How do we change the world? It can be as simple as how we see the world. There are numerous influences we need to consider. One is as simple as how we tell stories. In the West, for example, there is a rigidly ingrained method for storytelling, and for communication in general. It has conflict built in that must be confronted and resolved. While it may sound like an overstatement, this method embraces aggression, and violence. Why not try another method and see what results?
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Grant Worth is a born grease monkey with some incredible skills that go way beyond any garage. WORTH is a new comics series from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s Roddenberry Entertainment and Arcana Studio. Written by Aubrey Sitterson, and art by Chris Moreno, this comic will get under your skin with its unusual story and characters.
My favorite episode of the original Star Trek series is “Man Trap,” by George Clayton Johnson. But there are certainly plenty to choose from. One of the crown jewels is by the great scribe, Harlan Ellison, “The City on the Edge of Forever.” Ellison’s teleplay, much like Johnson’s, went through revisions to make it a better fit for network television at the time. Now, thanks to IDW Plubishing, this classic story will be faithfully adapted as a five-issue comics series, just as Ellison had originally envisioned it.
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This comic lifts off the page like a dream, or nightmare, with ease and simplicity. We get down to basics. Our character is of few words and not much of anything else. In fact, Veil is off on the wrong foot, it would first seem, completely naked and padding about for all to see as a sex object. But for this story to work, she must be this sort of empty vessel awaiting further instruction. She is definitely more than she may seem. She may not even be from this planet. All we really know is she’s downright spooky and befriended by sewer rats before she embarks up some subway steps and stumbles upon lowlifes.
As they say, “for a limited-time-only,” you can find a comic book featuring DC Comics’ Justice League characters in “specially marked” boxes of General Mills Big G cereals. That will appeal to kids from all over as well as those who are still kids at heart.
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In a story in today’s New York Times, an article featuring Archie Comics’ new chief creative officer, playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, had a lot to say about the new direction of Archie Comics. One thing you probably never expected: an Archie comic that takes two characters from the Archie universe and puts them in an incestuous relationship. The characters are siblings Cheryl and Jason Blossom. Now, the entertainment industry is notorious for dropping a provocative nugget and seeing who will take the bait. Dig a bit deeper to the actual comics series referred to and this pairing of siblings suggests more than it outright says. The series in question is Afterlife with Archie, which is Archie Comics’ foray in zombie comics. And the incest, well, perhaps an ambiguous suggestion. So, a provocative nugget.
Northwest Press has recently published two excellent anthologies that feature a stellar roster of cartoonists exploring issues of sexuality. Both are highly recommended as showcases of comics discourse. It can be a challenge to find the right balance when putting together any anthology, especially one collecting works in comics. You want to find a way for each work to compliment the other in a medium that quickly signals the reader. In both these cases here, you have two books worthy of exploration, one a recent entry and the other from last year.
Sequart, short for Sequart Research & Literacy Organization, is a highly regarded resource for all things comics. When they have a project, we comics folk listen. Right now, it’s all about SHE MAKES COMICS, a documentary film about the untold history of women in comic books, celebrating female creators and fans alike. Support this exciting project at Kickstarter. At this writing, the funding goal has not quite been reached so every bit helps. Visit the project here.
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IMAGE COMICS PUBLISHER ERIC STEPHENSON RECEIVES 2014 COMICSPRO INDUSTRY APPRECIATION AWARD
As comics industry news goes, this says quite a lot. As Eric Stephenson points out, this kind of recognition speaks very well of Image Comics and all the good people who make Image Comics possible.
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson was honored with the 2014 ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation award this past Friday at the annual Comics Professional Organization convention. ComicsPRO is the only trade organization for direct-market comic book retailers.
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Many cartoonists have an interest in theater and acting. It’s a natural extension of performing on the page. So, it makes sense for Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of one of the most dramatic teams of cartoon characters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to expand on his talents. Kevin Eastman will make his voice-acting debut on the TMNT animated series this Sunday, March 2 on Nickelodeon.