• Review: Pregnant Butch

    Review: Pregnant Butch

    Pregnant Butch A. K. Summers (W) (A) Soft Skull Press Pregnancy. The word alone is painful to look at. Bringing a new life into the world is no joke, but A. K. Summers’ Pregnant Butch brings a fresh perspective and some laughs to the whole ordeal/gift/whatever-you-feel-like-calling-it. Her story touches on experiences shared by almost all

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  • My Week in Comics Events, Part 1: (Super)Hero with 1000 Faces

    My Week in Comics Events, Part 1: (Super)Hero with 1000 Faces

    Last week Monday, I attended the (Super)Hero with 1000 Faces event at the British Library. The event was associated with the Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibit, which focuses on themes of rebellion and anarchy in British comics. The lineup was a mix of academics and creative professionals: Drs. Sarah Zaidan and Will Brooker in the first

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  • The Chimpanzee Complex Reviewed: Intrigue, Love, & Rockets

    The Chimpanzee Complex Reviewed: Intrigue, Love, & Rockets

    The Chimpanzee Complex, volume 1: Paradox Richard Marazano & Jean-Michel Ponzio Cinebook Here’s a closer look at Helen Friedman, Floridian, NASA’s best astronaut in 2035, and protagonist of The Chimpanzee Complex, a bande-dessinee written by Richard Marazano, illustrated by Jean-Michel Ponzio, and published by Dargaud (French) before Cinebook (English): This is a space comic: a comic about astronauts, and exploration, and mystery,

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  • A Day at the Pop Culture Expo

    A Day at the Pop Culture Expo

    I ventured to the Pop Culture Expo, a fledgling convention held in Wilmington, Massachusetts. From the start the experience had a carnival feel, from the parking attendants directing me to park in the dirt lot, to the three food trucks in front of the worn out ticket booths, to the gym-esque auditorium complete with bleachers

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  • On IDW’s Transformers: The Robot Politique

    On IDW’s Transformers: The Robot Politique

    The IDW Transformers books are smarter than comics about transforming toy robots that shoot lasers at each other have any right to be. It helps that their creative teams aren’t content to just follow a comic writing schema along the lines of “introduce new faction member who is going to be on the shelves in

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  • Keeper: Football Comics for Horror Fans

    Keeper: Football Comics for Horror Fans

    Football played by men is going on all around us, in this, the year of “World Cup 2014”. That’s not entirely interesting to me, but maybe it is to you, and besides — the irrelevance of American Football to my life did not keep me from enjoying Down Set Fight! A story is a story, no matter

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  • Archery! Comics! Shooting lines: Adrienne’s Answers

    Archery! Comics! Shooting lines: Adrienne’s Answers

    Our own staff editor Adrienne is the focus of this week’s archery profile! Tell us about yourself. Are you currently an active archer? Currently inactive but hoping to get back into it. I took up the bow 2 years ago when a friend and I were doing our usual walk around the local lake and

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  • Moonie Musings: Revisiting the Sailor Moon Manga (Volume 2)

    Moonie Musings: Revisiting the Sailor Moon Manga (Volume 2)

    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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  • Kickstarter of the Week: Toe Tag Riot

    Kickstarter of the Week: Toe Tag Riot

    Matt Miner (Liberator, Occupy Comics) and Sean Von Gorman (Occupy Comics, FUBAR) are teaming up again, this time for a comic about zombie punks eating racists and homophobes. Eating them in the un-fun way, I mean. As of writing, Toe Tag Riot is $690 and thirty-one hours away from meeting its goal on Kickstarter. If funded,

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  • The DC Daily Planet: Another One Bites The Dust

    The DC Daily Planet: Another One Bites The Dust

    Good morning, DC devotees! I’ve got some follow-up from last week for you this morning, along with some exciting new casting news from the erstwhile National Comics, so grab your trenchcoat and magnifying glass and let’s examine the scene, shall we? I was sad to hear of that DC is canceling the Adventures of Superman,

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  • Where Do We Stand: May Comic Sales

    Where Do We Stand: May Comic Sales

    Each month, Diamond Comics Distributors releases data on the top selling products from single issue comics, to graphic novels and trade paperbacks, to toys. So far this year, the trend shows the top single issue comic sales heavy with superhero stories from Marvel and DC, but diversity is growing in the trade paperback and graphic

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  • Heroes Con Posts Harassment Policy

    Heroes Con Posts Harassment Policy

    Con Season is well upon us. Cosplayers are finalizing their designs, creators are flirting with carpal tunnel from signings, and con staff are trying to make sure they won’t be faceplanting into accusations of harrassment, and more importantly, that everyone who attends will feel safe and comfortable — as comfortable as you can be in

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  • Review: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu

    Review: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu

    Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Mike Benson, Writer Tan Eng Huat, Pencils Craig Yeung, Inks Marvel Comics I hadn’t even noticed there was a new Deadly Hands of Kung Fu title until I was going for my week’s comics and noticed Misty Knight on the cover of issue #2. I immediately went back and bought

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  • Judge Anderson Makes Her IDW Debut

    Judge Anderson Makes Her IDW Debut

    This August, IDW will expand its Judge Dredd universe with upcoming series Judge Anderson: Psi-Division, which chronicles the early adventures of Mega-City One’s favorite telepathic Judge. Written by 2000AD editor Matt Smith with Carl Critchlow on art, the series takes place before IDW’s main Judge Dredd title. The first story arc, “King of the Six

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  • em est at TCAF

    em est at TCAF

    Mangaka em est, AKA Maki Satoh, made her reputation with three collections of yaoi stories and work in Japanese Boy’s Love magazines, but it’s already clear that her career is going to be anything but typical.

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  • Cons & Panels: How Fans Drive the Conversation

    Cons & Panels: How Fans Drive the Conversation

    I attended my first comic book convention ten years ago this summer. I was about to leave home for college and decided that it was time I fully immerse myself in my nerd habits. I made myself a Dark Phoenix costume and never looked back.

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