Beyond Rebirths and Civil Wars, there are whole worlds to explore in the pages of comics and graphic novels. While DC has its Rebirth, Marvel slogs through its second Civil War – an interesting story, but one that’s been buried by tie-ins. (See below for one really stand-out moment.) Meanwhile the ‘indie’ scene is knocking out of the park. Take a look at some of my new and old…
I started this blog in 2008 as I was preparing to graduate from college with a degree in creative writing. I had an unpaid internship as the assistant to a producer; I was submitting my YA novel to agents, short stories to literary journals, and gathering plenty of material on what not to do. (I have an enormous MS Word document of other people’s query letters that are each horrendous in their own way.) A lot has changed since then (and, sadly, a lot has not), but what I always hoped to do with this blog was share my successes and failures in the writer’s market, and possibly help others learn from my mistakes.
So this is what I’m doing: I’m writing a comic book.
The First Annual Geek Girl Con was a lovely sight to behold, both figuratively and literally (some awesome cosplay!). Totally low-key and mellow, with a wonderful sense of camaraderie and community. Everyone seemed very comfortable with themselves and each other. There was a definite sense of intelligence in the air; great, detailed discussions about representation in television, novels, and comics took place in every room.
Between my Kindle and newly kindled love of graphic novels, I’ve read a lot in the last several months, always intending to blog a proper review. I’m a little short on the time it takes to summarize and analyze my thoughts at the moment, but I thought I’d throw out a couple of words on the latest additions to my library.
In IDW’s Kill Shakespeare graphic novel, several of the Bard’s heroes are recast as rebels fighting familiar villains Richard III, Iago, and Lady Macbeth, while both sides search for the mysterious and god-like wizard Shakespeare. Though the series provokes a number of questions, one thing I really wanted to know was: ‘Why does Juliet get to be in charge of the rebellion?’
So when I found the creators of the Canadian comic on Twitter (@killshakespeare), I decided to ask. Writers Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery were nice enough to answer that and a few other questions I thought up for them about their comic with a literary slant.
As I approach my 3rd consecutive Comic-Con, I still consider myself a neophyte to the world of graphic novels, but I’ve discovered that some of the best storytelling in science fiction, fantasy, and thriller is being told in comic form. Here are my top picks: