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History, Repeating: Should You Be Reading ‘Hark, A Vagrant’?

Kate Beaton / Drawn & Quarterly
Kate Beaton / Drawn & Quarterly

With Hark, A Vagrant, cartoonist Kate Beaton offers a weird, wacky, once a week (sometimes) webcomic strip about all the awfulness, honestness, and awesomeness of history, from the beginning of time to, uh, like yesterday.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Lois Lane

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with decades of comics behind, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

As part of our continued month-long celebration of Women in Comics, this week we're taking a look at the Daily Planet's ace reporter and Superman's hero, Lois Lane!

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A Hero With Heart: Should You Be Reading ‘The Blue Valkyrie?’

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No one in our world can get superpowers, but anyone in fiction could. The Blue Valkyrie is the story of someone who gets superpowers and decides to become a superhero. It's a familiar story, but the Blue Valkyrie is a transgender woman, which adds a new wrinkle to it all.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About ‘She-Ra’

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Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

All month long we're celebrating Women in Comics, so this episode we're taking a look at the Princess of Power, She-Ra!

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Cast Party: Who Should Have Starred In A Golden Age ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie?

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I'm doing something a little different with Cast Party for the month of March. It's Women's History Month, and I've decided to take a look at the history of Wonder Woman. As we all know, the first theatrical film is due out later this year. But what if it wasn't her first? What if there had been as many onscreen Wonder Women as Batmen? That's the question I'm exploring, as I imagine movies based on the major eras of Wonder Woman comics, cast with stars from those time periods.

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Beasts Of The Earth, Birds Of The Air: Should You Be Reading ‘Animosity’?

AfterShock Comics
AfterShock Comics

One day, all of the animals started talking. Started thinking. And they rose up. And made humanity bleed. That's the high concept that drives Animosity, an AfterShock Comic by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael de Latorre, and Rob Schwager.

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Long Hair, Do Care: Ariel Ries Unravels ‘Witchy’ [Webcomic Q&A]

Ariel Reis
Ariel Reis

Hair has meant many things across many stories — for Samson, strength; for Rapunzel, escape; for Gretchen Wieners, secrets.

In the world of Ariel Ries' Witchy, hair represents magical potential and, for its lead hero Nyneve, family trauma. ComicsAlliance spoke with Ries about magic, the sociopolitical ramifications of hair in her comic and the real world, and subverting genre expectations.

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The Devil You Know: Should You Be Reading ‘Ava’s Demon’?

Michelle Czajkowski
Michelle Czajkowski

Curses. Ghosts. Aliens. Magic. Revenge. Spaceships. What more could you want from a story? Welcome to the world of Ava's Demon, a webcomic about life, love and secrets under an oppressive regime, from cartoonist Michelle Czajkowski.

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Show Your Cards With Queer Tarot Anthology ‘Tabula Idem’ [Back Pages]

Cover detail by KaiXJu / Fortuna Media
Cover detail by KaiXJu / Fortuna Media

In Tabula Idem, editors Hye M. and Iris Jay have taken the conceit of tarot and used it as a conduit to tell stories about queer characters from queer creators. The project is running on Kickstarter now and looking for a funding target of $44,000, and every story features a card from the tarot deck, with the stories in some cases serving as a sort of "origin" for how the card gained its meaning and relevance, and found a place in the deck.

It's a fabulous-looking project from a team that only began work on the anthology at last year's Emerald City Comic-Con. One year later, and with the project heading to print, ComicsAlliance spoke to both editors about their vision for Tabula Idem, and what readers can expect from the completed collection.

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Five Stars: How The Seeds of ‘A Distant Soil’ Helped Colleen Doran Shake Up Comics

DC Comics
DC Comics

Colleen Doran made her first comic when she was twelve, and she's still writing and drawing it today. A Distant Soil stands apart as a unique project within the comics sphere; an epic longform story that has spanned decades in the real-world, and yet remained contemporary and compelling.

Doran has also worked at Marvel and DC, and collaborated with writers including Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis. Along the way she's gained many admirers, but also vocal critics who tried to push her out of the industry. ComicsAlliance looks back over some of the milestones of her career, to chart how she became one of the most acclaimed artists in the industry today.

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