GLAAD has released their annual media award nominees this week and as per the usual, it’s straight fucking fire. Comics nominees are Saga, Love is Love, Black Panther, Midnighter/Midnighter & Apollo, DC Bombshells, Lumberjanes, Kim & Kim, The Woods, Patsy Walker aka Hellcat & All New X-Men. Other nominees include Star Trek Beyond in film; Super Girl, Black Mirror, Wynonna Erp, Orphan Black & Stevens Universe in TV & former podcast recommendations Blood Orange Freetown Sound & Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange in music. Wow. Details at GLAAD’s website
Back in January Valiant launched a new solo min-series for Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr. This was great news for those of us who have been happily following her adventures ever since Joshua Dysart reintroduced her to readers in the pages of his Harbinger series. Two weeks ago, Valiant announced that demand for Faith had proven so strong that not only would her story be continuing, but it would be upgraded from a sequel mini to a new ongoing title. This is no small accomplishment, as Faith will be the first ongoing female solo title published by the current iteration of Valiant. As such, the new series, which will retain writer Jody Houser, represents another successful step forward for diversity in comics. However, it also points to another trend that has been occurring recently: a shift in the tone of storytelling. Ever since Alan Moore asked “Who Watches the Watchmen?” and Frank Miller pondered the last act of The Dark Knight’s career, the medium has been dominated by the grim and gritty archetype. At its height in the 90s, the prominence of such figures somehow achieved self-parody (cough, Az-Bats, cough) without losing their popularity. To this day, a new creative team’s pledge to “strip our hero down to nothing and see what makes him (or her) tick” is frequently cited as a fresh approach to counter lackluster storytelling. It’s not. Which does not mean that it cannot work, only that there is nothing groundbreaking about it. Instead, a new generation of heroines, including Zephyr, are helping redefine superheroes for a new generation of readers.
Potentially hitting the zeitgeist in multiple ways, DC and BOOM! are collaborating on a Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy project. The six issue limited-series will be written by Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday) & illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Lumberjanes). Beyond that not much is known yet except for a planned summer release.
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I’ve never been a big Summer Camp person. Personally, I prefer the comforts of air conditioning and the Internet over a dirty old cabin with hard beds and mosquitoes eating me alive but maybe I’m just incredibly soft.The only time I ever went camping was a one night event with my Girl Scout Troop. I was in the second grade, and like most second graders, we were all incredibly gullible. The cabin where we slept was comprised of two rooms with two entrances full of bunk beds. Campers were allowed to write on the walls and in the second room, there was a ghost story. “Not so long ago, a girl scout fell asleep in this very cabin with the doors locked. There was a fire and the girl burned alive. If you lock yourself in the cabin, she’ll come back and do the same thing to you.” We spent the rest of the day asking counselors about it and only got vague answers while looking around the cabin for “evidence”. Needless to say none of us slept in that part of the cabin that night and the ghost didn’t show even when troop leader locked the door to our side of the cabin.
Every camp seems to come with legends like the extra crispy girl scout that haunted my cabin. Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters perfectly capture the mystique of Summer Camp legends and the sisterhood of the Girl Scouts in Lumberjanes, a comic about the girls of the Roanoke cabin in Miss Quinzella Thisquin Penniquiquil Thistles Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.
Lumberjanes follows the adventures of Ripley, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and their counselor Jen as they explore the woods. They find the usual stuff: shapeshifting bear ladies, merwomyn, Grootslangs. You know, the typical camp stuff.