Author: J. A. Micheline

Luke Cage’s Moment of Truth: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

I watched the pilot for Luke Cage Friday morning. The more I thought about it, the more I hated it. And when it comes down to it, it’s a single question: guys, what are you trying to say? Some of it was strictly mechanics. It was an hour long but I felt every painful minute. Less than five minutes in, I was already checking how long I’d been watching. That’s partially on me. The whole opening scene largely revolves around basketball talk and because I don’t watch basketball or know who they were talking about, it dragged. That’s fine, though....

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The Midnighter Roundtables: Stormwatch by Warren Ellis & Bryan Hitch

In a historical move, DC Comics has slated to publish their first comic book title led by a queer couple, Midnighter & Apollo #1, on October 5th. Midnighter and Apollo certainly aren’t the newest kids on the block, however. The two first appeared in 1998’s Stormwatch #4 by Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, and Laura Depuy (now Laura Martin) although their coming out occurred in 1999’s The Authority #8 by the same creative team. After that, they became among the most well-known LGBTQ superheroes. Excited for the new title? We are, which is why we’re hosting this roundtable on Midnighter &...

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Inspiring Women Reading and Writing About Comics Today!

Ed. note: In this series, women of the comics industry reflect on other women working in comics today who are inspiring them. This time I tapped J.A. Micheline, WWAC contributor and Contributing Editor at Comics Bulletin.  If you’d like to contribute to the series, please get in touch with me at megan.purdy@wwacomics.com. Megan Purdy & Claire Napier Let’s get the all-time greats out of the way first: Megan and Claire are the best the comics industry has to offer–critically, editorially, and otherwise. I’ll leave WWAC aside; you’re here already and you know that it’s well-curated and well-cultivated. It’s quite...

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Get In Formation: 3 Takes On Beyoncé’s Lemonade

JAM and Insha both joined Ardo in sharing their feelings regarding Beyoncé’s new visual album Lemonade. It premiered on HBO as a special event two weeks ago and you can watch it for yourself over on Tidal, iTunes, or the physical album which you can order online (I pre-ordered it myself). It was … an experience. Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire, provided the poetry that acted as a connective tissue for each song to form a narrative that included heartbreak, anger, forgiveness, contemplation, power, and the majesty of the black woman. What were your first impressions of Lemonade? Insha Fitzpatrick: To be honest with you,...

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DC Devotees and Making Mine Marvel: What Does Brand Loyalty Mean In Comics?

Are you “a Marvel fan?” Dedicated to DC? Do you have a loyalty to a different publisher or publishing brand? Does this whole idea perplex or enrage you? Where do you stand in terms of publisher loyalty? We’re thinking about it. Was brand or publisher loyalty something you experienced as a younger reader or something you felt encouraged towards by the books you read? Have you made friends (or enemies) based on which house you read from? Kate Tanski: I learned very early when I was getting into comics that you were either a DC fan or a Marvel...

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