Author: KM Bezner

Incredible Indie Tuesday: Oni Announces New Imprint Limerence Press

Yesterday, Portland-based indie publisher Oni Press announced the launch of Limerence Press, an adult imprint that will publish erotica and sex education comics. This imprint will be “focused on positive, diverse, and approachable stories that reflect a wide variety of emotional and intimate experiences.” Oni Press Managing Editor Ari Yarwood, who will be heading Limerence, also stated that these comics will “reflect the wonderful spectrum of human sexuality.” Limerence will kick off its line of sex ed comics with the first three print volumes of the popular webcomic Oh Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. This weekly sex toy review started in...

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Dogears: An Unscripted History of Dragons

My Unscripted Life Lauren Morrill Delacorte (Random House) October 11, 2016 Lauren Morrill is a comforting voice in YA fiction, with contemporary romances that aren’t surprising but still engaging. But My Unscripted Life is the least captivating of her books thus far—it’s a novel that elevates romance at the expense of character development and story growth. Dee is a cookie-cutter character, and I struggled throughout the novel to differentiate her from other contemporary YA romance protagonists who find themselves in close quarters with celebrity boys. Parallels are easy to draw between this novel and Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What...

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Incredible Indie Tuesday: We Have This Conversation Every Year

Sorry about the disappearance last week! I know I missed a biggie: the announcement of the Eisner nominations. The up side of my absence is that it gave me a lot of time to think about how webcomics fit into the Eisners as a whole. And plenty of time for me to have the same argument I have every year, which is how poorly the digital comics community is represented. I’m sure you’ve already seen them, but to recap, here are the nominees for best digital/webcomic: Bandette by Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology) Fresh Romance edited by Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press/comiXology) The...

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Incredible Indie Tuesday: Let’s Talk About Zines

I’ve been thinking a lot about zines lately. For centuries people have published and distributed their writings to tell stories, share ideas, and build relationships. And as far as independent comics go, these self-published booklets are about as indie as you can get. But one of the drawbacks of underground communities is that they can be hard to access from the outside. This is certainly changing, with zines showing up in Etsy shops, zine fests popping up around the country, and online communities devoted to the making and sharing of zines. But if you’re still not sure where to...

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Incredible Indie Tuesday: Exciting News from Image Expo!

Last Wednesday in Seattle, Image Comics held the 6th Image Expo, an all-day event for creators to meet with press, retailers and fans. But it’s not your typical convention: there are no vendors and panels focus primarily on discussing upcoming releases with writers, artists and other team members. The convention began with publisher Eric Stephenson’s inspiring keynote, after which creators took turns on stage to announce Image projects forthcoming in 2016 and 2017. Below is information on all 20 announced comics. Horizon by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon and Frank Martin 13 July 2016 from Skybound On the brink of self-destruction and desperate...

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