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She Has No Head! – Defining Female Friendly

So, on last week’s piece about comics to buy on a $50/month budget, I put one of my base requirements that the books be “female friendly” since that is sorta what I do here, in this column about “women in comics.”

I had a couple people in the comments claim to not know what “female friendly” meant. I don’t know if they were trolls or if the confusion was genuine but I’ve decided to the err on the side of their confusion being genuine and talk about it a little bit this week.

Before we start, let’s be clear, my definition is surely not everyone’s, but this is where I come from when I look at comics (and other media but I’ll try to stick to comics). At the same time, I make no argument that ALL material SHOULD/HAS TO BE female friendly. The world is vast and there’s room for all kinds, including stuff that isn’t female friendly (True Detective would be a great example of something I love that I wouldn’t necessarily call female friendly). And there’s ALSO room for stuff that I hate and find offensive. Censoring creators doesn’t really get us anywhere, it’s not a good way forward to say what can and cannot or should or should not be done when it comes to art. But I can still advocate for, promote, and recommend the stuff that I feel is worthy, and especially given the comics climate we live in now — one in which there is a lot of great female friendly stuff to promote and one in which we still need much much more female friendly stuff to promote — this is a big and maybe even important job, one we can all help to get done right.

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Gorgeous relatable female friendly designs like these by David Aja are a big part of why Kate Bishop/Hawkeye has shot to the top of people’s favorite character lists in recent years.

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She Has No Head! – $50 Comics Budget

This weekend was my five-year anniversary writing She Has No Head! – incredible, right? I cannot believe how time 3344389-lazarushas flown by.

Anyway, thinking about just getting started on things and being new to something reminded me of discovering comics when I was a teenager. The joy an frustration of fumbling through the dark with no idea what I should be reading (I’m old, the Internet was barely a glimmer in the most advanced readers eyes!).

My eventual comic book shop was helpful, but it took me a while to find the right shop…and even then I felt enough like a stranger in a strange land for a time that it took some time to start having actual conversations about comics with anyone other than my younger brother who was as in the dark as I was (though he remains my favorite person to talk about comics with). What I would have given for a road map!

However, as mentioned above, I’m old, so comics were a lot cheaper and it wasn’t the end of the world to waste a buck or so on a crappy comic. Today, with a few indie exceptions, even the cheapest comics will cost you $2.99…and that’s a lot to risk on a comic.

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Year of the Artist, Day 310: Michael Golden, Part 1: Batman #295 and Batman Family #16

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issues are Batman #295 and “Bull’s-Eye for Murder” in Batman Family #16, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated January and March 1978, respectively. Enjoy!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #072

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We begin with an ADVANCE REVIEW for Scott Snyder, Jock, and Matt Hollingsworth’s Wytches #1 from Image. This is spoiler free, so no worries about listening before you’ve had a chance to read. This releases on 10/8 so make sure to keep your eyes peeled if you haven’t already pre-ordered from your shop! Next up is a review of Thor #1 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson. We have an interview this week with the always charming writer of Batman, American Vampire, and WytchesScott Snyder! Scott dishes on all things Wytches as well the forthcoming Batman #35 -  due out this week and SURE to be talked about everywhere – read it first in your pile this week!

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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Year of the Artist, Day 278: David Mazzucchelli, Part 3 – Batman #405

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the issue is Batman #405, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1987. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 236: Jim Lee, Part 5 – Batman #609

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jim Lee, and the issue is Batman #609, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 2003. Enjoy!
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What I bought – May 2014 selections

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“The novel I would most like to read at this moment,” Ludmilla explains, “should have as its driving force only the desire to narrate, to pile stories upon stories, without trying to impose a philosophy of life on you, simply allowing you to observe its own growth, like a tree, an entangling, as if of branches and leaves …” (Italo Calvino, from If on a winter’s night a traveler)
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Year of the Artist, Day 141: Mike Deodato, Part 3 – Batman #570

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Deodato, and the issue is Batman #570, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1999. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 131: Walter Simonson, Part 3 – Batman #300

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Walter Simonson, and the issue is Batman #300, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1978. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 120: Alex Maleev, Part 2 – Batman #563

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Alex Maleev, and the issue is Batman #563, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1999. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Picks of the Week (1/22/14)

There were so many good books last week, guys!

Seriously, I did not even make it through my whole reading stack, and still I had too much trouble trying to pick just one to write about for this week’s column. So instead we’re going to do a tiny bit on several, including some gorgeous images. One of these books is actually NOT a pick, but I wanted to talk a little bit about why it skates so close to being a pick and then 2 panels at the end completely ruined the whole book for me. Very disappointed.

So let’s get to those books!

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Gorgeous work by Greg Capullo on Batman #27

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Year of the Artist, Day 25: Jim Aparo, Part 5 – Batman #534

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jim Aparo, and the issue is Batman #534, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1996. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 24: Jim Aparo, Part 4 – Batman #420

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jim Aparo, and the issue is Batman #420, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1988. Enjoy!
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Committed: Make Your Own Superhero Snowflakes

snowflakes_window2Since it’s Christmas (whether celebrating it or not) I thought I’d forego my usual Wednesday column for something to do instead. So here are five snowflake templates to print and cut out, each based on a different superhero; Batman, Storm (I used her old headdress, who knows if she’s still wearing that), Iron Man (both the old circular chest reactor and the triangular one incorporated), Wonder Woman, and the Punisher (I wanted to make the knives serrated, but my paper was too thick and it was too fiddly).

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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for October 2013

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“The ghouls all came from their humble abodes / To get a jolt from my electrodes”
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