INTERVIEW: Kurtis Wiebe Talks ‘Rat Queens’ And Why Adventurers Are The Worst
By Chris Sims
Over the past five issues Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch’s Rat Queens has quickly become one of my favorite comics on the stands. The story of four Dungeons & Dragons-style adventurers who claim to protect the town while actually being the biggest possible threat to the peace is hilarious, brutal and action-packed, and more often than not, it’s all three at the same time.
The first story arc, Sass & Sorcery, wrapped up in the fifth issue last week, so to look back on one of the best debuts of the past year, I spoke to Wiebe about the influence of gaming on his storytelling, the character he relates to, and the almost unprintable original title.
During the last few days I’ve been asked about two Wonder Woman items a number of times. The possible new creative team is one and I’ll be putting together some thoughts on that. Second, is my reaction to this post on CBR, "My 10 Year-Old Daughter Couldn’t Care Less About Wonder Woman."
It’s a good read so go take a look. She notes that Wonder Woman is not pervasive as a role model for girls in pop culture is absolutely true. She hasn’t had a TV show in 35 year; has never a big screen movie; she has had not ever had a kid friendly comics that focus exclusively on her. And there are so few kid’s toys that feature Wonder Woman that I have written entire posts on them when they show up. By contrast if I did that for, say, Batman there would be an entire blog devoted to it. Oh wait, there is one.
And I absolutely agree with the writer’s concern about her daughter not caring about Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a great character for girls - powerful, wise, smart and, when written correctly, one who chooses peace over war and love over hate. One who fights for good and equality. Plus she has an invisible plane. Who wouldn’t want to be like her?
Obviously this little girl does.
So I have to ask, “so why isn’t there a Wonder Woman all-ages comic?”
The upcoming queer comic from Boom Studios, Lumberjanes, focuses on a yeti-fighting scout troop in a series described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls.
Rat Queens #1 is available for FREE courtesy of Image Comics and Geek and Sundry. Enter the code RATQUEENSGEEK until February 14th and share the love! Let’s share this and spread the word!
We loves us some graphic novels at Northwest Press, and we’ve focused on big books with spines ever since we got started, but recently we got it in our heads to release some of our upcoming projects as single issues, so that readers won’t have to wait so long for new stuff from their favorite creators!
Without further ado, here are the covers for the first two issues of The Legend of Bold Riley monthly miniseries, and the first issue of the new A Waste of Time ongoing series! TLoBR #1 (cover by Brittney Sabo) hits Diamond PREVIEWS next month, and TLoBR #2 (cover by Terry Blas) and AWoT #1 (cover by Rick Worley) will be in April PREVIEWS!
I did a cover!!!! Check it out.
ALRIGHT! Check it out guys! The covers for the first two single issues of Bold Riley: Unspun! The Talking Bone will be hitting stores this spring and Warp and Weft following it up. Peep those glorious covers by Brittney Sabo and Terry Blas!
I was asked in an interview once: You’re writing another book with a female lead? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed? And I thought, I write a team superhero book, an uplifting solo hero book, I write a horror-western, and I write a ghost story. What am I gonna be pigeonholed as?
Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads? Half of the population is women. I lose my temper here. And it’s certainly not at you. It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default. And you have to justify any variation from it.
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Agent 355 by Rodin Esquejo
The best thing I’ve seen in a while
:Please check this project out!!
Dear Marvel and DC Comics: THIS.
I can’t even pick out a favorite of these three - I love all three of them for different reasons.
There is a comic that explains the secret origin of The Golden Girls as secret government spies.
IT. IS. THE. BEST.
The idea of why there are not more female heroes in comics, one that drives her own narrative, is defined by her actions rather than her gender and can kick ass literally or figuratively is, amazingly, still a topic of discussion in the 21st Century. Which is why I’m excited for the new book Divas, Dames and Daredevils by Mike Madrid which shows that in the Golden Age of comics there were more of these characters and a wider diversity than you could imagine.
Think Wonder Woman is the first prototype for a strong female hero fighting for “our rights” in WWII? Then you need to meet Pat Patriot and Jane Martin, Secret Agent who debuted before Wonder Woman and are featured in this book.
Madrid, who also provided an overview of the female superhero in The Supergirls, provides an thorough and enjoyable overview of the many, many female comic characters from the Golden Age. The book is divided into sections including Women at War, Mystery Women and Warriors and Queens. In addition to providing a quick history of each, he also provides pages from their comics. If you are interested in comic history or in the history of women in pop culture I recommend this book. I chatted with Mike about the book earlier this week.