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Raina Telgemeier on Her New Book, Drama | Graphic Novel Reporter

Raina Telgemeier on Her New Book, Drama | Graphic Novel Reporter | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

One of the most moving and beloved graphic novels (graphic memoir, actually) to come out in the past few years was Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, the story of growing up, losing and making friends, and discovering one’s authentic identity…all because of a little (well, a lot of) orthodontia. It created such a buzz, and garnered such a following, that everyone was curious to see what Telgemeier’s next move would be in the graphic publishing world. That answer has come in the form of Drama, a fictional teen story set in the world of middle school theater, with all the attendant romance, friendship, angst, and highs and lows one would expect. Here, Telgemeier breaks down the set for us.

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SPX Talks: Natalie Nourigat | Spandexless

SPX Talks: Natalie Nourigat | Spandexless | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Natalie Nourigant is one of those artists I’ve made a point to keep an eye out for ever since reading her book Between Gears, which collected her daily autobio strip about her last year in college. Despite not really being an Auto-bio guy I really dug the whole thing, not only because it showed how she improved as an artist over the years but it also eventually revealed a pretty interesting narrative arc over the course of the book which is sort of rare for a lot of daily auto-bio strips. I was luckily able to talk about all of that with her at this years SPX, which was her first time attending, and we also dug into her hometown of Portland, some of her various freelance work and her upcoming graphic novel with Jamie S Rich.

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Adapting L'Engle's Classic WRINKLE IN TIME

Adapting L'Engle's Classic WRINKLE IN TIME | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

The story of Meg, Charles Wallace and the gregarious cast of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time has fascinated readers for five decades, and on the occasion of its 50th anniversary its publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux asked Eisner-winning cartoonist Hope Larson to take this story where tessering never could: graphic novels.

 

Newsarama spoke with Larson about the adaptation of this seminal science fiction novel, how she tackled drawing some of the more nebulous concepts of the book, and how it changed her as an author.

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Researcher Uncovers the Woman Who Might Have Illustrated The Lord of the Rings

Researcher Uncovers the Woman Who Might Have Illustrated The Lord of the Rings | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Seventy-eight year-old Australian painter Mary Fairburn is now two years older than J.R.R. Tolkien was when the two first began corresponding about the painted illustrations she’d created of scenes from his then not-even-fifteen-years-old series of fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings. The author himself would die a mere five years later, and though he told her that his art had changed his mind entirely on whether an illustrated version of The Lord of the Rings would ever be published, the collaboration never happened.

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A Chat With...Marjorie Liu - Incoherentboy

A Chat With...Marjorie Liu - Incoherentboy | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Astonishing X-Men writer and author Marjorie Liu and I talk about death threats, the otherness and family dynamic of the X-Men, and THAT wedding.
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Review: Sword of Sorcery #0 - Comic Book Resources

Review: Sword of Sorcery #0 - Comic Book Resources | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

The lead feature of "Sword of Sorcery" #0 is the revival of "Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld." I'll admit that I never read the original title -- although I'm looking forward to picking up the "Showcase Presents" collection -- but for this new-to-the-character reader, Marx and Lopresti are off to a good start. Marx and Lopresti quickly introduce us to Amy Winston, general outcast among her fellow high school students. Since it looks like the school setting isn't one we'll be returning to any time soon, it would have been easy to gloss over it in a matter of seconds. Instead, Marx uses it to show us exactly why Amy is an outcast, as well as the pattern that has quickly developed as she and her mother have moved from one small town to another as they live out of a trailer. It's simple but succinct, and it establishes not only Amy's strong personality but also her physical skills.

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How Not To Write Comics Criticism // Dylan Meconis

How Not To Write Comics Criticism // Dylan Meconis | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Certain errors needlessly recur in comics criticism. Encountering one of them in a critical review or essay is an instant signal to an informed comics reader that the writer doesn’t know what they’re talking about. There might still be some excellent insights on display, but those insights are diminished by sharing the page with outright errors.

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Jade Dryden's curator insight, November 10, 4:31 PM

This could be use full but I can't read it. Stupid Everett School District!

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"End of Summer" Magdalena Danaj show at Galeria Żak

"End of Summer" Magdalena Danaj show at Galeria Żak | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Galeria Żak will host an exhibition of works by Magdalena Danaj. "Koniec lata" (End of Summer) runs from September 13th to October 15th. The exhibition is a light, slightly melancholy summer series of drawings inspired by pictures taken by the author and her friends. This is a summary of the rest of the season: party talks on long summer evenings, alcohol and sausage on the grill.

 

Galeria Żak is located in Gdansk, on Aleji Grunwaldzka 195/197.

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Gail Simone: Survival Tips for the Newbie Writer

Gail Simone: Survival Tips for the Newbie Writer | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
It's an interesting fact that there are literally umpty-twelve kajillion articles in magazines like Hopeless Alcoholic Failed Poet that tell one how to deal with the life of rejection and despair that comes with trying to break in as a writer.
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Preview: 'Womanthology: Space' #1 Transmits New Ming Doyle, Stephanie Hans, Jordie Bellaire And More [Preview] - ComicsAlliance

Preview: 'Womanthology: Space' #1 Transmits New Ming Doyle, Stephanie Hans, Jordie Bellaire And More [Preview] - ComicsAlliance | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

On sale this week from IDW Publishing is the first issue of Womanthology: Space, a new anthology title spotlighting the work of female writers, artists, letterers, colorists and editors. A five-issue spinoff of the highly successful Kickstarter project, Womanthology: Heroic, the Space book focuses on science-fiction themes and features new work by Ming Doyle, Stephanie Hans, Jordie Bellaire and Jessica Hickman, among others. 

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Happy Birthday, Cynthia Martin!

Happy Birthday, Cynthia Martin! | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spiderman and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Current projects include books for ABDO Publications and the graphic novel Shadowflight.

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (Comic Excerpt) by Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson | Tor.com

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (Comic Excerpt) by Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson | Tor.com | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Read this free excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Hope Larson...
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iFanboy Upstarts: Lin R. Visel

iFanboy Upstarts: Lin R. Visel | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

California-based artist Lin R. Visel got her start in art at the early age of 10. She was an early adoptee of Photoshop, picking up the program while only twelve and going on to later do most of her drawing digitally with a tablet. Her first published comic was a back-up in this summer’s Prophet #27, but she has been working for years doing her Effort Comics! webcomic series as well as strips for the adult comics site Slipshine.

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Where are the Female Creators?

Where are the Female Creators? | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

By now it should come as no surprise that there is a lack of female creators employed by Marvel and DC. At San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, DC executives even went so far as to suggest that there were just not that many female creators. To say that it rubbed people the wrong way would be an understatement.

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Talking Comics with Tim | Bandette’s Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Talking Comics with Tim | Bandette’s Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover   - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
One of the clearcut hits from the first wave of Monkeybrain Comics digital line is Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover‘s Bandette, a great mixture of Tintin and Nancy Drew-type adventure.
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‘Regalia’: Eliza Frye paints stories of love and murder

‘Regalia’: Eliza Frye paints stories of love and murder | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Eliza Frye’s debut graphic novel “Regalia” is the result of a rash decision to quit her design job at an advertising agency and start making comics. After the initial planning and writing of the story, Frye started drawing her first comic, “The Lady’s Murder,” one page every day until it was finished a month later. ”The Lady’s Murder” was nominated for an Eisner Award, and her first book, “Regalia,” includes that story along with seven others that explore themes of love, death, power and family. Hero Complex caught up with Frye, who studied character animation at CalArts and holds a degree in Japanese Literature from UCLA, to talk about her art.

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Hark! Comic Artist Kate Beaton | TALKING TO... | TORO MAGAZINE | What Men Need to Know about Sex, Style, Music, Sports, Drinks & Video

Hark! Comic Artist Kate Beaton | TALKING TO... | TORO MAGAZINE | What Men Need to Know about Sex, Style, Music, Sports, Drinks & Video | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Kate Beaton is an unusual success. Not often do you see a young, female Canadian rise to the top of the comics world. After literally drawing her way out of Mabou, Nova Scotia, Beaton spent several years producing her web series, Hark! A Vagrant, culminating in the publication of her 2011 book of the same name. Her work has since appeared in publications like The New Yorker and The Walrus.

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Autobiography of a cartoonist: Julia Wertz's The Infinte Wait

Autobiography of a cartoonist: Julia Wertz's The Infinte Wait | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Sickness, alcoholism, and dead-end jobs aren’t typical comic strip material — but Julia Wertz isn’t a typical cartoonist.
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Review: Maya Makes A Mess by Rutu Modan | The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

Review: Maya Makes A Mess by Rutu Modan | The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

It’s silly. Brilliantly, stupidly, cleverly silly. And on top of that, it’s quite delightfully drawn. I know delightful might seem an odd adjective to come up with to describe the comic, but that’s what I felt all the way through. It delighted me, it charmed me, it made me laugh, I’m pretty much certain that it will do exactly that to our audience of eager comic readers at school.

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Moyoco Anno to attend NYCC | The Beat

Moyoco Anno to attend NYCC | The Beat | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is today proud to announce Ms. Moyoco Anno, the writer and illustrator of numerous acclaimed Japanese comics including Sakuran, Sugar Sugar Rune, Flowers and Bees and Hataraki-man, will appear at this year’s NYCC as a Spotlight Guest. New York Comic Con will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center. NYCC is one of New York’s largest annual events, last year attracting over 100,000 attendees. Ms. Anno joins a broad range of already-announced guests including Yoshitaka Amano, Brian K. Vaughan, Mike Mignola, Joshua Gates and Anne Rice. Anno’s appearance at New York Comic Con is in partnership with Vertical, Inc., publisher of Sakuran in the US.

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FanExpo Canada: Darwyn Cooke vs. Amanda Conner… To The Death!

FanExpo Canada: Darwyn Cooke vs. Amanda Conner… To The Death! | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

The last panel we hit up at this year's FanExpo Canada was easily our most anticipated. For those of you still not familiar with the famous Canadian Sketch Duels, artists get suggestions from the audience for sketches, they do as many as they can in an hour, and lucky audience members walk away with their sketches, free! And in the meantime, the creators chat about their process, and more! And this one? Amanda Conner vs. Darwyn Cooke, for the title of KING OF CANADA.

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Pop Culture Hound Podcast with Sarah Becan and Eliza Frye | Bleeding Cool

Pop Culture Hound Podcast with Sarah Becan and Eliza Frye | Bleeding Cool | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Welcome to the new regular Pop Culture Hound podcast, from Bleeding Cool contributor, Chris Thompson.

“This episode continues my aural adventures at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. First up, I chat with independent creators Sarah Becan and Eliza Frye who were both able to publish their latest work through successful Kickstarter campaigns. Taylor and I then peel back the layers of the books (Shuteye and Regalia) only to discover – yet again – that we’ve approached them from different angles..."

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Review: Drama by Raina Telgemeier « Read About Comics

Review: Drama by Raina Telgemeier « Read About Comics | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Drama follows Callie, a seventh-grader who loves everything about the theatre but also knows her own limitations and stays behind the scenes to work on the technical crew. As the club begins to work on a production of Moon over Mississippi to round out the school year, Callie finds herself not only consumed with the production of the show itself, but also the people involved. Relationships (both romantic and just friendly) grow and dwindle, technical aspects continue to be problematic, and all sorts of surprises are just waiting to surface. In short… welcome to junior high.

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Happy Birthday, Sarah Oleksyk!

Happy Birthday, Sarah Oleksyk! | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Sarah Oleksyk is the Eisner-nominated cartoonist of Ivy and storyboard artist for Cartoon Network's Regular Show.

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The Gail Simone/Greg Rucka Question/Huntress Comic That Never Was

The Gail Simone/Greg Rucka Question/Huntress Comic That Never Was | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
In the light of San Diego Comic Con announcements by Scott Lobdell that Tim Drake was never Batman's Robin, it was pointed out (by people like us) that in comics...
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