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ProFile Friday - #NativeNovember Edition
L. Frank (b. 1952) is the nom d’arte of L. Frank Manriquez, a Tongva-Acjachemen artist, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, and indigenous language activist. She lives and works in California.
In 1990, L. Frank was Artist in Residence at the Headland Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; her artwork has been exhibited widely throughout California and appears in several publications.
Her regular column/graphic, “Acorn Soup,” has appeared in the quarterly newsletter News from Native California since 1992. “Acorn Soup” features the comic adventures of Coyote in his various guises: the Creator of the Universe and the Buffoon, the Trickster and the Tricked, always the Indian’s Wise Fool. A selection of L. Frank’s “Acorn Soup” cartoons have been collected and published in book form. Concerning L. Frank, one reviewer of the book at Amazon.com commented: “Introducing the Gary Larson of the Native American cartoon world!”
Another book, First Families: Photographic History of California Indians with co-author Kim Hogeland, was published in July 2007. It is an introduction to California’s native populations, with pictures such as the re-creation and sailing of the tii’at (a traditional Tongva/Gabrieleño canoe) off Catalina Island in 1995, to the 1918 picture of Kumeyaay men performing a sacred funerary dance with karuk (vision) dolls, to an image from 1932 of Salinans leading anthropologist J. P. Harrington on an expedition along California’s central coast. Each chapter covers a different region of California, with brief essays introducing the region’s cultures, histories, and contemporary life.
She is a Board Member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association and one of seven founding board members of the Advocates for Indigenous California Languages, organizations that are involved in the preservation and revival of Native Californian languages through traditional arts practice, language immersion, conferences and workshops.
She has won several awards for her activities, including from the American Association of University Women, the James Irvine Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture (for travel to the Native Californian art collection at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris). In 1995 she was featured as a “Local Hero” in KQED-TV/Examiner Newspaper’s Native American Heritage Month series. She is also very involved in the Two-Spirit culture.

ProFile Friday - #NativeNovember Edition

L. Frank (b. 1952) is the nom d’arte of L. Frank Manriquez, a Tongva-Acjachemen artist, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, and indigenous language activist. She lives and works in California.

In 1990, L. Frank was Artist in Residence at the Headland Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; her artwork has been exhibited widely throughout California and appears in several publications.

Her regular column/graphic, “Acorn Soup,” has appeared in the quarterly newsletter News from Native California since 1992. “Acorn Soup” features the comic adventures of Coyote in his various guises: the Creator of the Universe and the Buffoon, the Trickster and the Tricked, always the Indian’s Wise Fool. A selection of L. Frank’s “Acorn Soup” cartoons have been collected and published in book form. Concerning L. Frank, one reviewer of the book at Amazon.com commented: “Introducing the Gary Larson of the Native American cartoon world!”

Another book, First Families: Photographic History of California Indians with co-author Kim Hogeland, was published in July 2007. It is an introduction to California’s native populations, with pictures such as the re-creation and sailing of the tii’at (a traditional Tongva/Gabrieleño canoe) off Catalina Island in 1995, to the 1918 picture of Kumeyaay men performing a sacred funerary dance with karuk (vision) dolls, to an image from 1932 of Salinans leading anthropologist J. P. Harrington on an expedition along California’s central coast. Each chapter covers a different region of California, with brief essays introducing the region’s cultures, histories, and contemporary life.

She is a Board Member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association and one of seven founding board members of the Advocates for Indigenous California Languages, organizations that are involved in the preservation and revival of Native Californian languages through traditional arts practice, language immersion, conferences and workshops.

She has won several awards for her activities, including from the American Association of University Women, the James Irvine Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture (for travel to the Native Californian art collection at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris). In 1995 she was featured as a “Local Hero” in KQED-TV/Examiner Newspaper’s Native American Heritage Month series. She is also very involved in the Two-Spirit culture.

Market Monday
Power Within one-shot, includes pages by Gail Simone and Carla Speed McNeil

Shannon deals with harrassment at school by escaping into a fantasy life where he’s powerful enough to stand up for himself.  But will the power within be enough to save him?
This powerful story about anti-gay bullying is accompanied by 8 bonus pages by top artists and writers, including Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, Phil Jimenez, Dan Parent, and Carla Speed McNeil.

Market Monday

Power Within one-shot, includes pages by Gail Simone and Carla Speed McNeil

Shannon deals with harrassment at school by escaping into a fantasy life where he’s powerful enough to stand up for himself. But will the power within be enough to save him?

This powerful story about anti-gay bullying is accompanied by 8 bonus pages by top artists and writers, including Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, Phil Jimenez, Dan Parent, and Carla Speed McNeil.

Webcomics Wednesday
14 Nights by Kristina Stipetic

This story is about a guy who is afraid of sex. I wrote it because it was something I wanted to read, but didn’t seem to exist yet. Due to the subject matter, it contains nudity and sex.

Webcomics Wednesday

14 Nights by Kristina Stipetic

This story is about a guy who is afraid of sex. I wrote it because it was something I wanted to read, but didn’t seem to exist yet. Due to the subject matter, it contains nudity and sex.

Out of Curiosity…?

Are there any Tumblrs out their specifically for any POC or LGBT creators?  I’d love to have some companion blogs that I could follow and point out to people.  While I do my best to cover LBT and WOC, the men could use just as much support and visibility.

Webcomics Wednesday
Queer-Themed by Any-Identified Lady Edition!
Absolutely True Tales of Lesbian Drama by Astrid Lydia Johannsen

Webcomics Wednesday

Queer-Themed by Any-Identified Lady Edition!

Absolutely True Tales of Lesbian Drama by Astrid Lydia Johannsen

Webcomics Wednesday
Any-Themed by Queer-Identified Lady Edition!
Perfect Agent, art by Stephanie O’Donnell

Tara is the perfect agent. Her father taught her to be anyone she needs to be. The government taught her how to kill. Now that she works freelance, and the jobs are much more interesting.

Webcomics Wednesday

Any-Themed by Queer-Identified Lady Edition!

Perfect Agent, art by Stephanie O’Donnell

Tara is the perfect agent. Her father taught her to be anyone she needs to be. The government taught her how to kill. Now that she works freelance, and the jobs are much more interesting.

jaded16india replied to your post: Tell me all about your favorite Ladies in Comics Things!

EEEE! Kari made it to the list! Yay! Btw the sequel is coming in september

First of all OMG A SEQUEL? THAT IS THE BEST NEWS EVAR!!

Second of all, thank you thank you thank you so much for reccing it to me all those months ago!  It’s one of those books that I just find myself thinking about on occasion, whether about the technical brilliance of its art and storytelling, or a particular scene that gets me right in the gut, or the grander themes it raises about culture & identity/culture vs. identity, and love and death and…GAH!  BRB REREADING IT!

EVERYONE GO READ IT NOW!

ProFile Friday
Colleen Coover is a comic book artist, based in Portland, Oregon. She is probably best known as creator of the lesbian-themed erotic comic book Small Favors from Eros Comix, illustrator of the comic book limited series Banana Sunday from Oni Press, and for illustrating several short stories for Marvel Comics.
Coover was born in Iowa. She identifies as bisexual. Her first major comics work was Small Favors, a “girly porno comic” for adults. Small Favors tells the story of two women, Annie and Nibbil, who enthusiastically enjoy sexual romps with each other and with several pretty friends. She followed it up with the all-ages Banana Sunday, with Paul Tobin. Banana Sunday is a lighthearted story of friendship, loyalty, with teen romance and angst and talking monkeys.
Coover has contributed comic work to Out magazine and has done illustration and cover design for various publications, including On Our Backs, Girlfriends, Curve, Kitchen Sink, and Nickelodeon Magazine; and for publishers including Buckle Down Publishing, Alyson Books, Cleis Press, and Dark Horse Comics. She has also contributed back-up comics to such all-ages superhero titles as “X-Men: First Class,” “Wolverine: First Class,” “Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers,” “The Age of the Sentry,” “Power Pack,” and “Thor and the Warriors Four.”  Her latest work is the graphic novel Gingerbread Girl, written by Paul Tobin.
Coover is a member of Periscope Studio and the Comic Art Collective. She met her frequent collaborator and husband, Paul Tobin, at a drama class and would go on to meet again at a local comic book store she regularly frequented. Coover and Tobin were married in August 2007.
Check TFAW.com for work by Colleen Coover.

ProFile Friday

Colleen Coover is a comic book artist, based in Portland, Oregon. She is probably best known as creator of the lesbian-themed erotic comic book Small Favors from Eros Comix, illustrator of the comic book limited series Banana Sunday from Oni Press, and for illustrating several short stories for Marvel Comics.

Coover was born in Iowa. She identifies as bisexual. Her first major comics work was Small Favors, a “girly porno comic” for adults. Small Favors tells the story of two women, Annie and Nibbil, who enthusiastically enjoy sexual romps with each other and with several pretty friends. She followed it up with the all-ages Banana Sunday, with Paul Tobin. Banana Sunday is a lighthearted story of friendship, loyalty, with teen romance and angst and talking monkeys.

Coover has contributed comic work to Out magazine and has done illustration and cover design for various publications, including On Our Backs, Girlfriends, Curve, Kitchen Sink, and Nickelodeon Magazine; and for publishers including Buckle Down Publishing, Alyson Books, Cleis Press, and Dark Horse Comics. She has also contributed back-up comics to such all-ages superhero titles as “X-Men: First Class,” “Wolverine: First Class,” “Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers,” “The Age of the Sentry,” “Power Pack,” and “Thor and the Warriors Four.” Her latest work is the graphic novel Gingerbread Girl, written by Paul Tobin.

Coover is a member of Periscope Studio and the Comic Art Collective. She met her frequent collaborator and husband, Paul Tobin, at a drama class and would go on to meet again at a local comic book store she regularly frequented. Coover and Tobin were married in August 2007.

Check TFAW.com for work by Colleen Coover.

Webcomics Wednesday (Late, borked Tumblr-queue edition!)
Any-Themed by Queer-Identified Lady Edition!
Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey

Venus Envy is a typical high school romantic comedy, with the welcome addition of lesbians, crossdressers, and of course transsexuals. The story follows Zoë, a teenage male-to-female transsexual, as she comes of age, tries to keep her secret, and tackles life’s challenges.
Young Alex has never felt like a boy, and it causes severe depression. After revealing his feelings to his parents, they take him for extensive therapy, and finally agree to let him transition into Zoë, a teenage girl. This causes problems in their home town of Punxsutawney, PA, and eventually the family relocates to scenic Salem, where they can get a fresh start.
Zoe’s overbearing mother and overprotective father make her new life interesting, and her little brother’s resentment of this new lifestyle and general teen angst don’t help. Meanwhile, she makes friends with several of Salem’s most colorful residents, including an estranged lesbian, a deep-stealth female-to-male with way too many connections, and the drool-worthy bad boy who wants to reform.
The series draws on many of the high-school drama cliché’s we all know and love, and then spins them off in weird new directions.

Webcomics Wednesday (Late, borked Tumblr-queue edition!)

Any-Themed by Queer-Identified Lady Edition!

Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey

Venus Envy is a typical high school romantic comedy, with the welcome addition of lesbians, crossdressers, and of course transsexuals. The story follows Zoë, a teenage male-to-female transsexual, as she comes of age, tries to keep her secret, and tackles life’s challenges.

Young Alex has never felt like a boy, and it causes severe depression. After revealing his feelings to his parents, they take him for extensive therapy, and finally agree to let him transition into Zoë, a teenage girl. This causes problems in their home town of Punxsutawney, PA, and eventually the family relocates to scenic Salem, where they can get a fresh start.

Zoe’s overbearing mother and overprotective father make her new life interesting, and her little brother’s resentment of this new lifestyle and general teen angst don’t help. Meanwhile, she makes friends with several of Salem’s most colorful residents, including an estranged lesbian, a deep-stealth female-to-male with way too many connections, and the drool-worthy bad boy who wants to reform.

The series draws on many of the high-school drama cliché’s we all know and love, and then spins them off in weird new directions.

Webcomics Wednesday
Queer-Themed by Any-Identified Lady Edition!
The Desert Peach by Donna Barr
The Desert Peach is a comic book created by Donna Barr, chronicling the adventures of the eponymous protagonist, Erwin “The Desert Fox” Rommel‘s fictitious homosexual younger brother, Oberst Manfred Pfirsich Marie Rommel (1900-1990), nicknamed the “Desert Peach”. Early issues of the comic focused on the Peach’s command of a misfit unit of the Afrika Korps from 1940 to 1943; subsequent issues have explored the pre- and post-war lives of Pfirsich (German for “Peach”) and his supporting cast.
Originally published in issues starting in 1989, Barr has been posting pages online and publishing collections through Lulu.com and Modern Tales.

Webcomics Wednesday

Queer-Themed by Any-Identified Lady Edition!

The Desert Peach by Donna Barr

The Desert Peach is a comic book created by Donna Barr, chronicling the adventures of the eponymous protagonist, Erwin “The Desert Fox” Rommel‘s fictitious homosexual younger brother, Oberst Manfred Pfirsich Marie Rommel (1900-1990), nicknamed the “Desert Peach”. Early issues of the comic focused on the Peach’s command of a misfit unit of the Afrika Korps from 1940 to 1943; subsequent issues have explored the pre- and post-war lives of Pfirsich (German for “Peach”) and his supporting cast.

Originally published in issues starting in 1989, Barr has been posting pages online and publishing collections through Lulu.com and Modern Tales.

Going to Pride, despite lack of voice.

Yesterday I was laid up by sneezing and coughing fits due to allergies. I have basically lost my voice and still feel kind of crappy, BUT I wouldn’t miss the chance to slather myself in green cake makeup and support the local LGBT community for the world! (Also, my apartment overlooks a massive garden, staying home probably wouldn’t help the situation either.)

Come on down and watch the parade, Bostonians! And don’t be alarmed if you see She-Hulk doubled over in a coughing fit!

ProFile Friday
Madeleine Joan Blaustein (commonly credited as Maddie Blaustein, formerly credited as Addie Blaustein) (born Adam Blaustein October 9, 1960 – December 11, 2008) was a comic book writer and voice actress.
Blaustein was the second oldest of five children and was born in Long Island, New York. She had a twin sister named Gabby, and her brother Jeremy is a Japanese translator for video games and anime. Blaustein was, until her death, the voice of Sartorius in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. She was also most known as the voices of Meowth in Pokémon (Episodes 29-Season 8) and Solomon Muto (Sugoroku Mutou) from Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. She was also Chef Kawasaki from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, Doctor Kureha in One Piece, and Arngrim, Lawfer, and Lezard in Valkyrie Profile.
She was also a comic book writer and artist, having worked for both Marvel Comics and Milestone Comics, and an animation director. From 1984 to 1991, she served as an Associate Editor in the Spider-Man office. At Marvel, still known as Adam, she and Christopher Priest were close friends.  Later, she served as Creative Director for the Weekly World News.
She provided the voice of Margarete in the English version of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow Hearts. Most notable is her great variety of voices. In Valkyrie Profile, for example, she was able to perform a very “tough”, deep masculine voice (Arngrim), as well as a high-class one (Lawfer) and a suitable and somewhat androgynous voice of a mad scientist/sorcerer (Lezard Valeth). In Shadow Hearts, Margarete is voiced in a deep, feminine, and seductive style.  During the 2004 Democratic Party primaries, she appeared as Sméagol on the Mike Malloy Show, announcing a satirical presidential bid. She was also the third English-speaking voice actor for E-123 Omega of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
Under the pseudonym “Kendra Bancroft”, Blaustein was one of the content creators in the Second Life platform, where she was a very eager participant since 2004, and earned a reputation as an innovative, competent, and very reliable 3-D modeller in the many communities where she participated. Blaustein was male-to-female transgender. Her experience as an activist in the transgendered community helped her to organize and support groups of people in Second Life.
She was a Democratic Socialist who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Presidential election.  Blaustein died on December 11, 2008, in her sleep from a short illness at the age of 48.

ProFile Friday

Madeleine Joan Blaustein (commonly credited as Maddie Blaustein, formerly credited as Addie Blaustein) (born Adam Blaustein October 9, 1960 – December 11, 2008) was a comic book writer and voice actress.

Blaustein was the second oldest of five children and was born in Long Island, New York. She had a twin sister named Gabby, and her brother Jeremy is a Japanese translator for video games and anime. Blaustein was, until her death, the voice of Sartorius in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. She was also most known as the voices of Meowth in Pokémon (Episodes 29-Season 8) and Solomon Muto (Sugoroku Mutou) from Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. She was also Chef Kawasaki from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, Doctor Kureha in One Piece, and Arngrim, Lawfer, and Lezard in Valkyrie Profile.

She was also a comic book writer and artist, having worked for both Marvel Comics and Milestone Comics, and an animation director. From 1984 to 1991, she served as an Associate Editor in the Spider-Man office. At Marvel, still known as Adam, she and Christopher Priest were close friends. Later, she served as Creative Director for the Weekly World News.

She provided the voice of Margarete in the English version of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow Hearts. Most notable is her great variety of voices. In Valkyrie Profile, for example, she was able to perform a very “tough”, deep masculine voice (Arngrim), as well as a high-class one (Lawfer) and a suitable and somewhat androgynous voice of a mad scientist/sorcerer (Lezard Valeth). In Shadow Hearts, Margarete is voiced in a deep, feminine, and seductive style.  During the 2004 Democratic Party primaries, she appeared as Sméagol on the Mike Malloy Show, announcing a satirical presidential bid. She was also the third English-speaking voice actor for E-123 Omega of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Under the pseudonym “Kendra Bancroft”, Blaustein was one of the content creators in the Second Life platform, where she was a very eager participant since 2004, and earned a reputation as an innovative, competent, and very reliable 3-D modeller in the many communities where she participated. Blaustein was male-to-female transgender. Her experience as an activist in the transgendered community helped her to organize and support groups of people in Second Life.

She was a Democratic Socialist who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Presidential election.  Blaustein died on December 11, 2008, in her sleep from a short illness at the age of 48.

Here’s a vid from the 2009 Pride Parade I was also in with Comicopia (I was “Optima Prime” the transgender Transformer!)

We won a prize that year too \o/

ETA: I also got so many high-fives that year, and one guy from the crowd threw himself on my shoulders and said “Thank you!  Thank you!”  It was awesome :DDDD

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