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Offering “a fun look at the thought process that goes into dressing Babs” artist Babs Tarr has shown the real life fashion items that go into designing the new Batgirl over on the “Batgirl of Burnside” Tumblr
Now you too can dress like Barbara Gordon!
This week Kelly and I host the Merciless Ming herself who discusses her new series for Vertigo, The Kitchen. Call or email your LCS TODAY because you want to have copy save for you!
We also review Emily Carroll’s amazing collection of stories and the first issue of Sleep Hollow!
Oh and did they announce a Wonder Woman movie? We discuss that as well as rundown of the new DC based TV shows and NYCC.
GOTHAM ACADEMY #4
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL
On sale JANUARY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The hunt for the Ghost of Gotham Academy begins!
Written by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by GARRY BROWN
Cover by JAE LEE
THE FLASH 75 Variant cover by TY TEMPLETON
On sale JANUARY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
It had to happen! Batman confronts Selina over her ascension to the top of Gotham City’s criminal underworld – and the gloves come off!
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
THE FLASH 75 Variant cover by AARON LOPRESTI
Blank variant cover
On sale JANUARY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Things are going surprisingly well in Batgirl’s new life! But nothing good ever lasts long in Gotham City – and the other yellow boot is about to drop…hard!
Like many of the female characters in DC Comics Catwoman came out the new 52 in worse shape than she went in. First we had the “sexy, sexy, sexy” run by Judd Winick and Guillem March. That was followed by Ann Nocenti’s run which was far from the best work she’s ever done. And now? This week novelist Genevieve Valentine joins the book along with artist Garry Brown and if the preview is any indication this will be the best team Selina has had in a very long time.
This arc spins out of Batman Eternal where Selina is moving into a new role - Crime Kingpin!
Earlier today Warner Bros. and DC Comics announced the titles, stars and release dates of 10 films including a Wonder Woman film slated for 2017.
Based on the press release from the company we also know that Gal Gadot will be the star of that film.
What don’t we know? Quite a lot.
1. Who is writing the script for Wonder Woman? In March of 2013 we heard Michael Goldenberg (who also worked on Green Lantern) was writing it. Is that still in process? If they are going to make that 2017 date the script better be under way.
2. Who will direct? I really only have four words on this - please not Zack Snyder. It would be nice to have Kathryn Bigelow direct. But please not Zack Snyder.
3. Will it be an origin movie? Earlier this week we learned that in Batman vs. Superman her origin will be the one from the recent new 52 reboot where instead of her original clay baby origin she is now the daughter of Zeus. The use of this origin is concerning because that run also included horrible reworking of the Amazons into sailor killing succubi. Let’s hope they don’t go there. But I want to see the contest on the big screen so I do hope the go there.
4. Will we see any of her classic supporting cast? Will we see Steve Trevor as a love interest? We know that Lois and Clark are together in BvS so it will make it hard to drive towards the current positioning of Wonder Woman and Superman so we may get Trevor. I’d like to see some of the classic cast but would be incredibly happy if Krystin Ritter showed up as Strife.
5. Can Gal Gadot carry this movie? Only time will tell. Nothing she’s done onscreen has pointed to this or even her having a wide range of acting skills but at this point the only thing we can do is hope for the best.
Despite some misgivings I can’t say I’m not excited. With the Red Sox finally winning the World Series a decade ago having Wonder Woman on the big screen was no my “hope it happens before I die.”
This week is a little slower than last week which saw several new books due to NYCC. Did you see all the announcements out of the show? DC announced Wonder Woman ‘77 and Marvel announced a number of female led and written books including a title starring Peggy Carter. I’ll do a wrap-up on those later.
I do have a first issue for you this week.
I’m going to blunt - I loved this! I’m a fan of Sleepy Hollow so I was a bit in the bag already to read this but this issue, much like the show, is both charming and a little scary. This may be the best work by Bennett to date. She gets the banter between Crane and Abbie and provide a nice done in one story. Coelho’s art is a bit of a mixed bag - there’s some terrific sequences like a truck crash but the rest of the book isn’t quite strong. But it’s suitable and I’m happy to pick up the next issue. The book also includes an, if even possible, more charming back-up by Noelle Stevenson (Gingerhazing). There aren’t a whole lot of comics with a WOC in the lead or have a platonic relationship between a man and a woman. Even if you don’t watch the show you may want to after reading this.
How much more can I say about this book to make you read if you aren’t?
Storm, I love you so much and trust Pak so much I’m going into the Death of Wolverine for you. (Don’t worry Storm, Marvel’s cash cows have an average of 18 months before they show up alive or basically whenever the next X-Men movie is out).
And Mr. Rucka I love and trust you enough to appreciate your rat filled cover.
LOL, this cover. See this must be the point where Batgirl turns into the rebooted Batgirl with the Doc Martens so as a good bye we get a parting shot of her ass in her old costume by Clay Mann. Bye bulbous buttucks ass shots! Inside however we have Megan Hettrick on art which is great news because I think it means that Batman Eternal now has at least one female creator attached to it. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
I want to support this book but DC is making it awfully hard. Batwoman was once one of the most gorgeous and personal books in the DCU. It had a female supporting cast and was the default horror book for the Batfamily. Now? Kate is going into space with a ragtag team or as I call it - Gaydian of the Galaxy. Not sure I’m going on this trip.
That’s it for me - what’s on your list?
In one of their final announcements of NYCC, DC Comics announced Wonder Woman 77 a digital comic based on the Lynda Carter TV show.
The comic will be written by Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Manhunter) with covers by Nicola Scott. Interior artists will be announced at a later date.
I’m pretty pleased about this given the post I wrote last year calling for DC to do this comic:
One of the challenges of presenting Wonder Woman in comics is that because there are so few comics and projects outside comics that focus on her and because of her status as icon and character, it’s difficult for some fans to reconcile the current interperation with what they believe the character to be. It’s interesting that Batman and Superman (though to a less degree) who have multiple comic and multimedia versions of their characters don’t have as nearly as big a problem. Their pervasive presence, I think essentially gives everyone a Batman or Superman that is theirs.
Wonder Woman needs that too. And a zippy digital comic where she runs around doing bullets and bracelets and kicking the ass of Nazis and 70s drug lords seems to be an excellent way to start.
This gives Wonder Woman three comics where she headlines. This is great news to build out the visibility of the character while giving fans not comfortable with how she is portrayed elsewhere options.
Half of Wonder Woman’s team, Meredith the writer, was chatting up the new book at NYCC including this interview from VOX:
"David did not intend to say that she’s not a feminist," she said, explaining that Wonder Woman, like feminism, has evolved since the character was created. Finch says that her husband was just trying to make clear that there was no mandate from execs at DC to take Wonder Woman and create a token and hollow-feeling Wonder Woman, who would ultimately make for an empty female empowerment story.
"The experiences women are having in the 21st Century are very different from the experiences Wonder Woman had when she was created. So we just want to focus on telling a strong female story, that I can relate to as a woman, and really, everyone can relate to," she said.
So the meme now is that it isn’t about “Feminism” is now about not making her a “token and hollow-feeling Wonder Woman.”
Funny when Gail Simone wrote her as a feminist that didn’t happen.
Of course women’s experiences are different than when the character was created. But is that meant to suggest the need for feminism has gone away? Can women not relate to men and women being equal?
Really not getting the thought process from this team.
Anyway, in their their hunt to make Wonder Woman someone “everyone can relate to” here’s a cover by Finch from the January issue.
Oh, I can TOTALLY relate to this.
For those of you who are going here are some key panels that are relevant to this blog’s interest including the panel I was supposed to be on. (But am not.)
If you do attend any of these panels and want to do a quick write up or send pictures let me know!
Super Girls: Using Comics to Engage Female Students in the High School Classroom
Thu. October 9| 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM | 1B03
Secondary and post-secondary Educators, as well as industry Professionals, gather to discuss using comics in the classroom to engage female students. The Panel will include many comics/graphic novel titles for teachers to use, teaching strategies and overall engagement techniques to ensure that use of comics in your classroom is not seen as just “for the boys.”
(I think libraries and schools are one of the most important conduits for getting comics into the hands of new, i.e. female, readers. So glad to see this at NYCC)
#WeNeedDiverse (Comic) Books – Diversity in Comics
Thu. October 9| 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM | 1A01
The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign reflects the need for representation of diversity in children and teen literature – kids need to see themselves in what they read and they also need to be exposed to realities different to their own. What is the current state of diversity in comics and how far has it come? How can the medium of comics further lend to diverse narratives and empathic readers? From Superman vs. the KKK to the arrival of Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, find out more.
(If you read this blog you know this issue is incredibly important to me - again really glad to see this at NYCC)
New York TimesOUT and GeeksOUT Presents LGBT in Comics
Thu. October 9| 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM | 1A10
Join the discussion of LGBT Characters and Creators in comics with some of the industry’s best. Join Moderator Jude Biersdorfer (NYTimes Book Review – Staff Editor) and Panelists Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Jamie McKevlie (Young Avengers), Luciano Vecchio (Marvel Infinite Comics Ultimate Spider-Man) and Annie Mok (Screentests) as they dive into the subject of LGBT diversity. Bring your best questions for this amazing Panel and they will answer them live.
(This panel gets bigger and better every year. When I went two years ago the line was so long I’m not sure everyone got in. Make sure to get there early)
"Marry, Do or Kill?" What Will it Take to Shatter Female Stereotypes in Comics?
Fri. October 10| 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | 1A05
Female characters have historically been limited to sexy good girls or sexy bad girls, with little between. Readers are ready for change. A panel of Writers, Artists and Editors weigh in on “strong female characters,” “fridged women,” the Bechdel test and troubleshooting storytelling stereotypes. With Marvel Editor Ellie Pyle, Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir), Erica Schultz (Revenge), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Claire Connelly (Oculus) and Jenny Wood (Flutter). Moderated by Enrica Jang, Editor at Red Stylo Media.
(Yes, Yes, and yes. Great panelists, too.)
Marvel 75th Anniversary: World Outside Your Window – Diversity in Marvel Comics
Fri. October 10| 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | 1A18
Take a look inside Marvel’s ground-breaking history, as we shine the spotlight on the Creators who challenged, re-defined and shaped Marvel’s perception as an innovative publisher of comics. Join Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and a mighty gathering of Marvel Creators as they discuss the importance of diversity in comics and how Marvel upholds the tradition of presenting the world outside your window. Panelists will include Kurt Busiek (Marvels), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Ann Nocenti (Daredevil) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
(Glad to see Marvel taking diversity in their comics. Hope their panel gets a little bit more diverse.)
Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium
Fri. October 10| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A24
Diversity. Women in Comics. Both subjects are hot button topics in the comic book industry. However, it isn’t often that both issues collide. This Panel includes Creators and Artists that are not only women, but women of color working in Multimedia industries. Host Regine L. Sawyer, (Owner of Lockett Down Productions), will lead a discussion touching on issues like gender/ethnic representation in comics, the ‘CON-sent’ movement and how they are currently influencing the industry as a whole.
(Again very happy to see this panel at NYCC.)
Prism Comics Presents: Women in Queer Comics Fri. October 10| 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM | 1A14
Be it in print or on the web, lesbian, transgender and bisexual women are using comics to tell their stories more and more. Join Moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch) and Panelists Joan Hilty (Bitter Girl), Jennifer Camper (Women’s Review of Books, Bitch Magazine), Kristin Enos (Web of Lives, Deseo), Ariel Schrag (Likewise, Adam) and Elizabeth Fernandez (The Code Crimson) for a discussion of queer women’s improved profile in the industry and their approach to storytelling.
(Prism always has good panels - I imagine this one will be no exception)
Vulture Presents Carol Corps and Beyond: The Future of Female Fandom
Fri. October 10| 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM | 1A10
Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Batgirl have sparked an explosion of enthusiasm and visibility for women in comics. Female leads have been present since the dawn of comics, so why is their popularity only seeing a rise now? Some say the internet is responsible – but if that’s true, why didn’t this happen 15 years ago? And what role, if any, do leading ladies’ portrayals onscreen play? Most importantly, we must keep this momentum going and not let this be just a flash in the pan! With Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Sana Amanat.
(This the panel I was invited to be on. And agreed to be on. But am not on. Grrr.)
The Mary Sue Presents – Strong Female Characters: The Women Shining in Geek Media
Sat. October 11| 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | 1A01
We often ask to see “strong female characters” in our geek media and are critical when Creators fall short but this Panel will focus on the positive representations of women, both as they exist now and as they’ve evolved over time and those creating them. We’ll also be discussing the impact positive representations had on the lives of the Panelists and their hopes for characters we’ll see in the future. With Jill Pantozzi.
(Jill is always good on these panels - good to see The Mary Sue flying that feminist flag.)
DC Entertainment – Batman 75th Anniversary
Sat. October 11| 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Empire Stage 1-E
Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon with industry titans and other surprise Guests!
(Hoping some of those surprise guests are women because right now this panel all dudes.)
DC Comics – Champions of Justice
Sat. October 11| 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM | 1A06
The heroes of DC Comics – The New 52 return to New York for a star-studded, action packed Panel! Join the Creators of DC Comics’ most powerful and influential heroes and heroines for a sneak peek of what is to come for these champions of justice!
(Ditto to the above comment)
Women of DC Entertainment
Sat. October 11| 6:15 PM -7:00 PM | 1A06
With Marguerite Bennett, Becky Cloonan, Amanda Conner, Meredith Finch, Caitlin Kittredge, Gail Simone, Babs Tarr
This amazing cast of editors, artists and writers – discuss their unique creative processes on some of your favorite titles. Not to be missed!
(I’m really happy DC Comics FINALLY did a panel like this. Really)
Secret Identities – Transgender Themes in Comic Books
Sun. October 12| 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM | 1A01
From The Avengers to Batgirl, gender change has become more and more common in comic books, but comics have addressed transgender themes since the Golden Age. Indie and mainstream comics have been written and illustrated by transgender talent too. Join a Panel of Writers and Artists who will discuss the impact of transgender characters, and how Transgender Comic Book Creators have influenced the industry over the years. With Gail Simone, Rachel Pollack, Charles Battersby.
(Guys, it’s FREAKING Rachel Pollack who wrote Doom Patrol for Vertigo. I would not miss this panel.)
Women of MARVEL Panel
Sun. October 12| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A06
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!
(Marvel once again has their Sunday Women of Marvel panel which is always filled to the brim with a loud and enthusiastic crowd (which must be a joy for all the late night Con partiers.) Marvel has some EXCELLENT news coming out of the con so there may be some other folks showing up. Have fun!)
Again if you attend any of these panels or any other you feel have relevant information drop me a note.
There are signs that Halloween is on its way, for example, not one, not two not three books but four books debut today focusing on witches.
Let’s start with my pick for book of the week:
Kelly and I interviewed Scott Snyder about the book on 3 Chicks this week so go give a listen. We also reviewed the book and both agree it is one of the best things Snyder has done. This is scary. But so good.
If you have been reading Afterlife of Archie you’re going to love this. If you are interested in a dark look at Sabrina you’ll like this. If you just like good comics, you’ll like this.
Steve Niles takes your whatever warmth you might have towards families like the Munsters and The Addams family and kinda bleeds it out. There’s witch in this family along with … just read the cover. Buy it just for the Damien Worm art which is amazing.
Klarion the Witch Boy was created by Jack Kirby was most recently in Morrison’s Seven Soliders and Miller’s Batgirl. Now he has a book of his own. The fine folks at DC Comics sent a review copy over and I have to say this looks like the best work I’ve seen from Trevor McCarthy to date at DC. And Nocenti seems like a good fit for this book. The issue starts off stronger than it ends but has the potential for being fun and creepy.
Don’t know if you heard but DC Comics has a new Batgirl. She’s still named Barbara Gordon but this character looks and sounds different from the last version of Barbara Gordon. The book, or at least this issue of which I was given a preview copy, also looks and sounds very different from just about any book that DC Comics is now publishing particularly due to the “where the heck did she come from?” fresh art from Babs Tarr. While I’ve heard some comments that this version of Batgirl channeling the Miller/Steph Brown run it reminds me more of Beatty/Dixon/Martin’s decade old Batgirl: Year One. That’s a good thing. I still have issues with how DC Comics has managed the Batgirl character in the new 52 so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to continue to read this book.
This rebooted Batgirl along with last week’s terrific Gotham Academy, makes it is clear DC Comics is trying to offer books that will appeal to readers outside its traditional demographic specifically younger females. As someone who has been advocating for them to do this for years I’m thrilled to see them trying.
Josh Williamson’s Nailbiter has been on of my favorite new comics this year. Today he launches a new series which examines what happens when a child disappears into a fantasy world and then returns home. Think Wendy and her brothers post Peter Pan. Williamson is joined Andrei Bressan on art. It’s an intriguing idea and the team deliver a strong first issue.
Yes that’s the Justice League. But there’s much more. Get it and read it early if you don’t want to be spoiled. Thankfully that $4.99 price tag won’t last more than a few issues. Which is good since you’re going to want to read this arc - there’s some crazy stuff coming up.
Marcio Takara on art AND cats. Carol is so lucky.
The first issue of this was a surprise for me. Did you pick it up?
As was the first issue of this. Who is reading?
Vertigo is forgoing covers this month but here’s yet another witchy book for you.
UPDATE! Missed these earlier
Marguerite Bennett writing Sleep Hollow? I’m in!
Kelly and I loved the first issue - Jen Van Meter rocks!
And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?
Since the day that Barbara Gordon landed in comics and later TV as Batgirl the character has put a boatload of money into her owners bank accounts through licensing. Do a quick search on Amazon and type in Batgirl and a variety of apparel and toys will show up.
The redheaded daughter of Jim Gordon is bank as far as DC Comics and Warner Bros. is concerned.
But not always. In 1988, the character was seen as so unimportant she was eased out of the Batman book. Not through her own title or joining another group - but by having a bullet split her spine on page and left to be sexually abused by the Joker.
We’re back with another episode of comic reviews and discussion. This week we have ever affable Mr. Scott Snyder who talks about his upcoming Wytches and that other book he writes about the guy who dresses like a bat.
We also review the first issue of Wytches and the first issue of Thor.
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