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Weekly roundup of cool news: March 3-9, 2013

Here’s a new feature I’m trying, to draw attention to some of the news things I curate elsewhere and also get to talk about them more in-depth.

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Red Sonja roundup: As you’ve probably heard, Gail Simone is going to be writing that “iconic non-DC female character” Red Sonja for Dynamite starting in July, and she gave a ton of interviews on the subject with Comic Book Resources, Comics Beat, GeekMom, and MTV Geek. Though for my money, Simone’s best quote comes from the press release:

What I love about Sonja is that she isn’t polite, she says what she means and if you give her any lip about it, hello, sword in the gut. She’s smart, she has a heart, she has some compassion. But when it’s go time, she’s a hellraiser, a mad general, she’s a sword edge virtuosa, she’s death on wheels. She is the woman you never want to mess with. I can relate, Sonja. No offense to all her guy writers, but THIS Red Sonja is about sex and swords! It’s everything you love about Red Sonja, except with more monsters getting stabbed in the eye.

We’ll be getting covers from Fiona Staples, Nicola Scott, Jenny Frison, Colleen Doran, and Stephanie Buscema

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Penny Arcade’s Strip Search, a web reality series searching for the “next big webcartoonist” is three episodes in now. The winner will be getting $15,000 and will be “embedded” in the Penny Arcade offices for a year. In the first episode, contestant Katie Rice voiced relief at seeing just one other woman, but it turned out half of the original 12 contestants were women! I’d like to think that’s a nice little microcosm of the current direction of comics. The other women contestants are Abby Howard, Amy Falcone, Erika Moen (which frankly doesn’t even seem fair to the rest), Lexxy Douglas, and Monica Ray.

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Though I meant what I said the other day about not expecting women to make comics about (predominantly) Women’s Issues, they can and I’d like to share a few that have. Paula Knight talks about talking about miscarriage and the comics she’s made to deal with hers. This reminded me of Diane Noomin’s comic about her four miscarriages, which she discusses in an audio interview with the Jewish Forward. On the other side of the ex-pregnancy coin, Samantha Meier interviewed Lora Fountain, the creator of “A Teenage Abortion”, from Wimmen’s Comix #1, published before abortion on demand was legal in the US and depicting a teenager attempting to get a back-alley abortion— a process that struck me as a dystopian fever dream, but of course was all too real. Fountain also edited Facts o’ Life Sex Education Funnies, which she also talks about. I own Facts o’ Life and find it still basically holds up except for the absence of HIV/AIDS, which was not yet a thing when it was published.

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There are ElfQuest T-shirts on WeLoveFine.com in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Wendy and Richard Pini’s classic fantasy comic. A new story is running on boingbong.

Bonus Art Thing:

Emily Carroll has a new comic up, "The 3 Snake Leaves", and you never want to miss a new Emily Carroll comic.

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Market Monday
Glitz-2-Go TP, by Diane Noomin

Collecting nearly 40 years of comics by pioneering cartoonist Diane Noomin and starring Noomin’s signature character, frustrated middle-aged glamourpuss, DiDi Glitz. All of DiDi’s stories, from her debut in 1974, are finally back in print after 30 years. Like many women who wrote and drew underground and alternative comix in the ’70s, Noomin’s contribution to the form has been unjustly overlooked and this book goes toward rectifying that.

~Preview~

Market Monday

Glitz-2-Go TP, by Diane Noomin

Collecting nearly 40 years of comics by pioneering cartoonist Diane Noomin and starring Noomin’s signature character, frustrated middle-aged glamourpuss, DiDi Glitz. All of DiDi’s stories, from her debut in 1974, are finally back in print after 30 years. Like many women who wrote and drew underground and alternative comix in the ’70s, Noomin’s contribution to the form has been unjustly overlooked and this book goes toward rectifying that.

~Preview~

fantagraphics:

This is happening!

w00t, underground comix sale!  Including Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s Love That Bunch (HC and SC), Joyce Farmer’s Special Exits (signed!), and pre-orders of Diane Noomin’s Glitz-2-Go!

fantagraphics:

This is happening!

w00t, underground comix sale!  Including Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s Love That Bunch (HC and SC), Joyce Farmer’s Special Exits (signed!), and pre-orders of Diane Noomin’s Glitz-2-Go!

ProFile Friday
Diane Noomin (born 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comics artist associated with the underground comix movement, best known for her character “Didi Glitz”. She is the editor of the anthology series Twisted Sisters, and one of the original contributors to Wimmen’s Comix.
Noomin attended New York High School of Music and Art, Brooklyn College, and Pratt Institute. She first created her character Didi Glitz as a Halloween costume for a party thrown by cartoonist Gilbert Shelton. An early contributor to Wimmen’s Comix, she and Aline Kominsky split off after issue 4 after clashing with the rest of the collective over the self-deprecating tone they wanted to utilize in their stories (the rest of the collective preferred the stories to be empowering or confessional).
In 1981, she collaborated on the musical comedy “I’d Rather Be Doing Something Else:The DiDi Glitz Story” with the San Francisco-based women’s theater group, Les Nickelettes. She won an Inkpot Award in 1992. Twisted Sisters vols. 1 and 2 were also each nominated for Eisner Awards for Best Anthology in 1992 and 1995 respectively.
She has curated and shown work in the “Twisted Sister’s Show” at White Columns Gallery in 1996, The Museum of Cartoon Art of San Francsico in 1995 and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1991. In 1994, she had a solo exhibition at the Little Frankenstein Gallery in San Francisco.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband, “Zippy the Pinhead” cartoonist Bill Griffith.
I am honored to be sharing a panel with Ms. Noomin tomorrow at SPX.  If you are going to the show or can be in Bethesda, MD then, please come to the “Secret History of Women in Comics” panel at 1:30pm, with Ms. Noomin, Jessica Abel, Robyn Chapman, Heidi MacDonald, and yours truly!

ProFile Friday

Diane Noomin (born 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comics artist associated with the underground comix movement, best known for her character “Didi Glitz”. She is the editor of the anthology series Twisted Sisters, and one of the original contributors to Wimmen’s Comix.

Noomin attended New York High School of Music and Art, Brooklyn College, and Pratt Institute. She first created her character Didi Glitz as a Halloween costume for a party thrown by cartoonist Gilbert Shelton. An early contributor to Wimmen’s Comix, she and Aline Kominsky split off after issue 4 after clashing with the rest of the collective over the self-deprecating tone they wanted to utilize in their stories (the rest of the collective preferred the stories to be empowering or confessional).

In 1981, she collaborated on the musical comedy “I’d Rather Be Doing Something Else:The DiDi Glitz Story” with the San Francisco-based women’s theater group, Les Nickelettes. She won an Inkpot Award in 1992. Twisted Sisters vols. 1 and 2 were also each nominated for Eisner Awards for Best Anthology in 1992 and 1995 respectively.

She has curated and shown work in the “Twisted Sister’s Show” at White Columns Gallery in 1996, The Museum of Cartoon Art of San Francsico in 1995 and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1991. In 1994, she had a solo exhibition at the Little Frankenstein Gallery in San Francisco.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband, “Zippy the Pinhead” cartoonist Bill Griffith.

I am honored to be sharing a panel with Ms. Noomin tomorrow at SPX.  If you are going to the show or can be in Bethesda, MD then, please come to the “Secret History of Women in Comics” panel at 1:30pm, with Ms. Noomin, Jessica Abel, Robyn Chapman, Heidi MacDonald, and yours truly!

Diane Noomin Collection Coming from Fantagraphics

Glitz-2-Go finally collects nearly 40 years of comics stories by Diane Noomin, best-known for her work as cartoonist and editor of the women comics anthology Twisted Sisters.

Noomin’s career in underground comix began in 1972 and included appear- ances in Wimmen’s Comix, Young Lust, Short Order, Arcade, Real Girl, Lemme Outta Here, El Perfecto, True Glitz, Aftershock, Mind Riot, Titters, and Weirdo.

Glitz-2-Go stars Noomin’s signature character, DiDi Glitz, the frustrated middle-aged glamour-puss and anxiety-ridden suburban Sisyphus. All of her stories, beginning with her debut “Restless Reverie” in 1974’s Family Fun Comics, are finally back in print for the first time in over 30 years.

Noomin was a pioneer in the emergence of women cartoonists in the 1970s. Along with cartoonist and co-editor Aline Kominsky-Crumb, she edited and contributed to Twisted Sisters Comics in its original incarnation as an underground comic book in 1976, and in the early 1990s edited the celebrated collections Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl Art and its sequel Twisted Sisters: Drawing the Line, featuring the work of a generation of women cartoonists.

Like many women who wrote and drew underground and alternative comix in the ’70s, Noomin’s contribution to the form has been unjustly overlooked. This book goes toward rectifying that by collecting all of Noomin’s best comics as well as spotlighting Noomin’s other creative outlets….

Fantagraphics has been at the forefront of preserving the best comics by the groundbreaking “underground” generation of cartoonists who revolutionized the form in the ’60s and ’70s. Glitz-2-Go is the first solo collection by Diane Noomin.

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