Off-Panel: 6 NYT-Approved Beach Reads

Welcome to Off-Panel, your weekly digest of comics news, from the gutters and beyond.

The Emmy-winning writer/director knows there’s a little bit of burnout when it comes to superhero entertainment. “There’s, whatever, 9,000 superhero stories right now,” he admits. “They’ve got all the running and kicking covered. My goal with this is to do something whimsical and imaginative and unexpected, because it feels right for the material.”

When it comes to superhero television, The Flash is more my speed (haha). Yet I might just tune in to Noah Hawley’s Legion for a dose of Aubrey Plaza (April Ludgate!) and Bill Irwin (the finest clown alive). If the “whimsical” show over-romanticizes mental illness, however, those two actors probably won’t be enough to keep me. But Vanity Fair’s heads-up has me willing to give the show a chance (I’m also giving Vanity Fair the benefit of the doubt that “non-comic-books fans” isn’t code for “women who watch Downton Abbey and obvs never read comics”).

Announcing the competition, Millar said: “I hate to sound like the serial killer from Dirty Harry, but we’ve buried 10 advance previews of Jupiter’s Legacy 2 around the world and the clock is ticking to find them.”

Mark Millar is inviting everyone to a treasure hunt starting June 22! If you think this smacks of Willy Wonka, well, that’s where Millar got the idea from, and his international friends are aiding and abetting the experiment. Look for clues on social media and advance copies in eight countries.

Before long, “Wimmen’s Comix” was born. “I hoped it would be the best comic ever produced in the entire universe,” Robbins said. “It probably wasn’t that, but it was very, very good.” The comic was managed as a collective, with two rotating co-editors working together to manage each issue, so the power would be evenly distributed. Since there were so few women comics art the time, the Wimmen’s Comix Collective encouraged new artists to get involved, publishing work from artists who’d never worked in the medium before.

This Huffington Post article shines a spotlight on the feminist side of underground comix history. You can see feminism being defined—and that definition contested and refined and exploded and celebrated and born all over again—in the (NSFW) artwork included.

A Saskatoon school held its own version of Comic-Con showcasing student-made comics promoting youth literacy in the Bridge City.

Over the last month students at Bishop Klein School designed their own comic books.

As Ryan North describes it, Canada is a hotbed of comics creativity, and CBC showcases a showcase of the next generation’s work. Aww, cute, right? Sure, but the featured image is good. Way better than I could do now, let alone when I was a middle-schooler.

Graphic novels make summer reading stranger and more fun. Open one up, and your beach landscape (or fire escape) is replaced by an imaginary view: an artist’s impressions of an Australian shark museum or a grime-­spattered Roman Empire, or a jungle whose talking animals stand in for Singaporean politicians of the 1950s.

Panelteer Charlotte Reber’s summer reading list should keep you busy (I mean, the complete Calvin and Hobbes is my desert island comic). But should you exhaust it, stay calm; the Gray Lady herself recommends six graphic novels for your summer reading. The first up on the list is fantastic, but since you listen to Oh, Comics! you already knew that.

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