Author: LB Royal

Is Tank Girl Still the Girl You Want?

Riding on the heels of the successfully crowd funded 21st Century Tank Girl we’re getting another Tank Girl run from Titan Comics–Two Girls One Tank, written by Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin with art by Brett Parson. But is Tank Girl still the girl you want, or is this new run going to be just as dated as that gross viral video the title alludes to? You know that one. Yeah, that happened about a decade ago. But let’s do this. Disclaimer: I love Tank Girl. She was my idol in high school. She took no shit, had a shaved...

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Before there was Kamala Khan there was Scout Montana: Sophie Campbell & Spike Trotman on the Shadoweyes Kickstarter

Back in 2010, Sophie Campbell published Shadoweyes, a riveting dystopian science fiction superhero comic about a young woman of color, Scout, who is unexpectedly imbued with superpowers and sets to making the city she lives in a better place for her community. With stunning, gritty art and queer and social justice themes, Shadoweyes rocked the framework of what superhero comics could be when it was first published. It was radical—and it didn’t get half the attention it deserved. Now Sophie Campbell has partnered with C. Spike Trotman of Iron Circus Comics to bring this comic back in full color with...

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Top 10 Fantastic Female Characters of IDW’s TMNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) has always been a bit of a boys’ club. The franchise originated in 1984 as a comic made by men, for men (or you know, mostly for themselves, since it was essentially just Daredevil fanfic). It then became a cartoon targeted at little boys in 1987—and the trend has gone on strong since. Ninja Turtles has always had a smattering of female characters included in its cast, from scientists to time travelers to news reporters, and while they have played integral roles in the turtles’ world, they have also often been objectified, subjected to the male gaze,...

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Mutanimals: Renegades, Mutants and Queers (An Interview with Paul Allor)

Mutanimals is a rousing story about outsiders; mutants, freaks and monsters coming together to fight for their right to survive. Paul Allor coalesced a hokey team of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spin-off characters into a band of renegade freedom fighters whose story is riveting from the first page of this miniseries to the last. Allor took a moment to chat with us here at Women Write About Comics about the Mutanimals, reclaiming agency in the face of past trauma, and the first queer character in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Please note that this interview contains spoilers (though we just...

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“April and Casey are hardcore”: Interview with Mariko Tamaki and Irene Koh

IDW Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is killin it, delighting old school fans and newcomers alike. Seriously, if you’re a fan of the turtles, or have always been interested but never knew where to start with TMNT comics, it’s an incredible turtles ‘verse to dig into. Mariko Tamaki, writer, and Irene Koh, artist, are expanding on that universe with their Casey & April mini series, following an unmasked Casey Jones and fan-favourite redhead April O’Neil, and WWAC had a chance to chat with them about it. Thanks so much for chatting with us, you two. How’s this to start...

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