The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 1 – 5, 2016

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

Faith is fat. Not the average, or just slightly bigger than, size usually called “fat” in media. Not the curvy best friend or the athletically stout team member. This is a fat beyond that, a fat that means someone has to shop in special stores and can’t ride roller coasters and spends a lot of time trying to convince their doctors theyreally aren’t interested in weight loss surgery.

Fat like me.

Fat like Faith.

from Faith Is Breaking the Rules for Fat Girls by Amy Diegelman


Remember how I said “I love you.” “I know” was like, seminal for me? Now I realize, that’s the whole of Han. Yes. I know the story about Harrison Ford and forgetting the line and whatever. At first blush, he’s the original romance hero (before love knocks him to his knees). He’s a space pirate, for heaven’s sake. He makes a living on the run, knows all sorts of unsavory people, and is known as the greatest reluctant hero of our time.

Except, he’s not really heroic. He’s dragged kicking and screaming through heroics. Practically the only thing he ever does that’s heroic is not shoot first in that bar (see what I did there?). Let’s be clear. Han fights for himself first, and then everyone else. EVEN LEIA.

And here’s where I start to get mad.

from Han Solo Is Not The Romance Hero You’re Looking For by Jenn Northington


Comics have a reputation for being all-superhero all the time, and it’s true that because of their success on screen, capes and tights comics are the most visible comics. But comics are a medium, not a genre (say it with me!), and there are comics to satisfy every reader—even regency romance readers. While we wish there were more romance comics out there, comics publishers are catching onto the fact that there’s a real audience for romance comics. If you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice, then you need to check out these comics.

from 5 Comics to Read If You Love Pride and Prejudice by Swapna Krishna


Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar (Ali Colluccio)

I’m very late to the Giant Days party. I feel like the person who shows up two hours late and then calls all her friends to come over because This Party, you guys. I guess “This Comic, you guys” is probably more appropriate. ANYWAY. I’m a sucker for slice-of-life comics and I’m a sucker for stories of friendship between women. So Giant Days is very much in my wheelhouse.

from The Best Comics We Read In January by Hélène


Here is a truth I have learned in the four years I’ve been seriously reading comics: being a comics fan on a tight budget is HARD. $3 an issue sounds like so little—that’s barely a latte! But $3 every month for 12 months is $36. And like I’m only going to read ONE comic a year. Pfffft. Have you seen how many titles the DeFraction household is writing these days? I almost need another job to afford them all (also if they ever team up to write Pretty Deadly Sex Criminal Bitch Odyssey, I am right there, buying all the issues).

So what’s a comic fan on a budget to do? I’m still trying to find a balance and figuring out how not to go broke while keeping up with the new titles, but here is hopefully some helpful information and what I’ve come up with for myself.

from Comics on a Budget by Christine Hoxmeier


Each month, we bring you 5 intriguing comics—whether destined to become bestsellers or under the radar—that you should keep an eye out for.

from 5 Comics to Watch For in February 2016 by CG

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