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Hire This Woman: Cartoonist Sarah Horrocks

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Cartoonist Sarah Horrocks may be most well-known for her Adventure Time cover and of course her excellent critical writing for this site and elsewhere, but she's done a great deal of interior work on her own projects as well, such as Hecate Snake Diaries and Dysnomia, and her work has (or soon will) appear in Brandon Graham's Image Comics titles iMultiple Warheads and Prophet Horrocks usually does every part of the comics process on her projects, from writing to lettering.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Juanjo Guarnido, Annie Wu, Chip Zdarsky

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Hire This Woman: Cartoonist Sloane Leong

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Our subject this week, Sloane Leong, is a talented colorist who has worked on comics for publishers like Boom!, Dark Horse, and Image, but she is also a cartoonist who has created many comics of her own from start to finish.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Jeff Smith, Shawn Cheung and Francesco Francavilla

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Hire This Woman: Cartoonist Julia Nikitina

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Cartoonist Julia Nikitina is the focus of our feature today. Nikitina is from Russia, where she studied extensively as a fine artist and has completed her first graphic novel, Wizard's Journey, which she wrote and drew. None of her work has, as of yet, been translated into English and is presently available only in Russia, but its fine quality and her great potential in the English-speaking market are manifest.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): J. Bone And Tony Cliff

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Hire This Woman: Cartoonist Jane Mai

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
This week, our featured cartoonist is Jane Mai.  Mai has a BFA in Illustration and has published Sunday in the Park with Boys with Koyama Press and Pond Smelt with Peow!  On her projects, she does everything from writing to lettering (and everything in between).

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Ted Naifeh, Javier Rodriguez, and David Messina

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

 

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Early Comics Artist Janice Valleau Winkleman Dead at 90

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A week ago, one of the earliest female comics artists and one of the hundreds of people who left comics after the Senate hearings of the 1950s passed away in Florida at the age of 90Janice Valleau Winkleman, who was credited as Ginger Valleau, Janice Valleau, and Janice Winkleman throughout her career, began drawing comics in the late 1930s.  Winkleman got her first job drawing comics for the company that would become Archie Comics but also did a great deal of work for Quality Comics.  The character she was most associated with was the detective model Toni Gayle, but she also drew many other characters including Veronica and Betty.

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Hire This Woman: Writer Amy Chu

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Today we're speaking with writer and self-publisher Amy Chu. Chu has written a few short stories in collaboration with creators like Larry Hama, CP Wilson III, Steve McNiven, and Janet K. Lee, as well as self-published her own comics under the name Alpha Girl Comics.

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