In the eternal battle over whether or not women can be funny, I think any naysayers should be silenced after today's Emmy nominations. Yes, women sure can be hi-freakin’-larious. With all the outstanding comediennes filling out the lead actress in a comedy series category, how can that even be a question anymore? Veterans like Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Park and Recreation), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly) were all ... Read More
Chicago-based artist and illustrator Lilli Carré creates magical characters in her comics and animations. Whether she’s telling the tale of a mythical singing sea monster, a stone-skipping woodsman, or a sister-run joke-writing business, she manages to create work that's altogether thought-provoking, sincere, and relatable. I was introduced to Carré’s work with her 2008 debut graphic novel The Lagoon, which also became one of the first ... Read More
Target’s newest collaboration has us itching to raid the kid’s section. Aptly titled Kid Made Modern, the collection is a real departure for Target’s designer partnerships. Kid Made Modern is the brainchild of Todd Oldham, friend of and sometime photographer for BUST, and it’s a collection of art supplies and craft kits that are intended for youngins but are cool enough for the post-pubescent, too.
Kid Made Modern offers supplies for artists in a variety ... Read More
Sometimes my latent teenage angst rears its head unexpectedly. Especially on a day like today, where in New York at least, all signs are pointing to 'you-should've-stayed-in-bed,' it can get intense. So to escape the drizzle outside and embrace my displaced adolescent rage, I'm turning to these fine doodling dames of Tumblr for company. Whether you're happy, horny, hormonal, or (like me) just a tiny bit enraged that you're expected to get out of bed every day, ... Read More
Some of you comics-savvy readers may be familiar with Philip Bond, a British comic book artist who has done a lot of awesome stuff both here and across the pond. (He’s worked on such titles as Tank Girl and Kill Your Boyfriend.) Since 2009, Bond has been creating a set of drawings of famous female astronauts, from Valentina Tereshkova to Margaret Seddon, and we think they're heavenly. On display at Bond's flickr page, each drawing includes a caption with ... Read More
I'm not ashamed to admit, I'm a total Archie Comics nerd. When I was little, I spent my allowance on all issues I could find and have acquired quite a collection that I still dive into once in a while. I don't know what keeps me coming back, but when I'm looking for a quick, fun read, I turn to Archie and the gang. It's probably part nostalgia and part corny love for the characters. That's why I was pretty excited when my friend sent me the link to this awesome ... Read More
Imagine a comic book superhero. Can you name more heroes who are men or women? Many comic book lovers have wished to see more strong, bad-ass ladies saving the world and their prayers will be answered by Womanthology: an all-female-created graphic novel anthology of lady superheroes!
About a month ago, a group of both comic book industry pros as well as up-and-coming comic book creators met to discuss funding the project and launched a Kickstarter campaign ... Read More
Do you like art? Do you like ladies? Do you like art made by ladies? If you’re in Philly, you should definitely check out the show “Also, Books” which opens this weekend at Space 1026. And even if you don’t live in the area, you should peep the work of the show’s four inspiring women cause they are all crazy talented:
Aidan Koch (that's her piece above) is an illustrator from the Pacific Northwest whose comics—full of ... Read More
This summer, Fantagraphics-published artist Megan Kelso released a re-print of her collection of earlier work, including the early minicomic Girlhero strips, titled Queen of the Black Black. (You can read my review of it here.) The lucky dog that I am, I got to ask her a few questions on what it's like to be a comics artist who went from all-DIY roots to being serialized in the New York Times Magazine. (All of Watergate Sue is available on the magazine's website; I ... Read More
This Saturday, July 30, Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, TX, will host a show called Super Secret Crush featuring 22 women working in the comic book world. The exhibit will include artwork and comics by Georganne Deen, Megan Whitmarsh, Martha Rich, Dame Darcy, Nina Frenkel, Ayumi Piland, Mimi Pond, Jackie Dunn Smith, Lorna Leedy, Vanessa Davis, Gabrielle Bell, Hellen Jo, Esther Pearl Watson (creator of BUST's comic, "Tammy Pierce is Unlovable"), ... Read More