"When I first saw Oliver had something called a "Stickum-Shaft Arrow," I worried that it was some kind of Silver Age, Native American racist caricature arrow. Nope! It's just a long, hard shaft he fires at his eventual lover Black Canary, which covers her in sticky goo. No problems there!" -- Rob Bricken looks at Green Arrow and his less than useful trick arrows
. Not that Hawkeye does better
"That is not to say that Oglaf depicts a perfect world. There is a dark side to its humor and it can depict humiliations and sex coerced through magic and subterfuge and through dominance. When a king wants his court wizard to transform him to look like the duke so he can sleep with the duke’s wife (a variation on a scene from Excalibur), he realizes it is easier to order the court wizard to transform himself into the duke’s wife and the king fucks him instead." -- Osvaldo Oyola explains the timeless appeal of Oglaf
. Not remotely safe for work.
G. Willow Wilson
is the author of the new Ms. Marvel
series that is coming out Feb. 5th. Wired interview here.
The reboot places Kamala Khan, a shape-shifting Muslim superheroine from New Jersey at the heart of the series. [more inside]
"Now, nerds have a long memory. I am dead certain that somewhere out there in the great world there are fans who are looking forward to once again buying "real" Star Wars comics. There are probably even a few brave souls who entertain the notion that Marvel will simply pick up with issue #108 (in spirit if not in deed) as if the subsequent thirty years were just a bad dream. " -- As long expected, Marvel will start publishing Star Wars
comics again next year. Tim O'Neil looks at what this means from a fannish point of view
If you haven't hung your calendars for 2014 yet, why not take advantage of repeating dates
and use the 1975 Mighty Marvel Calendar
-- featuring important milestones like Sal Buscema's birthday, the exact moment fans started protesting Dr. Strange's first costume change, and all the Doctor Doom appearances a mortal mind can handle?
contemplates life After COPRA
, the 12 part monthly comic which he wrote, drew, published and distributed himself throughout 2013. A brutal, action-packed
follow up of sorts to Fiffe's bootleg Suicide Squad comic Deathzone
it managed to do a better job
of evoking the spirit of Ostrander and McDonnell than DC's own efforts and become one of the top comics of 2013
. Fiffe talks more about the expeirence in his Exit interview with Comics Alliance
"If you've ever felt lost and worthless, step aside, because someone else feels even more so, and his name is Chief O'Brien of the Starship Enterprise. Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation
, crappy jobs, and ennui will enjoy our short-lived Chief O'Brien at Work comics
." From cartoonist Jon Adams.
"You live now, Adam Ant
, as you have lived many times throughout history, fighting evil wherever you may find it!"
"Simply changing the skin color of the mutants obviously doesn’t address all of the issues around privilege in the Marvel Universe. The visual and narrative sexism that permeates superhero comics remains intact. Some characteristics of white characters also become negative stereotypes when applied to non-white characters. Wolverine is a symbol of wild, untamed, white male power, but when I recolor his skin to imagine him as a person of color, his snarling, predatory aggression reads as a stereotype of wild black men." -- Orion Martin reimagines the X-Men as mutants of colour
to make clear why the idea of mutant discrimination as standin for real world issues is problematic. He does so by recolouring some famous X-men images
. [more inside]
On the heels of firing Wolverine
, Professor X makes some additional personnel changes. [more inside]
Much like its former publisher
, the cover art for pornographic magazine SCREW
could be described as “crude, rude, infantile, obnoxious, and dirty," as well as gross, misogynistic, and really NSFW. But it has also featured work from such terrific cartoonists as Tony Millionaire, Wally Wood, Spain Rodriguez, Renee French, and many others. Frequent contributor Danny Hellman presents SCREW: The Unofficial Cover Art Blog
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
Chris Sims examines Harley Quinn
, one of the most misused and misunderstood characters in comics, taking in her Batman:The Animated Series debut played by Arleen Sorkin
(audio), through to The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
and the New 52 incarnation which recently drew ire with a controversial try-out page
From 1989, when Calvin & Hobbes
was still pretty new, The Comics Journal
's interview with Bill Watterson
. The interviewer was Richard Samuel West.
Wonder Woman will be finally be appearing on the big screen, though not in her own film. Instead she'll appear in the untitled Batman vs Superman movie set to open in 2015
that will be directed by Zack Snyder
. The character will be played by actress Gal Gadot
Sales of digital comics have soared in the past three years. Readers love the look of comics on the iPad screen and they also love the convenience of in-app purchasing, which allows consumers to buy and store their comics within a single app. So it’s a big deal when Apple bans a comic—usually because of sexual or mature material or nudity—and it has happened to at least 59 comics this year.
- Are comics too hot for Apple?
Publishers Weekly looks at Apples role as Gatekeeper in the wake of their rejection of Sex Criminals #3 and retroactive removal of Sex Criminals #1
from the iOS marketplace. Strangely the books remain available via iBooks
. This is not the first time Apples policies have been confusing or raised concerns of censorship, such as with the Saga of Saga #12
earlier this year, and before the rise of comixology with the banning
of Ulysses Seen (previously
Poor Little Rich Boys
: The Art of the Mumbai Circulating Library, by Ryan Holmberg
, The Comics Journal
's resident Indian comics specialist.
In the summer of 2012, Jeffrey Wilson interviewed Noam Chomsky.
“When the police came into [Occupy Wall Street] under Bloomberg’s orders and smashed up Zuccotti Park one of the things that they did was destroy all the books. You have got to destroy books that are dangerous. It has a long tradition back to the middle ages. Arizona knows all about that.”
They discussed the Occupy movement (previously)
and its roots in previous resistance movements, back to the Civil Right Movement Spanish Civil War. To bring the conversation to a mass audience, he's now publishing the transcript as a comic book. The artwork so far
is beautiful. [more inside]
Meet the Somalis
is a series of short comics depicting the various experiences of fourteen Somali immigrants in cities across northern Europe.
is a character-driven serialized comic book published on the web and written/illustrated by Dirk Grundy
(Twitter cat feed
). Following the adventures of grumpy, socially inept super scientist Dr. Herville Schtein, it is set in an alternate timeline where "the Cuban missile crisis went terribly wrong," the Cold War never ended, super scientists and super powered individuals run amok, the American Southwest is an irradiated postnuclear desert, "America...is not doing so well," and Chicago... Let's not talk about Chicago. It is about failure and families and how we all kind of mess each other up a little, but only because we care. It's kind of sad. But also kind of funny. Think Venture Brothers with the satire and comedy turned down, and the characterization and plotting turned up. Oh! There is also a very cute talking cat
, if that helps sell it for you. [more inside]
Say It With Sea Otters
is a blog where adorable cartoon animals deliver difficult messages. Here are some examples: 1
. While the sea otter has a well
for extreme cuteness
, these aquatic weasels
engage in behavior that to humans seems truly reprehensible
. Of course, we humans
haven't exactly treated them well
. Indeed, the first scientist to describe them, George Wilhelm Steller, emphasized their valuable fur in his description of them
is a "celebration" of all things British and geeky, with a focus on 1972 - 1995 and Marvel UK, especially their early nineties attempt at creating their own superhero line
. A true nostalgiafest for people raised on dodgy black and white reprints of American comics and hardcover annuals.
"He calls this the Tao of Hawkeye. You can’t just have a database around Hawkeye, right? Not if you really want to understand Hawkeye over time. Because Hawkeye isn’t just Hawkeye. He’s also Ronin and Goliath and Clint Barton. Sometimes he’s dead. Oh, and by the way: he started as a villain. Who remembers that?
-- Back in the eighties people like Mark Gruenwald and Peter Sanderson guarded Marvel Comics' continuity. These days Peter Olson tries to do the same for a much bigger Marvel using science and math
My Friend Dave, twentysix mini essays on Dave Berg
, longtime Mad Magazine
cartoonist, by Craig Fischer.
"Technically it’s not a book at all
: The Great War is actually one continuous drawing, a 24ft-long panorama narrating the British forces’ experience of 1 July 1916, spatially and chronologically, from orderly morning approach to chaotic battlefield engagement to grim aftermath. There are no boxes of text or speech bubbles, no individuated characters, instead Sacco portrays a mass event in painstaking, monochrome, almost technical detail. It’s like a cross between Hergé and the Chapman brothers; the Bayeux Tapestry as a silent movie." -- Cartoonist Joe Sacco's latest project, The Great War
is about one particular day in the War: 1 July, the start of the Battle of the Somme
. [more inside]
"I'm a professional indie cartoonist, and before that I was an aspiring pro." Spike
is the author of Poorcraft,
a how-to-live-well-within-your-means comic that many many of us on the Blue really dig.
The book is about a little warrior princess who is given a silly looking pony on her birthday, and it’s not exactly what she wanted … So [the story] is about finding value in something unexpected
- Kate Beaton, best known for her Hark! A Vagrant
book and website, announces
Fat Pony, her new project. Wired Interview
"In the year 8113 A.D., the most remembered cartoonist of our time may not be any of our currently revered comics creators. Not Winsor McCay, George Herriman, Jack Kirby, Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, or Chris Ware. As incredible as it may seem, long after the last comic books of our time have crumpled into dust, the cartoonist of our era that People of The Future will dig (perhaps literally) could be a guy named George Carlson — an under-appreciated, largely overlooked cartoonist, illustrator, game designer, and graphic artist extraordinaire
" -- In a two part series for The Comics Journal
Paul Tumey explains why George Carlson
is the best cartoonist
you've never heard off.
Comics writer Matt Fraction
writes a heartfelt honest blog entry
to a suicidal fan telling them what saved him and what could possibly save them too. [more inside]
Like pets? Like DC superheroes? Like Art Baltazar's artwork on Tiny Titans
and other kid friendly DC comics? Then you'll love the DC Super-Pets Character Encyclopedia
, as reviewed by J. Caleb Mozzocco for Robot 6.
's The Bus
is a surreal gag strip that ran in Heavy Metal
magazine in the early 80s. It can be bought as a book
, but the book is out of print. Here it is on Imgur
. Downright scrumptious, old-fashioned flavor with that 70s east-coast anomie vibe.
Afterlife with Archie
is a gorgeous new horror comic
featuring Archie, Jughead, Sabrina, and the gang in zombie-filled Riverdale
MediAvengers: Earth's Mightiest Gossip
is a blog of media parodies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
digs up "a February 1966 letter from then-Staff Writer Denny O’Neil
to Marvel fan Jay DeNatale, [which] includes what’s possibly the earliest insider account of Marvel from someone other than Stan Lee." (via)