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    Alenka Figa

    Alenka Figa is a queer, feminist librarian. She spends her days thinking about how to effectively sing to babies and twittering about comics and her cat at @alenkafiga.

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  • Zine Review: Nonbinary by Melanie Gillman

    Zine Review: Nonbinary by Melanie Gillman1

    Nonbinary Melanie Gillman If you’re a webcomics reader, you may be familiar with Melanie Gillman’s beautifully illustrated As The Crow Flies. Nonbinary still features Gillman’s extraordinary shading and color-sense, but jumps genres into nonfiction, autobio comics. In sixteen pages, the artist crafts a highly accessible and very personal portrait of their experience coming out as

  • Zine Review: Hot Dog Beach #3

    Zine Review: Hot Dog Beach #30

    Hot Dog Beach #3 Art and words by Lale Westvind September 2015 Disclaimer: I received review copies of issues 1-3 of Hot Dog Beach from Lale Westvind. I discovered Lale Westvind’s comic zines when I attended a panel at the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Festival (CAKE) titled “Comic Books and Speculative Fiction.” When the conversation

  • My First Game: Oregon Trail

    My First Game: Oregon Trail2

    • September 24, 2015

    The list of computer games I played as a kid is downright hilarious. My earliest, fuzziest memories are of something my sister and I called “The Miss Piggy Game” in which Miss Piggy rode a spaceship and shot some kind of weaponry. (I’m assuming this was Pigs in Space, but we never owned a video

  • Decoupling Gender: Why You Should Care About Toys

    Decoupling Gender: Why You Should Care About Toys0

    • September 14, 2015

    On August 7th, Target announced that they were eliminating gender-based signage from their toy department. Proponents of the changes celebrated, and opponents released a flurry of negative media coverage. When I discovered the backlash exploding all over Facebook and Twitter I was pretty surprised, because this isn’t a very big change. The move to separate