Links: New Writer for Lumberjanes
Noelle Stevenson has left the creative team of Lumberjanes, and Kat Leyh (Supercakes) is taking her place as of issue #18. Stevenson is also the creator of Nimona and is writing Runaways for Marvel.
Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, the creative team behind Tiny Titans and Itty Bitty Hellboy, are expanding their Aw Yeah Comics empire to a third location: New York!
Your longread for the day: Jamie Weinman explains comics continuity, why it works, why so many people hate it, and why it may not be such a bad thing if used creatively. He uses plenty of examples, kicking off with DC’s New 52 reboot and Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars, and citing Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, which weaves a new story out of Carl Barks’s original Scrooge stories:
When I first heard about this story, I thought it was ridiculous, since Barks’s stories had literally no continuity at all – any “fact” he introduced about a character was only supposed to be there for that one story. So this sounded like the sort of thing people usually complain about when it comes to continuity: the obsession with making a bunch of old stories fit together that were never intended to fit together; comics about comics. But eventually I realized the point is not what Barks intended, but Rosa’s engagement with the works of his favourite creator. The comic works because it’s Rosa arguing affectionately with Barks about what his stories meant and whether they can add up to something he never dreamed of. Again, it’s historical fiction, using your own creativity to make sense of history (in Rosa’s case, both comics history and actual world history, which he’s obsessed with incorporating into his work).
Vernieda Vergara puts Attack on Titan into context, explaining the political and social factors that Japanese readers
Mental Floss has fun with 12 things you (probably) didn’t know about MAD Magazine, including the origin of Alfred E. Neuman.
Greg Burgas on Jem and the Holograms #4 (Comic Book Resources)
Matt D. Wilson on Prez #1 (Comics Alliance)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of So Cute It Hurts! (Comics Worth Reading)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-5 of W Juliet (Manga Xanadu)
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About Brigid Alverson
Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor, a newspaper reporter, and assistant to the mayor of a small city. In addition to editing GC4K, she is a regular columnist for SLJ, a contributing editor at ICv2, an editor at Smash Pages, and a writer for Publishers Weekly. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.
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