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Webcomic Spotlight: Saint for Rent Interview With Writer and Artist Ru Xu

Have you ever found yourself longing for a webcomic that's part slice-of-life and part intense time-travel adventure? Your prayers have been answered with Saint for Rent, a comic that blends sci-fi, fantasy, and queer love in a world where time-traveling is open to tourists and Saint is the one running an inn for them. We interviewed creator Ru Xu about the wonderful and unique setting of her world.

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Webcomic Spotlight: An Interview With Multiplex’s Gordon McAlpin

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Multiplex is a webcomic about life at the movies and all the fun and drama that can happen there. We recently spoke to the comic’s creator about Multiplex’s evolution, the many very realistic ways it showcases diversity in its cast, and how to address Hollywood’s ongoing problems with racism.

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Family Drama as Old as Time: Holly Black Talks About Her New Lucifer Series

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is widely considered to be among the best when it comes to comics. Sandman also inspired the brilliant spin-off Lucifer, a story about the devil deciding he no longer wants to be the lord of hell and what implications that has for the very nature of good and evil. Now Lucifer is back on the stands again. We spoke to the series’ new author, Holly Black, about her plans for the complicated prince of darkness.

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Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books: An Interview With Corinne Duyvis

Diversity in literature has become a big topic for discussion in recent years. There’s no denying we need more of it. Author Corinne Duyvis is one of the people working to promote diverse titles and change the way we read about the world through her books and the blog she co-founded Disability in Kidlit. Recently she spoke to us about the work she’s done, her writing, and her own experience with disabilities.

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Webcomic Spotlight: An Interview With Girls With Slingshots Creator Danielle Corsetto

And the slingshot hits a bullseye.

For years Girls with Slingshots has been a beloved part of the webcomic world. Now that it’s come to an end the comic’s creator, Danielle Corsetto, took some time to talk to us about where Girls with Slingshots came from, how it evolved, and what ultimate messages she hopes readers will take from her work.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 52 “The Retirement of Pamela Winchell”

Alright, you’ve lived your dream. Now what?

Pamela Winchell is one the few Night Vale mayors to ever survive to retire. The question is: can we survive her retirement?

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 51, “Rumbling”

Did you hear something?

Carlos has some interesting things to talk about. He’s got some new friends, new experiments, and new concerns about some ominous elements in the desert otherworld. Also, he’s kind of a sucky boyfriend. Yay.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 50 “Capital Campaign”

Imagine a world with rabbits for money.

Now that Strex has been defeated, things are starting to calm down in Night Vale--just in time for it to be overrun by an adorable invasion.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 49 B, “Old Oak Doors”

And don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

It’s a big day in Night Vale, folks! It’s a day where destinies will be decided, heroes will rise, and evil will fall. Some sort of evil will also win though because, hey, it’s still Night Vale. Hopefully it’s the evil we prefer!

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 49A “Old Oak Doors”

It’s the beginning of the end.

“Old Oak Doors” is Night Vale’s big year two finale. As such it fits that it would be big enough to take up two episodes. Let’s see if Night Vale can finally throw off the shackles of Strex and, if they do, just what it will cost them.

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Interview: Randy Milholland on Depicting Sexual Assault and Depression in Something Positive

Something Positive is an interesting comic. It can have bizarre elements while also showing the highs and lows of life with thoughtful honesty. It can make easy jokes against simple villains or show nuanced stories where even the protagonist is the one who deserves comeuppance. It’s also a comic that has often, for better or worse, dealt with sexual assault and depression. Recently I spoke with its creator, Randy Milholland, about how his comic and its tone has evolved over the years.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 48 “Renovations”

Whose town is it anyway?

It’s still bleak times in Night Vale. Strex is in complete control and all of our heroes are either missing or captured. What can be done to stop them? Oddly enough, some pictures of kittens may be just what we need to save the day.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 46 “Parade Day”

It’s going to be a big day, alright.

Who doesn’t love a parade? It’s so much fun, everyone should attend! Bring your pitchforks and a mob mentality. This parade may or may not conclude at StrexCorp headquarters.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 45 “A Story About Them”

What, did you think this story was all about you?

This episode we see some familiar and mysterious faces up to some familiar and mysterious things. Who are they? I don’t know. All I know is that one of them isn’t tall and the other isn’t short.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 44 “Cookies”

Even Strex can’t say no to Girl Scout cookies.

So at this point Cecil’s mentioned a mother who’s dead and a brother he can’t remember. Does Cecil have any other family hanging around?

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 43 “Visitor”

Is someone trying to take Khoshekh’s place in Cecil’s heart?

There’s a visitor in the studio today. No one’s quite sure what it is, but it’s definitely adorable! Also, probably deadly. Then again, what isn’t?

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 42 “Numbers”

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What exactly is freedom, readers? Are there some people who can never truly be free? Express your answer with lyrics from your favorite pop song.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 41, “WALK”

Cecil has a story for us, but today someone else’s is more important.

You know who we haven’t heard from enough lately? Intern Dana. I wonder how things are going in her desert otherworld right now. Has she made new friends? Found any unnerving secrets? If only she had some way of telling us.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 40, “The Deft Bowman”

Have I mentioned that the Russian stuff is weird?

There’s a phone that’s always ringing. Finally, someone answers it. Somehow this leads to a submarine in the middle of the desert. That, and a lot more questions.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 39, “The Woman From Italy”

She’s a lady from Italy, no reason to stare. Of course, when you’re screaming, she still doesn’t care.

Lately, it seems Tamika Flynn has been a very busy girl. She and her army of highly literate children have sabotaging every business in town owned by Strex (which is most of them now) and taking down their many yellow helicopters. Tamika even built a bloodstone circle in the Ralph’s, in direct defiance of Strex’s recent ban on bloodstones.

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