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Robyn Chapman’s Drawing Comics Lab is a distillation of the Abel/Madden textbooks, something she cops to right upfront…The book is as much a distillation of Brunetti and Barry as it is Abel & Madden, but it’s a much breezier and simpler read than those other texts…The chapters on materials are a perfect crash course for an aspiring artist….Overall, Drawing Comics Lab creates a unique balance between theory, practice and readability. http://bit.ly/10UBayt
Robyn Chapman’s Drawing Comics Lab is a distillation of the Abel/Madden textbooks, something she cops to right upfront…The book is as much a distillation of Brunetti and Barry as it is Abel & Madden, but it’s a much breezier and simpler read than those other texts…The chapters on materials are a perfect crash course for an aspiring artist….Overall, Drawing Comics Lab creates a unique balance between theory, practice and readability. http://bit.ly/10UBayt
Viviane Schwarz’s Welcome to Your Awesome Robot is part comic and part activity book. It takes as its initial premise that belief, long-accepted by all parents as a universal truth, that there’s nothing that will stimulate the imagination of a small child more than a large, empty cardboard box! http://bit.ly/10UB8GP
Viviane Schwarz’s Welcome to Your Awesome Robot is part comic and part activity book. It takes as its initial premise that belief, long-accepted by all parents as a universal truth, that there’s nothing that will stimulate the imagination of a small child more than a large, empty cardboard box! http://bit.ly/10UB8GP
Best Shots Rapid Reviews: BATGIRL #20- “A new Ventriloquist is pulling strings in Gotham City, making life even harder for Batgirl as a new story arc begins with great promise…Gail Simone nails this one with a brief, chilling origin and a set-up that makes perfect sense for her debut…the new Ventriloquist is positively chilling, almost Joker-like in posture, coloring, and potential menace.” http://bit.ly/19dCkg4
Best Shots Rapid Reviews: BATGIRL #20- “A new Ventriloquist is pulling strings in Gotham City, making life even harder for Batgirl as a new story arc begins with great promise…Gail Simone nails this one with a brief, chilling origin and a set-up that makes perfect sense for her debut…the new Ventriloquist is positively chilling, almost Joker-like in posture, coloring, and potential menace.” http://bit.ly/19dCkg4
Whores of Mensa #2: This anthology is presented by Jeremy Dennis, Mardou and Ellen Lindner. The theme of this issue seems to be a sexual exploration of “east meets west”, many of them period stories….When reading an anthology, I often think about if I’ve read this kind of story a million times before, because such stories tend to fade from my memory moments after I’ve read them. With this comic, I’m happy to say that this isn’t the case, and that it even rewards multiple readings. http://bit.ly/19dCkgd
Whores of Mensa #2: This anthology is presented by Jeremy Dennis, Mardou and Ellen Lindner. The theme of this issue seems to be a sexual exploration of “east meets west”, many of them period stories….When reading an anthology, I often think about if I’ve read this kind of story a million times before, because such stories tend to fade from my memory moments after I’ve read them. With this comic, I’m happy to say that this isn’t the case, and that it even rewards multiple readings. http://bit.ly/19dCkgd
A,A’, a small and flawless jewel of science fiction by Moto Hagio…Because of A,A’, I discovered that this art form could do more than I’d imagined—not just tell ambitious stories…but tell them with passion, in lines drawn from nerve endings, using every weapon in the artist’s arsenal to not just dazzle the mind, but stab straight to the heart… A, A’ is really about identity in all its forms: sexual identity, gender identity, cloning, lost memories, blocked emotions…. http://bit.ly/18h9v3u
A,A’, a small and flawless jewel of science fiction by Moto Hagio…Because of A,A’, I discovered that this art form could do more than I’d imagined—not just tell ambitious stories…but tell them with passion, in lines drawn from nerve endings, using every weapon in the artist’s arsenal to not just dazzle the mind, but stab straight to the heart… A, A’ is really about identity in all its forms: sexual identity, gender identity, cloning, lost memories, blocked emotions…. http://bit.ly/18h9v3u
Last week, Brian Cronin held Barbara Slate week, “a (work) week’s worth of spotlights on the work of Barbara Slate, an underappreciated comic book creator who I’ve long been a fan of.” Featuring Angel Love, Yuppies from Hell, Sweet XVI, Archie work, and Getting Married and Other Mistakes. http://bit.ly/18h9yfz
Last week, Brian Cronin held Barbara Slate week, “a (work) week’s worth of spotlights on the work of Barbara Slate, an underappreciated comic book creator who I’ve long been a fan of.” Featuring Angel Love, Yuppies from Hell, Sweet XVI, Archie work, and Getting Married and Other Mistakes. http://bit.ly/18h9yfz

Oglaf, by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne…one of my favourite webcomics, is really REALLY pornographic..and is co-created by a woman. Why is that last bit important? Because this porn is not set out for the male gaze. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a whole host of ladybits on display and busty ladies jiggling up and down and up and down and… cough. http://bit.ly/176PixH
Oglaf, by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne…one of my favourite webcomics, is really REALLY pornographic..and is co-created by a woman. Why is that last bit important? Because this porn is not set out for the male gaze. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a whole host of ladybits on display and busty ladies jiggling up and down and up and down and… cough. http://bit.ly/176PixH
From the opening pages, mystery and bureaucracy dominate Meredith McClaren’s webcomic Hinges. The doll Orio finds herself in the clockwork tower of Cobble, carrying only a pocket watch emblazoned with her name. She isn’t alone for long, however, as she’s quickly and efficiently shuttled around by the city’s chief orderly, who arranges for clothes, an animal companion, and an adjustment liaison who will settle her in Cobble city life. http://bit.ly/11lUdrn
From the opening pages, mystery and bureaucracy dominate Meredith McClaren’s webcomic Hinges. The doll Orio finds herself in the clockwork tower of Cobble, carrying only a pocket watch emblazoned with her name. She isn’t alone for long, however, as she’s quickly and efficiently shuttled around by the city’s chief orderly, who arranges for clothes, an animal companion, and an adjustment liaison who will settle her in Cobble city life. http://bit.ly/11lUdrn
I’ve mentioned Jen Lee’s THUNDERPAW: IN THE ASHES OF FIRE MOUNTAIN before as a “Future comic” — the panels are animated gifs, a technique that is still being explored for its storytelling possibilities…The simple animation gives the story a hypnotic, twitchy quality, but Lee also knows when to use static images and has begun to use some “endless canvas” techniques as well. Her actual animations are subtle and filled with character as well… http://bit.ly/176Phdd
I’ve mentioned Jen Lee’s THUNDERPAW: IN THE ASHES OF FIRE MOUNTAIN before as a “Future comic” — the panels are animated gifs, a technique that is still being explored for its storytelling possibilities…The simple animation gives the story a hypnotic, twitchy quality, but Lee also knows when to use static images and has begun to use some “endless canvas” techniques as well. Her actual animations are subtle and filled with character as well… http://bit.ly/176Phdd
Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona is the story of an impetuous, eager, and (most notably) successful villainous sidekick, who is also a shapeshifter. Set during a time of knights and black magic and lancing and people living in tents, Nimona is a silly but thoroughly charming webcomic which has grown impressively in style and content over the space of eight chapters… http://bit.ly/14Nu97y
Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona is the story of an impetuous, eager, and (most notably) successful villainous sidekick, who is also a shapeshifter. Set during a time of knights and black magic and lancing and people living in tents, Nimona is a silly but thoroughly charming webcomic which has grown impressively in style and content over the space of eight chapters… http://bit.ly/14Nu97y

[Sarah Ellerton’s] The Phoenix Requiem is probably one of the most beautiful webcomics I’ve read…Set in a world somewhat similar to Victorian England, this is a fantasy tale and a gripping romance, as magic begins to return to the land after a long absence. Jonas is our main character, injured early on and nursed to health by the ambitious and caring Anya, who is training to be a doctor. A hesitant romance begins to stir, but disaster and plague seem to be following Jonas… http://bit.ly/14Nu7fQ
[Sarah Ellerton’s] The Phoenix Requiem is probably one of the most beautiful webcomics I’ve read…Set in a world somewhat similar to Victorian England, this is a fantasy tale and a gripping romance, as magic begins to return to the land after a long absence. Jonas is our main character, injured early on and nursed to health by the ambitious and caring Anya, who is training to be a doctor. A hesitant romance begins to stir, but disaster and plague seem to be following Jonas… http://bit.ly/14Nu7fQ
STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST…written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by New York School of the Visual arts student Molly Ostertag. As the title suggests, the comic follows Ostertag’s own goal to depict “no nonsense women getting things done” in her comics. The webcomic’s protagonist, Alison Green, has retired from a career as a super-strong, invincible hero at the ripe age of 21 to pursue a college degree, but of course, complications arise… http://bit.ly/Z70GnD
STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST…written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by New York School of the Visual arts student Molly Ostertag. As the title suggests, the comic follows Ostertag’s own goal to depict “no nonsense women getting things done” in her comics. The webcomic’s protagonist, Alison Green, has retired from a career as a super-strong, invincible hero at the ripe age of 21 to pursue a college degree, but of course, complications arise… http://bit.ly/Z70GnD

Reviewsy Bits

I’m going back through links that I’ve saved since January, so some of these may be a blast from the past, but hopefully most of them are exposing you to a comic you missed!

  • The Beat has an advanced review of Saga #1
  • Zoe/Wolverina reviews Womanthology on her podcast “How I Got My Boyfriend To Read Comics”!
  • The OuthousersBleedingCoolKelly Thompson and Blog@Newsarama on Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #1
  • Arthur and Posy, and indie comic from the UK, written by Ella Risbridger, earned this praise from Forbidden Planet:
    I’ve got to say, I was pretty much sold on it from the start. There’s a sweetness here, a delightful innocence about the pair. It’s got the feel of a somewhat off-kilter children’s book. Albeit a children’s book that looks like it’s going to be messing around with all sorts of gender roles and religious prejudices. And I’m intrigued and involved with the characters after just this short first issue to want to know much more.
  • Forbidden Planet has also looked at Karrie Fransman’s ambitious The House that Groaned, Magda Boreysza’s “dreamlike and beautiful” Toasty Cats #6, Jenika Ioffreda’s quirky gothic love story Vampire Free Style #6, Maura McHugh’s Róisín Dubh #2 (with “Celtic zombie-slaying action”), and Leeann Hamiliton’s “remarkably clever” Irish myth-inspired Finn & Fish.
  • Jamaica Dyer guest-posted on Robot 6, and she had this to say about the first Conan the Barbarian issue from Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan:
    I picked up the first issue of the new Conan the Barbarian, and I’m kind of bummed out by how cool it is. Becky Cloonan’s art is amazing, Brian Wood’s writing is compelling, and not only is Conan pretty fun to look at, but the Queen is dead-hot. The fantasy sequences are really well-done, though the action sequences are a little hard to follow. Why am I bummed out by it? Because I was dreaming of doing an indie adaptation of Conan, and it appears that the king and queen of indie comics just took up the mantle. You know what they say, “Conan, what is best in life? …”
  • J. Caleb Mozzocco found Nancy Goldstein’s Jackie Ormes biography excellent despite its limitations due to lack of primary sources
  • Johanna Draper Carlson recommends Faith Erin Hicks’s Friends with Boys.
  • Pink Raygun's Lisa “Alpha-Girl” Fary has some thought-provoking criticism of Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius Omnibus vol. 1
  • iFanboy says that Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman’s Heathentown is “undead horror born again on the bayou, perfect for anybody looking for the modern response to Creepy and other classic black & white tales of terror.”
  • Spandexless says of John Ostrander and Jan Duursema’s Dawn of the Jedi #1, ”For a first issue, it’s a well done beginning to a new chapter in the Star Wars saga, and though it has many elements that have been done before, when has that ever stopped anyone from enjoying more Star Wars?”
  • And Greg Burgas of “Comics Should Be Good” takes a look at Mary and Bryan Talbot’s Dotter of her Father’s Eyes.
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