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She Has No Head! – Fifth Annual Awesome Women In Comics Holiday Gift List, 2014

Welcome back to my annual female positive comics holiday gift list!Glory Complete Saga Cover

So the holidays are upon us again and you’ve decided that in these tough economic times you want to support the comic industry by giving everyone on your list sweet comics.  And not only that, but you want to take it one step further and only give female friendly comics…well, in that super specific case you’ve found the right list.

Like previous years, in addition to picking excellent female friendly titles, I also limited myself to books released in 2014 only.  If you’re looking for more books that just those released in 2014, I urge you to check out my previous lists here: 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Now, I’ve put links to everything here for your convenience but as always, buy at your local shops when you can! These are in no particular order – and there are about 15 items and 3 pages so don’t stop before you’ve seen them all…let’s get started, yes?

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She Has No Head! – 6 Sublime Superheroine Redesigns

I’ve been thinking about superhero redesigns, in part thanks to our awesome interview with Kris Psylocke AnkaAnka on 3 Chicks Review Comics. We talked a lot about the difference between good artists and good designers, and how important getting an artist that knows about design and fashion is to having a modern and functional looking costume. Any time you change a costume, no matter how necessary the change is, or how great the new design might be, it tends to ruffle fan feathers as there is surprising emotional attachment to things like this. And when you change design as fundamental as a superhero costume you’re changing brand identity and recognition. It’s kind of a huge deal, and not something that should be undertaken all willy-nilly.

For this column I decided to focus on 6 recent redesigns that are actual canon (i.e. you can actually see them in comics – or will – and they have been embraced by the publisher) but because I hate actually sticking to the limits I set for myself, I added a couple brilliant redesigns that are “unofficial” or considered “fan art”, because honestly, there is A LOT of great design being done on the fringes. Skilled artists that know a lot about design and fashion and perhaps more importantly, care about characters, and the resigns for said characters are killing it out there. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy!

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 053

Hey! It’s our 53rd Episode!3 Chicks Blue Brown Final2sized

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Inside this episode! Reviews of the final issue of Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell’s groundbreaking Glory run from Image. A review of Polarity #1 – a new miniseries from Boom! by musician Max Bemis and Jorge Coelho. We talk about random comics news and Sue makes an impassioned plea for DC to pay attention to Lois Lane’s 75th Anniversary – since she is celebrating along with Superman this year. We also interview badass superhero costume designer, cover artist, animator (and more!) Kris Anka! We’ve also got an open call for both future Chick of the Weeks you’d like to see, as well as your votes for some of the best comic book costumes around – both those that have stood the test of time, and which desperately need an update?

Here are the breaks:

Review of Glory #34 – 00:51

Review of Polarity #1 – 12:32

Random Comics Talk! – 21:35

Interview with Kris Anka! – 35:01

More Comics Talk! – 1:33:29

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! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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Ecce libri cum picturis: Glory #34 and Godzilla: The Half Century War #5

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Two comics finished with potentially depressing final issues that got turned on their heads a bit. Let’s dive right in!
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What I bought – 27 February and 6 March 2013

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George looked at his granddaughter’s empty suit. He thought of Job. Satan lacked imagination. To crack a man’s faith, one need not resort to burning his flesh, ruining his finances, or any such obvious afflictions. One need only take a man’s species away from him. (James Morrow, This Is The Way The World Ends)
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What I bought – 30 January 2013

At this point one may note that men must be either pampered or annihilated. (Niccolo Machiavelli, from The Prince)

I love Crazy Girl lighting that wood on fire! What are they looking at? The hurricane really doesn't like the logo! Grrrr! Why?  Why don't they love me anymore?  Oh, woe is me! She sure digs her bat! Fancy! So much rage! So much drinking! Penises! She digs caressing skulls!
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What I bought – 2 January 2013

The writer was pacing. “I have never been a violent man. I don’t believe in violence. Violence does not advance the human condition. Ideas do.”

“Ideas don’t perish in prison cells,” Levanter said. “People do.” (Jerzy Kosinski, from Blind Date)

Don't look, Damian - they're about to make out! She looks comfortable Josephine is ... the Hitcher! This is why you should never snuggle with your child Godzilla versus ... New Age Crystals???? I keep hearing the Batman theme when I look at this cover Triangles are always cryptic! Um, Mara - you got some schmutz there ... 'Her boobs were THIS big!' How does armor slouch like that? That dude is limber!
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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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What I bought – 21 November 2012

Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares. (Joseph Conrad, from Heart of Darkness)

Man So many layers in this cover! Is he playing Ultimate Frisbee? Ka-Blooey! It's an ELEPHANT HOLDING A GUN!!!! Where's ... my ... hand lotion?!?!? It's all yin and yang and shit! Analog!!! Were there supposed to be fairies in this issue? So many veins! She might be cold enough to wear a fur-lined cloak, but she also has to show some leg! That's a strange pose I gotta get me some jodhpurs, man! So many phallic symbols! It was fun, Parker! That's an interesting take on the Civil War Fact: Tim Truman is good! I'm giving it the old college try! The Huffington Post likes it! It has aliens! I want so much to like this!
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What I bought – 17 October 2012

Aliye’s death, and its echoes, had been stilled by the greater horror of this mother’s death, which burned inside him like a smothered coal in the silence there. But Aliye had started dying from the moment his mother told him that they were not to marry, in spite of the bey’s gracious visit, in spite of the fine carpet, in spite of the words he has whispered to Aliye and which he had thought were true words. He knew then how it must end for her, though his mother said it would be otherwise. He wished that there were one fixed thing in the world that would never change, or disappoint him, or leave him, but he did not know what that might be, unless it was the idea of God, which was a certitude without delight or consolation. (Starling Lawrence, from Montenegro)

Insects are icky! I've always suspected! More bad-ass than Glory herself? Even more joy! Kate Bishop FTW! John ain't care! It's back! He doesn't look happy! What the heck is Hyde doing? Kill the alien!!!! Nobody likes Jamie's stand-up comedy! It's even crazier inside! Stephanie Hans is pretty darned good Don't look at me! It's too big, captain! One more time!
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What I bought – 11 and 18 July 2012

“How do you feel, Yossarian?”

“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”

“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive.” (Joseph Heller, from Catch-22)

Where's the octopus in this book, damn it? She'd look a lot more bad-ass if it weren't for that STUPID COSTUME!!!! Symbolism! I'd be too busy freaked out to fight! Look at that hair!!!! Man, this is insane ONE HUNDRED FOUR PAGES, BITCHES!!!!! Dang, that's an ugly cover Why does he have a four on his chest? Holy crap, that's an awesome cover Oh, John, you rascal! Dude, keep your hands on the handlebars! Touch it!!!! That's some bad breath right there Let's debate this cover below! Where's the credit? Trippy! TWO supine female characters?  Does Kelly know about this? Is she the princess or the warrior? No wonder cats hate water It's a kids' book! Does that sword whistle when he uses it? What are they looking at? Gotta catch up! Am I going to hell for supporting this? Clint, no! Dang, that's a big sword
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What I bought – 20 June 2012

For them it might stave off what he could not help but see with clarity: that the world was silent and cold and bare and that in this lay its terrible beauty. (David Guterson, from Snow Falling on Cedars)

Poor little Sentinel! I like how she's going to fight all those bad guys with that little weapon More freaky than you are! Sure, let's go around again! You'd think that ghosts would be beyond modesty BLAMMO!!!! Yet another exhibit of why dolls are freaky This would be a lot cooler if it weren't so dark Man, Bisley is good at these! That is a REALLY shiny knife My retailer squirreled away a lot of the best ones, but I do dig this card! I really expect more from Francavilla Talk about phoning it in! He's a cool assassin because he smokes weed! My mind is full of stuff like that all the time! I love the scarf! Get it??? It's all mod and shit! It's olde-tyme Lemire! Admit it: you totally thought this dude was naked! Tardi FTW! Now, where's my Blueberry omnibus for a side-by-side comparison?!? Steampunk?  Really?
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What I bought – 16 May 2012

It is demonstrably plain that, were the whole matter of victualling the world on a non-national footing taken right out of the hands of the strutting male and handed over to a dozen sensible women who do not want to have their children killed, politics, which are nothing but a glorified form of housekeeping, would long since have been deflated to the problem of running a canteen. (William Gerhardie, from God’s Fifth Column)


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What I bought – 11 April 2012

“An empire that can provide a prince, one who might end up succeeding to the throne, a life of childish foolishness and happiness until the age of twenty-nine is necessarily doomed to collapse, dissolution, and annihilation.” (Orhan Pamuk, from The Black Book)

She really ought to have an umbrella Benday dots! She's looking for Ah-nold! I blame you! Kids R D-U-M! On the bright side, they're very nice teeth Oh, it's ON! Yes, I'm a 12-year-old girl, why do you ask? Daredevil really needs a theme song Where are the Omaha pin-ups?!?!? Haney + Aparo = Awesome! So much blood!
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What I bought – 14 March 2012

‘We are happy lovers. Aren’t we? And happiness makes one stupid. Happiness and wisdom do not go together, just as body and thought do not go together. Because only pain is the thought of the body. In other words, happy people become stupid people. It is only when they get tired of their happiness that lovers can become wise again, if that is what they otherwise are.’ (Milorad Pavić, from Last Love in Constantinople)

No one can see you! Action face KICK!!!!! It can't be comfortable sitting in milk like that 'What do you mean, I have to leave a tip?!?!?!?!' That guy is thinking that it's too cold for this shit What a controversial cover!!!!! How nice for it to show up ...... finally! Aliens ... Hispanics ... oh, I get it now! I kind of wanted the J. H. Williams variant, because it's damned cool Wasn't that a Red Hot Chili Peppers song? I'm hung up on some comics from the Sixties, man! That's a damned fine cover! MCKELVIE!!!!!!
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