Stop wondering where all the female creators are, and go find them!

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Following on from Heidi’s post about gender issues in the comics industry, the best response seemed clear: I should probably write a post about some gender issues. Which leads me to a question which has started to circulate through t’blogosphere recently: whilst we’re all very quick to leap onto DC and Marvel’s track record with […]

Coloring books, Paul Jenkins and the Big Two

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If you look in the “category” drop down in our footer, you’ll see one called 10 Days That Shook The World. This refers to the week in 2009 when, within a a few days, Disney bought Marvel, and DC announced the departure of Paul Levitz as publisher. The formation of DC Entertainment would be announced […]

Brandon Graham on why he doesn’t want to work for DC

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In a series of Tumblr posts Brandon Graham reports his experiences working on an 8-page Madame Xanadu story for Vertigo’s House of Mystery Halloween Annual in 2010: It was an interesting experience. The editor was super heavy handed. but missed some basics ,like I was never told that the kids I drew were meant to […]

INTERVIEW: Dustin Nguyen’s Big Ideas behind LI’L GOTHAM

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I caught up with longtime DETECTIVE COMICS and BATMAN artist Dustin Nguyen at WonderCon to find out about the L’IL GOTHAM phenomenon, a regular series that started as digital only from DC in October 2012 (having formerly appeared in annuals in 2009), casting the heroes and villains of Gotham City in a stylized mode with […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013, Ann Nocenti and Jim Lee Enthuse about Comics

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On March 30th, WonderCon attendees got treated to a bonus feature in a Spotlight panel with Ann Nocenti, Jim Lee acting as her interviewer. The two had so much shared history that they reminisced about the “good old days” at Marvel as well as plunging into the current artwork that most impresses them on their […]

24 Hours of Women Cartoonists: Lala Albert

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I’ve mentioned Lala Albert here before but she continues to fascinate with her disturbing but compelling mythology of three eyed women. Much concerned with myth and alien life, her work can be seen in Vice and on her website. Her day job involves designing textiles such as this. Alvert is interviwed at Berserker Magazin I […]

INTERVIEW: R.M. Peaslee and R.G. Weiner Deconstruct Spider-Man in WEB-SPINNING HEROICS

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Spider-Man is hands down one of the most popular characters ever to leap from the pages of Marvel Comics, and is even a strong contender for one of the most popular comic characters produced by any comics publisher. He’s also displayed a particular trademark flexibility in successfully taking to the silver screen and flourishing through […]

Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day Issue is INFINITY by Hickman and Cheung

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Free Comic Book Day is coming up, and Marvel have today revealed what their release is going to be – Infinity, by Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung. This looks like a prelude to the oft-rumoured cosmic event Marvel will be running in Autumn (why have just one event a year?). However, strangely enough there’s no […]

40 years of pain: The History of Siegel and Shuster by Steve Gerber

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Let’s start the year out with a return to comics’ original sin: Daniel Best reprints Truth, Justice, & The Corporate Conscience by Steve Gerber, an article from WAP, a creator’s rights newsletter published in the 80s by Gerber, Steven Grant and Frank Miller.
Gerber, for those who don’t know, was a very influential writer for Marvel in the 70s who eventually sued for ownership of a character he co-created, Howard the Duck. He lost the suit, but never the anger. He died in 2008.

This year, vote for a REAL change. Vote Loki!

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You could settle for petty tyrants who steal a vote here and there or block uncontroversial legislation out of mere partisan spite, but why not think big? Pretensions of altruism and benevolence are for the weak and dishonest, promising virtues never achieved. This year, vote for an honest villain – a supervillain! Admit the truth […]

NYCC: A Final Marvel & DC Cover Parade

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The last day of New York Comic-Con was a day of relative peace and tranquillity, unless you were Dan Slott in which case it was a day of  being chased by an angry mob whilst cackling like Machiavelli. It’s the day when people settle down, explore the booths which haven’t sold out, get their final sketches and […]

Alan Davis ‘assists’ on Astonishing X-Men; and the effect of double-shipping on artists

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By Steve Morris As spotted by Jarrod on the CBR forums (hi Jarrod!), a Mike Perkins fight sequence from next week’s Astonishing X-Men #55 clearly pays tribute to a previous fight sequence drawn years ago by Alan Davis for Uncanny X-Men. As you can see in the images below, Perkins has taken aspects of Davis’ […]

What is Marvel's Superior?

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By Steve Morris I suppose the smart-arse answer to that question would be “Disney”, but this actually refers to a teaser released today via Diamond (of all places), and features another of those one-word slogan teasers Marvel are loving right now. This time round the word is “Superior”, the creative team are not mentioned, and […]

Despite jibe, Waid and Johns are "cool."

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After Mark Waid’s “Four Panels that Never Work” comic was seen just about everywhere yesterday, one might have been forgiven for thinking that given the fourth-panel poke at Geoff Johns penchant for mutilating heroes, Waid and Johns must be feuding or something. However, Waid showed up in the comments at Robot 6 to answer questions and revealed that it was merely a friendly rib:

More on comics, women, branding and the future

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My essay on Marvel and DC as dedicated safe spaces for male-focused entertainment got quite a bit of talk going, which is the best possible reaction to any essay. Several very smart people wrote rebuttals, and these posts also generated very thoughtful comment sections.

Why DC and Marvel will never truly target female readers

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It would almost be self-aggrandizing to praise Noelene Clark’s recent women in comics piece in the LA Times, since I”m quoted so extensively in it, but I’m happy to say that the bulk of the cartoonists she spoke with were also proponents of the idea that I often promote here: women have already had massive, historic success in the comics industry, and at this point those outlets that aren’t adapting to the wave of female readers and creators are truly out of step with the times, and not the trendsetters.