Read My Essay in Riverdale Avenue Books’ New Anthology, 1984 in the 21st Century

George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 has been resonating with the world since its publication in 1949, and it’s become increasingly relevant these days with “alternative facts” and the bizarre doublethink that characterizations the current American presidential administration. To explore the impact and legacy of 1984 in these tumultuous times,  today Riverdale Avenue Books isContinue reading “Read My Essay in Riverdale Avenue Books’ New Anthology, 1984 in the 21st Century”

Women In Comic Statistics: DC and Marvel, November 2015 In Review

My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up at Bleeding Cool, and it was a busy month with coverage of six different publishers: DC and Marvel, as always, plus Boom!, Dynamite, Valiant, and Archie. Both DC and Marvel’s overall percentage of female creators dropped and remain well below their past highs. DC had the higher overall totalContinue reading “Women In Comic Statistics: DC and Marvel, November 2015 In Review”

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2015 In Review

My latest “Gendercrunching” column went up last week on Bleeding Cool, but I’ve been slow to post it because I’ve been on vacation. Aw yeah, cottage in the summer! Except it’s been grey and cloudy all week. I read The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, though, and it’s GREAT. Check out that series,Continue reading “Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2015 In Review”

Have Some Spooky Halloween Fun With Afterlife With Archie And The Comics Code Authority!

It’s Halloween today, and what better time to do some spooky reading about the history of comic books? Just in time for the creepiest day of the year, I’ve got a review of the first volume of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla’s Afterlife with Archie up over at the Los Angeles Review of Books. IContinue reading “Have Some Spooky Halloween Fun With Afterlife With Archie And The Comics Code Authority!”

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2014 In Review

The May 2014 “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC took the top spot for the sixth straight month, just barely edging out Marvel for the higher percentage of female creators. DC fell to 11.8% female creators overall, and after a solid gain from April, Marvel rose to 11.7% female creators. GivenContinue reading “Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2014 In Review”

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2013 In Review

The monthly stats for May 2013 are up over at Bleeding Cool, and Marvel’s now beaten DC for the higher percentage of female creators for a year straight.  Marvel had 13.2% female creators overall, while DC trailed behind at 11.8%. We also popped by four other publishers, finishing our tour around the top-selling publishers.  AllContinue reading “Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2013 In Review”

The Gender Problem In Archie Comics OR The Girls All Look The Same

Continuing my recent birthday related posts, I also got Archie: The Best of Harry Lucey, Volume One, and it’s fantastic.  Harry Lucey drew Archie comics in the 1950s and 1960s, and he’s my favourite Archie artist by far.  I used to get the digests all the time when I was a kid, and the oldContinue reading “The Gender Problem In Archie Comics OR The Girls All Look The Same”