and that includes about five comic books

Sam gets back to the bunker, hours after he said he would be home. And while Dean had just been doing research, he’d also been doing it alone, which wasn’t the best of times.
“What the hell, Sammy? You said you’d be home ages ago. Get caught in traffic?” He scoffed, eyes rolling when he leaned back against his chair. “What’s in the box, anyways?”

Sam smirked in reply, sliding a rather large box onto the table.
“Well Dean. I’m really sick of you complaining about not getting any ‘pussy’,” He enunciated, air quotes included. “So I got you a few instead.”
With one hand, Sam pulled open the top of the cardboard and out spilled four young kittens, mewling and skittering across the table.

Dean would’ve been lying if he said that they didn’t make him sneeze five times an hour, and that he didn’t name all of them after comic book heroes. But hey- just couldn’t help it.


Early in november we’ll be launching a kickstarter for our upcoming five books and for transitioning into offset printing.
This is one of the books and rewards that we’re really excited about!

In a massive (around 200 PAGES!) artbook documenting the sketches, comics and illustrations of french artist Guillaume Singelin. The majority of Gui’s work has only been released in france, including his work on “The Grocery” and “Doggybags” with Ankama editions, but we are very happy to be releasing a giant book of his work in english. Printed in two colors + a four color section with all of his wonderful space illustrations and more.

The book will be as watching a movie about an artist with commentary track from the artist and director.

Keep an eye open for the kickstarter!

ousakashizuku  asked:

can you give me more backstory/explanation to the "In the mid-90s, Palpatine having a harem seemed totally legit;" thing because that just seems like something very very weird and i'm kinda curious

Right!  So I’m not completely up on the OT-era EU because I don’t particularly care about the OT, but I do know some of it.  I tend to divide the EU into pre-AotC and post-AotC – Attack of the Clones came out in 2002, and there’s a specific reason that I use AotC as the dividing line rather than TPM, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

So up until the EU was declared Legends and in a separate continuity in 2014, Star Wars had a bunch of different levels of canon, basically distinguished by how close George Lucas was to them.  The films were G-canon, then the shows, then all the books/comics/games.  If you’ve ever looked at the old EU, then you’ll see that it’s a continuity nightmare, especially once the PT started coming out, then TCW tromped all over the previously-existing timeline of the Clone Wars.  But I digress.

Anyway, prior to the PT’s release in 1999, what was basically going on in the EU is that there was part of the timeline that writers weren’t allowed to work in because George Lucas might eventually want to do A Thing, which he did end up doing and which ended up being the Prequel Trilogy.  The only hard canon, coming straight from George at this point, was the OT.  These days we’ve got a lot of canon, a lot of it straight from George including the OT, the PT, and TCW, but prior to 1999 all there was was the OT.  And the OT is not exactly what one would call a lot of substance, though it lays out a lot of broad outlines and drops some very precise hints about things.  For example: the Clone Wars.  Right up until 2002 no one knew that the Clone Wars were called the Clone Wars because the Republic had clone troopers.

Here’s another thing no one knew about until 2002: Jedi couldn’t get married.  This is not to weigh in on whether the attachment thing is good or bad, but up until Attack of the Clones came out, no one knew this.  INCLUDING THE WRITERS WORKING ON THE STAR WARS BOOKS AND COMICS.  There’s a Star Wars: Republic comic released in 1998 where Ki-Adi-Mundi has five wives and seven daughters.  (The other thing that’s hilarious about the Republic comics, aside from Ki-Adi-Mundi’s hat, is that for some reason they seemed to think that Ki-Adi-Mundi would be the breakout character from TPM.)  It later got addressed in a 2004 comic where it gets handwaved by saying Ki-Adi-Mundi got an exception because of the low Cerean birth rate, and then the family is killed offscreen.

But moving back from the prequel timeline into the OT timeline, especially in the pre-PT days, there was not a lot of hard substance to work with.  Imagine: it’s the year 1994 and literally all we know about Palpatine is what is revealed in the OT.  Also, this is before the special editions so if I remember correctly there’s still a scene in, uh, ESB? where he has a monkey’s face, but that doesn’t really impact this at all.  We know that Palpatine is the Emperor and that he can shoot lightning out of his fingertips.  We know that he corrupted Anakin Skywalker.

That’s about it.

That’s not a lot to work with.  These days, we know a lot more about Palpatine: we know his first name, we know his home planet, we know his weird pet projects, but most importantly we know a whole lot more about his personality than anyone did in 1994 or earlier.  It is really hard to imagine the Palpatine of the PT or TCW having a harem, because we know him.  None of this detail existed prior to 1999.  It was just as reasonable for Palpatine to have had a harem as it was for Jedi Knights to marry and have families (which is where Children of the Jedi gets its name), because there was no reason for the SW writers of that period to think otherwise – in fact, there was plenty of reason for them to think that that was typical.  Palpatine was an emperor; historically speaking, the vast majority of rulers want to have heirs.  (And IIRC, this came up a couple of times in the EU; I think there were several women who claimed to have been Palpatine’s lovers and to have had his children.)  Up until 2002, there was also no real reason to think that the Jedi wouldn’t marry and have families: because in 1994, when Children of the Jedi was published, one of the only things we knew about the Republic Jedi was that Anakin Skywalker had had children, and this wasn’t presented as anything atypical in the OT.

The pre- and post- PT EU (and then dividing this further to add TCW in the mix) is fascinating because it represents a divide in background and baseline knowledge: a number of things that today, looking back at the pre-PT EU, are completely insane based on baseline canon knowledge were pretty reasonable considering when they were published, because none of that existed yet.  None of the authors working on SW at the time (and this is about twenty years before the Story Group and still well before the Holocron) had any reason to think otherwise.

Now, one of the other interesting things that happened prior to the Legends/canon divide in 2014 is that there were efforts in the EU to make all this conflicting continuity line up.  I say in the EU specifically, because the PT and TCW, coming straight from George Lucas, did not care: I think Dave Filoni has talked about this in interviews and BTS material a couple of times, but there are a lot of ways (including the timeline!) that TCW directly contradicts material from the Clone Wars-era EU, which is why I have no patience for OT-era fans complaining about how none of their favorite EU material is canon anymore.  (I’ll talk about Ryloth sometime, if anyone wants.)  For example, going back to the “Jedi get married and have families” thing from CotJ: CotJ has, basically, an enclave where a bunch of Jedi fled with their spouses and children during the Purge, though by the time of the novel they’ve all died.  In 2009, Karen Traviss wrote a novel in the TCW timeline called No Prisoners which presents a separate Jedi sect where Jedi get married and have kids: this is supposed to be the same sect that later shows up in CotJ.  (No Prisoners is terrible, don’t read it: Karen Traviss also wrote the only Star Wars novel I’ve actually thrown across a room because I hated it so much, and she flounced amidst controversy.)  I think there are also a couple of other cases where writers writing after 2002 have tried to reconcile material in the pre-PT EU and the post-PT canon, but that’s the only one I know of off the top of my head.

tl;dr In the mid-’90s Star Wars writers had considerably less canon to work with and made choices that at the time made sense, but in retrospect are pretty wacky solely because we now have more canon.


The producers have said, since the start, the reason they wanted a black Iris (and the casting call was only ever open to black actresses) was representation and to make black women and girls feel included. To them, that type of representation was, and is, important.

 I got rant-y so it’s behind a cut.

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“The Humble Simple Thing,” Art by Sara Lautman

Adapted from a Story by Sheila Heti

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Issue No. 171

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About the Author

Sheila Heti’s most recent novel is How Should a Person Be? In the spring, McSweeney’s published her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid. She is the author of five other books of fiction and non-fiction, including—with Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton—the New York Times bestseller, Women in Clothes.

About the Artist

Sara Lautman’s drawings and cartoons have appeared with The Pitchfork Review, Jezebel, The Awl, The Los Angeles Review of Books and many other places. The tenth collection of her comics, The Ultimate Laugh, will be published by Tinto Press in winter of 2015. Other recent collections, including Macrogroan6 and Lying and Cursing are available at Birdcage Bottom Books.

“The Humble Simple Thing” copyright © 2015 by Sheila Heti and Sara Lautman. Art copyright © 2015 by Sara Lautman, text copyright © 2015 by Sheila Heti. All rights reserved.

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superbibliophile  asked:

So I realized most of my favorite comic book artists are men and I want to find more female artists I like. Can you recommend some female artists?

Oh boy oh boy, could I ever!

Ming Doyle Website + Art examples 1 2 and 3
Check out her work in:
-Vertigo’s The Kitchen, a mini series about a group of mob wives who take over the family business when their husbands are incarcerated.
-DC’s current Constantine Hellblazer series, which she cowrites and draws some of the flashback scenes. 

Becky Cloonan: Website + Art examples 1 2 3 and 4
Check out her work in:
-Her self released graphic novel By Chance or Providence, which includes the Eisner Award winning short story The Mire, as well as Wolves and Demeter (my personal favorite)
-Batman #12, the FIRST EVER BATMAN COMIC IN SEVENTY FIVE YEARS to have a woman as the main artist on the book. Also about my favorite character ever. Just a fantastic stand alone story. 
-Gotham Academy and Southern Cross, two series she writes and sometimes does cover work for

Marguerite Sauvage: Website + Art examples 1 2 and 3
Check out her work in:
-DC Comics Bombshells, a weekly digital first series featuring the women of DC as 1940′s super heroes and villains during World War II.
-Thor Annual #1, with Jane Foster as Thor
-Sensation Comics #7, a digital one-shot and one of the best Wonder Woman stories released in the past few years

Annie Wu: Website + Art examples 1 2 and 3
Check out her work in:
-DC’s current series Black Canary, which follows Dinah Lance on a Joan Jett meets Mad Max Fury Road rock and roll adventure
-Hawkeye Vol 3 LA Women, where Annie draws Kate’s adventures in LA. Everyone should just read this entire series to be honest just do it

Tula Lotay: Website + Art Examples 1 2 and 3
Check out her work in:
-Supreme Blue Rose from Image Comics

Emmanuela Lapacchino: Art examples 1 2 and 3
Check out her work in:
-Supergirl Vol 6: Crucible, which follows Kara to school in space
-DC’s current series Starfire

There are so many more I’m sorry but I’m too busy to keep going even though I absolutely would there is obviously Babs Tarr, there is Kate Brown, Pia Guerra, Fiona Staples, Nicola Scott, Amanda Connor, Rebecca Isaacs, Cat Staggs, Jenny Frison, Amy Reeder, Alison Sohn, Yasmin Liang, I’m kicking myself because there are so many more and I just don’t have the time to list them out if anyone wants to add please do so

***MEGHAN HETRICK, BETTY FELON, oh I’m just gonna be editing this forever with artists i forgot…

**Stephanie Hans!


Released today! Drawn and Quarterly’s lavish doorstopper of a book

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels
by Tom Devlin (editor)
2015, 776 pages, 7.2 x 9.3 x 2.4 inches
$34 Buy a copy on Amazon

It’s hard to imagine what contemporary culture would be like without the existence of the comic, graphic novel, and low-brow art publishers Last Gasp, Fantagraphics, and Canada’s small press darling, Drawn & Quarterly. In Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-five Years, D&Q are given their due. This lavish doorstopper of a book contains numerous historical essays about the company, with lots of great photos, a timeline, reminiscences, interviews, and more. The rest of the book is mainly comprised of full strips and excerpts from some of the many award-winning and pathbreaking comics and graphic novels that D&Q has published over the past quarter century. Some rarely-seen comics are included. Peppered throughout are appreciation essays from the likes of Jonathan Lethem and Margaret Atwood along with many artists appreciating the fellow creators of the delightful devil’s picture books known as comics. Artists featured in the collection include Seth, Julie Doucet, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, Lynda Barry, Chester Brown, Peter Kuper, Tom Gauld, Daniel Clowes, Anders Nilsen, Ariel Bordeaux, and dozens more.

Again, imagine for a minute a world in which the work of these talented artists had never reached the masses, and how far less rich, interesting, and strange our world would be as a result. Congrats to Drawn & Quarterly for bringing these artists to us, for celebrating 25 years of beautiful high weirdness, and for producing this impressive and yummy book. The ink smell of it alone will make a book nerd’s eyes roll back in her head. –Gareth Branwym

June 02, 2015