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Hire This Woman: Writer Cecil Castellucci

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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.”

Cecil Castellucci is a creator of comics, novels, music and film who's probably best known to ComicsAlliance readers for her work with Jim Rugg on The PLAIN Janes graphic novels. Commissioned by DC Comics for its young adult comics line Minx, Castellucci's work earned her the Joe Shuster award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer. She collaborated with March artist Nate Powell on The Year Of The Beasts, a hybrid prose/graphic novel; her book Odd Duck, with Sara Varon, was nominated for an Eisner award for Best Publication for Early Readers; and is a contributor to DC's new Wonder Woman anthology, Sensation Comics.

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Correcting The Record: Nate Powell & Andrew Aydin Talk ‘March: Book Two’ [Interview]

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March: Book One was easily one of the best graphic novels of 2013. Not only did it begin a story of immense historical consequence-- the mid-20th Century fight for civil rights in the American South-- it also told that story from a strong, personal perspective. That perspective came from U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who serves as the reader's guide through some very weighty material.

Now, the pressure's on. Lewis, his co-writer Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell are getting set to release March: Book Two in early 2015, and their challenge is to follow up a lauded text -- one that's been used in a good many classrooms since publication -- with a second chapter that gets more violent and shows just how difficult the struggle for civil rights really was.

ComicsAlliance chatted with Powell and Aydin for a few moments at Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk about that challenge, the difficulties of depicting such intense violence, and creating what's being regarded as an official historical text.

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Top Shelf Titles ‘Wizzywig,’ ‘From Hell’ And ‘March Book One’ Are A Steal In New Humble Bundle

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Image Comics' Humble Bundle offer, which ended about two weeks ago, was a notable success with tens of thousands of readers naming their price for contemporary comics. Top Shelf Productions is part of the site's newest book offer, which will benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Buyers can snag three Top Shelf books through the site: March Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell; From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell and Ed Piskor's Wizzywig.

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Congressman John Lewis Talked Comics, Congress And Civil Rights At The ‘March’ Panel [SDCC 2013]

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At this year's Comic-Con, a real life hero got a standing ovation. When Congressman John Lewis was introduced to a packed hall room at a panel dedicated to his upcoming autobiographical graphic novel March, every single person in the room stood and applauded.  And after a lengthy ovation, Congressman Lewis -- a Civil Rights icon, the last surviving member of the group who spoke at the March on Washington and one of the most significant figures in America -- spoke to the crowd about Congress, Civil Rights, preaching to chickens, and of course, comic books.

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Top Shelf Teams With Civil Rights Legend John Lewis To Publish New Graphic Novel ‘March’

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Congressman John Lewis is a living legend. A more than 25 year veteran of the United States Congress, Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders. He's also the sole living member of the Big Six -- leaders of six of the significant civil rights organizations active during the height of the civil rights movement -- whose members included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis' st

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Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 in Photos

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Local and national comics talent galore showed up in full force this past weekend at Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 in Portland, Ore. with fans arriving with equal fervor to scope out the latest graphic novels, indie titles, art prints a

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Link Ink: Nate Powell at the UN, NYCC Artists Draw on a Chevy and ‘Arkham City’ Sells Millions

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Creators: Swallow Me Whole and Any Empire creator Nate Powell joined a host of young adult fiction authors for an appearance at the United Nations last week to help raise funds for young refugees from war-torn Darfur.

Movies: The rumors of planned s

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‘Fantastic Four’ #9 Recreated Page by Page with Indie Cartoonists [Art]

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A couple of weeks ago we showed you a portion of Fantastic Four #9 redrawn by King City creator Brandon Graham. What we didn't realize at the time was that the commissioned piece was just one part of a larger a

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‘Any Empire’ Enlists Award-Winning Cartoonist Nate Powell for New Graphic Novel [Preview]

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Coming in July from Top Shelf Productions is Any Empire, the new graphic novel by Nate Powell, author of Swallow Me Whole, winner of the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel. In Any Empire, Powell deals explicitly with the themes of war and violence as they'r

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Indie Comics All-Stars Chip in for ‘Sweet Tooth’ #19 [Preview]

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For those of you keeping up with Vertigo's must-read Sweet Tooth only in the modestly priced collected editions, you may be delighted to learn that writer-artist Jeff Lemire has completed more than 20 issues of the dystopian saga. The author of Essex County is prolific in

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