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Dark Horse's all-ages FCBD offering this year included a 10-page Avatar: the Last Airbender story by Gene Luen Yang & Faith Erin Hicks. It is amusing and relevant.

Below! )
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Recently, I've become a bit disillusioned with the Wednesday comics-go-round. This is partly down to making some bad comics choices and sticking with them for too long (since remedied after listening to Freakonomics' The Upside of Quitting podcast.) Then there's the way that for $3.99 I can get 20-odd pages of Ultimate X-Men (fine comic though it is) or can get a whole OGN for a few quid more.

However, I still want to read comics, I just want to get some more value. And I'm eternally one of those annoying pricks who listens to music that you haven't heard of (like Good Luck or Antarctica Takes it!, so now I'm reading books that you haven't heard off. There's a lot of value to be found in the smaller publishers, like SLG's War at Ellsmere. It's by Faith Erin Hicks who has another book about Zombies. The character art looked very Scott Pilgrim, which put me off a bit at first, but I got into it pretty quickly.

Read more... )

I quite like books about private schools. They help to avoid the bollocks jocks/nerds/cheerleader/prom tropes that you get in every other bloody school story. It helps that I've trying quite hard to get into one (there was one last year where I was this close to getting in. My classroom would have had a fireplace and giant windows and a view of the sea and it would have been AMAZING. But it wasn't to be.

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Er, so it's technically past midnight, but whatever, I am not bound by time! I laugh in the face of time! Or...something. *shifty eyes*

For the theme of superhero deconstruction, I'm posting a few strips from Faith Erin Hicks' The Adventures of Superhero Girl. As Hicks explains here, she originally started it as a kind of commentary on girl superheroes and whatnot, and later on developed it as a weekly comic strip for Halifax newspaper The Coast.

So without further ado, here's Superhero Girl as she addresses some fundamental questions about superhero-y-ness.

Strips 7-10 under the cut )

It's a fun little comic and worth checking out. You can follow it by watching the The Adventures of Superhero Girl blog.
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Faith Erin Hicks, who was on art duties for Zombies Calling, has got a story in the upcoming issue of Girl Comics. But, apparently, before that story was approved, she drew an 11 page story about the day-to-day trials and tribulations of shared living in the X-men mansion. Which Marvel rejected. Presumably because it's cute, funny, no-one dies and the only angst in it is from Wolverine complaining that someone ate his special Canadian eggs.

Luckily, she's made the whole story available for free on her website:

And it is glorious.

2 pages of 11 under the cut. )
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Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens/Brown paper packages tied up with string/These are a few of my favourite things
When the dog bites/When the bee (MY GOD) stings/When I'm feeling saaaaad
I simply remember my favorite things!
And then I don't feeeeeeel sooo baaaaaaaad!

Here's a collection of bits of comics that make me happy (Blue Beetle, War at Ellsmere, Superdictionary, and good ol' Birds of Prey).

Enjoy! )


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