For those looking for reading material to avoid watching TV, here’s a whole week’s worth of links.
§ An oldie but a goodie. Those were the days. We were so young!
§ I think this qualifies as a must read for the week past: Arnar Heidman has a piece at WWAC called The “Reveal” of Trans Characters in Comics . I won’t quote much of it, but most of the well-known trans voices in comics, along with Heidman, has a problem with the introduction of Dr. Victoria October in Detective Comics #948, written by James Tynion and drawn by Ben Oliver. She’s a new supporting character for the Batverse, a“post-human bioweaponry” expert who is also a transwoman we learn, in the above scene.
§ And NOW I’m just going to dump a whole bunch of links in there.
§ I did not realize that Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou has regular column on comics storytelling at Comics Alliance called Strip Panel Naked News.
§ What are Alan Moore’s Most Controversial Comic Book Stories? CBR is going to tell you!
§ I had this in the links for AGES. Remember how I told you how Netflix was going to be doing even more comic book based original programming? Well, they’ve even adopting a Popular Web Comic Into A Korean Drama:
K-drama addicts should brace themselves for a binge-fest in 2018. Netflix announced Wednesday that it will be producing its first original Korean drama based on an already popular Korean Web comic. The new show, “Love Alarm,” will be a 12-episode live-action version of South Korean graphic novelist Chon Kye-Young’s Web comic of the same name. Similar to Chon’s existing work, the Netflix series will follow the story of a software developer who creates an app that tells users if someone within 10 meters has a crush on them.
Please note, this is for Korean Netflix not US. SAD FACE. There are a lot of Korean TV shows based on webcomics.
§ I am pretty obsessed with Aggretsuko, a new Sanrio’s Character, an adorable red panda who is also a 25 year old single Scoprio (blood type a) office worker who harbors secret rage against her deadend life and cuts loose by binge drinking and singing noise metal karaoke. Not an exaggeration.
— Sanrio (@sanrio) January 5, 2017
I can’t wait to get an Aggretsuko purse!
§ A nice profile of Amanda Conner at Rogues Portal
There’s certain parallels to underground cartoonist Julie Doucet in the way that Conner revels in the gross and projects a clear enjoyment of it in her work, but the main difference between their approaches and engagement with bodily functions and fluids is how it interacts with their figurative work. Doucet, and others like her, generally use it to desexualize the female body and create a context for it as divorced from an eroticized male gaze as possible. Conner’s female figures, on the other hand, intentionally remain open to and frequently invite a scopophilic if not outright objectifying gaze. It comes into play most obviously in The Pro where Conner poses the heroine in typical pin up poses, then complicates and obscures the expected sexualized gaze by literally dirtying her up with things like cigarette ash falling into her cleavage, stains on her underwear, and various scuff marks on her body. Conner coats her subject in a messy, confrontational layer of humanity that forces the viewer to take in the subject as more than a vehicle for sexual gratification.
§ I found this blow by blow account of how ace letterer Todd Klein updated his decade old computer and software utterly compelling.
§ A long long article on Turkish comics culture
§ Paste offers us Beyond March: 10 Other Graphic Novels That Confront Prejudice ::
§ Mariko Tamaki has gone from respected YA author – winner of the Printz Prize, a Caldecott Honor, the Governor Generals Award, little stuff like that – to comic book kick ass, writing Tomb Raider and now She-Hulk. This could be fantastic y’all. Here she is talking to CBC Listen about writing “a different story in the Hulk universe”
§ Let’s end this on a positive note. Here’s a piece by Julius Vergara called How Going to A Con Alone To Take Photos Started My Cosplay Photography Adventure that’s a really sweet step by step account of how going to cons helped the author make friends and become a part of a community:
At the LA Cosplay Convention I met this group of friends who happily welcomed me to hang out with them for the rest of the night. I got to drink and eat with people I’d never met before, but I ended up talking with them as if we’d known each other for years. That feeling of being able to openly connect with people became addictive, and I wanted to keep that energy going. Whatever fears I had about going to cons alone was allayed in a single night (or so I thought), which left me wanting to go to more. So I did. One month later, I went to Anime Expo.
I think in all the hub bub we often forget how fandom is a thing that brings people together and gives shy folks a way to find groups they are comfortable and safe in. The reasons I call out bad cons is because this community building is such an important part of why there even are comic cons, and when greed droawns that out…it doesn’t work for anyone. There are many reasons why the circus ended but the comic-con continues on…community building is one of them.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.