FIGHT LIKE A GIRL # 1 (of 4)
Writer(s): David Pinckney
Artist Name(s): Soo Lee
Cover Artist(s): Soo Lee
Standing before a jury of nine gods, Amarosa pleads for a chance to risk her life and gain entry to the Wishing Well where she will attempt to fight her way through and survive nine trials to claim her prize: a single wish that will save her terminally-ill brother. Another Action Lab hit in the making!
Ok, Brooklynites! You’ve got an event to attend!
The Black Bull of Norroway is a graphic novel based off of a classic fairy tale. It features a strong heroine, Sibylla, and a diverse cast of characters that, we hope, will offer representation to a variety of groups. The comic is a collaborative work from artist-writer-sister team, Kit and Cat Seaton, who have finally come together for the sake of this work.
ABOUT THE STORYSibylla is just nine years old when the forest witch changes her life forever. A prophecy: she will be the bride the Black Bull of Norroway. In some ways, this is a blessing. As Sibylla grows she can avoid the advances of other boys, claiming a betrothal to a creature who may or may not exist. Sure, her life may be a life of waiting, but it is her own. Until the Bull comes to collect his due, and Sibylla discovers the prophecy wasn’t simply mincing words. The Bull is, quite literally, a bull.
This story follows Sibylla as she struggles to come to terms with her fate, a fate she’s not sure that she wants. Along the way, she must question the very nature of humanity itself. What makes a man? Is it blood and bone? Is it mercy, compassion? Or is it something else?
A tale of expectations and crushing reality, truth and illusion, The Black Bull of Norroway is more than just another fairy tale adaptation. It is a beautifully illustrated glimpse into the human condition.
ABOUT THE CREATORSKit and Cat Seaton are a team of sisters who strive to tell stories to illuminate the dark. Both have been devoted to their respective crafts from childhood, always harboring the ambition to draw, to write, to create art that possesses a breath of life.
At eight years age difference, it wasn’t until Kit returned from her first year of college that the two began to combine their talents. Cat writes the script, and Kit transforms words into images. They have tossed around many projects and now, after years of striving to find the right story, Kit and Cat are ready to begin sharing their vision with the world.
Our fundraising campaign will launch on Patreon on Oct. 1st. The webcomic will go live on Oct. 31st, update weekly, and be free to the public to read. Please follow us on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter @petramagpie to receive updates! We’re so excited to show you what we’ve made, and there is so more to come!
Kit & Cat
David F. Walker: There is progress, to be sure. But there is still a long way to go in terms of diversity and representation in the industry, both from a creator standpoint and a content standpoint. I’ll give you an example that isn’t tied to race: Kelly Sue DeConnick is an amazing writer. Her name came up in a conversation recently, and someone referred to her as “cute.” Now, I know Kelly Sue, and “cute” is not the first adjective I’d use to describe her. Yes, she is cute, but the first word that comes to mind is fierce, followed by badass. I think if I ever called Kelly Sue cute in a context related to her writing, she’d put a foot in my ass. She is, quite simply, one of the best writers in comics today. Honestly, she is probably better than the medium is allowing her to be. But most people can only contextualize Kelly Sue as a woman writer, and not simply a great writer, as if the two can’t go hand in hand, or if there needs to be some sort of qualifier. “Oh, she’s a great writer, for a woman.” This is what we call marginalization, and too often it undermines the true talent of the creator. I was talking to Jen Van Meter about this recently. Jen is also a great writer, but when people talk about her, they always say, “She’s a great woman writer.” No, she is a great writer, who is a woman. No one ever says, “You know, that Brian Bendis, he’s a great man writer.”
For black creators — as well as other creators of color and women — we often are denied the luxury of just being creators. We have these identifying labels that marginalize us, placing us in a category as some type of “other.” And there are a lot of creators out there that deserve some coverage and exposure, especially if diversity and representation are going to really move forward, not just in comics, but in other forms of mass media.
CREATOR OF ‘THE 99′ IS DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF ISLAMIC STATE DEATH THREAT
Back in July, representatives for Islamic State, the jihadist group sometimes referred to as ISIS, or ISIL, publicly called for the death of Dr. Naif al-Mutawa, the creator of The 99, a Muslim comic about 99 young heroes who reflect the 99 attributes ascribed to Allah in the Quran.
In a column published in the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, al-Mutawa explained that the calls for his death originated from a fatwa that was issued based on “false accusations and misstatements” from an “ambulance chaser.”
Come see pigeonsoup and me at Table C-10 at Rose City Comic Con this weekend! We’ll have prints, comics, charms, buttons, and sketch card commissions available. We’ll also have copies of Grounded, a Full Circle mini-comic available! So come on by and say hello! :D
You heard ‘em, Portland people! Rose City is this weekend! Let’s go!
Join us in October to celebrate a whole month of your favorite WOC characters in Marvel & DC Comics and their imprints!What's going to happen?
This October, we’re taking this chance to appreciate and celebrate the WOC characters from Marvel and DC Comics. The event format is in Single Day Themes and Five-Day Themes.
You can find the calendar for the Fest here.WOCtober Halloween Contest
Because October is Halloween Month, we’re hosting a contest with that theme. There will be four categories: Fanart, Fanfiction, Graphics/Manips, Crafts. Each category will have a grand prize, a second prize winner and a third prize winner. Post any of your fanworks and tag it as #WOCtober Halloween Contest to count as an entry submission.
More information about the contest will be posted soon.Most importantly!
HAVE FUN THIS MONTH! We mean it! Nothing is strictly enforced, the calendar is more of a suggested guide, and we are not going to be policing anyone or demanding you to post a certain way. You can celebrate your favorite WOC in whatever form you wish, be it fanart, fanfics, crafts, fanmixes, introduction posts, fanvids, cosplay, everything is okay!! Just bring on the love for the ladies and go wild. The tags we will be using are #WOCtober fest or #WOCtoberfest.
Do note that we strongly encourage an emphasis on canon WOC Marvel/DC characters. Fanon racebending is fine, but it should not dominate this event.
Diversity. Women in Comics. Both subjects are hot button topics in the comic book industry. However, it isn’t often that both issues collide. This Panel includes Creators and Artists that are not only women, but women of color working in Multimedia industries. Host Regine L. Sawyer, (Owner of Lockett Down Productions), will lead a discussion touching on issues like gender/ethnic representation in comics, the ‘CON-sent’ movement and how they are currently influencing the industry as a whole.
Fri. October 10 | 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | 1A24
Speakers: Alice Meichi Li, Alitha Martinez, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Geisha Vi, Jamila Rowser, Juliana ‘Jewels’ Smith, Vanessa Verduga
Tri-state people! Make sure you see this!