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[Full Size version can be found HERE (warning: super-big)]

I’ve enjoyed Smash ever since the day it came out on our old N64, and even today I still find new things to learn about it. I wanted to give something back so I decided to draw every single Smasher. It’s become quite the big family !

Thank you @Nintendo, thank you Mr. Sakurai and your teams. You’ve brought so much joy to my world and many others.

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Hi tumblr friends,

Unfortunately I must take a tumblr break for most of September. I have to finish getting our accounts up to date for our tax preparer and to make an animation for my performance of The Tooth. Both are happening in the first week of October, so I’m starting to really feel the weight of the impending deadlines…!

I look forward to returning and seeing what you have all been up to in early October!!!! <3 <3 <3

Maggie

ps The Shirley Jackson Project (published by Ninth Art Press, edited by Rob Kirby) debuts on September 17th at SPX. You can pre-order it here! I have a 24 page comic in this anthology.

Comics Workbook Magazine #10 will debut at Comic Arts Brooklyn.

This issue is guest edited by Whit Taylor (who also created the cover) and includes a conversation between Sara Lautman and Scott Longo, an essay on Chantal Montellier by Dan Mazur, comics by Aatmaja Pandya, Hannah Kaplan, and Nicholas Offerman, as well as a discussion between Keiler Roberts, Scott Roberts, and Rob Kirby.

Comics Workbook Magazine #1-9 are currently available digitally through the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency campaign.

In-print back issues are available from Copacetic Comics.

One more page from my SPX sketchbook, with little drawings of each of the panelists who spoke on “Queering the Mainstream?” this Sunday.  Featuring: Rob Kirby, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Dylan Edwards, L. Nichols and Laurel Lynn Leake.  Not shown here (only because I didn’t have time to draw him) is Rob Clough, who did an excellent job as moderator!

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Rob Kirby has reviewed Jesse Jacobs’ Safari Honeymoon (think a lysergic Jack London and you have a slight idea of what’s in store). 

“Presenting nature as a pitiless arena for survival of the fittest isn’t the most original of scenarios, but Jacobs’ presentation is wonderfully fresh and drolly humorous – a genuinely personal vision … [he] is a cartoonist gifted with tremendous imagination and one-of-a-kind visual acumen.” — Rob Kirby, The Comics Journal

Check out the full review here!

Preview of the cover art for QU33R by the awesome Michael Fahy, coming this fall from Northwest Press, Edited by Rob Kirby, and featuring 33 of the finest FGBTQ creators around, including Justin Hall, MariNaomi, Sina Sparrow, Carrie McNinch, Marian Runk, Ed Luce, Nicole J. Georges, Dylan Edwards, Carlo Quispe, Sasha Steinberg, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Kris Dresen, David Kelly, Rick Worley, Annie Murphy, Eric Orner, Edie Fake, L. Nichols, Jon Macy, Christine Smith, and so many more! 

Review - Qu33r: New Comics from 33 Creators edited by Rob Kirby

Supported via kickstarter, this collection is an solid addition to field of queer comics.  I really enjoyed it.   I want to give particular praise to three of the standouts:

Words cannot express my love for Andy Hartzell’s comic about Chelsea Manning.   Hartzell uses her own words from chat archives to tell the story of how she wrestled with her gender identity and eventually decided to leak the documents she encountered.  It gives Manning’s story a real pain and heart that the mainstream coverage of her (both pre and post announcing her transgender status) have been lacking.   I feel like the collection is almost worth it for that piece entirely.  It nearly made me cry for her.   

Qu33r also includes a lush watercolor piece by Asian bisexual comic artist MariNaomi whose bold and beautiful works of autobiographical comics were treated horribly when she was sexually harassed by a straight male comic creator.   The piece in this book is yet another beautiful look at the complexities of love.   On top of her piece in Anything That Loves, it cements MariNaomi as one of queer comics stand out creators from 2013.

I also want to give props to Confession by L. Nichols, where a little doll with button eyes navigates coming out when the boundaries of gender and sexuality are not clear   It was adorable, especially the last two panels where the doll is clearly loved by someone who calls them ‘my princess-prince’ and it all explodes into a giant panel of rainbows and happiness.   

It could have used more bisexual content, but then again I pretty much believe anything could use more bisexual content.  It could have also used more racial and ethic diversity.  However the work within is all well executed and queer comic fans (including bisexuals) will find a lot to enjoy.   

- Sarah