My Top 5 New, Creator-Owned Comics from 2016

My Top 5 New, Creator-Owned Comics from 2016

A list of some of the best comics I've read that were published in 2016

As we close out 2016 and begin 2017, I wanted to put together a little list of my top 5 creator-owned (not Batman, Superman, Captain America, Iron Man, etc.) comics that were released. I know 2016 has given us a lot of heartache and it seems like you can’t go anywhere on the internet without seeing something about how shitty 2016 is. So, I’d like to close it out on a positive note and remind us of the goods things to come out of 2016.

#5. Snotgirl – Released July 2016. Published by Image Comics. Written by Bryan Lee O’Malley with art by Leslie Hung.

This is the story of Lottie Person. A glamorous fashion blogger living the perfect life. Or so her blog would have you believe. But Lottie has a flaw she is terrified to tell anyone about, she has severe allergies. Wrapped up in a world of social media, terrible friends, and an ex-boyfriend that keeps showing up, Lottie’s world is far from perfect. Especially when a potential murder happens.

#4. The Fourth Planet – Released April 2016. Published by Chapterhouse Comics. Written by Fred Kennedy with art by Miko Maciaszek.

Somewhere in the future, humans have been reduced to slaves. When a group of runaway slaves steals a warship, they find themselves crash-landed on a planet during a war between the 3 native races. The humans are vastly outnumbered, but they possess technology significantly more advanced than the species of this planet have ever seen.

#3. Black – Released October 2016. Published by Black Mask Studios. Written by Kwanza Osajyefo with art by Jamal Igle.

What if superpowers were real? What if only Black people could get them? Our protagonist, Kareem, a young black male, is about to find out. After being gunned down by the police and pronounced dead, Kareem wakes up. Not knowing how or why, he learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. But are the people claiming to help him trustworthy? Or is he better off trusting the law enforcement who wrongfully tried to kill him?

#2. Animosity – Released August 2016. Published by Aftershock Comics. Written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Rafael de Latorre.

“One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge.”

Just as the description says, Animosity takes place in a world where animals are no longer content being pets or food. Life as we know it quickly turns to turmoil as animals and humans fight for their lives against each other and their own kind. The story follows an 11-year-old girl named Jesse, and her dog, Sandor, who is still just as loyal to her as he always was before “waking up”. They begin a journey to get Jesse to her half-brother Adam, in San Francisco, to a place she can be safe.

#1. Hillbilly – Released June 2016. Published by Albatross Funnybooks. Written and drawn by Eric Powell.

A fantasy epic about a man named Rondel. A hillbilly who wonders the Appalachian mountains among witches and other mythical beasts. Cursed in his childhood, Rondel travels the land wielding a magic weapon, the Devil’s Clever, hunting witches and other evils to keep the people of this world safe.

Alright, folks! There is my list of my favorite creator-owned comics of 2016! If you haven't checked out any of these titles, make sure to pick them up at your local comic store! Be on the look-out for more new comics coming in 2017!

Happy reading!

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10 Reasons You Shouldn't Skip Class Today

9. You're taking advantage of an education that many would love to have.

Trust me, I get it. Getting enough sleep is important. Studying for an upcoming exam is crucial. Okay, maybe you don't feel well. I totally understand these reasons for skipping class, it happens sometimes. Key word = sometimes. But honestly, we shouldn't even be skipping class sometimes. We should find a good spot between seldom and never in our absences from our classes.

Ugh, I know, it's difficult- your professor might be a little slow, there may not be anything important scheduled on the syllabus, or the class might just be outright boring. Yet these should not hold you back from your education and making constant absences a habit. Make it a priority to go to class despite what are often insignificant excuses you create in your head that prevent you from going.

If a serious issue like an illness arises, obviously that should hold you back from going. But take a nap in your free time and schedule time at the library for your studying rather than allowing these justifications to control you from not going to class. Disregard your dissatisfaction for the class, no matter what the reasoning may be, and just go. Here's why:

1. It can become a habit

Once you realize how fun it might be to not go to class, you'll think it's reasonable to do it again in the future, and again, and again. But you're just setting yourself up for a terrible routine where you come up with the littlest excuses to skip classes. Take your classes seriously and don't get sucked into a hole that'll be difficult to get out of.

2. You're practically throwing money away

This is pretty obvious, but many don't consider it. Remember how much your parents pay for school before you consider skipping class. Try to do the math behind it. Be grateful for the money they put towards your education by putting it to good use.

3. You're missing potentially important information

What if your professor is cancelling a future class? Your test got cancelled? You have a new paper due by the end of the week? You wouldn't know any of these things if you miss your class, and it would be pretty embarrassing if you showed up to that future class, studied for that cancelled test or didn't know about that paper. Gain some FOMO to motivate you.

4. Your professor won't have a favorable impression of you

When you're in need of a letter of recommendation, you can't even consider going to the professors of the classes you constantly skipped because what would they have to say about you? Don't let your professor embrace the rage of Ross Geller- get on your teacher's good side and just go to class.

5. Your grade might be impacted

If the syllabus has attendance as a pretty great portion of your grade, skipping class will have a nasty effect on your final grade. Plus, if you're on a borderline between two grades and want to persuade your professor to give you the higher of the two, they won't be so convinced to give it to you. Become a prompt student and watch your GPA grow.

6. You'll have to make up all of that work, anyway...

When you skip class, you're not skipping the notes and homework that comes with it. It will haunt you and you know it.

7. ...and will have to teach yourself the material

You know your professor won't reteach it to you in their office hours. And nobody in your class can teach, what might be difficult, material like your professor can. You might as well go.

8. That boring lecture might just be advantageous

You might be in a class that goes towards your major, or is just beneficial overall. You might be learning something that will really help you in the future or even your career, and it would be a shame to choose a nap over that.

9. You're taking advantage of an education that many would love to have

Not everybody gets to go to college like you do. Not everybody can say they learn new (and often interesting things) everyday. Not everybody has the opportunities that you have, so don't take advantage of them. There are so many people who would do anything to be in your position. Don't take that for granted!

10. You're just worsening your time management skills

When you skip class, you are proving that there are more important things than your classes, which is kind of ironic, because isn't that why you go to school in the first place? Missing class means you're giving into an unnecessary event that shouldn't be above your education. Make a checklist, plan your time, and get everything done around your class times, not during them.

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20 Questions We Have All Asked Google

Even if we don't want to admit it...

Here is a list of the #relatable things that students have asked Google that they may be embarrassed about. I searched far and wide for the most common trends in students' Google drop-downs and internet history's - minus the midnight searches. Now you don't have to live in shame, but instead with the comfort knowing that other people are just as curious as you! Tick off this list, and if you get less than 10/20, I do not believe you are human.

1. How do I make leggings look dressy?

2. How to lose 10 pounds in 3 days?

3. How do I impress my s/o with no money?

4. Why did club penguin shut down?

5. How to get free delivery for [insert ANY food delivery app here]?

6. What is Bitcoin?

7. Am I compatible with my s/o based on our star signs?

8. What is the plural of moose?

9. How many calories did I burn walking to class?

10. The weight of [insert hot celebrity here]?

11. How can I gain real followers on Instagram?

12. How many RedBulls can kill me?

13. Can I take caffeine pills and coffee at the same time?

14. Is it bad to drink alcohol on Advil?

15. What is the cheapest grocery list?

16. How can I make money online, from home, without any effort?

17. What does [insert hot female celebrity] look like with no makeup/ugly?

18. What are the earliest symptoms of pregnancy?

19. How can I cure a hangover?

20. What are the easiest classes at [insert university name here]?

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