• Code Monkey Steal Heart

    Code Monkey Save World #1 (of 4) Greg Pak, Jonathan Coulton, Takeshi Miyazawa, Jessica Kholinne, Simon Bowland Pak Man Productions, 10 Print JoCo, Monkeybrain Comics Code Monkey Save World is a comic inspired by the songs of Jonathan Coulton (Code Monkey, Re: Your Brains, and more), featuring a literal coding monkey who must rescue the

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  • Meeting Captain Manchester: an interview

    Real life superheroes get a lot of press. It doesn’t matter how small your town is, how street-level your gesture–someone is going to write a feature on you. You will be interviewed. There will be local newspaper headlines that sound like Vice swagger: “Our evening on patrol with Salford super-hero, Knight Warrior,” from the Manchester

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  • Race and Gender Roundtable: Part Two

    Welcome to Part Two of our race and gender roundtable, where we talk about creators and authenticity, consumer threat levels, and the future of diversity in comics. You can catch up on Part One of the roundtable here.

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  • Roundtable: Race and Gender in Comics

    The race and gender roundtable is here! Mixing it up were our resident writer Mai Pucik; Arturo Garcia, a writer for Racialicious; writer and comics publisher/editor Talisha Harrison; blogger and webcomic creator Jamie Kingston; and moderator Kelly Kanayama. In part one (of two), we talked about “diversity” characters in comics, the gendering of race, and

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  • Short and Sweet (or Sour): It’s a Blood Bath in Here

    Welcome to Short and Sweet (or Sour), where women who read comics write about the comics they’ve read. In our first outing, the lovely Claire Napier and I review some of the roughest and toughest comics out there, following hitmen, heroes, barbarians, and serial killers as they battle their way across the pages and into

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  • Interview with Black Girl Nerds creator, Jamie Broadnax

    Jamie Broadnax has been blogging since 2007, and in February of 2012 created Black Girl Nerds, a site for blerds (black nerds) to find fellowship around  many geek fandoms. BGN has a great mission statement: “This is a website for every nerdy girl that can finally come out of the closet and tell the world

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  • Review: The Cute Girl Network

    The Cute Girl Network First Second Books MK Reed and G. Means, Joe Flood The Cute Girl Network is not a title that clearly flags a target market. It could be for pre-teen girls. It could be for teen boys, maybe? It could be for teenage girls for sure, or less than respectful young adult

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  • Which Comic Are You Wearing?

    Which Comic Are You Wearing?

    Cosplay is great, but sometimes it’s intimidating. Where will I wear it? How will I make it? Can I afford it, for just one con/just for one Halloween? Will the character suit me? Will people be nasty jerks about my choices? And so on! It’s hard to be a fan. There are ways to cut

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  • SPX: These Are a Few of My Favorite Zines

    Small Press Expo 2013 was held on Sep. 14-15. For a first-time attendee like moi, SPX was an amazing experience, an intense gathering of passionate creators and fans, and contained more comics than the human mind was ever made to comprehend. (Remember the Honest Ed’s scene in Scott Pilgrim and The Infinite Sadness? It was

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  • Summer Movie Roundtable: Part two

    Our Megan Byrd, Mai Pucik, and Ashley Schmuecker, along with guest commentators/hecklers Shannon Rahe and Vicki Essex joined me to talk about summer movies. In this part we discuss Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Wolverine, and the state of the comic book movie. You can find part one here. *** We haven’t talked at all about

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  • Summer Movie Roundtable 2013: Part one

    Hey, it’s our second annual summer movie roundtable! This time we’ve got our own Megan Byrd, Mai Pucik, and Ashley Schmuecker on deck, along with guest commentators/hecklers Shannon Rahe and Vicki Essex. In part one (of two) we talk Pacific Rim, Kick-Ass 2, the Fast and Furious franchise, and so-called “diversity casting”. *** Ok team, let’s

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: So far I hate it

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opens with a soft-toned, unimpassioned voiceover: o brave new world, that has such super-people and super-agents in it. (No exclamation mark). It moves from there to a series of familiar situations, peopled with familiar characters. The sassy hacker. The loner super spy. The down on his luck dad-turned-hero. The tough girl agent

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  • Review: Battle of the Atom #1 & All-New X-Men #16

    Battle of the Atom #1 & All-New X-Men #16 Marvel Comics Brian Michael Bendis Frank Cho & Stuart Immonen In 1980’s “Days of Future Past,” Kate Pryde travels through time to change the events that lead to her dark, Sentinel-overrun dystopian future. The year of that dystopian future? 2013. Now that 2013 is actually here—and

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  • Interview with Joan Reilly

    Joan Reilly is a fantastically talented artist and half of the amazing team that put together an anthology discussing feminism in, and through, comics. The Big Feminist BUT: Comics About Women, Men and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism came out July 8th and is available online. Her work has appeared in Studs Terkel’s

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  • All Star Lois Lane: Superman, icons, personhood and love

    A look at All Star Superman, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Clark’s current date calendar

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  • Review: The Wolverine, The Softer Side of Awesome

    I’m going to say it. The Wolverine was my favorite X-men movie thus far (sorry, X-men First Class). Those who enjoyed the campy, super-power driven earlier movies might be disappointed though. The movie took its time, and took itself very seriously. That’s probably best for a movie that features atomic bombs and suicide.

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