Author: Ray Sonne

Webcomic Wonders: Natalie Riess

Curious about webcomics and where to start? Get insight from those on the ground floor. Now a significant focal point in terms of queer comics and readership, webcomics have flourished over the last few years as a diverse community. Curious about the creators’ perspectives, our intrepid reporter interviewed several at Flame Con 2017, Brooklyn’s annual LGBTQ comic and pop culture convention. You may best know Natalie Riess for her comic Space Battle Lunchtime, which was published by Oni Press, or her recently-completed webcomic Snarlbear. She also writes and colors Dungeon Critters, with Sara Goetter (pencils, inks, and letters). She’s...

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Roundtable: The Wild Storm #8

The Wild Storm #8 Warren Ellis (writer), Jon Davis-Hunt (artist), Steve Buccellato (colorist), Simon Bowland (letterer) WildStorm (DC Comics imprint) October 18, 2017 In the murky depths of the Distant Past, there was another world. A world of pouches and unnecessarily large guns. A world with a lot of compound words where the second word was capitalized even though it was in the middle of a word. A world much like the DC Universe, but with more scowling: the WildStorm Universe. Separately, Rae Epstein and Annie Blitzen became fans of the comics line that gave them a chain-smoking lightning...

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Cover Girl: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

Each month, we gather a team of WWAC contributors to analyze a new and notable comic book cover featuring a woman. This month Ray, Alexis, Kayleigh, Veronique, and Melissa got together to talk about the cover to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, the hit queer manga memoir by Nagata Kabi and published in English by Seven Seas. What is your initial reaction to this as a piece of comic art? Ray Sonne: A little scandalized and then a little aroused. The center of the comic starts at the unknown woman’s nipple so that’s where our gaze lands (scandalized) and pulls...

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No Take, Only Throw: Irony and Webcomics’ Political Relevance

On July 18th, 2015 cupcakelogic on Tumblr posted a simple, three-paneled webcomic on her blog. The comic depicted her new dog and the ironic conundrum she faced. The penciled dog, holding a ball in her mouth, wants her person to throw it. “Pls throw??” the dog asks in the first panel, eyebrows lifted up to indicate her hopefulness. This panel is exposition–both introducing the dog and the yet-to-be seen person–and establishment of tension. Will the person choose to throw the ball? Will they not? The panel ends on a cliffhanger, leading the reader to eagerly continue the strip. The...

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Review: Wonder Woman Is Inspiring, But Not Intersectional

One aspect of Warner Bros’ DC Entertainment heroes is a godliness that has proven difficult to translate on screen as of late, a problem that Marvel Entertainment hasn’t had to the same level. Man of Steel’s critics lament over its lack of lightness to this day, Batman v. Superman fell to weakness on the cutting room floor, and Suicide Squad found itself plagued by similar editing issues. It started to look like the DC cinematic universe was never going to find its footing through the jaded tone of its films. Until now. When Wonder Woman‘s eponymous superhero makes her debut, pushed...

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