In reality, I’m sure that the Internet ruined comics long before now but this past week was my personal tipping point. In case you’re unaware, these past two weeks were not particularly great for women in comics. The Riri Williams variant cover controversy was bad enough. Then the Mockingbird #8 cover controversy made the Riri scandal look tame by comparison. It’s Comic-Ghazi. Let’s start with Riri. On the Jeff Dekal variant cover of Invincible Iron Man #1 Riri looks like a normal human. The much-maligned J. Scott Campbell variant cover features Riri doing her best impression of Simone Biles in a skintight, low-cut clothing. Why is
Floppy, One-shot, Trade, and Variant? What do all these comic book terms mean? Get a crash course in comic book lingo that will help you navigate the comic book store or that pile of old comics in the garage.
Comic books aren’t just a sequence of squares with “Pow!” and “Bam!” written in pointy speech bubbles. This stuff is science!
Here is our latest hangout as a podcast episode. Rhonda, Ryan, Isabela, and I had a great time chatting about the launch of The Geek Embassy, our adventures at Emerald City Comicon, the season finale of The Walking Dead, and some of the issues with Superman vs Batman. We also talked about what we thinks works and doesn’t work in comic book movies and TV adaptations. Check out the episode and let us know what you think in the comments. We turned the Q&A feature on this time, something completely new for us, and are thankful for Amy who taught us how to use it.
Here is our live episode from Emerald City Comicon! Isabela and I traveled to Seattle, met up with the TMG Cast (Adrian and Andrew) and interview some fantastic artists, writers, and game designers. We talked with a nice cross section of people this year, spanning many of the areas of interest for The Geek Embassy. We also got the chance to fly our banner for the first time (even if it was a little too new to lay flat). I asked lots of creators for advice they would give someone starting out in a creative field and thought I would highlight some of the best advice we were given.
It was a so-so month for geek pop culture. Here are thumbnail reviews of some of the main events.
The most daunting thing about starting to collect comic books is where to begin. I’ve only been collecting for about three years and the philosophy that keeps me sane is “start with the now.” There’s a plethora of independent publishers so finding new titles or titles whose mythology doesn’t span decades creates an easier inlet for n00bs.
If you ever went to camp and baked s’mores, built a fire, or took a nature hike, Lumberjanes will make you wonder where this camp was all your adolescent life. Campers Jo, April, Mal, Molly, Ripley, and Jenny get a lot more than curfews, marshmallows, and lessons on fauna.
The fifteen women of the Ultimate Comics Ladies’ Alliance discussed several observations which they believe set “Ms. Marvel” apart from every other title, not only as a story with female protagonist, but as a super hero story.
Oni Press, publisher of such titles as Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, and Stumptown, has decided to hold open submissions May and June 2015 for aspiring writers, artists, colorists, and letterers of comics.