I Used To Write About Comics

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I'm David, and I used to write about comics!

You can find me online under the name David Brothers. In addition to 4thletter.net, the long-running comics blog I co-created with Gavin Jasper (currently of Den of Geek US), I freelanced for a few comics sites, the most notable of which was ComicsAlliance. CA is gone now, after having been shuttered twice. I was let go the first time and didn't return when the site was sold to new owners.

In my time, I wrote over three hundred pieces, some of which are pretty good. I dug up the ones I liked, turned them to PDFs, and compiled them into this free project, I Used To Write About Comics.

These pieces range from early 2010 to mid-2013, a four-year span in which I was particularly active. They're old, in other words, and most of the headlines are bad. I've grown past some of the ideas, but some of the writing still clicks for me. If you're the type of person who likes reading comics criticism...well, here you go. I interviewed artists, taught myself how to talk about art by doing it, and had a chance to do some real navel-gazing in public.

Special thanks to David Uzumeri, my co-conspirator for the unfortunately titled 2 Davids, 1 Book series, which was definitely a highlight of my time freelancing about comics.

david brothers
april 2017


I Used To Write About Comics, Vol. 1: Interviews

Bucko - Jeff Parker and Erika Moen [September 2012]

Captain America - Ed Brubaker [November 2012]

Fatale - Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips [March 2012]

Miranda Mercury - Brandon Thomas [July 2011]

Multiple Warheads - Brandon Graham (1 of 2) [August 2012]

Multiple Warheads - Brandon Graham (2 of 2) [August 2012

Prince of Cats - Ron Wimberly [September 2012]

The Art of Coloring With Dave Stewart [September 2010]

I Used To Write About Comics, Vol. 2: Respect The Name

2 Davids, 1 Book - Deathlok The Demolisher [August 2010]

2 Davids, 1 Book - Joe the Barbarian [March 2011]

2 Davids, 1 Book - Uncanny X-Force - The Apocalypse Solution [February 2011]

I'm David - Bulletproof Coffin Disinterred, The Cut-Up Technique, Comics Pricing [April 2013]

I'm David - Chris Sims Is Wrong About Jim Lee's X-Men [April 2013]

I'm David - Garth Ennis, Heroes, and Assumptions [March 2013]

I'm David - Johnny Wander Is Charming and Who Should Own The Rights To Superman [April 2013

I'm David - Milligan and Allred's X-Force Is Amazing, So Are Air Force 1s [March 2013]

I'm David - Tobin and Ferrerya's Colder is Creepy, And Should White Writers Work On Black Characters [February 2013]

I'm David - Trusting Your Taste and Love and Rockets [March 2013]

I'm David - Welcome to Black History Month [February 2013]

I'm David - Writing While Black and One-Punch Man [February 2013]

I'm David - Yuuki Kodama's Blood Lad and Kitty Pryde The Rapper [March 2013]

I Used To Write About Comics, Vol. 3: Artists

Art and Superheroines_ Getting Sex and Cape Comics Right [February 2012]

Art and Superheroines_ Psylocke as Drawn by Greg Land vs Jerome Opena [February 2012]

Art and Superheroines_ When Over-Sexualization Kills the Story [Sex] [February 2012]

Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud [April 2011]

Kaare Andrews - Astonishing X-Men Xenogenesis [March 2011]

Katsuhiro Otomo - Akira [June 2011]

Khari Evans - Carbon Grey [May 2011]

Q Hayashida - Dorohedoro [March 2011]

Rafael Albuquerque [March 2011]

Rafael Grampa [August 2010]

Sara Pichelli - Ultimate Spider-Man [August 2011]

Stan Sakai [April 2012]

Tonci Zonjic [April 2011]

Tsutomu Nihei [April 2010]

Various Artists - Jonah Hex [March 2011]

I Used To Write About Comics, Vol. 4: ...and other hits

4 Elements - Emma Rios’s COIL [June 2012]

4 Reasons Why ‘Thunderbolts’ Is the Best Marvel Comic on the Stands [October 2011]

50 Years Later - Growth And Maturity in Amazing Spider-Man 1-50 [August 2012]

2000 AD’s ‘Trifecta’ Crossover Is Hereby Declared The Best Event Comic of 2012 [January 2013]

Digital Comics - Why They Can’t Be Both a Shark and a Goldfish [March 2011]

Digital December - 7 Things YOU Want to See in Digital Comics [December 2010]

Digital December - Do You Really Own Your Digital Comics [December 2010]

Dwayne McDuffie’s Sad Meta-Commentary on Corporate Comics [March 2010]

From Samurai to Shooting Hoops - Takehiko Inoue, Art Chameleon [April 2010]

In Memory of Dwayne McDuffie - A Look Back at the Man Comics Needed [February 2011]

Milestone Forever [February 2010]

Please, Just Kiss Digital Comics On The Mouth Already [September 2010]

The Best and Worst of X-Men First Class - Moral Complexity and Depressing Racial Politics [June 2011]

The Exit Interview - When Disgruntled Creators Speak Their Mind [May 2010]

The Grand Unified Theory of Frank Miller’s Batman - Will, Hope and Tenderness [August 2011]

The Marvel Digital Comics Vault [November 2010]

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