Tuesday, December 05, 2023

WaPo Guild strike on December 7th

We at ComicsDC support the Guild which has posted this letter.

To our dedicated readers,

Around the world, The Washington Post has earned a reputation for being a news organization that holds the powerful to account. Every day, we work to uncover truths big and small, to tell stories that connect you more deeply to your communities and shine a light into the world's darkest corners. We are profoundly committed to The Washington Post, to its longevity and success, and see our mission to report the news honestly and unflinchingly as essential to both.

Now, we are applying those core principles to our workplace. For 18 months, members of our union, the Post Guild, have sought to negotiate a fairer contract for us all. But management has refused to bargain in good faith and repeatedly — and illegally — shut down negotiations over key issues, such as pay equity, raises that keep pace with inflation and our competitors, remote work policies, mental health supports, and a buyout package that seeks to reduce our workforce by 10 percent.

That's why, on Dec. 7, Washington Post workers are going on strike for 24 hours. Taking this historic action is not a decision we came to lightly. We take seriously the impact it will have on the people, issues and communities we cover.

Since our last contract, Post journalists have covered two wars, an insurrection, a pandemic, gun violence in America, climate disasters, two presidential campaigns and more. We brought you perspectives that opened minds, advice that made hard decisions easier and stories that delighted even on difficult days. We kept printing during a global health crisis and made sure the news reached you, wherever you were. Our work has won international acclaim and coveted awards and made The Post lucrative again. Then our former publisher's bad business decisions squandered our profits. Instead of executives bearing the weight of this mismanagement, The Post repeatedly made workers pay the price. In the last year, the company has laid off nearly 40 people. If buyouts don't net another 240 cuts, Post leaders warned more layoffs will come.

Our contract fight means ensuring all Post workers — from news reporters to ad sales reps to print production staff — have strong job protections. It means guaranteeing no employee earns less than a living wage. It means providing retirement benefits commensurate with decades of devoted service. The Post cannot stay competitive, retain the best talent or produce the kind of elite journalism you rely on without giving its staff a fair deal.

On Dec. 7, we ask you to respect our walkout by not crossing the picket line: For 24 hours, please do not engage with any Washington Post content. That includes our print and online news stories, podcasts, videos, games and recipes. Instead, share information about our strike and send a letter to Post leaders in support of the people who make this institution run.

Thank you for your ongoing support of The Post and the people who make it, and for showing Post management that readers like you know what Washington Post employees are worth.

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Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 12/4/2023

"I Was Always On The Weird End Of The Spectrum": The Donald Simpson Interview

Jason Bergman | December 4, 2023 



Rich Torrey: Marrying Art to Islanders Heroes

Who knows? Rich Torrey could have been general manager of the Islanders today.

Stan Fischler

Dec 2, 2023


Letter to the editor: Comic was rude, belittling and insulting ["Herman" by Jim Unger]

Marilynn Chintella

Centralia, WA  Chronicle November 27, 2023



Barry Blitt's "Special Delivery"

The artist discusses holiday shopping and his prized Popeye punching bag.

By Françoise Mouly

December 4, 2023




Gothic and Comics

Julia Round and Susanne Schwertfeger (eds)

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November).

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/toc/gothic/25/3


Introduction: Gothic and Comics

Julia Round and Susanne Schwertfeger

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November): 233–244.

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/gothic.2023.0173


The Transgressive Bodies of Dark Horse Comics' Aliens Line

Stuart Lindsay

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November): 245–260.

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/gothic.2023.0174


A Woman is Being Side-Kicked: Gothic Superheroes and the Suppression of Female Autonomy Amid Feminism's Second Wave

Mary Beth Tegan and Matthew Costello

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November): 261–279.

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/gothic.2023.0175


'Keep it Gothic, Man': Gothic and Graphic Medicine in Ian Williams's The Bad Doctor

Matthew J. A. Green

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November): 280–299.

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/gothic.2023.0176


Gothic Doubling and Fractured Identity in Shōjo Manga: Yuki Kaori's Angel Sanctuary

Tosha R. Taylor

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November): 300–317.

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/gothic.2023.0177


My Friend the Devil: Gothic Comics, the Whimsical Macabre and Rewriting William Blake in Vehlmann and Kerascoët's Satania

Catherine Spooner

Gothic Studies 25 (3, November): 318–334.

Online at https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/gothic.2023.0178


IDEAS DON'T BLEED episode sixty-four | Torunn Grønbekk, part two

Dec 4, 2023



INTERVIEW: Kevin Temmer of The Amazing Digital Circus on the animation and Behind The Scenes

From the software used to intriguing details behind the creation of this pilot, and more!

Justin Guerrero




'Awakening: The First Day' Directors Discuss Their Oscar-Qualified Tale of Light & Darkness

By Ramin Zahed

December 1, 2023



Scott Pilgrim Takes Off | Science Saru BTS | Netflix

Netflix: Behind the Streams Nov 30, 2023



Miyazaki's heroes wage a battle for pure good

Hayao Miyazaki's filmography is full of iconic heroes, but they're rarely bothered by something as simplistic as "good vs. evil"

Sam Barsanti

AV Club December 4 2023



Get Graphic: Viking Metal Meets 90s Image in 'Bloodrik' [Andrew Krahnke interview]

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

Nov 27, 2023



A Talk With Political Cartoonists Joaquin Junco Jr. and Angelo Lopez [aka "Junco Canché"]

Angelo Lopez

Dec 3, 2023



Christos Gage on Iron Man 2020 Gwen Stacy & Netflix Daredevil [2019 interview]

wordballoon  Dec 3, 2023



Pat Mills Talks Dr Who Page Turners 2000AD and More

wordballoon   Dec 1, 2023 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoCPEYYIlCg


Celebration and Farewell to The Nib

Matt Bors and Ben Passmore talk with Emi Gennis

CXC Festival  Nov 30, 2023



Unmasking the Mascots: An Interview with Keith Gleason

Barney Smith

StoryComic Presents 323  Dec 4, 2023



Simon Birks: Blending Sci-Fi and Mystery in 'Antarctica'

Barney Smith

StoryComic Presents 326 Nov 30, 2023



Best Graphic Novels of 2023

by Tom Batten & Melissa DeWild

Dec 04, 2023




Sunday, December 03, 2023

Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 12/3-4/2023

Reuters. 2023.

Remote animators seek to unionize [Disney].

Washington Post (November 29: A17


X-Men Monday #229 – Jason Loo Talks 'Howard the Duck'

Chris Hassan

November 27, 2023



AIPT Comics Podcast Episode 249: Kraig Rasmussen on creating a new comics buying experience

David Brooke and Nathan Simmons

November 26, 2023



King Features 2024 Directory

Nov 29, 2023



Milo Manara Now Painting Women On Bottles Of Gin

Italian comic book artist Milo Manara was hired by J Rose to design their gin bottles, in the only way that Milo Manara can,

  02 Dec 2023 

by Rich Johnston



Fantom's TR and Mattie Lubchansky discuss BOYS WEEKEND for December's Queer bookclub!

Fantom Comics December 2 2023



1963 and All That: Tom Shapira reviews X-AMOUNT OF COMICS

Today on SOLRAD, Tom Shapira has some thoughts about Don Simpson's X-AMOUNT OF COMICS

Tom Shapira

November 27, 2023



The November SKTCHD/Off Panel Chat-stravaganza, in Transcript Form!

By David Harper

November 30, 2023



The Creator Collective Takeover

On the rise of creator collectives at conventions, what's driving that trend, and how the pandemic is affecting those groups

By David Harper

May 19, 2020


Jamie Noguchi and Danielle Corsetto at Fantom Comics

The two are talking about Jamie's new book School for Extraterrestrial Girls 2.

Saturday, December 02, 2023

Mattie Lubchansky at Fantom Comics

Speaking about the new book Boys

Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 12/1/2023

Graphic Public Health: An Interview with Meredith Li Vollmer

Ishani Anwesha Joshi & Sathyaraj Venkatesan

2023, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (November 25):


online at https://www.academia.edu/109901938/_Graphic_Medicine_Graphic_Public_Health_An_Interview_with_Meredith_Li_Vollmer


Batman's Villains and Villainesses: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Arkham's Souls

Edited by Justin F. Martin and Marco Favaro - 

Lexington Books 2023


Introduction. Not Exactly a Cowardly Lot: Gotham's Villains

Marco Favaro and Justin F. Martin

Chapter 1. Death, Monk, and Strange: The Predecessors to the Supervillain in Detective Comics

John Darowski

Part I. Arkham City: The Asylum, the City and the Ones Who Rule Them

Chapter 2. "This Place Isn't a Prison": Institutions, Choice, and the Case of Arkham Asylum

Tony Spanakos and Damien K. Picariello

Chapter 3. "You Can't Fight City Hall!": The Villains Hidden in Gotham's Government

Ian J. Drake and Matthew B. Lloyd

Chapter 4. The Owls Nesting in the Bat's City: Secrecy, Gotham's Social Structures, and the Court of Owls

James C. Taylor

Part II. Confronting Batman: Outsiders, Doppelgängers and Parodies

Chapter 5. The Mutants, the Sons of Batman, and the Long Shadow of the Bat

Damien K. Picariello

Chapter 6. Bane: the Man Who "Doppelgängered" the Bat

Jesús Jiménez-Varea

Chapter 7. Outcasts and Oppressors: Killer Moth and Killer Croc

Jason D. DeHart

Part III Creating a Villainous Identity: Form, Function, and Reboots

Chapter 8. Flesh, Scars and Clay: The Role of Pain and Bodies in the Creation of Identity and Meaning

Marco Favaro

Chapter 9. Controlling the Appearances: Thomas Elliot's Hush, His Masks, and the Desire to Dominate Perceptions

Sean C. Hadley

Chapter 10. "My relationship with Batman has never been what I'd call 'stable'": Catwoman's Flirtations with Superheroism and Her Evolving Role as the Monstrous Feline Fatale. Carl Wilson

Chapter 11. "Kite Man, Hell Yeah!": Revisionism, Masculinity, and the Role of the D-tier Supervillain

Nicholas T. James

Part IV. Dangerous Women: Victims, Vixens, and Villainesses

Chapter 12. From Good Girl to Bad Girl to…Something In-Between: Harley Quinn as a Morally Complex Character

Nathan Miczo

Chapter 13. "There Is One Thing You Have Never Understood About Me, Batman": The Liminality of Talia al Ghul

Tosha R. Taylor

Chapter 14. Militant Earth Mother: Viewing Poison Ivy as an Ecofeminist rather than as an Ecoterrorist

Christina M. Knopf

Chapter 15. "Hear me Roar": Trauma Representation of Catwoman in Comic Books and Cinema from 1983-1995

Sean Travers

Chapter 16. Arkham's Sirens: Analyzing the Roles of the Body and the Transcendental Subject in Arkham's Villainesses and Antiheroines

Marco Favaro

Part V. We Are What We Believe: Ethics, Theology, and Motivations

Chapter 17. The Demon's Head and the Ethics of the Anthropocene

Daniel Goff

Chapter 18. Cold-Hearted: Mr. Freeze and Moral Development

Justin F. Martin

Chapter 19. The Pleasure of Fear: the Scarecrow as an Extremely Immoral, Vicious and Pro-Passion Character According to Stoicism

Francisco Miguel Ortiz

Chapter 20. Batman, Defender of the Status Quo?: On Anarchy and Anarky (Guest Villain: The Ventriloquist)

Eduardo Veteri and Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

Chapter 21. The Hole in Things: Dr. Hurt's Textual History, Religious Significance, and Role in Grant Morrison's Batman Run

Matthew Brake



'Mutant Cats' Is Sci-Fi Satire

  Brigid Alverson on November 30, 2023 




Judge Denies Two of Colorist's Claims But Allows Others to Go Forward

 Brigid Alverson on November 30, 2023 



Colleen Doran's Funny Business newsletter




'We Need More Long-Term Thinking.'

Allen Berrebbi,

 ICv2 on November 30, 2023



The DC Comics Grant Morrison Pitches That Warner Bros. Turned Down

Grant Morrison, revealed how their Wonder Woman Earth One graphic novel series with Yanick Paquette was originally a movie pitch.

by Rich Johnston

 29 Nov 2023



INTERVIEW: Neil Kleid talks brotherhood, betrayal, and bar mitzvahs in NICE JEWISH BOYS

By Noam Steinerman




Edward Sorel  website



Kissing Image in a Graphic Novel Can Lead to Porn Addiction, Claims Activist Trying to Censor Books

Kelas Lloyd



My Claremont Year- Inferno (Sept/Oct)

Madelyne Pryor died in Inferno so that Jean Grey could live (and die and live again.)

Scott Cederlund

Nov 30, 2023



Poetry Comics Month Guest Artists, Part Two

Travis Jonker, Austin Kleon, Vikram Madan, and Summer Pierre

Grant Snider

Incidental Comics Dec 1, 2023



Michael Moreci & Nicholas Eames! Ep 3 of The Vault Cast! [Barbaric]

Daniel Crary

Nov 27, 2023 The Vault Cast


The Crew Of 'Trolls Band Together' On How To Set Up A Collaborative And Creative Production

By Cole Delaney | 11/29/2023


TROLLS BAND TOGETHER directors and crew on creativity and collaboration

Walt Dohrn. Tim Heitz, Colin Jack, vfx supervisor Marc Scott, and head of character animation Ben Willis.

Inbtwn Animation Fest

 Nov 29, 2023



Trolls Band Together Behind The Voices


Nov 3, 2023



'Invincible' Studio Skybound Expands to Japan with Focus on Anime & Local IP

By Mercedes Milligan

November 30, 2023



'Mavka,' One of the Year's Top Indie Toons Worldwide, Shares Success Story at Cartoon Business [Ukraine]

By Mercedes Milligan

November 30, 2023



'The Boy and the Heron' Wins New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film

By Animation Magazine

November 30, 2023



'Titina' Director Kajsa Næss Details the Grand Artistic Expedition

By Kajsa Naess

November 30, 2023


This article was written for the January '24 issue of Animation Magazine (No. 336)


Carmen Selam's Debut Comic Is Self-Love Medicine

In the limited-edition risograph comic Rezbians, Selam shares a solution for the scarcity of queer Indigenous representation in pop culture.

  Samantha Anne Carrillo
Hyperallergic November 20 2023



Gratuitous Ninja

Ronald Wimberly. Beehive, $100 (636p) ISBN 978-1-948886-34-5

rev. by Meg Lemke



Back to December – This Week's Links

Clark Burscough | December 1, 2023



PW Comics World: More To Come

More to Come 595: Matt Lesniewski Interview

Heidi 'The Beat' MacDonald

on 11/27/2023



PW Comics World: More To Come

More to Come 594: Dan Santat Wins the NBA for Young Peoples Literature

, Calvin Reid, Heidi "The Beat" MacDonald and Kate Fitzsimons

on 11/20/2023



Off Panel #426: Boy at the End with Skottie Young 

David Harper

Nov 27, 2023




Seth Conversation (part two)

Noah Van Sciver

  Nov 28, 2023



Shary Boyle on Storyshifting, Nov. 21, 2023

New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium

376 ; Nov 22, 2023



Melek Zertal and Christina Svenson , Today's Special / poetry in comics, Nov 28, 2023

New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium

377 Nov 30, 2023



Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn November 17, 2023




Paralanguage in the Translation of Children's Graphic Novels into Arabic: Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  Julieta Alós

13 November 2023

Children's Literature in Education



Submitting to Loving Authority: Wonder Woman's DeleuzoGuattarian Ethics

Troy Michael Bordun

Reden Vol. 5 No. 1 (2023)





Iconicity in the Visual Lexicons of Comics

November 2023

Michał Szawerna

Neil Cohn




Comic Empires: Imperialism in Cartoons, Caricature and Comic Art ed. by Richard Scully and Andrekos Varnava (review)

Brian Maidment

Victorian Periodicals Review

Volume 56, Number 2, Summer 2023

pp. 312-314




Richard Scully and Andrekos Varnava, eds., Comic Empires: Imperialism in Cartoons, Caricature and Comic Art (Manchester: Manchester University Press 2020),


Unravelling crip temporalities: epilepsy, chronic illness and Elodie Durand's Parenthesis

Sathyaraj Venkatesan & Prerna Tolani

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 17 Nov 2023




Slippers, canes and hospitalisations: adult to child violence in 1970s UK comics

Robert Hagan

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 15 Nov 2023




Branded webtoon, the rise of the digital comic industry in South Korea

South Korea's webtooniverse and digital comic revolution by Brian Yecies and Ae-Gyung Shim, Rowman & Littlefield, 2021

Diah Ayu Candraningrum  &  Hanipa Yansari

Asian Journal of Communication    22 Nov 2023




'Black lines on white paper': how comic artist Barbara Brandon-Croft draws on Where [she's] Coming from

Darnel Degand

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 20 Nov 2023




Statistical characteristics of comic panel viewing times

Hikaru Ikuta,  Leslie Wöhler &  Kiyoharu Aizawa 

Scientific Reports volume 13, Article number: 20291 (2023)

20 November 2023



Non-Violent Resistance in Nazar's Comics: A Verbo-Visual Discourse Analysis


Sehrish Aslam Ph D Scholar, Department of English, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan

Dr. Fauzia Janjua Professor, Department of English, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(4), 351–361



Martin Barker and Comics Studies: A Personal Appreciation

Roger Sabin

Participations Volume 19 Issue 3 November 2023


How to Read Uncle $crooge After How to Read Donald Duck
Henry Jenkins

Participations Volume 19 Issue 3 November 2023



Mutually Supportive and Inclusive Societies Driven by Community Social Workers in Japan: A Thematic Analysis of Japanese Comics

Ryuichi Ohta,Yumi Naito and Chiaki Sano

Geriatrics 2023, 8(6), 113; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics8060113

18 November 2023



Reviews: One Hundred Tales

Tegan O'Neil | November 30, 2023


One Hundred Tales

Osamu Tezuka, translated by Iyasu Adair Nagata



Reviews: The Atlas Comics Library No. 1: Adventures into Terror Vol. 1

Chris Mautner | November 29, 2023


The Atlas Comics Library No. 1: Adventures into Terror Vol. 1

Edited by Dr. Michael J. Vassallo



But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust. Charlotte Schallié  [book review]

But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust, ed. Charlotte Schallié (Toronto, ON:  New Jewish Press,  2022), 200 pp., hardcover $29.95, ebook $29.95.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies, https://doi.org/10.1093/hgs/dcad039

 23 November 2023



EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Timmy Heague, Danielle Paige and Michael Northrop of Fear the Funhouse: Toybox of Terror

  Lisa Fernandes November 23, 2023



Paul Dano's 'Riddler' comic book tries to unravel the Batman villain: He wasn't 'born evil'

By Jevon Phillips Multiplatform Editor 

Nov. 21, 2023


Declan Shalvey and Drew Moss detail their forthcoming 'ThunderCats' series

The new 'ThunderCats' #1 debuts in February 2024.

Chris Coplan

November 28, 2023


Upcoming exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Depicting Mexico and Modernism: Gordo by Gus Arriola // Representando México y el modernismo: Gordo de Gus Arriola

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum December 1 2023



SKYBOUND launches a new division in Japan

Their first project is Heart Attack

Merve Giray




Jim Starlin and Warlock

by David Beard

Rain Taxi Online Edition Fall 2023


Disney's 'Wish' conjures up familiar dreams

Stephen Thompson and Aisha Harris

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour November 27, 2023





ALAN MOORE: PORTRAITS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN: Conceived and edited by smoky man with assistance from Omar Martini, Gary Spencer Millidge and Angelo Secci (Italian Edition) Paperback – November 28, 2023



Featured Artist: Sam Sharpe

Adam Dwight Griffiths

Graffo Broadsheet December 1 2023