The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 3 – 7, 2014

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here at Panels . . . 

In the wonderful world of Internet Fan Casting Katee Sackoff is the front-runner for Carol Danvers. And it’s really fantastic choice. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a stellar actress who has the whole bad-ass, punch-before-you-think pilot thing down. I love Sackoff something fierce, but she’s the obvious option. So humor me for a bit and consider the following ladies as your Carol Danvers.

from Top 5 Actors for Captain Marvel Who Aren’t Katee Sackoff by Ali Colluccio

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I am not a nonfiction person. I might read some pop-history when I’m feeling particularly in that kind of mood, or if a book has come out that I’ve heard a lot about or if I’m familiar with the author. My husband, on the other hand, reads nonfiction almost exclusively. So when he started picking up comic memoirs and biographies, I wasn’t sure if I was really interested. But after the freak accident that started me reading comics both at work and at home, I figured I should probably try some of his. And then I would pick them up myself…though the ones he found were usually better.

from Five Comic Biographies My Husband Made Me Read (And One I Told Him To) by Jessica Pryde

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from The Best Comics We Read In October 2014 by Chris Rohling

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Adrian Alphona’s art is really quite lovely and vibrant. It adds to the accessibility of the comic, and it’s so bright and elastic and genuinely engaging. And one of Preeti’s favorite things: Kamala is drawn like a real girl who dresses appropriately for her age and culture! There’s not a real fear that unnecessary boobage is going to pop up, as it were.

from The Six Best Things About Ms. Marvel by Preeti Chhibber

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In general, though (and I’m speaking specifically about modern, mainstream corporate comics here — indies are often very different), there are five people involved in putting the physical comic together (not counting editors and other people who work at the corporate offices): the writer, the penciler, the inker, thecolorist, and the letterer.

The most important thing to know about the relationship between these roles is that the people who fill them may or may not know each other. Sometimes, these people can be good friends or even family, in which case an editor isn’t facilitating their relationships, making the process much more fluid and collaborative. More often with corporate comics, though, due to busy schedules and hard deadlines (not to mention language barriers and geographical distance), the five people involved don’t know each other very well, or at all, and the steps are made more discrete. It’s the editor’s job to “cast” each book by hiring all of these people, and it’s the editor who moves the pieces of the comic book from one person to the next and helps the different people communicate with each other when questions or discrepancies arise.

from Adventures of a Comic Book Newbie: Talk To Me About Writing/Pencils//Inks/Colors/Letters by Jennifer Margret Smith

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