I love a good documentary, but none more than Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Last year, Erika and I had the distinct pleasure of viewing this film (and reviewing it), and it moved me beyond words. It says so many of the things I want to say here at this blog about women and comics. For this fangirl, it’s an intelligent, poignant and supremely validating look at the female superheroine and her role in shaping the American woman. It is a must see film for ALL comic book fans. Beyond comic fandom, it will enlighten the friends and families of comic lovers of the power of comics in culture.
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES will have its television broadcast premiere in the United States on PBS’s Independent Lens series on Monday, April 15, 2013. Check your local listings to confirm the time and date.
Heyyyy you guyyyyyys!
Sincerest apologies for the distress my latest hiatus must have caused all of you. I was, as you may know, in the process of moving around Brooklyn trying to find a lease at a decent place and we have finally secured one! The agony is over!
In other exciting news, I can officially confirm that I am the newest addition to the Midtown Comics team in Manhattan! I am super excited to be working for such an awesome place and will very soon be up to my eye skins in nrrd probz to share with all of you. Of course, if you have your own, you know where to send them.
Here are a few probz that have been lying around my inbox and making me feel guilty: Continue reading
The powers-that-be at MegaCon 2013 exercised vast wisdom and general awesomeness by having a panel dedicated to Gail Simone. For an hour, fans got to ask questions and listen to this excellent writer talk about her craft. V. was there taking notes for those of you who couldn’t be. Here are some of the takeaways. Continue reading
If you’re ever suffering from a case of fan malaise, find the nearest comics/sci-fi/fantasy/anime convention and go. You won’t regret it.
As Megacon reminded me, there’s nothing quite like a con to reconnect a person with the joys of fandom. Spending a few days surrounded by happy people in costumes and talking to the creators who make Wednesdays special are two things that deserve spots on your bucket list.
Some highlights and observations: Continue reading
Conventions aren’t all ogling your heroes and dress-up. There is a plenty of culture and information around every corner of the convention hall just waiting to be observed. While I may have had my fair share of fangirl fun at MegaCon 2013, I also learned some things. Continue reading
One of the beautiful things about the comics industry is that many of the writers and artists are easily accessible to the fans. They take part in the discussion and share their work and insight on the varying social media platforms. They also spend time at conventions to promote their work, appear in panels, sign books and chat with fans. It’s really quite fun, especially for blogger-types like us. Continue reading
The Cliffs Notes way to describe Troy and Abed, the eternally charming besties from NBC’s “Community,” is as a pair of guys who alternate between social illiteracy (Abed) and cluelessness (Troy). But as any fan of this show knows, Trobed are rock stars of whimsy who revel in their geekiness. Continue reading
In a world wide web of obsessive perfectionism that propagates impossible standards for women, Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon was a flagship of human imperfection. She made it OK to eat that bowl of cereal before bed … in bed … and leave the dish on my nightstand. She made me feel proud of my period underwear. She rocked the hell out that Princess Leia costume. Not Slave Leia. Full-length, white robe Leia. Continue reading
Last week I walked into a seamstress’ shop, pulled out my phone and showed the owner a photo of a glorious costume interpretation that caught my eye months ago. I’d spent hours Googling things like “foam warrior swords” and “metallic corsets,” and looking at bolts of fabric. Now it was time to get down to brass tacks.
Just 15 minutes later I had finally taken my first step into the wonderful world of cosplay. Continue reading
Hello lovelies. Goodness has it been a week already? I might have to make this column bi-weekly until things calm down a little on my end. A crushing blow, I know.
In other news, due to the popularity of my threat to turn an installment of this column into one focused on butts, I have decided to do just that! Continue reading
Hello dear ones. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and is taking in the New Year by being drunk every waking moment like I am. Just kidding. Only on weekends and around family.
Well, this has been a busy few weeks off for me and I’m sure for you too. I’ve relocated myself to Manhattan and started a new job as well as trying to find a permanent residence. Shit is bananas all around. So bear with my while I try to find my *ahem* bearings and get back on track with the writing biznizz. Continue reading
Ladies, prepare to show ID. You’ll need it to get past the self-appointed guardians of geek culture who think you’ve got some nerve showing up at cons and wearing Star Wars T-shirts when you obviously don’t know Dantooine from Dagobah. And if you’re in a “provocative” costume, they might label you a troublemaking minx who dresses up not to demonstrate your love of a particular character, but to fuel their fantasies.
Fuck that noise. Continue reading
This holiday season, make the geek in your life happy with STUFF OFF ETSY. Not only will you be showing off your stellar taste, but you’ll also be helping to support independent artists from all over the world! Tell them I sent you.
I feel like this item speaks for itself. Now anyone can pose as their favorite villain with this snappy little bandana! And at $12, it won’t be breaking your back to purchase it.
Adventure Time Lumpy Space Princess Mug
What the lump?? This Lumpy Space Princess mug would make a great gift for almost anyone!
Pokemon Chikorita Amigurumi Plush
Hand-crocheted pokémon are a dream come true. Hand-crocheted anything, really. Check out Etsy’s rad selection of knitted gifts.
Julia’s Junk Shop
Check out comic artist Julia Wertz’s shop. It is stocked with her comics, art, and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Picking up where Erika left off, below are some ideal geeky gifts (according to me) for this Festivus season.
Absolute Planetary Book One
You could get the issues of Planetary digitally. You could get the trades. But THIS is the Absolute Edition. Book Two is easy enough to get. Book One … not so much. Any comic lover would be all over this, and doubly impressed because they know it’s out of print.
Full color commission of Nimue by Amy Reeder
I imagine we won’t see Madame Xanadu written and drawn as her youthful Nimue self any time soon (or maybe ever again). Being that this incarnation of the character only existed in the first arc of Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder’s Madame Xanadu, there are not many images of her in that costume. Oh, to have a full-color commission of Nimue from the artist herself, Amy Reeder. Pure joy.
Troy and Abed “Warhol”
I first noticed the picture in the Community episode “Remedial Chaos Theory” hanging in Troy and Abed’s apartment. And as soon as I saw it, I loved it. I immediately sent a tweet to NBC saying that it needed to exist. Now, NBC has made a poster. And a T-shirt. Because all Community nerds love it (and probably tweeted it, too).
Donate to a comic book Kickstarter!
‘Tis the season to be … generous! What better way than to support a creator-owned comic? Here are a few good ones …
Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel – Vol. 1 by Renae De Liz
GODLESS COMICS! by Kona Morris
Girls Night Out: Tales of New York by Amy Chu
SEX AND VIOLENCE Volume 1 by JIMMY PALMIOTTI
The Big Feminist BUT by Shannon O’Leary and Joan Reilly