The pile of great new comics next to my bed has gotten dangerously high. It’s seriously teetering and about to collapse on the cereal bowl that I should have moved days ago. The problem is that artists and small publishing houses have put out a bunch of excellent comics in the past few months—here are seven of my recent favorites that focus on female protagonists or deal with queer and feminist themes.
• The Supreme Court passed on hearing any appeal to the New Mexico case of a wedding photographer who refused to shoot a same-sex wedding, leaving intact the charge that the photographer illegally discriminated against the couple. [LA Times]
An anti-street harassment protester in Kathmandu this week. Photo via Activista Nepal.
Marching down a dark street in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday evening, dozens of people came together for one common cause: more street lamps.
“We demand proper policy related to public services that will ensure women and girls' safety in public spaces,” recalled Moti Lama, the National Coordinator of Activista Nepal, one of the participating groups. “We flashed placards and torches [flashlights] in the rally to demand proper street lighting system in the public spaces.”
Bold new bands fronted by LGBT folks are busting open Seattle's music scene, which has long had a reputation as the epicenter of a sound dominated by plaid-wearing indie rock dudes. We talk with the organizers of Seattle's 'Mo-Wave queer music and arts fest, get music picks from queer music podcast Homoground, and talk with show-stopping Seattle band Glitterbang.
This episode pairs well with our recent QueerShake mixtape, which features bands like THEESatisfaction and Magic Mouth.
• Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot were interviewed on the Today show Thursday morning and discussed their time in prison and how the repressive government they live under emboldens their activism. [Salon]
• Brad Pitt’s production company has purchased the film rights to the Steubenville rape case story. The film will reportedly focus on Anonymous, the man facing more jail time than the rapists for hacking police files and breaking the story. No word yet on what role the rape survivor will have in the film. [Think Progress]
Want to support better sex education? Join Bitch on Monday, April 21st at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland for Babies and Bananas, a fun night of vintage sex ed clips, personal tales from Portlanders about their sex education experiences and a discussion on the state of sex ed today. The event is hosted by She Bop educator Amory Jane and proceeds benefit both Bitch and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
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