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Market Monday and Announcement

Henceforth, I will be switching permanently to the “one-shot” format of Market Monday, primarily because my work days are not getting any shorter, and this takes a whole bunch of time to do individually, especially now that Tumblr changed their posting interface. This change also means that it will no longer be an exhaustive posting of every single book that I can ascertain has female talent on it each week, but will hopefully still hit an eclectic mix of comics from a variety of publishers; I also still intend to make an effort to highlight important supporting talent like colorists, inkers, and cover artists.

I will also be spending more time on producing posts of more substantive content throughout the week, rather than get burnt out on blogging on Mondays and feel like I’m letting you all down. Of course, I continue to curate news, reviews, and the like on Pinterest and Scoop.it (which you can also follow if you like the LMC Facebook page!)

Now, on to this week’s releases! Complete list available at Previews World.

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Adventure Time #13, art by Shelli Paroline, variant cover by Kel McDonald

CRITICS ARE CALLING ADVENTURE TIME THE “BEST SERIES OF 2012!” The latest issue of the hottest all-ages comic on the stands now! Join Finn and Jake as they work to save BMO from a magical virus…by going INSIDE THE GAME!

~Preview~

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Betty & Veronica #264, variant cover by Alitha Martinez

"Bad Hair Daze! The Story of Rapunzels." In this retelling of the storybook classic "Rapunzel," we find two princesses cursed to remain in a tower until they are married off. The only way suitors can get up to the tower is by climbing the long locks of hair they’ve been cursed with. Prince Charming can’t wait, so the girls sneak out and run into a commoner named Archie. Risking their place in the kingdom, the girls naturally compete for Archie’s affections; however, leaving the tower can jeopardize the magic spell! Who will win his love before the sorceress who banished them to the tower catches up with them?

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Captain Marvel #10, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, colored by Jordie Bellaire

GROUNDED! Captain Marvel, lover of flight, can fly no longer! What keeps the super hero from being super heroic? And who wants her to stay that way? Find out why Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, is one of the fan-favorite characters of the year.

~Preview~

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Catwoman #17, written by Ann Nocenti

After facing down The Joker and the power of Eclipso, Catwoman needs some downtime-which for her means a crime spree! Detective Alvarev is back on her tail-this kitty needs to watch her step!

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Eternal: Zachary’s Story written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, art by Ming Doyle

Reckless guardian angel Zachary has an unusual assignment. He’s meant to save the soul of Miranda, high-school theater wannabe turned glamorous royal vampire. Completely devoted to Miranda, Zachary takes his demotion to human form in stride, taking a job as the princess’s personal assistant. Of course, this means he has to balance his soul-saving efforts with planning the Master’s fast-approaching Death Day gala.

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Helmetgirls: The Art of Camilla d’Errico vol. 2

Camilla d’Errico is a powerful voice in pop surrealism, her work combining diverse influences in imagery both singular and hauntingly familiar. Compelling and deeply personal, Helmetgirls documents Camilla’s art and lifestyle brand that fuses manga, steampunk, and fine art into an original and meaningful aggregate. Gargantuan biomechanical headgear adorns beautiful, wide-eyed, and seemingly fragile girls. More than just decoration, the helmets express each girl’s character, needs, and desires. Look deeply into the Helmetgirls’ eyes-they have a story to tell.

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Jericho Season 4 #2, written by Kalinda Vazquez

Jake and Hawkins grow more entrenched with John Smith, mastermind of the September Attacks and the only man capable of operating The Precipice-a key element to defeating the Allied States. As Smith spearheads a daring new resistance mission to strike back at the ASA, Jake and Hawkins grow wary of what Smith’s ulterior motives might be. But that’s not all they have to worry about because Smith isn’t just getting involved in their rebellion… he’s finding his own place in the town of Jericho and infiltrating every part of their lives… And there’s nothing they can do to stop him.

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Moomin Builds a House & Moomin Falls in Love by Tove Jansson

After Mymble’s family comes to visit the Moomins, her littlest and most badly behaved sister, Little My, is left behind. She promises to behave if she is given Moomin’s bedroom; Moomin, tired of being forced out of his room, decides to build a house where all the rooms will belong to him. With Little My helping out, things are sure to go awry, but in the end, Moomin’s house-building misadventures teach him the value of a home.

Moominvalley is flooded, so Snorkmaiden and Moomin head out to rescue anyone stranded in the deluge. They bring home Miss La Goona, the leading lady of the visiting circus, who turns out to be quite a demanding houseguest. Nonetheless, Moomin, having read a few too many romantic novels, falls head over heels in love with her, and chaos ensues.

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Plume #2 by K. Lynn Smith

Vesper quickly gets up to speed on her new super-powered guardian, Corrick’s abilities, but learns little else about him before. Could her Father’s return be the beginning of the events that lead to the carnage seen at the beginning of the series?

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Saga #10, art by Fiona Staples

Marko and Alana’s long-lost babysitter Izabel finally returns to the fold, but at what cost?

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Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #2, co-written by Leah Moore

The streets of Liverpool are abuzz with rumors of a demon known as Spring Heeled Jack loose in the city. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson visit the city Bridewell to examine the body of one of Jack’s supposed victims but find the officer in change, Inspector Thornton, unimpressed by The Great Detective’s reputation. Meanwhile, a collection of mysterious, eldritch Australian Aboriginal artifacts arrive at the William Brown Museum while, in the city’s underworld, crime lord Mr. Drummond comes up with a novel solution to the problem of a lost dog.

~Preview~

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Star Trek #18, art by Claudia Balboni

The countdown to next summer’s STAR TREK movie series continues here in the pages of the hit ongoing comics series! This issue puts the brave and beautiful Uhura in the spotlight as we learn new secrets about her past and witness her first meeting with Spock! Don’t miss this all-new tale overseen by Trek movie writer/producer Roberto Orci!

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Sword of Sorcery #5, written by Christy Marx

Amy learns how her father died and is forced to test her skills when she’s attacked by assassins from House Onyx! Plus: In the backup story: STALKER, the immortal warrior without a soul, must beat Lucifer at his own game!

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Womanthology #5 written by Cecil Castelucci, Laura Morley, Alison Pang & Barbara Kesel, art by Kel McDonald, Chrissie Zullo & Polly Guo, cover by Hanie Mohd

The final issue of Womanthology: Space is here, and it’s a doozy. Each “tail” zooms into another galaxy as we follow stories of longing, love, and becoming who you’re meant to be. This issue is out of this world, don’t miss it!

Market Monday

Womanthology: Space #3, includes work by Rachel Edidin, Jennifer de Guzman, Robin Furth, Leigh Dragoon, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Carli Ihde, and Mary Bellamy; covers by Mengtian Zhang and Hanie Mohd

You can’t travel through space without a ship, and these three stories take you on three very different adventures. Dreamy, creepy, and just plain fun, explore the infinite in this strange and galactic issue!

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
Womanthology: Space #2, stories by Blair Butler & Alicia Fernandez, Joelle Sellner & Jean Kang, Ellise Heiskell & Maarta Laiho, pin-ups by Sherri Rose & Hanie Mohd, Chloe Young (age 12), Alice Fox, and Brianne Drouhard, cover by Hanie Mohd

In the second issue of the groundbreaking series,we take a look at all sorts of ‘aliens’. From Blair Butler and Alicia Fernandez’s inspiring tale of the first female astronaut, to the oddity of finding out what your co-workers REALLY are in a fun and creepy piece by Joelle Sellner and Jean Kang, it’s a weird wide world out there. And down here.

Market Monday

Womanthology: Space #2, stories by Blair Butler & Alicia Fernandez, Joelle Sellner & Jean Kang, Ellise Heiskell & Maarta Laiho, pin-ups by Sherri Rose & Hanie Mohd, Chloe Young (age 12), Alice Fox, and Brianne Drouhard, cover by Hanie Mohd

In the second issue of the groundbreaking series,we take a look at all sorts of ‘aliens’. From Blair Butler and Alicia Fernandez’s inspiring tale of the first female astronaut, to the oddity of finding out what your co-workers REALLY are in a fun and creepy piece by Joelle Sellner and Jean Kang, it’s a weird wide world out there. And down here.

Market Monday
Womanthology: Space #1, creators include: Sandy-King Carpenter, Tanja Wooten, Stephanie Hans, Bonnie Burton, Jessica Hickman, Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire, Anna Bowie, Sarah Elkins, Maja Sukeile Klockljung, Chrissie Zullo, Stacie Ponder, and Rachel Deering

Womanthology: Space, the follow up to the hit Kickstarter project, Womanthology: Heroic, starts off with the first of five out-of-this-world issues: Moon. Each issue contains three 6-page stories, plus pinups, how-tos, and more, by women of all ages and experience. Check out a haunted space station, a snarky robot, and so much more in this debut issue.

Market Monday

Womanthology: Space #1, creators include: Sandy-King Carpenter, Tanja Wooten, Stephanie Hans, Bonnie Burton, Jessica Hickman, Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire, Anna Bowie, Sarah Elkins, Maja Sukeile Klockljung, Chrissie Zullo, Stacie Ponder, and Rachel Deering

Womanthology: Space, the follow up to the hit Kickstarter project, Womanthology: Heroic, starts off with the first of five out-of-this-world issues: Moon. Each issue contains three 6-page stories, plus pinups, how-tos, and more, by women of all ages and experience. Check out a haunted space station, a snarky robot, and so much more in this debut issue.

Hanie Mohd’s variant cover to Womanthology: Space #2, out this October!

Hanie Mohd’s variant cover to Womanthology: Space #2, out this October!

It came!
Apparently only a few hours after I left for the airport on Thursday, natch.
I know what I’m doing tonight!
The rest of you, sign up for the next round!

It came!

Apparently only a few hours after I left for the airport on Thursday, natch.

I know what I’m doing tonight!

The rest of you, sign up for the next round!

IDW announces a Womanthology ongoing (of minis)!  The first five-issue miniseries is going to be space-themed.
Editor Mariah Huehner had this to say:

We’re extremely excited about the ongoing and continuing to showcase the talented and inspiring work by women in the industry at all levels. Whether they’re just starting out or seasoned veterans, these creators all have something to say with their stories and being able to offer them this opportunity just shows that a little idea can make a huge difference. Heroic was such an incredible experience and Renae is, without exaggerating, an incredible person and artist who deserves a huge round of applause for making a real difference. We knew Heroic wasn’t the end, so join us in Space!

IDW announces a Womanthology ongoing (of minis)!  The first five-issue miniseries is going to be space-themed.

Editor Mariah Huehner had this to say:

We’re extremely excited about the ongoing and continuing to showcase the talented and inspiring work by women in the industry at all levels. Whether they’re just starting out or seasoned veterans, these creators all have something to say with their stories and being able to offer them this opportunity just shows that a little idea can make a huge difference. Heroic was such an incredible experience and Renae is, without exaggerating, an incredible person and artist who deserves a huge round of applause for making a real difference. We knew Heroic wasn’t the end, so join us in Space!

mindeclipse:

Today at my local comic shop (House of Secrets in Burbank), I watched a six-year-old girl page through every single comic in Womanthology: Heroic.  I may have gotten a bit choked up. Isn’t this exactly who Womanthology was made for?

Shown in the photos are stories by Renae De Liz; Kate Leth; Gail Simone and Jean Kang; and myself, Fiona Staples and Adriana Blake. Reading through with her was Amy, House of Secrets employee and one of the Womanthology Kickstarter backers.

Awwwwww.  I’m seriously tearing up, you gals.

Well, Womanthology still hasn’t made it to Boston, and since I’m going to be visiting my parents this weekend and leaving tomorrow morning, I won’t get my copy until Sunday evening at the earliest.  However, I did pop into my LCS (which was open despite having no power) and flipped through the beautiful book and found my name among the backers!
I still wish I could have it to read on the plane, but just knowing this book exists is comfort enough.

Well, Womanthology still hasn’t made it to Boston, and since I’m going to be visiting my parents this weekend and leaving tomorrow morning, I won’t get my copy until Sunday evening at the earliest.  However, I did pop into my LCS (which was open despite having no power) and flipped through the beautiful book and found my name among the backers!

I still wish I could have it to read on the plane, but just knowing this book exists is comfort enough.

Womanthology Backer Check-In

I keep seeing pictures of people on my dash with their Womanthology backer copies, and it makes me a sad panda because mine hasn’t arrived yet.  They were shipped out from San Diego, so it makes some sense that mine hasn’t made it here to Boston yet.  But I am still curious as to how far they’ve made it.

So if you were a Womanthology backer [ETA: or contributor] who is receiving a copy of the book, where are you and has it arrived yet?

Featuring Trina Robbins, Mariah Huehner, Nicole Sixx, Fiona Staples, and Bonnie Burton—

womanthology:

Here’s Part One of our panel at Image Expo!

(via lagatamasdura)

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.
Market Monday
Womanthology: Heroic HC

Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. There will also be features, such as Professional How-Tos, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more. Profits of this book will go towards the Charities of GlobalGiving.org.

Market Monday

Womanthology: Heroic HC

Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. There will also be features, such as Professional How-Tos, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more. Profits of this book will go towards the Charities of GlobalGiving.org.

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