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Interview: Chad Sell and Team Take Readers to THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM

Interview: Chad Sell and Team Take Readers to THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM

June 5, get ready for your favourite book of 2018. That’s right, THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM IS COMING! Cartoonist Chad Sell has teamed up with Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez to take readers to the magical world that is

Review: PUERTO RICO STRONG

PUERTO RICO STRONG Edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz Published by Lion Forge Release date: March 14, 2018 Puerto Rico Strong is an immensely important book. It’s more than just a way to raise money or to call awareness to the tragedy occurring still every day in the

Queer Visibility: “Faggot”

There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own. – Larry Kramer, Faggots   Cui bono? – Latin phrase, meaning “Who benefits?”   I don’t remember how old I was the first time I was called a faggot. It was certainly many many years before coming out. And I think it’s fair to say

Transmyscira: The Guy With The Elephant Tattoo

One of the toughest realities about comics I’ve had to adapt to since I joined The Rainbow Hub (R.I.P.) in 2014 is that writing about trans issues within the industry is a difficult — and frequently punishing — gig. The fundamental issue is that it’s almost always coming from a defensive crouch, having to pick

Transmycira: ARCHIVAL QUALITY Is Worth Giving Up Avocado Toast For

Probably my favourite quote about criticism as a discipline is Peter O’Toole as Anton Ego’s closing monologue in Ratatouille. His ode to the discovery and defense of the new as the highest calling of the critic is what I try as much as possible to use as my guiding principle, but the discovery and defense

Transmyscira: VAMPIRONICA Is One Bite Forward, Two Steps Back

Archie Comics’ grand foray into the direct market to produce hip comics that break from their reputation as impulse buys at grocery store checkouts has a problem. They don’t really hire women creators very much, which is an odd problem to have for a company whose characters are the first thing that jump to most

Queer Visibility Interview: Michelle Perez on THE PERVERT

Coming from writer Michelle Perez with art from Remy Boydell, and previously featured in Eisner nominated anthology Island, is The Pervert, an unflinching and honest account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. Michelle was kind enough to take the time to talk with us about trans representation, and her experiences working

Queer Visibility Interview: Joe Glass and Sina Grace on THE PRIDE ADVENTURES

We’re all pretty used to seeing one queer character rolling around a comic universe. Maybe (if you’re lucky), a couple — romantic or otherwise. But what about an entire team of queer heroes? What’s that even called? That’s a Pride. With the original series in hardcover and the fifth issue of its spin-off title, The

Transmyscira: CALEXIT Moves at The Speed of Now

Yes, the arrival of this year’s Amancay Nahuelpan/Matteo Pizzolo comic is a great opportunity to dunk on the pair for only turning in an average of a single collaborative issue a year. But Calexit #2, in addition to the continuation of a must read dystopian nightmare set about five minutes into the future, is also

Transmyscira: The Second Amendment Doesn’t Apply to the Fourth Wall

I can draw a perfect replica of a Desert Eagle handgun from memory, and I’ve been able to do it since before either Snatch or The Matrix came out. The unique L-shaped slide, the weird, bulbous outline of the barrel that looks like a water balloon held by the knot, the whole thing. I know

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