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Oct 1 '14

Comics to Read Today, October 1 

Greetings comics readers! Sorry to have missed last week due to work travel abroad. This week we have a very, very important week for comics and in particular around women and comics. Why? Because both of the big two are launching books that are specifically being marketed to female readers. Let’s go.

If you’ve read this blog, listened to the early review on the podcast I co-host on CBR, or have followed the semi-official Tumblr I created, you know I am excited about this book. As the mother of a teenage girl I have a DC Comic I can unflinchingly share with her. As someone who has been writing and writing about the potential of the female reader, I have book that recognizes that potential. And as someone who loves terrific fun sequential art, I have a wonderful new monthly title. Go read and let me know what you think!

Marvel’s Ms. Marvel is, of course, the ground zero of the “WUT women will start reading comics if we offer them something new, non-problematic and available easily on digital? Whudda thunk?” mode that we see in comics. Now we have them raise the ante by giving the moniker of one of their most visible heroes to a woman and “Not a hoax! Not a dream!” Marvel actually announced this book on The View which, although not my choice, does target women. Marvel, however, did not provide me with a review copy of this book so I can’t really tell you much about it other than Aaron is a good writer and the art is pretty. If you pick it up, let me know what you think.

The first issue of The Fade-Out was great and this second issue proves this is going to be another great series for Brubaker/Philipps

I am totally in love with book … and Dick … and Helena.

Phil Noto did a sketch of Laura for me at a show a few years ago and if that doesn’t tell you about how excited about this issue than I’ll just say “I’m excited.” 

Oh man the JayToddz fans are going to be all over this.

I made the first issue of this a pick of the week and a lot of you said you enjoyed it. So pick up issue #2!

I have not been reading Batman/Superman due to budget issues but, damn, this Jae Lee cover of Supes, Catwoman and Bats is so good I might have to dig for some pocket change.

That’s it for me. What’s on your list. What do you think I missed?

Sep 30 '14

DC Comics Thinks Their T-Shirts Suck Too

Since I started this blog four years ago I’ve reported on problematic merchandise featuring DC Comics IP too many times to mention. And it seems to go the same way:

1. Post on item

2. Get worked over in comments, Twitter and comics forums by people stating one or more of the following:

  • feminists have no sense of humor aka “Ah yes, more, more bullsh*t from the feminist brigade”
  • that there are “real problems” in the world and question why “this is even an issue”
  • I’m a woman and have no problem with it
  • I showed it to my wife/daughter/girlfriend/mother and they had no problem with it
  • You “misinterpreted” the item 
  • comics are for dudes so get over it
  • why did I ignore that other thing so clearly I am a selective journalist that just hates DC and finally, always a favorite,
  • I’m an ugly bitch SJW feminazi who needs a good dickin’

And yup all that stuff got said this week when I posted about a t-shirt featuring Wonder Woman and Superman that basically elicited a huge EWWWW from most people who saw it.

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Coincidentally another t-shirt popped this week that state the wearer was “training to be Batman’s wife”.

And that got an equal amount of disgust.

But this time? This time DC Comics responded to the issue and we got this:

DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.

I have to admit I’m surprised to not only see them comment but acknowledge the problem and say they will try and fix it.

Good job, DC.

Sep 28 '14

This Licensed T-Shirt Tells You a Lot About How DC Comics Views Wonder Woman

Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.

So it’s always interesting to see what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt. 

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(Source: superheroden.com)

Sep 19 '14

New Book Discusses “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”

Was Margaret Sanger, the leader of the birth control movement and founder of Planned Parenthood, the basis for Wonder Woman? Harvard historian Jill Lepore makes a case in her new book out late next month. You can read some excepts from the book here and here and in the above video hear Lepore tell the story of how she pieced together the untold story.

You can pre-order a copy of the book through my Amazon store.

Sep 15 '14

New 3 Chicks Podcast with Guest Becky Cloonan!

This week Kelly and I interview writer and article Becky Cloonan about her upcoming Gotham Academy for DC Comics as well as some of her creator owned books.

We also do a early review of Gotham Academy as well as Copperhead #1 and Lazarus #11.

We also talk about the recent announcements about DC Comics based TV shows starring Supergirl and the Titans.

So please give us a listen!

Sep 15 '14

Are you following the Inside Gotham Academy Tumblr?

Over the weekend I had a chance to read the first issue of Gotham Academy from DC Comics and loved it. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl have created a comic that is unlike anything else in the DC line-up.

If you have been looking to get into comics or get someone you know into comics, this is great series to start with. Actually if you like any of the below:

  • comics
  • good comics
  • Harry Potter
  • House of Anubis
  • Batman
  • Bruce Wayne
  • Gotham City
  • Ms. Marvel

And even if you don’t like any of those, you should still read the first issue.

With the support of the creative team, last night a semi-official Tumblr for the comic Inside Gotham Academy went live now and has over 500 followers.

Go follow! You never know what might get posted! Also if you have fan art, this is the place to submit.

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Olive and Maps are hanging out waiting for you!

Sep 11 '14

Titans TV Show from DC Comics Starring Nightwing Probably Happening

Numerous outlets are reporting that TNT is close to green lighting a pilot based on DC Comics Titans series.

Entertainment Weekly reports:

In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”

Before you get too excited it is reported that Akiva Goldsman who also wrote the movies that destroyed a Batman franchise, Batman & Robin, is writing.

So perhaps this is where Wally West may show up on TV? And how funny if Donna Troy ends up on screen before Wonder Woman.

Are you ready for a once a week dose of the Grayson? Did you just say the words, Matt Bomer?

What do you think?

Sep 10 '14

Comics to Read, September 10

Sooo many comics today. Let’s watch the money fly out of our wallets.

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Greg Rucka is back with another arc of Stumptown. You probably have heard Kelly and I discuss our love for this book on 3 Chicks Review Comics. There’s a new artist on this arc, Justin Greenwood, who most recently did The Fuse. It’s a big change from Matthew Southworth who I adored but I’m willing to give an issue to see how he settles in. If you aren’t familiar with Rucka’s female detective Dex Parios you might want to fix that.

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There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s a woman and the town is on another planet populated by all kinds of creatures. If you liked Firefly you may like this. I really enjoyed the first issue. Give it a try.

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Kamala! And that cover. Just another issue of the comic changing the comics audience. Join us!

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What’s that look on Carol’s face? Did she just see the entire line up of movies from Kevin Feige? Or maybe she just realized there’s only two more issues of Hawkeye?

Hawkkate!!!!!

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That cover is so pulpy I could drink it for breakfast with my eggs and bacon. Love this book. 

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Double Rucka week! Man, those Gotham Central guys Brubaker and Rucka really know how to write female characters.

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Did anyone pick this up the first issue after Kelly and i reviewed it on 3 Chicks? I didn’t have it my picks this week but you might want to try this series so it is here this week.

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Time to start the Scott Snyder part of our picks - first Superman Unchained. 

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Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.

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And finally Batman Eternal

Catwoman.Heels. Blah.

Also this week you may want to catch up with this series by Erica Schultz (she also co-wrote the new Revenge trade). The lead here is also all about revenge. If you like Velvet and Elektra you should really give this one a try. The best way to find this one is on Comixology.

And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?

Sep 8 '14

New 3 Chicks Review Comics with Jen Van Meter

The title of this podcast has two lies in it this week - there are only two chicks reviewing one comic. Kelly and I were a bit under the weather and we both adore Jen Van Meter so just made the whole show about Jen.

I hope you picked up the first issue of her reboot of Dr. Mirage but perhaps this interview and review will push you do just that!

We also take about Jen’s other work including Hopeless Savages and Kickstarters.

So please give us a listen and leave a comment.

Sep 3 '14

Comics to Read Today, 9/3

It’s September! Time to go back to school and DC to do those crazy ass variants!

Let’s start with a first issue and I have a good one for you this week

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I’m a big fan of Jen Van Meter - she excels at both world building and creating vivid characters to drop into those worlds. Here newest effort from Valiant showcases those skills. Dr. Mirage aka Shan Fon is a paranormal investigator who is suffering from the death of her husband. Most recently she’s taking on gigs ala the “Long Island Medium”  because she needs the money. But then she is brought a client tied to paranormal research from WW II. There’s a lot of exposition in this issue but it is interesting exposition that lets us get to know and like Shan despite her prickly personality. It also builds some dread around her latest client giving the last page a sense of danger. The artwork by Roberto De La Torre is loose and evocative and helps build a sense of the mystery and eeriness. Pick this one up and let me know what you think.

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I’m hit or miss with Peter Milligan but Vertigo has been doing well with new titles. According to Milligan “‘The Names’ is a story about money, it’s a story about power. It’s a story about one 25-year-old woman who goes up against that money and power: Katya, who’s our hero.” Not loving the cover, though.

I was not provided with preview copy so let me know what you think.

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How can I say not to the guy who created the late, great Starling from Birds of Prey? No female lead here, but the male lead has a interesting talent that gets him in and out of trouble - he can read people’s intentions by color. This is a gritty story and I’m not 100% in love with the art but Swierczynski made me interested to pick up issue #2.

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I love this book. Now with extra Hawkeye. (Is it wrong to hope for BOTH Hawkeyes?

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Uh oh, Jen’s got her glasses on - someone is going down.

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The architect is back which I just see as confirmation Gates of Gotham happened which means Cass Cain is around SOMEWHERE.

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This book …. brrrrrrrr. Serial Killers.

That’s it for me. I know given the headline I should buy at least one motion variant. I’m on the fence about Grayson: Futures End as the art in the preview didn’t really work for me. Also why didn’t that motion cover have Dick facing the other way to tie in with the title?

What’s on your list? And let me know what you think about any of the books you picked up!

Sep 2 '14

Everyone! Listen to This Speech by Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics Right Now

On Saturday, writer Gene Luen Yang gave a speech at the National Book Festival where he discussed the issue of diversity in publishing and specifically in comics and it is amazing.

The award-winning Boxers and Saints author began his speech by discussing the importance of Dwayne McDuffie to his own entrance in to comics and to comics overall. McDuffie, of course, fought for diversity in comics ultimately creating his own comic company so he could see people like himself in comics.

Yang talks about the importance of that company, Milestone, because the character Xombi was also an Asian American male.

But he also addresses the issue of diversity in terms of the writer’s responsibility and overcoming the fear of “not getting it right” and suffering the wrath of the Internet.

I strongly recommend that every writer or potential writer in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend that every editor and publisher in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend every comic reader listen to this speech. And I strongly hope that every person who diminishes diversity in comics with snide remarks listens to this speech.

You can also read the transcript here.

Aug 28 '14

Wonder Woman, Supergirl Featured in Upcoming Six Flags 3D Ride

Six Flags announced a new 3D ride JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS will debut at two of their parks in 2015. The company PRs state:

As you explore the interactive Hall of Justice, you’ll be given special 3D glasses and a working stun gun to help you battle Lex Luthor and The Joker. They’ve hacked into BATMAN’s computer and kidnapped the world’s favorite superheroes, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and GREEN LANTERN. Now you must bust into Lex Corp. to rescue them!

Board motion-based vehicles for a wild journey through the Metropolis streets, where you’ll meet up with life-sized animatronics.

Everywhere you look, state-of-the-art 3D imagery will draw you deeper into the adventure. Your unique transporter will take you piloting through a realistic 3D environment.

Can you thwart The Joker’s evil plan to infect the city with laughing gas? Only if you’re brave enough to join the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team!

While I expected to see Wonder Woman in the game I was surprised to see Supergirl as well although given it is Metropolis that is being battled over perhaps that make sense. (And perhaps another high profile female character that lives in that city?)

The new ride also uses the new versions and costumes of characters.

It’s not clear the whole Justice League will appear in the game - Cyborg is seen in the video but not Aquaman.The game debuts at the parks in Texas and Missouri next Spring.

Aug 25 '14

Lois Lane YA Novel Coming!

Lois Lane will be getting the YA novel treatment come January from author Gwenda Bond. The book, titled Fallout, is from Capstone/Switch will focus on young Lois Lane just starting out in Metropolis. The 304 page book will be released in January (Update: the writer says May). Will Superman appear? Check out the blurb below to see.

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Aug 24 '14

After This Week, Something Sweet About Female Superheroes

So. This week sucked to be talking about women in comics, no?

Well how about some candy?

It’s pretty sad but I get excited every time any item features a female character when a superhero line up is shown. Earlier tonight someone asked me about the lack of Gamora in the GOTG items and more often than not that’s the way it is. But I recently saw some candy that was more inclusive:

Apparently when it comes to superhero candy girls are okay to include.

Aug 23 '14

A Tale of Two Asses: Why Can’t Comics Learn?

Let’s walk through the scenario - A large comic publisher seems to have an opportunity or desire to expand their readership to include more women and thus increase revenue. They issue a cover that shows one of their female characters in a highly sexual pose with a distorted ass.

You may think I am discussing this week’s web explosion over Milo Manara’s variant of the first issue of Spider-Woman. But I could just as well be discussing the 0 issue of Catwoman from two years ago.

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