Author: Alenka Figa

Zine Review: Sawdust Press’ Blood Root: Issue Three

Blood Root: Issue Three Canaries by Haan Lee, Jezinkas by Noel Franklin (Writer and Artist) and CB Webb (Letterer), Dead Rain by Ram V (Writer and Letterer), Kishore Mohan (Artist), and Merryn John (Letterer), Cover Art by Aatmaja Pandya and Interior Cover Art by Shing Yin Khor Sawdust Press Limits are good. Limits are also bad. These are contradictory truths with which all artists must live. Making a zine might allow a creator to cut out middlemen who will censor their work, but without support from publishers and big name distributors, they must deal with financial barriers. These barriers are part of why zines are usually...

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Snack on More Comics with Taptastic

I love webcomics. Some would say I’m obsessed, but I like to think of my love in a more positive light: I’m just voracious. However, I’ve also got an Android phone, so the comic apps I can access are somewhat limited. While I’ve been dreaming about the day when Comic Chameleon is finally available for Android, a fantastic app appeared on the scene right under my nose. Taptastic, developed by Tapas Media in 2012, is an online comics-reading platform that you can use on your computer, your iOS device or your Android. A whopping 6,000 creators now publish comics...

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Zine Review: Nia King’s ArtLife #2: Don’t Quit Yr Day Job!

ArtLife #2 Nia King Nia King has an uncanny ability to make her readers feel cared for and welcome. I imagine an interview with Nia would be cozy and natural; she would find you a comfortable chair, make you coffee, and give you that rare feeling that she’s really, actually listening. Like the artist herself – Nia podcasts, draws comics, writes critical essays, makes films, and performed with the POC Project Race Riot Tour – ArtLife #2: Don’t Quit Yr Day Job! wears a lot of hats. The zine is split into three parts: a series of brief essays...

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In Plain Sight: On the Authenticity of Queer Characters

I have been thinking about the ways in which queer people hide. This thought process was prompted, strangely, by a comic that I do not read: Brian Michael Bendis’ All New X-Men. (I don’t not-read it for any particular reason; X-Men just isn’t my jam.) Panels leaked onto tumblr from issue 40 revealed that Bobby Drake, AKA Iceman, is gay, prompting a series of articles exploring and analyzing his coming out. Among the fantastic arguments that have already been made are Carolyn Cox’s article about bi-erasure at The Mary Sue, Jon Erik Christianson’s piece about queer invisibility for Panels,...

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Farewell, Girls With Slingshots

Girls With Slingshots Danielle Corsetto (W & A) girlswithslingshots.com I woke up one morning a few weeks ago knowing that I had a deadline to meet, work to prepare for, a weekend trip to pack for, and not enough time. So, I did what anyone would do: I started rereading one of my favorite webcomics, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to stop. Danielle Corsetto’s Girls With Slingshots (GWS) has been running for over ten years, and on March 13th it came to an end. While this was heartbreaking news, I was excited to hear that a writer and...

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