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Author Jeanine Cummins and publisher respond to American Dirt controversy

Author Jeanine Cummins and publisher respond to American Dirt controversy

This morning, author Jeanine Cummins and publisher Flatiron Books responded to criticism over American Dirt, Cummins’ highly anticipated novel centered around Mexico-U.S. migration. The book, which was published on Tuesday, follows a Mexican bookstore owner named Lydia who flees the country with her 8-year-old son when her family is killed by drug lords. Cummins, a white writer with a Puerto...

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Cartoonists honor women who changed the world in this Noisemakers exclusive

Cartoonists honor women who changed the world in this Noisemakers exclusive

Kazoo magazine debuted in 2016 as the most successful journalism campaign in Kickstarter history, satisfying a cultural need for a magazine that shows young girls they can take up space and have their voices heard by sharing stories of female pioneers in all fields. Comics are a regular feature in Kazoo, with the magazine hiring noteworthy female cartoonists to create short biographies of...

Marah Eakin Marah Eakin yesterday at 20:00.

High school rivalries heat up when Riverdale gets the Varsity Blues

High school rivalries heat up when Riverdale gets the Varsity Blues

It’s January, and football season is over for most high schools, but not Riverdale, which kicks off 2020 with “the big game” against the Stonewall Stallions. The rivalry brings season four back into focus after the holiday break, and thankfully lets the teens again worry about typical high school things, like college applications, frustrating coaches, and bringing down your father’s rum...

Reid McCarter Reid McCarter yesterday at 02:18. 1 comments

"Enjoy" a disarmingly cute video about how snakes end up in people's toilets

"Enjoy" a disarmingly cute video about how snakes end up in people's toilets

There are so, so many reasons why snakes rank at the top of the universe’s most horrifying creations, but the most important may be the simplest: They’re incredibly, terrifyingly sneaky. Because they lie flat on the ground most of the time, refusing us the common courtesy of at least possessing legs, snakes can end up anywhere, darting across your foot while you’re enjoying a walk in the...

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The Daily Bugle returns to its investigative roots in this exclusive preview

The Daily Bugle returns to its investigative roots in this exclusive preview

As the journalism industry goes through sweeping changes, the fictional newspapers of Marvel and DC’s superhero universes have transformed to reflect the times. The Daily Bugle has gone through major transitions in ownership and editorial agendas over the years, but with the rising need for good journalism in a time of misinformation, the publication is returning to its investigative roots to...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter yesterday . 15 comments

India is sending a creepy robot lady to space

India is sending a creepy robot lady to space

A lot of thought has been given to how humanity can best represent itself to any of the aliens who might run into us—or, just as likely, our space junk—at some point. In the past, smart people have carefully curated material like the Voyager Golden Record, filling it with pictures of Earth, great works of music from across international cultures, and greetings in a variety of different...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 23, 2020 at 02:30. 6 comments

Behold the awesome, unblinking gaze of the restored Mystic Lamb

Behold the awesome, unblinking gaze of the restored Mystic Lamb

Art restoration doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes, the work in question is simply cleaned up and left looking pretty much the same as it was before anything was done to it. In other cases, the restoration process ends up doing something a lot more drastic—like, say, turning a fresco of Jesus Christ into a portrait of a shocked monkey.

While we may never see the likes of something like...

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Jan 23, 2020 . 2 comments

The Reign of the Supermiguels begins in this Dial H For Hero exclusive

The Reign of the Supermiguels begins in this Dial H For Hero exclusive

Wonder Comics’ Dial H For Hero is a roller coaster ride through comic-book history, using a magic phone dial to pull stylistic influences from the past as characters transform into different superheroes. Written by Sam Humphries with astounding art by Joe Quinones, colorist Jordan Gibson, and letterer Dave Sharpe, Dial H For Hero pays tribute to the creators who have advanced the medium in...

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Jan 22, 2020 at 15:00. 21 comments

This week in Savage Love: The long game

This week in Savage Love: The long game

I’m a 30-year-old bi male. I’ve been with my wife for five years, married nine months. A month into our relationship, I let her know that watching partners with other men has always been something I wanted and that sharing this had caused all my previous relationships to collapse. Her reaction was the opposite of what I was used to. She said she respected my kink, and we both agreed we wanted...

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Jan 21, 2020 at 23:52. 1 comments

A gay teen discovers himself at summer camp in this Flamer first look

A gay teen discovers himself at summer camp in this Flamer first look

Adolescence can be a frightening period for young gay men, who are suddenly faced with new sexual feelings that can often conflict with social pressures placed on them by family, friends, and the media. Mike Curato explores this tumultuous period in his new Godwin Books graphic novel, Flamer, a semi-autobiographical story of a 14-year-old boy’s revelatory experience at summer camp as he falls...

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Jan 21, 2020 at 01:00. 8 comments

What A Day is the daily news recap for those who are already very tired

What A Day is the daily news recap for those who are already very tired
PodmassPodmassIn Podmass, The A.V. Club sifts through the ever-expanding world of podcasts and recommends the previous week’s best episodes. Have your own favorite? Let us know in the comments or at podmass@avclub.com.Prev NextView All Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast
Ernie Kovacs Centennial Celebration With Josh Mills And Ben Model

Perhaps one of the medium’s most overlooked gems,...

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Mike Vago Mike Vago Jan 19, 2020 at 23:00. 23 comments

Avast! This french noblewoman-turned-pirate wasn’t out for treasure, just revenge

Avast! This french noblewoman-turned-pirate wasn’t out for treasure, just revenge
Wiki Wormhole We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,664,405-week series, Wiki Wormhole.Prev NextView All

We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,993,858-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Jeanne de Clisson

What it’s about: Pirates! But not just any pirate. While there were a small but significant number of female pirates, Jeanne de Clisson stood out for several...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jan 19, 2020 at 21:00.

Pretty Deadly: The Rat battles obsession in Golden Age Hollywood

Pretty Deadly: The Rat battles obsession in Golden Age Hollywood
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is Pretty Deadly: The Rat #5. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Aquaman) with art by Emma Ríos (Island, I.D.), colorist Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Injection), and letterer Clayton Cowles (Daredevil, Captain Marvel), this issue concludes a Hollywood mystery with a descent into the...

Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 18, 2020 at 01:30.

Not even Apple is immune to cringey training videos

Not even Apple is immune to cringey training videos

Apple’s marketing machine has done its very best to create a brand whose name immediately conjures up images of high-tech refinement. Its stores are airy, minimally decorated, and its products are advertised with clean, simplistic iconography. All of this is meant to make us think that the company’s somehow different from all the others. A recently rediscovered, absolutely terrible training...

Jan 17, 2020 at 23:30. 4 comments

This Far Sector exclusive puts Green Lantern in the middle of a power play

This Far Sector exclusive puts Green Lantern in the middle of a power play

There are very few superhero comics with the cool factor of Far Sector, a sleek, sexy, and sophisticated sci-fi story that reinvigorates the Green Lantern concept. Written by N.K. Jemisin with art by Jamal Campbell and letterer Deron Bennett, Far Sector is all about the new, introducing a new Green Lantern and taking her to an alien world where the citizens’ emotions have been stripped away...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 16, 2020. 4 comments

A pet monitor lizard, its owner, and a Chucky doll are the stars of our new favorite Twitter account

A pet monitor lizard, its owner, and a Chucky doll are the stars of our new favorite Twitter account

There was a specific kind of kid in school—most often a boy named Cody or Darryl—who had a pet reptile. Usually, these pets were snakes and the child in question took great pleasure in showing off its fetid enclosure, warming lights humming in the corner of a bedroom that may or may not have had a water bed, and describing the gross ways in which it’s fed. We’re sure many of this kids grew up...

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Jan 16, 2020. 9 comments

Taran Killam goes “web-a-lingy-thwip-thwap” in this Empyre: Spider-Man exclusive

Taran Killam goes “web-a-lingy-thwip-thwap” in this Empyre: Spider-Man exclusive

Empyre is coming to pull Marvel’s heroes back into the cosmic drama between the Kree and Skrull alien races, and Spider-Man is swinging into the action in a big way. Yesterday, Marvel revealed that Spidey and Wolverine would be rejoining the Fantastic Four during the event, and The A.V. Club has the exclusive announcement that Taran Killam, SNL veteran and current star of ABC’s Single...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 16, 2020. 20 comments

Man requests katana-based "trial by combat" to settle dispute with ex-wife and her attorney

Man requests katana-based "trial by combat" to settle dispute with ex-wife and her attorney

Though Game Of Thrones ended last year, its lessons reverberate throughout modern culture—lessons like, say, solving interpersonal disputes by up and demanding that they be decided upon with sword duels. As reported by the Des Moines Register, this, incredibly, is exactly what a 40 year-old man from Kansas has done.

David Ostrom, the guy in question, has requested that he be granted the...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jan 15, 2020. 11 comments

Tom Muller invigorates an iconic brand in this Best Of 2000AD exclusive

Tom Muller invigorates an iconic brand in this Best Of 2000AD exclusive

Over the past decade, Tom Muller has emerged as the most exciting designer in comics, giving books their own distinct aesthetics that enrich the stories and make the product pop on stands. Muller recently helped Jonathan Hickman give Marvel’s X-Men line a drastic makeover, and in April, he’s tackling one of the most iconic brands in comics by designing the logo for April’s Best Of 2000AD...

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Jan 15, 2020. 18 comments

This week in Savage Love: Sub space

This week in Savage Love: Sub space

I’m a 26-year-old bisexual woman with a history of self-harm. It hasn’t been much of an issue for the last few years, but my sex life has improved a lot in that time. I realized that I am quite submissive and masochistic, and I have found a wonderful dominant partner who I’ve gotten to explore that kink with in a positive and healthy way. Last night, I watched the movie Secretary , and Maggie...

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