The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 10 – 14, 2015

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

Catch up with the most popular posts on Panels this week:

It turns out, Mom and Dad weren’t kidding. Adulting is hard, y’all. But while there may not be a manual for mastering this whole grown-up thing, there are a few helpful guides! With illustrations, wise words, and very healthy doses of humor, these authors are here to get you through each day.

from 5 Illustrated Guides To Being A Grown-Up by Melody Schreiber

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1. The Essays: I buy in issues not only because I constantly need to know what’s going to happen next, but because of the essays in the back. Each installment has a piece by folklore scholar Zack Davisson exploring the mythology central to the issue at hand, and they are entertaining and informative both. I don’t know if this is a new trend, but the fact that three of my regular pulls (ODY-C, Bitch Planet, and Wayward) have a version of this is just The Best. (Related, if you know of any others doing this, *grabby hands*.) (Also also, I am sure the trades are nice too, and I will understand if essays are not your jam.)

from 6 Reasons To Catch Up With Wayward by Jenn Northington

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Between the “All-New, All-Different” previews, solicits, and several problematic interviews, it has become increasingly clear that Marvel is struggling to represent all the colors of the rainbow. Or, really, most any shade of the LGBTQ rainbow.

That’s a shame, considering Marvel’s volume of queer characters—that rarely get used. They appear in one-shots, attend Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, make cameo appearances, and, if they’re lucky, fill out critically-acclaimed ensemble titles until the series is cut tragically short.

Given this dearth of queer series, I wanted to suggest a few legitimate options.

from 6 LGBTQ Titles for Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” Lineup by Jon Erik Christianson

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It is time to remedy a deep injustice, friends. We all know how hard the heroes and heroines of the comics universe work, and reward them for it; but whither their feline companions? These unsung cats provide vital and timely assistance, regularly participate in world-saving endeavors, advance plotlines, give added depth to characters, and yet are regularly overlooked. In fact, for some, we don’t even know their names. At Panels, however, we choose to honor them for their skills and efforts. Feline friends, we salute you!

from Supurr Heroes: Cats in Comics by Jenn Northington

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Over on Book Riot’s YouTube channel, I’m talking about the kickass ladies of Marvel, recommending good place to start with them and the Marvel universe as a whole.

from The Kickass Ladies of Marvel by Swapna Krishna

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In other interviews, you often mention the need for Native American comics for younger readers, but how do you see these comics being important for adult readers?

As a Native reader myself, anytime we’re in the comics and we’re portrayed in a good way, it feels good to be included and recognized. Adult readers enjoy Super Indianbecause I include cultural and generational references that resonate with them. Some older folks have been slow to see the value in telling our stories in comic form, mostly based on old prejudices. I feel when some elders saw the mini-comic I created about the Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I, they really started to see the opportunity to change stereotypes and bring light to some important stories that mainstream society had ignored.

Native people are natural born storytellers – comics are just another way to express those talents. This has really lit a creative fire under some of the older Native artists and storytellers I’ve encountered.

from Native American Comics: An Interview With Arigon Starr by Nikki Steele

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