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.
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!
Like a lot of folks, I’ve been saying for years that the Hollywood has been slinging bullshit for years about women and films.
Here’s what I said in an interview last year:
Well that’s Hollywood right? They have these beliefs, and even when there’s proof that they just might be wrong, there’s an excuse. First, you know who goes to movies more, men or women? The answer is WOMEN! What about the belief that only men will see a movie multiples times, but not women? They said that over and over again, until Titanic became one of the biggest grossing films ever. And then you get the line that women can’t open movies. Oh wait, Hunger Games. Snap. Or Twilight. Snap. Comedies starring women can’t open big. Whoops, Sex and the City and Bridesmaids. Black people can’t open moves. Um, sorry Tyler Perry, we can’t hear you. We can’t hear you. It goes on and on.
But Hollywood still stuffs money into films because … DUDES. And yet we saw this year The Lone Ranger (which, let’s face it, was a huge WTF of a movie to begin with) get its ass handed to it by The Heat. And Gravity breaking records at the box office. And this past weekend the double shot of Frozen and Catching Fire.
Of course when you say this stuff you get the pushback from the dudebros who mansplain you and tell you that it just doesn’t work that way.
Well yesterday the NY Times editorial board weighed in (bold is mine)
There’s a tendency in the film world to conclude that if a female-led movie failed, it’s because it was female-led. When Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” fell short of expectations in 2009, it resurrected the cliché that boys won’t see “girl” movies. This summer an emailwent around from a Legendary Pictures representative that described “the presence of a female action hero” as a “tough sell.” The email cited “Sucker Punch,” a 2011 fantasy action movie, which starred a woman and underperformed in ticket sales. (It also received poor reviews.)
Yet before “Sucker Punch” there was “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Alien,” and the “Kill Bill” movies. And before “The Princess and the Frog” there was “Pocahontas” and “The Little Mermaid.” “Frozen” and “Catching Fire” add to the long list of films showing that there’s no market-based excuse for the dearth of female leads.
Make sure you read the whole thing.
Will this change anything? I hope so but there are still issues. Just this week we just learned that Wonder Woman has to get on the big screen in Superman movie rather than her own film.
But I think you can only keep saying women don’t open at the box office or women don’t like action movies or female leads so many times when even the NY Times is calling you on your bullshit.
I’ll know I’ll be copying and pasting those paragraphs in a lot of places around the internet for a long time.
The March solicits for DC should start hitting tomorrow and I am hearing that the month will bring another female led one-shot. In February, DC Comics will have both a Lois Lane and Joker’s Daughter one shot written by the new go to female writer at DC, Marguerite Bennett.
For March I am hearing there may be a Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller one-shot. Waller, aka The Wall, debuted in comics almost 25 years, ago is one of the most widely seen women of color in DC’s superhero IP. In addition to appearing in comics, Waller has appeared in animation, the Smallville TV show, the Green Lantern movie and has recently been added to the cast of Arrow.
One would assume that she would be one of the leads in the Suicide Squad movie.
Waller was one of the most controversial changes of the new 52 going from a middle-aged women of size to a younger and svelter character.
While I’m not happy with what they did to Amanda Waller, there aren’t a lot of black women around the DCU and I’ll be happy to see her get some focused attention.
This is a very light week which I suppose is good because MORE GIFT MONEY and sad because there just isn’t a lot I’m excited about.
Let’s start with my pick of the week:
Did you pick up the first issue? Well if you didn’t go get it and get this too. A cold war spy thriller with an older woman as the spy. The art is wonderful.
Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder must have clones to keep turning out all these comics. Comics that are good.
Correct me if I’m wrong but this seems to be the only comic from DC this week with a female superhero on the cover.
What’s up with THAT?
Oh Fearless Defenders, your art was too booby and assy times and you did have that uncomfortable fake out killing of the character on the cover but you were fun and funny and I bought every issue. Misty and Val I will miss you.
It’s holiday time at the Avengers Mansion and it’s being written by Kathryn Immonen so I gonna take this as an early Christmas gift.
What this is ending soon? SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU.
Wow, after Fearless and this ends, the amount of traffic on Tumblr has got to take a hit. Does Marissa Mayer know about this?
The mini with Red Sonja with a whole of female writers continues. I like this retro cover which gives you two chain mail bikini’s for the price of one!
And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?
It’s that time of year and what better way to celebrate than with the women of DC Comics. And today we have a moment of holiday flight - no reindeer style.
I don’t think its any surprised that I’m not a fan of The Killing Joke. I consider it to be at best a mediocre Batman story and one of the lowest moments in DC history in their treatment of female characters.
We all know what happens to Barbara Gordon in the book. We all have heard the tales of Alan Moore calling Len Wein for permission to shoot Barbara Gordon in the book and the response he received:
"I asked DC if they had any problem with me crippling Barbara Gordon - who was Batgirl at the time - and if I remember, I spoke to Len Wein, who was our editor on the project…[He] said, ‘Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.’
For years there have been discussions about how Barbara Gordon was treated in the book - shot, stripped and photographed naked. I, like many others, have bluntly called it torture porn.
But of course others differ. I’ve been told that there is no rape so there is no mysogyny. That “Jim Gordon is also naked, so it there is no sexism.” That it isn’t about Barbara being a woman but about her being collateral damage.
Sure. Sure it is.
Today some original art from The Killing Joke showed up. And it shows that page. You know page with the photos that Jim Gordon is shown of his daughter.
And the page is a bit different. Brian Bolland has already said “I drew what was in the script. That’s my job. I was asked to tone it down a bit.”
So he drew what Moore had in his original script.
And the art work? (NSFW and graphic for nudity and violence)
It’s December 1st, and once again I’m hanging out the festive holiday decorations. And once again I’ll be featuring 25 days of holiday items featuring the women of DC Comics. Each day I’ll post a holiday theme piece —could be panels from a comic, a holiday item, or, maybe, as we get to the end some original art from some up and coming artists (drop me a note if you’d like to participate!). To kick off things we have a moment celebrating both lights and love.