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Oh, What Happiness! Remembering ‘Moomin’ Creator Tove Jansson

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Tove Jansson, the creator of Moomin, one of the most beloved children’s comic characters in the world, was born on August 9, 1914.

Jansson's characters have lived on past nine novels, five picture books, and an ongoing comic strip to become beloved of multiple generations. In addition to many television series, animated movies, and reprinted books, the world’s love of the Moomin family has also led to a Moomin museum and a Moomin theme park in Finland.

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Body And Soul: Should You Be Reading ‘Always Human’?

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When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.

Imagine a future in which you could easily modify anything you wanted about your body. You could have feathers instead of hair, give yourself wings, enhance your memory, stop sweating in the summer. Imagine a world in which this is totally normal, and you could purchase body modifications as easily as you can grab a cup of coffee. Now imagine that you live in this world where everyone else can get mods, but you can’t. Welcome to Austen’s life.

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Queer Witches and Werewolves: Should You Be Reading ‘Mooncakes’? [Pride Week]

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When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.

There are a ton of webcomics out there, but not all of them have great art and compelling stories. Even fewer feature queer people of color as main characters. Mooncakes has all of the above, in a modern world with fantasy elements.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star in a ‘Y: the Last Man’ Movie? [Pride Week]

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Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. During Pride Week we've invited a couple of guest writers to contribute their ideas for movies with a strong LGBTQ focus.

Today we’re casting an imaginary Y: the Last Man movie. Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s comic has a number of queer characters, most notably by Dr. Allison Mann --- and I would love to see a movie filled with this many women. The series has been optioned for film and television before, but adaptations have floundered in pre-production. For this movie, we’ll narrow down the focus to Yorick, 355 and Dr. Mann and their odyssey to the doctor’s lab in San Francisco. It’ll be a road trip movie with the trio encountering lots of trouble and a little help along the way.

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Rockabillies In Love: Should You Be Reading ‘Rock And Riot’? [Pride Week]

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When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.

Rival gangs! Sweet cars! Rockabilly hair! Teenage love! If any of those things interest you, you should be reading Rock And Riot.

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10 Thoughts I Had While Playing ‘Sailor Moon Drops’

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Sailor Moon Drops appeared all over my social media a few weeks ago. First one friend, then another, then another started playing, and I couldn’t resist joining them, even though I had no idea what it was. It had Sailor Moon! That was enough for me!

If you've also found yourself wondering what this game is that all your friends are playing, or if you want to relive the experience of falling into a Sailor Moon Drops hole, let me talk you through my initial experiences with the game...

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Drawn & Quarterly Dominates 2016 Doug Wright Awards Nominees

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This morning the nominees for the 2016 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning were announced. Presented each year at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the Doug Wright Awards honor Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have published work in cartooning in the past year. (Sorry, French Canadians, only work in English are included, although translations are eligible.)

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Baking, Bros And Beyonce: Should You Be Reading ‘Check, Please’?

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What happens when a gay former figure skater goes away to college to play hockey? Both more and less than you think, as you’ll find out if you read Ngozi Ukazu's webcomic Check, Please! He bakes pie, he befriends his teammates, and he collapses on the rink for fear of getting checked...

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