The Week’s Most Popular Posts: December 22 – 26, 2014

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: 


4. If I was Catwoman, the first thing I would steal is your heart.

5. If you were mine, I’d keep you in mint condition. 

from Twelve Cheesy Pick-Up Lines for Comics Nerds by Brenna Clarke Gray


Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

I found the webcomic Cleopatra in Space (which should always be read “in SPAAAAAAAAACE”) by a happy internet accident. It has all the bombastic action and sci-fi adventures of Flash Gordon, with the snappy, quick wit of Gilmore Girls. It is simply impossible to read this book without smiling. In this first volume in a series of graphic novels we get to see more than the laser gun shoot-outs we’re used to from the webcomic. Cleo, begrudgingly, has to balance her outer space missions with high school and homework, making a shining sci-fi adventure relatable and grounded.

from The Best of Women in Comics 2014 by Ali Colluccio


Last week, I posted about the challenges of recommending comics to my young nieces, when I know that some of the stories these books contain treat women as disposable plot devices. Afterwards, a friend asked for a list of comics that I would want young readers to discover, and I put together some recommendations. These aren’t stories with a particular ideological bent, and they’re definitely not for girls only. They simply feature girls and women who know their own minds and seek out their own paths.

from Gift Guide for Young Feminists of Every Gender by Caroline Pruett


This, of course, is where it always ends: now is worse than then, which was better, by virtue of it being different in a way I am more comfortable with. People read comics on the bus; ipso facto, no one reads Proust anymore.

I’m so sick of these op-eds. I’m sick of them because they’re wrong, I’m sick of them because they’re easy, and I’m sick of them because they’re so damned predictable. Let’s talk about the way comics changes culture, but let’s do it for real. Less flailing and weeping about how dumb kids are nowadays, and more engagement with what comics can do.

And maybe newspapers could start hiring, like, comics people to talk about comics.

from Man time Travels from 1986; Writes Telegraph Op-Ed About Comics by Brenna Clarke Gray


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from Art Roundup: Spotlight on Lying Cat by Kristina Pino

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