• Review: Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

    Review: Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

    Seconds Bryan Lee O’Malley  Ballantine Books Katie Clay is getting it together. The protagonist of Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s highly-anticipated follow-up to the Scott Pilgrim series, Katie by all appearances has her life in order. A twenty-something with red, spiky Sonic the Hedgehog hair, she’s the executive chef at Seconds, a cozy and popular little

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  • Comixology adds over 4,000 comics and graphics novels to their DRM-free library

    Comixology adds over 4,000 comics and graphics novels to their DRM-free library

    Comixology announced the second wave of publishers participating in their DRM-free library. The DRM-free backup feature was announced earlier this year during the Comixology panel at San Diego Comic Con, with a first round of publishers Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. Comixology also gave the option to

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  • Sailor Twain and the Misty Medium

    Sailor Twain and the Misty Medium

    “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-Force

    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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  • Con Diaries: Small Press Expo 2014

    Con Diaries: Small Press Expo 2014

    Small Press Expo, held on Sept. 13-14 in Bethesda, Maryland, is the convention for independent and self-published comics on the East Coast. This was only my second time at SPX (accompanied by buddy and WWAC guest contributor Rebecca Heneley) but it’s already one of my favorite events of the year. Here are some highlights from

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  • Moonie Musings: Revisiting the Sailor Moon Manga Volume 5

    Moonie Musings: Revisiting the Sailor Moon Manga Volume 5

    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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  • Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics?

    Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics?

    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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  • Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (8)

    Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (8)

    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 — although I

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  • Fan Expo Con Diary: Days 2 and 3

    Fan Expo Con Diary: Days 2 and 3

    Day 2 of my Fan Expo 2014 experience was the busiest, and also pretty amazing now that I’ve slept enough to look back fondly on my hours in the convention center. It started early, with a 6 am wake-up call and a nap on the subway, as I endeavoured to snag a good seat at

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  • The DC Daily Planet: Crisis Not Averted

    The DC Daily Planet: Crisis Not Averted

    Happy Friday, caped crusaders! I don’t know about you, but this week has been all uphill over here. Fortunately, it’s almost over, and we can all party for the weekend! My place at 8, bring margaritas, okay?

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  • Ghost in the Shell the Live: Our Fancasting

    Ghost in the Shell the Live: Our Fancasting

    I hate the idea of a liveaction Ghost in the Shell! It has no business being live or using human actors; it’s about augmented bodies of the future. They don’t exist yet, so they can’t be filmed — and if they did the concept art would have to push things further. It’s science fiction. Centre of

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  • Comic Variant Covers: A Brief Guide

    Comic Variant Covers: A Brief Guide

    So you’re browsing Twitter or your favorite artist’s Tumblr, and suddenly you come across cover artwork that is breathtaking. But somehow, three months later, this comic is no where to be seen on the shelf. Did it sell out before you got to your local comic shop? Did your store get a sub-standard cover while

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  • Zine-Sized Review: Not-So-Butch

    Zine-Sized Review: Not-So-Butch

    Not-so-butch MariNaomi Self-published minicomic 2011 On my last trip to the local comic bookstore I picked up my normal random stack of zines among the anthologies and graphic novels I had saved up to buy. In this most recent collection of tiny comics was MariNaomi’s Not-so-butch. In the store I had considered buying her larger

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  • From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey

    From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey

    Our middle school years are ones we either look back on fondly, cringe away from, or hold with some combination of both. For me, the blurry memories of prepubescence are a mix of both, but they also marked my initiation into the world of manga.

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  • Fan Expo Con Diary: Day 1

    There’s nothing like seeing a Stormtrooper in your subway car to wake one up on a muggy Friday morning. Even as Toronto residents poured out of the city for Labour Day weekend, Fan Expo Canada pulled thousands into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for four days of panels and celebrities from comics, science-fiction/fantasy, anime, and

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  • Queer Comics Panel At BCC

    Whether you’re representing women or LGBTQ or any other minority  in comics, there’s a lot of similarity in the issues. The Queer Comics panel at Boston Comic Con covered lots of ground including the progress being made in the mainstream, writing characters you don’t know, and encouraging more characters. 

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