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 Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, November 2014 In Review

My latest “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and it was yet another subpar month for both publishers. DC’s overall percentage of female creators rose to 9.8%, but that’s still well below their regular average despite a particularly strong month for female writers and artists. Marvel topped them with 10.8% overall, but that’sContinue reading “Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, November 2014 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”

Wonder Woman Via Dan DeCarlo Via Bill Walko

This went up on The Line it is Drawn more than a month ago, but I just found it and loved it so I’m going to post it now.  The theme for this edition of TLIID was re-imagining a character as if they had been designed by a different creator.  Bill Walko got famed Archie artistContinue reading “Wonder Woman Via Dan DeCarlo Via Bill Walko”

New Li’l Jinx Stories in Life with Archie

If you, like me, had a stack of Archie digests nearly as tall as yourself when you were a kid, you are doubtlessly familiar with Li’l Jinx.  She was the little blonde girl who had a story or strip in pretty much every digest book, alongside other non-main Archie characters like “Josie and the Pussycats”Continue reading “New Li’l Jinx Stories in Life with Archie”