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For Youngsters And Definitely Not Youngsters, Respectively

Just a heads up that tomorrow’s post may be somewhat incoherent as I intend to be day drinking in celebration and I don’t think I’ve ever written one of these things when under the influence of sophisticated adult beverages.

  • For starters, I see (by way of Boneville) that Comic-Con International — the folks behind SDCC, Wondercon, and APE — are putting on educational panels on the third Thursdays of each month, starting the day after tomorrow. The first will be titled Comics For The Littlest Readers, featuring Jeff Smith, Andy Runton, Jenni Holm, Debbie Huey, and Dan Santat, with more information forthcoming.
  • And it wouldn’t be January without the Young Adult Library Services Association releasing the annual listing of Great Graphic Novels For Teens; I’m a little late on that one, but it’s been a year already in just 19 days.

    Readers of this page should recognize Fleen Faves like Almost American Girl, Go With The Flow, Snapdragon, and Superman Smashes The Klan¹, in the Top Ten but there’s plenty of great work on the full list.

    That list includes — but is by no means limited to — such stellar work as Astronauts, Banned Book Club², Dragon Hoops, The Daughters Of Ys, Giant Days, The Last Halloween, Witch Hat Atelier (which was denied a debut and featured creator slot at TCAF last year, boo COVID), and many, many more. Gonna guess you can pick up any three books off the list at random and find at least one all-time fave in that sample.

  • Now, I’m not saying that younger readers should be kept from stories of fighting fascists — see Superman and his Klan-smashing above — but maybe the new original story from Matt Lubchansky isn’t the place to start them out. Lubchansky has announced pre-orders for their new, highly cathartic, 64 pages of guilt-free satire of what the hard right think of antifascists, The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook.

    And if full-color Nazi-pummeling isn’t enticing enough — and as you know here at Fleen we always say If you see a Nazi, punch a Nazi — orders from Silver Sprocket have the option of including an embroidered patch (limited to 300) or Antifa challenge coin (limited to 100).

    I don’t have mine in hand (yet), but ever since my evil twin launched the webcomics/challenge coin thing³ some years back, I’ve gotten a number of these wonderful little tchotchkes, and one thing they have in common? They are solid lumps of brass and thus perfect for hucking at the skulls of fucking Nazis, Proud Boys, Three Percenters, Neoconfederates, those assholes that ruined the OK sign and the word boogaloo, and all other associated CHUDs, the better to make them cry. Still time to get in on that.

    Do it for the children.

Spam of the day:

1 Weird Diet Trick Heals Vitiligo Fast

Oh, so a visible condition that has been known since antiquity had a simple solution that all of humanity has somehow missed out on, except for this one rando who discovered it? Right.

¹ I have the strongest urge to re-read that right now and I don’t know why. What about Superman punching stupid white supremacists right in their stupid white supremacist faces could possibly have such a hold on me right now?

Yep, that’s a stumper.

² I also want to pull out this story of running an authoritarian (and his wannabe authoritarian daughter) the fuck out of power. Weird!

³ At least, I didn’t see anybody making challenge coin-alikes prior to Schlock Mercenary in 2013. If I’m wrong, let me know!

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