while trawling back through my artblog i found this that i desperately wanted to redraw. there’s certain points in the year where i’m overwhelmed with my love for kid loki and leah…usually when i see magpies and get stressed out.
i know milkshakes are their thing, but i reckon they could branch out into other fruity, dairy treats, if only they’d had the chance.
Here is my #WicDiv cover without type treatment 😘 ✨GIRL GANG✨ 🌸💖⚡️ Issue 24, out this December. Large prints available at NYCC in 2 weeks :) Thank you to @kierongillen and @mckelvie for the opportunity to do a variant for one of my favorite comics on shelves right now.
When I was 18 I read my first full comic series: Young Avengers V.2 and something changed inside me. I don’t know how to explain it. In interviews, @kierongillen used to describe the story’s theme as a metaphor to growing up, to that time in your life when you’re entering college and your life changes in a way that is not often explored in fiction. This is exactly what it was for me.
First of all, entering a communications environment meant constantly coming into contact with people who’d read more books and watched more movies than me, people who prided themselves on their knowledge of obscure films and independent “”“deeper”“” creators. I felt so lost. I have always loved creating fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction, all things that had no place within an elitist artistic community. And yet, here was this book that wasn’t afraid of being colorful and fun and pop, without being any less meaningful. It was a breath of fresh air. It was a beacon of hope.
Not only that, but every single theme in it resonated deeply within me. Adults not understanding you no matter how hard they or you try. Friends leaving and friends coming together. Searching yourself across multiple possible futures. Wishing you were better. Having to accept you are yourself and that is good enough. Wanting to change and grow, and having no choice but to do that because you’re suddenly thrown into an adult world when five minutes earlier you were being treated like a child. Suddenly, you realize your whole future is in your hands and it’s terrifying and exciting.
Most of all, America Chavez resonated with me. Here was a Latina where I was not expecting to find her. A strong woman self assured in her identity, strong and caring. She had taken a leap of faith in the search for her identity and she has fought to make it work. She was everything I aspired to be and since then I have followed her journey through Marvel while I follow my own.
This is my last semester of college and I’m about to go abroad to get a Master’s degree. I’ll be on my own for the very first time. I’ll be starting classes in a new college, in a new city, in a new country where my identity as a Latina will be a new thing for the first time (as opposed to living in a Latin America country). I am excited and terrified of this new journey of self discovery I will be jumping into.
This year, too, thanks to Gabby Rivera, America Chavez will go to college. She will, like me, start new classes, a new life, new experiences and a new search for her identity. The timing couldn’t have been better. I can’t believe I will get the chance to have her as my companion through the next adventure in my life. I am so grateful.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, representation matters. Comics matter. Stories matter. To me, at least, they have meant everything. I don’t know if I could have gotten through life this past four years without them. Maybe, but the ride wouldn’t have been this good. So thank you.
“THE SCREAMING CITADEL” — PART 1 Rebel pilot and rogue archaeologist wander side by side into the darkest shadows of the galaxy as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams up with Doctor Aphra! The Doctor makes Luke an offer he can’t afford to pass up…one that leads him to a very rare gathering at the heart of the infamous Screaming Citadel. Will Luke find what he’s looking for? Can Aphra be trusted? Or will they both wind up victims of the Citadel’s Queen?
What superheroes would you say are underrated and why? What's your favorite, most vague superhero and why?
Okay, okay, it’s probably at least a little unfair to call Marvel Boy “underrated”, and certainly minor or ‘vague’ would be crossing the line. There’s plenty of relatively little-league characters or outright walking gags who might fit the premise of your question better who I have plenty of affection for; Starman, Midnighter and Apollo if they count at this point, Invincible, anyone in Morrison’s Seven Soldiers, any of the more pronounced weirdos in the Legion, virtually any minor character in bonkers Golden Age comics who wasn’t also super-racist. But unlike say Stone Boy, who is delightful but exactly where he belongs, or Blue Marvel, who’s amazing but kind of constructed to live around the edges of his universe, or Zauriel who’s fun but probably has an upper limit somewhere below “major player”, Marvel Boy’s the first one who comes to mind to make me think “he should be an A-lister”. Because boy, for a Grant Morrison-created character who’s starred in multiple critically-acclaimed series and became a Tumblr favorite for a hot minute, he sure is in an Inhumans book right now, even if it’s the Al Ewing one.
A lot of why I dig him should be fairly obvious: sweet costume, he brings in tons of the trippy cosmic shit I like, and he’s a Grant Morrison creation. But the reason he leaps out at me is that he’s my favorite Teen Superhero. Not my favorite teen who is a superhero - that’d I suppose be Damian Wayne since he just hit 13 - but the best embodiment of the archetype. The reason being that he can be both this:
The thing about teens is that they’re scary and dumb and passionate and mercurial, and he is all of those things. He’ll spell out FUCK YOU out of the fire of demolished city blocks to declare his conquest of human civilization in the name of his incomprehensible otherversal creed of zen fascism, and then he’ll discover 60s girl group bands and get laid and start to chill out. He’s a weird, sexy, changeable, energetic idealist with laser guns and killer abs for teens to want to be or want to fuck, and an airheaded, bizarre, dangerous horny cockroach-man hiding his freakishness behind his impossibly perfect looks to worry parents that he’ll have them first against the wall when the revolution comes, or at the very least he might steal their daughters (or for that matter sons). He’s not just a teenager, he’s the idea of being a teenager on a superheroic scale, with spaceships and lasers and alien mythology and jaunts across the multiverse to boot. Marvel Boy’s great and he should by rights be *huge* in an industry where young superheroes are starting to make a comeback in a big way.
Primary topic this episode: @chrissywilliams and @kierongillen! Other topics include what the heck an editor actually does, getting it out of Kieron’s brain and getting people to understand it, being a wrangler, shifting styles for other artists and specials, script flavors, seducing artists, choosing the specials, Hickmania, editing with the benefit of hindsight, poetry influencing Chrissy’s editing, poetry + comics, taking the quiz, and what they’re reading!