Off-Panel: March 31, 2015

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“For about six or seven months, I would pitch ideas to [Tom DeFalco], one after another after another. . . Finally, I said, ‘Look, if there’s not going to be a girl’s line, I get it, you don’t have to keep taking me out to lunch or listening to my pitches, I get it.’ He said, ‘No, actually, I was thinking about you doing a comic for women, girls over 21.'”

Slate wrote and drew three “Yuppies From Hell” graphic novels for Marvel and then scripted a number of titles for the girls line, including “Sweet Sixteen,” which Slate describes as “Archie and Veronica and Betty set in ancient Rome,” and several licensed comics, including “Beauty and the Beast” and, most significantly, “Barbie.”

If you happen go be in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, today, you’ll have a chance to see pioneering comics creator Barbara Slate give a talk entitled, “My Life in Comics and Tips for Creativity”. The rest of us will have to make due with this fascinating article from the Berkshire Eagle, in which Slate talks about her career. There’s a whole history of comics books aimed at a female audience that I had no idea about until I read this piece.

One of the highlights of the entire event was meeting the incredibly talented and charming comic book artist and illustrator Benjamin Dewey, creator of the wonderful Tragedy Series webcomic.

Benjamin donned a pair of our Giant Lobster Claws and recreated the cover of his new book The Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes.

Emerald City Comicon took place this past weekend in Seattle, and local institution Archie McPhee was on hand (claw?) to document the shenanigans.

You can see more images from ECCC at the convention’s Facebook page, including this awesome pair (Dude) Thor and (Lady) Sif cosplayers who won best in category.

To celebrate the return of this powerful heroine, we want YOU to show us your Black Widow style.

You can use one of the Her Universe pieces (including the new Black Widow tee) or create something completely from scratch – combine pieces that reflect the Black Widow attitude and style.

If looking at all those ECCC photos gets your fashionista heart racing, then check out the Black Widow photo contest that Her Universe — a self-described fashion line for fangirls – is running.



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