Can we just start off with this? Today was a fantastic Wednesday. There was some seriously awesome stuff out today. I ended up going quite a bit outside of my normal pulls and I'm so glad I did. For the curious: SEX CRIMINALS #8 (Fraction, Zdarsky), WYTCHES #1 (Snyder, Jock, Hollingsworth) CAPTAIN MARVEL #8 (DeConnick, Takara, Loughridge), AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 (Slott, Gage, Camuncoli, Smith, Fabela) ROCKET RACCOON #4 (Young, Beaulieu), BATGIRL #35 (Stewart, Fletcher, Tarr, Wicks), HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL #1 (Duggan, Lolli, Peter), and the subject for today's review the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's LIBERTY Annual 2014 (Too many to list). Before I get down to the meat and potatoes:
Now for those sweet, sweet potatoes and meat. Today on twitter I learned about a book by Image presented by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. I'm a big supporter of CBLDF and I happened to hear that Kate Leth, one of my creator-crushes, had a piece in it. As my experimentations with "Lethbianism" increase, it seemed like a natural addition to my shopping cart.
The LIBERTY 2014 Annual is comprised of 14 all-ages short stories, each written and drawn by a different creative team. The stories revolved around the themes of freedom of speech and censorship. The additional pleasant surprise for me were the pair of stories, Damsel in Recess and Pinks and Blues, which spoke very directly about the issue of the gender binary (and how it should be smashed along with the rest of the patriarchy*). It was so great to see this topic discussed in my favorite medium and especially in a book designed to be accessible for all ages.
*The opinion of this author.
The wide variety of art and storytelling styles present in this issue is genuinely inspiring. I found myself feeling very much like the protagonist of Chris Eliopoulus's Black and White, dying to sit down with some paper and a pencil and get to work on my own comics. The back cover, a LUMBERJANES Pin-Up by Kate Leth, was the icing on the cake. (Lumberjanes? Kate Leth? literally nothing about this could be bad).
It's quite possible that this book gets lost in the shuffle of other books of supreme quality that came out this week, but I can't recommend it highly enough. Do yourself a favor and go buy a copy. Or 12.
E. Ross Ura is a writer, letterer, artist, composer, and blogger active in the Metro Detroit Area.