All throughout June, I'll spotlight a different web site about comic books.. Like with the month of independent comics, the month of LGBT comics and last month's month of webcomics, I figure I will let you comic book site/blog owners out there suggest your comic book web site (or blog) for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic book site, drop me a line at email@example.com!
Today we look at the general interest comic book (and pop culture) site, Panels on Pages (or PoP!, if you prefer), which features reviews, commentary, news articles, columns, previews, podcasts, web chats, message boards and more!
As far as I can tell, this is the current list of contributors for Panels on Pages:
Lee Rodriguez, Jason Kerouac, Jason Knize, Thacher Cleveland, Ben Gilbert, Nick Brammer, Robert Eddleman, Jared Whitaker, Jose Guzman and Mary Staggs
As noted, Panels on Pages has reviews, previews and news commentary about comic books plus other pieces of pop culture that you would figure comic book fans would be interested in (science fiction films and TV series, for instance). That is all fine, but since that is all pretty self-explanatory, I figured I'd spotlight some of the unique columns at the site (in an interesting approach, the columns are not written by set writers - multiple contributors write for each of the columns).
They have a column called "It's a Trap!" which is about comics that seem like they'd be good but when you actually read them, they're not. You can check the archive of that column out here.
Going the other direction, they have a series of columns called "In Defense Of..." which, as you might expect from the title, defends pieces of pop culture that the authors think need defending. You can check the archive of that column out here.
They have a series of columns called "Retcon This," where they ask for certain pieces of pop culute to be, you know, retconned. You can check the archive out here.
Here is their podcast.
There's obviously a whole lot more going on at PoP!, so just check their front page out here.