Comix Chix Blog: Episode 2: NYCC Preview: WTF ReedPop?!?, Bronies and guest Joan Hilty – oh my!

By October 10, 2012
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Happy Wednesday, True Believers – welcome to the second episode of Comix Chix. This week we’re taking a look at what is exciting at New York Comic Con* this coming weekend and discussing the role of comic books in reporting and recording social change with our guest, the amazing Joan Hilty.

For those of you not familiar with Joan, for 15 years Joan worked as an editor at DC Comics – editing for the main DCU, Vertigo and DC Kids. In her tenure at DC, Joan worked on some of my favorite titles such as Paul Storrie’s Gotham Girls, Colleen Doran’s Gone to Amerikay, and (my favorite superhero, to date) Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter. Joan has published extensively in indie and alt comics – with her weekly sequential strip, Bitter Girl, having been syndicated to LGBT newspapers since 2001. Currently she works as an independent editor and packager, focusing on graphic novels and also teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Since I first met Joan in 2011 at the Harvey Awards at Baltimore Comic Con, I’ve talked with her several times about gender issues in comics. Though she claims to not be up-to-date on pop-culture trends** Joan is amazingly insightful on these topics. Myself, I could sit and listen to Joan talk about comics for hours upon hours, she is that awesome.

Make sure to follow Joan on Twitter @joanhilty or check out what she’s up to on her website http://joanhilty.net.

As this is a comics focused podcast, released on Wednesdays (which is my favorite day of the week, aka – new comics day!) each week at the end of this here blog post I’ll highlight a few titles out on the racks of your local comic shop I think you should check out…

Comix Chix Comics Picks for 10/10/12 –

Issue #1 of Mark McKenna’s Combat Jacks hits retailers this week. The series features a spunky female hero, lots of action and art by one of the industry’s OG talents. Grab a copy and have Mark sign it this weekend at NYCC!

Chris Ware’s Building Stories from Pantheon Press is the long awaited publication of 10 years of this seminal artist’s work into one collected volume… uh, box… voluminous box? Following the life stories of the residents (and a bee) of a modest brownstone in Chicago, IL, the packaging of this work is avaunt-guard and (according to my friend Matt) pushes the envelope of illustration.

Vol. 1 of Saga is out in trade paperback is out today. The softcover collects Issue 1-6 of the comic which everyone has been talking about all summer. Amazing art by Fiona Staples, crazy and edgy story by Brian K. Vaughn. If you haven’t read this series you SHOULD.

Hey – have you checked out our new Comix Chix logo? Shiny, right? Super big thanks to Team Joey at GeekNation for creating it!! Also – we’d love to hear what you think of the podcast – shoot us fan mail, guest suggestions and general comments at our new email address: comixchixpodcast@gmail.com.

Back next week with our guest, Amanda Meadows – the managing editor of the LA based satire magazine, The Devastator!

*We also call out some NYCC panels that made us scratch our heads and say “WTF, ReedPop?!?” Examples: “Weight Hacking,” “Boys and Their Toys” and “Getting Graphic with Girls.”

**As you’ll hear in the podcast, Joan only recently became aware that the term “brony” refers to male My Little Pony fans.