§ One last kids comics are a teaching tool link, as Francoise Mouly was on the Brian Lehrer show on NPR yesterday talking about that very topic.
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It was harder to be taken seriously as someone who knew comics. I remember during my first year, when I insisted that Clark Kent getting engaged to Lois Lane was a bigger story than a new costume for Robin (both stories were being released on the same day), everyone dismissed my opinion because a new costume was so much more collectible.
§ Speaking of Val, she discusses the revelation that naked Wonder Woman Tiffany Fallon is actually a big fan of the character.
EDIT: I removed the pull quote I had here because, as a commenter pointed out, you need to read it in context. BTW, for the record, I don’t really care that a Playboy Playmate is a fan of Wonder Woman and shows her appreciation by posing naked with body paint. Fallon is showing her appreciation through her work; it’s what many people do. DC wouldn’t have ever approved this and whatever sociological impact it has are more related to the general impact of Playboy and naked women in general. It’s more interesting to look at things that DC has approved, and look at them in the context of what’s “official.”
That said, Greg Rucka sure didn’t like that cover.
§ The essential comics strip historian Bill Blackbeard profiled by Kristy Valenti at comiXology. And it’s only part 1!