Author: Kat Overland

Battle of the Sexes Casts a Queer Lens on a Standard Biopic

Battle of the Sexes Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (Directors), Pamela Martin (editor), Linus Sandgren (cinematography), Simon Beaufoy (screenwriter) Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming (cast) September 22, 2017 (USA) Billie Jean King was, and is, an extraordinary woman. She was a World Number One in the sport of women’s tennis, and won thirty-nine Grand Slam titles, twelve of those in singles. She helped the US win seven Fed Cups. She’s been a fierce advocate for women in (and out of) sports, and is a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. There’s a...

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Dragon Con 2017: Highs and Lows

This year, several folks on the WWAC team spent a long Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA, enjoying the combination of panels, programming, and partying that is Dragon Con. With over 80,000 attendees, 400 guests, and a parade, there’s something for everyone at this convention, and this particular con diary. Come for the cosplay gallery, and stay for some well thought out kudos and criticisms of the con. How many times have you been to Dragon Con, and how did this year stack up? Annie Blitzen: As an Atlantan, I’ve been many times throughout my life, but not consistently....

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Ten Minutes with Author Rebecca Moesta

At Dragon Con this year, I caught up with YA author (and personal fave) Rebecca Moesta, best known for her collaborative novels with her husband Kevin J. Anderson. Together they also own publishing house WordFire Press, which prints their older work, out of print work from classic genre authors such as Frank Herbert, and more. We chatted about current YA trends, Young Jedi Knights, and how romance is a different beast than sci-fi. I started off asking her about her stint as an editor of Sparks, Issue #17 of the original fiction anthology Fiction River. What trends in YA are you...

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2017 Ignatz Awards Celebrate Diversity and Community

This year’s Ignatz Awards felt more charged than recent years, and the current political climate felt immediate and present even in the ballroom of the Bethesda Marriott where the ceremony is traditionally held. This wider perspective led to an evening of intensely personal speeches about the power of community, comics, and becoming an active participant in the change you want to see. This year, SPX donated 310 books by SPX creators to the Philadelphia Free Public Library system, an annual tradition. In a break from years past, however, the voting turnout for this year’s awards was huge — over...

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Kickstarting the End of Summer

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s a perfect time to take a look at some assorted comics crowdfunding campaigns! Summer 2017 – 2dcloud Juliacks, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Leif Goldberg, Xia Gordon (contributors) 2dcloud continues their run of Kickstarters to fund another season of really interesting projects — 3 books and two zines. Perfect for the lover of so-called “art comics,” this package offers either physical or digital copies of varied comics, including issue 6 of Altcomics Magazine. Architecture of an Atom by Juliacks is a beautiful hardcover, the print segment of a larger trans-media project. Retreat by Jaakko Pallasvuo...

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