Hope a little Zatnna’s magic covers you on Friday the 13th.
I’m counting down the holidays with the women of DC Comics. Today it’s some Chistmas Puddin.
If you need to buy a gift for someone who likes women in comics or if you are looking to spend some holiday gift money here’s a list of some books that I have read and can recommend.
Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid
There was a time when there were more female comic book characters than Wonder Woman who kicked ass. You can read the full review here but this is fun, breezy and informative look at comic history.
Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor.
The PBS Documentary on Superheroes was a delight. The companion book has much more content including a chapter that looks at the treatment of women in comics. You can read my full review here and you can purchase it here.
Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—the Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca
Earlier this year the author did a guest post where he discussed his research into the origins of Lois Lane. So while this book is ostensibly about the authors of the book it also discusses the influence of the women in their lives and how the inspired the characters. It is also a great read.
But if you want to learn more about Lois Lane, the longest continusouly appearing female character in DC Comics I recommend the new Lois Lane 75th Anniversary book
Pretty in Ink by Trina Robbins
Robbins is the definitive historian when it comes to women in comics and this volume, which Robbins says is her last, is another fascinating look at female comic creators.
I’ll post a longer review soon, but based on the PDF reviewers copy this is must have for anyone who is interested in the rarely discussed contributions of women to comics and the much discussed controversies including the Flashpoint of SDCC in 2011.You can puchase it here.
The Best American Comics of 2013 edited by Jeff Smith, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden.
I write mostly about superhero comics as you know there is much more to comics than that genre and this book is an excellent sampler of what’s beyond the spandex. The cover you’ll probably note is by Kate Beaton. She’s inside too as are Faith Erin Hicks, Alison Bechdel, Colleen Doran, Gabrielle Bell and others. I highly recommend this and you can puchase it here.
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We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today see a DC woman who always gets her (snow)man.
Just a few more weeks in the year! Time to start thinking about those best and worst lists. Today’s list is a bit of a mish mash so let’s get to it, shall we?
Let’s start with Batman because, well, he’s Batman. And it’s the best book DC Comics has got right now.
Sometimes I think the storylines for this are driven by how they can get Kara to pose a certain way (as opposed to her losing most of her clothes which is what I thought last year. But the boob window is back now.)
Have you been reading this book? So glad Vertigo is still around.
You know I usually go on and on about Rucka but I think I’ll go on and on about Michael Lark a bit. He’s just amazing - great character design and world building.
It took awhile but there is a new issue of Day Men with art by Brian Stelfreeze. I really liked the first issue but four months between issues is harsh for fan.
This reminds me it is time to watch the “The Fight Before Christmas”!
Another comic by the Fraction guy. Geez take a nap, will ya?
I still wince at Land’s art. Laaaaaaaaannnnnnnddddddd. But the cover of this is Epting and I like the characters and the storyline so I’ll bite bullet again.
That’s it for me this week. What’s on your list? What did I miss?
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today we have the answer of which JLA member wins the snowball fights.
Scott Snyder today told Twitter followers today that Batman #28 won’t continue the Batman Zero storyline but provide a glimpse at what is coming in the Batman books.
Then I started thinking about all the crazy plans we have in BATMAN, and in BATMAN ETERNAL (the weekly), for Gotham of 2014, and I figured: what if, as a thank you to you guys for all the support, we took a month off from ZY right at the halfway point, and instead did a special issue that showed you what’s coming up in the world of Batman AFTER ZY? Not an issue that cuts to the present, but one that actually shows you a glimpse of the FUTURE of Batman - Gotham circa summer 2014?
So I got to talking with the other Gotham writers, and we agreed that with all the crazy stuff that’s going to happen in 2014 - and my goal above all in 2014 is to keep things daring and fun - it’d be a thrill to do a total spoiler issue. A stand-alone issue that takes place in the near future and reveals all sorts of massive surprises coming to Gotham in the spring and summer of 2014.
He then Tweeted a piece by the artist on the book Dustin Nguyen.
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today we have a gift from a silent night.
Earlier this year I posted about rumors that Batgirl would finally show up in a Lego set. Batgirl was prominent in the first Batman Lego game and fans have been waiting for an official minifig.
The rumors were right and Batgirl and Nightwing and Damian will all fight, who else, the Joker in a set that should be just heading into stores later this week (with wide availability in January).
Based on other DC themed sets my guess is that this will retail for around $46-49.99.
Sadly my son has moved on from Legos. I’ll wait and order the Batgirl figure off eBay.
Hello, I was thinking about this lately and thought maybe I should ask you, I am all about more female writers and artists in the industry, that's why I am reading Red Sonja, Rocket Girl and Saga and Alex + Ada and others. I love their art styles But what if the female writer isn't just good at all? I mean yes I do believe in equal and fair chances but if she doesn't improve, should she be dismissed? just like any bad writer?
Yes. If you’re not enjoying a writer or don’t think the work is good the you should treat her like any other writer. I’ll admit I’ll give a female writer maybe one more issue of the benefit of the doubt but at some point I just stop buying.
Did you hear the news on the new Flash series casting call for Iris West? It's on the Mary Sue, if you want to check that out. :)
I did see that today. It’s very exciting news. For those who haven’t seen it the casting sheet is calling for an African American actress.
I miss Wonder Woman as a mentor to other female super heroes in the DCU. Remember when she took Supergirl in got the Amazons to train her? That was cool. Why doesn't she act like that anymore?
I miss that too. Supergirl could use a break from the Superbooks. I’d love to Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Wonder Girl interact.
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today we have a familiar face carrying a sack.
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today I have … three wise women.
It’s time to celebrate the holidays with the women of DC and today we have a girl who knows how to have a Wonder of a Holiday!