Hello, tumbly followers. I’m back home from four days at SDCC volunteering for the awesome folks at imagecomics. It was crazy fun and super busy, so now I’m catching up on the announcements I missed while I was at the con.
By far my favorite announcement was the reveal of the cover art for the upcoming Saga hardcover. The first hint I had that I would love Saga was that image of Alana breastfeeding with her gun in one hand. Such a simple, subversive, awesome depiction of motherhood right up front made me assume the rest of the book would be just as exciting. It was an accurate advertisement for what quickly became my very favorite title being published!
Then there was “controversy” about the cover because apparently breasts, and in particular the breasts of women of color, should only exist to be sexualized. I love that the hardcover collection is a big “fuck you” to all those naysayers from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and I can’t wait for all the exciting conversations about gender issues I’ll get to have with clueless customers about gender issues as a result. If possible I think I now love Saga just a little bit more.
Listen to the lady, pals.
This! Absolutely this!
If you’re excited about the new direction for Batgirl, please bring this code in to your LCS. The internet enthusiasm has been overwhelming and beautiful, but the best way to show DC you want books like this is to make sure your retailers know that they have people to buy it in time for them to place a big order.
Captain Marble or The Christmas Carol
Captain Marvel is amazing, and this smaller piece is only an attempt at capturing her badassery. Inspired by the ass-kicking dinosaur-punching cover art for Captain Marvel #1 by David Lopez and the great story-telling of kellysue. It will also be displayed at Fantastic Comics~!
Also, if anyone is serious about building that Captain Marvel chapel, let’s talk.
- 20 inches x 13 inches
- The buttons are marbles! She’s Captain Marble! I regret nothing.
- Since she is very primary-colory, choosing the background color/texture was very difficult and stressing. So I made it snow. I think my Russian blood is subconsciously influencing my aesthetic choices.
- Not clear in the picture, but the “rays” are silver whereas her outline/internal lines are patina’d black.
- About 74 separate pieces + 6 marbles
Once again, our customer Ouliana is making AMAZING comic book stained glass!
Prepare yourselves appropriately, because this is happening.
Batgirl is getting a relaunch by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Freakin’ Tarr. You know, your actual favourite artist who drew the Bosozoku Sailor Scouts? SHE’S DRAWING BATGIRL. I’ll calm down… eventually?!
I adore Gail Simone and her run has been great. I will eternally bless her for giving us Alysia!
That said, it’s great to see this book step out of the darkness DC as a whole has been mired in the past few years. I adore the new costume, Babs Tarr is KILLING IT on the art in general, and everything Cameron Stewart and Brendon Fletcher have said sounds crazy exciting. This could be EXACTLY what DC needs!
Hmm, haven’t done one of these in a while. But here we go, my picks of the week:
- Madame Frankenstein #3: Vincent’s coaching session with “Gail” is interrupted by Henry and a slew of flashbacks that show just why Vincent feels so put upon and just how little he figured into Courtney’s life. It’s a joy to watch Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens’ feminist reworking of Frankenstein unfold!
- Avatar the Last Airbender - The Rift Part 2: Toph must confront her estranged father, Aang must find a way to connect with Avatar Yangchen, Sokka and Katara must defeat the Rough Rhinos, and one man must defend his cabbages!
- Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #3: Miles tries to share his biggest secret with Katie (despite Ganke’s advice) and to figure out how Peter Parker was in his room. Both tasks are interrupted by the news that Norman Osborn is back! (Art and color team davidmarquez and Justin Ponsor are killing it this issue!)
- Thor God of Thunder #24: In the wake of the destruction of Broxton the Asgardians must make hard decisions about their influence on the town. It looks like Roxxon has won the day, but Roz Solomon isn’t giving up so easily. (Bonus love for the She-Hulk cameo and for Agustin Alessio’s incredible art!)
- Honorable mention goes to The Woods and Black Widow this week.
P.S. If you want my weekly recommendations when I don’t have time to do the tumblr thing, head to twitter and follow LCSValkyries for Wednesday new comics recs from me and a whole slew of other awesome women working in comic shops around the world!
Here’s a better look at my character designs to the newly announced ODY-C with Matt Fraction - coming late sumer/early fall from Image Comics
For those of you who haven’t yet heard, Matt Fraction and Christian Ward are collaborating on a new title called ODY-C. The book is a genderbent, scifi retelling of the Odyssey, so it’s basically a combination of some of my favorite things made by people whose work I love! It iis supposed to drop in November and it’s one of the titles starting this year that I am the most excited to read.
Just look at these incredible character designs! Get excited friends and customers, because this is going to be an incredible, GORGEOUS thing!