Lady Creator Profile:
Tarpé Mills (1915–1988) was the pseudonym of comic book creator June Mills, one of the first major female comics artists. She is best known for her action comic strip, Miss Fury, the first female action hero created by a woman.
Born June Tarpé Mills, she signed her work by her middle name “Tarpé” to conceal her gender. She received her education at the Pratt Institute in New York. Mills created several action comics characters: Devil’s Dust, The Cat Man, The Purple Zombie and Daredevil Barry Finn, before creating her most remembered character, Miss Fury, in 1941.
The Miss Fury comic strip began April 6, 1941. A character based loosely on Mills’ own appearance, the artwork was created in a glamorous style with considerable attention placed on the heroine’s outfits. As the strip became more popular, it eventually became public knowledge its creator was a woman. Timely Comics, predecessor to Marvel Comics, reprinted the Sunday strips in comic book form from 1942 to 1946. Miss Fury ran until 1952, when Tarpé Mills mostly retired from the comics industry, though she briefly returned in 1971 with Our Love Story for Marvel Comics. She died in 1988.
I work at an after school daycare, and every day there are two kids who write rap songs with each other while they’re there. They are both seven years old.
Today, they decided they were going to make the track lists for their first 12 albums (they go by ‘The Mob’). A couple of the tracks they wrote down were songs they had previously written, but most were just random song names they made up.
At 12 albums with at least 10 songs each, they had well over 100 song titles. These were some of my favorites:
2. What Up
3. I’m Cool
4. I Love Being A Turtle
5. Man U Crazy
6. Mad Black Is Back
7. Barock Obama
8. Mitt Romney is Mean
9. One Banana (Just to Entertain You)
10. I Think I’m Stupid
11. I Suck at Writing Albums
12. These Girls Crazy
13. Peace vs Love
14. Tweety Bird vs M Jay
Cartoons and doodles in a 17th century manuscript (AM 563 b 4to).
These images really speak for themselves: playful marginal doodles of the anonymous Icelandic scribes who copied out the sagas of Icelanders found in this paper manuscript from c. 1650–99.
In the first photo (and detail in photo 2), we see an elaborate full-page opening of Þorsteins þáttur uxafóts (The Tale of Thorsteinn Ox-foot), complete with beautiful pen flourishes, human figures –– the full figure in the corner wears contemporary 17th-century clothing –– lots of foliage, and even what might be a dragon at the bottom.
This is a fun saga manuscript (other texts include Eiriks saga rauða [Erik the Red’s Saga]) with a lot of doodles, suggesting that the scribes probably enjoyed copying these texts, or at least had a sense of humour about the work they were carrying out.
The full manuscript can be seen at http://handrit.is/en/manuscript/imaging/is/AM04-0563b#0000r-FB.
Post-medieval doodles, all smiles! I love the elongated ones.
today at work some kids tried to hurt my feelings by calling me ‘goku’ and ‘mr. bailey’
Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics.
There was a time not long ago that I walked into a local comic shop. One of the employees went out of his way to closely follow me around the store, watching over my shoulder and saying nothing, until I became so unnerved that I left. I was thinking about complaining to the shop afterwards, until I learned that the employee harassing me was actually the store owner.
I’ve been reading comics my whole life, creating comics for over 13 years, and creating comics professionally for 6 years. I’ve been published at least a dozen times. You can buy my comics in nearly any comic shop in the US. I can guarantee that you can buy my comics in the store whose owner took one look at me and made it his business to scare me out. But it’s been made clear that I’m not welcome in a lot of “comics spaces” because I don’t look like I fit the part.
i love him so much hashtag screwdrivers hashtag turnt up
"I’ve been trying stand-up comedy for about five years now. I’m struggling to find my voice."
"What do you mean by ‘voice?”"
"I want to reach the point where it’s me on stage, and not just a bunch of jokes I wrote."
yo clowns, if anyone is interested, i’ve been updating this side blog recently with weird/cool comics/art. i don’t really do much with it, but there’s some groovy stuff on there.
so, you know, check it out… if you want.
also, more importantly, follow my ACTUAL comics blog, if you don’t already! i plan to start updating again soon, after taking january off.