“The ideal reader for Amy Rowland’s The Transcriptionist is stranded in public, waiting. I don’t mean to suggest that this novel is light, or lacks rigor, but simply that distraction—people milling about, talking, laughing, shouting—accents this book like music.”—Benjamin Rybeck reviews The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland (via therumpus)
I’ve got an essay in the current issue of Apex Magazine on the origin and principles of We Are Comics.
We Are Comics exists as a platform from which members of our community can speak for themselves. It’s about solidarity, but it’s also about visible diversity: hundreds of distinct faces and stories from across the comics industry and community. We are as different from one another as we are from that elusively narrow target audience.
What we have in common — with each other, but, ultimately, with everyone — is the desire to be heard. Our medium is our message: We are here. We are real, and we always have been. This is our town, too.
“The idea is that children, with their sparking synapses and sponge-like brains, will be able to easily digest all the stuff that I had such trouble comprehending in my early 20s.”—Should I Teach My Kid To Code?
GUEST: What’s 5 things to do in Central Park? CONCIERGE: There’s Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, the Met, the Natural History Museum, and you can rent rowboats, GUEST: No no no. Something hip. CONCIERGE: Oh. Um. Well, there’s a concert series- GUEST: No. Like, you’re a real New Yorker, right? If you were gonna go there after work just to hang out, what would you do? CONCIERGE: (wanted to say) Buy drugs from a raccoon? CONCIERGE: (wanted to say) Sit on a root and look at garbage? CONCIERGE: (wanted to say) I wouldn’t go to Central Park after work. It’s a dusty shopping mall. CONCIERGE: (actually said) Some bullshit about picnics. GUEST: Wow, cool! Thank you!
ABC’s REVENGE is making the jump from TV to comics with an Original Graphic Novel out in September. REVENGE offers up episodic melodrama with a twist of mystery and suspense and a dash of soap opera which means it is pretty close to a comic monthly from Marvel already. In REVENGE, two women are the lead characters - the revenge driven Emily Thorne and the complex villainous Victoria Grayson. The book’s subtitle, The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne, gives you a hint of the focus of the OGN.
One of my favorite people Ted Sullivan is one of the shows co-producers and writers and he is co-writing the OGN with Erica Schultz, the writer of the award winning comic M3. I chatted with Ted about the book, women in comics and what comic character Emily most resembles as well as the upcoming season of the show. Our interview as well as some new art from the book follow.