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Small Press New Releases: February 19, 2014

Alex + Ada #4, co-written by Sarah Vaughn

Alex makes a decision that will change Ada forever.

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Curse #2, colors by Tamra Bonvillain

Laney Griffin has captured the murderer that has been terrorizing his small town, but Anton Chavoy is no ordinary psychopath — he’s a werewolf. As Laney scratches dates off the calendar until the wolf’s return, hoping Anton’s transformation will be the proof that wins him the bounty to finance his son’s leukemia treatment, Laney’s problems continue to mount – he’s the chief suspect in Sheriff Nora Hughes’ pursuit of the town’s murderer. Laney is going to learn the hard way that the CURSE comes at the greatest cost.

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Quantum & Woody #8, art by Ming Doyle

CHARGE! Quantum and Woody vs. Magnum Security…for all the marbles! Who would have suspected that Quantum’s employer Mr. Magnum and his private security firm were up to no good? So now the would-be victims of Magnum’s violence and greed rally around our unlikely heroes to protect their heavily fortified, heavily armed mountain town. These colors don’t run!

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Red Sonja #7, written by Gail Simone, covers by Amy Reeder and Jenny Frison

Part 1 of a new story arc! Fresh from her ordeals in the Queen of the Plague epic, Sonja is charged with the task of playing bodyguard to Hyborea’s greatest chef, even though seemingly everyone wants him dead! Join us for this unique issue of recipes, culinary technique, and decapitation!

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Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #36, art by Debora Carita

Dejah tries to save the young girl that has been placed in her care while a relentless assassin tries to kill them both. The race for survival takes them into the heart of one of the darkest regions of Barsoom where they face a horde of hostile creatures!

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The Unwritten: Apocalypse #2, cover by Yuko Shimizu

In the ruins of a post-literary world, Richie and Lizzie go in search of their lost friend Tom Taylor. But to find him, they’ll have to venture into the most dangerous place on Earth: London.

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After teasing fans for a few months, Amy Reeder and Brand Montclare’s Rocket Girl is go for launch…a “teenage cop from a high-tech future” who’s sent back to 1986…“As she pieces together the clues, she discovers that the ‘future’ — an alternate reality version of 2013 and the place she calls home — shouldn’t exist at all”…I spoke with Montclare and Reeder about Rocket Girl, using Kickstarter to finance their creator-owned works and much more. http://bit.ly/18hL2Lp
After teasing fans for a few months, Amy Reeder and Brand Montclare’s Rocket Girl is go for launch…a “teenage cop from a high-tech future” who’s sent back to 1986…“As she pieces together the clues, she discovers that the ‘future’ — an alternate reality version of 2013 and the place she calls home — shouldn’t exist at all”…I spoke with Montclare and Reeder about Rocket Girl, using Kickstarter to finance their creator-owned works and much more. http://bit.ly/18hL2Lp

What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  While it lacks the costumes of Halloween, the presents of Christmas, and the revelry of New Year’s, my family’s Thanksgiving traditions have been the constant in my life that have meant the most to me every year.  When I first visited Japan, my travelling companion and I discussed the merits of living there. The one negative I came up with?  ”I’d miss Thanksgiving.”  When I lived in London for my junior year of college, I still made a full Thanksgiving dinner for my suitemates (though, due to my ignorance as to exactly how long it takes for a turkey to defrost, was made and eaten on Sunday, and by myself since my suitemates had lost interest in my peculiar American customs at that point).

The food is delicious, the family drawn in from far-flung places, the history is complicated and not always nice, and it’s a time to reflect on what’s good in my life.  And here’s what is:

Trina Robbins - The foremost comics “herstorian”, Trina has been a constant inspiration and mentor to me. Her love and dedication to women in comics is like her religion, and I am very grateful to the groundwork she’s laid when I decided pick up her torch. Very few people could have been as excited as I was when I discovered that Fran Hopper was still alive, and only Trina could surpass me. I look forward to her ultimate history of women in comics, Pretty in Ink, when it comes out next year.

The flourishing of female talent - This year has seen some of my favorite lesser-known talent become superstars.  Fiona Staples, whose art I’ve been loving since her turn on The Secret History of the Authority: Hawskmoor, is killing it month after month on Saga.  Almost nothing would stop me from buying the new Brian K. Vaughan series, but it gives me such hope for the future that even someone like him who could have his pick of superstar artists would rather look for a new voice, and a woman at that.  In addition, Kelly Sue DeConnick, whose writing I’ve loved since her first (Sif and Rescue) one-shots for Marvel back in 2010 has now taken up the challenge of writing not one, but two ongoing series, Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, which have been some of the most fun comics I’ve read in a long time. And she’s announced her first creator-owned series, Pretty Deadly, with another artist on my list, Emma Rios.  Rios’s star has risen over the past year due to her work on Spider-Man (including Spider Island tie-in Cloak and Dagger), Doctor Strange: Season One, and a few issues of Captain Marvel! And speaking of Spider-Man artists, let’s not forget the woman who has drawn both Peter Parker and Miles Morales!  Sara Pichelli gave first life to the new Ultimate Spider-Man, and then teamed him up with Peter Parker in the first 616/Ultimate universe crossover, Spider-Men!  Honorable mention must go to IDW Publishing for having such faith in the appeal of female creators that they brought Womanthology back for a new space-themed miniseries.

Sisters doing it for themselves - This is a blatant continuation of the above list. Kate Beaton continues to be wonderful and redefining comics on her own terms just by being herself.  Spike spear-headed the revival of female-friendly, sex-positive anthology Smut Peddler, not only paying the creators, but also getting it into her head to do a horror anthology next (She’s still taking pitches until November 30!).  Raina Telgemeier continues to create comics that appeal to the next generation of female readers (and creators!) with this year’s New York Times bestselling Drama.  And according to my mother, a teacher, Jennifer Holm (with her brother Matthew) are getting an even younger generation with Babymouse.  Amy Reeder rebounded from her dismissal from Batwoman with the charming one-shot Halloween Eve, and after chatting with her at NYCC, I am assured that we will see plenty of new work from her in the coming year. Becky Cloonan, of course, remains Becky Cloonan.

Art books celebrating women in comics - Amanda Conner got two— The Art of Amanda Conner and The DC Comics Sequential Art of Amanda Conner.  Marie Severin got The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. Ramona Fradon's was announced and revealed such heavy hitters as Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson among her admirers. And I look forward to the forthcoming Definitive Reference to the work of Jeffrey Catherine Jones; I hope we can get a DVD release of the documentary about her life.

Lana Wachowski - Thanks again for getting me into comics. Your speech when receiving the HRC Visibility Award made me laugh and cry, frequently in the same sentence.  Your courage to be yourself is admirable and inspiring.  Now where’s the rest of Doc Frankenstein?!

All of My Readers - All 13,595 of you!  You are all the best reason to get up in the morning. 

Non-comics things I’m grateful for include my almost-1-year-old niece (who is currently toddling around my parents’ kitchen as I type), my gainful employment, my new meds that don’t make me tired all the time, the fact that we’ve been spared a Romney presidency, my new "This Machine Kills Fascists" laptop sticker, and friends who push me to be the best me I can be.

Market Monday 
Ghosts #1, includes stories by Cecil Castellucci, Mary H.K. Choi, and Amy Reeder

Check out this all-new anthology from some of the biggest talents in the industry! Stories spotlight a space heist on a ghost ship, a spirit who wants to play synthesizer in a techno band, a ghost-for-hire haunting agency and others dark, twisted tales. With stories and art by some of comics’ greatest talents, this special features a cover by Dave Johnson, and a variant cover by Brendan McCarthy!

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Market Monday 

Ghosts #1, includes stories by Cecil Castellucci, Mary H.K. Choi, and Amy Reeder

Check out this all-new anthology from some of the biggest talents in the industry! Stories spotlight a space heist on a ghost ship, a spirit who wants to play synthesizer in a techno band, a ghost-for-hire haunting agency and others dark, twisted tales. With stories and art by some of comics’ greatest talents, this special features a cover by Dave Johnson, and a variant cover by Brendan McCarthy!

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Market Monday
Halloween Eve one-shot, art by Amy Reeder

Eve has an imagination that’s more than active - it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to life, and Eve must face ghosts, goblins, and gorilla suits made real. High fantasy and heartbreak in an oversized holiday one-shot by BRANDON MONTCLARE (Fear Itself: Fearsome Four) and Eisner Award nominee Amy Reeder (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu).

Market Monday

Halloween Eve one-shot, art by Amy Reeder

Eve has an imagination that’s more than active - it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to life, and Eve must face ghosts, goblins, and gorilla suits made real. High fantasy and heartbreak in an oversized holiday one-shot by BRANDON MONTCLARE (Fear Itself: Fearsome Four) and Eisner Award nominee Amy Reeder (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu).

Happy Birthday, Kara!

Ok, it’s not actually Supergirl’s birthday.  It’s the birthday of the very first Kara in my life, my big sister!

She spent her childhood all the way through her college years being a real Supergirl, conquering every athletic pursuit she tried (off the top of my head, field hockey, gymnastics, swimming, lacrosse, track & field, and some dabbling in soccer, softball and skiing), making it to Penn State on a track & field scholarship.  Now she’s a Supermom to my adorable niece Adriana!

Hope you’re having a wonderful day, Kara!

Market Monday
Batwoman #8, art by Amy Reeder

Six lives moving through different points in time, all heading toward a crossroads. Batwoman faces gnashing teeth, claws and otherworldly powers. But can she defeat the villains of Gotham Harbor?
Maro, an arcane wizard, harnesses violent magics to create the vile creature known as The Hook. Kate Kane struggles with living multiple lives and how that affects her relationship with Maggie. Detective Maggie Sawyer transports a double agent named Sune.Jacob Kane still holds onto hope for a life that he so desperately needs in his.DEO Agent Cameron Chase covertly aids Batwoman in abducting one of the villain Falchion’s inner circle.The creative team’s unique take on spy stories continues!

Market Monday

Batwoman #8, art by Amy Reeder

Six lives moving through different points in time, all heading toward a crossroads. Batwoman faces gnashing teeth, claws and otherworldly powers. But can she defeat the villains of Gotham Harbor?

Maro, an arcane wizard, harnesses violent magics to create the vile creature known as The Hook. Kate Kane struggles with living multiple lives and how that affects her relationship with Maggie. Detective Maggie Sawyer transports a double agent named Sune.Jacob Kane still holds onto hope for a life that he so desperately needs in his.DEO Agent Cameron Chase covertly aids Batwoman in abducting one of the villain Falchion’s inner circle.The creative team’s unique take on spy stories continues!

Market Monday
Batwoman #7, art by Amy Reeder

Six lives on converging courses that will change them forever… Batwoman, in a hidden lair beneath Gotham Harbor, faces a horde of monsters inspired by urban legends led by Falchion, an evil mastermind. Jacob Kane waits in agony for some sign of life. Kate Kane tries to enjoy new romance as the werebeast Abbot begs for her help. Maro, an enigmatic wizard, evokes an evil that all children fear: their own reflections in a darkened mirror. Detective Maggie Sawyer is caught in a turf war between The Werebeast Cult and The Medusa Syndicate. DEO Agent Cameron Chase struggles with a new operative who refuses to be controlled. It’s all coming in ‘To Drown the World,’ part 2.

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Market Monday

Batwoman #7, art by Amy Reeder

Six lives on converging courses that will change them forever… Batwoman, in a hidden lair beneath Gotham Harbor, faces a horde of monsters inspired by urban legends led by Falchion, an evil mastermind. Jacob Kane waits in agony for some sign of life. Kate Kane tries to enjoy new romance as the werebeast Abbot begs for her help. Maro, an enigmatic wizard, evokes an evil that all children fear: their own reflections in a darkened mirror. Detective Maggie Sawyer is caught in a turf war between The Werebeast Cult and The Medusa Syndicate. DEO Agent Cameron Chase struggles with a new operative who refuses to be controlled. It’s all coming in ‘To Drown the World,’ part 2.

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Opinionating: Speaking as a Reeder Reader

I have been a fan of Amy Reeder’s work since I picked up the first Madame Xanadu trade on a whim.  I was drawn to it for several reasons— it was thicker than most Vertigo volume 1s (it collects the first 10 issues instead of the usual 6), it was a new Vertigo title featuring an old DC character (as Sandman and John Constantine once were), and the lead character was a young woman who practiced magic (I grew up watching Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and reading books like Sweep and Secret Circle, and the vampire craze has left me with a rather empty plate).

And of course, the artist was a woman.

This was long before I’d even heard of Tumblr, so this blog was not yet a twinkle in my eye, but for some time I’d made it a practice to support comics by women by simply trying them out—a small yet crucial part of expanding any audience.

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Amy Reeder off Batwoman

dcwomenkickingass:

DC announced this morning that Trevor McCarthy will be stepping in for issues 9 through 11 of Batwoman. McCarthy most recently worked on Gates of Gotham.

DC isn’t saying why, but Amy Reeder stated on her Facebook page, “It’s definitely regrettable…some real creative differences were going on, to the point that it became untenable.”…

Well that’s a whole mess of bullshit.

Another Interview Round-Up!

There have been so many new interviews (or at least ones I missed/forgot) over the past few days, I’m posting another round-up this week!

  • ComicsAlliance got quotes from each member of the now-defunct Pizza Island studio about their futures and their feelings about the end of this era.
  • Alan Moore (in response to the question I asked along with my Kickstarter pledge for the Harvey Pekar statue) shared that Melinda Gebbie, his wife and Lost Girls artist, is currently working on her autobiography about the San Francisco underground scene and her subsequent life.  She will then illustrate his William Blake-inspired performance piece ”Angel Passage”.
  • Amy Reeder talks to CBR, DCWKA, and Newsarama about starting her arc on Batwoman.
  • The Unwritten cover artist Yuko Shimizu talks to Multiversity Comics about how she got the gig and her other projects!
  • School Library Journal talks to Faith Erin Hicks about Friends With Boys.
  • And the Hooded Utilitarian talks to Marguerite Dabaie about her book The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, a memoir about growing up as a Palestinian Christian and immigrant to the United States:

I’ve nicknamed The Hookah Girl “Arab 101” because I ended up writing with a non-Arab audience in mind. I wanted to highlight that, while my family and some of their practices are not “western” and may be distinct, they are not any more or less distinct than any other family. The positives and negatives are not all that different from any variety of cultures, and they just are.

Market Monday
Batwoman #6, art by Amy Reeder

Artist Amy Reeder and inker Richard Friend join the Batwoman team with this new arc, as the epic “To Drown the World” begins!
Six lives, inextricably linked in the past and present, each on a collision course with the others: Batwoman, fighting for duty and vengeance against a threat of arcane power. Detective Maggie Sawyer, investigating a case that could end her career. DEO Agent Cameron Chase, commanding a vigilante she despises. Colonel Jacob Kane, clutching at a life that’s slipping away. Maro, a new villain corrupting Gotham City. And Kate Kane, wrestling with decisions that will test her loyalties.

Market Monday

Batwoman #6, art by Amy Reeder

Artist Amy Reeder and inker Richard Friend join the Batwoman team with this new arc, as the epic “To Drown the World” begins!

Six lives, inextricably linked in the past and present, each on a collision course with the others: Batwoman, fighting for duty and vengeance against a threat of arcane power. Detective Maggie Sawyer, investigating a case that could end her career. DEO Agent Cameron Chase, commanding a vigilante she despises. Colonel Jacob Kane, clutching at a life that’s slipping away. Maro, a new villain corrupting Gotham City. And Kate Kane, wrestling with decisions that will test her loyalties.

Amy Reeder is one of Newsarama’s 10 Comic Book Creators To Watch in 2012!  Congrats!

Amy Reeder is one of Newsarama’s 10 Comic Book Creators To Watch in 2012!  Congrats!

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