The Eisner Award-winning all-ages series will wrap up later this year.
Time to fight some frost giants.
The Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Festival (PLCAF) kicks off Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Foster City with a small press expo and keynote by Kazu Kibuishi. Ryan North, Svetlana Chmakova and Jason Shiga are scheduled to appear later in the month. All it took was an idea. Two San Mateo County […]
Join Gina Gagliano (First Second) and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines) as they give you a behind the scenes look at how to publish a graphic novel, from printing to PR and beyond. In the first episode, guest Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Dinosaur Comics) talks about how understanding the inner workings of the business helps your career.
Continuing with our look at Diamond Halloween Comic Fest offerings, here a seasonal adventure by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi featuring Squirrel Girl in a “choose your own variable outcome fictional tale” thinger featuring Hobgblin, who is in danngter of being turned into a latte any second due to his pumpkinoid head. a) This […]
By Kevin Pearl On Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso was added as a last minute moderator for the Divided We Stand Panel, where the company revealed more of its post-Civil War II Status Quo. Creators Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor), Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), David Walker (Nighthawk), Jim Zub (Thunderbolts) and […]
Resident funnyman Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) is departing Archie’s Jughead series along with Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) in the upcoming issue #8. Starting at Jughead issue #9, Ryan North (Adventure Time) will take over writing duties of the series while fill-in artist Derek Charm (Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up) will become the normal penciller on the comic book. Sabrina, the Teenage […]
I’ve seen a lot of speculation about Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson being on the edge of the cancellation zone, but the first four issues are getting a reprinting—their third—with connected covers by Henderson and new copy by North. This is sort of interesting to me, without knowing any of the behind the scenes on it, as it seems to speak to a special interest in the book, which features a college age heroine who has fun with pals while beating Galactus. It definitely has an all-ages vibe to it, and a bit of a cult following. It’s certainly one of the most unusual books Marvel is publishing so it’s nice to see it get a boost, even as it suggests the book is more successful than it seems from the charts alone.
With Squirrel Girl, Marvel is proving just how strong the Marvel brand is—so strong that it can do a 180 and it’s still part of the fun. Written by Ryan North (Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics) and drawn by Erica Henderson (Atomic Robo, Marceline and the Scream Queens) this book is as “indie” and charming as comics can get. It even has lovely flat colors by Rico Renzi. Squirrel Girl is Doreen Green a typical college student except that she also has the proportionate speed and strength of a squirrel….and a big bushy squirrel tail, which she stuffs into her pants to keep her secret identity secret. Squirrel Girl was created in 1992 by writer Will Murray and Steve Ditko (!) and the gimmick is that even with powers that sound less than a-list, she can defeat anyone —and so far she’s defeated Doctor Doom, MODOK, Terrax, and Thanos, all with the help of her squirrel sidekick Tippy-Toe.
There’s an air of impossibility surrounding this book. It begins with a song and vibrant neon crime fighting. It deflates the hyper-serious and allows for a sense of whimsy. When I started working behind the desk at a comic shop, something like this would have barely snuck through Marvel editorial as a one-shot – a reaction to an audience that had an appetite for Serious Comics about Things That Matter and very little else. Today things are clearly different.