STEEL YOURSELF FOR MATT FRACTION & CHRISTIAN WARD’S ‘ODY-C’ WITH THIS PROLOGUE THAT WILL NOT BE IN THE COMIC
When it was announced back in January, we knew three things about ODY-C, the new Image series by writer Matt Fraction and artist Christian Ward: It was a retelling of The Odyssey, would take place in space, and the characters would all be gender-swapped.
What wasn’t as clear was just how trippy and brutal it would be, but if the five-page prologue Ward posted to his Tumblr last week is indicative of what the whole series will be like, those are the words to describe it.
Ward was sure to note that these pages won’t appear in the first issue of ODY-C, so get a good look at the prologue — with its positively luminous color palette, sometimes unorthodox panel layouts, and one big scene of someone getting sliced in two with a sword — now.
I have to admit, I’m frustrated. Sales on the book continue to drop and there doesn’t seem to be much I can do to stop it. I’ve tried everything I can.
I got a big-name voice actor to do my trailer.Download Video as MP4
I switched the book to color.
Nothing seems to be working.
It’s a critically acclaimed series, with an average of 8.9 out of 10 over 59 reviews. It’s good. I say that without a hint of arrogance. It really is a good series.
So the conclusion I’m coming to is that people really don’t want female-led books. Unless it’s Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman or Batgirl.
They really don’t want characters of color, racial diversity, or LGBT representation.
What I’m learning is that I should be drawing and writing books about dudes and the oversexed badgirls they fool around with. I can’t make a living doing what I’m doing, so why not sell out, right? That’s where the money is.
Except I really DON’T believe that. I BELIEVE in what I’m doing. I believe that there’s an audience for it.
It’s time for that audience to step up.
CALL or GO INTO your local comic shop and order the trade. The order number is APR140534. Don’t get it at Amazon, tell your comic book store there are readers. Monthlies aren’t sold on Amazon, and monthlies are how I make a living.
CALL or GO INTO your local comic shop and order the first two issues of the next volume. The order numbers are JUL140458, and AUG140691.
If you really want to see more diversity in comics, it starts with supporting the books that are already trying to make a difference. I’m not the only one. RACHEL RISING, GENIUS, CONCRETE PARK and many other great books about strong women and people of color are out there and they need your support.
Without it, we’ll have to close up shop.
Valor: A fairy tale anthology about courageous heroines starts today!
Valor is a comic anthology of re-imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics. The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales. Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.
The anthology will be young adult friendly and in color, each story being 4 to 15 pages long.
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE TO SEE OUR LIST OF AWESOME CREATORS AND OUR FANTASTIC REWARDS!
CLICK HERE for the Kickstarter
CLICK HERE for the official tumblr.
Fun fact: Rosie the Riveter majored in jiu-jitsu in college. ;-)
Rosie the Riveter as seen in War Victory Adventures from Harvey Comics.
Announcing the Superdames Comics Contest - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Do you want to create comics but have no idea where to start? Are you an aspiring comics writer or artist who’s looking for a chance to collaborate with others on a fun and uplifting project? Do you want to celebrate awesome female characters?
WELL THEN LET’S DO IT TOGETHER MY FRIENDS.
Announcing the first-ever Superdames Comics Contest — starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth! We’ll select four writers and five artists to produce five stories, five pages each, to be published in an anthology-style comic focusing on this public-domain character!
Everything you need to know is here:
- Superdames.org/contest — download the full rules & guidelines (including reference links for Jill Trent), submission agreement, sample script, and info forum for questions and all that jazz!!
- Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2014!
About Jill Trent, Science Sleuth: Jill Trent is an inventor and freelance detective who solves crimes and beats up gangsters with the help of her scientific knowledge and her faithful life partner, Daisy Smythe! She first appeared in The Fighting Yank #6 (1943), followed by The Fighting Yank #9 (1944) and Wonder Comics #8-20 (1946-48).
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STUMPTOWN returns as an ongoing book in September and it’s now featured in the July issue of PREVIEWS from onipress! Couldn’t be more excited to be working on this book and looking forward to getting it into your collective hands.
STUMPTOWN V3 #1: THE CASE OF THE KING OF CLUBS
Things never go according to plan for Dex Parios—it doesn’t matter whether it’s work or play. When a weekend of soccer fun (both playing and watching!) turns ugly, it’s up to Dex to get to the bottom of the violence before a heated rivalry transforms into an all out war!
It’s got them Ryan Hillbo Baggins colors, so you know it’s gon’ be good!
GO AND GET ORDER NOW PLEASE YES GOOD THANK YOU SOCCER DEX PORTLAND RCTID LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE TO THE NORTH VIOLENCE GUNS DEX HAS SEX JUSTIN DRAWS GREAT THE MUSTANG MAY SURVIVE CK IS BADASS YOU DON’T KNOW WHO SHE IS AND ANSEL IS ADORKABLE.
Fairy Tales do not inform children that there is such things as monsters. Children already know that there are monsters. What Fairy Tales really teach is that monsters can be transformed or destroyed.
- Paraphrasing G.K. Chesterton
The Namesake team has been hard at work : we’ve been secretly plotting to launch an anthology Kickstarter in August. and THIS is the first official announcement!
Introducing Valor - a fairy tale anthology about courageous heroines produced by a team of amazing fairy-tale loving creators!
Valor is an anthology of re-imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics. The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales. Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.
The anthology will be young adult friendly and in color, each story being 4 to 15 pages long.
WHO IS THE TALENT :
+ Morgan Beem - Ink Wielder Extraordinaire
+ Meaghan Carter - Creator of Take Off
+ Kadi Fedoruk - Creator of Blindsprings
+ Megan Kearney - Creator of the Beauty and the Beast
+ Isabelle Melançon - Co-creator of Namesake
+ Laura Neubert - Lover of all things revolutionnary
+ Emily Hann - Composer of backgrounds
+ Sara Goetter - Creator of the short comic Haircut
+ Annie Stoll - Creator of Ode
+ Michelle Krivanek - Creator of Alice and the Nightmare
+ Nicole Chartrand - Creator of Feywinds
+ Jayd Ait-Kaci - Creator of Small Town Witch
+ Justin Lanjil - Master of colors
+ Ran Brown - Creator of The End
+ Angelica Maria Lopez - Creator of Solstoria
We also have an amazing writing team working with some of the artists and writing prose :
+ Megan Lavey-Heaton - Co-creator of Namesake
+ Tim Ferrera - Writer of Ode
+ Alex Singer - Author of Sfeer Theory
+ Joanne Webster - Forger of words
OK SO I NEED THIS. WHEN IS THE KICKSTARTER?
Launch is scheduled for August 1st, follow this tumblr, or the numerous’ artists tumblr, or the #valor anthology tag for more information.
This happened today.
Rat Queens being turned into an animated series by Weta and Heavy Metal. I am stoked.
This might be the best news I’ve heard all
OH HELL YES!
I was recently made aware of Drew Friedman’s upcoming Heroes of the Comics, coming out in August, featuring full-color portraits and profiles of important comic book creators from the 1930s through the 1950s. My initial reaction was some delight, because Fantagraphics put up a picture of Lily Renée’s profile, and that’s always good when people remember her. But of course my delight was tempered the more I read on. The table of contents in the preview lists only two other women in addition to Renée, Marie Severin and Ramona Fradon (misspelled ‘Fraden’), out of 84 people. The summary on the back of the book says, “Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists.” When women make up 3.5% of your list, (and “several” African-Americans = 2 of them), you’re almost better off not trying to pass them off as a selling point of the book.
What makes this list all the more disappointing is that Friedman himself stated at MoCCA Fest that he felt it was important to profile creators overlooked by both fans and people in the industry, specifically citing Bill Finger. Of course, lists like this are always going to cause some kind of debate over inclusions and omissions, and I understand this book isn’t just about introducing people to forgotten creators, but the people who know Bill Finger was the real creator of Batman still vastly outnumber the people who have even heard of Lily Renée.
Bearing all that in mind, here is my list of women who could have been in this book.
Elizabeth Holloway Marston
Friedman features the team of Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, as a single entity (#8), so why is Wonder Woman co-creator William Moulton Marston (#24) all on his own? Elizabeth’s contributions to the creation of Wonder Woman are well-documented. And if you wanted to be thorough, you could include the Marstons’ third partner, Olive Byrne, as the inspiration for Wondy’s metal bracelets!
No Golden Age comics history is complete without mentioning #22 on Friedman’s list, Charles Biro and his lurid Crime Does Not Pay. Until recently (with David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague) however, no one mentioned that most of “Biro’s” stories were actually by a young woman known as “Ginny”. Her colleagues Pete Morisi and Rudy Palais praised her as a superior creator to Biro. Palais even said that “Charlie couldn’t do what she did in a million years.”
Hermann (aka Rae or Ruth) was a publisher, editor, writer, (and possibly penciller and inker) whose career spanned fron 1940 to 1955. Her company, Orbit Publications, was a founding member of the Association of Comic Magazine Publishers, for which she served as Secretary and Board Director. The ACMP was founded in response to the rising anti-comics sentiment in the United States, creating the first Publication Code for policing the content in comics, but comics were not subject to formal review to use their seal of approval, and it was largely ignored, but its Publication Code formed the backbone of the later Comics Code. She was also one of the few “advice columnists” in romance comics who was actually a woman
Whenever comics history discusses Dr. Frederic Wertham and the Kefauver hearings on “juvenile delinquency”, EC publisher Bill Gaines is lionized as the only person in the comics industry who stood up to and demanded to be heard. That, my friends, is what we call a damn lie. Helen Meyer was the publisher of Dell Publications and was instrumental in securing the Disney, Warner Brothers, Little Lulu, and Popeye licenses for Dell’s comics line. What follows is from Meyer’s testimony:
We must give our American children proper credit for their good taste in their support of good comics. What better evidence can we give than facts and figures…Dell’s average comic sale is 800,000 copies per issue. Most crime and horror comic sales are under 250,000 copies. Of the first 25 largest selling magazines on newsstands - this includes Ladies Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, Life, and so forth ─ 11 titles are Dell comics…With the least amount of titles, or 15 percent of all titles published by the entire industry; Dell can account for a sale of approximately 32 percent, and we don’t publish a crime or horror comic.
Dr. Wertham, for some strange reason, is intent on condemning the entire industry. He refuses to acknowledge that other types of comics are not only published, but are better supported by children than crime and horror comics. I hope that his motivation is not a selfish one in his crusade against comics. Yet, in the extensive research he tells us he has made on comics, why does he ignore the good comics? Dell isn’t alone in publishing good comics. There are numerous outstanding titles published by other publishers, such as Blondie, Archie, Dennis the Menace, and so forth. Why does he feel that he must condemn the entire industry? Could it be that he feels he has a better case against comics by recognizing the bad and ignoring the good?
Meyer was made CEO of Dell Publications in the early 1950s and remained so until its sale to Doubleday in 1976.
Either created or co-created the long-running Marvel Comics characters Millie the Model and Patsy Walker. Comics history is cruel to the pioneers of genres that have fallen out of favor, but both Patsy and Millie kept Marvel afloat in the 1950s. Even amid the Marvel superhero revival of the 1960s, Millie the Model comics were still among the top 100 series circulated each year, bringing in almost $220k at its peak that decade in 1965—equal to almost $1.7 million today.
Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht
Feuerlicht was the Editor-in-Chief of Classics Illustrated as well as an acclaimed historian. She began working at Gilberton, the publishers of Classics Illustrated, as an assistant editor in 1953. By then end of her tenure in 1961, she had been made Editor-in-Chief and created spin-off titles like Classics Illustrated Junior and other non-fiction comics like The World Around Us. She was known around the Gilberton offices as “Roberta the Conqueror”.
- Ruth Roche: Friedman lists Jerry Iger (#6), who with Will Eisner (#7) founded the Eisner-Iger shop. He leaves out Ruth Roche, his later business partner. Roche started as a writer at the Eisner-Iger studio in 1940. She soon became Iger’s associate editor; later they became business partners, and the studio became the Roche-Iger studio. She stayed with the Roche-Iger studio until it ceased publication in 1961.
- Marion McDermott was an editor for St. John publications, including one of the first graphic novels ever produced, It Rhymes With Lust. She also edited such titles as Teen-Age Temptations, Teen-Age Romances, Authentic Police Cases, and Fightin’ Marines. Artist Ric Estrada credits her encouragement for helping him develop his style
- Joan Bacchus. Though her first attributable published comics were in 1966 as part of the Black history series Golden Legacy, it is very likely she contributed, under her maiden name “Cooper”, to 1947’s All-Negro Comics, making her the first African-American woman published in a comic book.
- Patricia Highsmith. Though best known as a thriller novelist, Highsmith’s only “honest” job her whole life was writing comics for various companies including Timely (Marvel) Comics!