The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 23 – 27, 2016

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

Let’s take a look back at the week that was here on Panels:

I’m not going to pretend to be cool here. I’m emotional. This is emotional. Captain America isn’t even my usual guy to get incandescently angry over the erasure of his coded Jewish history— that’s Kal-El, the Moses of Krypton—but reading this comic made me feel sick to my stomach. Reading the flippant responses of many non-Jewish readers—including friends—has brought me to tears. Somehow a community that gets up in arms about whether or not Batman has a yellow circle behind his logo seems to think that being angry about this is stupid, or indicative of a lack of experience with comics.

So let me be very clear: I don’t care if this gets undone next year, next month, next week. I know it’s clickbait disguised as storytelling. I am not angry because omg how dare you ruin Steve Rogers forever.

I am angry because how dare you use eleven million deaths as clickbait.

from On Steve Rogers #1, Antisemitism, and Publicity Stunts by Jessica Plummer

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Have you been hearing the buzz about Litsy? It’s a social media app for readers (iOS only for the moment, I’m afraid, please don’t yell at me, I didn’t develop the app) that is kind of like if Instagram and Goodreads had a beautiful, perfect baby. You can read a little about it on their website. I’m kind of obsessed.

from Litsy: If Instagram and Goodreads Had a Perfect Baby by Brenna Clarke Gray

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In the film, Storm is a vulnerable and lost young woman who doesn’t know who she is. In fact, Storm can’t remember who she is because the anti-mutant organization M.N.I. imprisoned her, tortured her, and injected her with a chemical that took away her memory along with the ability to use her powers. The film shows Storm rediscovering herself and regaining her own power as a mutant and a black woman.

from Maya Glick’s Fan Film RAIN Brings the Storm We Need by Latonya Pennington

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It may seem basic but if you’re new to manga, how would you know? Because, as some people may not realize, manga is printed right to left. Which means you begin reading a manga volume from what traditional English-language readers would consider the back of the book. Once upon a time, North American manga publishers included reading guides with their translated series. Some still do. About half do not.

So to fill that void, I thought I’d offer a simple guide to reading manga. Hopefully, this will make the medium less intimidating for people thinking of getting into manga.

from A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Manga by Vernieda Vergara

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If the story matters, then spoilers matter. I do think that the spoiler-averse can sometimes overreact to the slightest threat of a spoiler, throwing up their arms in conversation and shouting, “NOT YET I HAVE TO CATCH UP” before running away, but there’s a much more accidentally sinister version of spoilers out there.

from If The Story Matters, Then Spoilers Matter by Thomas Maluck

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We at Panels do everything we can to bring new readers into comics and help people find new-to-them comics, so you can imagine that the Panels hive mind was intrigued when we saw that Comixology was debuting an unlimited service. For $5.99 a month, you can read as many comics as you want, as long as they are available on their Unlimited platform.

Of course, I signed up for this the first second I could, and I’ve had time to take it for a test drive, and I actually think it’s pretty great if you think of it as a discoverability service and not a binge-reading service. Here’s a breakdown of how the service works, and what your $5.99 a month gets you (and what it doesn’t).

from Taking a Closer Look at Comixology Unlimited by Swapna Krishna

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