Comics/Graphic Novels

Off-Panel: October 29, 2014

Paul Montgomery

Staff Writer

In addition to comics, Paul thrills to Frank Capra and kaiju movies, crime fiction, TV dramas, professional wrestling, and whatever the Muppets are doing at any given time (hopefully in combination with those other things). He tweets as @fuzzytypewriter

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

“A rare Sunday Peanuts strip, featuring Snoopy as Flying Ace, will go on auction this Thursday, October 30th. The strip, hand drawn by Schulz and only one of eight Peanuts strips to run on New Years Day, has an opening bid of $18,000. In the strip, above, Snoopy dreams that he is the The Flying Ace, celebrating New Years Day by having one too many root beers at a foreign bar.”

Folks, my birthday is coming up next August, but also there’s Christmas.


“A lot changes in two weeks. Time travel back ten days or so and you’re thinking, wow, Warner Bros. and DC are really trying to show up Marvel with a long tail game and interconnected universe announcement. They’re also going to have the first modern female and African-American-led superhero films, with “Wonder Woman” and Cyborg respectively. Well, that was last week, and Marvel revealed their own game-changing plan today. While “Wonder Woman” (2017) will still beat “Captain Marvel” (2018) to screens, Marvel’s “Black Panther” will be the first African American-fronted superhero movie since the “Blade” trilogy, but that was really another era.”

Yesterday saw some exciting and crucial announcements for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When all’s said and done, we’ll be four years older and the world’s popcorn supply will be largely depleted.


“Duval (1850-1890) was born Isabelle Émilie de Tessier and worked as an actor as well as an artist. She married another British caricaturist Charles Ross, then began to make her mark – or rather didn’t, for it seems likely that Ross has been falsely credited with much of her brilliance. The old story.”

The Guardian delves into the curious case of Victorian cartoonist Marie Duval, the true creator of Ally Sloper.


“Behind the scenes in comics, there are a number of shadowy groups pulling the strings of the industry… Okay, that’s not entirely true, but there is a group that operates behind the scenes and affects the industry, and that group is the Valkyries. The Valkyries is a group of women who work in comics retail that have banded together. They push books that they particularly love, and work with creators, publishers, and fans to sell more comics — to women especially. But above all, the group functions as a private support network for women in the comics retail business, and offers its members help when confronting some of the more unpleasant dimensions of the comic book business and geek culture as they relate to women.”

Janelle Asselin talks to Kate Leth about The Valkyries support network of comic retailers.