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August 11, 2011

"My Name is Laurenn, and I am a Bad (comics) Feminist"

Lauren McCubbin takes a long hard look at the "Womanthology" anthology of comics by women and gets excoriated by her peers for bring up very important questions. Chiefly, if the anthology raised $100K on Kickstarter for the anthology, why are none of the contributors getting paid? Laurenn McCubbin My Name is Laurenn, and I am a Bad (comics) Feminist
Today, I asked some questions on the internets about the upcoming Womanthology book. It has raised over $100k, and gotten some comics press. I, along with some other people, have asked where that money is going. In return, I have gotten emails, tweets & texts saying among other things that I was “starting a fire where there was no wood” and “contributing to girl-on-girl violence”. My goodness. I have been following the whole Womanthology story since the get go because hey, I like comics. I have drawn comics and published comics & been in comics anthologies. I no longer work in comics (that much - I dabble), and I know that being a lady in the field of comics is a tough row to hoe in an industry that is already a hard place to make a career. I get it. I am not a huge fan of anthologies. Anthologies should be carefully curated, budgeted & planned. They are an IMMENSE amount of work. The amount of emailing alone - ye gods, I would not wish that on my worst enemy. An anthology of only one kind of minority artist? Ugh. It smacks of ghettoization. No one is going to say “this is actually kind of sucky” because who wants to be that person? But the truth is, some of these kind of anthologies are kind of sucky! An anthology for charity has it’s own issues. . . .

August 10, 2011

This Modern World: The Moderately Exciting Adventures of Middle Man

August 08, 2011

Jaws + Peanuts = I want a poster of this right now!

This is beautiful. Just beautiful. Snake Oil: Show Me The Way To Go Home!

August 05, 2011

Bill Willingham on the frustration of working for DC Comics

Bill Willingham tweets about working for superhero comics--The Beat
It wasn’t just a matter of characters taken away for big crossovers and such. I had one character, Liberty Belle, taken from my JSA……to join the JLA — but no one told me. I learned far after the fact from @matt_sturges who read a script of mine and wondered why I was still using her in the JSA. Call from editor? Nope. Call from fellows who took her for the JLA? Nope. Silly way to run a circus. Yeah, Shadowpact was another example of abrupt changes made constantly to stories that had been approved for months…… starting with 1st page of 1st issue, and never letting up. Too bad. I had hopes for the series too. Don’t get me wrong. I think work for hire is a reasonably fair system, provided you know what you’re getting into. But to hire a fellow to write a series, approve the stories, but then do everything possible to disrupt and derail those stories seems odd. No editorial hasn’t increased over the years, they’ve gotten (at least in one house) more chaotic. Today’s idea supplants yesterday’s idea! Now, everyone implement the changes on the fly! Hold on! We just had a new set of ideas at lunch! Everyone get ready for new changes! No I will not list all of the changes required for any series, only because it would be too long a list. But to say changes were called for on every page of every issue wouldn’t be an exaggeration.

Caveman Science Fiction

*Thanks, Katie!*

August 02, 2011

Kate Beaton's Nancy Drew

Hark, a vagrant: 317

July 30, 2011

Sometimes political cartoons are awesome, usually they are terrible

What is Really Happening in Washington D.C. | blurbomat.com

July 17, 2011

Are *you* being worn out by unnecessary foreplay?

By the always amazing Michael Kupperman.

Kate Beaton's "Boy Detectives, Girl Reporter"

Hark, a vagrant: 313

July 12, 2011

Mocktopus is so good, you guys don't even know

mocktopus comics by max huffman :: updates tues/thurs -- (The Good) Book ‘Im

July 11, 2011

Doonesbury vs Creationism

This can’t be posted too often -- Why Evolution Is True

July 06, 2011

Photo Gallery: Ferd Poblete's Hipster Heroes

I unironically love these redesigns of classic DC heroes. Poblete has taken their costumes and reworked them mixed with current hipster gear. It's a lovely modern reimagining. P:R Redesign: Ferd Poblete’s Hipster Heroes! | Project : Rooftop

June 29, 2011

Student Loans Are Scary

Graphic Ladies!?: Student Loans are Scary by Melanie Gillman

Pictures For Sad Children--You Are In Big Trouble

pictures for sad children