I'm loving this comic so much. Set in an alternative now, a mutation of the toxoplasmosis virus causes girls to turn into violent lethal big cats when they have their periods. Suddenly menstruation is demonized, women are taught to mistrust and fear their bodies, and laws are enacted for government to control women's bodies. Ha. Not that alternative after all.
By @chelseacainxp and @kate.niemczyk. Thanks Queens of Kings (@kingscomics) for the recommendation.
We’ll have more pictures & videos to share throughout the week and the audio episode will be up tomorrow. We’d like to extend another thank you to everyone that showed up this past Saturday to be a part of our 2nd live episode! If you missed this one, no worries! We have more events & live episodes planned for the near future. Short Box Nation you are the best, so let us know your book club suggestion in the comments below, Excelsior! 🍻
My Sabrina Netflix inspired outfit because we're discussing the comic at comic book club tonight. My custom made "Nothing good happens after midnight" was more my ode to sleep but it equally applies to Sabrina because all the bad stuff happens after midnight. Witch earrings by @reverefolie. You can't see it but I'm wearing blue eyeliner as a tribute to my favourite character, Hilda Spellman (@reallucydavis). Hand made (not by me) Harley Quinn/voodoo doll. Necklace by my favourite horror artist @mistersplitfoot.
I feel bad for Lottie. Her supposedly best friends aren't really friends. Throughout the first vol of Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung's Snot Girl, they continue to fail at showing any real emotional suppot for her. Often caught up in their own lives and demanding the others pay attention to them. This is displayed well in two specific scenes. One is the beginning of the book when both of her friends fail to come to haters brunch leaving Lottie by herself. The other time is during Normal Girl's party. Neither one really has time for her outside of the potential photo-op. Their relationships are entirely superficial, where at this point in time if one of them was to stop being instafamous, i imagine the others would just stop talking to them. Everyone needs a friend.
I am a sucker for anyone who can find a unique way to present the recap of their comic. Usually this is the secrion most skip over as it doesnt provide any new information. However! Some use this chance to either tell the reader a bit about the world or some characters who occupy it. Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung's Snot Girl is a good example of a recap being used well. They have turned the climax of last issues events into an instagram post. Not only does this remind the reader how the last issue ended but it also informs us about the repercussions as well as the type of world Lottie and her friends exist in. One where all their public discressions are the mornings gossip.
Hello all! November is our last book club book of the year! Hasn't it come so fast?! 😱
We are ending this year with famed Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. 📖✨ If your interested in trying out our book club we have two copies left in store! 🐾 Or if you'd like to pick it up for a casual read, go for it! 🐶 The book club is hosted on the last Tuesday of the month, 6pm to 8pm. ⏰ Novembers date will be the 27th, giving you just under two weeks to smash this book if you'd like to come along! 💪📚 #bigdogbooks#bigdogs#perthcomics#bookclub#comicbookclub#persopolis#marjanesatrapi#novembersbook#barkclub
One of the great things about Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung's Snot Girl is it's look into life as an instagram celebrity and how their lives online are to a lot of an extent a facade. Lottie is adored by thousands of people and is viewed by several characters in the comic as flawless. But she isn't, no one is. Most of the time she is beset with horrible allergies that leave her more or less bed ridden. This comic doesnt really judge anyone who makes their living as online influencers. Instead it just reminds it readers that what we put online isnt the full story. That our lives are nowhere near as perfect as we like to pretend they are.
Let's talk snot girl by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung. No better place to start than the beginning. In two pages we get a slew of classic Bryan writing and style. Character introductions with silly information that speaks vols about the both the person it belongs to and the person thinking it. A quick help guide to text slang, and internalized self loathing. Love how this book handles text. How all the thoughts of the main character are just free floating in the panels drifting in and out. Bryan and Leslie do a fantastic job of introducing their main character in two pages and giving you so much information about who she is and her life.
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Do you like comic books? Do you like talking comics? We have just the thing for you, true believer. Join us for our monthly Comic Book Club, held at @avalonbakery in Downtown Detroit. Next meet-up is Friday, November 30th, and we’re discussing all your favorite comics you’ve read recently, along with our book of the month, ISOLA, by Brandon Fletcher and @karlkerschl. See you there! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Episode 70 is up! Join us as we discuss the life of a fashion blogger with seasonal allergies in Snot Girl by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung. Episode is available on iTunes and all podcasting apps. Enjoy!
Going to end our talk on Francis Manapul's Trinity with this page from the second issue. Our heroes are out looking for Clark Kent and Pa is going to give them a lift. This page actually had me laughing out loud. This is the polar opposite of Batmans world. It's bright, friendly, and a small town. Batman's fear comes from the dark. Without it, He is just another dude in a suit. Also i love seeing all three of them crammed into the front trunk. It just instantly makes them appear as kids again being driven to the movies.
Absolutely adore these two splash pages from Francis Manapul's Trinity. apologies i don't remember the artist name who drew this issue but it's the pabel layout that is all Francis here. This whole section is a little muddle story wise but basically young bruce is having fear attacks and is hallucinating the Trinity as terrifying monsters. The way they do the slpit so you see the hero and the monstrous version side by side is fantastic. I especially love Wonder Woman's slpit. I dont have anything special to say about these splash pages other than they are just some damn fine art.
If you need more proof that Francis Manapul is an artist unlike any other working right now then here it is! These two pages can be viewed as a whole single piece of art as opposed to being a collection of panels. I am a huge sucker for when artist find interesting ways to incorporate sound effects into the art. These two bangs are great examples. They are loud, violent panels in of themselves that show just a glimpse of the violence they are causing. What's also great is Batman's whole expression. While superman got to spend a quiet day with his father while receiving some parent advice. Batman has to just watch helplessly once again as his mother and father are gunned down. Even Batman can't save bruce wayne from the fate of becoming batman.
Let's talk about Francis Manapul's Trinity. This is mostly going to be about his art cause i dont think there is anyone else working right now who is able to create pages that not onky depict the action taking place but also be a whole visual piece on its own. For example these two pages from the first issue. Everything about tgese two pages are meant to convey these characters just from visuals alone. The colours used in each page is representative of the heroes personality as well as their general outlook on life. Also he gives both batman and wonder woman these gorgeous full poses in the forground. Great art that is easy to follow along in terms of panel layout.
Go read justice league dark by James T Tynion IV and Raul Fernández. Its a great action horror comic with wonderful art. Just take this gorgeous page of Swamp thing as proof. Also the addition of Wonder Woman mixing it up with the magic heroes is a smart choice.
#comicbookclub starting a year-long series of exercises designed to get them making their own books. Today: how do creators get started? We generated a list of how they think their favorite book creators generate their ideas and start their stories. They then chose one of the items on the list and paired up with others who chose related paths. Next up we’ll look at creating contact sheets for characters, outlining story structure, scripting and designing panels and pages. #lrei#comics#comicbooks#makingcomics
*warning* graphic image in second slide. One of the great things comics can do is build up inevitable dread in their readers. Showing you information that characters don't know about. This moment from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key is a great example of this dread. We can all see whats coming a mile away but we are helpless to do anything about it. All we can do is watch in terror as the approching doom edges closer. This moment was a brief example but the entire first vol of this comic ends with the biggest versio of helpless dread. The reveal that the villian of the series has made themselves friends with the Locke kids. We as readers know full well the danger but can do nothing but hope they are able to change what we all fear is coming.
She had such an amazing time with her #bffs ...They are only missing Diego and Jazlene. These kids love each other so much, they were devastated when they found out they were all in different classes...But in their mind they are still best friends and they try to hang out every day 😊 #realfriends#halloween2018#comicbookclub
Want to talk briefly about both these pages from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key. This whole family is having a hard time processing the trauma. Its understandable. What makes these two pages great is that it shows not only the ways in which a traumaic experience can continue to effect someone but also how isolated people can become in part because of the trauma they experienced. Both of these siblings survived the sake horrific day and yet neither one is aware of the troubles they each are experience. Kinsey thinks her brother Tyler is fine. He is processing it through hard work only for us to see he is anything but. Kinsey doesnt show her troubles to anyone. Instead she sits in her room and unconsciously reenacts her hiding with Bode. This is whay makes this comic so great. These characters feels extremely real and far from perfect.
If you have never read Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key fair warning, this post has spoilers to the end of the first issue. Throughout the entire first issue of this fantastic series we don't even see a single supernatural thing. We focus entirely on a family dealing with the trauma and aftermath of the home invasion in their own ways. Nothing is made magical or special. It is very real in how everyone tries to process their grief. Then the last page comes and Bam! Bode's a ghost. No words just a handful of panels and the reader is suddenly left with a lot of questions and a need to read the next issue. It's a great way to hook an audience. Give them compelling characters who can be interesting just by living and then throw in your hook.
So lets get in to Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. There is something they do with the art that is done to great effect. This is one of the earlier examples. The Locke family have just lost their father and are at his furneral. We as readers don't know the full extent of what happened just yet but we don't need to. The pain and isolation on Tyler is all that matters. Through these two pages the frame never changes. Ppl come and go but Tyler says little and doesn't move from this spot. Often staring into his father's bedroom from the hall. His isolation is clear in this. Everyone is in the other room, unaware of Tyler. Occasionally ppl come out and try horribly to make him feel better only to give up quickly and rejoin the rest.
Been reading Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo Constantine The Hellblazer and this page blew me away. In it, Constantine takes a trio through a soul factory club modeled after Dante's inferno version of hell. Islt's just beyond gorgeous.
Episode 68 is up! What better way is there to kick off your halloween weekend than with a discussion about the tramatic and frightening tale of the Locke family in Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Episode is available now on iTunes and all podcasting apps. Enjoy!
It's weird seeing Betty and Veronica from Archie in the very dark and chilling world of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack. Mostly cause I associate them with being in the very bumblegum safe world that is archie. However it is kind of interesting to watch these two slowly become witches. This page is just a nice throw to Shakespeare's classic witches from Macbeth.
Another terrifying sequence from the amazing Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack. Madam Satan has come calling for Sabrina's mom. You have already seen this woman casually remove the face of a young teen, kill a truck drive and burn Sabrina's dad alive. Her mom is completely helpless and all you can do is worry that she will suffer horribly. And first they tease you to think she is going to leave her alone. But then she changes her mind and makes the moms life a literally living hell. Thats just cruel.
This whole sequence reminds me of classic Hellblazer comics. Heavy narration moving slowly though the thoughts of our current "protagonist". We dont hear her actually thoughts. That would make her feel human and help us with sympathizing with them. Instead the narrator tells us her thoughts. This gives it this creepy detactment like no matter what we do we have zero control of the events unfolding before us. We are trapped and forced to watch helplessly as the story unfolds before our eyes.