Here’s our staff highlights for this week — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (aka TCAF) is definitely my happy this week. So many great people to see! Ben Hatke! Noelle Stevenson! E. K. Weaver! Raina Telgemeier! Dave Roman! est em! Lynn Johnston! Kate Beaton! Ed Brubaker! Jeff Smith! Scott Chantler! Tony Cliff! Faith Erin Hicks! Jon Klassen! Kate Leth! Amei Zhao! The list just goes on and on and on! -Robin
Sailor Moon...by Arina Tanemura
My happy for the week is this Sailor Moon fan art, done by Arina Tanemura. Tanemura is the creator of Phantom Thief Jeanne, which is also a magical girl series. It's fun to see her take on the characters. -Jessikah
Complete Cul de Sac
My happy is that The Complete Cul de Sac collection by Richard Thompson is out! And my copy arrived yesterday. I was so sad to see the strip end, but so glad they made a complete collection of it. -Andrew
Superior Foes of Spider-Man
I just read Volume 1 of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man by Nick Spencer and it made me very happy. It's exactly as hilarious and weird as a series about the Sinister Six (Five) needs to be. -Renata
Wonder Woman & Awesome Comics Shops
This Dorkly comic that my boss sent me is my happy for this week.
Also, I went to my local comic shop (Parker, Banner, Kent, and Wayne, in Cornelius, NC) to pick up my pull list and not only were there two women working there and several women participating in the Friday night Magic games, but all the guys there are great. I walked out of there with two graphic novels and four floppy comics (all fairly mainstream titles: Saga, Pretty Deadly, Fables, Ms. Marvel, Rachel Rising) that had a total of 9 characters on the front cover -- and only two of them were men. And all of the women had on a full complement of clothes. So, despite how women can get treated at cons, comic shops, online, etc. and how female characters are too often depicted in comics, there are good, supportive places that welcome both genders and comic artists and writers who know how to create believable, well-rounded characters of both genders. That's a happy right there. -Snow
I went to a comic/anime convention at a nearby library on free comic book day and met Michele Knotz, voice of Jessie on Pokemon, among other notable shows. She was super nice! I hope to have her at my library's convention next year. -Marissa
One Punch Man
I finished book two of ONE and Yusuke Murata's One-Punch Man, a silly manga that spoofs shonen series by flat-out admitting that the main character can win all of his fights with one punch. The surrounding characters and stories are still interesting, though! The series is currently published digitally through Viz, but I hope it sells well enough to warrant print copies too. -Thomas
Alex + Ada
Image's "Alex + Ada" made me very happy this week. It's a beautiful ongoing story about a man and his synthetic girlfriend. The catch: robot sentience is illegal, so she's literally not allowed to think for herself. Works on so many levels! -Anna