Off-Panel: April 1, 2015

Our daily round-up of news around the comics space, from the gutters and beyond.

It started with a phone call. In particular between Paolo and his mother. Having transitioned from his painted work to pencils Paolo was already at work on pages for Daredevil. But he had yet to find an inker for his work. “You should just have your Dad do it.” With the seed planted, from there it was a couple of Paolo’s samples to practice on and it was off to the races.

I love stories of serendipity between artistic collaborators, and it’s hard to beat the father-son team of Joe and Paolo Rivera. Victor Van Scoit of The Beat ran into this duo at his comic shop and turned the encounter into this charming interview.

What have you heard about women with short hair?

These translations show what’s really going on when strangers and loved ones make negative comments.

Follow this comic to the end and you’ll see why positivity beats the oppressive gender norms that mold society’s idea of female beauty. Get the respect you deserve, and shine on.

The website Everyday Feminism uses a comic by Rhea Ewing to talk about how something as basic and personal as how a woman chooses to wear her hair can bring negative attention.

It’s interesting to see non-comics-oriented websites recognizing the potential that comics have to make arguments and convey personal experience.

Hugh’s Wolverine first appeared in 2000’s X-Men and he has appeared six times in numerous X-Men universe films, including last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Whenever Hugh makes his last appearance, we’ll be devastated for sure. Consider it the end of an era.

We at Panels will certainly be among the devastated if, as MTV reported over the weekend, Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine is truly reaching its end.

In the silver lining department, perhaps this time of transition will inspire some more poetry from our own Panelteer Swapna.


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