• Kickstarter of the Week: Daughters of Mercury

    Kickstarter of the Week: Daughters of Mercury

    Trans women haven’t historically been represented in traditional oil painting. Artist Janet Bruesselbach wants to change that with a new series of paintings, Daughters of Mercury. Janet took a few moments to share what inspired the project and what she brings the art as a classically-trained artist. In the Daughters of Mercury Kickstarter campaign, Janet

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  • Review: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

    Review: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

    Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 Robbie Morrison (writer), Dave Taylor (artist) Titan Comics Creating a tie-in comic for an ongoing live-action TV property must, I imagine, be something like unicycling on a tightrope while juggling. You’re effectively translating at the same time as telling a story, taking characters performed by actors and rendering their

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  • Yet More Violence: Michael Bay’s Transformers Against IDW’s Transformers

    Yet More Violence: Michael Bay’s Transformers Against IDW’s Transformers

    This post contains spoilers for Transformers: Punishment; Age of Extinction; Windblade; Dark Cybertron; More than Meets the Eye; Robots in Disguise; and Last Stand of the Wreckers. The Transformer movies, the best selling interpretation of the brand, are simultaneously the most ideologically opposed to the stories of the IDW comic book continuity and the most racist,

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  • Reviews Roulette: Creepy #18, Costume Quest, and I Was the Cat

    Reviews Roulette: Creepy #18, Costume Quest, and I Was the Cat

     I Was the Cat Paul Tobin (W) Benjamin Dewey (A) Oni Press On the roulette wheel of random comics review, sometimes you win and sometimes your prize is playing the game. I had not previously heard of I Was the Cat before it was randomly assigned to me to review. I started reading with a

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  • Wrap up of Baltimore Comic Con

    Wrap up of Baltimore Comic Con

    Time for my long overdue wrap up of Baltimore Comic Con! (Sorry it has taken so long; health stuff.) Baltimore Comic Con was held Sept 5-7 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is another con that seems to have grown exponentially since last year, though the promoters do not release the attendance numbers, so it

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  • Where Do We Stand? September Comic Sales

    Where Do We Stand? September Comic Sales

    Topping the Diamond’s top ten lists are two beloved characters, Marvel’s Wolverine and DC’s Batman. Taking the top two spots on single issue list is Death of Wolverine #1 and #2. The weekly mini series is getting so much buzz that even NPR’s All Things Considered has a piece about it. First prize on the

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  • Off With Her Head! Klimt Goes To Drakulon: A Discussion of Art, Reference, and Story

    Off With Her Head! Klimt Goes To Drakulon: A Discussion of Art, Reference, and Story

    Gorgeous, right? This is Judith and the Head of Holofernes, or Judith I, by Klimt. Gustav Klimt is enduringly famous, as his work should be — it’s also often referenced. Judith, the subject of the picture, is an Old Testament heroine who achieves political grace by gratifying and then beheading the general who is ransacking her

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  • Review: Red Sonja, The Black Tower #2

    Review: Red Sonja, The Black Tower #2

    Red Sonja: The Black Tower #2 Frank Tieri (w) Cezar Razek (a) Amanda Connor (covers) Dynamite October 15, 2014 Issue 2 of Frank Tieri’s Red Sonja mini-series, The Black Tower, just arrived in stores. Let’s check in and see how our ample-bosomed, red-headed heroine is faring? If you need a refresher, you can read the

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  • DICE Interview: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    DICE Interview: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    In the last and longest of my DICE interviews, I talked to Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie about their hit gods-as-pop-stars comic The Wicked and the Divine. Editor Chrissy Williams was also on hand to provide clarifications and additional wit. We covered a lot of ground, including pop culture, the generation of ideas, cultural appropriation,

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  • You Wanted a Movement? #StopGamerGate2014

    You Wanted a Movement? #StopGamerGate2014

    Yesterday afternoon, Utah State University was sent anonymous threats of violence. “Feminists have ruined my life,” the man claimed. He would shoot up the university, targeting women, especially feminists, if Anita Sarkeesian was allowed to give a planned talk on sexism in video games. The talk was cancelled. To be clear: I didn't cancel my USU

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  • Review: Thor #1

    Review: Thor #1

    Thor #1 Jason Aaron (writer), Russell Dautermann (art) Marvel Comics October 1, 2014 Thor is no longer worthy, and the fact that his replacement will be a female has been hyped for a few months now. Time to see if this hype pays off. If you were following Marvel’s recent epic crossover event, Original Sin, you’d

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  • DICE Interview: Becky Cloonan

    DICE Interview: Becky Cloonan

    The DICE interviews continue with artist, writer, and all-around outstanding creator Becky Cloonan. She currently writes the new series Gotham Academy and is the principal artist on The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Her past work includes the Eisner Award-winning The Mire, Conan the Barbarian, and American Virgin. Cloonan is also the first woman ever

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  • New to Manga: Trying Pluto by Naoki Urasawa

    New to Manga: Trying Pluto by Naoki Urasawa

    As the title of this post suggests, I am a relative newcomer to manga. I’ve seen my fair share of anime and devoured every volume of Sailor Moon and Full Metal Alchemist, but I’ve never really attempted to explore the great body of work that is Japanese comics—which in hindsight seems rather silly, given how much

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  • Review: Rat Queens #8

    Review: Rat Queens #8

    Rat Queens #8 Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer), Roc Upchurch (art/colours) Image Comics | Shadowline Productions October 2014 Apparently Wiebe went and had himself a baby girl, Willow Kate—so I suppose we can forgive him for the delay in getting Rat Queens #8 into our impatiently waiting hands. Congratulations, Mr. Wiebe! Looking forward to the new

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  • Products Over People: What GamerGate Gets Wrong

    Products Over People: What GamerGate Gets Wrong

    When I was ten and my brother twelve, we got Sunday morning paper routes. He used his money to buy gaming consoles; I used mine to buy comics. He stayed up late most nights gaming, and most mornings he’d be dead to the world in compensation. I was stuck delivering his share of the papers so often (thanks, bud!)

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  • Webcomic Capsules:  The Cute!

    Webcomic Capsules: The Cute!

    Sometimes you’ve had a rough, rough day, and you need the cute. The webcomics I’m reviewing below bring the cute artistically—and sometimes their subject matter is just as serious as real life. Positive Doodles Emm Roy Genre: Inspirational Cuteness Updates: Usually daily You can’t get any simpler than positive doodles.  These are small, cutely rendered

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