Straight people identifying as queer runs from ugly appropriation to beautiful idealism

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Jenna Wortham wrote a fascinating article about the pros and cons of straight people identifying as queer. In the wild, this is often nothing more than an ugly appropriation. Ah, but the possibilities...

"Someday, maybe we’ll recognize that queer is actually the norm, and the notion of static sexual identities will be seen as austere and reductive. ... To the queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, queerness was not a label people could claim but a complete reimagining of how people could be. “We may never touch queerness,” he wrote, in his 2009 book, “Cruising Utopia.” “But we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality.” The widespread acceptance and even appropriation of the word “queer” seem to move us both closer to and further from such a future. But the horizon is out there, and you can see it if you squint."

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Slumps: adorable art of your favorite characters all slumped over

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Matt Ritchie makes "slumps" — whimsical artwork of popular characters slumped over as if falling asleep or theatrically dejected by their latest mishap.

Up top are the heroes of Star Wars, who have perhaps just learned that Disney has no plans to remaster the original theatrical release. Here's the Justice League, reading reviews of the movies they appear in. Read the rest

Elfquest and Wendy Pini art books

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Wendy Pini and Elfquest, the graphic novel series she creates with her husband, Richard, are among my favorite things in the world. So I immediately jumped on the chance to order a three-volume series of art books featuring her work on Kickstarter.

Welcome to our Art of Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign. We are making available three different and amazing books that showcase the career of Wendy Pini. These three titles combined contain over 900 pages of material that comes direct from the Pini archives. Almost every piece has been scanned from the original artwork, meticulously preserved by the Pini’s since the 1970s.

The Art of Elfquest, Elfquest: The Art of the Story, and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini together present an unprecedented look at a career that has spanned over 40 years and has warmed the hearts of generations of fans.

Hardcover trade editions and special deluxe limited editions are being offered. This Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will guarantee the creation of three gorgeous premium editions, plus give you terrific rewards.

I shall be reposting this at regular intervals until the "Elfquest coloring book" stretch goal is secured.

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Wendy and Richard Pini's Complete Elfquest

The Complete Elfquest is a mammoth graphic novel collecting the entire original series, as self-published by Wendy and Richard Pini from 1978-1985. Rob Beschizza sums up what's so great about it.

Creating a font from a classic comic

Typographer Nate Piekos describes how he created a 21st-century typeface from a 1980 issue of Elfquest—just in time to begin lettering the comic series' conclusive installment.

Into the deep woods

Wherein Rob and Heather try their hand at cosplay, the art of fandom-based costume design and performance.

Elfquest: "Great Sun"

Enjoy the latest page of Elfquest. First time reader? Read the entire saga, free online.

Elfquest: I can't leave them

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Elfquest: Birth celebration

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Elfquest: Not just for show

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Elfquest: the Bellyripper's breakfast

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Elfquest: Welcoming the newborn

The latest page of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You're a few issues behind. Read the rest

Elfquest: Water birth

The latest page of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You're a few issues behind. Read the rest

Elfquest: No guarantee of serenity

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Elfquest: the Broken One

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Elfquest: Abandon all the old ways

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Elfquest: the Wavedancers' cove

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