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1. Preview: Lola XOXO Wasteland Madam #4

LOLA-WM-04b-HansonAspen Comics relased a preview ahead of this Wednesday’s finale of their second Lola XoXo series. Wasteland Madam began as a holdover until the launch of the official Volume 2 by creator Siya Oum. The book became a welcome chapter to Lola’s still in infancy universe filled with the same fast paced action as the […]

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2. Review: The Red Drip Of Courage distills Stephen Crane to a cartoon essence

You can go for years reading comics and come upon plenty of bizarre works, but at least understand where these are coming from. It’s more rare to hit on one that are more confounding, the ones that make you ask questions like “Where did this come from?” and “Who would do this?” So it is […]

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3. Unscientific Twitter poll: 66% of readers buy comics based on diversity

tumblr_nt51hpaQEU1qa1a2ko1_1280A couple of snap polls on Twitter suggest that people pick up comics for many reasons, but here's our own comprehensive poll -- vote often and early!

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4. Painful must read: Abhay Khosla’s 2015 in review

Abhay Khosla is one of the most entertaining and brutal comics pundits/reviewers out there. And his The TCJ 2015 Year-in-Review Spectacufuck leaves only bloody corpses behind with a month by month look back at 2015's biggest kerfuffles, craziest squabbles, and most mindblowing snits, Like the way everyone got mad at Jill Lepore for letting her kids read comics:

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5. Marvelous Weekend: Mary Jane in the Armor, the All-New Wasp and more!

Howard_the_Duck_7Like thunder, like lightning Newsarama has just dropped some brand new details involving a collection of All-New, All-Different Marvel titles. First up, is something that has been a long time coming with the various Marvel teasers, we have a sneak peek at the All-New Wasp in the Marvel Universe. Marvel is releasing the title May […]

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6. Rich Resurrects BACK TO THE GUTTERS Comics Interview Show

12670276_1041497705891617_2369081923768827522_nJamie S. Rich, Senior Editor at Vertigo is resurrecting his interview series Back to the Gutters from it’s grave. New episodes start Wednesday February 17th and have a slew of guests from Vertigo projects and beyond including Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat), Sierra Hahn (BOOM! Studios Editor), Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen), Jeff Parker (Aquaman), Ibrahim Moustafa […]

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7. comix creatrix: 100 women making comics

Last night was amazing. The House of Illustration in London launched the UK's largest-ever exhibition of the work of pioneering female comics artists, in Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics.



Here's the striking poster by Laura Callaghan:



Do pop over to see the show, running until 15 May, just across from St Pancras stations (the one where you catch the Eurostar to France) and next to the glowing fountains of Central Saint Martins art college.



Speaking of France, this show couldn't be more perfectly timed. Curators Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett had been working with the House of Illustration to prepare the show for a long time, but it came right on the heels of a shocking announcement by France's top comics prize committee of an all-male shortlist of 30 international comics creators. What made it even worse was the board's surprise at public indignation and their follow-up explanations that there wasn't any strong female talent in comics, and general lack of supportiveness for women in the field. (You can read my article about that here.)



I only make comics occasionally and focus more on other kinds of children's book illustration, and go along to lots of social events dominated by women. But when I first started going along to comics events, very often I was the only woman in the room. Over the past ten years, this has changed so much, partly I think because of the coming-together of an arts & crafts movement with comics (look at comics by Philippa Rice and Isabel Greenberg to see what I mean), and comics moving away from being so entirely dominated by superheroes.


But there have always been women making comics, and the women who've made them have had to fight against all the odds that male comics makers struggle with (mostly do to with not getting paid enough), and also being marginalised by comics lovers who didn't care to look outside of their own very focused spheres of interest (Marvel, DC, 2000 AD, etc). But to pretend talented female comics creators don't exist makes some people VERY angry, such as comics expert Stephen Holland at Nottingham's Page 45 bookshop, retweeted here by comics legend Kate Charlesworth (who for a long time drew the comics for New Scientist magazine):


(Here's the Comics Beat article Stephen's referring to.)

So the best way to counter the Angoulême assertions would have been to set up a comics exhibition, just on the other side of the channel tunnel, rebutting that notion entirely. I can't even say how thrilled I am that this was already in the works, and here it is! I hope lots of men and women will go along to it; anyone interested in comics, drawing, illustration, storytelling, graphic design, history, typography, etc will find it fascinating.



Patrice Aggs was making comics long before I even moved to England, she makes comics with her son (John Aggs), and she's attended the Angoulême comics festival more times than I can keep track of. If they don't know who she is by now, they haven't been trying. It was great to meet her husband, Chris Aggs, who's a painter; I always see her zooming around on her own! She was always the last one to bed at Angoulême; the rest of us were dropping with tiredness and she'd still be up having intense conversations with comics people at 4am.



Here's Patrice's comics on display:



A lot of people know more about women in comics through Nicola Streeten, co-founded with Sarah Lightman of Laydeez Do Comics, an excellent series of talks (by anyone creative, not just women, but with a focus on women). Here's Nicola looking very fine with legend Suzy Varty in their matching lime greens.



Kripa Joshi goes back and forth between England and Nepal, and was in Nepal during the earthquake. The evening was great to get the chance to have a look at the anthology she and Elena Vitagliano have compiled to raise money for the earthquake victims.



(You can find out more about their anthology project together here.)



One of the cool things about the launch party was seeing people who'd been lauded in their field for ages, but never actually been featured in an establishment exhibition. There was some big-time excitement. I'm not even sure who this creator is (Claudia Davila, perhaps?), but she was totally lit up, I got all giggly seeing how excited she was.





Kate Evans was pretty excited, too, and I got a copy of her new book, Red Rosa, about Rosa Luxemburg.




Somehow I was so busy looking around in the exhibition space that I missed the speeches. (Oops!) So I never got to meet co-curator Olivia Ahmad. But here I am with Paul Gravett, who is one of the top people I can credit with jump-starting my career. He found me, probably at the first comics event I ever went to (a Yahoo group pub meet-up), and pointed me in the direction of David Fickling, who published me both in his DFC comic and with my first UK picture book. There's this notion that women in comics is a Women's Issue that only women will be interested in, but it's not at all; it's just as much about the thoughtful and clued-in men (Paul, Stephen Holland, David Fickling, etc) who encourage women and help us get pointed in the right direction so we can make comics that everyone might enjoy.



And talking about clued-in people, here's Audrey Niffenegger, who doesn't let the confines of medium or genre limit what she does; she's succeeded in everything from comics to bestselling novels to printmaking to her work being staged as a ballet in the Royal Opera House.



Despite being fairly young, Isabel Greenberg has already created an impresssive collection of work and I'm a HUGE fan. She has this amazing way of bringing together a craft element with modern storytelling twists on old legends that's spectacular.



I loved being able to see old favourites at the exhibition, such as these Moomin pencil roughs by Tove Jansson:



And Posy Simmonds, who first inspired me to make comics with her Gemma Bovery book:



And another person who got me making comics was Simone Lia, with her Fluffy books about a rabbit that I found in a clothing shop in Brighton, when Simone was still self-publishing them through Cabanon Press. (The Fluffy books were later taken up by Dan Franklin at Jonathan Cape.)



Philippa Rice continues to inspire me with her innovative approaches to making comics, using non-traditional formats and materials and lovely storytelling (I think I've bought at least ten copies of my favourite of her books, We're Out, as gifts for friends.) Here's an interview I did with her about the book. And here's Karen Rubins having a look:



But it wasn't all familiar faces and work at the show. One of the great thing about the Angoulême debacle was the hashtag #WomenDoBD, which highlighted LOADS of female creators I'd never heard of. And this exhibition was like that. Lizz Lunney felt the same:




Check out this lovely piece by Aurelié William Levaux:



And I definitely want to get a copy of His Dream of the Skyland by Aya Morton. My top new find, I think.



A case of work by female comics creators from back as far as 200 years:



Hey, it's work by my former studio mate Ellen Lindner! Ellen was the one who introduced me to LiveJournal and its comics community, which shaped so much of what I know now. She edits a magazine of comics by women called The Strumpet, and lots of us at the show have had work featured in that.



It's one of my buddies from back in DFC comic days! Emma Vieceli and I have had lots of adventures, including a trip to Paris to exhibit with her French publishers. Emma used to organise the Cartoon Village at MCM Expo and she's one of the people everyone goes to when they want to know something about comics.



I really must go back to the exhibition for a longer, quieter browse. Besides all the displays, they have loads of interesting-looking books in the reading room.



The exhibition is aimed at adults, so while I think parents could bring older children, they should be aware that some of the content is graphic (but not horrific, I'd say) and that the frames might be hung a bit high for short people to read closely without assistance.



Three cheers for the House of Illustration and everyone who worked hard to make this show happen! You can follow the House of Illustration on Twitter: @illustrationHQ.

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8. The Marvel Rundown: Spider-Man Enters the 616 Stage Left

spider-man-1-variantMiles' has a fresh start in the 616 -- but is it any good?

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9. Review: Kelly Froh & Dan Mazur’s two non-fiction delights

The Weekend Casserole Collection by Kelly Froh Froh brings together a number of short pieces from various sources — anthologies she’s contributed to, some of her own minis, as well as some previously unseen work — Covering incidents from all parts of her life — childhood sleepovers, high school crushes, strangers on buses, work acquaintances […]

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10. Review: Meags Fitzgerald continues to her autobiographical innovations with Long Red Hair

In Meags Fitzgerald’s previous book, Photobooth: A Biography, which documented just about anything you ever wondered about photo booths, she went far beyond her central subject, wrapping in segments of autobiography, making it a work about a wider swathe that her more intimate moments exist within. For Long Red Hair she does the exact opposite, focusing […]

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11. MATT CHATS: IDW Editor Bobby Curnow on the Balance Between Licenses and Original Concepts

TET REG COVER ISSUE01IDW is mainly known for its publication of licensed work, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers and My Little Pony. But the publisher has been transitioning lately with a renewed focus on creator-owned comics, first by acquiring Top Shelf and now by starting the Comics Experience imprint, home to some great titles like Tet and Gutter Magic. Editor Bobby Curnow is […]

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12. Avatar schedules a monthly visit to the movies with CINEMA PURGATORIO

photo-originalAvatar Press might not be a publisher that most fans keep their eye on, however the company publishes key titles from important creators like Alan Moore (V for Vendetta) and Kevin O’Neil (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Avatar recently launched a Kickstarter for the newest project from the two creators titled Cinema Purgatorio with a […]

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13. Review: Two rich offerings in Nobrow’s 17 x 23 series

Nobrow Press’ 17 x 23 series highlights accomplished smaller works in a pleasing package that speaks to graphic novel consumers who might not seek out short comics stories. Two recent releases are particularly success in the way they take story forms of old and present them through a modern lens, making traditional lessons applicable to […]

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14. The Best (so far) of Hourly Comics Day 2016: The Dinosaurs are Still Dead

CaJzgH-UcAEQvXYThe best (so far) of Hourly Comics Day 2016!

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15. Review: Whit Taylor’s Up Down Clown tackles mental health issues

The sad clown is a trope that has been well-used in every storytelling media there is, but Whit Taylor’s Up Down Clown from Ninth Art Press takes that trope further than usual. Rather than settling for the simple dichotomy of make-up and merriment hiding gloom, Taylor examines how a mental state might fluctuate with the […]

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16. The Justice League and Teen Titans Face Off In New DC Animated Trailer

Justice-League-16.jpgGet a first look at "Justice League vs. Teen Titans."

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17. Review: The hilarious honesty of Jane Mai’s See You Next Tuesday

Jane Mai isn’t merely self-deprecating. That phrase doesn’t capture her at all. Actually, I don’t know what to call it instead, but it comes out in the form of See You Next Tuesday, her comics diary from Koyama Press that mixes self-loathing with sweetness, as well as a lot of going to the bathroom and farting […]

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18. MATT CHATS: Shaun Simon on Collaboration with Gerard Way, Brilliant Artists and in a Whole New Medium

101_8865  Becky Cloonan and Shaun SimonA collaboration with rockstar and comics writer extraordinare Gerard Way on Killjoys guaranteed that I’d read something written by Shaun Simon, but the stellar quality of his work is what keeps bringing me back. Neverboy, illustrated by Tyler Jenkins and published by Dark Horse, really wowed me. Simon’s follow-up to that is Art Ops, a […]

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19. DC Returns to ’90s Concept BLOODLINES with a New Mini from Krul and Marion

Bloodlines01-a4d20Towards the past few days, news has been sparse regarding the publishing news line-up for DC, Now we’re starting to see lots of news articles and announcements from the publisher in advance of upcoming solicitations. DC is returning to an old concept with a title known as Bloodlines that debuted in ’93. Comics writer J.T. […]

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20. The Marvel Rundown: Captain Marvel and Silver Surfer Protect the 616 Universe

AllNewAllDifferentAvengersLast week, it happened.  Marvel finally ended the event that kicked off their line-wide All-New All-Different relaunch when they released Secret Wars #9. We had an in-depth review on the comic, but will be continuing our Marvel review series under a familiar moniker; The Marvel Rundown. We took out those annoying adjectives, but will continue to […]

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21. The Avengers Uncover a Mystery on Pleasant Hill (Preview)

Avengers-Standoff-Welcome-to-Pleasant-Hill-1-Rhodes-Variant-7409cMarvel is assembling the Avengers again for a line-wide crossover in Avengers: Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1. The comic ships February 17 written by Nick Spencer (Ant-Man) with art from Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man.) The teaser art shows a young girl bearing a cosmic cube, a mystical artifact once held in the possession of […]

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22. Things To Do During the [blank]-pocalypse: A Comics Reading Marathon

readingBack in 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, I had a week-long furlough caused by a lack of electricity at my office near Union Square. That’s when I created this crazy idea: Read comics over a period of 26.2 hours, or read 1,572 pages of comics while doing nothing else. With the latest blizzard approaching Mega-City One and residents […]

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23. Terry Moore Draws the Curtain on Rachel Rising

CZiIrYGUMAAXByfAuthor and illustrator Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) announced the end of his newest multi-year saga; Rachel Rising on Twitter Yesterday. The series about a girl who is raised from the dead is coming to a close at issue #42. Moore teased that an upcoming seventh trade paperback is being released — he also hinted […]

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24. Review: 750 Years In Paris offers details within the broad stroke of history

Given the recent tragic events in Paris, Vincent Mahé’s absolutely stunning 750 Years In Paris is a sprawling reminder that this is not the first time darkness has been cast over that city, and it’s likely not the last. Paris has been home to bloodshed and destruction, as well as a site of rebuilding and […]

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25. Sonic Unveils Massive Four-Issue Interlocking Cover

STH_284-287_Panic_in_the_SkyAll your Chaos Emeralds belong to us in this awesome interlocking Sonic cover. Archie has been telling a long form story with the Sonic characters for the past three years via the ‘Shattered World Saga’ in Sonic the Hedgehog. The ‘Shattered World Saga’ is coming to an end with the ‘Panic in the Sky’ story […]

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