• Creativity for Creativity’s Sake

    Creativity for Creativity’s Sake

    What inspires our love of comics and other geek creations is the creativity involved: inventing characters, worlds, and stories and visualizing them in unique ways. Sometimes we read them to escape, to feel connected, to feel challenged. Creativity is a comic creator’s job. I envy that. Deliberately cultivating creativity in my life often feels like a luxury

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  • DC Offers Up Fanfic for CONVERGENCE; Takes All My Money [Gif]

    DC Offers Up Fanfic for CONVERGENCE; Takes All My Money [Gif]

    Okay, everyone, hold the phone. Just stop. Right where you are. I said stop. Are you stopped? Okay, good. Now sit down, because, if you’re like me, you’re going to need a second to collect yourself after I tell you this: CONVERGENCE is basically going to be the DC fanfic of your dreams, and we

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  • Remembering The Night Witches

    Remembering The Night Witches

    To each other they were sisters, with bonds forged in blood and terror. To the Red Army Air Force they were an infuriating feminist sideshow. To the Germans they were simply Nachthexen—Night Witches. [x]

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  • Release The Spectre: Batman Eternal #29-30

    Release The Spectre: Batman Eternal #29-30

    I have to apologize for falling a bit behind with the Batman Eternal recaps. But, I’m all caught up now and ready to discuss what the people of Gotham have been up to in the latest issues. #29 – “The City of Shadow and Doubt” Story by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV Script by

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  • Spoilers: EVERYBODY STAND UP: Naruto Has Left The Building

    Spoilers: EVERYBODY STAND UP: Naruto Has Left The Building

    Spoilers Naruto is over. Long live Bolt, son of Naruto. Yup, friends and readers of a certain age: Naruto is finally done. The Masashi Kishimoto manga, Naruto, has concluded, leading straight into a sequel featuring the original characters’ kids. The anime, I don’t know, it’s probably eternal. But the point is that series-prime, the divining rod

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  • I’m Loving ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition

    I’m Loving ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition

    ElfQuest was the first comic book I really loved. It was also my first “adult” comic; after reading Betty & Veronica digests and incomprehensible 90s X-Men comics as a tween, ElfQuest felt thrilling and new, with just enough sexuality and violence for me to keep the books on a shelf where my parents couldn’t see.

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  • Webcomic Profile: Kylie of TransGirlNextDoor

    Webcomic Profile: Kylie of TransGirlNextDoor

    There are a few webcomics I follow religiously — Kylie’s TransGirlNextDoor is one of them. Started in November of 2013, the comic depicts everyday life as a trans woman. Her art is hilarious and colorful and brings joy to my life, and only leave me wishing there were more comics about being trans. Kylie works as a

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  • Dear NYCC ’14

    Dear NYCC ’14

    Dear NYCC ’14, I’ll admit it. I was the girl looking through my fingers, cringing to my soul at the “I LOVE BIG CANS” banners of you previous incarnation. I wasn’t angry then, just… embarrassed for you. You were the guy in that teen movie, selling out your real friends to look cool for the

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  • Multifarious: But the art of it

    Multifarious: But the art of it

    The rise of curation in popular culture Has the curator supplanted the creator in popular imagination? The Globe and Mail examines the rise of curation as a profession and an art form. The curator’s job has been, among other things, to find the through line. She provides a practical function, telling us who to trust

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  • Selling Comics

    Selling Comics

    The Comics Journal published “Letter to a Young Cartoonist“. James Sturm, co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, published this comic at Medium’s The Nib. The conversation got going in earnest: blah blah blah comics money audience… authenticity? Spike Trotman’s thoughts on twitter (excerpts below) and Brandon Graham’s redraw of Sturm’s strip are some notable current-pro responses. The

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  • Ghost Then and Now: The Reporter is Dead, Long Live the Superheroine

    Ghost Then and Now: The Reporter is Dead, Long Live the Superheroine

    The Dark Horse Comics/Team CGW character Ghost, also known as Elisa Cameron, made her debut in Comics’ Greatest World in 1993. She reappeared in a special in 1994 that developed into a series in 1995. It ran for thirty-six issues before being re-launched in 1998 for another twenty-two issues. In 2012, Kelly-Sue DeConnick and Phil

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  • I’m Not Martha-Freaking-Stewart, but I Can Still Make an Awesome Groot Costume

    I’m Not Martha-Freaking-Stewart, but I Can Still Make an Awesome Groot Costume

    The first thing you have to know about me is that I’m a bit of a dork for Halloween. The second is that I always bite off more than I can chew. So when my six year old son, Little Dude, told me he wanted to be Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy for Halloween

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  • The Twin Peaks Log: S.1 E.4

    The Twin Peaks Log: S.1 E.4

    Welcome to our biweekly roundtable of Twin Peaks where we are working our way through every. Single. Episode. Some of us are regulars and some of us newbies, but none of our experiences are the same. So get yourself a damn fine cup of coffee, watch along with us, and feel free to chime in

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  • Top Five Alternative Superman Stories We Wished Existed

    Top Five Alternative Superman Stories We Wished Existed

    Superman is a character who seems to solve most of his problems with logic through an easy going grin and/or punching nouns. What happens when we dedicate standalone stories to issues people deal with on a regular basis? More importantly, what happens when someone like Superman has to deal with these issues? Stuff happens. Lots

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  • Chicago Zinester Interview: Meghan Ansbach

    Chicago Zinester Interview: Meghan Ansbach

    I had the recent pleasure of exchanging emails with Jersey Shore native, now-Chicagoan zinester Meghan Ansbach. I came across her zine “Everything is Better in Chicago” and adored her way of sharing her thought process on the page.

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  • M|O|O|N Knight: Electronic Sounds To Commit Hyperviolence To

    M|O|O|N Knight: Electronic Sounds To Commit Hyperviolence To

    The relaunch of Moon Knight by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire has been critically acclaimed for good reason. Getting rid of the inaccurately portrayed mental illness Marc Spector had been shackled with, and shedding his supporting cast in favor of different characters and drone equipment, has worked out in Moon Knight’s favor. The

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