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Mythic Noncompliance: An interview with feminist comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick is forthright about her literary feminism. ‘When we limit ourselves to stories about men,’ she says, ‘and assume a readership that reflects the protagonist, we send the message to everyone else that they are other, that there is some kind of default human being, and they are not it.’ Read more »

Agent Carter and the future of the female superhero

Agent Carter has been described ‘a Triumph for Women, Marvel and TV,’ and heralded as an important new chapter in comics culture. If this supposedly groundbreaking new show fails, does it spell doom for the future of female-led superhero franchises? Read more »

Fan-Girling Over Super Heroines

The testosterone-fuelled BIFF! BANG! KAPOW! of classic comics can seem uninviting, filled with spandex-clad men and swooning damsels who hold limited appeal outside the stereotypical 18-35 year-old male demographic. But things are changing in the world of comics. Read more »

If pen erases paper, what erases awkward?

It could have been awkward. Well, I mean, it was. Meeting Melbourne comic artist Sam Wallman at a café I went the handshake and he went the European greeting. It became an odd mix of both – stooped shoulders and curling arms in a handshake / air … Read more »

On the road with Caravan of Comics

‘Australian comics have been around for decades. But it has been in waves and visibility has always been a problem. I’ve been in it long enough to see several waves come and go,’ says Bruce Mutard, who has been making comics in Melbourne for over 20 years. … Read more »

A good noise: Dailies 3

A Silent Army publishes it, but the cover is certainly hollering at me. The personality in the cursive/lowercase/uppercase font of the title gets my attention first. Behind is a mountainous tableau hatched in colour, complete with a waterfall, a dead tree and a highway billboard promising ‘new … Read more »

Editors’ picks for November: Started Early, Took My Dog, Blasphemy and Summer Blonde

The Kill Your Darlings editors share recent reading favourites. What are your picks? Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson — Rebecca Starford, Editor For many years I’ve heard people talk about Kate Atkinson novels, and that I should read them. I always resisted this advice … Read more »

Joss Whedon’s character archetypes: The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

In The Avengers, writer/director Joss Whedon has inherited a series of Marvel characters who have been established over five preceding films, not to mention a long legacy of comic book appearances. The films that introduced these characters have been pretty good, but nothing remarkable for a casual … Read more »