• 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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  • Hogwarts, After Dark: Event and Interview

    Hogwarts, After Dark: Event and Interview

    On Thursday, September 4th, I headed out of my home long after the sun had set. Like a young Mr. Harry Potter, I entered the train depot alone, unsure of what awaited me. Maybe I would find my Ron and Hermione on this Red line trip to the Northside of Chicago, I thought. Of course,

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  • Put Another Dime In The Jukebox: Spider-Gwen Ongoing Announced

    Put Another Dime In The Jukebox: Spider-Gwen Ongoing Announced

    The news we’d been hoping for finally broke. Last Friday at New York Comic Con, Marvel announced that Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman, would be getting an ongoing starting in February 2015.

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  • Multifarious: The Rude Art of the Polite Protest

    Multifarious: The Rude Art of the Polite Protest

    NSFW: Painted nudity. This week it’s all art we love and art we love talking about. Welcome back to Multifarious! Artist Janet Bruesselbach has begun a series of gorgeous oil portraits of trans women, Daughters of Mercury. She’s currently raising funds for the project on Kickstarter. 

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  • Remember Swimsuit Issues? I Miss Those

    Remember Swimsuit Issues? I Miss Those

    When Marvel presented its Milo Manara variant cover to Spiderwoman #1, the internet exploded with people condemning both Marvel and the artist for the unnecessary sexualization of the character. The defenders of Manara’s work argue that you can find similar poses at a yoga studio or complain that male superheroes are sexualized, too. Some of

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  • Kickstarter of the Week: The First Annual Journal of Bicycle Feminism

    Kickstarter of the Week: The First Annual Journal of Bicycle Feminism

    The legacy of the zine lives on. This week’s Kickstarter of the Week focuses on a zine-turning-annual that focuses on building the feminist bicyclist revolution. Vive la revolution! The aim of the Kickstarter campaign for The First Annual Journal of Bicycle Feminism aims to fund the making of their first annual. The theme is grief

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