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Comics A.M. | Taipei festival expected to draw more than 330,000

Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival

Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival

Conventions | So you think Comic-Con International is too big? The Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival drew 330,000 attendees last year — its first year — and with Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama as a guest, this year’s show promises to be just as big. [Focus Taiwan]

Conventions | Crystal Gutierrez files a report on Albuquerque Comic Con, which took place  over the weekend. [KRQE]

Comics | Gene Demby talks to several “thoughtful geeks” about race and superheroes, using as a starting point Orion Martin’s project in which the X-Men were re-colored to appear to be brown-skinned. Related: Writing for CBC News, Niigaanwewidam Sinclair looks at the depictions of indigenous peoples in comic books. [NPR]

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Titan dusts off Claremont and Bolton’s ‘Marada the She-Wolf’

Marada-The-She-WolfThere’s more to Chris Claremont than the X-Men. You just have to look.

And it appears Titan is doing just that, as the U.K. publisher has announced it’s collecting Claremont and John Bolton’s long out-of-print sword-and-sorcery comic Marada the She-Wolf.

Originally published in Marvel’s mid-1980s creator-owned outlet Epic Illustrated, the story follows a Roman-era warrior named Marada who’s destined to “hold the fate of the worlds in her hands.” Written as the granddaughter of the great Julius Caesar, Claremont and Bolton tied it intricately into the Roman era with an extra touch of magic and mythology.

Just as the character has an interesting lineage, so does the concept: Marada the She-Wolf was originally intended for Red Sonja, then a licensed character in Marvel’s popular Conan line, but after some disagreements with the licensors, the story was mothballed before Claremont finally was able to convince Marvel to let him and Bolton re-work it as their own stand-alone tale. Some of the characters, such as Simyon Karashnur, are thinly veiled versions of Conan/Red Sonja characters like Kulan Gath, but the story stands on its own without any Hyborian backstory.

This new hardcover collection from Titan, due out in November, follows on the heels of the publisher reprinting a later Claremont/Bolton collaboration that was also lost for a time to the back-issue bin, The Black Dragon.

What Are You Reading? with Brady Sullivan

Happy Veterans Day and welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look at the comics, books and other things we’ve been perusing of late. Today our special guest is Brady Sullivan, the writer of Death Springs, a free weekly webcomic with artist JC Grande (Image’s Johnny Monster). He also has several print projects currently out or hitting the shelves soon, including the recently released action/satire Revolution Aisle 9.

To see what Brady and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below …

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