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Some of the most talented women in comics, on Tumblr and beyond, are joining us for a special Women’s History Month Issue Time. 


Maytal Gilboa is the founder and CEO of Emet Comics, a publishing company focused on empowering female comic book creators. In 2016 Emet Comics acquired Fresh Romance, a romance comic anthology from publisher Rosy Press.  Fresh Romance Volume 2 is currently in production and being crowdfunded through Kickstarter.  Prior to starting her publishing company, Maytal spent 4 years working as an executive at animation house, ReelFX Creative Studios, where she worked on films such as The Book of Life, and Freebirds.  Emet’s latest webcomic is Zana.

Sally Jane Thompson is an artist and writer whose work includes comics from Oni, Dark Horse, Image, Oxford University Press, The Phoenix and more, as well as live art, sketch reportage and illustration. She drew The Ruby Equation (with Sarah Kuhn, Savanna Ganucheau and Steve Wands) for Fresh Romance Vol 1, and is returning to the series to both write and draw Under the Oak Trees.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an illustrator who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, “Millennia War”. January 2015, she met Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics at a convention; six months later, she began working on “NIOBE: She Is Life” which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies and inspired many cosplays.

Afua Richardson [ pronounced Ah FOO wah ] is an award winning American Comic-book illustrator best known for her work on Marvel’s Black Panther World of Wakanda. Some of her other works include Wildstorm, Attack on Titan, X-men 92, Captain Marvel, All Star Batman to name a few. Afua is also a musician, voice actor, activist and mentor. As a recipient of the Nina Simone award, she is aptly called a Jane of All trades.

Suzana Harcum and Owen White of the webcomic Tripping Over You are a two-person comics team currently based in Arizona. They are a married lesbian couple who once flirted with each other by creating characters and drawing together, and continue to make LGBTQ positive comics today for the love of writing stories together.

Our panelists will start responding on Monday 27 March


Images courtesy Erin Stead

This week Mark Twain has a new book out.

Yes, we know. He’s been dead for more than a century, but that hasn’t stopped him — or more accurately, his collaborators — from publishing a children’s book, called The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine. It’s based on 16 pages of notes, handwritten by Twain and discovered in an archive, in Berkeley, Calif.

Philip and Erin Stead took it from there; the Caldecott Award-winning author-illustrator duo picked up Twain’s trail and finished the story.

“It was never entirely clear to us if there was never an ending, or if Twain just never got around to writing it down,” Philip Stead says. “That said, we had to make a book, so we had to provide an ending to the story.”

So the Steads left their own mark on the story, changing some of the original’s magical animals — and making the young hero, Johnny, black.

See their conversation with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly here.

– Petra


Images courtesy of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

The new animated movie, BOSS BABY, was No. 1 at the box office last weekend. But before it was a full-length film, starring the voice of Alec Baldwin, it was a 32-page picture book written by award-winning author and illustrator Marla Frazee.

Frazee is a big name for young readers and their parents — the imagination behind Seven Silly Eaters and All the World. Her illustrations have earned two Caldecott Honors.

NPR Ed spoke with Frazee about the book and the new animated hit it inspired. Check out their conversation here.

– Petra

anonymous asked:

The resaon why girls thngs are considered "inferior" is because they are. Pink is a girl color, deal with it gay boy. You're a faggot so what the fuck do you know about masculinity and men other than that you love getting your ass stuffed by them. BTW your "art" is ugly as fuck. just delete your tumblr already.

If I were thirteen and still insecure about life this may have hurt my feelings. But it just kinda makes me feel bad for you. You actually took time out of your day to waste on sending a message to someone you don’t like about something you didn’t enjoy. I can’t be bothered to do such things. 

Pink being a girl color was untrue until around the 1940s. It was established by major corporations as a way of marketing products to the parents of a generation we know today as the Baby Boomers. The pink and blue color choices were only introduced thereafter. (

You also sound like you’ve

A) Never had a girlfriend 

B) Have never even met a girl

C) Are probably that one gross guy that my girl friends always have me pretend to be their boyfriend around so he’ll leave them alone, because he’s rude and creepy and smells like a fish.

D) I know plenty about masculinity since apparently, according to your opinion, I have had several masculinities stuffed in my ass. I think I’d label that quite knowledgeable.

E) Award winning illustrators have praised my art and I’m pretty sure their opinions are more valid than yours 🤗 Only I’m allowed to bash my own craft 

I always get anxious when I see comics or posts with Big Tough Artists Speaking From Tough Love. You know the kind, the ones that are like “DO IT DO IT DO IT GIVE UP EVERYTHING DO IT WORK WORK HAVE NO LIFE WORK.” They have their place, and it’s absolutely true. To improve, it takes work. if you want to make it in the art world, it’s determination, drive and diligence that makes things happen. Art School and the art world in general hammers home, NEVER GO A DAY WITHOUT DRAWING. NEVER STOP. THIS IS YOUR JOB. Art is something that gets better with time and energy, and leaving it WILL stagnate you and make you fall out of practice. It happens. But.

I wanna share a thing. So, there’s this amazing artist named Peter Brown. He’s a Caldecot Award Winning illustrator. I met him in New York, and he looked over my children’s book at the time and liked it. He actually said I was ready to submit it. (Gosh!)

But he told me something I’ll never forget. 

He said he used to crank out book after book, never stopped drawing, did all the right things they tell you to do. But, he had no life. He suffered anxiety, depression. He was miserable, exhausted. He could do it, but he was driving himself to sickness. Finally, one day, he just said, screw it. He made time for himself. He picked up a day job. He went out with friends, he took care of himself. He said that the best art in the world was not worth his life or his mind.  And he told us the same thing. Work on taking care of yourself, even if it costs art.

Now, the happy story is, while he only produced one book a year instead of three, he was happier, and the joy showed in his work. He had a best-seller and a Caldecot, and so he was able to go back to doing art full-time, but on his terms.

About three years ago, when I first came home from Australia, I came to accept that I will not be a Big-Shot artist. I won’t be America’s Next Manga-ka, I won’t be headlining a comic convention anytime soon, and that is OKAY. Because if what I’d have to do to get to that stage would tear me apart as a person, that’s not what I want to do. And that is OKAY.

It is OKAY to want to make art just for yourself. For the sheer enjoyment of making something. It is OKAY to make art for sale but not want to push and press for marketing. Art produced from a bad place does NOT make it better, or worth more. I guess what I’m saying is…

It’s great to push yourself and work hard and yes, your art will improve if you do that! But if you miss a day or lapse or hell, even back away from art altogether for a while to reassess, it doesn’t make you a failure, or worthless. Basically… TAKE CARE OF YOU FIRST.

I am so so proud of Kate and her winning an emmy!! I can’t really put into words just how excited I am, this resplendent warm-hearted kind and utterly funny woman deserves this prize so much! Again congratulations, Kate!

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Today is Langston Hughes’ 114th birthday, and it’s also the first day of Black History Month. 

A couple years ago, we celebrated Black History Month by asking three of our favorite comic artists to illustrate something — a person, a poem, a play, a book, a song — that inspires them. Award-winning illustrator Afua Richardson chose Langston Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

Blood And Water: Illustrating Langston Hughes’ ‘Rivers’


Jerome Lagarrigue (b.1973, France/USA) - Iris

Jérôme Lagarrigue is an award-winning French painter and illustrator, living and working in New York. Lagarrigue captures the world in his work. Landscapes or human models, the subjects of his paintings are all serving his artistic quest. The Franco-American artist combines figuration and abstraction in his paintings, transparencies and dilutions, reliefs and layers, in order to capture the double dimension of existence. An extension of the philosophical conflict between pragmatism and the metaphysical, his works have two visions, that were opposed until now, reunites them and opens the way to a sensorial and emotional interpretation of form and of substance. His work is an invitation seize the immanence which lies restless under the traits of the ordinary. (src. Artsper)

© All images courtesy of the artist

[more Jerome Lagarrigue | artist found at angrywhistler]

How We Met: Brian Selznick & Harry Lloyd

The American author and the British actor met in 2009 when Lloyd was starring in A View from the Bridge, at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

Brian Selznick, 49

Selznick (left in picture) is the award-winning American author and illustrator of bestselling books including ‘Wonderstruck’ and 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film 'Hugo’. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California, with his husband

Harry and I met in 2009 when he was in A View from the Bridge, at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. I was able to go backstage because I’m friends with his mother, Marion Lloyd, who was an editor at my publisher, Scholastic UK. I remember drinking champagne and laughing and feeling very glamorous. Harry and I hit it off right away.

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How a Library Raised Yuyi Morales

“When I first arrived in the United States, I was a new mother, I didn’t speak almost any English, and one of the places that absolutely changed my life was the public library.

After a year, my family and I, in this case my husband and one-year-old son, moved to San Francisco. And I was left there alone, while my husband went to work. I was in this apartment, being a new mother, in a place where I didn’t speak the language. The library, which is the Western Addition Branch library, was a mere four blocks away from my little apartment, [and it] was my new home. I got there, and Nancy, whom I dedicated this book to, saw me exploring books with my son and with my limited English. With her great skills, she opened up this library for me. She would give me books and say, “I think that you will like this book.”

Nancy might not know it, but she changed my life. All of the people there—I might not remember their names, but I know that they supported me and that they saw me there with my son; asking for a home, for a path, for something that I hadn’t discovered yet, because truly, I didn’t know what I was doing in the United States. It was through the library and the books that I suddenly found not only a place to be but also what I loved, and who I wanted to become. And the [librarians and library staff] were right there, guiding me and opening this path for me.

The truth is that the Western Addition library became more my home than my own apartment. In this place, I didn’t have to talk to anybody; I could just go and look at the books and try to understand the words. I fell in love with the illustrations. I was finding things that I love and people who helped me discover more of what I liked.”

Hear the rest of School Library Journal’s chat with Yuyi Morales, the award-winning illustrator of Sherman Alexie’s Thunder Boy Jr.

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Endangeredslug wrote a fanfic based on the other Belle art this morning which y'all should go and read!

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’

That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.

You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.

And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.”

- Viola Davis

Credits: Artwork by 4nine2

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The Portland  State University Comics Studies program joins the Will & Ann Eisner  Family Foundation to recognize Will Eisner Week 2016, the annual series  of events held across the country that celebrate graphic novels, sequential  art, free speech, and the legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative  figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

The PSU  Comics Studies program will host a special screening of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential  Artist followed by a panel discussion of “Eisner the Dreamer.”

Panel discussion  participants include Steve Lieber, Eisner-Award winning cartoonist, illustrator  and storyboard artist; Matt Wagner, comics artist and creator of Grendel and current writer of The Spirit; David Walker, an award-winning comic book writer; and  Heidi Kaufman, Associate Professor of English and comics scholar at  University of Oregon.

The event will be moderated  by Brian Michael Bendis, an award-winning writer whose work  includes Powers, Jessica Jones, Avengers, Ultimate Spider-man, and Daredevil, among many others.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was a  pioneer in the creation of comics during the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and  ’40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. He  later re-invented himself by publishing several graphic novels, including A Contract with God and To the Heart of the Storm. Each year,  the prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the “Oscars of the Comics Industry,” are  presented at San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comics convention.

Friday, March 4, 2016
 Documentary screening: 12pm
 Panel discussion: 2pm

School of Business  Administration, rm. 190

631 SW Harrison St.