Sometimes when you read a story, something sticks out at you. A page might feel weird, or a layout might seem odd and distracting. It could be that it's just a bad choice on the team's part in figuring out the approach to tell the story, or it could be an example like in the new Hulk book where it's very deliberately done for effect.
Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon have a very specific visual style for the majority for the book. It's not that it's simple, but there's an obviousness to it. It looks like comics. Some panels overlap, but there's a standard structure that doesn't look too unusual. Everything works on columns and rows, and it's fairly regimented.
It all breaks apart in a scene with Jen in the lift.
2016 is almost offer, but there's still one comic of this year that we're really excited about, coming in right under the wire. Supergirl: Being Super #1 is the first issue of a four-part out-of-continuity mini-series that explores Supergirl's history. It's basically a teen drama starring Kara Danvers, written by award-winning This One Summer writer Mariko Tamaki, with art by Joëlle Jones.
With the book coming out this week, ComicsAlliance sat down with Tamaki and Jones to talk about what makes Supergirl different from other people, what makes this version different from other Supergirls, and why giving Supergirl a queer best friend was so important.
Jennifer Walters barely made it through Civil War II alive, and in Hulk #1 she's dealing with some lingering side effects. As the new ongoing series by Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon begins, the former She-Hulk is trying to live a quiet, normal life. But as this first look preview reveals, rage is bubbling up inside her, and the monster lurking within her brain and body wants to get out.
Like many of us, Jennifer Walters hasn't had the best 2016. She was critically injured and left comatose in a fight with Thanos, and woke up to discover her cousin Bruce had been killed by Hawkeye, and her friends were now split into a second Civil War. This December, critically acclaimed writer Mariko Tamaki will explore the trauma Jen is experiencing along with artist Nico Leon in a new ongoing series simply titled Hulk.
Supergirl is getting a second comic series (or a third if you count the digital-first Adventures of Supergirl based on the TV show). In addition to the regular monthly Supergirl series that started this week, December sees the launch of a four-issue miniseries by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones, with the title Supergirl: Being Super.
Writer and performance artist Mariko Tamaki is one of the breakout talents of her generation. She recently published the YA novel Saving Montgomery Sole through Roaring Brook Press, and her 2014 original graphic novel This One Summer, co-authored by her cousin Jillian Tamaki, made history last year as the first comics work to win both the prestigious Caldecott Honor for exceptional picture art and the Printz Honor for best Young Adult literature. The book also won an Eisner and an Ignatz!
In recognition of her tremendous success, ComicsAlliance talked with Tamaki for a career-spanning interview about Saving Montgomery Sole, This One Summer, her performance art, and the importance of queer characters and stories in her work --- starting with a look back at Skim, the Tamakis' groundbreaking story of a Japanese-Canadian outsider at a Catholic girls' school.
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.)
Once again, adults are panicking at the very idea that kids might be allowed to read a comic book that accurately portrays the lives of other kids their age. In this case it's happening in Seminole County, Florida, where schools and local media have discovered that Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's award-winning This One Summer might not be appropriate for Third Graders, and are using that to justify keeping it out of the hands of the high schoolers at whom it's primarily aimed, and for whom it's entirely appropriate.
The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.
Tomb Raider is a franchise with a lot of amalgamated input, and one that a lot of people have their own take on. Is Lara Croft a strong female character, or a 'Strong Female Character'? From franchise director to commentator and critic, everybody's got their own idea of who Ms Croft should be --- or be for.
Recently Lara's been written by a succession of brilliant women, including Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett, and Corinna Bechko. As revealed today at New York Comic-Con, Mariko Tamaki is the next woman to take up Lara's story in comics form over at Dark Horse. ComicsAlliance spoke exclusively to Tamaki ahead of the announcement to find out more.
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