The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 16 – 20, 2016

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here on Panels:

Most people never see the girl who loves Disney soundtracks. But you do see my comics-nerd side, and I gotta be honest: Sometimes I’m not sure how much to show. How many tweets about Kamala Khan are too many?

Because there’s another side to it: I also have a Serious Journalism Career. (Or at least, I try to.) I write about health, climate change, women’s issues, and international news, and I love all of that just as much. I love both—being serious and silly. But sometimes I worry about balancing the two.

from Reconciling My Geekdom with My Professional Life by Melody Schreiber


Next month is bookended by two of Vaughan’s projects from Image Comics. After a brief hiatus Paper Girls #6, art by Cliff Chiang, hits on June 1st. Then on the 29th, pick up Saga’s sixth paperback volume with yet another striking cover by co-creator Fiona Staples.

I had the opportunity to poke Mr. Vaughan’s brain via electronic mail as he departed TCAF this past weekend.

from Six Questions for Brian K. Vaughan by Paul Montgomery


I’m always looking for new and interesting comics, and because reading inclusively is important to me, I’m always looking for comics by and about people who are different from me. Every once in awhile I’ll go on a spree—finding comics by South Asians or featuring people from a certain country. This week’s spree was brought to you by my epic sci-fi comics binge (a thing it looks like I’ll never be able to get enough of ) and wanting to read about more main/major gay/lesbian/queer characters in my comics. (Saga isn’t on this list, by the way, because aren’t we all already reading Saga?)

from 5 Queer Comics for Sci-Fi Fans by Swapna Krishna


Darwyn Cooke is a master. One of those artists you can recognise with the simplest of brush strokes. But on Saturday we learned he would no longer amaze us with new stories.

Darwyn and I do not go way back. I do not have a meet-cute to share, but I was fortunate to call him a friend for the past few years. I don’t think I have ever heard him use my first name. He only ever called me Frenchie.

from Saying Goodbye to Darwyn Cooke by Hélène


Lots of comic book publishers have titles that are full of compelling women of color who should be given the big screen treatment, and it seems like that fact is being flat out ignored in favor of Yet Another Group Of White Dudes Saving The World. Luckily, I’m down to do some of the work to get the ball rolling on repairing this oversight. Here, for your enjoyment, are my picks for Heroines and Villainesses of color that are long past due a feature in a movie or TV series, either as headliners or necessary supporting characters. And let’s pretend for the sake of argument that this character licensing cesspool among major film studios just doesn’t exist.

from It’s Time for More Women of Color in Comic Book Movies by Troy Wiggins


Captain America: Civil War is a frustrating, cleverly engineered disaster. The writers knew what story they planned to adapt, the reaction it would spark from the comic book and the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. They knew that we would get either angry or thrilled, for various reasons. They knew we would watch because the previous Captain America films had a narrative progression that ensnared the empathetic viewer. I just watched the film last Thursday as a graduation present, and felt very blown away around midnight.

from The Risks of Adaptation: Captain America: Civil War by Priya Sridhar

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