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Creating During COVID: Chatting with Anime Voice Actor Sean Chiplock

Creating During COVID: Chatting with Anime Voice Actor Sean Chiplock

While many of us are finding new ways to entertain ourselves during the pandemic, content creators are wrestling with how to make our shows, comics, games and books safely. The challenges for each industry are unique, as are the challenges faced by individual creators. Sean Chiplock has been a professional voice actor since 2012, and

Anatomy of a Panel: Rina Ayuyang BLAME(s) IT ON THE BOOGIE

Right out of the gate, let me say that Ignatz and Eisner Award-nominated Rina Ayuyang’s comics have me thinking a lot about movement and comics. Comics as movement: within the panel and between panels and page flips. Movement in content: all those physical and psychological emplotments. Movement within and across identities exquisitely shaped by creators

Learning to Love the Legion: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #8

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! This issue features art by Evan “Doc” Shaner, Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Joëlle Jones, Michael Avon Oeming, Liam Sharp, André Lima Araújo, Sanford Greene, Cully Hamner, Yanick Paquette, Dan Hipp, David Mack, Darick Robertson, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Bilquis Evely, Fabio Moon, Michael Allred, Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Alex Maleev, John

Anatomy of a Panel: Søren Mosdal Paints a Picture of BASQUIAT

Comics artist, graphic novelist, and illustrator Søren Mosdal has been innovating at the heart of Danish comics since the turn of the 21st century. With Denmark’s comics scene historically gravitating toward comics for kids or satirical editorials, Søren’s work in Danish newspapers and magazines like Zoe, Euroman, and KBH in the late 1990s and early

Doom and Bloom: Rachel Pollack and the Evolution of the DOOM PATROL

If you’ve been paying attention to the Doom Patrol in the past two decades, you might notice a key oversight. That is, how transgender author Rachel Pollack’s time as their writer has been largely ignored by DC’s marketing and editorial teams. Even John Arcudi’s run and John Byrne’s critically lambasted run (which even received its

Learning to Love the Legion [Bonus]: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #7

The Legion confronts President Brand and the United Planets Assembly. There’s a challenge to the leadership of the Legion. And Rimbor continues its belligerence. I want to start by saying that I think this might be the first issue of this run that I’ve genuinely loved. Certainly, a lot of things happen; the UP plot

KIRBYOLOGY!: Tom Scioli Tells the Greatest Jack Kirby Story Possible (His Own)

From the 1930s to 1990s, Jack Kirby created gob-smacking art and unforgettable characters, but he was mainly a storyteller. “The Pact,” “Madbomb,” the Galactus trilogy, Captain America’s origin, Silver Star, OMAC, and even Thundarr the Barbarian are among the thousands of tales he spun solo or with collaborators. But the greatest Kirby story is the

Health and Inclusivity: Embracing the New in SCHOOL FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL GIRLS

Adjustment is basically a synonym for adolescence. In Jeremy Whitley, Jamie Noguchi, Shannon Lilly, and Wilson Ramos Jr.’s School for Extraterrestrial Girls, Tara has to make some adjustments that neither she nor we would ever expect. In a matter of moments, Tara finds out she isn’t human, like at all, the people who raised her

KIRBYOLOGY!: The Kirby-esque Joys of CANKOR: CALAMITY OF CHALLENGE

At C2E2 2019 — long before the steaming shitpile called 2020 — I first spied the work of Matthew Allison in artist’s alley. Allison’s pastel colors, inventive character designs, faceless humans, and 80s-inspired grotesqueries stand out on any shelf or at any convention, but next to so many same-old, same-old corporate comics, Cankor was an

#MakeComics: Writer and Artist Andi Watson

Comicosity is picking the brains of a pro who is killing it in the comics industry, and for this round I was lucky enough to talk to Andi Watson! Andi is the creator of the upcoming Kerry and the Knight of the Forest (July 2020), The Book Tour (November 2020), Glister, Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula,

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