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What’s Making Us Happy This Week


Jennifer Read Write Web posted a blog entry about the Danish Alexandra Institute just releasing a comic book called “Inspiring the Internet of Things“. It is about how we can benefit from networking everyday objects. I just think it is an awesome PR campaign…

What’s Making Us Happy This Week


Jenny The Japanese puppet-theatre-inspired live-action film Bunraku‘s animated opening sequence looks kewl!  And here’s a trailer for the film, itself.  It’s got an appropriately staged, comicky feel to it (reminds me of Sin City) and some interesting casting.  I hope they put…

Roundtable: DC Comics & Superheroines


The big news in mainstream comics this fall has been the dramatic reboot of the DC Comics universe. With an aggressive marketing push behind it and the stated purpose of the reboot partially being recruiting new readers, anticpation was high.…

Librarian Survey!


We’re doing a quick survey here at No Flying No Tights to gather basic information about libraries, their graphic novel collections, and how their collections are set up in terms of age range.  The survey should take about five minutes,…

What’s Making Us Happy This Week


Eva Pirates. Pirates (and scientists) are what’s making me happy. Snow This week it’s Warehouse 13 for me. I had missed this previously, but now Netflix kindly put Seasons 1 and 2 up on streaming and then the Syfy channel…


All the 52 comics have now been published, From Animal to Voodoo. There was some really great books, Batwoman, Batman and Wonder Woman stand out for me, some books that hold promise and some real crap. Same as it ever was, I guess. Over on Comics Should Be Good, Greg Burgas has reviewed all…

Two Generals: Design of the week!

My favorite use of color and design in a comic, of late. Check out the Two Generals Research Blog, too, for all of the details!

And…we’re BACK!


At long last, No Flying No Tights is officially back! Those keen for the news have presumably already been kicking around, but I am incredibly pleased to announce the relaunch of the site and a whole host of news. First off,…

Classic Fantastic


We here at No Flying No Tights know that comics and graphic novels have a long and rich history.  This column will be devoted to highlighting the older titles that we dub classics of the format.  There are so many…

What’s Making Us Happy This Week


Here’s our weekly rundown of what’s making us enjoy this week in comics and library culture.  We’ve blatantly stolen the practice from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, something that definitely makes me happy every Friday. Eva I got a chance…

Let’s Judge Books by Their Covers


We’re starting up a special feature intended to look at the visuals of comics. All too often the visual side of comics, including the skilled creators including colorists, inkers, letterers, editors, and designers, are overlooked in favor of the big…

…it’s not the sole responsibility of women to somehow get themselves hired so they can write books that their nieces might buy. Men – yes, even straight ones – will have to make an actual effort to establish that diverse landscape in which some of the female characters do wear pants for 20 whole pages. The problem DC has right now is that too many of their creators decided that their book was going to be the one targeted to that all-important horny adolescent boys niche, and someone else could deal with stuff like ‘women’. Somehow the reboot seems to have set DC back about twenty years.

A diverse landscape is a key part of DC’s strategy to find new readers. If they can build that landscape I hope there will still be a place in it for silly teen-friendly sexploitation comics like Catwoman. It just won’t stand out so much next to 26 books about strong, independent crime-fighting women with pants on.

Diversity doesn’t happen because you think it should. Diversity happens when you make it happen. DC has said several times that one of its aims with the reboot was “to diversify as much as possible”. The question we have to ask is, what stopped you?

Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret’s nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle.

Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret’s nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle.

Bring it back!


We’re starting up a new regular feature here at NFNT intended to highlight out of print titles that we think should be brought back into print (or in print in English.) So many worthy titles have been lost due to…

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That’s right, as part of the relaunch, we’ve got ourselves a home on Facebook.  Some of you may have already discovered the page (and thanks!) but just in case, you can like us and visit us here.  See you out there!