The Week’s Most Popular Posts: January 18 – 22, 2016

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here on Panels:

You know it when it happens. That moment when you start talking animatedly about your favourite comics title and someone at the party turns to you and, looking shocked, says, “YOU read comics?” Maybe it’s a hardcore Comic Book Shop Guy who doesn’t think you fit the profile of his people; maybe it’s someone who doesn’t know much about comics but has a preconceived notion of what comics people are all about. Either way, here’s a handy list of ways to respond to people gorpin’ on you about your favourite hobby.

from 10 Things to Say When Someone Is Surprised You Read Comics by Brenna Clarke Gray


I wrote before about why I think webcomics are all-around awesome, but finding specific recommendations can be a bit overwhelming. I find myself drawn to the fantasy genre more than most, and I’ve found quite a few titles that have stood out to me for being imaginative, funny, and embracing diversity in all of the best ways. Here’s a few of my recommendations for webcomics that any fantasy genre lover will enjoy.

from 4 Webcomics For Your Inner Fantasy Lover by CG


So often, when westerners think of the African continent, we think of impoverished countries torn by war and corruption, whose people are in need of assistance from westernized saviors. But that conception couldn’t be further from the truth. African artists and creators, especially of late, have spearheaded advancements in music, fashion, and technology. In addition to these revolutionary areas of change, comics from African creators are gaining more shine as well. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in quality comic books and graphic novels from African creators. This post will highlight some of their most interesting work. And the standard roundup disclaimer applies to this post: I’ll inevitably miss some awesome work by a favorite creator. Hit up the comments to fill in my blind spots.

from Tales From The Motherland: 4 Comics By African Creators by Troy Wiggins


If you follow comics news, you probably have heard of Faith, also called Zephyr, from Valiant Comics. She’s a plus-size heroine who is irrepressible and charming, and will soon be getting her own #1, releasing January 27, written by Jody Houser, with art by Marguerite Sauvage.

We here at Panels are incredibly excited about this. Not only is Faith an amazing, fun, high-spirited character, but she represents a step forward in body representation in comics. Women are often portrayed as unrealistically thin (don’t get me started on some of the poses that would be physically impossible because we have, you know, bones). Faith allows people who are plus size to see themselves on the cover of a comic, to see themselves as the hero. And we love it.

from Meet Faith from Valiant Comics by Swapna Krishna


Secret Wars is a very complicated event. And I don’t just mean the innumerable tie-ins, the ever-increasing delays or the steep learning curve for those not familiar with Jonathan Hickman’s previous Marvel stories. Rather, I mean that Secret Wars and what it was meant to do seem overly complicated. On its surface, the event comic was meant to shake up the Marvel universe, massage some of the problems that had cropped up over the years, finally merge the Ultimate and 616 Marvel Universe and to tell the ultimate Fantastic Four story. It was a tall order and because of how much was going on, it was easy to get lost.

from In the Beginning There Was Doom: SECRET WARS and Hubris by Brian McNamara


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