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Forgotten story of Women’s Hospitals retold in WWI comic anthology

Women solidersThe story of how a determined group of women made a huge contribution to the war effort has been retold in graphic form for an anthology marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Selina Lock is the author of Go home and Sit Still which tells the true story of the Scottish Women’s Hospital, created by Dr. Inglis, a woman surgeon whose services were refused by the army.  Instead of ‘going home and sitting still’ as the army instructed, she created a unique hospital to look after troops in Russia.

The story is featured in To End All Wars: the Graphic Anthology of the First World War, published by Soaring Penguin Press, an anthology of 26 short graphic narratives based on actual events, places and people.

Lock is a Research Information Advisor at the University of Leicester and a contributor and editor to several comics anthologies. Lock recalls, “When I started researching women in the First World War I came across several accounts from women who had been involved in the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and thought they were an inspiring group.

to-end-all-wars-Go-Home-and-Sit-Still-Selina-Lock-Arthur-Goodman“There is an underlying message of feminism to the story because the SWH evolved from the suffrage movement. They wanted to support the war effort, while showing that women could contribute many different skills. But mainly I wanted to tell their story because I had no idea there were British women out in Russia running hospitals during WWI and I thought other people would also find that interesting.

“One of the editors John Clark, a political cartoonist from Nottingham, contacted me about the anthology as he knew me and my previous comic strip work. They were a few months into the project and realised they didn’t have any strips looking at the experiences of women during the First World War and asked if I’d be interested in pitching some ideas.

“I’m thrilled that my story ‘Go Home and Sit Still’, illustrated by Arthur Goodman, was included because it’s a high quality collection of comic strips, inspired by true stories. I feel it does a good job of showcasing a wide range of experiences from different people and different cultures rather than just focusing on the most familiar aspects of the war.”

Komic Kreators of Mid-Hudson Valley Showcases Local Artists

SpideyPoughkeepsie, NY – Komic Kreators of the Mid-Hudson Valley features the work of Hudson Valley artists who can be found in The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday comic strip, Brenda Starr, Dick Tracy, Thor, The Avengers and the work of Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for New Yorker magazine.

Fred Hembeck of Wappingers Falls, whose work includes drawing and writing storylines for The Amazing Spider-Man is looking forward to seeing his work featured in the show and expanding his audience.

“It will be people who aren’t necessarily steeped in the whole comic book thing,” Hembeck said. “This will give them a new appreciation for the amount of effort that goes into making this art.”

41819768001_4053586236001_trim-F9155C46-F84B-41D6-98AE-D27CBFEEA6EC-vsSpecial events set to be held in conjunction with the show include, “The Genesis of a Comic Image/Strip” Feb. 21 and “Women in Komics” on Feb. 28. “Women in Komics” will focus on the evolving role of women featured in comics and comic book-based movies as well as women who create comics.

“When you do this kind of work, you’re pretty much on your own most of the time,” Hembeck said. “And you kind of know that people read the stuff and enjoy it, but you don’t really witness it. It’s nice to have people see it in person and maybe say a few good things about it.”

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‘Soda Pop Anthology’ Showcases Comics by Puerto Rican Women

Soda Pop Anthology is a collection of comics illustrated and written by Puerto Rican women and published independently by a studio of female comics writers, Soda Pop Comics.

Created as a vehicle to document this growing and vastly under represented community of artists its purpose is to establish greater visibility and acceptance for its female creators. Beyond the world of comics, few volumes published on the island of Puerto Rico share such a noble (and difficult) task. As such, it is important to address the “Soda Pop Anthology” as the beginning.

Soda Pop Comics was founded in 2007 by Rosa Colón and Carla Rodríguez in an effort to push other women to create their own comics. These initial efforts resulted in six collections of work under the stamp of “Anthology,” and gave way to four additional editions that were digitally distributed in 2013. The Soda Pop Anthology, gathers the best material from last year in 152 color pages and includes stories created specifically for this print edition.


“Opus Operática” by Rosaura Rodríguez; “El lemur y el pulpo” by Mónica Parada.

A total of 26 artists have participated in the effort, from beginners to more established and experienced voices, offering a fairly comprehensive and complete panorama of the current comic’s production on the island. Beyond the central concept — Puerto Rican women creating comics — there is no forced narrative nor theme that structures the collection.

Each pair of pages takes the reader down a different path — from Rosaura Rodríguez’s semantic games in watercolor to Mónica Parada’s raw absurdity, from the light and playful spirit that characterizes Soda Pop’s work, to Ivia E. Pantoja’s sci-fi imagination with a Japanese influence. Each are complimented with articles on the history of comics and tutorials.


“Aventuras en el mar” by Soda Pop Comics; “Niveles” by Supakid.

The Soda Pop Anthology is an essential publication for collectors of Puerto Rican comics and the hope is that it results in a greater appreciation of the medium. Those who know Soda Pop Comics’ work know the anthology is a link in a grand chain of initiatives — between exhibits, art classes, festivals, scholarship opportunities, and other social activities — aimed at promoting the production of comics on the island of Puerto Rico. Its importance shines through because of its introduction of new artists — and an invitation to join and participate.

Get your copy for a limited time at Libros AC in Ponce De León Avenue in Santurce or order it online at Soda Pop Comics and Amazon.

Toonseum hosts launch of comic-book salute to Holocaust Heroes

CHUTZ-POW_FinalCover_SMALL_RGBPITTSBURGH, PA – “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust” tells the true stories of five extraordinary men and women whose bravery was more powerful than any special ability.

“This is the kind of story that doesn’t need capes,” says Joe Wos, director of the Toonseum, Downtown, who worked with the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh on the project. “We wanted to show that the simplest act of standing up can transform anyone into a superhero.”

The two groups hosted a launch party to celebrate the official release of the comic book on Aug. 14 at the Toonseum. Copies of the book were available for a special price of $3.

The book features the stories of five local heroes:

• The late Dora Iwler, who escaped camp after camp by posing as a Christian

• Moshe Baran, 93, of Squirrel Hill, a partisan in the forests

• His wife, the late Malka Baran, who saved a child in the camps

• Fritz Ottenheimer, 89, of Oakland, a German born Jew who witnessed Kristallnacht, immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Army to fight against his mother country

• The late Les Banos, a Jewish double agent who infiltrated the Nazis, sabotaged various missions, rescued shot-down Allied pilots and hid Jews

CHUTZ-POW_PanelsOttenheimer, whose parents helped smuggle hundreds of people to Switzerland to escape Nazi persecution, appreciates the comic book’s ability to reach younger generations.

“This is definitely something young people should know about and think of in terms of a goal for their life — to help others who are being unfairly treated,” he says. “They should know these things happened and try to learn about what lead up to the conditions.”

Baran agrees.

“Reaching younger people and whatever else we can do to have people think about (the Holocaust), especially in this crazy world, is important,” he says.

Drew Goldstein, chair of the Chutz-Pow! Project, says while there were “hundreds of thousands of superheroes through the world we could draw from,” these five were selected based on recommendations from historians and academics who served as advisers for the project.

“They are people who chose to step up when it looked like there was no hope and did amazing things,” Goldstein says.

Because comic books are rooted in Jewish history, using the format to tell their stories made sense, project organizers say.

“The comics industry overwhelmingly exists because of Jewish-Americans who were here during World War II,” Wos says. “All these early artists were Jewish. They had a great wealth of stories and a rich storytelling tradition that certainly helped in developing the characters. I think they were a group of people who needed superheroes, so they created them.”

The goal is to work with educators to incorporate the book into curricula for students in grades seven to 12, Goldstein says. He hopes to organize special presentations at area schools. The comic is the first in a planned set of books featuring Holocaust survivors, he says.

“We set out to revolutionize how Holocaust education is taught to the next generation,” Goldstein says.

Written by local author and comics historian Wayne Wise, the book features artwork by professional Pittsburgh cartoonists including Christopher Moeller, Dave Wachter, Marcel Walker and Mark Zingarelli.

“We didn’t change the stories,” Goldstein says. “We didn’t give them superpowers beyond what they did themselves.”

Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust will also be traveling to Pittsburgh ComiCon September 26-28, 2014. For more information, click here.


Reblog from Tribal Media

First Comic Book Institute Opens in Vietnam



HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam  – Opening ceremonies have just concluded on the first institute of its kind at Ton Duc Thang Vocational Training College.

The institute, which is located on Huynh Khuong Ninh Street in HCMC’s District 1, will introduce innovative techniques of drawing comic books, producing cartoons while introducing successful models of comic books to young artists, and serve as a bridge between businesses and students.

Phan Thi My Hanh, director of Phan Thi Media Education & Entertainment Co. Ltd., is head of the new institute.

Students will be trained via courses and have the opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to practice in a real working environment.

Hanh states the institute will open additional offices in the Mekong Delta, and the central and northern regions in the coming time. The Vietnam Design Association (VDAS) president Le Huyen adds that children’s demand for comic books and cartoons is increasing remarkably, especially in Hanoi and HCMC. The institute has set up development plans for the comic book and cartoon industry in Vietnam to meet that demand with additional goals to carry out research projects and develop human resources for the sector.



Muscatine Art Center hosts comic book class

Muscantine Art Center LogoMUSCATINE, Iowa — The Muscatine Art Center will host a two-part class on comic cooks form 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 5 and 7, at the Art Center Studio.

On Tuesday Comic Books Part 1 begins as participants learn techniques and processes used to create professional comic books and then create their own characters and lay out a story.

The program concludes on Thursday in Comic Books Part 2, where participants will finish their stories and create two professional-style comic book pages.

Participants can choose to sign up for both classes for $25.

Registration for classes can be made by mail or in person at the Muscatine Art Center; forms are available at

For more information, call the Art Center at 563-263-8282.

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