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Happy 35th Birthday Jo Chen!

Happy 35th Birthday Jo Chen!

Happy Birthday, Kara!

Ok, it’s not actually Supergirl’s birthday.  It’s the birthday of the very first Kara in my life, my big sister!

She spent her childhood all the way through her college years being a real Supergirl, conquering every athletic pursuit she tried (off the top of my head, field hockey, gymnastics, swimming, lacrosse, track & field, and some dabbling in soccer, softball and skiing), making it to Penn State on a track & field scholarship.  Now she’s a Supermom to my adorable niece Adriana!

Hope you’re having a wonderful day, Kara!

Happy Birthday, Karen Berger!

Karen Berger is one of the most important people in Western comics in at least the past 25 years.  She hired Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, and Grant Morrison for their first American gigs.  And the books she edited led to the formation of the Vertigo imprint, which she remains executive editor of to this day. I cannot be sure that I would be a comics fan today were it not for her insight and nose for talent.

Earlier in her career, she edited such female-friendly titles as Wonder Woman and Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, and as head of Vertigo oversaw the formation of the Minx imprint.  DC would do well to never piss her off, because if she ever picked up and left with her Rolodex, I truly believe she could take over the industry.

On second thought, I hope they do piss her off.  And bad.

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Ann Nocenti!

I was laid up yesterday with food poisoning, so I did not get to wish a Happy Birthday to a most deserving lady, Ann Nocenti!  The forthcoming Green Arrow writer started as an editor for Marvel, and came to prominence as a writer taking over Daredevil after Frank Miller’s legendary run, during which she introduced the villain Typhoid Mary.  She also co-created Longshot with artist Art Adams. Her run on Green Arrow starts in March with issue 7, and she contributed a story to Womanthology— so here’s to a great year, Ann!

Happy Birthday, Lynda Barry!

Lynda Barry is one of the most successful and renowned cartoonists of the 20th century, and today is her birthday!  If there is one thing I will be truly disappointed if I don’t get to do it in life, it would be attending one of her writers’ workshops.  She’s got a new collection of her earliest cartoons out.  She’s got an official unofficial Tumblr if you want a daily dose of her art!


Happy Birthday, Marjane Satrapi!

It is also the birthday of acclaimed Iranian-French memoirist, Marjane Satrapi!  Best known for her account of growing up in Iran throughout the Islamic Revolution, Persepolis, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated animated film.  She followed that up with Embroideries, a frank dialogue about the love and sex lives of Iranian women, and Chicken with Plums, about a musician who gives up living when his priceless instrument is irreparably damaged.  The latter has been adapted into a live-action film by Satrapi herself, though it is not yet scheduled for US release.  Next week comes the English translation of her illustrated novella, The Sigh.  Bon anniversaire and ولدت مبارک, Marjane!

Chicken with Plums trailer

Happy Birthday, Kim Yale!

While I typically keep my birthday wishes to the living, the late great Kim Yale is particularly deserving of our remembrance. As a writer and editor, she helped evolve Barbara Gordon into Oracle after the events of The Killing Joke, and co-wrote, along with her husband John Ostrander, such titles as Suicide Squad and Manhunter.  Her premature death from breast cancer in 1997 was a great loss of a strong advocate for female characters in comics, and she profoundly deserved having the Friends of Lulu Award for New Talent named after her.  So take a moment to think of Kim today.

Happy Birthday, Jill Thompson!

Today is the birthday of one of the most remarkable artists in comics.  She has worked with such great writers as Neil Gaiman (on Sandman), Grant Morrison (on The Invisibles), and George Perez (on Wonder Woman), as well as creating wonderful stories on her own, from her original Scary Godmother series to her Little Endless stories and Death manga. Other great work of hers includes Beasts of Burden (with Evan Dorkin) and the recently “Resurrected” Finals (will Will Pfeifer)

I have barely scratched the surface of all the fantastic work this woman has done in her career, so I will have to settle for offering her the most heartfelt birthday wishes!

Happy Birthday, Jessica Abel!

I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a panel with Jessica Abel at SPX this year and it is my further pleasure to wish her a Happy Birthday today!  Abel wears many hats— writer, artist, editor, and teacher, and she has created a number of influential works, including her own comics like La Perdida and Artbabe, a textbook Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, and editing The Best American Comics series.  Hope you have a great day, Ms. Abel!

Happy Birthday, Sharon Wright!

Sharon Wright is a little-known writer from the ’80s— which is fair because she didn’t write a whole lot, mainly just a run on a feature of Action Comics back when it was a weekly anthology series.  But what surprised me when I found out about her just a few weeks ago is that it turns out her run of stories in Action Comics is associated with a very iconic cover of a very kick-ass chick—or should I say Bird?

Yep, Sharon Wright wrote Black Canary every week for a total of almost 4 months!

I think that deserves a super-sonic Happy Birthday cry, don’t you?

Wherever you are now Sharon, hope you’re having the best day ever!

Happy Birthday, Lisa Myhre!

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite cartoonists, but if you’re American you probably haven’t heard of her (Woe!) Lise Myhre is a Norwegian cartoonist whose strip Nemi is syndicated all over Europe.  I was lucky enough to make a Norwegian friend when I studied abroad in London who promptly introduced me to goth-geek Nemi.  Four of her collections have been translated into English, (for some reason only three of them turn up in Amazon search results, but the first one is here)

Never fear!  In honor of Lise’s birthday, I come bearing Nemi for you all!

Happy Birthday, June Brigman!

Artist June Brigman turns 51 today!  Brigman is probably best known for co-creating Power Pack with Louise Simonson, and drawing Brenda Starr from 1995 to 2011 (where I first became acquainted with her work).  She now teaches part time at SCAD (you lucky people!)

Happy Birthday, Mindy Newell!

Mindy Newell, the first female ongoing writer of Wonder Woman, turns 58 today!  While she left comics professionally in the mid-’90s, she now writes a column on ComicMix—give it a read today!

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