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Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…

I try to do my best as a (albeit small) voice in the comic industry to make it a more welcoming and inclusive place. I hate knowing that something that is so much fun for myself can be so hostile towards people. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
can you recommend any good Sci first for a person trying to get into the genre?
thatswhatshanesaid thatswhatshanesaid Said:


Let’s see, where to begin?

From Molly: Dan Simmons’ Hyperion is the first of a four-book series set in the 28th century. It follows seven people on a pilgrimage to the planet Hyperion, where a seriously terrifying creature called the Shrike guards the temporally challenged Time Tombs. The future of humanity is at stake (as usual, right?) but that seems less pressing than the way Simmons spins out each of the seven pilgrims’ stories — every one practically a world unto itself.

From Jenn: Aaaaaah so many options. Ok, ok, let’s group by theme.

  • Are you interested in aliens and outer space? John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War for a humorous and action-packed take; Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness for a mind-bending examination of culture and gender.
  • What about a vision of the future? Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World looks at the aftermath of a devastating war and is clever, original, and incredibly imaginative; Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake takes place post-epidemic and is frighteningly prescient.
  • Maybe you want a galaxy far, far away, plus pictures? Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, is my go-to graphic novel suggestion.
  • What about time travel, you’re asking? For past and future hijinks (stress on hijinks) there is Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog; for a thought-provoking examination of race in the United States, grab Octavia Butler’s Kindred.



10 years whatthefuck

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SEATTLE—April 10, 2014—(NASDAQ: AMZN)— today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”

“Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”

Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as top independent creators. Following the acquisition, comiXology’s headquarters will remain in New York. 

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

About comiXology
ComiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Paris.

About, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, low-cost video rentals, and much more. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including, and As used herein, “,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect’s financial results is included in’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

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So I guess I work for Amazon now.

Videology has the best events. W/ @stephanieeclair #valarmorghulis #allbeersmustdie (at Videology)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Why did you stop doing that super funny podcast. It sucks now without you. All they talk about is dicks.
thatswhatshanesaid thatswhatshanesaid Said:

I assure you we talked about dicks while I was on it.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been frozen in a block of ice for the past couple months, you’ve probably heard a bunch about this Captain America guy, and hey, we get it, comics can be a treacherous world to navigate so we’re here to make it a bit easier for you with a comiXology Guide to Getting Started with Captain America!

Cap has had a long glorious run of protecting the American Way, but it all had to start somewhere, and way back in 1941 (that’s even before Tumblr existed!) Nazis were rolling through Europe and freedom as we know it was being threatened. Joe Simon & Jack Kirby saw the need for a new American Hero and thus Captain America was born, making his first appearance in the now iconic cover of Captain America Comics #1. This comic has the beginning of all that is Cap: The Super Soldier Program, Bucky, and the first appearance of The Red Skull (who is sporting a hell of a sweatsuit…)

Stan Lee, also with Jack Kirby, put his classic style into a retelling of Steve Rogers transformation into the First Avenger in Captain America #109

In what is now seen as the essential Captain America run, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting brought Cap up to present time. If there is one Captain America story you are going to read this is the one. ALSO ITS ON SALE RIGHT NOW SO GOOOO!

And if you’re really just more of the type of person who wants the newest thing, Rick Remender has helmed the Captain America ship and brought along his unique sci-fi stylings. See how Steve Rogers fares when he is transported as far away from the good ol’ U.S. of A. as he has ever been before with Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z. THIS IS ALSO ON SALE RIGHT NOW HOLY COW THIS IS AN INSANE COINCIDENCE!

That should give you a good jumping off point for all things Cap! Enjoy!

I wrote a thing


Guys guys I went to ECCC this weekend and I met so many amazing creators and readers and I got to meet Henry Leo and Tallulah and Henry Leo gave me a drawing of a monster and Tallulah roared at me and gave me a cookie and I also met Kate Leth and a whole bunch of Valkyries who were awesome and Lance Reddick told Matt he was a huge fan of his and holy cow look at all the people in this photo and I did a million sketches and we sold all our books and Mike Allred said he liked my work and you can just kill me now I guess

And also, between you and me, I love Matt & Kelly Sue.

You deserve it Chip!