I’ve never been into superhero comics, and I think this is more for people who both love the genre and would like to see diversity within it. Of course, the art is nothing like the usual DC/Marvel fare (excepting the ‘Young Avengers’ issue 6 at the end): the style reminds me of newspaper comics more than anything, if I’m going to make a comparison. The lines are pretty thick, you don’t have the constant inundation of detailed musculature/hair/etc. Which gives the story some extra space to breathe, I think. The color palette is more limited, too (flatter tones, namely). Not quite the strict four colors throughout that I’d expected, but when that does happen, it looks great. Continue reading →
There are Tina Fey GIFs everywhere in this because Tina Fey is my lady-hero and that’s just something we all have to live with.
Okay, so I know NaNo isn’t for me, but I don’t think it’s wrong for others.
At least, I didn’t think it was wrong for others. Like, hey, if motivation is something you struggle with a lot—and for me, it’s all about the extrinsic rewards, the firm conviction that I can produce publishable work—then why not jump on the community support and get yourself revved up that way? Continue reading →
“Many people think of the oceans as a remote and incidental feature of our world. Their importance is felt in a physical sense, but people don’t realize how much we all owe to life in the sea…. Humanity is in retreat all over the world.” Continue reading →
Now that we’ve got the basic setting of intergalactic criminals wanted for the crime of looove out of the way (okay I’m sorry I couldn’t resist, I swear it’s more like Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ than a bad ’80s song), it’s time to learn a bit more about the main characters. Continue reading →
I loved the art a bunch, and generally speaking I prefer black and white to color when there’s inks involved, so that’s saying a lot. The characters came out nice and fluid, and the roughness of the major outlines was quite appealing set against the rest. The colors are nice and vivid where appropriate, and the values are well planned. I’m curious to see what this looks like greyscale, I bet it’s great. Continue reading →
I would be okay with every movie featuring non-white stars turning out like Harold and Kumar.
At times I think I should drop the whole ‘stop calling me a “person of color” I am not my skin’ thing…after all, the sudden pervasiveness of that term, and a demand for characters and authors who fit that term (well, except whites, sorry I guess you’re not a color anymore) in publishing is more a result of outside pressure than some weird new cult of exoticism. Continue reading →
This sequel to ‘Better Nate Than Ever’ is more serious—and way more about the inner workings of theatre—than the predecessor. Nate’s no longer on the cusp of puberty, he’s actually experiencing it, and with that go certain ‘grown-up’ notions such as having a secret admirer (you’ll be happy to know he doesn’t stop being completely adorable) and, on more serious notes, things like the intense pressure of a fast-tracked Broadway production that’s a huge friggin’ gamble because it’s being directed (produced?) by a videogame dude (yay, videogames! Yes, I relate way more to the ‘normals’ Nate feels alienated from), a considerbly more serious cancer situation, and also it’s show business! with the mandatory exclamation mark. Continue reading →
There are a lot of first-hand accounts of the Holocaust out there, and pretty much all of it—all of it that I’ve seen, anyway—has focused on the immediacy of the concentration camps. Not that they shouldn’t; it’s a horse that cannot be beaten to death until the planet stops having genocide or the more politically-challenged ‘ethnic cleansing,’ but it is not what makes ‘Maus’ really really stand out. Continue reading →
This comes pretty close to being an illustrated novel. Yes, there are dialogue balloons and the occasional onomatopoeia , but they’re solidly dominated by the narration + fantastic artwork. Continue reading →