This has been a trying week for me personally, as a Bostonian and otherwise. Thankfully, none of my friends or family have been injured or killed, and the greatest tangible impact the week’s events have had on me personally is the postponement of Boston Comic Con. I will miss the energy and community of that event that I feel we could all use right now, but it is a small price to pay for the public’s safety and the first steps towards achieving justice for the losses and chaos we have gone through. (ETA: Fun Fact: it is sheer coincidence I posted this a mere 5 minutes after he was captured. Didn’t even realize he had been until I scrolled through my dash some.)
But life goes on and comics do too! I’ve missed this feature for more weeks than I’ve actually done it, but I’m going to keep intending to do it and hopefully do it more.
You may want to save this link for later because they’re having malware issues right now, but Comics Should Be Good at Comic Book Resources has revealed the audience-chosen Greatest Gail Simone Stories Ever Told! Basically all of Secret Six is there, but so are a few arcs of Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Welcome to Tranquility, and her still-uncollected Deadpool run (the Deadpool Classic series is about to catch up to it soon, though.) It’s a fun walk down memory lane and makes me want to reread all of them!
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Alison Bechdel book
Directed by Sam Gold
October 1 - November 3, 2013
From four-time Tony Award-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change) and Tony-nominee Lisa Kron (In The Wake,Well) comes a fresh, daring new musical based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Directed by Sam Gold, FUN HOME is a groundbreaking, world-premiere musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
The musical was developed at the prestigious Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab last year.
Posy Simmonds has reacted to last week’s passing of ex-UK Prime Minister Margaret “Iron Lady” Thatcher with a picture-book style fairytale called "King Ironsides" available over at The Guardian. It’s extremely amusing, even to an American who only really knows Thatcher’s legacy from Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady and whatever I picked up from the complaints of my LSE poli-sci student friends when I lived in London.
The Paris Review visited Miriam Katin’s studio, where I learned for the first time that she was an animator on one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Daria. She also had this great anecdote about being the oldest person to work at MTV:
I get a phone call, and she says to me, this girl, “This is human resources. You’ve made a mistake on your birthdate.” And I say, “Oh, well, I always make mistakes. What did I do?” And she says, “Well, you wrote you were born in 1942.” I say, “Yes?” So she says, “I’m sure you meant 1982.” “No.” “1972?” “No.” Now she’s getting spooked. I mean, everyone around there is an infant. I say, “Look, let me make it easier for you, I was born in 1942, and I am still alive and working.” She was totally freaked out. It was a such a great story, MTV used it in training sessions.
Bonus Art Thing:
You’ve probably seen Hanie Mohd's art nouveau superheroine ballgown pin-ups before. Now you can buy prints and tee-shirts from WeLoveFine.com!
Other Things I Do!
It’s a new season of Mad Men, which means it’s a new season of the Mad World Podcast! With Between the Panels and Geeks of Doom’s William Goodman and #Television editor Tahlia Hein, we discuss the latest episodes and you can listen to it! The usual podcast exhortions apply: Subscribe! Review!
Also, I finally caved and started a personalish Tumblr where I currently post sporadically about other pop culture things, but which will likely soon devolve (or evolve, depending on your perspective) into reblogs of cat gifs.
This Week’s Events
While there was a “pop-up” meeting in New York City last week, this San Francisco meeting is intended to be the first of a monthly ongoing US presence. And who better to launch such a group than comics “herstorian” Trina Robbins! Trina will be giving one of her excellent presentations on women cartoonists over the years, and I am envious of everyone who has the chance to go! (7PM - 9PM PST).
Tuesday, April 10
Tuesday-Friday, April 10-13
Wednesday, April 11
Thursday, April 12
Saturday-Sunday, April 14–15
Saturday, April 14
Monday, April 16
If you go to any of these events, please feel free submit pictures!
A very cool UK comics project has been brought to my attention that features a ton of awesome British comics talent— including many, many ladies.
Nelson is a 250-page collaboration between 54 of the UK’s most exciting comic creators. It is an unprecedented experiment to create one complete story – a collective graphic novel.
London, 1968. A daughter is born to Jim and Rita Baker. Her name is Nel. This is her story, told in yearly snapshots. Each chapter records the events of a single day, weaving one continuous ribbon of pictures and text that takes us on a 43- year journey from Nel Baker’s birth to 2011.
Based on an original idea by Rob Davis and co-edited by Davis and Woodrow Phoenix, Nelson celebrates the incredible diversity of talent in British comics today. Creators known for their editorial and national newspaper strips unite with those from humour comics such as the Beano, The Dandy, and MAD Magazine joining a wealth of talent from children’s books, indie publishing and webcomics, with the science fiction and superhero worlds of 2000AD, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse.
Part exquisite corpse and part relay race, Nelson spans decades of British history and a myriad of stylistic approaches in telling the story of one woman’s life by 54 creators, in 54 episodes, detailing 54 days. The result is a surprising and compellingly readable book that is sad, funny, moving, poignant, ridiculous, heartfelt, and real. This is a story like none you have seen before. (via Blank Slate Books)
Female creators include Ellen Lindner, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Katie Green, Simone Lia, Kate Charlesworth, Kristina Baczynski, Kate Brown, Carol Swain, Philippa Rice, Kate Evans, Alice Duke, Posy Simmonds, and Laura Howell.
All proceeds go to Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity. You can order it from the publisher at the link above. You can check out some preview art at the Forbidden Planet blog.
Posy Simmonds is the British cartoonist behind such works as Tamara Drewe and Gemma Bovery, as well as numerous strips from the Guardian. And today is her 66th birthday! Happy birthday, Posy!
Welcome to the first round of the Ladies Making Comics Tournament!
Thank you everyone for your nominees and your votes in last week’s primaries. It was hard narrowing things down, and I did have to make some executive decisions, and I am really excited to see where this goes!
You have until Monday, January 24th at 10:00pm EST to vote in all categories.
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