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Year of the Artist, Day 61: Ming Doyle, Part 2 – Girl Comics #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Ming Doyle, and the story is “Moritat” from Girl Comics #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2010. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – An Interview With Jeanine Schaefer And Lauren Sankovitch About All Things Girl Comics

When Girl Comics was announced on December 15th of last year I was skeptical…it’s well documented, here and elsewhere.  In fact, my column the Monday following the announcement was an interview with IDW Editor Mariah Huehner about Girl Comics.  I knew Huehner felt more optimistic about the project than I did and I wanted her to talk me off the ledge.

For the most part she did.

I emerged much more confident and optimistic, though still a bit wary (and nothing’s going to convince me to love the title).  It wasn’t until I had the chance to read Girl Comics #1 for myself that I got fully on board.  I didn’t love every story – I never do in an anthology, no matter how many geniuses are contributing –  but I found a lot to love in the book, and I came to embrace the opportunity to introduce (or in many cases re-introduce) myself to some great creators, and read some delightful stories.

So it’s with great pleasure that I share with you an interview with Marvel and Girl Comics Editor Jeanine Schaefer and Marvel and Girl Comics Associate Editor Lauren Sankovitch all about the Girl Comics experience.

Girl Comics Trifecta

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What I bought – 14 July 2010

I have always pitied poor Abraham. Here he had the sword from his sheath, only seconds away from slitting his son’s throat, and he had to sacrific a ram in his son’s place. What a disappointment it must have been. What a damn tragedy. (Jeremy Leven, from Creator)

This cover feels all Seventies, man! Are they tiptoeing so they don't wake the students up? 'Why are the readers so dim?!?!?!?!' Considering all that happens in this comic, this cover could have been a lot cooler As neat as this cover is, the variant is wicked awesome! I like the way the bullet is spraying numbers out of the dude's skull Sigh.  Yet another tremendous cover in this series! Monthly?  Um, yeah, maybe not This just proves it: Chicks shouldn't make comics, man! Ken Hale sez: Even though I'm a gorilla, you still wish you wuz me! Yet more propaganda! Things get worse.  I know, shocking. This is monster huge, man! More Darwyn Cooke goodness! You know, you don't have enough gore in your lives! More comics goodness than you deserve! In case you're wondering, yes, J. Bone is awesome I love this uncluttered cover Who drinks pink tea? I don't even have to read this to know it's awesome! Damned landscape printing!
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She Has No Head! – Review: Girl Comics #2

Girl Comics #2 (of 3).  Jill Thompson (writer/artist), Colleen Coover (writer/artist), Stephanie Buscema Girl Comics 2 Cover(writer/artist), Faith Erin Hicks (writer/artist). Kathryn Immonen (writer), Abby Denson (writer), Christine Boylan (writer).  Emma Vieceli (artist), Cynthia Martin (artist).  Elizabeth Breitweiser (colorist), Cris Peter (colorist), Emily Warren (colorist), June Chung (colorist).  Colleen Doran (pin-up artist), Ramona Fradon, Rebecca Buchman, and June Chung (pin-up artists). Marvel.  48 pages.  $4.99.

So Greg Burgas and I are in almost total agreement on the second issue of Girl Comics – the gist being that it’s still a mixed bag – like any anthology is – but that overall it’s stronger than the first issue.  As a bonus for me (and maybe also Greg?) there were certainly no overt objectifying land mine issues for me to step on like issue one’s ill-conceived She-Hulk pin-up.

Part two of Colleen Coover’s introduction is as beautifully illustrated as the first and seeing it here I think that it’s probably a really nice way to link and anchor the three issues together with some consistency considering the variety of creators, characters, and types and lengths of stories, etc.

The second piece, a sweet, lighthearted, and exceptionally illustrated six-page story “Dogged Pursuit” by Jill Thompson is excellent.  I think Thompson’s piece is the perfect example of a successful short story for an anthology such as this because Thompson doesn’t try to do too much.  Instead she takes basically a one line joke or premise – in this case “Lockjaw the giant teleporting dog doesn’t want to take a bath” and then peppers it with superheroes that fit the story and uses them in creative and fun ways to service the joke or premise.

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What I bought – 19 May 2010

They hated Thomas for his courage, his brief moment as a bird. Everybody has dreams about flying. Thomas flew.

One of his dreams came true for just a second, just enough to make it real. (Sherman Alexie, from “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”)

3-D Man's arm makes it look like Jimmy has a multicolored moustache, which I think would improve his chances with the ladies! I totally want someone to send me that postcard! They should use the Bat-Phone in the 'real' Bat-titles! Big pictures split into many covers often look weird, like this one does You know, conceptually, this is a dumb cover, but it just looks so gorgeous! This cover has nothing to do with what's inside, but it's still kind of neat! I love this comic a little more each issue, I tells ya! Overcompensating much, King Richard? This is a really misleading cover You there!  Yub ym koob! What is it with those guys from Perth? Yet more Vertigo crime!  Whoo-hoo! Well, this is going to get messy
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She Has No Head! – Girl Comics: Not Quite Great, But Mostly Free Of Landmines

Girl Comics #1.  Devin Grayson, Trina Robbins, Colleen Coover, Lucy Knisley, Robin Furth, Girl Comics 1Valerie D’Orazio, G. Willow Wilson (writers).  Stephanie Buscema, Colleen Coover, Lucy Knisley, Agnes Garbowska, Nikki Cook, Ming Doyle (artists).  Colleen Coover, Lucy Knisley, Cris Peter, Stephanie Buscema, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Agnes Garbowska, and Barbara Ciardo (colors).  Marvel Comics.  $4.99

As many of you already know, though I have been anxiously awaiting issue #1 of Girl Comics, I also have mixed feelings about the idea (and continue to hate the title).  After my conversation with editor Mariah Huehner I felt optimistic that while Girl Comics wasn’t MY idea of perfect progress it was at least a real opportunity for a handful of incredibly talented women to get together on a book and bring us something we don’t get to see everyday.

I know not everyone is a fan of anthologies, but personally, and perhaps this goes back to my love of short fiction, I’m a big fan.  MOME is a book I read and buy regularly, and it’s consistently one of my favorites, in part because it generally manages to feature the best and brightest independent creators in the industry.  I think that Girl Comics first issue is a pretty interesting, though imperfect, mainstream version of what MOME long ago mastered.

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What I bought – 3 March 2010

I looked through the Gideon Bible in my motel room for tales of great destruction. ‘The sun was risen upon the Earth when Lot entered into Zo-ar,’ I read. ‘Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.’

So it goes.

Those were vile people in both those cities, as is well known. The world was better off without them.

And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)

Dazzler has nothing on Mirage! I should point out that Guillory drew this in October - that's how far ahead they were at one point! So very icky! Seriously, JHWIII - what the fuck? I still don't get why anyone would bet against She-Hulk! Is the ornate weaponry just for kewlness, or will it be explained? Holy shit, that's a gorgeous cover! Worth the wait! That Fox sure is crafty!
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