Jonathan Kent, the new Superman, with love interest Jay Nakamura.
The revelation that a Superman is bisexual is a big deal in terms of Superhero comics, and it hasn’t gone down well with everyone.
‘An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar’ recounts how the Somali Olympic runner drowned while trying to reach Italy in 2012.
(From Reinhard Kleist's 'An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar/SelfMadeHero)
Comics about migrant experiences seek to expose personal perspectives about the global crisis of 80 million individuals and families forcibly displaced worldwide.
When we read comics, we ‘hear’ sound on the page. Creators are experts at this cross-sensory form of storytelling - indeed one database lists over 2500 comic book sounds.
Some Ms. Marvel comic storylines have revealed her as a well-rounded character while others have advanced Islamophobic themes.
The Urdu-speaking powerhouse, Ms. Marvel, has destabilized stereotypes of Muslims and reinforced ideas about American exceptionalism.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda.
Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
Don’t forget fans. Here, Phuong Nguyen (left) as Captain America with Derrick Petry as Deadpool, at Comic-Con International in July 2018, in San Diego.
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Some comic fans have found a bright spot in virtual conventions in an otherwise bleak pandemic year. The sense of community matters more than a simplistic analysis about metrics or interactivity.
An image from My Hero is You, produced by the UN and several humanitarian agencies.
Scientists provide the credibility and accuracy, while the artists ensure this is communicated with creative flair and appealing designs.
An extended pause by the biggest publishers could spur comic creators to pursue new projects and accelerate a shift away from comic book stores. Here, the cover of Batman Giant #4, which was expected in stores this April 1, 2020.
Neither the Second World War nor 9/11 stopped weekly comic book distribution to comic stores. But COVID-19 means production and distribution is now on hold, and the future of comics is up in the air.
Uderzo with his creations at Melsbroek airport, Belgium in 2005.
With his colleague René Goscinny, Uderzo told the story of the Gaulish nation.
With over 100 issues, ‘Young Love’ was one of the longest running romance comics series.
Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries
During the ‘love glut,’ roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers’ appetites for scandalous storylines.
Charlotte Solamon’s expansive work told a story over 784 paintings that saw words intermingling with pages of beautifully painted pictures.
Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam/ © Charlotte Salomon Foundation/Charlotte Salomon ®
Charlotte Salomon’s dizzying work of hope and creativity amid destruction and despair, is a moving early example of the contemporary graphic novel
Drawing Power brings together 60 comics artists to talk about sexual violence. Sabba Khan’s Borders Broken, Edges Blurred is ‘an extraordinarily powerful story about child sex abuse’
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This searing new comics anthology edited by Diane Noomin shows us stories of sexual violence, harassment and – most critically – survival.
A Scotland-wide statue trail is celebrating the work of Dudley D. Watkins, a quiet man who became one of Britain’s most important comic book artists.
Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow.
('Garden' by Derrick Chow)
Queer men’s comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
Introducing Captain Marvel: she’s a smartass fighting intergalactic evil.
Chris Reid and Marvel
When the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie opens on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day, it will be Marvel Studios’ first female-superhero led film.
MIss Fury had cat claws, stiletto heels and a killer make-up compact.
Miss Fury was the first female superhero written and drawn by a woman. The comic in which she featured was syndicated in 100 newspapers but her creator has largely been excluded from the pantheon of comic greats.
Tintin: one of Belgium’s great gifts to the children of the world.
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Tintin’s adventures aren’t just fun to read – you can pick up a lot of history as well.
A frame from a comic by the organisation PositivesNegatives.
Copyright: Positive Negatives, illustration by Gabi Froden
A series of recent comics are trying to shift the narrative about refugees.
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Here are some treats you don’t have to ring Halloween doorbells for.
The lynch-pin of the marketing for the new ‘Titans’ TV series is a line in which Robin says “F@#k Batman!”
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In the trailer for the new DC TV series, Robin answers ‘F@#k Batman!’ when the bad guys ask about the Caped Crusader. This is a hopeful move to necessary character changes in superhero storytelling.