Afternoon Snack

Had a long week? Need a little pick me up? You’re in luck, we got you this Afternoon Snack!

Books are cool, and booksellers are actually the coolest. Read about how the independent bookstore business has expanded and gotten more diverse since the pandemic!

Meanwhile, on the publishing side, Oni Press is falling apart and laying off its best talent… again? Right before San Diego Comic Con… again? We don’t have anything to add but like… literally what is happening????

While we don’t think there’s an upshot to the collapse of once-beloved publishers, we are grateful that there are many other routes to creating great comics! We’re seeing a lot of folks move to Crowdfundr, including a new project called Backstory from POME Pal Jen Vaughn, along with Ryan K Lindsay and Teo Acosta. We’re getting big Bling Ring vibes (in a good way!!!) from this comic about a group of teens who steal a superpower-granting ring.

At last, someone finally said it: we need the AIM away message back!! It’s not just nostalgia: it’s a form of communication that both helps set strong boundaries AND shows off your emo lyrics esoterica.

In our increasingly cursed and confounding times, it’s something of a comfort to know that we still can feel a connection to our ancient human ancestors through time-honored traditions, such as (literal) shitposting.

The internet is trying to tell me this Sailor Moon-themed car commercial is real, and I straight up don’t believe it. We’re actually hallucinating together, right now.

Stay cool out there, POMEs!

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.
A collage featuring the top 10 crones of the year for 2023.

Crones of the Year 2023

As we spiral ever further towards certain catastrophe on this interminable mortal coil, there are some lights of hope that pass fleetingly by. Most often: the crones or otherwise eternal baddies found in all of our favorite escapist media. And so we present our top ten 2023 Crones of the Year.

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