Author: Annie Blitzen

Comic Book Name Game: Week One

It’s the Year of the Knockoff here at WWAC, and to illustrate just how samey comic book characters have been, I’m going to chain together all of their names, using an element of the last one to pick the next one. I’ll also mention their other name(s) and where they’re “from.” For the sake of brevity, these will be either the title they first appeared in or the title they’re most connected to, which is super subjective, so don’t @ me. Since Siegel and Schuster ostensibly started the whole thing, let’s start with their guy. Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El), Action...

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Stormwatch: A Big Bag of Knockoffs

The early ’90s were a hell of a time in comics. Superman died, the X-Men were everywhere, and even garbage would sell literally millions of copies. (For comparison, the best-selling titles in 2017 were lucky to break 100k copies.) Eight of Marvel’s most popular young creators left and formed their own brand so that they could publish their own garbage and reap more of the profits. Stormwatch was part of that garbage. I could spend all day tearing apart all the things Stormwatch got wrong, from its terrible panel layouts, to its terrible dialogue layouts to its deeply racist...

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Sugar Town Is The Sweetest

Sugar Town Hazel Newlevant (creator) Self-Published Distributed by Alternative Comics October, 2017 You ever meet a girl at a party and find out her professional name as a dominatrix is the same as your everyday name? We’ve all been there. Awkward, right? Sugar Town is about (among many other things) what happens if you get past that awkwardness, let her ask you out, and discover you actually really like each other. The other day, I realized that at least two-thirds of the people in my life under the age of 40 are poly. I’m probably a bit of an...

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Roundtable: The Wild Storm #9

Thanks for joining us again for Rae & Annie: The Only People On Earth Who Still Give A Crap About Wildstorm, which is neither the title of this feature nor honestly an accurate representation of the feelings of Wildstorm fans. [I guess they’re just having a bad day. —Ed.] This feature will contain spoilers, so it’s advisable you read the book before reading this article, presuming you’re one of the People on Earth who Still Give A Crap About Wildstorm. This week, we’ll be covering Issue 9: The Filler Episode, which is neither the title of the issue nor...

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Queer Goth Romance: An Interview With Sarah Graley

Sarah Graley—of being Sarah Graley fame—is writing and drawing Kim Reaper, a queer romance comic about a girl named Kim, who is a part-time grim reaper, and Becka, who thinks Kim is really cute. Oni Press, of publishing Kim Reaper fame, gave this writer the chance to ask Graley the important questions. Annie Blitzen: First off, I need to gush about how much I love this book. It’s adorable and cute, and it’s got some bite to it. From what I’ve read of your other work, that seems to be a recurring theme: cuteness and fun wrapped around an idea that’s pretty...

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