Preview: The Damned Relaunches Wednesday With $1 Issue

I admire folks who know they’ve got a good idea and are willing to keep at it until the rest of the world notices. The Damned by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt originally launched in 2006. There were 8 issues in two miniseries through 2008. Since then, Bunn and Hurtt have had a lengthy run on The Sixth Gun. That’s recently ended, so it’s time to see if The Damned can find its audience now. Oni Press is making the […]

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ReDistricted: Tales of Washington, DC

I just found out about ReDistricted, “an online comics anthology focused on lesser-known historical stories about Washington, D.C.” There are a variety of two-page stories, with new ones every two weeks. Find out who Walter Reed was, the guy the hospital is named after. Read about a women’s suffrage movement march in 1913. Discover how the cherry blossom trees were established. Learn about the effects of an earthquake on the National Cathedral. And many more. The site is edited by […]

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Learn Graph Coloring Theory and Help Marvel Superteams

This is an instructional video on graph coloring, which you may better know as the four-color map problem. (That says that you can color any map with four colors without areas of the same color touching.) It’s the technique of figuring out how many different colors you need to cover a graph (a collection of dots and lines) without any of the dots with the same color being connected. After an explanation of how Sudoku is a transformation of 9-coloring […]

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Clothes Don’t Work That Way: When Alternative Covers Are Better

Aftershock Comics has a new title coming out April 5 called Eleanor & the Egret. It’s written (and lettered) by John Layman (Chew, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen) and illustrated by Sam Kieth (The Maxx), and it’s about an art thief accompanied by a giant bird. Here’s the description: A slightly surreal tale of an art thief and her sidekick, a talking egret who gets just a bit bigger after each successful caper, as they embark on a escalating series of […]

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Sarah Winifred Searle Tells the Truth

Sarah Winifred Searle has a simplified, comfortable art style that belies the honesty she’s willing to express in her work. You may have seen her art illustrating Ruined in the Fresh Romance anthology, and she has an original graphic novel coming from Iron Circus next year. In the meantime, though, she’s recently published two striking works online. At the Nib, “The Price of Acceptance” tackles the topics of struggling with dangerous ways to lose weight in order to feel accepted. […]

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The Importance of Visuals

The insightful and fearless Keith Knight has published an essay comic called “Here’s one Obama accomplishment nobody can take away”. It ranges widely yet concisely over the recent past, with the key central point being that it matters to have had a black man serve as President of the United States. No matter what you say is possible, seeing it actually happen is important. Which is why I can’t wait to see the first female President, and the first Asian […]

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A Very Timely Educational Comic

I really liked this comic by Shannon Wright and Sarah Mirk, “Eight Ways To Resist Donald Trump“. It’s timely, full of useful information, and approachable. One could consider it simply an illustrated list, instead of a comic, but the images add so much emotional affect to the items. I particularly could see a full story behind the second image (shown here), with a young woman explaining something meaningful to older relatives (I assume). Plus, the hand-style lettering makes it more […]

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What Happened to John Cassaday’s Art?

Marvel sent out this teaser for an upcoming Secret Empire project on Friday. The email I got didn’t identify the artist; Alexander Jones says it’s John Cassaday. I know they’re just promoting some new team or crossover event starring big characters — from left to right, it’s Old Man Logan (formerly Wolverine, until Marvel decided they didn’t like any movies they didn’t make), Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Rocket Raccoon, Black Bolt, Black Widow, and Deadpool, all of […]

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