The Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 20 – 24, 2015

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

Let’s take a peek back at the most popular reads here on Panels this week:

How well do you know your Atticus Finch from your Adrian Veidt? Try a hand at our latest quiz, with trivia culled from To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons!

from Quiz: Go Set A Watchman or Watchmen? by Paul Montgomery

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The mainstream comics industry has a long-standing tradition of pandering solely to a heterosexual male gaze. Illustrated women in centaur contortions, brokeback poses, and widely disproportionate proportions are not reserved for “adult” reading; they’ve been quasi-regular fare for comics over decades.

As the industry is just now beginning to recognize that female fans exist in significant numbers, readers are just now—slightly—seeing nods to androphilic (read: dude-ogling) tastes. The Thrust-ice League up there is just the tip—of the iceberg.

from The Great Comics Hunk-Off: #DashingDC vs #MagicMarvelXXL by Jon Erik Christianson

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One of my favourite ways to idle away an evening is to spend it browsing Ravelry looking for knitting and crochet projects with which to fill up the chilly winter evenings.

Here are some I have found on recent Internet travels; some are free, others cost a few dollars but I think you’ll agree that they are all super cute!

from 5 Awesome Comics Themed Knitting Projects by Hattie Kennedy

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This book is a staggering 800 pages of essays and comics from Margaret Atwood, Adrian Tomine, Chester Brown, Heather O’Neill, Chris Ware, Kate Beaton, and on and on and on. It’s a history of the press and a collection of comics by a ton of contemporary masters. It’s a magical gift for all comics fans, and you should totally get your paws on it ASAP. In the meantime, I thought I’d share 12 facts I learned from working my way through 800 pages of comics gold.

from 12 Nifty Things I Learned From Drawn & Quarterly #25 by Brenna Clarke Gray

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Ant-Man is by no means the best movie Marvel Studios has put out. It’d probably be hard to make a case that it’s even in the top five. But it’s notable if only for the way it so joyously embraces the idea of its shared universe. 

This is not the way all movies should be, and the MCU will always get a lot of flak for inspiring a legion of lesser imitators. But when it’s done right, it’s something to behold, a fountain of small storytelling pleasures that add big value when used correctly.

No surprise it took Marvel’s tiniest hero to pay proper heed to the little stuff.

from What Ant-Man Gets Right About The MCU by Michael Chasin

 

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