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Transmyscira: Finding My Voice in TRANS GIRLS HIT THE TOWN

Transmyscira: Finding My Voice in TRANS GIRLS HIT THE TOWN

I want to say that Trans Girls Hit The Town profoundly altered the course of my life, but that’s a phrase that might not carry a lot of weight with me these days. I’ve related, in various ways over the years, how integral The Invisibles and Promethea were to the gender epiphany that lead me

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

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

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

Anatomy of a Panel: Alex Sanchez Brings YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN

Comics history is intermedial, seeing its evolution as a journey of creative cross-pollinations with stage, photographic, musical, film, animation, radio,  and long and short form prose narrative arts. Along with this history, there have been notable creator cross-overs and bi-directional cross-flows. From comics to long form narrative fiction we have notables like Stan Lee, Alan

Health and Inclusivity: The Past, Present, and Future of STE(A)M in Gifted’s P.B. SOLDIER

Without knowledge, what do you do? When you don’t know the outcome, how do you take a step forward and challenge unhelpful vestiges of your past? Nat Cummings is an assassin employed by The Establishment, a seedy government group that often leaves its motives hidden. In the course of doing his job, he begins to

From Earth Angel to the Grave: Burying Peter David’s SUPERGIRL

During this period of upheaval and death due to the COVID-19 pandemic, who among us doesn’t fear for the future? Alongside trying not to get sick, I’m worried about keeping my comic shop open, the health of my parents, and the life of my grandfather (who just suffered a major stroke and has the virus).

Anatomy of a Panel: LA VOZ De M.A.Y.O. TATA RAMBO with Barajas and Gonzo

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s an off-the-hook force of nature in the comics ecosphere: writer Henry Barajas and illustrator J. Gonzo. With Henry, think: razor-sharp instinct of a Joan Didion blended with the street-level acuity of a Carlos Monsiváis and the reportage panache of a Jorgé Ramos. With Gonzo, think: dynamism of Kirby, ligne

Health and Inclusivity: Coming into Power with Jessi Zabarsky and WITCHLIGHT

What would you do if you were all you had in a world that felt at odds against you, if the expectations placed on you diminished your ability to live life on your terms? That is the question asked of Lelek and Sanja, the protagonists of the upcoming graphic novel Witchlight.   Written and illustrated

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