Afternoon Snack

It almost goes without saying that we’ve all earned a nice little break after the past 4 years of living hell. Take a moment to breathe and enjoy some cute stuff with us!

Starting off this week’s snack with some true snacky content, does anyone else remember this super fancy ice cream? Did your parents let you to buy it? If not, now’s your chance!

Comics and animation gem Abelle Hayford is back at it, supporting and building up the community: this time, with a hashtag calendar for 2021! Creators, take a look and see if there are any social media events you could see yourself participating this year.

In another corner of comics Twitter, Bitches on Comics and Decoded Pride are still looking for submissions for their inaugural publication:

ComicsBeat shared some stories that we’re really excited about last week: a short interview clip with the founders of D’ART Shtajio, the first Black-owned anime studio, and the announcement of this year’s outstanding McDuffie Award Finalists!

Here’s another exciting development in comics: Seven Seas entertainment is publishing print editions of three Hiveworks webcomics, including “the Greek mythology-inspired steamy romance Persephone: Whom Hades Seized by Allison Shaw.”

Speaking of steamy, we are looking RESPECTFULLY at this gorgeous Sailor Neptune cosplay by beloved local (Austin) drag queen, Louisianna Purchase:

We’ve been talking a lot about our love of Bridgerton over here on POME, so we would be remiss not to share some of the excellent and fully valid criticisms of the show’s depictions of race relations and sexual assault. (If you’d like to indulge our semi-deranged, relatively uncritical yelling about Regency tropes, see our last two Romance Roundtables, with the third and final installment coming up this Friday!)

We deeply appreciated POME fave Anne Helen Petersen’s latest newsletter, devoted to an interview with a Doctor of Video Games Brain Science in the wake of a moral panic piece in the New York Times about the dangers of children’s increased gaming during the pandemic. Super refreshing, share it with all the worried parents in your life!

To sign off this week, we leave you with our premiere thirsty-for-stamps content.

Ashley Gallagher

Ashley Gallagher

Ashley writes comics and emails from zir burrow in the Pacific Northwest. Ze is a sentient subtropical swamp fern whose favorite food is old words.

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