book Becoming Batman by E. Paul Zehr, who will join the discussion. Kathy Hall (El Camino College) gives an overview [...]

Interview: The Thunderchickens (Zuda Comic Competitors Chad Boudreau and William Blankenship)

Superherologist | January 20, 2010

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We’ve spoken with various competitors in DC Comics’ monthly competition to win a year-long contract with their online Zuda Comics division. A number of those we interviewed went on to win their respective months. We’ve also shared the pain of some great ones who barely lost, and have talked to others because we felt their [...]

Interview: Villain (Zuda Competitor Greg Smallwood)

Superherologist | December 19, 2009

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Each month DC Comics pits comics creators against  each other to compete for a contract producing their webcomic series for DC’s online division, Zuda Comics. This month two different entries focus on costumed superpeople, and this week we’re interviewing the creators of both. A few days ago we spoke with Luciano Vecchio whose work The Unseen Tribe [...]

Interview: The Unseen Tribe (Zuda Competitor Luciano Vecchio)

Superherologist | December 15, 2009

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Our series of interviews with competitors in DC Comics’ monthly Zuda contests continues this week with a pair of interviews with current competitors, featuring the creators of comics featured costumed superfolks. Later this week we’ll speak with Greg Smallwood, creator of Villain, but let’s start with Luciano Vecchio about his work, The Unseen Tribe. Llama: [...]

Comic-Con Joker Panel Was Wild: Recap and Reflections

Superherologist | September 6, 2009

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It’s amazing how much information a single experience might yield. A few months ago, Peter Coogan – who, with my colleague Dr. Randy Duncan, co-founded the Comics Arts Conference, the academic conference-within-the-convention held in conjunction with both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con International – asked if I’d like to help moderate a CAC panel on [...]

Comic-Con: Jerry Robinson, Michael Uslan, and Adam West on the Joker’s Origins

Superherologist | August 31, 2009

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Continued from “Comic-Con Excerpts: The Joker’s Relationship with Batman.” Concluding our report on the San Diego Comic-Con International panel “Is the Joker a Psychopath? You Decide!”  which our own Papa Llama, in his secret identity as psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley, moderated and co-organized. Other panelists: Dr. Robin Rosenberg (therapist and editor – The Psychology [...]

Comic-Con Excerpts: The Joker’s Relationship with Batman

Superherologist | August 29, 2009

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 Continuing Papa Llama’s report of his San Diego Comic-Con International panel with fellow psychologist Dr. Robin Rosenberg, comic book writer Steve Englehart, The Dark Knight producer Michael Uslan, and Batman himself, Adam West: After Steve Englehart discussed via telephone why he felt that the Joker is insane, I asked my fellow panelists for quick thoughts [...]