Comics I’ve been reading lately (January 2015)

Batman '66 TV Stories TPB

I thought I’d give an update on a few posts from a few years ago, and look at what I’m reading these days for monthly comic books and comic strips. Between cancellations, changing interests, and trying to wait for the trade paperbacks on various books, this lists looks different than a few years ago. I … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

Madame Xanadu

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Madame Xanadu, a DC Comics/Vertigo character. Madame Xanadu first appeared in “Doorway to Nightmare” #1 in 1978. David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta created Madame Xanadu. Background A mystic, Madame Xanadu is sensitive to supernatural phenomena. She often uses tarot cards to interpret what she senses, including forecasting the … Read more

22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards outstanding comics nominees announced

Comic book shop display

GLAAD, an LGBT media watchdog group, recently announced nominees for its annual media awards (for positive portrayals of LGBT characters). While animation unsurprisingly isn’t one of the nominated categories (given LGBT people are infrequently portrayed period and/or infrequently in a non-stereotyped manner in American animation), comic books are. Here’s their nominees for “outstanding comic book”: … Read more