Comics & Cola
Type of site
Comics & Cola is a comics website focusing on small-press, independent, and self-published comics, featuring previews, interviews, reviews and news. Owned and written by Zainab Akhtar, the site was nominated in 2014 for an Eisner Award.
Founded in 2011, the site moved from a general focus to specifically writing about comics. Primarily focused on small-press and independent comics, the site is also notable for being one of the few English-language sites to routinely cover international comics.
Akhtar has subsequently also written for The Beat, Forbidden Planet and The Comics Journal, although now writes solely for Comics & Cola. In an interview for The Comics Reporter, she said "It's important to be able to own your work, and it's not helpful ambitions-wise if people aren't even aware you've written it."
In 2013 the site was relaunched with a new layout and header image by Isaac Lenkiewicsz. New recurring features have been added including 'Comics Shelfie', in which comic creators share photos of their personal comics collections. Among contributors to the feature have been Joe Keatinge, Kate Brown, and Joe Decie.
Awards and nominations
- "2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". Comic Book Resources.
- Zainab Akhtar. "Archives for Zainab Akhtar". The Beat.
- "Zainab, Author at Forbidden Planet Blog". Forbidden Planet Blog.
- "Author Archives: Zainab Akhtar". The Comics Journal.
- "CR Holiday Interview #14 -- Zainab Akhtar". The Comics Reporter.
- Heidi MacDonald. "Best Relaunched Blog: Zainab Akhtar's Comics & Cola". The Beat.
- "Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees 2014". San Diego Comic Con. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014.