• Sailor Twain and the Misty Medium

    Sailor Twain and the Misty Medium0

    “Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.”—Gunter Grass Most artists know that if they are drawing with charcoal, they might as well throw themselves down an old Victorian era chimney. While it’s a forgiving medium in the sense that even non-artists can achieve a level of mediocrity with charcoal,

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  • The Best at Being You: Mental Health, Self-Image, and X-Force

    The Best at Being You: Mental Health, Self-Image, and X-Force1

    In my grand tradition of waiting much too long to read good comics, I didn’t read the new X-Force by Si Spurrier and Rock-He Kim until late last month. It’s ridiculously enjoyable, with a cast that features a non-fetishized Psylocke, strong representation of LGBTQ people, and deeply flawed characters. The members of X-Force are hot-tempered,

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  • Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics?

    Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics?4

    This post is the first of two Comics Academe pieces from guest writer Katherine Tanski — I’d introduce her fully, but she does a good job of that for herself. My name is Kate, and I’m a recovering academic. Like all good recovering academics, I feel the need to share my experiences and impart (what I

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