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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

18 Reasons to Follow Conan across the Sands of Zamora

Conan the Cimmerian, savage and seemingly invincible (except when necessary for a plot twist), is a man who lives by ...

My Heroes Have Always Been Jewish

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3 Webcomics You Can Read Straight Through Beginning to End

If having a mere dollop of plot parceled out to you on a daily—or worse—a weekly basis only leaves you craving ...

Like Lord of the Flies, Except with Fairies

I think I’m in love. I really do. What else do you call it when you read the same perfect graphic ...

Of Dinosaurs and Disabilities

It’s been many years since Frederick Wertham argued that comic books contribute to delinquency and ignorance. Today, most educators realize ...

XXXenophile: Nerdgasms and Geekrotica

In the late ‘80s, Phil Foglio started “giving the public what I want” in the form of XXXenophile, possibly the ...

I’m Gay, Who’s My Dad?

If sixteen consecutive months of preadolescent girls exhorting us to “Let It Go,” has taught the world anything, it should ...

Someone Else’s Pull List: Learning to Love Comics

Pity me. I did not have comic books as a child. I would have liked them, but mine was an ...

World-Building, Memoir, and the Graphic Medium

When we talk about world-building in fiction, we usually mean summoning new and unknown realms in the speculative genre—Krypton, Asgard, ...

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