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By Cory Doctorow I love Jen Wang’s work: her debut graphic novel Koko Be Good was thought-provoking and challenging and beautiful; “In Real Life,” her adaptation of my story Anda’s Game took the tale to places that delighted and surprised me — today, Firstsecond publishes The Prince and the Dressmaker,…

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Unpaywall is a service that indexes open access repositories, university, government and scholarly society archives, and other sources that make articles available with authorization from the rightsholders and journals — about 47% of the articles that its users seek. It runs as a browser extension that adds notifier…

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By Cory Doctorow Saga is the best space opera in comics, a masterpiece of serial storytelling from Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan, whose character designs — a cross between Vaughn BodSaga Volume 8: the best space opera in comics tackles abortion, gender identity, and vengeancee and the Mos Eisley…

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In Nieman Labs’s “predictions for journalism in 2018” roundup, there’s Kawandeep Virdee’s “Zines Had It Right All Along”: which celebrates the low-fi, experimental, handcrafted diversity of the golden age of zines (which was the environment that birthed Boing Boing, as it happens). As Tim Carmody writes, “They look…

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By Cory Doctorow Lumberjanes is the hilarious, sweet, exciting series of graphic novels created by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen and energized by a roster of brilliant collaborators. The latest collection, Lumberjanes Vol. 7: A Bird’s-Eye View, is a delight to read, brought a tear to my eye,…

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A pass to the national parks ($80); vulva-shaped chocolates ($20; a donation to Planned Parenthood (varies); anything from Patagonia (they’re suing Trump); ACLU tees ($28); Cards Against Humanity ($25) and many more items, all in The Guardian’s Ultimate gift guide for the Trump-hater in your life. (Thanks, Mom!) …

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Designer, maker and writer Hillary Predko’s “Kipple Field Notes” is five short essays on the nature of stuff in the 21st century, its relationship to justice, the environment, cities, intergenerational strife, housing, and geopolitics. It’s my kind of thing, acknowledging the pleasures and desirability of physical things without…

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