This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics
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Despite my admiration, though, it wasn’t until I came across Denys Cowan’s spectacular work on Hardware that I knew that black people–and black artists in particular–could really, truly leave their mark on comics. Cowan’s art was unlike anything I’d ever seen. His pencils were frenetic, heavy and full of character. Curtis Metcalf’s face behind the Hardware mask resembled one of my cousins. I gobbled up all of Cowans’ work, and sought out other black artists, writers, and creators. My love for their work has burned to this day.
from 12 Black Comic Artists You Should Know by Troy Wiggins
I’mma stop you right there, Geoffrey. Because I do have longboxes of comics – stacks of them, overflowing my closet, the end result of going on fifteen years of avid comic book reading and collecting. Most of them are DC. (The rest are cartoon ducks.) Between those single issues, a couple shelves’ worth of trades, and digital comics, I have read literally thousands upon thousands of DC comics in my life. I can cite as much obscure trivia or explain as many byzantine, now-retconned plotlines from decades past as you want.
And I think this is one of the shortsighted, self-involved, exclusionary statements I’ve ever heard from a comics professional in my life.
from DC Rebirths, Gatekeeps, Disappoints Again by Jessica Plummer
Here at Panels, we don’t just Read Harder, we also Eat Harder. Well, maybe not “harder”, but certainly geekier. So, for your reading/eating enjoyment, we present to you A Geek Guide to Breakfast.
from These Aren’t The Carbs You’re Looking For: A Geek Guide to Breakfast by Charles Paul Hoffman
But I read the press release that announced Rebirth, and the third sentence told me that I wasn’t welcome in your readership: “We also believe in the direct market and the core comics fan.” That sentence – the “it’s not you, it’s me” phrasing – is actually code for “I’m just not that into you.” Because I don’t buy my comics the way you think “real comics fans” should – in single issues from an LCS – I’m not included in your belief system. I’m not part of the readership you care about.
Which is really a shame. I was excited. There were hints that DC was opening the doors a bit to people like me and like my friends. Women, POCs, LGBTQ+ — comics readers that wanted representation in their comics. We were getting most of that from Image titles and from other indies, and Marvel was stepping up to the plate, with titles like Ms. Marvel.
from Dear DC: An Open Letter From A “Casual Reader” by Rachel Manwill
Each month, we highlight some of the trades (issues collected into paperback or hardcover) that have released into comics shops to make your trade-waiting less stressful. If you’re taking this list into your library or bookstore, rather than a comics shop, keep in mind that the release dates may be a few weeks later because of distribution. This list is not meant to be comprehensive.
from Trade Waiting: February 2016 by Swapna Krishna