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10Feb/150

Panel Mania: Ba and Moon Explore Home and Family in ‘Two Brothers’

Oh just a special edition of Panel Mania with a little world exclusive for y'all ;)

A ten-page preview of the upcoming graphic novel, Two Brothers, from Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, which looks very promising indeed!

Read the full preview here: Ba and Moon Explore Home and Family in ‘Two Brothers’

Two Brothers

9Feb/150

Comics and Human Rights: The Forgotten Women of Comics

At the end of a wonderful week of articles on the LSE Human Rights blog focusing on comics, human rights, and representation, comes my "mic drop" moment - a look at the forgotten women of comics history.

These women were popular, successful, influential and brilliant, yet repeatedly omitted from the history books with the great exception of "herstorian" Trina Robbins.

This is a brief look at just some of those women, built upon my university and ongoing research, and has had an amazing reaction - I'm thrilled!

Read the full article here: The Forgotten Women of Comics

Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger - Jackie Ormes, 1951

Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger - Jackie Ormes, 1951

5Feb/150

Panel Mania: Fashion Forward with ‘Girl in Dior’

This month's first Panel Mania spotlights the upcoming translation of French comics maestro Annie Goetzinger - Girl in Dior.

A love letter to fashion, Paris, and the House of Dior, NBM brings French superstar Annie Goetzinger to conquer the US, following in the footsteps of the titular designer. One of the rare Grandes Dames of comics in France, Goetzinger is well known for her blend of the historical and nostalgic, most often with a societal sting in the tale.

Her works (Agence Hardy, Paquebot, Le Tango du disparu), with their sumptuous Art Nouveau-influenced style, have rarely been translated for the English market, but Jeune fille en Dior perhaps has a wider audience than most – the world of fashion is rarely restricted by mere geographical borders.

Read the full preview here: Fashion Forward with ‘Girl in Dior’

Girl in Dior

31Jan/150

The Independent on Sunday: Review of The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

My interview of Scott McCloud's The Sculptor in tomorrow's Independent on Sunday  is up early on the website, and the graphic novel is an early contender for comic of the year.

"If Understanding Comics was the research, The Sculptor is the finished thesis – far more than the sum of its parts, and a wonderful testament to the power of comics."

Read the full review here - The Sculptor by Scott McCloud: A devilish pact that speaks to every frustrated artist

The Sculptor

26Jan/150

SciFiNow: Review of Brass Sun

The latest issue of SciFiNow Magazine (#102) features my review of Brass Sun by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard, a brilliant science-fiction clockpunk tale of a real life orrery solar system.

This is a really accessible read, and one I highly recommend to all.

"While the sheer sense of fun and adventure call to mind the works of Ursula K Le Guin, and the early films of Terry Gilliam, the true triumph of Brass Sun is the characterisation of our entire cast. From evil religious tyrants to untrustworthy allies, the secretive monks who run the rails of the clockwork to crazed looking bounty hunters, a terrifying metallic enemy to Wren herself, each character leaps from the page with alarming force."

You can buy SciFiNow via their website, or digitally.

Brass Sun

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Brass Sun

23Jan/150

Panel Mania: Lucy Knisley Explores Aging in ‘Displacement’

Touching and relatable, New York Times best-selling artist Lucy Knisley follows up her previous hit autobiographies with a travel journal of her trip aboard a cruise ship with her elderly grandparents.

With memories of a childhood shared with an active grandma and grandpa, Knisley is forced to confront the mortality of those dear to her alongside the sheer exhaustion of being their temporary carer.

Knisley’s previous works have focused on a trip to Paris with her mother (French Milk), her love of food (Relish), and a travel memoir of her adventures in Europe (An Age of License). Travel then is certainly a topic of speciality but the focus here is very much upon feelings of grief, guilt and compassion rather than youthful adventure.

Read the full preview here: Lucy Knisley Explores Aging in 'Displacement'

Displacement