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Comics A.M. | The Power Within creators land on Out’s ‘Out 100′ list

Charles Christensen and Mark Brill

Creators | Out magazine has included writer Charles “Zan” Christensen and artist Mark Brill in its 17th annual “Out 100″ list highlighting the 100 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of the year. Christensen and Brill are the creators of The Power Within, an anti-bullying comic book published by Northwest Press. “Inspired, or rather upset, by Tyler Clementi’s tragic death last year, the pair set out to create an empowering story of an eighth-grader picked on for being gay,” the magazine writes. Northwest Press has distributed over 700 free copies of the book to more than 50 gay-straight alliances, schools, churches, community centers and other youth organizations. [Out]

Creators | Uncanny X-Men writer Kieron Gillen considers the accessibility of the relaunched comic in light of reviews he’s read around the web, particularly the fact that some people were thrown by the X-Men living in San Francisco: “Of course, I can see the reason why it’s thrown the people … they know the X-Men live in a mansion in Westchester. That they’re not living in Westchester is the problem. It’s not about giving the information to read the story that’s there. It’s about correcting pre-existing assumptions. In other words, it’s not a problem about being accessible to new readers – because a genuinely new reader would accept the fact the X-Men live on Utopia in the same way that they except that Bilbo lives in the Shire – but rather a problem with the readers being old readers. They feel lost not because of the story on the page, but the gap between the old story in their heads and the story on the page, and wanting to know what connects the two.” [Kieron Gillen]

Charlaine Harris

Creators | Charlaine Harris discusses Cemetery Girl, her upcoming graphic novel with co-writer Christopher Golden. [FEARnet]

Creators | Writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs talk about their work on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff title Angel and Faith. [TFAW]

Creators | Chicago Bears linebacker-turned-comics writer Lance Briggs discusses Seraph, his entry, with co-writer Phil Hester, into this year’s Top Cow Pilot Season. [USA Today]

Commentary | David Uzumeri provides a “primer” on what he calls the “Geoff Johns Literalism Method”: “What is it that Geoff Johns does so well when it comes to revitalizing characters? It’s very simple: reduce the character or team into a single core idea and rebuild every aspect of the mythology around that idea. I’ve termed this “Johnsian Literalism,” and it’s an approach that’s becoming more widely used. A character’s location, family, friends and villains should all reflect or refract an aspect of that core idea — a crystalline, fractal concept that extends itself into every narrative tendril of every story. In order to see how Johnsian Literalism has been applied throughout the course of Johns’s work, let’s examine how it has functioned his most successful franchises and speculate about the formative influences that helped him develop this distinctive approach.” [ComicsAlliance]

Jay Kennedy

Education | Applications are now being accepted for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship, named for the deceased King Features editor. The scholarship offers $5,000 to students at a four-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a junior or senior during the 2012-2013 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship. [Cartoonist Foundation]

Education | Fiction Fix, the literary magazine of the University of Florida, is looking for comic submissions for its spring 2012 issue. [Fiction Fix]

Commentary | Don MacPherson reviews the first collection of Faith Erin Hick’s comic strip/webcomic The Adventures of Superhero Girl. [Eye on Comics]

Comics | Bully points out the similarities between the origins of the Rawhide Kid and Spider-Man. [Comics Oughta Be Fun]

Comics | Is Wolverine part of the 1 percent? [Ecocomics]

Comics | The French graphic novel Triangle Rose (“Pink Triangle”) may be the first to depict the gay experience before and during the Holocaust, telling the fictional tale of a Berliner who experiences increasing persecution and is finally sent to a concentration camp. [Care2, via Sean Kleefeld]

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