• Stories from Comics Academe: The Culture of Production in Marvel’s Media Franchises

    Stories from Comics Academe: The Culture of Production in Marvel’s Media Franchises

    On May 1, 2014, I attended Derek Johnson’s lecture, “My Hero?: The Practices and Politics of Sharing Worlds in Marvel’s Media Franchises” presented by the University of California at Irvine Humanities Collective. Johnson is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches identity and hierarchy in the production of

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  • CAKE 2014: An Overview of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

    CAKE 2014: An Overview of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

    Imagine you’re in an artist alley at a large convention. Now take all of the self-published creators making comics that don’t look like anything else being sold on the con floor. This is the fringe. This is CAKE.

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  • Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Random House (Delacorte Press) I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends — the Liars — whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution.

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  • Harassment and Cons: Problems First, Solutions Second

    Harassment and Cons: Problems First, Solutions Second

    Whenever you mix lots of people from various backgrounds, interests, and geographic locations in a not-my-real-life experience, there’s bound to be friction. Most women, and some men, have sexual harassment stories from attending parties, or bars, or even professional development conferences. Harassment isn’t limited to comic cons.

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  • Review: Ms. Marvel #4

    Review: Ms. Marvel #4

    Review: Ms. Marvel #4 Continuing the review of the premiere arc of Marvel’s newest superheroine, Kamala Khan. “Past Curfew” I did a reread of all three issues before working on reviewing issue #4 so I could go write with my head fully in Kamala’s world. SPOILER WARNING! This series is as much recap as review,

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  • Lilli Carré Interview

    Lilli Carré Interview

    Lilli Carré is one of a kind. Her style is all her own; I’ve never seen anything else like it. The stories she weaves and the images she creates have a trademark air of melancholy, regardless of genre.

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  • BookCon 2014: “What Even Is This Place?”

    BookCon 2014: “What Even Is This Place?”

    Early March: I get a lot of advertisement emails, as a Librarian, to attend various conferences with long acronyms for names: YALSA, ASCLA, PALA, etc etc. So when I got one that simply said “BookCon”, I was intrigued by the overt simplicity of the name. BookCon. A Book Convention. A quick look told me it

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  • Incredible Indie Tuesday: Web Comics Galore!

    Incredible Indie Tuesday: Web Comics Galore!

    Smut Peddler Creator’s Comic Poorcraft to be Serialized as Free Webcomic C. Spike Trotman, the creator behind big Kickstarter successes SmutPeddler and Sleep of Reason, has just started serializing her book Poorcraft as a webcomic.  Poorcraft is all about the tricks to getting by on a low income and has lots of practical advice for those out there making less than

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  • June Staff Picks: Comics

    June Staff Picks: Comics

    High Crimes #7 Christoper Sebela (W) and Ibrahim Moustafa (A) Monkeybrain Comics Finally, this Eisner-nominated digital comic has a new issue!  The series revolves around two of my favorite things: Mount Everest and crime. What may sound like a ridiculous pitch becomes a taut thrilling story with fascinating characters in an environment just as likely

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  • Short & Sweet: Puppycats, Princesses, and Past the Last Mountain

    Short & Sweet: Puppycats, Princesses, and Past the Last Mountain

    Bee and Puppycat  Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson Kaboom! Studios Bee and Puppycat is an experimental all ages comic overflowing with cuteness. Bee is a woman in her 20s with difficulty holding down a job. Puppycat is a mysterious, angry looking cat/dog that lands her intergalactic temp jobs. Bee is charming and upbeat. Puppycat is

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  • Archery! Comics! Shooting Lines: Leidamarie’s Answers

    Archery! Comics! Shooting Lines: Leidamarie’s Answers

    In this week’s Shooting Lines, Leidamarie talks about how archery interacts with her fibromyalgia, as well as Hawkeye, Hawkeye, HAWKEYE! Tell us about yourself. Are you currently an active archer? I am currently an active archer. I took up the bow on September 5th, 2012 so I’ve been at it for about 1 year and 8

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  • Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender Directed by Bryan Singer PG-13 20th Century Fox “We need you to hope again,” Professor X tells his younger self in a psychic pep talk across time and space. But he may as well have been talking to an audience fatigued

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  • Record Breaking 4.7 Million Comics Given Away on FCBD 2014

    Record Breaking 4.7 Million Comics Given Away on FCBD 2014

    Diamond reports that this year’s Free Comic Book Day broke records, with 4.7 million comics given away at 21,000 different stores, libraries, and local festivals. Local comic stores saw over 1 million visitors. This year, over 40 publishers participated in the annual giveaway, offering 60 books. Diamond attributes the boost in attendance to a surge in

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  • Dogears: In the Beginning (there were short book reviews)

    Dogears: In the Beginning (there were short book reviews)

    Our first short book reviews collection! Every month Dogears will bring you bite-sized, bookish satisfaction. This month, we’re talking SF, fantasy, and YA. Southern Reach: Authority Jeff Vandermeer FSG Originals This trilogy, all completed and being released over the course of the year, has become my must-read books list of 2014. The story revolves around

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  • Readership Response and its Effect on Creators

    Readership Response and its Effect on Creators

    Reading webcomics is a neat experience, both like and unlike reading comics on paper. Instead of waiting for Wednesday for one week’s worth of monthly comics, many webcomics update weekly, multiple times a week, or even daily, giving a reader a much shortened wait time. Instead of waiting for a graphic novel, a reader can

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  • Alan Grant On His New Black Hearted Press Book, with John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

    Alan Grant On His New Black Hearted Press Book, with John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

    Exciting news out of Glasgow, where independent comics publisher Black Hearted Press has announced an upcoming comic by creators John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Carlos Ezquerra. The first official details will be released at this year’s Glasgow Comic Con in July, and the comic is scheduled for publication in July 2015. I was lucky enough

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