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Vampirella gets a new first issue in June 2014, and writer Nancy Collins tells us about her plans.
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KaBOOM!, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the May debut of BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 from fan-favorite creator Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE). After breaking the record for most funded web series on Kickstarter, this quirky take on the magical girl genre is coming to comics this May with co-writer Garrett Jackson and covers illustrated by Allegri, Zac Gorman (ADVENTURE TIME), Coleman Engle (BRAVEST WARRIORS), and Becky Dreistadt (ADVENTURE TIME).
“When Natasha and Frederator Studios put up the first ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ animated short last summer, we were instantly smitten, just like thousands of other fans,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Any opportunity to work with Natasha is a joy; ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ is a delightful (and hilarious!) series that readers of all ages can enjoy. And judging by the enormous fan response to the animated episodes, it’s sure to bring new readers to comics, which is one of our ongoing missions.”
WHY WE LOVE IT: Because Natasha Allegri is simply amazing. She built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters (Fionna and Cake) that became so popular they put them into the show. Then, she created BEE AND PUPPYCAT and it became the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. How could we NOT publish it?
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray...whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 arrives in comic shops on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
[Mimi] Pond's fantastic new graphic memoir, Over Easy, tells the colorful story of her years employed at a restaurant in Oakland. The job came at a time when hippie culture was rapidly giving way to the punks, and drugs and casual sex were just another savory part of life. "It's really about navigating that moral swamp of the '70s when there were no rules…It was really fun until one day when it wasn't anymore."
A post-apocalyptic narrative created by Siya Oum hit the racks of Phoenix Comics Wednesday as part of the Capitol Hill-based artist’s first national comic book release. Oum painstakingly forged the tale dubbed Lola out of her Capitol Hill abode through a mostly solo coloring, designing, and writing process…The apocalyptic storyline paints a bleak future for the planet’s environment while creating the legend of Lola and fleshing out the heroine. “It’s a more personal story,” Oum said.
The graphic memoir Pregnant Butch is as direct as its title: a drily whimsical, whipsmart, culturally resonant tale. It’s educational and political, but artist/creator A.K. Summers never forgets she is, first and foremost, telling a story…Her story’s pace is assured and her keen sense of humor shines throughout even the most fraught confessionals.
The confrontation of Tits & Clits was not only that it talked about women’s sex lives truthfully, but that it did so from a woman’s viewpoint. Tits & Clits, in significantly eroding the private/public boundary, delved deep into the realm of the personal, so deep that it went well beyond mainstream feminist thought at the time, at least according to Farmer and Chevli.
Writer and avid gamer Gail Simone tells CBR News how much writing Dark Horse's soon-to-debut Tomb Raider comic book means to her.
If you’re not white, male, or lie somewhere high up on the privilege axis, do you integrate and try to move up the ranks or do you branch out on your own? For the all female panel, a direct answer was hard to come by. But in this industry dominated by white men, these women have made their way by writing their own rules.
Welcome to Part ONE of our very special Podcast Special on Aussie Women in Comics ! The Squeamer is joined in the studio with guest contributor Stevie O’Cuana to intro this first of it’s kind podcast, with the women themselves, the comic creators, the artists ,the writers and their views and opinions their VOICE about the experiences they have had, and do have in the Australian comics culture…
A champion of equality and diversity in gender and ethnicity in comic pages and in the industry, DeConnick is an inspiring voice at packed-to-the-walls Women of Marvel convention panels. She’s taken that company’s character Carol Danvers from being Ms. Marvel to “Captain Marvel” — and a passionate group of fans called the Carol Corps has risen around that series, set to relaunch in March. Her Image series “Pretty Deadly” similarly features magnetic female characters and has attracted fan art and even recordings of a song a character sings.
On Loving Women is a collection of stories about first love and sexual identity by the Montreal-based animator and cartoonist… In these pages, Diane shares diaristic pieces that are altogether more intimate: her friends' and lovers' personal accounts of coming out, of first crushing on another girl or woman, of first kisses and first heartbreaks.
DC may have snapped Marvel’s 16-month streak for the highest overall percentage of female creators in October, but things returned to normal this month. Both publishers were down noticeably, but Marvel regained the top spot. We also take a look at Image comics in light of the recent discussions about diversity at Image Expo 2014.
Last week we came back from MoCCA bearing an interview with Fiona Staples, and this week we're bringing you another, with Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, writer and artist behind the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist. They tell us how their initial idea for SFP was to respond to the misuse of the strong female protagonist trope, but that that idea evolved very quickly into an inventive superhero story exploring many of the tropes of modern superhero universes... that just so happens to have a female protagonist.
"I had a real interest in visual story telling. When you read a book, you create images in your mind. I just thought when I was reading stories, what I imagined was so cool. I just thought that the things I was seeing deserved to be recorded somehow. So I always enjoy doing drawings and creating representations of the things that I read, which is basically what I do when I read a comic script."
While the general public is all too familiar with superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman, Batman and others, lesser known is how many women drew comics in the early 20th Century and drew them beautifully and often hilariously. Through photos, letters, original artwork, toys, comic books and other ephemera this exhibition discusses the first woman comic strip artist Rose O’Neill and her comic The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine in 1896 and other women cartoonists from the late 19th century to now.
The devoted fans in the Carol Corps and Kamala Korps view themselves as part of a movement for a bigger and more diverse comic book universe, and it seems like publishers might finally be starting to pay attention. Both Ms. Marvel and the rebooted Captain Marvel are part of Marvel NOW!, an effort by the publisher to attract new readers…[as well as] launching some new female solo titles, including Black Widow, She-Hulk, and Elektra.
Ulli Lust just won the 2014 LA Times Book Award for Graphic Novels & Comics for her excellent Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. This prestigious award joins her 2011 Angouleme Prize for the original language printing and her Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel from last fall.
TV heroine's journey of vengeance spills into comic shops with the graphic novel 'Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne' this fall. Co-written by Erica Schultz
Afua Richardson has worked in comics for years including at Marvel, DC, and Image under her own name and pseudonyms Lakota Sioux and Docta Foo. Her comic Genius with writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman won Top Cow’s 2007 Pilot Season and will be published this year as a miniseries.
Connie Sun is a New-York based cartoonist who posts a daily comic on her website Connie to the Wonnie. The Rumpus had the pleasure of talking with her about her work
Artist Mimi Yoon has defended her “grown up Powerpuff Girls” cover for the comic that was withdrawn after some complaints online. The cover—showing adult versions of the girls drawn in a very tame version of a more fetishy, girlie style that Yoon often uses—was criticized for being an inappropriate for the cover of a kids comic—Yoon posted a public piece on Facebook about the matter…
Comics and animation writer Mairghread Scott…is best known for her work on the Transformers property both at Hasbro and at IDW Publishing, where she became the first woman to write an official Transformers comic.
The cartoon by Majedah Shaheen depicts Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh asking his dog to “calm down.” The dog represents the Al-Quds Battalions.
The controversial cartoon refers to Hamas efforts to rein in Islamic Jihad’s military wing, Al-Quds Battalions, whose members are believed to have been behind recent rocket and mortar attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Black Shuck is basically a classic kick-arse heroic fantasy with swords, sorcery, monsters and mayhem.The story draws on themes close to our hearts and which permeate much of our writing; folklore, history and horror. Instead of some fictional ‘long long ago in a distant land’ Black Shuck is set in 9th century Europe among the people we now call Vikings, giving us some cool characters and settings to play with. We’re really enjoying writing it so far and, of course, it’s an absolute delight to see pages coming in from Steve Yeowell who is doing some fantastic work on the series. We can’t wait for people to read it.