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Monica Friedman

Monica Friedman has a Dewey Decimal tattoo, a master's degree in creative writing, and 270° of floor to ceiling bookshelves in her home office. She left a lucrative career crafting web content for search engine optimization to throw her life away on starving artistry and has never been happier. Her passions include childhood literacy, dark chocolate, and macro photography, and she has been known to lecture strangers about race/class/gender/sexuality until her audience's eyes glaze over and they wander away. Monica lives with 1 husband, 2 stepkids, and a terrible cat in the dry heat of Tucson, Arizona. You can read short reviews of every book she's read since December 2006 at Dragon's Library and check out her original words and pictures on QWERTYvsDvorak.com. Twitter: @QWERTYvsDvorak

Finding Lessons in Compassion in Children’s Books

On finding two important lessons of compassion in reading.

Don’t Give Up Until You Drink from the Silver Cup

On one author's choice to pull her book from publication.

No Context Given: Batman Is Totally Metal

No Context Given: Robin Gets Batman Good and Wet

Childhood Sexuality and Alan Moore

Monica looks at Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbe's LOST GIRLS and discusses the taboos within.

Con-versations: Chatting with Creators at Phoenix Comicon

Sometimes it's hard to remember why you go to comic-cons...until you start talking to creators about their work.

A Magical Deadpool Dance-Off

Monica chronicles a spontaneous Deadpool dance-off at Phoenix Comicon that made the world a more magical place.

A Light in the Darkness: JANE, THE FOX & ME

Jane, the Fox, & Me by Emily Arsenault and Fanny Britt is a thoughtful and nuanced look at childhood bullying.

4 Graphic Novels Ranked by Degrees of Surrealism

Monica ranks four graphic novels she found at her local library by levels of surrealism.

No Context Given: Superman’s Body–Hardening