Author: Véronique Emma Houxbois

Triangulating Looks: Fashion, Beauty, & Style in Comics

Editor’s note: Sequential Sartorial was a column about the use of personal style to express character and context in comic book narratives. It was one I felt strongly about, but wasn’t one I managed to keep up. It was too easy to go negative, and too time-intensive to find really great examples of really communicative comic book style. This is why I’m extra glad to introduce a new limited series — Triangulating Looks — by one established contributor, driving the conversation, and one new one, providing the expertise. You’re in good hands with Véronique and Effy, so please lend them your...

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WWAC’s Favorite Big Press Comics of 2016

Southern Cross Becky Cloonan (Writer and Cover Artist), Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge (Artists) Image Comics Southern Cross looked like something I would not like. For all of my love of things beginning with Star (Wars, Trek, etc.), I’m actually pretty afraid of space. And space stories where scary stuff happens? Certainly too frightening. Wrong! This is a story about a woman, Alex, traveling to space in search of her sister, but nothing is quite what it seems. Alex acts the part of detective to discover the truth about her sister’s whereabouts, along the way uncovering the mystery behind a missing...

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Iconic Scenes: Beauty and the Beast’s “A Tale As Old As Time”

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and was the first Disney film to incorporate digital animation. Since its release, Belle has become an integral part of Disney’s Princess brand, and the film has been adapted into a stage musical and as a live action film, due out later this year. The film is typical for Disney’s fairy tale adaptations with less grimm and gore, more singing, dancing and animal sidekicks. Perhaps its most famous scene is when, midway through Belle’s captivity, an isolated Belle and Beast have a ball for two and dance in the manor’s...

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WWAC Pagans: A Roundtable

Today is a magical day! It’s Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, or you know, Halloween. For some pagans (not all though!), it’s a big deal, it’s like our New Year. I asked four WWAC pagans, which would include me, your lifestyle editor, to talk about their pagan identities, their favorite practices, and cultural appropriation in paganism. Not only is it appropriate for the day, but it looks like the witchcraft trend isn’t going anywhere at least for now. Since pagan has a lot of variability, contentious variability at that, can you specify where your identification falls on the pagan spectrum?...

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The Killing Joke Is a Bad Joke that Just Won’t R.I.P

The animated adaptation of the comic The Killing Joke was officially released on July 25th. So far, only a few WWAC contributors have seen it and all declined to review it. Instead we got together to discuss adaptation’s controversial addition of a sexual relationship between Barbara Gordon and Bruce Wayne, and our thoughts on the story’s continued popularity and place in the comics canon. So…Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl has sex with Batman in the already controversial The Killing Joke. What do you think? Claire Napier: Well, I’m laughing. But it’s an “at, not with” situation. Tragic piece of nerdery. Amber...

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