Category Archives: Cartooning & comics

Superhero Character Changes: Thor is a Lady, Batgirl is a Hipster

There have been two superhero changes announced this week, both to fairly big-name characters. That means nothing in the long run, because big-name characters always revert back to the original form after a while, but that’s also what’s sort of … Continue reading

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Cartoon: Our Exports Include…

Script of cartoon: Panel 1: An Uncle Sam sort of figure, wearing a top hat with stars and stripes and a floral Hawaiian shirt, is talking to a cigar-chomping businessman. Uncle Sam has his hand on a sign sticking out … Continue reading

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South Carolina Conservatives Want To Punish University For Assigning Critically-Acclaimed Lesbian Graphic Novel

From the New York Times: Although the troubles have intensified this semester, they began when the college announced “Fun Home,” a memoir with themes that include sexual orientation, as the selection for a voluntary book experience last fall. For $52,000, … Continue reading

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Panel from Hereville 3: Fruma tells a story

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Fruma costume design for Hereville book 3

I can just make up outfits on the fly, rather than stopping drawing pages to design an outfit, but the resulting clothing tends to be extremely repetitive and bland. Much better to try and think the outfit through, and wind … Continue reading

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Costume design for Hereville book 3

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Political cartoon: Marriage Fixes Everything!

Description of cartoon: The cartoon depicts a young mother and her toddler, in a small and crappy-looking room. The woman is bent double under a load of boxes, trunks and bags, each of which is labeled: Unemployment, Lack of Education, … Continue reading

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What’s Sexist About The Faces In Disney’s Frozen

Animation student Gianna has blogged an excellent essay critiquing the identical faces of the protagonist sisters in Disney’s Frozen. Disney has already proven that that they can easily design female characters who don’t have the Exact Same Face. Then they … Continue reading

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Hereville Wins An Oregon Book Award And I Am Surprised

I attended the Oregon Book Awards tonight with my friend Becky Hawkins; Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite was nominated for the “Graphic Literature” category, but had no chance of winning, since the competition included Joe Sacco and Craig Thompson, … Continue reading

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Hereville Wins A Cybil Award

I’m thrilled to announce that Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite has won the 2013 Cybil Award for best middle-grade graphic novel! You can see the full list of winners here. Congratulations to all my fellow winners. Congrats as well … Continue reading

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