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Brenna Twohy’s powerful ‘In Which I Do Not Fear Harvey Dent’


Considering we featured a superhero-themed disco song this afternoon, it seems appropriate that we end the day with a bit of superhero-themed poetry. Yes, it exists.

GalleyCat notes that a video of Portland, Oregon-based performance poet Brenna Twohy reciting “In Which I Do Not Fear Harvey Dent” at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam has picked up steam online, and deservedly so. It’s a powerful piece about living with anxiety — here, equated to a superpower — that incorporates Spider-Man, Aquaman and Rogue (and, well, Harvey Dent).

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Comics A.M. | Image, manga dominate July bookstore sales chart

Sailor Moon, Vol. 12

Sailor Moon, Vol. 12

Graphic novels | ICv2 has the July BookScan numbers, and six of the Top 10 titles are from Image Comics (four Walking Dead, plus both volumes of Saga). The latest volume of Sailor Moon tops the list, and the first volume of Attack on Titan shows up at No. 12, which is pretty good for a book that came out more than a year ago. The only DC Comics or Marvel titles to crack the Top 20 were Hawkeye, Vol. 2 (No. 18) and perennial bestseller Watchmen (No. 19). [ICv2]

Conventions | Fans are gearing up for next month’s Salt Lake Comic Con (which another article estimates will attract more than 25,000 attendees), but the announcement that professional cosplayer Jessica Nigri will be there has caused a minor controversy. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

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Poet Raymond McDaniel devotes collection to Legion of Super-Heroes

LSH poetryOn the science fiction blog io9, Rachel Ariel Porte provides us with a great introduction to Raymond McDaniel‘s Legion Of Super-Heroes-themed poetry collection Special Powers And Abilities, along with a fascinating interview with the poet.

This was a book whose existence I was entirely in ignorance of until now, but has gone straight to the top of my Amazon wish list. McDaniel’s dropped-at-the-deep end introduction to Legion lore sounds remarkably similar to my own, when I bought LSH #300 on a whim as a youth. The interview reveals McDaniel as a writer with an amazingly thoughtful take on these characters, and a man throwing around as many mad ideas and as much maddening language as Grant Morrison. (“Consider us super-induced, added to that which is, enumerated perhaps to the point of being supererogative if never quite superfluous, each one of us supernumerary, all of us superhetrodyne, mixed, reactive, multiple, magical”).

The guy should be offered the job of writing a Legion comic for DC ASAP!

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What Are You Reading? with Alex Dueben

Sacre Bleu

Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? Our special guest this week is Alex Dueben, who you probably know from his interviews for the main site, Comic Book Resources, as well as for sites like Suicide Girls.

To see what Alex and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.

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What Are You Reading?

Any Empire

Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? This week our special guest is Robert Stanley Martin.

Robert writes for his blog Pol Culture, and is a contributing writer to The Hooded Utilitarian. He is a past contributor to The Comics Journal, and his essays on R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated and Eddie Campbell’s Alec: The Years Have Pants are featured in the soon-to-be-released The Comics Journal #301.

To see what Robert and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click on through …

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Robot 666 | Greg Hinkle illustrates Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee

We finished up our run of Parasomnia yesterday, but we’ve still got one more treat for you from artist Greg Hinkle:

“Here’s my illustrated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s short poem, Annabel Lee. I thought this was a wonderfully creepy little poem, and perfect for Halloween. The first three panels are a Robot 6 exclusive, and have never been seen by anyone, anywhere, ever before. They’re just for you and your lovely readers.”


Thanks again to Greg (and Storm, Jason, Matt and Josh) for sharing Parasomnia with us this week. You can find the complete poem after the jump.

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Freaky Friday: All new, sorta different

If I tell you the title it will spoil the joke

If I tell you the title it will spoil the joke

Welcome to the newly revamped Freaky Friday, where we gather all the “weird” comic-related links that don’t quite fit easily in any one heading or are just strange enough to make you sit up and take notice. If you come across something that makes you do a double or spit-take, let us know by clicking on the “contact us” link on the lower right.

* We’ll kick off with an amusing and somewhat dark little strip Derek Ballard did for Vice magazine that I shall not spoil at all.

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