The Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 25-29, 2016

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

Let’s take a look at the highlight reels from this week at Panels:

Frankly, it’s surprising there aren’t more lesbian mermaid comics out there. They’re just begging to be made. For one, mermaids are visually stunning. There are so many ways to draw them and ink those shimmering tails into something truly captivating. They’re definitely a concept that excels in a visual medium.

And then there’s the fact that mermaids are almost always imagined as women, living in predominately female groups. So why not have them fall in love with each other? Luckily, although this subgenre doesn’t flourish as much as I would like, they do exist! Here are 5 lesbian comics worth reading (plus a couple lesbian selkie comics, because why not.)

from 5 Lesbian Mermaid Comics You Need To Read by Danika Ellis

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I would be all for a comic miniseries or an animated film that gives Barbara a choice in killing or sparing the Joker. I would be all for a direct-to-video that gives Jeannie more depth and a life not defined by her choice in men. We may have a while to wait for that, however, if a Killing Joke film took over a decade.

from The Killing Joke’s Impact and Why It Must Fade by Priya Sridhar

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I love Shakespeare. The plays, the sonnets, the speculation on whether he actually wrote what he’s credited for writing – all of it. William and I have always shared a bond, a birthday, and an ability to woo women. My wife and I both used Shakespeare quotes to romance each other when we were dating. (Yes, we’re those kind of geeks.) I also just started a new job as an academic advisor in the Department of English at major university. My office has a giant bulletin board, and among the Harry Potter, Black Canary, and Wonder Woman representation I wanted a bit of “English” flare. A quick google search of “Shakespeare comics” led me to the treasure that is Good Tickle Brain: A Mostly Shakespeare Webcomic.

Shakespeare

Mya Gosling, the writer/artist behind Good Tickle Brain, offers up comics of full plays like King Lear, Henry V, and Richard II. It’s easy and pleasurable way to lose an afternoon. Outside of the full length plays are several other alternate storytelling genres.

from Sticking It To Shakespeare by Keri Crist-Wagner

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It took a few months, but I finally read the second trade after buying it for a steal and it turns out … it turned things around. Protagonist Laura meets the gentler, less overtly cruel gods Inanna and Dionysus. The more jerky gods like Baal and Baphomet show the reader more to their personalities than just two-dimensional smug ego. The bittersweet stipulations of their godhood are given more weight. This volume also peels back more of the mystery, culminating in the jaw-dropping, heart-wrenching cliffhanger of issue 11. After that, I immediately bought the third trade, read through it in an afternoon, and am trying to avoid spoilers for current issues as I wait for the fourth trade to come out in October.

from Uncertainty and THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Katie Schenkel

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It’s that small chunk of time, that ten to fifteen minutes to and from work every day that made a difference for me. With nothing to do except occupy myself with comics, I’ve been afforded the chance to pick away at reading projects that have long since languished in my to-read pile. I’m back to reading comics because I want to, not because I have to and it’s reminded me of exactly why I started reading in the first place.

from Comics While Commuting: How I Changed My Comics Reading Habits by Alice W. Castle

 

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