Fangirls Around the Web: April 19, 2014

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Fangirls Around the Web April 19, 2014 edition spotlights fangirls and their heroines. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: April 19, 2014

Women Illustrating Women: Indie Artist Kell Smith Draws Attention to New Female Comics Characters

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Indie comics are bigger, better, and getting more of the market share than ever before, as evidenced by the rise of Image Comics.  That means more opportunities for talented artists and writers to get their books to market, and hopefully, more diversity in the comics we will be reading.

Last December I interviewed Glenn Matchett, Executive Editor and Writer for GrayHaven Comics, about Issue 1 of his mystery series: Living With Death. In that book Glenn showed his enthusiasm for strong female lead characters by writing them incredibly well. Now, there is reason to cheer. A new and gutsy female stars in Glenn’s next book release.

“SPARKS” will be available from GrayHaven Comics during the first week of April. It is a “CSI-type” detective story that Glenn has been developing for more than a decade. As eager as he is to see this story in print, Glenn is genuinely thrilled to credit the realization of his long-time dream to young breakout artist/illustrator, Kell Smith. He feels that she has interpreted his SPARKS story so well, that he claims: “This is as much Kell’s project as it is mine.”

Since we love to see women succeed, I recently spoke with Kell about her artwork, her creative partnership with Glenn, and the development of this new book, to catch a glimpse of how she became, as Glenn puts it, “the reason SPARKS exists.”

“SPARKS” (GrayHaven Comics)
Written by Glenn Matchett
Illustrated by Kell Smith

Release Date: Early April 2014

Mary is a retired Registered Nurse who specialized . . . → Read More: Women Illustrating Women: Indie Artist Kell Smith Draws Attention to New Female Comics Characters

Mary Reviews “Sparks”: Written by Glenn Matchett and Illustrated by Kell Smith

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Mary reviews “Sparks” from GrayHaven Comics . . . → Read More: Mary Reviews “Sparks”: Written by Glenn Matchett and Illustrated by Kell Smith

Dark Horse Wins With Tomb Raider, Buffy, and Serenity

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Dark Horse Comics’ Year of the Horse started out with a bang with their record number of wins in the Diamond Gem Awards. From their news feed:

Last week, Diamond Comic Distributors announced the 2013 Gem Awards, boasting a record number of accolades for Dark Horse!

While DC Entertainment topped the list with six awards, Dark Horse dominated among the independent publishers, with Dark Horse Presents winning Anthology of the Year for the second year in a row!

This year’s Dark Horse wins are as follows:

   Licensed Comic Book of the Year: The Star Wars #1 (SEP138217)

   Anthology of the Year: Dark Horse Presents #26 (MAY130015)

   Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (SEP120055)

   Original GN of the Year: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (JUN130031)

   Manga TP of the Year: Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 (JAN130124)

Over at Newsarama, Brian J.L. Glass talks about FURIOUS, out now from Dark Horse. It’s a fabulous discussion of female characters, superheroes as a means to explore the human condition, tropes, and darker storytelling.

First, if I can address your observation about FURIOUS as a character—the point you made about her resisting a trope forced upon her is one of the ways this story does resonate directly with the issues the female audience is currently expressing displeasure about. This woman is unique, with her superpowers truly setting her apart from every other human being on Earth (at least for now), yet a media system labels her. She wants to be “The Beacon” yet a male reporter saddles her with what could be considered a negative title: she’s “FURIOUS.” It’s an observation, but more . . . → Read More: Dark Horse Wins With Tomb Raider, Buffy, and Serenity

Mary Reviews Death Raye from Titanium Comics

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Mary reviews the comic “Death Raye” from Titanium Comics. . . . → Read More: Mary Reviews Death Raye from Titanium Comics

A Fangirl and The Boys: My Journey Through Comics Apprentice

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Mary shares her experience from GrayHaven’s Comics Apprentice. . . . → Read More: A Fangirl and The Boys: My Journey Through Comics Apprentice

October 15th is Superhero Night on PBS

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October 15 is Superheroes Night on PBS. . . . → Read More: October 15th is Superhero Night on PBS

Fangirls Around the Web: September 3, 2013

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Fangirls Around the Web for the week of September 3, 2013. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: September 3, 2013

Mary joins GrayHaven Comics Apprentice

Mary competes on GrayHaven’s Apprentice. . . . → Read More: Mary joins GrayHaven Comics Apprentice

Fangirls Around the Web: June 19, 2013

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Fangirls Around the Web for June 19, 2013. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: June 19, 2013