Critical Linking for January 20th, 2016

Congratulations on watching all of the comically progressive original shows on Netflix and Amazon, and then listening to every single podcast. Your next assignment: Read some comedy books by the comedy people that you love so very, very much.

Comedy is often underrated in reading, so I always like to see lists like this 15 Funniest Books of 2015.


If you follow comics news, you probably have heard of Faith, also called Zephyr, from Valiant Comics. She’s a plus-size heroine who is irrepressible and charming, and will soon be getting her own #1, releasing January 27, written by Jody Houser, with art by Marguerite Sauvage.

I grew up reading comics with crazily fetishized representations of women’s bodies. Seeing body diversity in comics only throws those into even greater relief.


 “Do I gain financially when someone buys one of my books new as opposed to used? Yes—although in my case, and in the case of many non-best-selling authors, the money I make on that sale goes towards a (modest) advance that will likely never be paid back. But I think it’s more likely that someone will either buy my book used, or else not read it at all. It’s not about new vs. used. It’s about used vs. no sale at all. To most buyers, I think that’s the real choice,”

In the on-going conversation about sales, money, and books, used bookstores occupy a strange demilitarized zone. 


“When Lin told me that there was going to be a book about the show and proposed that he and I do it together, I wasn’t sure what the book could be until I thought about the fact that Hamilton tells the story of a revolution, but it is itself a revolution, and the book could be a way for readers to watch those two revolutions happen in tandem.”

Despite the fact that this statement makes almost no sense to me, I find it very exciting.

Here it is, our biggest giveaway ever: a $500 Barnes & Noble shopping spree. Go here to enter, or just click the image below. Open to entries until Nov 20th, 2017.