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Pat Grant’s Complex And Beautiful ‘Blue’ Tackles Immigration And Surfing In Sci-Fi [Preview]

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On sale in March from Top Shelf is Blue, the debut graphic novel of Australian cartoonist Pat Grant. The 96-page hardcover is a beautifully drawn allegorical adventure starring three kids in a provincial beach town as they navigate racism, immigration, surfing and a quest to see a real-life dead body. Featuring blue-skinned aliens whose immigration to the fictional city of Bolton has distress

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Race at Marvel and DC Comics: Sometimes They Get It Right

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At ComicsAlliance, we're believers in calling people out when they create something offensive, whether that involves tone-deaf comments from publishers about racial diversity or disconcerting disappearances of minorities. That's just half of the equation, though. I think it's vitally important that you support people when they do the right or

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Answering Dan DiDio: The Problem With Having Only 1% Female Creators at DC Comics

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Last Thursday at Comic-Con International, during the first of four New 52 panels held by DC Comics to discuss their line-wide relaunch of superhero titles this September, a fan walked up to the microphone and posed a question to Co-Publisher Dan DiDio about the demographics of the New 52 creators:

"Why did you go from 12% in women to 1% on your creative teams?"

To which DiDio replied in a startlingly aggressive tone, "What do those numbers mean to you? What do they mean to you? Who should we be hiring? Tell me right now. Who should we be hiring right now? Tell me."

It seems like a bit much t

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Dwayne McDuffie on Working as a Black Writer in Comics [Video]

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The comics world has been mourning the loss of writer and producer Dwayne McDuffie since his passing last month, and I recently stumbled across a website cataloging a series of interviews with McDuffie that address the issues he fa

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Racists Totally Freak Out Over Muslim ‘Batman of Paris’

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Another day, another racist freakout over non-white superheroes. But unlike the hilariously dishonest racism we saw when the Council of Conservative Citizens called for a boycott of Marvel's Thor movie on account of a mythical Norse god's depiction as a black man, a recent round of conservative attacks on Nightrunner -- DC's Muslim Batman of Paris -- are prejudicial in a more insidious way. While the CCC put forth a laughably tenuous justification for their outrage, it was with respect to one specific character i

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New ‘Penny Arcade’ Strip Inspired by ComicsAlliance’s ‘Thor’ Editorial

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In what is surely the comics commentary equivalent of the pride musicians feel when "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies their songs, we're proud to announce that Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have produced a new Penny Arcade comic inspired by ComicsAlliance's

Racists Totally Freak Out Over Idris Elba Playing Norse God in ‘Thor’

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Did you know that the totally made-up-by-medieval-drunks gods of Norse mythology were all white? Literally none of them were African. We didn't know that, but thanks to the prodigious efforts of the Council of Conservative Citizens and their friends at Boycott-Thor.com, the truth has been revealed: Heimdall, Sentry of Asgard, was white and Idris Elba, the English actor hired to portray Heimdall in Marvel Studios' Thor, is black! BLACK!

More on this scandalous development after the jump!

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The Racial Politics of Regressive Storytelling

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In this month's comic book solicitations, it's been revealed that Ray Palmer is making a return to comics as the Atom, following in the footsteps of characters like Hal Jordan and Barry Allen in what I like to call "regressive storytelling." These are stories that loo

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Link Ink– Megan Fox in Transformers 3, Keith Knight Controversy, Optimus Prime Stained Glass Window

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Humor: 33 bizarre, totally out of context comic book panels. (I Heart Chaos)

Movies: It's been confirmed -- Megan Fox is coming back for "Transformers 3," despite her war of words with director Michael Bay (a

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