Where V. is happy that Nonplayer is back and you should be, too.
Kurt Busiek took to the comments thread of an article on The Beat yesterday to settle the score on the sexualization of women in the comics industry.
L. had the distinct pleasure of attending a panel with some of the top female comic creators at Special Edition NYC.
V. chats with writer Kurtis Wiebe about his new series, Rat Queens AND has a 5-page preview ... just for you!
G3 talks to Gail Simone about Leaving Megalopolis, the writer-reader relationship, and the character - or characters - she'd like to be.
A regular at our Geek Lunch table, our friend CT talks to talented artist, Des Taylor. Taylor's retro style has a wonderful charm, and his rendering of Lois Lane is one of my favorites. So head on over to Nerd Lunch, check out the podcast and Taylor's art!
In the spring of 2011, “Nonplayer #1” (Image Comics) generated the kind of excitement that independent comics creators dream of. Written and illustrated by videogame concept artist Nate Simpson, the series introduced readers to Dana Stevens, a tamale delivery girl who escapes her mundane reality through the full-immersion online game “Warriors of Jarvath.” The praise... Continue Reading →
A revealing clip from the fabulous-looking documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, makes a powerful case for the necessity of this film. In a series of street interviews, people of both sexes begin rattling off the names of comic book characters, and not a single female comes up. Not even Wonder Woman.... Continue Reading →
Back in the Mesozoic era, I spent a lot of time reading newspaper comic strips. They were a natural source of entertainment for a kid who already loved comic books, and the Sunday funnies section in particular was a big, colorful treasure box. While I was partial to the more contemporary stuff like Bloom County... Continue Reading →
Every now and then, we post an image on the blog or our Facebook page that elicits an especially enthusiastic response. Karen Hallion’s La Dauphine Aux Alderaan, an Alphonse Mucha-inspired illustration of Princess Leia, is a recent example. As a Star Wars fan, I’ve see plenty of clever interpretations of the movie’s iconic characters and... Continue Reading →
Actress and designer Ashley Eckstein is living the dream of every Star Wars fangirl. As the voice of Anakin Skywalker’s scrappy apprentice Ahsoka Tano on the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she’s become a part of sci-fi history. But even as a member of a legendary franchise, Eckstein encountered an all-too-common problem... Continue Reading →
If you're at Boston Comic-Con right now, chances are you've heard the buzz about Teenage Satan, an online, multimedia comic project unveiled just today by the creative team of artist Stephanie Buscema, and writers Marsha Cooke and Candis Cooke. All-female, creator-owned comics are a rarity, and these days, any comics for young adults are scarce.... Continue Reading →
There’s a stereotypical notion that men don’t know how to write female characters, but readers of Paul Taylor’s Wapsi Square would beg to differ. While this online comic is supernatural and often macabre in nature, it’s grounded in the relationships and everyday lives of its young, female characters. Museum anthropologist Monica Villarreal is a twentysomething... Continue Reading →
Life in a comic book shop is ripe for comedic exploration. Aside from the wacky conversations that are specific to comics geeks, there are the only-in-retail scenarios and tensions that arise in a small business, especially one that employs Gen X/Y employees. For people who visit an LCS every Wednesday, the awesome Anti-Matter web series... Continue Reading →
Connecting with writers and artists we admire is something V. and I have enjoyed immensely since starting this blog. They often turn out to be as gracious as they are talented, and artist Celina Hernandez is no exception. Among other things, Celina does the delightful art for Brian Andersen's Reignbow and Dee-Va, and So Super Duper... Continue Reading →
There are plenty of comics podcasts out there, but the guys behind the Sidebar Nation chatfest — Dwight, Swain and Adrian — are some of the most knowledgeable, opinionated and flat-out funny geeks ever to rock the mic. We had the pleasure of meeting Dwight at Dragon*Con, and Swain moderated the excellent Dark Knight panel.... Continue Reading →