.@kierongillen's handy guide to pre-ordering a comic!:
Er… I did this.
The Wicked + the Divine is out on June 18th. If you pre-order before May 26th (i.e. Monday) you can guarantee a copy and make us all very happy. When I say “Us” I mean “Me.”
Big Barda, Red Sonja, Valkyrie, and Wonder Woman by Jason Pearson
Good lord, I just want to write this forever.
How awesome would this lineup be? Supercool!
A bit of the fun I’m having this weekend!
And here’s a tumblr friendly version of the six-page preview for THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, courtesy of the Hollwood Reporter.
For more WicDiv details, see this cheery master post. Pre-order now, out June 18th.
Once again, we return.
ADAM WARREN’S ‘EMPOWERED’ SHATTERS SUPERHERO COMICS CONVENTIONS OF STORYTELLING, SEXUALITY AND REPRESENTATION
By Juliet Kahn
Adam Warren’s Empowered is one of the best superhero comics being made today. Sometimes I think Empowered might end up being one of the greatest superhero comics ever. The elements are all there: engaging characters, a plot that springs from them organically, an inventive setting, and scads of emotion. Its parodical beginnings — based in the jokey premise of superpowered woman Empowered de-powering as her delicate, stereotypically skintight super suit gets shredded in battle — has transitioned smoothly into a darker present, and it’s an evolution that’s been met with little in the way of fan whining for “the good old days.” Yes, Empowered is funny, surprising, moving, and original.
And it’s softcore.
Shrinkwrapped, bondage-based, can’t-read-it-on-the-bus softcore.
You can imagine what it’s like to recommend Empowered to other people. Especially when you’re someone who talks a lot (a lot) about how tired you are of sexy superheroines in sexy costumes being put in sexy situations. Because let me tell you right now, that takes up a lot of Empowered’s eight-volume Dark Horse Comics run. Super-geniuses and hapless goons alike whip out the rope and duct tape upon capturing our eponymous heroine, and hundreds of panels are devoted to her struggling and jiggling near-naked form. The first few volumes especially offer platter upon platter of cheesecake — to the point where, in-story, Emp (as she is known) is derided by other characters as villain “shoulder candy” and a useless “bondage magnet”.
So how can it be that I discovered Empowered on scans_daily, an old Livejournal hive of feminist-minded comics discussion, where it was all but universally loved? How can it be that I, a young feminist woman fed up with sexist superhero tropes, love Empowered? And not just love it, but laud it for its female-dominated narrative?
My Name is Jamal Igle. I read my first comic book when I was five years old after watching the first Richard Donner/ Christopher Reeve Superman movie in 1978. Since then my life has been consumed by comics and their power. So much so I’done everything you can do in comics, from Intern at D.C. Comics, to editor for Unstoppable productions, to freelance artist and Marketing executive. I pass my love of comics to my own daughter. She loves comics, books and strips, and it’s my hope that her love of reading comics will continue. It’s the medium of the masses, the engine of creation that crosses all barriers.
I AM COMICS AND SO ARE YOU.
Hashtag your post “#i am comics,” or Submit your photo here!I believe I met Jamal in NYC in February of 95. He was already good then. It is great to see him improve and evolve over the years to continued success and passing comics to the next generation. Congrats, Jamal!
Jamal’s a great example of “this is how it’s done!” Great guy, great artist, great father! You can see the passion he puts into everything he does!
We work in a police force full of dudes. We gotta have each other’s backs, okay?
So great! Already missing this!
I’m still plugging away at my current commissions. Sorry to those who are still waiting, I thank you for you patience. There’ve been a few hitches in the process, but things are moving along. Any that are outlying should be finished up soon. A good sized batch of finished pieces are going out now.
Wolverine’s a favorite of mine, so I always enjoy getting a chance to put pen to the dude. Loved this storyline, so it’s double fun!!
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.