Interview with the Vampire (Author)

Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times Bestselling author of dozens of books. Best known for her character Anita Blake, a zombie-animating detective in a world where vampires are legal U.S. citizens, Hamilto...

Comics get anime-ted

Cartoons are the foundation of our childhood. Most college students are familiar with the same animated programs from our youth ­­— it’s part of our cultural heritage. But it’s no secret that the cartoons of o...

Behind the Picket Lines

On a typical morning, Phyllis Williams prepares for work like many Americans — with coffee and a shower, followed by a drive to work. However, unlike many Americans, she happens to work on the set of Scrubs. “...

Conan the Barbarian Cimmerian

“Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sanda...

As days swing by

The Amazing Spider-man (Marvel) — In fiction, mostly comics and sometimes television, the term “retcon” refers to the restructuring of past events. The characters don’t know anything has changed, but the audie...

Three’s company

Countdown to Final Crisis #7 (DC) As the DC Universe gears up for its Final Crisis miniseries and crossover this summer, the various plot threads are beginning to converge. Countdown has been released weekly ...
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Scattershot

I’m going to fire some titles across your bow and see what sticks. New Avengers #39(Marvel) Right now, Marvel is gearing up for its next big crossover — Secret Invasion, which concerns a race of shape-chang...
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Getting smashed without alcohol

Super Smash Bros. for N64 and the sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee for GameCube, are widely played video games on the UIUC campus. These platform-based fighting games feature Nintendo-owned characters such as Ma...

The Best of Comics

Since this week’s issue is the “Best of CU,” I’ve decided to tell you kids about some of the hands down best comics out there. These are not just by my opinion, but comics that are unanimously canonized by fan...

Based on a false story

Whenever you see the phrase “based on a true story,” you are seeing the gimmick meant to pull you in. This validity crutch is designed to make the consumer care about what they are about to watch or read. In th...

Why is Nick Fury black?

This month is Black History Month and in celebration of the legacy African-Americans and other members of the African diaspora have made in our country, I decided to look at the legacy of Blacks and African-Ame...