Off-Panel: January 9, 2015

Here’s your weekly round-up of comics news stories we found interesting, from the gutters and beyond.

 But they also hint at the fact that there is much more going on in Charlie Hebdo’s satire than caricaturing religious figures: a particularly French brand of political satire quite different from the American kind, a set of complex identity politics that are unique to France and crucial context, and a satirical message whose nuance might be easy for unfamiliar readers to miss. Here’s what you need to know about this magazine, its mission, and the larger context around it.

Vox offers a backgrounder on Charlie Hebdo and a useful primer for understanding the cultural context at play in the wake of Wednesday’s massacre.


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Ok, I prefer to use Off-Panel for news, but guys — the new Humble Bundle is pretty insane. It’s the usual Humble Bundle name-your-price deal, but if you pay at least $18, you get 143 Image e-comics. ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-THREE. And this includes some great stuff, like Manhattan Projects and Saga.


In a new “One-Shot” web short, Variant Comics has put together a two-minute presentation about a time in 1984 when Warner Bros. almost closed down the DC Comics publishing imprint and licensed the characters to Marvel.

A great little piece of Big-2 history you might not know about. (Imagine a world where DC and Marvel are one? An AU where I don’t even know how to judge you immediately. #MarvelFanGirlForLife)


The Advocate lists the 10 Queerest Moments in Comics for 2014, including the scene above wherein Archie takes a bullet for his gay friend Kevin Keller (a top-notch storyline, by the way).

“It’s about the loss of innocence, and children confronting something so terrible, they don’t know how to deal with it,” Lemire said, comparing it to “Stand By Me” or “River’s Edge.” “For her to have a monthly comic to showcase her stuff is pretty exciting,” Lemire said of Lenox’s work. Lemire said it’s an opportunity to take a different approach to superheroes than his work at DC. The series will likely debut in the fall, Lemire said.

Big news for Jeff Lemire fans (like me!) and more in the Image Expo keynote yesterday.

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