Beano turns 80: How comic’s characters have changed

The Beano – Britain’s most rebellious children’s comic – is turning 80 today.
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Couple’s Comics About Married Life Are Dark And Super Relatable

Surreal and hilarious.
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What It’s Like To Meet After Falling In Love Online, As Told In Comics

Nothing compares to seeing each other at the airport for the first time.
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Opinion: Black Panther Saved Marvel Comics

When it comes to superheroes like Spider-Man or Batman, you can ask 20 different comic readers what their favorite stories are and you might get 20 different answers. Black Panther is a different story. Despite the fact that this character has been around since the 1960’s and headlined a number of ongoing books and limited series, the vast majority of fans will give you one creator’s name in response – Christopher Priest. Rarely has a writer contributed so much to a Marvel hero or exerted such a lasting influence. Priest’s Black Panther run didn’t merely elevate a formerly minor player in the Avengers franchise, it helped save Marvel Comics as a whole during a time when the company was at its lowest ebb.

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Top Comics to Buy This Week: January 3, 2018

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Opinion: The Justice League Comics Need Saving

Regardless of the critical reception to the Justice League movie, the team is currently in the midst of its biggest ever multimedia push. Now even the most causal of moviegoers are familiar with characters like Cyborg and Aquaman and concepts like Mother Boxes and the Speed Force. So with the Justice League becoming such a big deal in the Hollywood realm, why does it seem like the team has become such an afterthought in DC’s comics?

In general, the quality of DC’s comic book line has improved drastically since the start of the DC Rebirth relaunch last year. Rebirth reinvigorated all sorts of characters and franchises. Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott greatly elevated Wonder Woman. Tom King and his artists are crafting what has already become one of my favorite Batman runs of all time. Everyone from Green Arrow to Flash to Aquaman is in a drastically better place thanks to Rebirth. That’s to say nothing of all the fun, unexpected ways DC’s publishing line has grown in other areas, from the Hanna Barbera line to Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint to the upcoming “New Age of DC Heroes” line.

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Top Comics to Buy This Week: November 29, 2017

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Opinion: New EiC Is Good for Marvel Comics

The past couple weeks have been a real roller coaster for Marvel Comics fans. First came the news that writer Brian Michael Bendis is leaving the company for DC after 18 years. Now today, we learned that Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has stepped down and will be replaced by C.B. Cebulski, who previously served as Marvel’s VP of international brand management. It’s a chaotic time for Marvel right now, with big changes happening behind the scenes and the company trying to reinvigorate its comic book line with the Marvel Legacy relaunch. But I take this latest news as a positive sign for Marvel’s future in 2018. The company needed a major editorial shake-up, and Cebulski may be just the person to right the ship.

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Jon Stewart, Other A-List Comics Skip Over Louis C.K. at ‘Night of Too Many Stars’

Despite the cold, rainy weather in New York on Saturday evening, a crowd of over 2,000 people gathered for Jon Stewart‘s annual “Night of Too Many Stars,” a fundraising benefit to raise money for the Next for Autism organization, which supports programs and services for people with autism. This year’s star-studded extravaganza, presented live on […]

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Top Comics to Buy This Week: November 15, 2017

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Marvel Comics Reveals Phoenix Variant Covers

Marvel is celebrating adult Jean Grey’s return to comics with a Phoenix variant cover program.

Variant covers from acclaimed artists such as Jen Bartel, Kris Anka, David Nakayama, RB Silva and Elizabeth Torque will be released all throughout December for new comics like Amazing Spider-Man #792 and Black Panther #168.

Check out the variant covers in the gallery below:

Here’s the full list of new comics that are part of the celebration:

  • ALL NEW WOLVERINE #28 by Jen Bartel
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 by Ryan Stegman
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN #6 by Kris Anka
  • AVENGERS 674 by Brent Shoonover
  • BLACK PANTHER #168 by Ken Lashley
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Top Comics to Buy This Week: August 23, 2017

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Netflix’s first acquisition: Millarworld comics

Video-streaming business Netflix has announced its first acquisition – a Scottish comic book company.
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‘Justice League’ Trailer Shows Off DC Comics Big Bad Steppenwolf

Warner Bros. and DC Comics dropped the largest trailer for “Justice League” yet at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The 4-minute preview of the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe focused mainly on Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash, but also introduced fans to the movie’s main villain, Steppenwolf. In the… Read more »

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These Comics Will Ring True If You’ve Ever Dated Someone Younger

Age ain’t nothin’ but a number ― until you start dating someone younger and then suddenly everyone has an opinion.

Artist Cassandra Calin, a 22-year-old who is currently in a relationship with a younger guy, captures the highs and lows of this dynamic in a new comic series for College Humor.  

“This is the first series I’ve done where I introduce my boyfriend and our relationship,” Calin, who is based in Montreal, told HuffPost. 

The artist says her boyfriend enjoys teasing her about the age difference. (We’ve asked what the age difference is but haven’t heard back yet.) 

“He enjoys reminding me that when I turn 30, he’ll still be in his 20s,” she told HuffPost. “And sometimes he calls me ‘granny Cassandra’, especially when my joints crack out of the blue.”

Check out the rest of the relatable moments below. To see more of Calin’s work, visit her website, Tumblr, Facebook or Instagram

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Opinion: Marvel Comics Can Learn From Hellboy

I don’t envy any reader trying to jump into superhero comics right now. Sure, there’s a wealth of great material out there, with decades of classic stories and strong new material being published every single week. The problem is trying to figure out what to read and where to start. With books constantly being relaunched, rebooted, re-branded and whatever else, it can be all but impossible to know where to begin and in what order to follow an ongoing series.

That problem was perfectly highlighted by writer Eric Palicki last week, who tweeted the following image showing exactly what happens when someone searches for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1” on Comixology:

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Artist Turns Life With His Wife Into Adorably Relatable Comics

Artist Yehuda Devir takes life with his wife Maya in Tel Aviv and turns it into relatable comic book-style illustrations.

The pair has been together for eight years and will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary in two months. 

“My inspiration for these comics is simply our daily lives,” the artist told HuffPost. “These are real cases that happen to us.”

The couple met while they were in the army, became best friends and, over time, the platonic relationship turned into a romantic one. 

“Because of her, I make these illustrations ― she just gives me laughter and happiness for life,” Devir told HuffPost. “She is also an artist, in my opinion, better than me, and I sometimes get her reviews about the illustrations I do.”

To see more of Devir’s work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook and Instagram

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Adventures in Comics and the Real World

America Chavez, a gay, Latina Marvel superhero written by a gay Latina writer, joins a growing list of diverse comic characters.
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10 Comics That Will Speak To You If You’re Totally Sick Of Dating

Are you at the point where you’re debating deleting Tinder and just having your grandma set you up with someone? If the answer is “yeah, maybe,” we’ve found an Instagram account that will speak to you.

On Doodles By Jess, Amsterdam-based art director Jessica Stahl draws super relatable cartoons illustrating her daily life. Some of our favorite doodles document her frustrating experiences with modern dating:

And less-than-generous sex partners:

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We know that guy, too. 

The 27-year-old illustrator told The Huffington Post that her doodles are based on her own life and observations of people around her. When it comes to dating, her cartoon heroine is “a series of contradictions.” 

“She’s someone who doesn’t want to be tied down, but who is also still searching for love,” Stahl explained. “She embraces her sexuality and is comically realizing that her preconceived notions about men and dating are way off the mark.”

See more of Stahl’s illustrations below, or head to her Instagram to see them all. 

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Artist Channels Her Anxiety And Depression Into Hilarious Comics

Dealing with a mental health condition is no laughing matter.

But British illustrator Gemma Correll is channeling her depression and anxiety into her art — and the results are hilarious.

“I hope that those who can relate to them can find some light relief,” Correll told the Huffington Post. “Mental illness is horrible to live with but I believe in art as a form of self-care. Whether it’s making art or looking at it.”

To check out 10 of Correll’s most poignant pictures, just scroll down:

 

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11 Comics That Capture The Hell That Is Modern Dating

If you’ve had it up to here with nightmare Tinder dates, ghosting and all of the other annoyances that come with modern dating, you’re probably in need of some comic relief.

Enter Cartoons By Hilary. On her Instagram page, 26-year-old cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell shares doodles chronicling the highs and lows (but mostly lows) of looking for love in 2017.

Really, who hasn’t had an almost-relationship end like this?

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Or rolled their eyes at the “options” out there?

So what I'm saying is things are going well #manicmonday

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In an interview with The Huffington Post, Fitzgerald Campbell said she draws inspiration from her own experiences with frustrating first dates and relationship false starts.

“Whenever something starts, I feel deep down it’s going to end, so it becomes a game of ‘how will I be disappointed this time?’” the Brooklyn-based illustrator said. “I’m starting to sound like a pessimist but I’m actually full of an absurd amount of hope, in life and in relationships.”

For more of Fitzgerald Campbelll’s witty illustrations, scroll down or check out her illustrated book Breaking Up is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better.

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11 Comics For Couples Who Are Basically Two Big Kids At Heart

Life is easier when you and your partner are more or less two big kids at heart. Just ask illustrator Caitlin Quijano.  

On her site Anemone Lost, the 26-year-old Canadian artist draws witty, semi-autobiographical comics about adulthood and everyday life with her husband. They’re also super relatable; who hasn’t gotten peeved at their partner for the sin of Netflix adultery

Quijano’s illustrations have netted her over 7,000 followers on Facebook, but her biggest fan is still her hubby. 

“He’s been my biggest cheerleader since the beginning,” she told The Huffington Post. “When I draw a comic, my goal is always to make him laugh ― if I can do that, I know I’ve done my job.” 

See more of Quijano’s endearing comics below or head to her site to see them all. 

 

 

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7 Comics About The Everyday Magic Of Finding Your Person

It may take a while, but when you find a partner you want to share your life with, everyday life begins to change. Suddenly, simple acts like shopping for sweaters or going out to lunch contain a spark of magic that’s impossible to ignore.

Illustrator Sundae Kids captures the feeling perfectly in her adorable comics below. Take a look below.

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Girlfriend Turns Life With Her Boyfriend Into Ridiculously Cute Comics

Who needs grand gestures when there’s so much romance to be found in everyday life?

Since November, artist Catana Chetwynd has been using her relationship with her boyfriend John as fodder for her adorably relatable Catana Comics series

“Every day there is something that happens where both John and I look at each and just know that it’s going to be a comic eventually,” she told The Huffington Post. “We are always having a good time so it’s very easy to find inspiration from every little thing.”

Nervous about people’s reaction to her work, Catana wasn’t originally planning to post the comics online. So John took matters into his own hands and shared some of the comics on Reddit where they soon went viral. 

“I knew he was going to post them, I just wasn’t thrilled about it,” Catana said. “Of course, as soon as I saw the response those feelings instantly went away.”

The pair, who has been dating for over a year, first connected on Tinder but the conversation fizzled and they didn’t end up meeting. Weeks later, on one fateful night, Catana spotted John at a bar and with her friends’ help, finally introduced herself. 

And yes, the couple really is just as in love as they seem in the comics. 

“John is constantly amazing me with his generosity in the way he treats me and everyone else he meets,” Catana said. “He is always finding ways to perk me up when I’m sad, support his friends, and is always finding the bright side of bad situations. He’s also pretty goofy which is perfect ― hours of free entertainment.”

Check out more of Catana’s work below. You can also follow her Instagram or visit her website

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How To Avoid Talking To People, As Told In 2 Genius Comics

Engaging in small talk sends plenty of people ― and introverts especially ― into panic mode. For others, small talk just feels shallow and aimless, like so:

In the College Humor comics below, illustrator A.C. Stuart gives us a fail-proof defense against dreaded stop and chat:

Problem. Solved.

Head to Stuart’s Facebook page for more illustrations. 

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8 Comics That Long-Time Couples Have Lived IRL

One of the best perks of settling into a long-term relationship is the ability to be totally, unabashedly yourself ― quirks and all. And the doodles below, by illustrator Enzo of the comic series Cheer Up, Emo Kid, capture that perfectly.

Check them out, and go here for more. 

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The Little Con of Comics

The first comic convention run by kids, for kids, to celebrate the end of “Comics Camp” brought me to tears.

I was walking around the Decatur Square with my sister and my roommates. One roommate, Kelly, is a manager for comics artists. The other, Meghan, is a professional comic book illustrator (who has a new book coming out in November with DC/Vertigo called Red Thorn, and it’s GOOOOOOD. My sister Virginia is a professional photographer. And me? I’m a writer.

The reason this is important: none of us was ever told we could do what we do now, when we were kids. Not by adults, not by teachers, not by our parents and most certainly not by the other kids. In fact, back then, working in comics, being a writer, being a photographer… Those things were pipe dreams. We were told not to get our hopes up. We were actively discouraged. Getting where we are as grown-ups has been a struggle for each of us. I think that’s why we’re all so close; we share a bond of being ourselves in spite of everyone.

Fast-forward to today, where places like Little Shop of Stories in Decatur put on things like Maker Faires and Star Wars Days and, this particular day, the first ever Little Con of Comics – a comic convention for kids, by kids – to celebrate the end of their Comics Creator Camp, we simply had to go in.

Here is a store run by grown-ups, who had another group of grown-ups sign their kids up for a comics camp because they thought it was a great idea to let their kids learn how to draw, print and distribute their own comics.

I’ve been to literally over a hundred conventions. It was, hands down, the coolest convention I’ve ever been to.



The Little Con Of Comics

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The outside of Little Shop of Stories in the Decatur City Square. I was neglectful and didn’t get a photo of it myself, so I stole this one from their Facebook page (which you should like).



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This is the view of the store from the upstairs loft, where Little Con of Comics was held. I love that there’s a random droid in the store. That’s what Little Shop of Stories is all about – tiny delights that add up to an amazing experience.



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From the very start, you get the full ComicCon experience. Here’s the welcome banner for Little Con of Comics. My heart was racing. I was so excited to get in and see all the artists.



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Oh my God, there they are… The artists! Kids with their own comics that they drew, published and are selling, with their own booths, signing autographs… My jaw hit the floor. Words cannot possibly explain the feeling I had when I turned the corner and saw this. You’ll just have to trust me… I nearly fainted.



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Little Con of Comics organizer Justin Colussy-Estes (link goes to his comic strip) hands out tickets for the customers who are seeking original comics from the kids. The revenue model for the kids came in the form of tickets. Visitors bought tickets at the door for a dollar each, and then traded tickets for comics, sketches and autographs. The kids could set their own price, but by and large, every one of them sold their books for one ticket each. At the end of the day, the kids turned in their tickets and got a dollar back for each one they turned in. Some kids made upwards of $ 50 on their comics sales!



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The kids had tables and booths to sell their books, which they drew and published during the week of Comics Camp. They made use of the space very well. I love the marketing sprit in this group.



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Calvin, Maya and Jane posted their original art on the walls of the partitions set up for their table. They produced a TON of work. I wish I was this productive on anything ever.



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Calvin signed his book for me. I gave him an extra ticket for that.



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Tyler, Stacie And Flora Jane told us all about their amazing comics. We bought one each. Thankfully we got there before they sold out. In fact, every kid there sold out of comics.



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I got a custom sketch of Donut Man. Two tickets. She didn’t realize her talent was worth two tickets – she was going to give this to me for free. I’m glad that she was able to see, thanks to the efforts of Little Shop of Stories and the Little Con of Comics organizer Justin Colussy-Estes (pictured elsewhere in this article).



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Selling and drawing. This is a true comic convention. I love it.



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Flora Jane Tells me all about Up’s Adventure, her original creator-owned title.



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Avi and Eshan were super excited about The Adventures of Fat Sam. They even gave away free posters when you bought two comics!



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Justin Colussy-Estes (center) holds up the prizes that the kids won via ticket draws. Not only did each kid get a dollar in cash per ticket they turned in, each ticket was entered into a drawing for prizes. A very generous gift from the convention organizer Justin, who does this for free.



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Jason Smith (left), Justin Colussy-Estes (middle), and Nick Capriola (right) explain to the kids that this was an extremely successful convention, and thanks them for their participation in Comics Creator Camp. This is the 7th Comics Camp that Little Shop of Stories has put on, and the first in-house convention. Also vital in the creation and running of the Comics Creators Camp and the Little Con of Comics were Monica Lefton, and the owners of the store Diane Capriola and Dave Shallenberger.



As a grown-up who was raised in an era where comics, anime, sci-fi and fantasy fandom instantly classified you as a “loser” or a “geek” (which was NOT something society liked as much back then), The Little Con of Comics warmed my heart. No, no… It melted my heart. Reduced it to magma. It made me tear up several times.

It was so fantastic to see a store embrace the arts so much that they took an additional step to show kids there’s an actual business to be built around art. Justin and Little Shop of Stories have done what tens of thousands of us had to learn the hard way: they helped build the childrens’ basic nature of art and culture, but gave them the early boost they need to know, without question, that this is as viable a career path as science, math, english, medicine, labor or law.

Thank you, Little Shop of Stories. Thank you, Justin. Thank you, supportive parents. And thank you, kids, for making some of the best comics I’ve ever read.

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These Comics Absolutely Nail Why We Still Need Feminism

Cartoons and humor make a good pair. Add a side of feminism and you get Rebecca Cohen’s spot-on illustrations.

The cartoonist, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., spreads a feminist message on her Tumblr with illustrations that are both comedic and relatable.

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Cohen explained that her blend of cartoons, comedy and feminism grabs people’s attention and helps break down the stereotypes she’s encountered.

“Feminists get a bad rap as having no sense of humor, and I want to counter that image,” she said in an email to The Huffington Post.

Cohen is also the mind behind Gyno-Star, a female superhero she invented in high school who fights “the forces of evil and male chauvinism.”

Though the cartoons have an obvious layer of humor, Cohen’s work takes on serious issues women face, such as sexual assault. She also uses her work to highlight women making a difference. One of her recent cartoons, for instance, features Bree Newsome, the woman who took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina.

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rebecca cohen illustration

As for her feminist influences, Cohen looks to activists. She also finds inspiration in the “amazing network of feminists online.”

“Hearing from trans women and women of color and women with disabilities and women who live their lives at all these different intersections of oppression — that has hugely influenced and expanded the way I think about feminism,” she said.

Aside from this supportive community, Cohen said she’s gotten her share of hate for her work. “Just read my Twitter mentions,” she said. But no comment, tweet or message will stand in her way.

“If someone wants to look me in the eye and tell me that all people have the same rights and opportunities and nobody in this country is facing discrimination, they’re welcome to try.”

See below for more of Cohen’s illustrations and support her work through Patreon.

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rebecca cohen illustration

rebecca cohen illustration

rebecca cohen illustration

rebecca cohen illustration

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Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

The Supreme Court doesn’t seem to care about much besides the very richest when it comes to campaign finance law. In the 2010 decision Citizens United vs. FEC, the court ruled that no amount of money can corrupt a politician, hence there shouldn’t be any limits to spending in elections, because having spending limits is basically just like muzzling some poor corporation’s political speech with an unconstitutional ball gag. There have been concerns over a conflict of interest in the Citizens Untied decision, after revelations that Chief Justice John Roberts had in fact been discovered as an infant and raised in the woods by a pack of corporations.

To some, going through the process of passing a new amendment is too daunting to find it viable. But given the widespread support for overturning Citizens United, this is necessary to stop the Supreme Court from continuing to eviscerate common sense anti-corruption laws. In the recent decisions Hobby Lobby vs. Sebelius and McCutcheon vs. FEC, the Supreme Court doubled down on the dubious precedent of Citizens United: that corporations have constitutional rights just like people, and that letting a rich person spend as much as they want in elections was what the founders intended when they wrote the First Amendment.

It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL. Can you imagine a tougher sell than banning cocktails? Doesn’t leveling the playing field in elections seem pretty reasonable now?

In this edition of Activist Comics, the need for an amendment is visualized through adapting a Superman comic book cover where the Man of Steel is being made into a monkey by a mutant gorilla.

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What would this amendment look like? There have already been different versions introduced to Congress, and even the Senate debate about an amendment to overturn Citizens United fell short of including the tenets that Money≠Speech and Corporations≠People.

Below is what that amendment could read like, as proposed by Move to Amend, which was introduced into Congress with love on Valentine’s Day, 2013. And to make it feel as important as possible, here is the amendment presented as the opening scrawl from Star Wars.


STAR WARS 28th Amendment from John Wellington Ennis on Vimeo.

A new CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT is one of the Fix Six solutions featured in PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes, a new documentary about standing up to money in politics. Out 12/2 on DVD, available now in iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, and Disinfo.
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“Boy Comics“ Comic Book Cover #1 – 1954

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Reproduction of the comic book cover for Boy Comics No. 98, Feb 1954. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency held televised hearings on the effects of comic books, as well as radio, television, and movies, on juvenile delinquency, April 21-June 4, 1954. There was a four-level rating system for evaluating comic books: ???no objection, some objection, objectionable, and very objectionable.??? From the records of the U.S. Senate, U.S. National Archives. Created in 1934, the National Archives is one of the world???s largest repositories, serving as our nation???s memory and documenting the American experience. All prints include a Certificate of Authenticity from the National Archives. Unframed prints ship in 3 – 5 business days. Framing adds 2 additional production days. Unframed prints 16??? x 20??? and larger ship rolled in a tube.
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