Author: Brenda Noiseux

News & Things: Culture, therapy and revenge

There’s so much more to Wednesday than new comic book releases. Take a gander at news you need to know now. News “Revenge” to get its own graphic novel Marvel Entertainment announced it will create a graphic novel for its TV series “Revenge.” Due out in early September, the book is set to reveal the secret origin of Emily Thorne. Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees Three individuals have been selected for automatic induction for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2014, presented during Comic-con International. Commentary “Beyond the Funny Pages” a Black History Month exhibit A free exhibit in Pittsburgh, Penn. highlighting three artists with ties to Pennsylvannia, including the first African American female cartoonist, Jackie Ormes. “The Rise of Superhero Therapy” Alex Suskind’s post on how some psychologists are using the transformative powers of superheroes to help patients. And finally… Name that super hero As a follow-up to their Superheroes@State webchat last week, the International Exchange Alumni need help naming their newly designed super...

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Con recap: Boskone

* Note: I volunteer for this con as one of their blog writers. This weekend I attended Boskone, the annual science fiction and fantasy convention put on by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) in Boston, Mass. This year was the convention’s 51st year, retaining its claim to being the oldest science fiction convention in New England. This was my sixth year attending. One of the reasons I attend this convention is it’s focus on the craft of science fiction, that is to say, there’s a focus on writing, science, art, and reading. It’s a small convention of approximately 1000-1500 people and due to it’s focus on craft, it does offer some gaming, cosplay and parties but you don’t feel that that they’re the driving force of the con. Here are some of the moments that stuck out for me this year: For starters, I was curious about this year’s Official Artist, David Palumbo, who among his illustration and fine arts credits, has recently worked on the cover for the new Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens reboot and also creates art for Magic the Gathering. His working across so many fan genres (games, comics, fine art, book covers, etc) intrigued me. I attended his art demonstration on Saturday, where he painted for the audience while answering questions about his craft. He encouraged folks to go up and get a...

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News & Things: Crossovers, Conventions and Couture

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s news day! Megan P. and I share our latest and greatest tidbits for you to check out and be informed. Cheerio, off you go. News ReedPOP Planning a New Two-Day NYC Comic Convention No word yet on guests or programming, but this “pure comics-focused” convention aims to capture the feel of NYCC’s Artist’s Alley: all comics, and none of the bells, whistles and related geek products. The convention will run June 14-15 and will accommodate 10-15,000 guests. Image Announces a Chew/Revival Crossover Set to be released on May 28, the crossover will find Chew’s...

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Short & Sweet: Liars, Con Men, and Spies

A new Whedonverse comic. A comic by a Saturday Night Live comic (comedian? comic). New Saga! This week Kristi, Carolina, and Brenda review The Illegitimates, Saga, and Serenity: Leaves On the Wind. The Illegitimates #3 Taran Killam, Marc Andreyko, Kevin Sharpe IDW Created by Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam and co-written by Marc Andreyko, The Illegitimates is a fun spy romp starring the illegitimate children of super spy Jack Steele. Like James Bond, Steele has an eye for the ladies and has sired five children over his impressively long career, which was dramatically ended after his nemesis,...

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Self-Identifed Woman Comics Fans On the Rise

This month, Brett Schenker over at Graphic Policy posted a new statistic about women comics fans that’s causing a stir. Graphic Policy has been updating data, accessible via Facebook, for the past several months using data visualization with graphs and charts as part of their Facebook Fandom Spotlight series. Their project got a signal boost with Brett’s summary post on The Beat. This month’s post showed that women comics readers hit approximately 47% of all self-identified Facebook comics fans, which puts a very different spin female comics fans on the well-known 2012 survey completed after DC’s new 52 reboot saying that of the respondents saying that 93 percent of the respondents were male. One of the questions about this data: are women fans also actively purchasing comics? Annie Bulloch, co-owner of 8th Dimension Comics and Games in Houston, Tex. says that when the store first opened three years ago, women represented about 10-15 percent of their customer base but the percentage started growing within a few months as word got out. She states that today women account for about 30 percent of sales but the “share of people walking through the door might be closer to 35-40%.” Also of note, “Random walk-ins are still overwhelmingly male, or M/F couples or families.” Her shop’s statistics seem to confirm the trend that Graphic Policy is finding. If so, hopefully we’ll start...

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