The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 14 – 18, 2016

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

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts this week on Panels:

Brutal fight sequences, unrealistic melodrama, heart-wrenching loss, and cartoonish, over-the-top villains are comics staples. And by “comics,” I mean the industry—forget what’s on the page.

Trusting companies is tough and ill-advised; trusting companies with matters of LGBTQ representation is why I wake up screaming at night. Between fits, however, I have found solace. Several comics publishers, by fostering queer talent and keeping an eye towards diversity, have earned my trust as a queer fan. Here are several I’d recommend.

from 5 Queer-Friendly Comics Publishers You Should Know by Jon Erik Christianson

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It wasn’t until my late 20s that I found my way back to my geekiest roots. I started reading and loving science fiction and fantasy again. YA was booming and I was a bookseller, so OBVIOUSLY I had to read The Hunger Games and Harry Potter andTwilight! To keep up with The Kids! And then superhero movies hit the mainstream, and THEN I got introduced to comics, and it was ALL OVER. Casual cosplay, HERE I COME.

Now there are way more nerdy t-shirts and hoodies and Spider-Gwen jackets than I could ever buy, much less wear. And it’s great! But I still struggle with when, how, and where to “out” myself as a geek.

from Embracing My Nerdcore: On Being Visibly Geeky by Jenn Northington

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Manga, as we know and love it today, arguably started in 1946 with Osamu Tezuka’s first manga publication, Mainichi Shokokumin Shinbun, Ma-chan no Nikko (Ma-chan’s Diary). That isn’t because 1. I’ve read this, 2. It’s particularly influential, or 3. Because it’s particularly good. It’s because it is Tezuka’s, then just 17 years old, first manga ever published, a 4-koma newspaper strip about post-war occupied Japan, the kids just trying to find fun, and the adults just trying to settle their lives. Yes, the beginnings of manga today have to start with the God of Manga and the Godfather of Anime, Osamu Tezuka.

from An Introduction to Classic Manga by Kory Cerjak

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What I love about the idea of a Spider-Verse movie is that it allows Marvel and Sony to bring together the prior Spider-Man film franchises; to recognize what’s come before, while still moving forward. We can see Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland on screen together, and they can all be Spider-Man. (Spider-Men?) Plus, it’s a great way to introduce some of the less well-known members of the Spider-Family.

I’m not going to cast everyone in the crossover, because frankly that’s insane. There are a lot of characters that could be included, but that I’m leaving out (Spider-UK, Spider-Man Noir, Lady Spider, etc.). I also going to leave out most of the supporting cast, since I expect Marvel would just use whomever they hire for the forthcoming Spider-Manfilm. Anyway, here goes.

from Dreamcasting The Spider-Verse by Charles Paul Hoffman

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In the presentation, it was discussed how we could include blind comic fans into the comics experience. A straight translation of the print comic to audio was a terrible way to do it since the text box that normally sets the scene for visual readers would be read as redundant if the art is already being described for the listener (see: Daredevil #1 audio). You would have to adapt the comic to feel like it’s for blind audiences rather than the “just and stir” method. Graphic Audio does this well by creating an audio play with comics like Ms Marvel featuring more than one actor and sound affects. The redundancies are eliminated and it very much feels like a “movie in your mind” like the tagline says.

from Comics and The Blind: To Visualize Without Seeing by Ardo Omer

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But recently, I faced a reading slump. A slump unlike anything I’d ever faced before. One that seriously made me question whether I’d ever find real joy in reading again.

After spending a week trying to force myself to read, feeling panic every time a book couldn’t keep my interest, feeling anxious that I’d never want to read again, to the point where opening a book or comic sparked dread in my stomach, I stopped. I stopped reading almost entirely.

from Facing Down a Reading Slump by Swapna Krishna

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