Jason Aaron identifies as Feminist, sells us on new Female Thor

July 30, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (1) 170

When news of the female Thor first broke out (via the View of all places) I was more than a bit hesitant. After all, I had just gotten my hopes up for the new Wonder Woman creative team and then had them blown to bits. Luckily, Jason Aaron just did an interview with NPR that might offer comfort to those wondering if the new female Thor is just a publicity stunt.

According to Aaron, he’s been planning the story about Thor becoming unworthy of Mjolnir for some time. When looking for Thor’s replacement, the idea of a woman taking up Thor’s mantle seemed like a natural step.

“It’s not like we sat around and threw a dart on the wall to change the gender of a character,” said Aaron. “This was my idea. This wasn’t Marvel coming to me. This isn’t me throwing away what I’ve been doing.”

Instead, this is a natural progression in the Thor narrative. Jason Aaron has been writing Thor since 2012, and has great plans for the future of our mysterious girl Thor. For those of us (myself included) that are worried that the hammer will simply pass back to it’s original owner after a time, Aaron has other plans. He’s been working with other writers and artists to plan female Thor’s future at Marvel, mentioning that he’d “…love to do a Thor, Spiderwoman series.”

If that wasn’t enough evidence that he understands what fans might want of a female Thor, Aaron is completely comfortable using the word “feminist”.

“I’m not one of those people that think feminist is a bad word. I don’t see why everyone shouldn’t be a feminist.”

My sentiments exactly.

The interview still doesn’t answer pressing questions like which female character is going to take up the mythic hammer (I would reeaally like to be able to stop referring to her as “female Thor”) or what kind of challenges the new heroine might deal with.

Still, Aaron (and all the amazing ladies cosplaying the new Thor) has set my mind at ease. Regardless of whether or not I end up liking the storyline, I’m at least confident the character is in good (and feminist!) hands.

Plus, even Chris Hemsworth is on board!

 

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Comic Picks of the Week

July 29, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 36

This week is full of small press recommendations, and the last issues of some phenomenal series. While I usually like to list #1 issues first, this week we’re going in reverse order to honor the final issues of two great series.

The Wake #10

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Cover Art:  Andrew Robinson

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Cover Art: Andrew Robinson

With issue ten of The Wake, part two of Snyder’s deep sea adventure finally comes to an end. The first five issues of the series showed us the beginning of the end, and this final issue Leeward hope to find a new beginning buried leagues beneath the sea. Or you know, everyone might die. It’s that kind of comic. The Wake has been one of my favorite comics of the past year. If you’re not come up, you should probably wait for the trade….or manically scavenge back-issues on e-bay. It’s worth it.

Fatale #24

Writer:  Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips

It’s the end of the line for Josephine in this final issue of Fatale. In a double-sized issue Brubacker and Phillips bring us the finale, revealing the Josephine’s biggest secret yet and giving us the showdown we’ve been waiting for. Josephine’s journey to this point has been bizarre, strange, and desperately hard to follow at times. I can only hope for more of the same as the series comes to an end.

Red Sonja #0

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Noah Salonga Cover Artist: Gabriel Hardman

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Noah Salonga Cover Artist: Gabriel Hardman

I’m not sure that anyone has been enjoying Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja more than Simone herself, but it’s been a fun ride for the rest of us too. This anniversary issue has Red Sonja coming home to find a beastly marauder claiming to be her husband. As if Sonja would ever settle down.

Evil Empire #3

Writer: Max Bemis Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

Writer: Max Bemis Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

With freedom, liberty, and the American way slowly going down the drain as insanity and corruption spread, Reese (an anti-government hippie type) must find out where the corruption stems from. This series has a Cabin in the Woods feel, where you know only tragedy will follow, but it’s fun to watch it all burn. Plus, Bemis (as usual) offers unique political and social commentary without detracting from the thrilling ride of the story.

Day Men #4

Writers: Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Writers: Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

My only complaint about this series is that it just doesn’t come out often enouhg. Day Men follows the the life of David and his service to the vampiric Virgo family. Unfortunately the Virgo’s (and David) have not been having a good week as all-out war erupts between them and the Ramses tribe. It’s finally time for the Virgo’s to fight back, and David is keen on getting some revenge.

I may have initially been drawn to this book by David’s dapper looks (I’m a sucker for a well-drawn man) but I’ve continued reading it for the story. It’s a bit like Game of Thrones on a two family scale…if all the families in Westeros were vampires living in modern times under the radar.

Veil #4

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Toni Fejzula

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Toni Fejzula

I can’t get enough of Greg Rucka, can you? While many people are interested in Veil (and few have her best interests in mind) we finally get to see if this mysterious young woman can fight back. I’m going to hazard a guess and say duh, or course she can fight back. Women who wake up naked and confused always have excellent fighting powers. Veil is just following in River Tam’s and Lelu’s footsteps.

Sandman Overture #3

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist:  J. H. Williams

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: J. H. William

The death knoll of the universe is sounding, and Sandman attempts to stop it; accompanied only by himself. Which is to say that Sandman is accompanied by Cat Sandman. Don’t worry, it’s both more and less confusing than it sounds. It’s Gaiman, it’s J.H. Williams III, and it’s Sandman. Only good things have ever come of this.

Trades and Graphic Novels

If you’re one of those people that likes collecting in trades or the meatier reading of a graphic novel, I’ve still got a few suggestions for you.

Snowpiercer GN

Writers: Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand Artist: Jean-Marc Rochette

Writers: Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand Artist: Jean-Marc Rochette

Titan Comics gives us the graphic novel that inspired the movie – in English for the first time! I saw the Chris Evans led movie last week (loved it) and can only hope that the graphic novel is even better. This is one story that I don’t mind experiencing over and over again.

Lazarus TP Vol. 2

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Cover Artist: Owen Freeman

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark Cover Artist: Owen Freeman

This is another excellent Greg Rucka title set in the post-apocalyptic future where families run the remaining resources. Forever Carlyle is the Carlyle family’s lazarus, their protector and loyal “sibling” that can’t die. Volume two of the series follows Forever’s journey to uncover a rebellion in L.A., and the Barrett’s 500 mile journey to be granted “serf” status in the illustrious Carlyle family.

Runaway Complete Collection TP Vol. 1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artists: Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyagawa Cover Art:  Adrian Alphona

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artists: Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyagawa Cover Art: Adrian Alphona

If you haven’t yet experienced the Runaways, a super-powered group of teens with super-villains for parents, then this is your chance. The first volume in this complete collection features issues #1-18 of the series. Using the tools and genetic inheritance’s of their parents, the Runaways attempt to make new, pure-hearted family legacies for themselves. Plus, one of the kids gets a pet velociraptor. It’s super cool.

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Comics Picks of the Week

April 8, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 46

This week I was granted a reprieve from difficult pull list decisions by the comics gods. Why? Mainly because not that much I’m interested in is coming out this week. It may be a light week, but its’ also a week full of WINNERS. Just a quick advance warning, I may turn into a drooling school girl when I talk about a few of these titles.

Lumberjanes#1

Writer: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis Artist:  Brooke A. Allen Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson

Writer: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis Artist: Brooke A. Allen Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson

The day this was announced, I audibly squealed and did a weird finger dance in my office. I can’t even express how excited I am for this title written by Nimona’s Noelle Stephenson. Hopefully there will be shark jokes. But seriously. This title is about a bunch of girls living in a cabin fighting monsters, and looking SO DAMN COOL while they do it. If you don’t believe me, check out the preview here.

Shutter #1

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del Duca

According to the description, Shutter is supposed to be the love child between Indiana Jones, Fables, and Y: The Last Man. Plus, it’s written by Joe Keatinge who re-created my beloved Glory. Plus it’s about a lady. Plus plus plus JUST BUY IT OKAY. Okay okay, you don’t have to buy it if ladies, fantasy, and adventure aren’t your thing…buuut why wouldn’t those be your thing?

Nightcrawler #1

Writer: Chris Claremont Artist: Todd Nauck Cover Artist: Chris Samnee

Writer: Chris Claremont Artist: Todd Nauck Cover Artist: Chris Samnee

Okay, this title rounds out the awesome first issues of the week. I honestly have no idea what Nightcrawler’s recent history is – I hear he’s been dead or something. He’s a cool character, Chris Claremont is writing him, and I enjoy non-team titles. I’m willing to take a chance this week to see if it’s any good.

Captain Marvel #2 (ANMN)

Writer:  Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: David Lopez

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: David Lopez

Duh.

FBP #9

Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Cover Artist: Nathan Fox

Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Cover Artist: Nathan Fox

This title was on my “maybe” pile for a few issues, but the addition of Rosa to the team (She got sucked through various multiple dimensions before finally finding her way back…naked?) drew me back in. Plus, the cover art continues to be fantastic.

That’s all I have this week – no honorably mentions, no other comics I wish I could buy. Yes, I realize I have now snubbed Darevedevil and Deadpool. Maybe they should be more interesting!

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Carol Corps Celebration ECCC 2014 – Memories and Pictures

April 3, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 36

I didn’t get to go to Emerald City Comic Con this year – to be honest I’ve never been to a con before (gasp). Fortunately because of this thing called the internet, you and I (and the lucky people that did attend) can reminisce on events through first hand accounts…and tumblr. So re-live (or enjoy for the first time) the Carol Corps Celebration, which was aptly described

“…these events make it easy to see why you’d want to join up with other fans of the superhero also known as Princess Sparklefists. They’re good people. And stylish too. Some attendees came dressed up for a cocktail party; some wore a fantastic variety of cosplay interpretations of the Captain Marvel characters; and others wore Carol Corps-related tees (of which there are many).” – Kate Leth

So, let us begin to marvel at the amazing creativity of Carol Corps, while not-so-secretly being sad that we couldn’t be there.

Picture via usag1

Picture via usag1

If you were lucky enough to go to ECCC, you had the opportunity to snag this embroidered Carol Corps patch designed by Kate Leth. I’m honestly not sure what I’m jealous of more in this picture, the amazing nail art or the patch itself.

The Carol Corps event itself was separate from Emerald City Comic Con and was hosted in the Museum of Flight – what better place for fans of Carol Danvers to hang out? Held in such a location, it was no wonder that many versions of Carol herself appeared (probably from different dimensions).

I am in love with the hair pieces used by the two Captain Marvel’s in the middle. Those girls have waaayy more fashion sense than me, or this world’s Captain Marvel.

Here’s one more cosplay picture with some creative variation on the classic.

Other supes naturally came to visit – many already friends of Captain Marvel.

I spot Black Widow, Spiderwoman, and Captain America in the crowd – all of Carol’s BFFs in one place! I’m even loving the normal outfits in this pictures. Supehero colors are an amazing way to choose your wardrobe.

Let’s be fair, the planes were also a huge attraction of the event, and the coolest fans posed with them.

I should also mention, I also totally own that shirt and love it. Also – Carol Danvers could fly every single one of those planes faster than you. Just something to keep in mind.

Kelley Sue likes to make duck faces. It’s a thing and she does it so well. Fans of Carol got to take pictures with their beloved leader and make duck-faces of their very own.

I never realized how short Kelley Sue is. EVERYONE HAS AMAZING HAIR ACCESSORIES. I really want one of those.

Okay, and one more (with a guy this time) for good measure.

G. Willow Wilson, the current genius behind Ms. Marvel also showed up!

The Carol and Kamala rag dolls are amazing. If I had a child in my life I would make some of those immediately. Instead, as an adult, I need to focus on making my Ms. Marvel cosplay costume.

Most importantly, we get to see Kate Leth and Kelley Sue together. I wouldn’t call them a dream team of mine in terms of creating comics projects together, but they’re a dream team in the way they really and lead women in the comics community.

They even have a few thoughts to share about the ordeal here. Tl;dr?

‘There was a lot of trying-not-to-freak-out going around. ” – Kate Leth

In case you didn’t get to go, there is another Carol Corp meet-up at WonderCon Anaheim. Whether it will be as amazing as this one still remains to be seen.

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Comics Picks of the Week

March 31, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 45

I have limited myself to 5 comics per week. So far, this makes me want to hit myself in the face; but it’s a good practice in restraint. This will somehow make me stronger. So, here are my top 5 picks of the week.

Trillium8

Creator: Jeff Lemire

This is the FINALE. The universe is unraveling, and Nika and William seem to be the only two noticing. Are they going to go down with the ship (the universe)? I have absolutely no idea how Lemire is going to attempt to end this (not holding out for a happy ending) which makes me all the more excited to read it.
Writer: Greg Rucka  Artist: Toni Fejzula

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Toni Fejzula

I believe I’ve mentioned this – but anything Greg Rucka writes is good, and I’m enjoying the artistic difference between Veil and Lazarus right now. FOr those of you who missed the first issue, Veil follows the story of a girl that wakes up naked in a subjway tunnel surrounded by rats. Like another familiar character that is introduced to us naked (River Tam), the girl from Veil has something going on with her mind. She miiiight be able to kill people with it. Maybe.

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick  Artist: Emma Rios

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Emma Rios Colorist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Clayton Cowles

If you’re not currently reading Pretty Deadly we can’t be friends. THIS ISSUE IS GOING TO BE EPIC. Preparations have been made, and now Ginny and Death collide in the ultimate showdown. Death fights his progeny, what can go wrong here? Hopefully everything if Kelley Sue and Emma have anything to do with it.

Writer: Warren Ellis  Artist: Declan Shalvey

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey

Moonknight beat out other comics on the list this week because my curiosity got the better of me. I read the first issue of Moonknight, and Warren Ellis managed to suck me in with this mythological/crazed hero. I’ve heard that Moonknight can simultaneously be one of the most nuanced Marvel heroes, while ending up in the wackiest situations. I’m fascinated.

Culled Comics of the Week

I’m limiting myself to 5 comics a week due to money, vague promises, and the realization that the fewer comics I read, the better my experience is. So here are some comics that I also think are amazing and worthy of your money, but I just won’t be grabbing this week.

Writer: Charles Soule  Artist: Javier Pulido  Cover Artist:  Kevin Wada

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido
Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

The covers of She Hulk continue to be astounding, and I’m sad I can’t buy posters of them. Props to Kevin Wada. The reason that this issue got cut from my list is the inside art. Javier Pulido’s style is a bit different than the art I’m used to, and I don’t find reading She-Hulk as pleasant when I’m constantly wondering “Why does her face look so funny”. The story is absolutely amazing though. The combination of superheroes and law is fantastic and it’s exciting to see how this will play out.

Writer:  Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto

Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto

My problem with Black Widow is the opposite of the problem I have with She Hulk. I love love love love Phil Noto’s rendition of Black Widow (and her environs) but the story has been a bit week. As a book that is attempting to follow the “Hawkeye” model (distinctive art coupled with a look at a hero’s personal life) the characterization of Black Widow is wearing thin. I get it. Black Widow has a past. She’s trying to avenge it. Is there any possibility that we can have her think of something else for a change?

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Lee Garbett  Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett
Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

I love Loki. I love watching his pranks. You know what will happen in the end? Loki will win. Some how, some way, Loki will win. There might be a sacrifice (or many) but he will win in the end. So, I’m going to save a bit of money and pick up the trade.

Writer: Jim Zub  Artist: Jonathan Lau  Cover Artist:  Jeffrey Chamba Cruz

Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Jonathan Lau
Cover Artist: Jeffrey Chamba Cruz

The revitalized Red Sonja (thanks fairy grandmother Gail Simone) is amazing. Will this one-shot be? Questionable. At the same time I think it would be fascinating to see how Red Sonja deals with a young human child since she doesn’t exactly seem to have the strongest maternal instincts.

Writer:  Mike Carey  Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

I’m letting this one off the list for this week do to fatigue. I really like this title, and the current story arc is building up to something big, but I think I’ll wait for the arc to finish before I pick up the issues.

 

So that’s it for this week! What issues do you guys think are missing from my list?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Where Did My Cuddly Guys Go?

March 27, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, TV and Movies Comments (0) 60

So the first TMNT trailer broke today – if you’re a fan you probably were already aware. If you missed it, take your first peak at the future of the Turtles:

They definitely have a higher budget than the older ones!

Spiffy side effects aside, there are two key features in this trailer that need discussing: the Turtles new look, and their new origin story.

Origin Story

Longtime fans of the TMNT franchise are up in arms over the changes to their origin story. From the trailer it becomes clear that the Turtles were created by April O’Neil’s father in conjunction with the Shredder (weird). Honestly, that’s not too far off from the current story being published at IDW.  -As Comic Vine points out:

“First and foremost, this isn’t the first time April’s father would be linked to the ooze. In the most recent comic (by IDW Publishing), it was revealed that April’s dad previously worked with Baxter Stockman at Stockgen.”

Adding Shredder into the mix is just a logical step to interconnect all of the characters and make the story more personal for everyone.

Let’s also talk about the point of origin stories for a second. Origins stories are central to most superhero characterse. The stories are meant to establish background, motivation, and evil/good leanings. The original TMNT origin story has morphed over the franchise’s history more than once. In the original comic by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, the ooze that mutated the baby turtles came from aliens. The 90’s movies decided to skip the extra-terrestrial angle and simply claimed that the ooze originally came from Stockgen, no aliens involved. TurtleOoze

This origin story featured in the trailer includes the key elements: Stockgen + Ooze, only adding in the Shreeder and a new motivation for the Ooze’s creation into the mix. As an origin story it still explains how the TMNT became turtles, their heroic motivations, and interpersonal relations. In fact, as origin stories goes it does better to initially establish the Turtle’s purpose in life. Did it never seem strange to you before that the Ninja Turtles decided to fight crime? I mean sure, there was Splinter’s rivalry with the Shredder – but if we’re going with the movie origin story it’s hard to believe that a rat had the brains to form a rivalry to begin with.

So let’s be real – as long as there is ooze, Ninja Turtles, Splinter (strangely absent from the trailer), and Shredder, I’m in. Plus, this origin may mean it’s easier to add Alopex

New Turtle Look

This is a much more subjective opinion. Everyone is going to have differing opinions on how the ninja turtles should look. For me personally, I prefer the cartoony cute turtle look. I grew up with the cartoons, I grew up with the terribly awesome movies, and I expect my trurtles to be adorable and goofy not all mean and sinister looking.

If I was April in the trailer (and I’d sure as hell be a better April than Megan Fox) I would scream and faint when I first saw the turtles too. If I had my way, the Ninja Turtles would only be drawn by Ross Campbell and this movie would make CGI characters based off Ross Campbell’s work. He draws the most adorable (sometimes sad) turtles. Exhibit A:

RossCampbellSadMikey

 

I can’t describe how much I love this cover by Ross Campbell. Mikey is so sad, and the orange leaves, letter coloring, and bandanna really bring the whole picture together. He’s capable of drawing some good action too. Exhibit B:

Ross Campbell Leo and Raphael

Brothers fight, it’s not always cute, but Campbell really captures the youth of the Ninja Turtles without making them overly sinister. Exhibit C is a picture of Alopex, just because I love her:

RossCampbellAlopex

This is just the style I like though, and I realize many may like the more “kick-ass” version of the TMNT that the film presents. It’s not my style, and I hope the tone of the movie can differentiate itself from the style. If they’re trying to Batman my Turtles I will cry. Without humor, love, and kindness the Ninja Turtles aren’t really themselves. I’m interested in seeing how this develops further, and right now I think we can continue to feel guardedly optimistic about the return of TMNT.

 

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Culling Your Pull List Can Enrich Your Comics Experience

March 27, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 43

After a long financial talk with my husband  (boring) I finally saw some reason and decided to stop buying comics. Last week I went cold turkey and didn’t even buy the new Ms. Marvel comic. If you know me, you know how HUGE of a sacrifice that way. Kamala Khan is my hero and I’ve already started buying the necessary materials to cosplay her. This week, even more amazing comics were coming out and I steeled myself against buying any…and then my husband called my from my LCS (local comic shop) on his way home from work and asked me what he should get.

The workers had given him all the comics in my pull list for the last two weeks and he wasn’t going to buy me twenty comics. He read off all the titles to me, and I slowly kicked certain issues from the list. Did I really need to be reading Unwritten: Apocalypse? No, I didn’t have the second issue so why should I pick up the third? Ditto for Alex + Ada (although my LCS was supposed to reorder me a copy of #4). Five Ghosts, Ghosted, and Ghostbusters were quickly relegated to the “no” pile…for reasons, and I even said goodbye to Ryan North’s The Midas Touch.

Writer: C. Willow Wilson  Artist: Adrian Alphona  Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Writer: C. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

After I rejected many more comics, I was left with 8 titles – an all time low for me considering this was two weeks worth of pull-list. The pile my husband brought home consisted of Deadly Class #3 (It’s murderin’ time), Fatale #21 (The end is near!), Sandman Overture #2 (I didn’t even get both cover options this time), Loki Ragnarok and Roll #2 (I <3 Boom!), Wake #7 (Duh), Sex Criminals #5, Ms. Marvel #2 (OMG), and A Voice in the Dark #5 (It’s seriously good and deserves it’s place among the rest of these comics).

I was initially sad with the small pile of comics that husband handed to me when he got home. Tomb Raider #2 was missing because  my LCS dudes forgot to add it to my pile. C’est la vie. Then I started reading the books I had gotten. Each and every one was spectacular. There were no books that I thought “Wow, that was kinda good, but not great” about. There were no books that made me think I wasted $3.99 and 15 minutes of my life. For an hour and a half I was in comics heaven. 

I had previously vowed not to read mediocre books as a statement to the comics industry, but I never imagined how fantastic it would feel to have those books removed from my pull list. Not that all the rejected books were mediocre, but the remaining books were both the cream of the crop and the ones that meant the most to me personally. Sure I could have picked up American Vampire Vol. 2 #1 – and it would have been fantastic. But that series doesn’t mean as much to me personally as Ms. Marvel or Fatale.

Reading 8 books that were both high in quality and high in my own personal investment was game-changing. There are so many comic books I want to read, and so many new series I want to invest in, but really weeding out the comics that hadn’t made the cut lifted a great deal of the financial burden. I’ve found that if I can limit my comic intake to 5 comics (or less) each week then I can 1) afford to buy comics still and 2) get more out of the experience. 

It’s rare (for me) that cutting things out of my life actually adds to my overall life experience. Rejecting comics from my pull-list over the phone with my husband was like pulling out my own teeth. I had to give up so many of my “babies”, but in the end it was worth it. We’ll still have to see how much self-control I can muster when I’m in the comic shop by myself without husbandly supervision….

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Felicia Day on Comics

March 23, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 74

So for all of you Felicia Day Fans out there, Felicia has just put up a video on her own channel! The first minute of the video is entirely an excuse for why she hasn’t been posting more videos. I can’t be mad at her, because her guilty face is adorable and I’ve been watching The Guild all day so she’s on a pretty big fan pedestal right now.

At around 1:18 in in the video, she starts talking about comics! Comics people will know that you can never have too many people in your life to talk to about comics, so I’m ecstatic to add Felicia Day’s voice my compendium of cool people who like comics. Okay – that list really just has the two of us on it, just the way it should be.

From this six minute video, we can glean a few things about Felicia and her comic choices.

  1. She refuses to read single issues because they’re too short. If you want Felicia Day to read a comic – send her a trade.
  2. She’s using multiple lists of the best graphic novels of 2013 as her guide. 2013 was a great year for comics, but this clearly indicates she’s probably not at her local comic shop every Wednesday, so you can take her opinions with a grain of salt, or rejoice in opinions not coming from freaky comic fans. Your choice.
  3. Despite the above statement, not all her choices came out in 2013. So, she isn’t a stickler for the rules.
  4. She doesn’t like superhero comics because she doesn’t like the ladies in them. THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU FELICIA
  5. She finds hand-drawn genitalia fascinating (“Oh Boobies!”)
  6. I want her to read from Divas, Dames, and Daredevils to me at bedtime.
  7. She is not above vandalizing her own books
  8. Finally, she has good taste.

Hopefully, she will air another of these precious videos soon. If not, we can just watch this one on re-run for eternity.

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Comic Picks of the Week

March 18, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 48

Okay – here’s my top 10 comic picks of this week. I try and choose from a variety of publishers and story types, so there’s a lot to choose from!

Lady Led Comics:

Writer: C. Willow Wilson  Artist: Adrian Alphona  Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Writer: C. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

The first issue of this title was a knock-out hit. THAT ENDING! I am so excited to see what C. WIllow WIlson and Co. have in store for us with this issue. I never thoguh I Could love a character as much as I love Captain Marvel, but Kamala Khan is giving Carol Danvers a run for her money.

Creator: Larime Taylor

Creator: Larime Taylor

Ever wonder where all the great women of color are in comics? Look no further than A Voice in the Dark. Larime Taylor is a disabled writer/artist writing a story that is basically Dexter + Ross Campbell’s Wet Moon. It’s absolutely great, and it is sooo nice to see characters drawn in normal people proportions. Unlike certain superheroes we could mention…

Writer: Greg Rucka  Artist:  Michael Lark, Brian Level  Cover Artist: Michael Lark

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Michael Lark, Brian Level
Cover Artist: Michael Lark

Forever Carlyse continues her investigation of the Freemen Resistance, and tragedy strikes as the Barretts make their way to Denver. This is a great post-apocalyptic series full of betrayal, intrigue, and of course, a fantastic leading lady. You can never go wrong with Greg Rucka ladies and gents.

Writer: Brandon Montclare Artist: Amy Reeder

Writer: Brandon Montclare
Artist: Amy Reeder

To be honest I’m still not 100% sold on this series. That said, I supported the Kickstarter and I’m excited to see what kind of actions is in store for this issue. The writing may not have grabbed me yet, but the art certainly has. This issue promises to have some crazy action sequences and I’m interested to see what Amy Reeder can do with Rocket Girl.

Writer:  Jeremy Whitley  Artist: M Goodwin

Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: M Goodwin

Okay okay, this is actually a trade. This is a reprinting of Princeless Vol. 1 which has been out of print for a bit. You see the comics alliance quote on the front? It’s so freaking true. Follow princess Adrienne as she SAVES HERSELF and other princesses of the land. Jeremy Whitley really cares about the representation of young girls in comics, and you should also be following him on tumblr.

Leading Men

Writer: Eric M Esquivel  Artist:  Jerry Gaylord  Cover Artist: Alexis Ziritt

Writer: Eric M Esquivel
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artist: Alexis Ziritt

There are currently 2 Loki titles coming out right now, the one from Marvel and this from from Boom. I can’t get enough of either. I enjoy this take on Loki (and the rest of his pantheon). Basically, Loki is sent to earth as punishment of sorts (mainly because Odin knows Thor won’t understand the point of the punishment), and ends up completely rocking it. If you’re any kind of Loki fan, you should definitely take a chance on this book.

Writer:  J. Michael Straczynski  Artist: C. P. Smith, Ben Templesmith  Cover Artist:  C. P. Smith

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: C. P. Smith, Ben Templesmith
Cover Artist: C. P. Smith

Ten Grand #8 is finally getting to the climax of the current storyline. Joe Fitzgerald is in hell, attempting to save his wife Laura from the clutches of an evil man that is responsible for their deaths. What can go wrong? Quite frankly, a lot. The art of this book has gotten a bit…wonky as our protagonist left the ground of earth – but I’m excited to see just how (if) this resolves.

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere  Artist: Chris Mooneyham

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Chris Mooneyham

Last issue we met another person fused with a dreamstone and got to see Black Beard decimate his partner’s opponent. Chris Mooneyham’s art blows me away with each issue. It’s beautiful. I would pay him money to paint the walls of my house. It’ll be interesting to see his interpretation of the Island of Dreams, and see if Fabian can get any answers to his problem.

Writer: Mike Carey Artist:  Peter Gross  Cover Artist: Yuko Shimizu

Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Peter Gross
Cover Artist: Yuko Shimizu

I am new to the Unwritten series, but as a former English major it has absolutely blown my mind. I love how author Mike Carey navigates literary references, tropes, and worlds all while making his own story. Unwritten Vol. 2 Apocalype has just begun and it’s a great jumping on point. If you’re a literary guy or gal like me, you wont’ regret it.

Team Titles:

Writer: Matt Fraction  Artist:  Chip Zdarsky

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky

I don’t think I can say anything about this book to explain just how good it is. So just buy it. But really.

Writer:  Scott Snyder  Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

Will you guys think any less of me if I admit I haven’t read an American Vampire until the recent one-shot? Okay – judge ahead. This (like Sex Criminals) should ultimately be a no-brainer. I can’t get enough of Snyder’s non-Batman stuff – and his take on vampire’s is refreshing, violent, and dirty – the way vampires were meant to be.

Writer:  Joshua Williamson  Artist:  Davide Gianfelice  Cover Artist:  Matteo Scalera

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Cover Artist: Matteo Scalera

I can’t exactly remember what’s happening with this title right now – but this cover is pretty disturbing. If you like your supernatural thrillers, this series has been pretty solid and just keeps getting more demented which each new situation that Jackson T. Winters and friends find themselves in.

*whew* That’s all for this week. LEt me know if I missed one of your favorites in the comments!

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Image Gets It: Comics need Women

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Eric Stephenson, the Publisher of Image Comics, gave a great speech about what the comics industry needs to do moving forward. I wrote a rather long post about how everyday comic readers can help realize his vision, but I also wanted to take a moment to highlight something Stephenson got right:

Right now, the fastest growing demographic for Image Comics, and I’m willing to speculate, for the entire industry, is women.

For years, I’ve listened to people talk about bringing more women into the marketplace.

Over the last few years, with your help, we’ve been doing exactly that.

You’ve seen the audience that’s building up around SAGA. You’ve seen how female readers respond to books like SEX CRIMINALS, LAZARUS, VELVET, PRETTY DEADLY, ROCKET GIRL, and RAT QUEENS, and one of our best-received announcements at Image Expo was Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new series BITCH PLANET.

We’re not the first to put out material that appealed to women – there’s a whole roomful of incredible people I wouldn’t be able to look in the eye if I made that kind of ludicrous claim – but I think we are among a select group in this industry who realize that there’s more to gain from broadening our horizons than by remaining staunchly beholden to the shrinking fan base that is supposedly excited about sequels to decrepit old crossovers like SECRET WARS II.

It is comics like SAGA that get new readers in your door.

I know this, because I have met SAGA readers.

They read SAGA, they read RACHEL RISING, they read Julia Wertz, they read FABLES, they read Nicole Georges and Kate Beaton, they read Hope Larson, Jeffrey Brown, and LOVE & ROCKETS…

They read all of that and more, but even better still:

They are hungry for more.

(Read the whole thing here via Bleeding Cool

Image is the reason that I read comics. Last spring I saw this comic on a new release table and I absolutely had to know more:

Glory #33 Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Ross Campbell

Glory #33
Writer: Joe Keatinge
Artist: Ross Campbell

After collecting Keatinge and Campbell’s controversial run on Glory, a friend lent me these two books:

Peter Panzerfaust #1 Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist: Tyler Jenkins

Peter Panzerfaust #1
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Tyler Jenkins

Saga Volume 1  Creators: Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

Saga Volume 1
Creators: Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

Needless to say, I was hooked – and I’m pretty sure I currently read every comic Stephenson listed. As a twenty-six year old woman, I am one of the hotly growing demographics of comics.

In October, 2013 TechHive announced that women were one of the most rapidly growing users of ComiXology – a digital comics distributor. In five years, women went from being 5% of ComiXology users to 20% – a hefty jump. The average lady user can be characterized as:

17-26 years old, college-educated, lives in the suburbs, and is new to comics. She prefers Tumblr to Reddit. She may have never even picked up a print comic.

A description that until last year, fit me perfectly. What’s great is that Publishers are currently realizing the importance of women too, and are putting out great titles that are still accessible to new readers, and skew towards lady friendly. Image is clearly leading the charge on this, and it is starting to feel as if other publishers are starting to jump on the bandwagon. Here’s hoping that 2014 can be declared the year of awesome lady comics, and that they will fuel a whole new type of readership. Who knows? Maybe even DC will get less terrible.

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