"For most of my life my everyday choices were based on the assumption that I could not trust other people. I thought it was my job to foresee and prevent all harms from befalling me. [...] My life has been better since I've accepted two simple facts. ONE: everybody dies (sorry)
. TWO: I would like to live a little first." -- Don't let fear stop you from traveling
, a cautionary comic by Natalie Nourigat, part of her webcomic/travel blog
about living in France for a year. You may know Nourigat from her Oregon Book Award nominated
autobio college comic Between Gears
Wired on how Matt Fraction's Sex Criminals
manages to be a comic book, about sex, that isn't completely awful.
36 variant covers of the upcoming issue of Life with Archie commemorate his upcoming death.
The penultimate issue (#36) involves Archie "heroically sacrificing his life to save that of a dear friend", with the final issue reflecting on the lives of Riverdale residents one year on.
is a five-part comic by Kate Beaton
based on her time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray in 2008. It's 'about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans,' and it's sad and disturbing and shrewd all at once.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
is racing towards another blockbuster weekend
and another hit for the Marvel cinematic universe. With future films planned out as far as 2028
, can any other studio succeed in grabbing at Marvel's crown?
And as the stars chafe at their multi-film contracts
and grow tired of fame
, waht next for Kevin Feige, the man behind Marvel's success
is a comic artist and creator of the inept superhero Manta-Man
and the no-nonsense Part-Time Ninja
(among others) as well as a prolific illustrator of the queens
of RuPaul's Drag Race
"This is a project I've worked on for around 14 months! It contains just about every character that appears in Futurama." The cast of Futurama. [more inside]
A plane crashes in the bitter cold. A single survivor. A visitation. Kate Craig's Heart of Ice
"The Harvey/Renee Index doesn’t distinguish between the different types of Renees. Any character who can be identified with one or more groups that are currently marginalized based on race, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender is a Renee. Anyone who is white, non-Hispanic, cisgender, straight, and male is a Harvey." -- Diversity in the Big Two's superhero comics being a perennial hot topic, Comics Alliance comes up with a novel way to quickly establish a diversity baseline: the Harvey/Renee index
. (Named of course for Gotham's greatest cops Harvey Bullock
and Renee Montoya
"I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it many times again, but one of the joys of webcomics is their ability to cover every possible subject and fill every conceivable niche. Say, for example, you’re into early Irish literature and you want to read it in comics form. Webcomics are happy to help you out. At this very moment, in fact, there are at least two ongoing webcomics based on the Táin Bó Cúailnge, or Cattle Raid of Cooley, the central epic of the Ulster cycle: Patrick Brown’s The Cattle Raid of Cooley
and M.K. Reed’s About a Bull
. Thank you, webcomics! You’ve justified the existence of the Internet yet again!" -- Shaenon Garrity reviews two niche webcomics
David Wasting Paper
queries 200+ illustrators
, comic book
, and editorial
cartoonists on their trade, tools, favorite things, and more in his compulsively readable Cartoonist Survey
) [more inside]
You may be familiar with the 'business cat' memes I Should Buy A Boat Cat
(aka Sophisticated Cat
) and Business Cat
). And perhaps you followed Matthew Inman's workplace adventures of the Bobcats
at The Oatmeal. More recently, Tom Fonder at Happy Jar
has been developing a subset of comics centered on his own version of a cat who also happens to be a CEO. So far: Coffee
; Pay Rise
; and Fight and Flight
The comic strip documentary STRIPPED
not only landed the first ever on-camera interview with Bill Watterson, but he liked the film so much he drew the poster
. This is his second piece of art for public consumption
and his first cartoon since December 31st, 1995
In 1931, at a time when the American comic book barely existed, Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama wrote and drew the semi-autobiographical Manga Yonin Shosei
, possibly not just the first graphic novel, but certainly the first manga published in the US
, written in a mixture of Japanese and English. [more inside]
"Q: What is the story behind Lunchbox Doodles and how long have you been doing it?
A: It really started as a result of the fond memories I have of opening my lunch at school and reading notes my mother would place inside. While I can't remember specifically what they said, they had an impact on me. They served as a reminder that my parents were thinking of me even when I wasn't with them."
Game of the Year
. Some words and a comic on success, depression, insecurities and validations by the writer of The Stanley Parable
The first issue of the new EVE Online comic book
from Dark Horse comics is now available for free download
(free registration required). What's particularly interesting about the "EVE: True Stories" comic series is that the stories are retellings of actual player-driven game events. The first story to be adapted is the downfall of the Band of Brothers alliance, which we talked about previously
You mean Prince JSON of Spartoi?
Marvel Comics has released in beta an API for access to part of its character and comic book database. Currently, it covers 30,000 comic books across 7,000 series and 8,000 characters in work by 5,000 creators, and provides results to queries in standard JSON format. [more inside]
Morally ambiguous honey badgers
, or what happens when creative people get bored on Twitter.
DC vs Marvel: Kitchen Stadium Edition -- In The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook
, "Mighty Marvel Superheros show you how to perform heroics in the kitchen creating meals that are out of this world!" Meanwhile.... The DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook
simply promises "good food kids can prepare themselves." Let the battle begin! [more inside]
"Morrie Turner, a cartoonist who broke the color barrier twice
— as the first African-American comic strip artist whose work was widely syndicated in mainstream newspapers, and as the creator of the first syndicated strip with a racially and ethnically mixed cast of characters — died on Saturday in Sacramento. He was 90. " [more inside]
Early-20s comic artist Noelle Stevenson
recently entered a comic shop for the first time. She drew a short comic showing her experience
. Comics news writer Heidi MacDonald took a look at the issues some comic shops have with welcoming half the population
. It sparked a Twitter spat
with the stars of Comic Book Men
In the weeks after Ms Marvel seemed
to establish a new era where it's okay
for "the weaker sex" to enjoy comics,
especially when it seems around 40% of readers may be women
, why do some shops apparently not want customers?
, the Idaho Potato Commission created a series of 8 comic book ads where a dastardly fellow tried to outwit your friendly neighborhood produce manager. Those eight ads were expertly narrated with voices and sound effects and put on YouTube: ADVENTURES OF THE IDAHO POTATO RETAILER!!
Episode 1: Disaster Strikes [more inside]
Throughout February, comics blogging giant David Brothers is doing a twice weekly series of interviews for the Inkstuds podcast
, talking about "what cartoonists, academics, bloggers, critics, and other people in or adjacent to comics do
". The first episode, in which he talks to Jimmie Robinson about Bomb Queen
, Five Weapons
and surviving in comics, is up now at Inkstuds
and Comics Alliance
. (Which has a lot of Five Weapons
artwork up, so you might want to use that.)
is a perfectly good comic strip loosely based on creator Will Wilson's and his girlfriend's lives. Last Sunday that connection was more noticable than usual, as Wilson used his cartoon stand-in to propose
to her. Fortunately, she said yes
, The Dark Knight Returns
taken as given, which comics would you take to a desert Island
? (part 2
How much My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan content is there out there? LET'S FIND OUT.
A few highlights:
What I Learned Today
, morals to episodes
Twilight adjusts to a Season 3 plot development
, random, catchy
Celestia and Luna play Resident Evil 4
(repurposed from Two Best Friends
The best of Sweetie Bot, from Friendship is Witchcraft
Slice of Life
, a very well done fan Tumblr
How much more could there be? Well.... [more inside]
Deep Dark Fears.
Comic strips of people's lurking fears by Fran Krause
Hook Jaw, a blatant "Jaws" rip off in which a murderous shark was the hero, was perhaps the most notorious comic strip in the short-lived (and parentally despised) Action Comics (complete history here
). Action was a direct influence and precursor to the legendary 2000AD, and Hook Jaw reads like a first draft to the magnificent (and recently reissued) Shako
, about a rampaging killer bear who happens to be the hero of the story. [more inside]
If the funnies in your local paper have gotten you down, with their limited space and xeroxed gags, why not take the wayback machine to the Golden Age of newspaper strips, courtesy of Gocomics' Origins of the Sunday comics
? Started July last year
and curated by Peter Maresca, it shows off how sophisticated and beautiful the American comic strip was almost from its birth in the 1890ties .
"One series that I’ve kept up with, however, that doesn’t get enough credit for its cast of active, intelligent females, is B.P.R.D., written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and currently drawn by a rotating group of artists, including Tyler Crook, James Harren and Laurence Campbell." -- Craig Fischer explores some of the female characters in Hellboy and B.P.R.D
Cartoonist Julia Wertz
reflects on the years she spent consumed by alcoholism and depression, via comics and prose.
] [more inside]
"This symposium explores the relationship of superheroes to questions of power, ideology, social relations, and political culture. It represents the first time that a political science journal has devoted sustained attention to the superhero genre as it is reflected in the pages of comic books and graphic novels, and on the big screen." -- PS: Political Science & Politics holds a symposium on The Politics of the Superhero
. [more inside]