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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.


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 30 '14

Always Bet on Wonder Woman. Always.

Bally is unveiling two new slot machines this week and it is a sure bet I’ll be playing one if I see one.

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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Sep 17 '14

Comics to Read Today, 9/17

Happy New Comic Day. Let’s get to some things you may want to pick up today including a first issue.

George Perez has written and created some of my favorite female characters and excels at world building so how could I resist the first issue of his new female team book for Boom!? There’s a lot here in the first issue in terms of character introductions and plot set-up and it isn’t all smooth but Perez is a master and manages to traverse this in style. Give it a try!

Well, it only took three years but Stephanie Brown has her own comic cover. Just one more Batgirl to bring back in the CURRENT comic timeline. You know which one.

This is a one-shot but how can I resist Gwen Stacy unfridged to become Spidey even for one issue? 

Feel down? Take one WicDiv and call me in the morning.

Wow, the whole lesbian/vampire subtext is just text this month in Batwoman this month. So that’s why she’s been so pale. Actually I saw the preview and this looks interesting.

The stories for Sensation have been hit or miss for me but overall I’m enjoying Wonder Woman book to read each month.

And that’s it for me this week - what’s on your list?

Sep 16 '14

DC Comics Debuts First Ever Female Creators Panel at NYCC

Yesterday the list of panels at NYCC was released and, low and behold, there was a panel that has been 75 years in the making:

Get an inside look at some of the amazing work from DCE’s female creatives at the “Women Of DC Entertainment” panel which will include JOKER’S DAUGHTER writer Marguerite Bennett, new series GOTHAM ACADEMY writer Becky Cloonan, HARLEY QUINN writer/artist Amanda Conner, WONDER WOMAN writer Meredith Finch, COFFIN HILL writer Caitlin Kittredge, SECRET SIX writer Gail Simone, and new BATGIRL artist Babs Tarr. Saturday 6:15pm Room Room 1A06

Since I began this blog some 4 plus years ago I have expressed concern about the lack of female creators on DC panels at Cons. You know to avoid panels like this from a few years ago:


It’s gotten better over the years as DC has expanded its roster of female creators beyond Gail Simone. 

Also it was interesting that while DC could barely find room for some female creators at their panels - Marvel’s female editors proposed and ran a “Women of Marvel” panel at NYCC and other cons.

I’ve spoken over the years about why DC hasn’t done a “Women of DC” panel and received different answers the saddest implying that the company can submit only so many panels at NYCC and other major shows and didn’t see such a panel as a priority over others.

Priorities, perhaps, have now changed. 

Or perhaps it is simply because DC Comics finally has enough female creators to create a robust (although sadly not very diverse) panel.

DC Comics’ new set of female creators could be seen as a confluence of a number of factors. Certainly having some new editors on-board who are open to newer talents which would include a bigger pool of female creators could be a reason. 

It’s ironic that Marvel who has owned these panels is in a position of having fewer ongoing female creators - Kelly Sue DeConnick, G. Willow Wilson, Sara Pichelli and Marguerite Bennett (who is also doing work for DC Comics).  

Things sure have changed haven’t they?

I was surprised to hear this week that Marvel is not inviting ANY of its female writers to their writers conference where they map out their stories for the next year.

The reason? You have to be a writer under contract to be invited. And? Well, Marvel has no female writers under contract. And? So we have no female writers going to the conference (This messaging was delivered to me by Dan Slott who never misses an opportunity to defend his publisher on line).

The suggestion that there was some chicken and the egg logic to this fell on deaf ears for some.

So what is up with the decline in the number of female creators at Marvel? I know that some female creators were drawn to the vision of Stephen Wacker who also pushed for some of their newer female characters such as Ms. Marvel.

But he is no longer at Marvel Comics.

The good news is that Jeanine Schaefer one of the creators of the “Women of Marvel” panels is now in charge of new talent at Marvel. So I suspect this will change soon.

Schaefer will be front and center at the Women of Marvel panel at NYCC on Sunday at 1:15:

From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Editor Sana Amanat, Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Erica Henderson, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

And that means for the first time at a con both DC and Marvel are putting their female creators in the spotlight.

While it is still important to have women embedded in ALL panels, the fact the both publishers are now devoting their resources to highlighting their female creators is a important moment that should be noted and applauded.

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.


Olive and Maps are hanging out waiting for you!

Sep 14 '14

Gotham Academy Gets a Tumblr

I’ve read the first issue of Gotham Academy.

You’re going to love it.

It is fun, smart, and so different than anything else DC Comics is currently doing it is like glass of lemonade on the hottest of August days.

Kelly and I interviewed Becky Cloonan about the book and a bunch of other things today. That interview will post tomorrow.

But one thing Becky and I discussed is that Gotham Academy really should have its own Tumblr just like the Batgirl of Burnside.

So now it does. Maybe Becky Cloonan will post stuff there. Maybe some of the other creators will too.

But for now Inside Gotham Academy is open for your fan art and other fannish stuff and anything else you produce to show support for this series. 

I truly believe that this series can bring in a brand new reader to DC Comics and I’m going to throw alot of support around it including this new Tumblr.

So why not drop by? Olive and Maps are just 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.


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.


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.


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


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?



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


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


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.


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


Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.


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 9 '14

Darwyn Cooke Wins All The Variant Cover Prizes

DC Comics has been using variant covers to drive sales for the past few months so we’ve had Bombshell covers, Mike Allred variants, and even selfie covers.

In December, perhaps as a gift to readers who dream for the time when DC Comics’ superheroes looked like, well, superheroes we get Darwyn Cooke variants.

Here are the ones for female led comics and, shockingly, there isn’t a brokeback or receptive bulbous heart shaped ass among them.

More, please.


Via IGN 







Sep 9 '14

Is the Real Return of Cass Cain Coming Very, Very, Very Soon to DC Comics?

Last week in Batwing: Future’s End #1 there appeared to be an appearance of what looked like the long missing from comics Cassandra Cain. 


That costume sure looks like the costume designed by Chris Burnham for Batman, Inc. 

But wait, she is white and blonde two things that Cass Cain isn’t. Is this another white washing? Another color-gate made to a non-Barbara Gordon Batgirl?

Several blogs picked up on this and I had numerous people asking about it to the point and surprised I hadn’t written about it.

And there’s a reason for that.

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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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 1 '14

New Interactive Batgirl Book and Costume and More DC Women Merchandise Now Available at Hallmark Stores

Hallmark has long has a relationship with DC Comics for merchandise such as Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. But now they have expanded their merchandise to include some other items.

Earlier this summer the company launched a set of “Itty bitty” toys featuring DC heroes including Wonder Woman:


That’s about the actual size of the doll by the way.

The line also includes Superman, Batman and the Flash. There are also Marvel versions including Spider-Man and Iron Man (sadly no female characters). They are $6.95.

But now Hallmark has released a particularly awesome Halloween item featuring Batgirl. And it is awesome.

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