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17

Sep

A Dream Deferred

podcorn:

ShowNotes///


00:00:10 – www.audibletrial.com/podcorn for a free audiobook
00:00:50 – Start!
00:01:44 - laudable is still plausible 
00:02:15 - Seriously, it does help
00:03:00 - Rocket Girl schedule update
00:05:30 - Amy Reeder World Tour to support the foreign licensing
00:06:50 - “That’s kinda fancy”
00:07:40 - “J10 ARTIST ALLEY” Don’t forget it. 
00:07:55 - #TeamBrandon can visit Room 1A21 on Thursday at 5PM
00:07:55 - #TeamAmy can visit Room 1A14 on Friday at 12:15PM
00:08:00 - Stop at the Collaboration Panel and listen. 1A01. Sat at 7:15PM
00:09:20 - Next Pint Night is tomorrow 9/18 at Pony Bar
00:10:20 - Villains Night - RSVP while you still can!
00:11:30 - http://sleepnomorenyc.com/
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00:13:15 - Story Collider
00:15:30 - Fat guys like t-shirts too
00:16:00 - Oddlot t-shirts, let’s make a deal
00:18:30 - image
00:19:45 - Renting in NYC
00:23:23 - Media options and name dropping 
00:25:00 - Brandon’s epic deadlines manifesto
00:32:15 - Sky Doll
00:34:45 - Requisite Simon Bisley reference 

Music:

I Think We’re Alone Now
Tiffany

Essential Reads:

I’ve got a bunch of originals up for sale over at Essential Sequential!

Includes this fancy Escher-like Ultimate Spider-man cover. You’ll also find Rocket Girl—haven’t sold pages from it until now! There’s some Batwoman and Madame Xanadu in there as well, and even a cameo by Death of the Endless.

12

Sep

Baltimore Comic-Con Recap

podcorn:

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00:00:10 – www.audibletrial.com/podcorn for a free audiobook
00:00:50 – Start!
00:01:30 - No love for Amtrak
00:04:30 - Convention attendance fibbing
00:08:30 - 

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00:11:05 - Thanks a lot, Obama.
00:13:30 - “It kinda reminds me of Communist China”
00:15:00 - Cool folks at the con
00:18:00 - Wizard World Surface of the Sun Featured Guest
00:21:00 - Harvey Award-winner Paul Pope
00:22:40 - image

00:23:30 - Con sales
00:25:40 - Rad fan art!
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00:26:40 - Amy’s Princess Leia
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00:28:57 - Only waaaaaay better
00:30:00 - Full panel recap here
00:32:45 - Beer deets
00:34:34 - https://www.jimmyjohns.com

Music:

Way Down In The Hole
Blind Boys of Alabama

Essential Reads:

NEW PODCORN!

09

Sep

m-v-b:

SUPPORT SHERBET ON KICKSTARTER

One more day to back writer and friend Michael Bramley’s kickstarter for Sherbet Lock! As you can see, I did a creepy pinup for it. Great story, and awesome art by Joshua Mathus. They have met their goal, and are not too far off from reaching a stretch goal that will put the book in color!!!

03

Sep

Spider-Woman's Butt

podcorn:

ShowNotes///


00:00:10 – www.audibletrial.com/podcorn for a free audiobook
00:00:50 – Start!
00:01:20 - Corroborating articles, NYTimes even!
00:02:22 - image


00:03:25 - Singer Building history
00:04:35 - Amy’s Soundcloud
00:05:30 - I don’t think any of this is true, btw

A window into my artistic process!  I show you the steps I took to make the cover to Rocket Girl #7.

30

Aug

bmontclare:

I’ve got very high ceilings at my place…

bmontclare:

I’ve got very high ceilings at my place…

28

Aug

And here’s a video of me and the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, talking about that Brooklyn Defender design :)

Recently announced: I got to design this year’s Brooklyn Defender for New York Comic Con and Brooklyn Brewery!! Was such a cool opportunity. I went for a homegrown vigilante vibe and I made sure to make her easy to cosplay. There’s a big launch party at the brewery on September 10th; you should RSVP!!!!

22

Aug

Spider-woman and Sexual Portrayals of Women

So many opinions on the interwebs these days! You guys know I tend to stay out of this stuff, but I actually have something valuable to say…or so I feel.

If you want to know my opinion on Milo Manara’s Spider-woman cover, I’m going to have to disappoint you and say I feel super divided on it. I love Milo Manara!! It’s a variant cover…so it’s sort of an erotica variant! Of course, I’d also like to see Katie Cook do her own version…that’d make Marvel’s choice seem a little less like a systemic problem. And yes, it’s all a different story with context, but without context, it is a bit jarring and I don’t negate that because the Internet really changes our experience these days. And the image itself does remind me a lot of images by artists I DON’T respect…I wish it looked more characteristically Manara instead of a Greg Horn illustration (sorry, Greg Horn! (Not that you care!)). Again, all that said, it’s Milo Manara and if anybody should be able to do things how he wants, it should be him.

That’s not my point. My point is, it’s not an easy thing to evaluate or explain what is okay and what’s not. Some sexy drawings of women I can get behind, some I can’t. Some of that’s context. But a lot of it is what seemed like a weird intuition that I couldn’t really pinpoint, until recently.

The word that changes everything for me is “personhood.” Does this woman seem like a person? Do they have life breathed into them? A personality? Or are they an object? Do they feel manufactured or repetitive? Would guys who like this appreciate that I am a living, breathing woman?  Or would they complain I talk too much?

This is why I love Guillem March’s work despite some weird occasional gems…He exaggerates but his women are diverse and boiling over with life. You can tell he likes the ladies, but he likes them, person and all.  I know not all women can get behind this dude, but I strongly believe we need him in this industry.

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Compare that with this image…which appears to be a photo manip by someone named “CHOWY”…anyway, it creeps the hell out of me. Why? Because these are not presented as people; they are objects that serve a purpose. Moreover, it’s obvious I was not invited to this celebration of comics. And I like getting invitations.

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This applies to stories, too. It’s an oldie, but I’ve always disliked the Tomb Raider movie. Female protagonist? Check. Strong? Oh yeah. Smart? Anthropologist smart! Human being? Bzzzzzzzt!!! Wrong. Hollow shell…HEY! Let’s watch her take a shower!

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(I wish I could tie this all back to the Manara cover, but I feel like the point was that she’s Spider-woman, so she’s less human, more spider. The truth: I was just using this controversy as an excuse to get on my soapbox.)

Of course, the depressing undertone to this post is that so many guys don’t see (or don’t want to see?) women as humans. So, so weird, so sad.  I tend to surround myself with guys who think I’m human and gals who think they themselves are humans, so I can pretend this problem isn’t common.  But reality is a bastard.

Anyway. Personhood. I have a name for it and it has given a reason to my rhyme. Maybe it’s your reason, too?