Comics can be hard to enjoy sometimes. I don’t know if there’s another fandom out there where we are so often at war with out media of choice.
When we start, we’re faced with the daunting task of reading back through decades, almost a century, of back-catalog. We have to force ourselves to understand, reconcile, and accept different iterations of our favorite characters, deal with their untimely deaths and long-awaited returns.
Sometimes a creator will take hold of our favorites and write them in a way that we, long-time fans, disagree with. Their personalities change from writer to writer, their appearance from artist to artist.
It’s hard. You have to have thick skin and eternal patience to be a comics fan. It’s tough for me, right now, to enjoy comics the way I used to. Even Marvel has been testing my patience in a mighty way.
But the fact is, and the intended point of this post, is that I owe Marvel in particular a huge debt of thanks right now. Not too long ago, if someone walked into my store and asked me to recommend a book with a female lead, a female writer, a female artist or all of the above, all I could do was shrug and refer them to some older issues. There was some, but there wasn’t enough.
But thanks to an actual effort by Marvel to diversify, I have had three separate customers walk out of my store today with armfuls of Storm, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Ms Marvel, X-Men and more. And I still feel like I’m forgetting something. How wonderful is it that there are so many female-led books that I can AFFORD to forget one or two?
I have happy customers. Customers that thought they were going to walk in here and leave with one or two books. Instead they’re buying hundreds of dollars of books with WOMEN on the cover, with women’s NAMES in the credits. That feels amazing.
(Honorable mentions to Pretty Deadly and Lumberjanes which have also been huge hits today)
So today, boss tasked me with coming up with a few of these to put around the store! Little info sheets to help anyone nervous/overwhelmed/confused about where to start with comics!
It’s by no means a comprehensive list; just a few store favorites and really great books that we always keep in stock to recommend. I’ll be doing some more over the next few weeks…deadpool, avengers, iron man, cap, and more! As well as a couple of SO YOU WANT TO READ MARVEL sheets for characters that don’t have enough of a backlog for a whole sheet. Then on to DC, and different genres of other comics!
I’m very excited! It’s based on an idea kellysue shared with me last year but we both got WAY too busy to do anything with it, so I thought I would put it here for everyone to share around, and maybe it will help get some people reading great comics!
Being a critical fan means that you love a famous human being, knowing fully well they are flawed and can make mistakes due to their privilege-blindness or outright ignorance (whether knowingly or unknowingly practicing misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, racism, etc.). When they fuck up, it is your duty as a critical fan to make them better, call them out and educate them. Your job is not to create excuses and adamantly defend their mistakes because they are so fierce in your eyes.
(Not sure how often you check your messages) I am a HUGE fan of your work, and am debating getting the By Chance or Providence book. My issue is, I already have the three stories that you're reprinting but am interested in the sketchbook/extra illustrations. Can you tell me more about those, like how many pages, of what kind? I'd just like to know if I'd be re-buying the stories all over again or if there'd be new content? I hope this doesn't sound rude, I'm sorry. Again, LOVE your work!
Hey! No worries- it’s the same as buying the single issues and then getting the trade- some people like having the book with a spine for their shelf and some people just prefer keeping the issues!
Right now the sketchbook section is an extra 12 pages but I have a lot of material- illustrations and sketches, so I am considering adding another signature- that would be an added 16 pages on top of the 12 if I do, but that is not decided yet. I am going to check with the printer to make sure it won’t effect cost per book too much. If I get enough orders it should be easier to afford.
I’ve also redrawn a few panels that I was not happy with, and added a few pages to Demeter that were originally cut from the mini comic due to page count constraints. I also drew some chapter illustrations for each story, so it’s kind of like a “director’s cut.”
The book itself will be something I know I am going to be very proud of- it’s being printed locally in Montreal so quality will be very good- including a canvas hardcover with gold foil blocking, and a dust jacket. I’ve even got Scott Snyder to agree to write the foreword, hehe
Really it’s up to you! if you already own them, this is a chance to have the trilogy collected in a slightly larger hardcover format! If hardcovers don’t move you and you are satisfied with the minis that is also great because it means I did something right in making them :)
Even if you decide against it, you can always help by spreading the word- talk to your LCS about ordering a few copies, or even just telling your friends about it! I appreciate every reblog and share like you wouldn’t believe
Okay listen guys, this is the signal boost end all signal boosts.
Becky Cloonan is one of my favorite artists, of all time. I met her at Heroescon last year, where I was much too nervous to talk to her, and instead bought literally everything she was selling, and had her sign my Fandral sword.
Her books, Wolves, The Mire, and Demeter are three of my favorite short stories of all time, and she is a constant inspiration to me, not just as an artist but as a storyteller. You’ve also seen her in Gerard Way’s recent True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the terrifying PIXU: The Mark Of Evil (featuring the twiiiiiiiins), and many other titles.
I love horror told in sequential art, and for me, no one does it better than Becky Cloonan. Her stories are layers upon layers of fascinating characters, gorgeous and enthralling art, and mythos of her own making. Plus she has some on-point tattoos.
Remember that babbling about self-publishing earlier this week? THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT. You should order this book. It’s not expensive at all, especially considering the quality of work inside. I’ve ordered one for myself and the wife (so I have something sturdier to lend out), and one for someone whose comics education I consider VERY IMPORTANT. I….also talked the boss into ordering 10 for the store. So please also buy them there, so he doesn’t murder me.
Please, please PLEASE consider pre-ordering By Chance Or Providence. It contains Wolves*, The Mire and Demeter, as well as an incredible mini sketchbook. It’s not expensive, nor is it a purchase you will regret.
One day you will be able to buy my stuff off the shelf in your LCS, and Becky Cloonan will be as much a reason for it as Kelly Sue, G Willow Wilson, Emma Rios, Ming Doyle and Rebekah Isaacs. BUY THE BOOK.
*Hardcover does not contain actual wolves. I mean, it might. I don’t know. Maybe keep some raw steak around just incase.
LOOK AT THIS BOOK. LOOK AT THIS FUCKING COVER. LOOK AT CLINT GETTING CARRIED OUT. SAVE ME JESSICA SORRY I’M A CHEATING DOUCHE.
But seriously, this is Kelly Sue and Jen Van Meter. TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER okay that sounded a little fucked up but you know what I mean. Seriously, I am so excited for this team, and they knock out a killer issue together.
When i met Greg Rucka at heroes, literally all I could say was HI I LOVE YOUR WIFE SO MUCH. What I should of said was ‘Oh, hello Greg Rucka, you are the reason I felt brave enough to start reading comics to thanks for Gotham Central and Batwoman. Fancy a cuppa?’
But yeah all I could manage was HEE HEE YOU KNOW JEN VAN METER PRETTY SURE YOU DO.
I am so stoked to see her on this book. I’m not kidding when I saw she and Kelly Sue are a dream together.
ALL MY MARVELMASSES HAVE COME AT ONCE.
Buy Captain Marvel #16 in your store or online today, and don’t worry if you’re not reading any of the other Infinity books, as long as you have Captain Marvel #15, you’re good to go!
OH HONEY IT’S OKAY I’VE GOT YOUR BACK.
First of all, welcome to the Carol Corps! Here is your badge, your lucky hat, your irritable cat, and we have crepes every thursday.
HERE IS A QUICK INTRO TO CAROL. Please ignore anything relating to ‘the rape of Ms Marvel’ as that never happened la la la fingers in ears strong women don’t need sexual violence in order to be motivated to be strong la la la…
HERE is the most current run on Captain Marvel, which will also fill you in on everything you need to know about what’s going on in Enemy Within! I also recommend reading up on Avengers Assemble if you enjoy Carol and Jess, especially issues 9, 10 and 11!
It has the added bonus of naked Tony Stark.
Yeah. You’re welcome.
Enjoy yourself, Carol is just the fucking best! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have like, 40 batches of crepe batter to mix up for tomorrow.
…we took niece and grand-niece shopping today and baby Gap has little Thor uniform shirts with capes for babies and fuck my life for the first time I want a child. Not sure what I’d do with one. But I want one. To dress as a tiny Thor apparently.
TOTALLY UNPLANNED LAST MINUTE BLACK FRIDAY ART SALE!
So here is my plan. My wife just left for a 15 hour shift at work, and as it turns out, I’m not going to be working tonight/tomorrow. So I am doing a SUDDEN UNEXPECTED SECRET SALE while she is gone, to get a little more money so I can really spoil her this Christmas. I will most likely delete this post before she gets home, ho ho.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS: For $5, and only $5, I will draw you up to two characters, full color and shading, with simple props/backgrounds! ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. Which is usually what I charge for ONE character.
My specialty is obviously Marvel, but I will draw ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. MARVEL. DC. VERTIGO. IDW. IMAGE. SUPERNATURAL. BOND FILMS. SHERLOCK. ANYTHING. I will draw YOU! I will draw your original characters! I will draw MY original characters (it was worth a try)! Anything at all! FOR ONLY FIVE DOLLARS!!! You guys have seen everything I do, but in case you need a refresher, here is my art tag!
If you are interested, send me an email (tinygunners (at) gmail (dot) com) with your request. I will draw your commission and then send you a paypal invoice, easy as that! I will DRAW AND DRAW AND DRAW for as long as I can, and then some. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED (for the next 48 hours or so, probably)
SO WHAT DO YOU SAY? GET SOME CHEAP FREAKING ART!
You know what doesn’t make things okay? Putting a disclaimer on a masterpost with handy links for torrenting comics: If you liked these, go buy them! If you liked these, support the creators.
How about I go to a bakery and just grab a dozen or so cupcakes, but you know, maybe next time I’ll think about paying for them, or I could just eat free cake. Because, free cake is delicious and I didn’t have to pay for it.
And then I’ll offer up some free cake to a few other folks, but put a sign up that says “hey, maybe pay the bakery so the bakers can have money and keep on making cake.” Except let’s be honest for a second, free cake is delicious, so while a few honest and well meaning folk fork over cash and purchase a nice cake, the majority of people are eating free cake.
And then your favorite cake gets cancelled because while everyone was eating it, no one was paying for it.
Because I’m pretty sure if I went to the nice French bakery down the street and tried to walk out with a box of pistachio macarons and not pay for them, someone will come around the counter and tase me.
Long tumblr post, short: The success of a book is measured on sales and pre-orders, and some other things. You can contribute to the success of a title by buying it. You can purchase MOST titles same-day digitally or go into a brick and mortar store, or order from an online comic shop that will mail you paper comics. So please, educate me. If you love something, or you want to support a creator or creative team, why are you not doing it?
If you have questions about how to purchase comics or need help finding a store, or getting started reading comics digitally, please let me know. I’m more than happy to help.
It’s pretty fucking simple, guys. Steal cake? Get tazed.
Torrent comics? Contribute to the demise of an industry I assume we all love.
USE YOUR HEADS.
(Click the top to biggerize ho ho)
I will never stop drawing webcomics for Tumblr. Never. NEVER AHAHA.
This is the first page for Porter City! Which we (Me on arting, Mary on wording) will be launching at the end of this year/the start of next year, and updating once a week alongside Rykani Tapestry!
I AM SO PSYCHED. I love Rykani and all of my other original projects, but Porter City is my baaaaby. You guys know how stupid crazy I am for werewolves and supernatural beasties and tough military women OH MY. I will continue to post sketches now and then, but this is the only page preview for now. ENJOY! LIKE! REBAGEL! Support Tumblr as a webcomic platform because IT’S REALLY HONESTLY VERY AWESOME.
Hay there let me tell you ‘bout my best place.
I love my comic book store.
I love it to pieces. I have never been to a more welcoming, enjoyable, inclusive, fun place in my life. I’ve seen people of every creed, color, gender and sexuality in there. Gorgeous transgender men and women. Gay men. Gay women. Everything in between. A fantastic, devoted following of autistic kids that love to come in and raid the 25c boxes. People that have been reading and collecting for years, and people that come in the day after seeing a comic book movie, and want to learn more.
Those are the people that make me happiest of all. :)
The first comic book store I went to here was terrible. The owner was rude, dismissive, and insulting. I never wanted to go back into another one. But I love this medium, I passionately love the characters, and I wanted more. So I didn’t let one bad experience change my mind. And I found paradise. I’m not kidding when I say my comic store is my second home. When I’m not working there, I’m hanging out there. Hell, I worked there two hours tonight for free when I was supposed to be on a date with my woman, because it makes me so happy.
I don’t like old comics. I don’t really give a shit that Batman Number Etc is worth X amount of dollars. But if someone does, more power to them! And I love to listen to people passionately tell me how much THEY love it. The history. The weight that comes with these characters.
I’ve talked to a handful of people today that made me want to write this post. I know I have a lot of lovely followers that have never picked up a comic book. As someone who buys weekly single issues, and has done for a long time, I certainly don’t judge you for this. I know how intimidating it is. But I implore you - if you love these characters as much as I do, give it a try. If you are close to Asheville NC, drop in and I will personally take you to pick out a book. PERSONALLY. AND I WILL DRAW YOU SOMETHING AND TAKE YOU OUT TO LUNCH AND PAT YOU ON THE HEAD AS WELL!
I just…god. God. The pleasure that I get from comic books is like a drug. The books, the shows, the movies, the toys, the fans, the fandom, EVERYTHING. And if you feel intimidated, please don’t be afraid. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a store like mine, but they ARE out there! A lovely store where you can scream in unison about awful costumes, shit treatment of women. A store where the owner not only ships the male characters, but THE MALE CUSTOMERS.
Sorry for the sudden unexpected outburst of feels, but sitting in my beloved store, re-ordering single issues (Damn you people love aquaman o.O) on a silent saturday night, surrounded by so much incredible art and stories and HISTORY I just…ugh. I have to share it.
And my inbox is ALWAYS open if you have any questions, any at all. I will help you go through a story panel by panel if I have to! I know it’s intimidating, my darlings, but the payoff is more than you can imagine.
The movies, the books, the characters…comics are my life, and I hope I can inspire people to open their lives to them as well :)
LISTEN UP. I am about to get REAL political on your asses.
The Presidential election is in 41 days. Sneaks up fast, huh? Are you registered to vote? You should definitely be registered to vote. This election might not feel as monumental as the last one, but it is EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT.
I cannot vote in this election, because I am not an American citizen, and that breaks my heart. BUT YOU CAN, ALL OF MY ELIGIBLE FOLLOWERS! And the first thing you need to do is follow the links above, and register!
AND HERE IS THE REALLY GOOD PART. I want to get the word out. SPREAD IT AROUND TUMBLR. So on midnight Thursday, I am going to randomly pick FIVE PEOPLE who have reblogged this post, and I will draw you something. Up to two people, anyone you want, doing anything you want. You want Hawkeye in hot pants and Black Widow dressed like a penguin? Done. You want Captain America crying because he’s technically dead and can’t vote? FUCKING DONE. I will draw ANY FANDOM, ANY PAIRING, ANY CHARACTERS, ANYTHING. Even shit I don’t like. All you have to do is reblog this post, AND GET THE WORD OUT!
Guys, this is important. In the face of having a lot of rights taken away from us, the one right we are currently assured of is the RIGHT TO VOTE. Don’t trivialize it by throwing it away.
(Okay now I am not telling ANYONE WHO TO VOTE FOR, but c’mon, this IS Tumblr, and I think we all know that we bleed mostly blue around here. Please, people, keep Romney out of the White House. I am not kidding when I say I will be leaving this country if Romney is President. As a homosexual, a woman, and an immigrant, I won’t feel safe here anymore. America has always been my dream, but I will give it up for my safety if I have to.)
I AM DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. You want a drawing? YOU REBLOG AND YOU REGISTER TO VOTE. And then YOU ACTUALLY VOTE. Vote early! Vote in 41 days! Vote with no shoes on! I don’t care how you do it, JUST DO IT.
For the bros out there in my state, North Carolina, here is how to find out WHERE to vote, when it’s time to do so. For everyone else curious, google ‘Where And When To Vote’ and add the name of your state. Guys I am begging you. I know the system doesn’t always work for us, but this is the one chance we get to direct our own futures.
(And to my Civil War fans, I am WELL AWARE of the irony of Tony Stark holding a sign that says REGISTER….)
AAHHHHHHH! The first in a series of teaser videos for the Asheville Comic Expo, a freaking awesome nerd bonanza here in my own little town, run by my own little comic store! WE’RE SO STOKED.
If you’re in the Asheville, NC area come October 13th, come by! Admission is $5, and I will be roaming the halls giving away drawings to anyone that asks!
ALL the advice for this girl!
Here is the post I made earlier concerning getting into comics, and being intimidated by the decades of history. I will repeat the most important thing - you’re not going to know everything! You’re NEVER going to know everything! The owner of my local comic store doesn’t know everything! Don’t ever let that stop you from picking up a book - get used to being a little confused, and just jump in head-first! I will always be here to help anyone that needs it, as will marchingjaybird and starkexpos, and comicvine.com is a comic fan’s best friend!
Now, specifically! Avengersssss, my crack. My bread and butter! There are a few recommendations in the earlier post, and I would like to add Avengers Assemble to that. Great book, familiar cast, new story arc starting in November with issue #9! the book is half comics-verse and half movie-verse, so it’s a really great way to dip your feet in the water and see if you like it. Get it at your local comic store, or check out the first six issues on comiXology.com!
Now as for Deadpool, I can recommend two courses of action! First of all, let me make something crystal. I’m not a huge Deadpool fan. When he’s well written, he’s amazing, but the problem with ‘funny’ characters is that they quickly turn into ‘irritating’ characters. So if I am recc’ing something as a non-Deapool fan, you KNOW I must have loved it!
Cable and Deadpool is one of my most favorite series of all time, and was one of the books that I broke into comics through. Deadpool is HILARIOUS in this, made even moreso by pairing him with the very droll and deadpan Cable (Who is basically the son of Scott Summers from the FUUU~TUUUURE and pretty much gets to the point where he thinks that he’s jesus. Yep.). The series is over and gathered up into collected volumes, so it’s an easy book to start on!
And the best thing? This is a long series, so it runs straight through Marvel events such as Civil War, without getting totally involved. You get a good look at the recent history of the Marvel U, without having to smother yourself in a thousand different books. Look for cameos by Cap, Bucky, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and more. You can thank me later for introducing you to Bob, Agent of Hydra.
And now, the second course of action, and here is where it gets REALLY exciting! Deadpool is getting a shiny new book in the upcoming Marvel Now relaunch, written in part by comedian Brian Posehn! I am VERY excited for this book, and hope to get back into Deadpool through it. More than that, it’s going to be a perfect jumping-in point for new readers! That means you!
And here is my last piece of advice. If you have a local comic book store? Make friends. Go. Visit. Introduce yourself to the people working there. I can only help so much, as can the rest of the internet - there is NOTHING like having a solid relationship with your LCS. If you are lucky enough to have a good comic store within driving distance, it will be worth it’s weight in gold. I know it can be intimidating, but you will never regret trying!