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She Has No Head! – Bests (and a few worsts) for 2012!

In an effort to piss off Greg Burgas (because what else in life is fun?!) I’m posting my best and worsts of 2012 before the year ends. As always, my feeling is that if I haven’t read it by the end of December (and there are MANY I have not read) then I’m not going to be able to get to it in time for it to make my bests and worsts lists anyway…so it’s all the same in the end.

Also as always, I didn’t get to nearly enough books this year. I especially failed on the Graphic Novel front, reading far too few on the whole and not getting to a ton that I’m really interested in – seriously, I’ve got a list as long as my arm to get to (and I have pretty long arms).

What’s going to be on the list? Well you can bet it’s going to be Hawkeye-Saga-rific! That’s of course not in an effort to piss off Burgas, but you know…BONUS! Seriously, I’ve never had a list so dominated by two titles…but what can I say? I really loved these books they did everything right and made me happy every time I read them.

Let’s get to it, shall we? And sound off in the comments about some of your favorites for the year.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 351: Local #4

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Local #4, which was published by Oni Press and is cover dated November 2005. Enjoy!
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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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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 202: Northlanders #4

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Northlanders #4, which was published by Vertigo and is cover dated May 2008. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – My Favorite SDCC 2012 News!

Wonder Pony by Andy Price

I’m someone that continues to not be able (or willing?) to go to the craziness that is SDCC these days – my one and only SDCC visit was when I was 16 – it’s a WHOLE NEW THING SINCE THEN, or so I hear.

So like many of you I must get my “breaking news” from all the comic sites out there providing crazy good coverage. A particular tip of the hat to The Beat which did fantastic daily summaries of all their stories, making it easy for me to catch up on everything.  And for today I decided to do a little roundup of my favorite news items from the con. Prepare yourself now, there’s lots of exciting all caps talk.

OH! And to kick us off I’ll just leave this here, okay?

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 041

Hey! It’s our 41st episode!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN, DOWNLOAD, AND/OR SUBSCRIBE TO ITUNES NOW.

Inside this episode! We review Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire’s digital release Legends of The Dark Knight #1 and Brian Wood and James Harren’s Conan The Barbarian #5. We then have an awesome interview with Brian Wood – who had a crazy four title debut last week (The Massive #1, Conan The Barbarian #5, X-Men #30, and Ultimate X-Men #13). We talk about all of his books and lots of other great stuff. For Chick of the Week this week Sue chose fantastic cover artist Jenny Frison and I take the opportunity to make everything about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We also talk about a special project I’ve got coming up which I know you’ll ALL want to hear about. :)

Apologies for the sound inconsistencies toward the end. There were some problems with my audio and I had to edit in post…but it’s not so wonderful.

Links! Mara Mini-Series, Ryan Kelly, Becky Cloonan, Fiona Staples, Rebekah Isaacs, Ming Doyle, James Harren, Ghost #0 Cover Art Process, The Girl Who Would Be King!

Here are the breaks:

Legends of The Dark Knight #1 – 00:45

Conan The Barbarian #5 – 13:22

Brian Wood Interview – 22:40

Chick of the Week (and more!) – 100:00

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!

Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 129: Generation X #66

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Generation X #66, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 2000. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – 25 Great Superheroine Moments

My good friend and fellow blogger and podcaster, Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass has a great new tumblr site up called…well, I’m just going to call it THIS!

The site is all about finding those great moments for women in superhero comics…you know the ones…the ones that leave you with goose bumps, that leave you breathless, that leave you in love.  The site is open to submissions from anyone, which is only fair as we all have different definitions of what inspires us from women in superhero comics. And what better month for a post like this than March – Women’s History Month.

Inspired by Sue’s efforts I thought I’d do a piece about some of the moments that have meant the most to me over my years of reading. I make no argument that these are the “best ever” moments…just that they’re the moments that have curled my toes. Which ones curled yours? Let me know, and better yet, submit your own over on THIS!

Word of warning – if you haven’t read the story I’m talking about, be careful of spoilers!

Click to enbiggen on any image!

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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 – Northlanders #21-28

What can I say? Brian Wood writes a mean Viking story!
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She Has No Head! – Random Thoughts Mash-up #1

She Has No Head! meets Chad Nevett’s Random Thoughts…OMG. WHAT. WILL. HAPPEN?  Let’s find out!

Here’s the deal, I’m way behind on my novel revisions for my agent, work is crazy busy, I’ve been sick and I just can’t seem to catch up, also my planned column for this week got pushed back due to some things beyond my control.  So the benevolent Chad Nevett agreed to let me pilfer his column concept (and I should add fearless leader Brian Cronin suggested the idea to me months ago) and so here we are!  Did you really want to see how the sausage gets made people?  I thought not!

Random She Thought: It’s She Has Random Thoughts Time!  Get Excited!

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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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Committed: A Second Look at “Local”

Local should have been a book that really spoke to me, personally. Like Megan, the central character we follow in Local, I spent my late teens and early twenties traveling around a fair amount, trying to find that place that would feel like “home” to me. I had the same kind of jobs that Megan had, bar tending, retail work, secretarial stuff – job that you could find and leave relatively easily. If a relationship didn’t work out, it was easier to move country than deal with the fallout of becoming friends and working things out. Like Megan, it took me a while to realize that staying in one place didn’t have to make me feel trapped, and in fact it could be deeply empowering to have a stable home base.

With all of that in mind, I expected to love Local immediately. Maybe that’s why I didn’t… at first.

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