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Market Monday: October 14th, 2013 New Releases

Book of the Week

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Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire. First published in French by Belgium’s Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, and the live-action, French-language film version of the book won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.

Singles of the Week

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Star Trek: Khan #1, art by Claudia Balboni

"Shall we begin?" Don’t miss this all-new mini-series event overseen by Star Trek Into Darkness writer/producer Roberto Orci! Witness the shocking origin of Khan Noonien Singh from his earliest years through his rise to power during the epic Eugenics Wars! Behold the events that led to his escape from Earth aboard the Botany Bay! Learn the truth behind his re-awakening by Admiral Marcus and Section 31! It’s the origin of Star Trek’s greatest villain, only from IDW!

Collection of the Week

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Divas, Dames & Daredevils, including art by Barbara Hall and Fran Hopper

Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s. But many heroines of the WWII-era have been forgotten. Through twenty-eight full reproductions of vintage Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds. Each spine-tingling chapter opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful commentary about heroines at the dawn of the comic book industry and reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women - superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots - who protected America and the world with wit and guile.

[Note: Print version is in black-and-white, eBook in full color]

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This is Golden Age artist Fran Hopper, standing next to a portrait of herself she painted in the 1940s, around the time she was working for the publisher Fiction House.
Trina Robbins just e-mailed this to me—as rediscovering Ms. Hopper alive and well was joint effort between us!—and I still can’t believe how fortunate we are to have a chance to preserve one more small corner of women’s comics history before her memories were lost to us like so many others.
Fiction House comics are all in the public domain, so it’s not too hard to find Ms. Hopper’s work online if you dig around, but here are two stories about adventure heroines Mysta of the Moon and Gale Allen (along with a Lily Renée story) from the Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog.  It’s fun stuff, and Ms. Hopper’s art is capable and strong.

This is Golden Age artist Fran Hopper, standing next to a portrait of herself she painted in the 1940s, around the time she was working for the publisher Fiction House.

Trina Robbins just e-mailed this to me—as rediscovering Ms. Hopper alive and well was joint effort between us!—and I still can’t believe how fortunate we are to have a chance to preserve one more small corner of women’s comics history before her memories were lost to us like so many others.

Fiction House comics are all in the public domain, so it’s not too hard to find Ms. Hopper’s work online if you dig around, but here are two stories about adventure heroines Mysta of the Moon and Gale Allen (along with a Lily Renée story) from the Golden Age Comic Book Stories blog.  It’s fun stuff, and Ms. Hopper’s art is capable and strong.

Breaking News in the World of Women’s Comics History!

What started out as an offhand Google search in the midst of combing through the 1940 Census turned into a series of e-mails between myself and quintessential comics “herstorian” Trina Robbins and has concluded with a victory in the race against time in preserving women’s place in Golden Age comics history.

To wit, Frances Deitrick Hopper, one of the many female artists behind comics publisher Fiction House’s adventure heroines, such as Gale Allen, Jane Martin, and Mysta of the Moon, has been “rediscovered” alive at the age of 90 in New Jersey.

Until now, her life after her last comics credit in 1948 has been a mystery to historians— one of many in the comics field and perhaps never thought to be solved.  But in an attempt to find her hypothetical obituary turned up something better (at least for my research purposes): the obituary of her husband from 2010, stating that at least at the time, she survived him.

Alas, I am a responsible adult now with a real job, and I couldn’t be chasing down leads to possibly living nonagenarians in questionable health, so I went to the person who has the best job in the world, which is to do exactly that, Ms. Trina Robbins.

Using information from Dr. Hopper’s obituary, Trina got in touch with Fran Hopper’s daughter, a retired pediatrician in Massachusetts.  And earlier this afternoon, I got a very excited e-mail from Trina, informing me that she had just gotten off the phone with none other than Fran Hopper herself, alive and well and still sharp as a tack.

I eagerly look forward to Trina’s upcoming book, which she informs me will contain images and information furnished by Mrs. Hopper.  And just maybe we can dream of a Fiction House reunion between Fran Hopper and Lily Renee.

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