The Week’s Most Popular Posts: June 15 – 19, 2015

Take a look back at the week that was, here on Panels:

The creators of Batgirl listened and publically apologised, saying they didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and they said they’d try and do better going forward. The creators were sincere too, and it shows that they really meant it, as with the release of the trade paperback of Batgirl, Vol. 1 a number of changes have been made to the Dagger storyline to try and avoid the transgender surprise/shock implications of Dagger.

from Batgirl: Transgender Representation and The Power of Words by Marcy Cook


Runaways #1 inhabits the Venn Diagram of Runaways and Noelle Stevenson nicely.  Put a bunch of hyperpowered, hormonally driven, often mal-adjusted teenagers in a school staffed by Doombots and minions; introduce high-level competition; light fuse; step back and watch the fireworks.

from Teenage Dirtbag Superhero: Noelle Stevenson and Runaways by Jenn Northingon


As much as I love comics and graphic novels, picking up a large work like The Sculptor can feel a little jarring. You could probably read a bunch of other things while you’re reading a singular huge work. But shrugging off a graphic novel just because it’s gigantic might mean you’re missing out on something really great. I’m pretty bad at myself for taking forever to read McCloud’s book, which I held off on just because I knew it would take a while.

So I’ve rounded up some equally huge, and also awesome, graphic novels. I don’t want you to feel intimidated or put off when you see The Sculptor, or any of these longer, heavier works in your local comic shop.

from Long Reads: The Sculptor and Other 500-Page Graphic Novels by Eric Smith


So, by now, everyone has heard the crazy/terrifying/possibly awesome but definitely unnecessary news that Sony is remaking The Craft. As much as I am super down to see another movie about badass young lady witches being crazy and kicking butt all over town, I also just can’t imagine a Nancy that isn’t Fairuza Balk. Like, what is that? Fairuza IS Nancy, Nancy is Fairuza, and that’s the end of it.

Anyway, because we’re all hopped up on Craft juices now (come on, whether you’re excited or angry, you know you’re hopped up), I figured it would be good if we could all whet our witchy whistles with some awesome Craft-esque comics that might hold us over until we get some casting news. Maybe they’ll just cast Fairuza as Nancy again. Fine, I’ll stop talking about it.

from Comics Recommendation Engine: The Craft by Hilary Lawlor


To celebrate the release of Black Canary, I’ve complied a setlist for Dinah and her bandmates to shock the world with. From Blondie, Sleater-Kinney, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, to Florence + The Machine, Elle King, and Kate Nash, we’ve got 20 songs that should give you the experience of the seeing The Most Dangerous Band in the World live. So sit back, grab your issue of Black Canary, and prepare for an audio experience almost as powerful as Dinah’s patented Canary Cry.

from Graphic Playlist: Black Canary by Brian McNamara


And, unless a comic is emblazoned with rainbows or has a cutesy queer pun in its name, it’s nigh impossible to tell if a comic stars queer characters. Ask the typical straight/cis creator if there are queer characters in their comic, and watch them struggle and find the most polite way of saying “no.”

My strategy for finding queer creators at ordinary conventions? Looking for side-shaves and brightly colored hair. It has about a 90% success rate.

Fortunately, no such strategy was needed at this past Saturday’s FlameCon in Brooklyn. I just needed to spin in a circle (imagine The Sound of Music‘s Maria during “The Hills are Alive”), walk in any direction, and clutch my quivering wallet.

from FlameCon Was Hot Stuff by Jon Erik Christianson