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She Has No Head! – Turns Out Laughter Is MY Gateway Drug

It’s taken me very many years to realize this about myself, but basically funny sells me over just about anything else. I mean, we almost universally all love to laugh and so we naturally like funny things, but I have realized I prize it more highly than I understood, and more highly than do a lot of others. I find time and again, what can keep me hooked when it comes to media – especially serialized media like comics and television – is if something is funny. If I can get good laughs week to week (or month to month), out of your creation you have a really good shot at keeping me invested and perhaps even more impressively, becoming a die hard fan.

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Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost from Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men.

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She Has No Head! – 10 Ladies Leveling Up In 2015

Folks, 2015 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in comics (and that’s even when I just put my fingers in splevelupmy ears and go “LALALALALAA” whenever anyone mentions Secret Wars and Convergence which might very well be great but basically make my head spin right now). What with all the new creator owned stuff coming out (In a bit of Wytches-like badassery Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender is not even out yet and already optioned by Sony. Wooo!) and women doing especially awesome things in comics both big and small, let’s talk about 10 female comics creators that are seriously leveling up in 2015.

Without a doubt, you should already be (and hopefully are?) following all these ladies as none of them are unknowns. And for the record, I am planning a post for later this month that will focus on 10 “lesser known up and comers” and that will also include a massive list of women in comics that I hope you will all help me flesh out to be as complete as possible.

But for now, for THIS list, since there are SO MANY worthy women to consider, I tried to stick with ladies are currently transitioning to a bigger/larger stage…who are REALLY leveling up. Because of that, someone like say, Faith Erin Hicks wasn’t included simply because to my knowledge as of this writing she doesn’t have any major works scheduled for this year. Similarly, creators like G. Willow Wilson, Emily Carroll, and Eleanor Davis all had incredible years in 2014, the kind of stuff that I would definitely consider “leveling up” but that was LAST year…and this is the FUTURE. ;)

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She Has No Head! – New Books To Read In 2015

I always like to do a post early in the year that looks forward to some of the books I’m most excited about on the horizon in 2015, helps me get pumped for the year and also try to make a mental note of all the projects I’m looking out for. I was ready with my list the first week of January but opted to wait to hear what news came out of Image Expo as they’ve had some truly exciting stuff in the last couple years, this year was no exception and added some great looking titles to my “must haves” list.

All that said, it was a bit hard to predict what I’m most excited about from Marvel and DC because their events (Secret Wars and Convergence, respectively) are even more potentially “line changing” and mysterious than usual. So keeping in mind that that accounts for a likely decreased number of books from both publishers on the list…let’s get going! I organized this by month and then for stuff that has nebulous release dates more a “going forward in 2015” category.

Paper Girls Teaser

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #075 – The JEM Interview

It’s EPISODE #075 – THE JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS INTERVIEW!!!3 Chicks Logo 2 - Blue

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Inside this episode! 

We begin with a spoiler-free ADVANCE REVIEW of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro’s Bitch Planet #1! We’ve also got a review of Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl’s Gotham Academy #3. Next up is our interview with Ross Campbell and yours truly as the creative team announced for IDW’s new JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS comic debuting in March! Woo! We talk all things JEM and Sue even gives us a quiz to see if we can pass the mustard as creators. Unfortunately because of my insane excitement (and some other reasons), I hardly let Ross get a word in edgewise…I’m sorry, Ross! I’ll do better next time! After the interview Sue and I talk about various new comics and a few forthcoming things we’re looking forward to before the end of the year.

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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She Has No Head! – The October Five

The five comic things I’m most excited about for October? Glad you asked!

  Gotham Academy Cover 1#1. Number with a bullet is GOTHAM ACADEMY.

I’ve read it, it comes out this week (10/1) and it is AWESOME.

That’s right, written by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher and with some absolutely incredible art by Karl Kerschl (colors by Geyser/Dave McCaig) this is my pick of the week before I even read anything else. No way anything else is coming close to kicking it out of the #1 spot. It’s got some fantastic new female characters in Olive and Maps, the hottest Bruce Wayne this side of…well, anywhere quite frankly, and a rich beautiful take on telling stories in Gotham that only touch Batman lightly. Everything about this feels young and new and smart. It’s the exact breath of fresh air that DC desperately needs. And while I wouldn’t want ALL of the DC TMSGAbc_variantbooks to feel this way (the same way I don’t want them all to feel grim and gritty) I must say it’s a welcome change of pace from what we’ve been seeing from DC. Even though Gotham Academy is a pretty gothic book – it’s set in Gotham after all – it’s not going to be all roses and sunshine – it has a lightness hope about it that just sings.

BONUS: Gotham Academy wonderfully straddles several lines, the first being that it will be effortless for new readers unfamiliar with Gotham (or even cape comics) to jump into, and yet it’s filled with little details that hardcore Batman fans will love. It also straddles that often difficult line of being all-ages friendly – and it is – there isn’t anything worrisome for younger audiences but it’s plenty complex, layered, and nuanced for older audiences. Check out the Becky Cloonan variant cover (right), so pretty!

Hot Bruce

I submit this as the hottest Bruce Wayne in just about ever. All hail Karl Kerschl!

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #071

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Inside this episode! 

We begin with an ADVANCE REVIEW for DC’s new Gotham Academy #1 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. This is spoiler free, so no worries about listening before you’ve had a chance to read. This releases on 10/1 so make sure to keep your eyes peeled if you haven’t already pre-ordered from your shop! Next up is a review of Copperhead #1 from Image by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski. Last up (but never least!) is a review of Greg Rucka , Michael Lark, and Santi Arcas’s Lazarus #11 also from Image. Our interview this week is with the incredible Becky Cloonan – co-writer of Gotham Academy, writer of the forthcoming Southern Cross from Image with artist Andy Belanger, writer/artist of the Eisner nominated Demeter and The Mire, and all around badass. After the interview we talk a bit about some of the recent TV/Comics news, Sue has my FAVORITE dramatic reading yet and, after the bumper, we argue about Wonder Woman’s invisible jet, which I maintain is totally stupid.

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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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2014

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“What’s so amazing / That keeps us stargazing / And what do we think we might see”
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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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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for June 2013

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“I see how they run through the tall grass, / With such thoughtless minds, I wish I was thoughtless too”
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 058

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Inside this episode! An advance review of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus #1 from Image and a review of Becky Cloonan’s Demeter (now available digitally on Comixology/Amazon and print through Cloonan’s site). Greg Rucka then joins us to talk everything Lazarus and Lady Sabre. We also spend a good amount of time talking process and about the changes required to comics for digital vs print reading, as well as Greg’s thoughts on comics vs webcomics. All this, PLUS Kelly and Greg go off on a Kickstarter tangent! After the credits…should Greg and I be wearing THESE? Last, but certainly not least, we have an all new DRAMATIC READING from Sue, and you don’t want to miss it!

Here are the breaks:

ADVANCE REVIEW of Lazarus #1 Review  [Potentially Mild Spoilers] – 0:40

Review of Demeter – 13:50

Interview with Greg Rucka – 23:24

Superman Talk & This Week’s DRAMATIC READING! – 01:45:42

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 Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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She Has No Head! – Embarrassment of Indie Riches

Tired of a million (mostly) inconsequential zero issues from DC? Tired of the never-ending AvX event?  Here’s a little something for everyone from the Indies…

THE VOYEURS BY GABRIELLE BELL

Every year, one way or another I find myself re-reading Gabrielle Bell’s Lucky.  And I suspect her new collection The Voyeurs will also become a yearly re-read for me.  Full of wonderful autobiographical tales that are equal parts hilarious and insightful, Bell has become an absolute master of autobio comics. I bought the The Voyeurs from Bell directly at her site, and if you order now you can add on her awesome July Diary for not much more.  The book is also available in finer comic and book stores and if you must, Amazon as well.

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 042

Hey! It’s our 42nd episode!

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Inside this episode! We review Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy’s Captain Marvel #1 and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga #5.  We then have an awesome interview with Becky Cloonan so we can talk about her upcoming work on Batman #12! We talk about all of her books, her process, and what you can look for next from here. In lieu of Chick of The Week this week we talk a bit about SDCC 2012 – what we like and dislike, and what we’re excited about. Sue also gives a mini (non-spoiler) review of The Dark Knight Rises and very graciously “forces” me to talk about the last hours of my Kickstarter campaign – it ends Wednesday!

Here are the breaks:

Captain Marvel #1 – 01:00

Saga #5 – 13:24

Becky Cloonan Interview – 26:12

SDCC & The Dark Knight Rises talk! – 91:18

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 Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

She Has No Head! – Support The Good

So, many of you saw that I broke the internet two weeks ago with my post about the visual representations of men and women in superhero comics and the apparently still radical idea that “No, it’s not equal”.  So how does one follow up THAT column?  Do you try to break the internet even harder?  Or do you go the completely opposite route?  Well, for starters, if you missed it, read this piece I did for my new gig at Lit Reactor, which is chock full of fantastic books that don’t commit any of the “No, It’s not equal” sins.

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Comics You Should Own – Phonogram

Yeah, you knew it was coming. In advance, I apologize for something in this lengthy essay – I’m going to repeat something I wrote in a post a few years ago. Can’t be helped! (Well, sure it can, but I want to re-write it.) Plus, this is going to be … a bit different. I hope you enjoy it!
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She Has No Head! – Demo Volume 2

Demo Volume 2.  Brian Wood (writer).  Becky Cloonan (artist). Vertigo. 160 pages. Black & White, softcover. $17.99.

When Demo Volume 2 was coming out in single issues I wanted to write about every issue that came out, but something always got in the way, and eventually I had to resolve myself to just talking about the collected volume when it was finally released.  And here we are! Finally!

Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s Demo Volume 2, a smart, beautiful, six-issue follow up to their 2003/2004 12-issue Demo Volume 1 series, is everything that was wonderful about Volume 1, plus the added time and experience that makes creators of Wood and Cloonan’s caliber even better. Wood and Cloonan’s work on this series is an excellent example of artistic evolution at work.  Demo Volume 1 is a fantastic book, one that stands on its own as well today as it did when originally released, but it feels like the beautiful breakthrough freshman work, and Volume 2 feels like the more seasoned, thoughtful sophomore effort on both the writing and the art side.

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