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29Jul/141

Marvel and DC: Recognising Progress Doesn’t Ignore The Fake Sound Of It

The world of superheroes is a funny old place, home to some of the craziest and most imaginative storytelling of the last century, but eternally trapped in a constantly regressive rut. Long time fans simultaneously demand change and uniformity, for heroes to evolve and remain the same age forever more.

This month Marvel announced three key upcoming changes in its comics line, which was met with familiar outrage and increasing mainstream press interest towards this medium that has given the public their favourite superhero movies. But what was most interesting to many onlookers were not the announcements themselves, but the chosen method of broadcast.

The View, a US daytime talk show, exclusively announced that Thor was to be female in an upcoming title. "It’s a huge day in the Marvel Universe," revealed Whoopi Goldberg. "Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up. He is no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. And for the first time in history that hammer is being held by a woman."

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5Jun/140

Uncanny Comics: Interviews, Reviews and Features – Oh My!

Earlier this year, SciFiNow magazine launched a new digital series titled Uncanny Comics. The short monthly mag costs just 69p/99c and combines interviews, reviews (both new and classic), a look at a legendary creator, and an explanation of a comics event. 

My features in Uncanny Comics #4 include a look at the work of Marie Severin, exploring the Final Crisis event, a bio of Doop, an interview with Mike Carey (The Unwritten, Lucifer), and mini-reviews of five of my favourite classic comics. All with direct links to the comics on Comixology and/or Marvel Unlimited as applicable!

Get it now on iPad or iPhone from Apple Newsstand for only 69p/99c.

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7May/140

The Independent on Sunday – Review of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette By Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot

The highly anticipated second graphic novel from Costa winners Mary and Bryan Talbot hit the shelves this week, this time with Kate Charlesworth providing art duties, and Bryan having designed the layouts. The Independent on Sunday chose the title as their leading book review.

Mary's first graphic novel, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, was a biographical affair and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette keeps that historical background while introducing a fictional lead character to move through the events of suffrage and the fight for the women's vote, providing a grounding point for the reader.

It is a brilliant work of art and a fascinating (and meticulously researched) insight to the complexities of the suffrage movement in the UK - hopefully my review will help convince more people to read it!

Read the full review here!

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3May/140

Uncanny Comics: Interviews, Reviews and Features – Oh My!

Earlier this year, SciFiNow magazine launched a new digital series titled Uncanny Comics. The short monthly mag costs just 69p/99c and combines interviews, reviews (both new and classic), a look at a legendary creator, and an explanation of a comics event. 

My features in Uncanny Comics #3 include a look at the work of Gil Kane, exploring the House of M event, a bio of Machine Man, an interview with Chris Ryall (Editor-in-Chief of IDW), and mini-reviews of five of my favourite classic comics. All with direct links to the comics on Comixology and/or Marvel Unlimited as applicable!

Get it now on iPad or iPhone from Apple Newsstand for only 69p/99c.

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20Mar/140

Issue #One, Scotland’s First Comic Book Symposium

For such a small country, Scotland has long maintained a great influence over the comics industry - at least that part that reads in English at least - from the long-running Beano to modern day maestros Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, not to mention every Judge Dredd and Electric Soup in between.

Scottish comics are thriving, with sold out conventions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, the first Masters in Comic Studies at Dundee University, and small press success for many.

Yet despite Scotland's illustrious history and a reputation for funding national endeavours, the country lags far behind our European cousins in taking comics 'seriously'. While comics are now winning Costa Awards and elbowing review space in the UK newspapers, the popularity of "wham! pow!" headlines is still high, and negative publicity the more frequent outcome.

This Monday, the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance (SICBA) introduced Scotland's first comic symposium, Issue #One, drawing together speakers from academia, the comics industry, and beyond to discuss - with a willing audience - "the future of Scotland’s comic book industry".

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14Mar/140

SciFiNow: Interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick

A great interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick, a look at the return of Captain Marvel, and chatting about the popularity of the Carol Corps.

The crazily busy writer was kind enough to give up some of her time to answer some questions on all things Carol Danvers as the character makes her spectacular cosmic return!

You can read the full features in the current issue of SciFiNow which can also be bought digitally here.

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