• Weird Love Vol. 4 is a Blue Valentine [Review]

    Weird Love Vol. 4 is a Blue Valentine [Review]0

    Weird Love vol. 4: Jailbird’s Romance Various writers and artists, Clizia Gissoni and Craig Yoe (designers and editors) IDW February 2017 A digital review copy was provided by the publisher Close your eyes and picture a classic romance comic. Perhaps you see a mod, stylish young woman, drawn by Jack Kirby or John Romita Sr.

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  • 11 Romance Authors of Color You Should Be Reading

    11 Romance Authors of Color You Should Be Reading6

    • February 10, 2017

    For many non-romance readers, and honestly, probably a large portion of romance readers, romance is a monolithic tower of white women writing about courtship and society in the time of Jane Austen. And while Regency Romance is a pretty big part of the romance machine, and some of it is pretty fantastic, it’s not the

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  • Movies That Moved Me In 2016

    Movies That Moved Me In 20161

    I’m not particularly interested in Best Of lists. After the third list it gets stale and instead of discussing art that moved us, the discourse instead seems to focus on who wrote the best list, what rank the obviously good things appeared in. So this year I asked our writers to tell me about the

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  • Juliet Looks Through a Fishtank at Romeo: Romance Manga Aquarium

    Juliet Looks Through a Fishtank at Romeo: Romance Manga Aquarium0

    There’s a sweet and lovely feminism to the shoujo romance stories found in Tomoko Taniguchi’s Aquarium. Femininity is their strength. Tomoko Taniguchi was active in the Japanese market by the early nineties, but those same stories experienced a second, translated wind a decade later, in the bubble days of the American manga market. There’s very

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  • Relationships on Ice: A Look at the Unexpected Tropes in Yuri!!! On ICE

    Relationships on Ice: A Look at the Unexpected Tropes in Yuri!!! On ICE0

    Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years—and given the state of the world, I can’t fault you for the impulse—you’ve probably noticed the predominance of sports series in the anime and manga world. And if you’ve been paying attention to the genre recently, you might have heard of a little

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  • Creator Spotlight: Olivia Stephens

    Creator Spotlight: Olivia Stephens0

    As one of the rising voices in comics today, Olivia Stephens’s approach to story, art, and relationships reveals a raw look at the human experience. Steve Morris at Comics Alliance recently said he doesn’t “think there’s anybody in comics right now who captures the human spirit like Olivia.” I caught up with Olivia via email to

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