i want to get into other comic editorials besides marvel and dc, could you recommend me what are some good ones and what comics should i read?
Sure can! I’m not sure what kind of genres and characters you’re specifically into, so I’m gonna go for broad-spectrum stories here. , I highly recommend getting a Comixology account. It’s really well-organized, delivers your comics to whatever device you want to read them on, and makes it a lot easier to access work by smaller publishers. For real, just explore their browsing options and click on what looks interesting to you! That said:
Image Comics: Image is really coming into its own–I’m starting to hear people refer to a “Big Three” instead of a “Big Two” and while that’s sort of a hilariously backhanded insult towards the industry, it’s also exciting. Right now, Saga is one of the biggest series in comics, a fantastic space opera with amazing art and characters and imho, it deserves all the hype it gets. The Walking Dead is Image’s most famous book–I haven’t read it (zombies aren’t really my thing), but check it out if your'e so inclined. Sex Criminals has made a pretty huge splash with just 4 issues, so now is a great time to jump in. Some other popular currently-running series include: Chew, Alex +Ada, Pretty Deadly, Lazarus, Velvet, Fatale, East of West, Morning Glories, and Rat Queens. I’m not caught up on all of those (okay, I haven’t actually read East of West or Morning Glories yet but my friends love ‘em), but they’re all fairly roundly enjoyed. Some older/completed Image comics I’d recommend are: Phonogram, I Kill Giants, It Girl & The Atomics, Girls (haven’t read that one yet, but my friend liked it a lot), Nowhere Men (ditto), Mara, and The Pro. Image Expo revealed a lot of exciting new series in the comic year–I’m particularly excited for Ody-C, The Wicked and the Divine, Shutter, Bitch Planet, and 8house. Image is honestly fairly accessible as comic publishers go–just browse their website/comixology page/Wikipedia entry and look up what looks interesting!
IDW: IDW is mostly licensed stuff, but they put out Locke & Key, Parker, and The Rocketeer. A lot of their licensed stuff is pretty decent actually, so take a look and see if they do comics for any franchises you’re already into.
BOOM! Studios: The Adventure Time comics are all fantastic–they play around with side characters the show could never devote any real time to, pull in all kinds of cool webcomic talent and just have a whole lot of fun in a lot of different ways. I’m not into Regular Show, but I hear the comics are pretty good too. BOOM! also did Irredeemable and Incourruptible, which I’ve heard mixed things about but got enough buzz that you might want to check it out. CBGB was pretty cool too.
Dynamite: Dynamite has rebooted it’s Red Sonja span of comics recently, with Gail Simone at the helm–we’ve got everything now from Queen Sonja, to Tales of Red Sonja, to Lil’ Sonja. I’d recommend you start with the first issue of the revamp and go from there. Beyond that, there’s a lotta classic cheesecake at Dynamite, from Dejah Thoris to Vampirella, which, yes, is capital-P Problematic but I had a lot of affection for them as a kid looking for any women in comics, so I’ll toss them in here. :P. Oh, and American Flagg which I read a tiny bit of years ago. I honestly remember nothing of it but it’s fairly well known.
Abstract Studio: Abstract Studio is actually just Terry Moore’s own publishing company. Strangers in Paradise is his most famous work, a loooooong and complicated love story between Francine Peters, an all-American good girl and Katina Choovanski, a punky bad girl with a tough backstory. SiP is not perfect and probably ran past its expiration date but I totally love it and rec it wholeheartedly. Rachel Rising is Moore’s currently-running series and I urge everyone to check it out too because Moore is thinking of ending it due to financial concerns.
Top Shelf: Lotta good stuff at Top Shelf. Alan Moore has published some work here, most prominently From Hell. Blankets is here as well, probably one of those most well-known and accessible graphic novels around. I’d recommend Essex County, Alone Forever, Chester 5000, Owly, and March. Honestly, I’m seeing tons of stuff on the TS Comixology page that I’ve never heard of before but now really want to read!
Monkeybrain: Bandette is adorable and fun and also appropriate for all ages. I’ve heard really interesting things about High Crimes, Subatomic Party Girls and The Double Life of Miranda Turner.
Archie Comics: cough Afterlife With Archie cough
Fantagraphics: Fantagraphics is where you’re going to find Love and Rockets, one of the absolute pillars of the alternative comics world. They have done an amazing job of making 30+ years of work accessible to new readers–check out the Guide to L&R on their website. Fantagraphics stuff ranges from collections of older work like Nancy, Carl Banks’s Disney comics, and the old EC horror titles to weirder, more avant-garde stuff, so I highly recommend digging into their website on your own to see what you’re into. Some stuff I’d recommend: Hip Hop Family Tree, Meatcake, Wandering Son. I highly urge you to check out their stuff for yourself though–none of these publishers have a unified universe or voice the way DC and Marvel do, but Fantagraphics least of all.
Oni Press: Well, Scott Pilgrim of course. But also: Wet Moon, Salt Water Taffy, Hopeless Savages, and Queen & Country. Again, like Fantagraphics, there’s no unified voice here.
Slave Labor Graphics: If you’re looking to feed your inner goth kid (we’re talking the one who wears Tripp pants and listens to Good Charlotte specifically), you’ll find Nightmares and Fairytales, Gloomcookie, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Lenore here. They’ve…kind of peaked, tbh? And a lot of this work is out of print now (but pretty cheap if you buy it used on Amazon), or severely dated. But it’s still worth a look, I think.
Vertigo: Vertigo is technically a DC imprint, but I’m going to put it on here anyway as it’s really it’s own separate publisher, in terms of content. Vertigo has put out a lot of stone-cold classics over the years, and a lot of interesting little stuff that maybe didn’t take off the way Sandman did, but are still worth reading. I recommend: Fables, Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Y: The Last Man, Scalped, Pride of Baghdad, Cuba: My Revolution, My Faith in Frankie, Swamp Thing, Sweet Tooth, We3.
Dark Horse: Empowered. I love Empowered so much (though be warned that it’s basically softcore. BUT IT GETS AMAZING TRUST ME.) The Avatar: The Last Airbender comics are good, if you’re into that series. The Fifth Beatle got a lot of buzz this year. You’ll find all the Hellboy stuff here, and Sin City. Oh, and Blacksad, which is fantastic. That’s all I’m really familiar with–definitely look into Dark Horse on your own and see what piques your interest.
a couple days ago, i asked people to rec fantasy book that were written by women and starred a woman protagonist. since finding these sorts of books is something of a Recurring Problem for me, i figured i’d make a list of all the books! i organized as best i could, let me know if something’s goofy!
author recs ilona andrews (my rec– wife/husband writing duo) leigh bardugo (my rec) n.k. jemisin shannon hale kameron hurley ursula leguin anne mccaffrey robin mckinley tamora pierce lj smith patricia c. wrede
high or historical fantasy (alphabetical by title) ya the firekeeper saga | jane lindskold girl of fire and thorns | rae carson graceling | kristin cashore a great and terrible beauty | libba bray the grisha trilogy | leigh bardugo (my rec)
howl’s moving castle | dianna wynne jones the naming | allison croggon princess ben | catherine gilbert murdock the queen’s thief series | megan whalen turner (not a lady protag, but lots of awesome ladies) seraphina + shadow scale | rachel hartman six of crows | leigh bardugo (my rec) sevenwaters series | juliet marillier (my rec, dark/triggering themes for book one: daughter of the forest) snow like ashes | sarah raasch the sunbolt chronicles | inistar khanani (my rec) thorn | inistar khanani (my rec) the water trilogy | kara dalkey
adult bel dame apocrypha series | kameron hurley (dark themes/graphic) brother to dragons, companion to owls | jane lindskold deathless | catherynne valente (folklore) deerskin | robin mckinley (warning: dark themes) the elements: descension | lauren drube (available on inkshare) the hero and the crown | robin mckinley the hundred thousand kingdoms | n.k. jemisin the fifth season | n.k. jemisin (rec’d multiple times!) parasol protectorate series | gail carriger (steampunk) the spiritwalker trilogy | kate elliot the study series | maria snyder (warning: dark themes) the tombs of atuan | ursula leguin uprooted | naomi novik (warning: sex/violence)
urban fantasy ya the darkest part of the forest | holly black the lynburg legacy | sarah rees brennan
the mortal instruments/infernal devices | cassandra clare shadowfalls (born at midnight) | cc hunter shatter me series | tahereh mafi
adult alex craft series | kalayna price (my rec) the broom closet mysteries | marianna roberg (irish mythology + paranormal) the edge series | ilona andrews (my rec) kate daniels series | ilona andrews (my rec)
honorable mentions for dudes writing lady protags who don’t suck the craft sequence series | max gladstone (urban fantasy/adult)
Who are some of your favorite female comic writers/artists/etc? I really want to get into some more lady-created stuff and you seem to really know your shit. c:
Thanks, anon. <3 I certainly do try! I’m going to split this answer between manga creators and everyone else for the sake of clarity.
Non-Manga: Fiona Staples, Marjorie Liu, Lucy Knisley, Emily Carroll, Nicola Scott, Colleen Coover, Annie Wu, Vera Brogsol, Trina Robbins, Dame Darcy, Kate Beaton, Jo Chen, Emma Rios, Jenny Frison, Madeleine Flores, Jess Fink, Becky Cloonan, Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry, Marguerite Abouet, Alison Bechdel, Afua Richardson, and a million more. Bonus business-and-editorship-side-of-the-industry entrants: Karen Berger and Flo Steinberg.
Manga: Ai Yazawa, Kyoko Okazaki, Akiko Higashimura, Fumi Yoshinaga, Moyocco Anno, Mitsukazu Mihara, Bisco Hatori, Miwa Ueda (Peach Girl is a total soap opera and I don’t even care), Kaoru Mori, CLAMP, and, yes, Naoko Takeuchi.
“The boys in Derek’s class were often mean skinny guys like Stiles, but if they could have seen the boy in front of him now there was no doubt they would have been in awe. The routine was perfect, a seamless show of football skills that would have made any professional jealous”
Stiles loved football. There was little he wouldn’t do to take the place he was being offered at university for a full board sports scholarship. Getting away from his abusive dad certainly sweetened the deal too. If only he knew his mum would be okay if he left, he would have been away months ago. And of course, he didn’t factor in that college boy Derek would be dropping into his life, the very reason he wanted to get out of that place, drawing them together. It’s out of Stiles’ hands
Derek looked at the boy and turned to the road, and then turned to look at the boy again, he wanted to see Stiles´ face to ensure that what he had said was true, after all, Stiles said nothing clear in his monologue that he could confirm with his super hearing, as usual.
“Shit, Der.” Stiles shivers. “You promise when we get to the room—” “I’m going to lock the door, undress you, and make up for every minute of the past six weeks.” Derek grins when Stiles’s pupils blow wide with lust. “And we’re in the chapel, so you know I’m not lying.” “Forgive us, Father,” Stiles mutters, and grabs Derek’s hand. “For we are about to sin so hard.” ~~~~~~~~~ For the past four years Derek and Stiles have been roommates at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Boarding School. For the past two years, they have been secret lovers. Now, as senior year dawns, one boy begins to seriously consider coming out, while the other feels pressured by church and family to deny his identity. There’s also some Romeo and Juliet, a lot of fluff, a heap of angst, and Jeff Davis as a priest, because… reasons. In short, it’s the bare: the rock opera/Teen Wolf mashup that just wouldn’t get out of my head.
“No, this can’t be happening. I refuse for us to be Romeo and Juliet. No. It’s not happening. No. So just stop. If you don’t wipe that smirk off your face, I’ll kill you. I mean it!” Stiles stared down at Derek, who just rolled his eyes. “Yeah because that worked out so well last time.”
A hunter!AU were Stiles is part of the Argent clan, and does not live up to the hunting prowess of his older twin, Allison. In an attempt to prove himself to his family, Stiles sets out to take down the most vicious alpha of the area, Derek Hale. Through Stiles’ bumbling attempts to kill Derek, and Derek’s mocking banter, the hunt turns to a game and enemies turn to something more.
Stiles Stilinski is a bullied Junior at Beacon Hills Highschool. He has a best friend name Scott McCall who cannot protect him that very well, and three particular tormentors: Isaac Lahey and his twin goons Ethan and Aiden. One day, Stiles is attacked by the three and it goes far beyond the usual insults and shoves this time. Though as Stiles is in trouble, a hero appears and decides to save the day. That hero is Derek Hale.
War is hell. Falling in love with enemy solider Derek Hale, secretly mating him, and then accidentally being left behind by him when the war suddenly and violently ends is a special kind of hell apparently reserved for one human omega Stiles Stilinski. But Stiles is determined to find his mate again, because Derek left more than just Stiles in a war-ravaged and werewolf-hating country - and with danger at every turn and nothing but Derek’s gun and his own wits for protection, hell hath no fury like Stiles now.
Over 1,000 years ago, the Great War between Vampires and Lycans began. Many are ignorant of how it started, uncertain who to believe now that reading into the past is forbidden.
But most believe it all started with the birth of Derek Hale, the first Lycan, a werewolf capable of retaining his human form. Spared by King Jon as a baby, he is beaten and belittled by Gerard, the most ruthless of the Vampire Coven’s Elders. The one comfort Derek finds in his life is Prince Stiles, son of King Jon.
Stiles and Derek grow up together—two lonely children seeking companionship which slowly evolves into love. Their love is forbidden, separated not only by their status as royal and slave, but as Vampire and Lycan.
When the lovers make a plan to escape—to be together in a land far away from rules and regulations—fate has other plans.
“Whatever helps you sleep at night, Stilinski.” Derek drawls out, deciding the chance to do any work had now passed and let the sheets from his hand fall to the desk. “Oh, I sleep just fine. But should you really be thinking about your students in bed, Mr Hale?” Stiles smirked, enjoying the way Derek’s face heats up at his teasing. Their relationship had always been like this, teasing each other and Stiles always crossing the line. Derek just shook his head at Stiles, clearing his throat.
Or where Stiles returns from holiday and visits Mr Hale in his classroom, itching for Derek to confess that he missed Stiles.