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Anatomy of a Panel: David F. Walker and BITTER ROOT

Anatomy of a Panel: David F. Walker and BITTER ROOT

To say that David Walker is a creative super-force of nature would be an understatement. Prodigious author of award-winning comics. Author of widely acclaimed YA and adult fiction. Writer of incisive pop cultural criticism and journalistic scholarship. Maker of documentary films. Passionate and dedicated professor across all the storytelling arts at Portland State University. It’s

Transmyscira: Exorcising the Ghosts of the 20th Century with IRON MAN: EXTREMIS

Let us not become the evil we deplore. – Rep. Barbara Lee, September 14th, 2001   I couldn’t take it any longer. I grabbed a microphone and said, ‘I’m no fly on the wall. I am the hornet that stings.’ There was an immediate uproar, so not having anything more to say, I shouted out,

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA and its Debt to Shinji Wada

Do you know? Do you know? Have you heard this story before? A pink haired young girl seeks to protect her friend, a bullied young woman with a bindi mark on her forehead. What the pink haired girl doesn’t realize is there’s more to her friend then she’s able to recognize and the girl with

Anatomy of a Panel: John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and PARABLE OF THE SOWER

Extraordinary comics creators in their own right, when joining forces the inestimable John Jennings (artist) and Damian Duffy (writer/letterer) pull off the superheroic. For over a decade, this virtuoso dynamic duo have channeled their co-creative talents into radical revolutionizing of the comics scene. Already in 2008, they pushed the art of comic book storytelling beyond

Health and Inclusivity: The Hard Road to Peace in FAR SECTOR

Sometimes, our journeys take us further than we ever expected. What we end up reaching has its own vestiges of our past as we uncover new experiences. In similar fashion, Sojourner Mullein, or Jo, is a new Green Lantern sent to the far reaches of space in N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, and Deron Bennett’s Far

Anatomy of a Panel: Jaime Hernandez’s TONTA

In the comics world and beyond, Jaime Hernandez needs no introduction. However, his place in the radical revolution of comics — mainstream and Indy — does merit some review. In 1982, Fantagraphics published (64-pages in magazine size) Jaime and his bro Beto’s Love and Rockets. Together they showed the comics world a radically new aesthetic,

Comíx Latinx: The Pulse of Comics of Color in 2019

“Why Professor Latinx?”, a kid asked the other day. The moniker blazed across the front of my T-shirt. “You know how ProfessorX uses his high-tech Cerebro device to locate the planet’s supercool peeps — you know, us mutants — well, I keep my low-tech brain devices (eyes and ears) plugged into the pulse of what’s

Transmyscira: Party Like It’s 1999 With LOIS LANE

I want to go back to 1999. – Charli XCX, 1999 In Russia, a journalist critical of the government has been found dead. Meanwhile in the United States another journalist — in the midst of a personal scandal — is expelled from the White House and loses her press pass for asking pointed questions about

A Holiday Special Edition: The Rise and Fall of TITANS’ Lian Harper

It’s Christmas, that special day of the year that also happens to be my birthday. And for my birthday I decided to do a little follow-up to my article on Roy Harper — one focusing now on his daughter Lian. With the end of DC’s “Doomsday Clock” in our rearview mirror and DC’s rumored “5G” plans

The Fall of Roy Harper: How ARSENAL’s Navajo Origins Disappeared from the Page

It was Thanksgiving again, a holiday I loathe because it seems to pride itself on the way it brings out the worst in families. God knows I can’t help but tense up whenever discussion of my own family’s plans for Turkey Day starts. That’s not even me getting into the idea of a holiday being

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