This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics
Let’s take a look back at the posts you were all reading the most this week, here on Panels:
It’s that time of the year again: Free Comic Book Day is upon us! Saturday, May 7th, 2016 you’ll be able to stroll into any participating comics shop and check out some free stuff. It’s a great opportunity to try something new, whether it’s a new genre or art style or character. If it’s your first time attending, I wrote a handy guide last year that you can read up on, too. But the bottom line is this: have fun.
There are 50 books that’ll be available here and there, so I’m just going to highlight a selection of them. The beauty of FCBD is there’s something for everyone, so I’m sure you’ll find something you like or want to try!
from 9 Comics to Look Out For This Free Comic Book Day by Kristina Pino
This white-washing problem is pervasive. It’s not just ScarJo, it’s Aloha, it’s Gods of Egypt, it’s Noah, it’s The Social Network, it’s Cloud Atlas, it’s Dragon Ball Z, it’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, it’s everywhere. This month, to kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Nerds of Color has planned a concerted effort to come for Hollywood producers and casting agents and their white-washing called #whitewashedOUT. Every Tuesday in May, the campaign will run with a Twitter chat between Keith Chow (Founder/Editor of Nerds of Color) and Ellen Oh (President of We Need Diverse Books). I’ll be there and I hope you will be, too.
from #whitewashedOUT: Asian Representation in Hollywood by Preeti Chhibber
As a result of the character’s incredible success, Faith is now getting an ongoing series starting in July. A little bit of body diversity has drawn in thousands of readers where there weren’t any before; now it’s about time that other superhero publishers consider a some body positivity to be, well, a positive. Here are seven superpowered characters who could do with a little extra.
from Fat Chance: 7 Superheroes Who Could Use a Size Upgrade by Jon Erik Christianson
Peritale by Mari Costa (Priya Sridhar)
A good comic will have a gripping tale, memorable character designs, and a good balance of moods. Peritalehas all three; fairy student Periwinkle desires to be a godparent, like her parents and siblings before her, except Periwinkle can’t do magic. This doesn’t deter Peri; she just decides to work harder than her classmates to pass the basic exams and prove herself. The allegory about ableism blends perfectly with the lighthearted approach and Peri’s bubbly persistence. I adore the color palette, the varying character designs and showing fairies and people of different shades. Plus, we have a cat lady living in a tower!
1. I want her to star in her own title.
Did you know that a major technique with female heroes throughout history was to introduce them as love interests or in team settings? Storm was around for literal decades before being considered for a short-term, independent title. Even Greg Pak’sStorm, which was supposed to be ongoing, got cancelled— and that was as recent as 2014.
If there’s one thing evident from the last couple of years of mainstream comics, it’s that publishers are starting to pay attention to the increasing female readership. I just picked up a copy of Gwenpool #1, for instance. I think that speaks for itself.
from 4 Ways to Tell if Women Comics Characters Are Empowered by Sara Kern
Queer comics have always run parallel to the mainstream, typically published in gay newspapers and magazines or underground zines. This means that, beyond the work of those few creators that have managed to break out into the mainstream consciousness like Alison Bechdel or Ralf König, the story of the queer comics scene is largely unknown. However, the queer comics we read today are standing on the shoulders of forty years of fascinating history.
from Beyond Bechdel: A Brief History of Queer Comics by Heather Davidson