• The Tangled Relationship Between Comics and Religion (Part One)

    The Tangled Relationship Between Comics and Religion (Part One)

    My cocktail party introduction of myself is basically, “I’m a religion scholar working on a dissertation that uses a comics to interpret religious text.” Maybe it’s not the smoothest handshake, but it’s a place to start. When I tell people this, I occasionally get quizzical looks from strangers who wonder how comics relate to religion

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  • Cook Your Comics: Lumberjanes Dinner in Foil

    Cook Your Comics: Lumberjanes Dinner in Foil

    In April 1986, I was nine years old. I lived in San Angelo, out in West Texas. I was a  member of a Camp Fire Boys and Girls troop, which is an inclusive scouting organization for both boys and girls. One Friday, my Camp Fire troop trekked out to a campground in the wilderness to

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  • Soska Sisters Ushering Painkiller Jane to a Theatre Near You

    Soska Sisters Ushering Painkiller Jane to a Theatre Near You

    In need of more female-led superhero movies? The Soska Sisters have got you covered: Jen and Sylvia Soska have signed up to direct a film adaptation of Painkiller Jane. The cult hit comic created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada features a cop who finds herself with “preternatural regenerating abilities and a high tolerance for

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  • Review: Ms. Marvel 5

    Review: Ms. Marvel 5

    Ms. Marvel #5 G. Willow Wilson (W) Adrian Alphona (A) Marvel Comics In this issue, Kamala takes on Doyle, the shiftless teen in charge of the other shiftless teens Vick has gotten involved with.

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  • Moonie Musings: Revisiting the Sailor Moon Manga (Volume 3)

    Moonie Musings: Revisiting the Sailor Moon Manga (Volume 3)

    Fighting evil by moonlight? You’re not alone. Sailor Moon made history as one of the most popular shoujo (traditionally, manga and anime targeted towards a younger female audience) manga ever released, and 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the Senshi.

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  • Death Comes for Archie: Life With Archie #36

    Death Comes for Archie: Life With Archie #36

    Life With Archie #36 Paul Kupperberg (W), Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash (A) Archie Comics Life With Archie # 36 opens slow, with the eponymous everyteen hero, Archie Andrews, looking back on his life and adventures in Riverdale. Life With Archie is not the Double Digests you might remember, it’s an adventure book, heavy

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  • Interview with Dani Jones

    Interview with Dani Jones

    Dani Jones is a graphic artist and writer with a gorgeous portfolio. Her book publications include Monsters vs. Kittens, My Sister the Freak, and Zombie Bunny. Jones’ work maintains a consistent theme of scary things mashing up with cute things, with an end result of everyone ending up adorable. The world needs more instances of

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  • Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (1)

    Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (1)

    The Major, or Motoko Kusanagi, is the protagonist of each incarnation of the Ghost in the Shell manga-anime-merchadise franchise. If you care to google, Motoko Kusanagi is autocompletes to “a man” and “is hot,” then “in bed with a boy” and “in bed.” For a science-fiction philosophy character named for her military position, we (the audience —

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