Supermother: artist Elzbieta Jablonska confronts gender roles with her superhero art

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Afternoon diversion: Well, well, talk about tying up all our themes in one handy image, while tooling round we spotted the cover to the new edition of Women, Art, and Society by Whitney Chadwick, which covers:

This acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule who “transcended” their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contributions to visual culture have often been neglected, Whitney Chadwick’s survey reexamines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender.

Mark Waid's four panels that never work

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This homage to Wally Woods’s 22 Panels that ALWAYS work by Mark Waid and Jeremy Rock at The Gutters nails quite a few good ones. Go to the link for the other four—oh and a snark about a DC executive. CAN U GUESS WHO?

Tony Moore files suit for co-ownership of The Walking Dead and other properties

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Well, if you wondered if tensions were going to deescalate between former collaborators and childhood friends Tony Moore and Robert Kirkman after Moore filed a suit to collect what he alleges are his fair share of the profits from the Walking Dead comics and TV show, the answer is “HELL NO.” Moore has actually filed a SECOND suit claiming that he should be named joint author of THE WALKING DEAD, BATTLE POPE, BRIT, DEAD PLANET and MY NAME IS ABRAHAM. (The latter two are comics as yet unpublished but developed by the two when they were friends.)

Review: Archer And Armstrong #1: Arch-Conservatives Will Hate This Comic

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When the teasers for Archer and Armstrong #1 came out, there was a little bit of noise from the political parts of the web about what an awful liberal smear job the book was because of some villains billing themselves as the 1%. I’d gotten a good laugh out of villains calling themselves the 1% and wearing golden masks of bulls and bears (an obvious stock market joke) and I figured the usual noisy political types might be over-reacting. Come to find out, Archer and Armstrong is a much more political book than I was expecting. It’s also utterly hilarious. Unless you’re a dogmatic Republican with limited-to-no sense of humor. If you’re one of those, stay FAR away from this comic. It will set you off.

Marvel Showcase Fraction's Fantastic Four and FF – But Defenders is Cancelled

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An article on USA Today celebrates Fraction/Bagley’s Fantastic Four, and Fraction/Allred’s FF. But it also reveals that Fraction/Dodson’s Defenders series is cancelled with issue #12

Calero and Stashwick writing Clandestine pilot for Syfy

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While you often see comics getting optioned for film or TV, you don’t usually see the creators of the comic involved in working on that project for film or TV. So here’s an exception: Dennis Calero and Todd Stashwick are writing a sci-fi pilot called CLANDESTINE for Syfy. Calero is best known as an artist on countless comics from COWBOYS & ALIENS to X-MEN NOIR. Stashwick is best known as a actor on things from Heroes to The Riches. The two met on the set of HEROES, when Calero was doing art for the show and collaborated on the webcomic Devil Inside, which was optioned by Syfy and eventually led to them being assigned to write the pilot for this entirely new project.

Ben Affleck Justice League story — Hooey? Or a delaying tactic?

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Jaws dropped around the comics movies-o-sphere yesterday when Variety boldly announced that Ben Affleck might direct a Justice League movie. The story made a bit of sense—although the less said about his acting career the better, Affleck is growing in stature as a director, even if a three-ring circus like a JL movie would tax anyone but D.W. Griffith or Michael Bay.

Kyle Baker unveils SMASH MANNIX VS THE MOB for Aces Weekly

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Mere days ago we revealed ACES WEEKLY, a new digital anthology which cartoonist David Lloyd is launching. The contributors list sounded awesome, but no sample pages were released. However Kyle Baker has posted a huge preview of SMASH MANNIX VS THE MOB, his strip for the anthology, writing: