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Infusing Manga with Diversity: Frederick Jones, MyFutprint, and SATURDAY AM

Infusing Manga with Diversity: Frederick Jones, MyFutprint, and SATURDAY AM

Beyond investigating and critiquing a wide range of comic books — from classic super-heroes to modern indies, styles ranging from western to the Far East of manga, new and old — Comicosity is committed to its core in promoting an increase in diversity and inclusion across the industry, and indeed, across genres. It is with

Health and Inclusivity: Exploring the Gay Journey in GIVEN by Natsuki Kizu

Music can be an equalizer. It can reveal things hidden within us or help us dive into our feelings. We can express joy, despair, happiness, anger, and many other emotions. So, what if music was the way to see yourself? To see others? To forge pivotal connections? In Given, we get to see not only

Professor Latinx: The Pulse on Latinx Comics 2020 (and a Look Forward)

Pandemic 2020 hit our communities hard. Many at the frontlines caught and suffered through the contagion. Many lost family members. All of us teeter-tottered between pressure-cooker anxiety and beat-down malaise. #BlackLivesMatter wiped thickened film from eyes, showing the world that for BIPOC folx, the pandemic just made more visible legacies of living under colonial-cum-capitalist rule.

Health and Inclusivity: Breaking the Code in MY VIDEO GAMES ATE MY HOMEWORK

It’s one thing for video games to be a distraction, but I never imagined they could literally devour my schoolwork. Unfortunately for Dewey Jenkins, he is very much aware. Dustin Hansen and Corey Breen come together in My Video Game Ate My Homework, which details Dewey’s journey to recover a science project, leading him, his

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

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