Comics

Flavorwire Exclusive: Read an Excerpt From Liz Prince’s ‘Tomboy’

Liz Prince has been a cult and beloved figure in the world of comics for awhile, and in her autobiographical book Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir, she discusses the subject of growing up, in her inimitable, honest and simple style. Prince was never a girly-girl, and watching her navigate between the two poles of who she was and the (pink) box people wanted her to fit into makes for a fascinating look at what “identity” means in the process of growing up. The book’s out on September 2nd, but we have an exclusive look at some pages now. Check it out below. … Read More

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Gloriously Subversive Comic Book Beefcake: Brett White’s Superhero Parodies

When Marvel Comics decided to have an erotic artist, Milo Manera, illustrate a variant cover for Spider-Woman #1, the results were… well, they were what you would expect from an “erotic artist,” and distinctly striking in their porn-like feeling. As a result, the cover caused a lot of outcry and protest online, especially considering that the world of comics has a tendency to treat female characters like sex-symbol appendages and that’s it. (Google “Power Girl boob window” if you want more to be depressed about.) However, Brett White responded with his own funny mock-ups of super-sexualized male superheroes, taken from the “Marvel Swimsuit” Issues from 1991 – 1995 and the result makes the point with pictures that say 1,000 words. (We spotted these via Comic Book Resources — you can also check out White’s Tumblr.) Take an erotic trip to hunk city, and collect all ten hot-guy comic book covers. Wolverine is totally going in my locker. … Read More

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An Attempt to Explain the Utterly Inexplicable San Diego Comic-Con

There are certain traditions that have snuck into our popular culture so quietly and casually that we don’t stop to think how ridiculous they are, and the San Diego Comic-Con (which concluded Sunday) is one of them. Just try explaining it sometime to someone who doesn’t know anything about comic conventions or blockbuster marketing: “Oh, well, it’s a big gathering for fans of comic books and genre films and television and basically all of the expensive things that Hollywood does. They all pack into a California convention center in July — some of them in costume as their favorite characters — and wait in ridiculously long lines so they can go into giant convention halls and geek out over things that haven’t come out yet, but which they think will be cool.” … Read More

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See Lady Gaga Play a Waitress in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Trailer

A lot of important entertainment news premieres at Comic-Con each year, much of which is entirely irrelevant to the world… Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Preview ‘C.O.W.L.,’ the Comic Described as ‘The Avengers’ Meets ‘Mad Men’

Superheroes need to unionize. Imagine if Batman, tired of living that vigilante lifestyle, joined up with his fellow superheroes in order to earn a living wage while fighting for justice. That’s the premise behind the new creator-owned Image Comics series C.O.W.L. The title stands for “Chicago Organized Workers’ League,” and in this ’60s-set story, tired superheroes who banded together as C.O.W.L. are facing an uncertain future. It’s a fresh reimagining of superheroes who feel far more realistic than men in tights. Flavorwire emailed with C.O.W.L. co-writer Kyle Higgins, who’s expanding the world of his original short film, “The League.” Read ahead for Higgins’ insight and exclusive images from C.O.W.L. #2, available on Wednesday, June 25. … Read More

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How the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Came to Dominate ’90s Culture

For a bunch of layabouts who live in a subterranean cave and obsess over pizza, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had impressive staying power. No longer just a hazy ’90s memory, the heroes in a half-shell — Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo — are on the comeback trail, with a revived show on Nickelodeon and a Michael Bay-directed film coming out this summer with Megan Fox as April O’Neill. … Read More

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The 15 Stupidest Comic Book Superpowers

With X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters this weekend and showing the world how super-cool superpowers can save the world (and also save a motley crew of friendships), now seemed like the perfect time to take a look at some lesser superhero powers. As the co-author of a book about teens with lame superpowers — The Misshapes, available in October — I wanted to see what the geniuses of Marvel, DC, and beyond came up with when they were bored and punchy. With 80-plus years of the American comic book industry available, there’s a terrible superpower for nearly every day of the week. … Read More

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Photographs of Superheroes Contemplating Their Existence in Nature

With the dark, moody reboots of the Batman and Superman franchises in recent years, it’s surprising that we haven’t gotten a long-winded and heavy-handed action film called something like The Loneliness of the Middle-Distance Superhero. But I guess I can be satisfied with The Quest for the Absolute from photographer Benoit Lapray (spotted via Faith Is Torment). Taking stark, beautiful pictures of the natural world and then inserting the recognizable images of American superheroes, the series fits in well with the current superhero zeitgeist, in which they are all very angsty and on the verge of existential crises. Think your life is tough? Imagine having to literally save the world from destruction all the time.  … Read More

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25 Essential Graphic Novels

Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent examples out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! The world of the graphic novel is one that spans a wide range of authors, artists, styles, and subject matter, and this primer covers all the… Read More

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‘Captain America’ Star Anthony Mackie Is Right: Kids Deserve More Diverse Superhero Movies

Anthony Mackie is one of those underrated and substantially gifted actors who livens up just about any movie he shows up in, and his unique fusion of genuine warmth and unflappable cool is particularly welcome in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But his most important contribution to the comic-book movie universe may well have occurred off-screen, at a recent promotional roundtable, when he said this about playing a black superhero: “When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, ‘Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.’ That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.” Or, to put a more cynical spin on his comment: why are all the comic book superhero movies about white guys? … Read More

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