News & Things: A Very Dark Phoenix Christmas

Read of the Week The A.V. Club asks, “What does X-Men’s Dark Phoenix Saga have in common with Christmas?” “Because at the time, all I understood was that Jean Grey had become the most powerful force in the universe—which I only knew because she ate one—and that she was made of fire and, at least…

Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman

Comic book fans have another reason to celebrate this holiday season, because Gal Dacot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s still-untitled Man of Steel sequel. Gadot, 28, is known for her performances in the Fast & Furious franchise, and though little is known yet of what role Wonder Woman will play in the film,…

News & Things: Sin City TV

News DragonCon Co-Founder Ed Kramer, Charged with Child Molestation, Avoids Further Prison Time with Plea Deal Kramer to spend 34 months under house arrest; DragonCon officially cut all ties with Kramer earlier this year. PictureBox to Shut Down At the End of 2013 The independent comics publisher will cease publishing new material after December 2013…

Literary Women Illustrated

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines Samantha Hahn Chronicle Books I picked this book up because of the arresting cover illustration. It’s Hahn’s portrait of Brett Ashley, from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. A haughty flapper with short, red-gold waves and eyelids heavy with blue-black shadow turns her nose up to us….

News & Things: Book sharing and book stealing

Kayleigh’s on holiday, so you’re stuck with me again! News Weeks After Its Release, Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Director is Still On the Warpath Abdellatif Kechiche is “speaking out” against his Blue stars. Again. But he also had some less than complimentary things to say about Julie Maroh, author of, Le Bleu Est une…

Interview with StrangelyKatie

Katie O’Neill, known on the internet as StrangelyKatie, is a cartoonist currently working on the webcomic The Girl From Hell City. In her portfolio there are amazing strong female protagonists, badass princesses, and monster girls. A resident of New Zealand, she’s been sharing her comics for a couple of years now and was able to…

News & Things: Art and Tech Slaves Wanted!

Not news, not commentary (not exactly), all promotion. Check out this essay and video, The Bent Bullet, on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, by Eric Lensherr. Kickstarter of the Week Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition is an interesting project. Editor Kel McDonald is looking for $20,000 to pay artists and ship books….

What’s In A Codename 2: The DC Ladies

Last time, we explored the problems of codenames for Marvel superheroines, and how much agency they get in-story and out.  It’s DC’s turn now, starting with the problems that can come from a company that builds on family and legacy. Daughters of Legacy: Supergirl, Batgirl, Batwoman, Hawkwoman/girl, Jesse Quick:  Building on family and legacy tends to…

Sleeper is Coming to the Big Screen

Surely you’ve heard–Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street films will produce an adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Sleeper. Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Weiner (Last Resort) will script; as of yet, no director is attached. Damon, Affleck and partner Jennifer Todd will have a direct hand in the project as executive…

News & Things: Almost Turkey Day Edition

Read of the Week Comic Book Resources interviews Neil Gaiman about Sandman: Overture, his creative process, and whether or not we’ll ever see that Sandman movie: “What I miss most, writing anything that isn’t comics, is silent panels. The joy of being able to write silent panels…it’s one of the few things that is just…

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