Ryan Michael Wisniewski

Geeks Mania is a refuge for nostalgia seekers and next-gen gamers. The Odana Road arcade and comics/collectibles shop features pinball, vintage video games and gamer meeting space. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis

May 7 is Free Comic Book Day. Isthmus used the occasion to visit some Madison comic book retailers to find out whether the flood of superhero films affects their day-to-day operations. more

May 7, 2016 7:00 AM Books


Chris Collins

An Isthmus writer gets a quick role change when he is asked to moderate two panels at Wizard World Madison convention. Aaron R. Conklin finds it’s different on the other side of the fans’ adoration. more

Apr 11, 2016 4:00 PM ARTS & CULTURE

This year’s Wizard World Comic Con offers a chance to reconnect with one of our own: Mike Baron, the two-time Eisner-winning comic book writer who called Madison home in the 1980s and ’90s and was a contributing writer to Isthmus. more

Apr 7, 2016 5:00 AM ARTS & CULTURE

There’s some potent subtext rolling around in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. more

Apr 30, 2015 4:35 PM Movies

Elections are coming up, on Tuesday, April 7 in fact. Does anyone really care? more

Mar 26, 2015 10:00 AM , Cartoons


Chris Collins

It's a pretty safe bet that Paul Soglin never expected his mayoral campaign to include sharing a stage with Groot, Lando Calrissian and Chad Vader, but there he is, sandwiched between a remarkably accurate cosplay version of Marvel's regenerating ali more

Feb 9, 2015 12:08 AM ARTS & CULTURE

If you want to drink a super-sized stein of the beer at home you'd better plan to move faster than the Avengers' Quicksilver: Only around 150 bottles will be available at local liquor purveyors... more

Feb 3, 2015 4:45 PM Beer


Tommy Washbush

Call it a geek-culture state fair, a pop-culture spectacle or an entertainment circus. But whatever moniker you choose to slap on : Wizard World Comic Con, you'd better also slap on your sword and superhero boots. more

Jan 29, 2015 2:00 PM Games