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Review time! with Dark Corridor, Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire, Gutter Magic, Limbo, and Mayday

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You may have caught the fact that we’re planning on moving because we’ve outgrown our house – the kids are 13 and 10, and my older one needs bigger equipment if we’re going to move her around, and our house is just too small. So we’re staying in Arizona but moving into a bigger house. April was busy already, and it didn’t get any better toward the end of the month, so I couldn’t really do a big review post with all the trades I read during the month, but several mini-series ended, so I figured I’d check those out. So here we go!
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Year of the Artist, Day 116: Chris Bachalo, Part 3 – Steampunk #5

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Chris Bachalo, and the issues is Steampunk #5, which was published by DC/Wildstorm/Cliffhanger and is cover dated October 2000. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 320: JLA #72

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from JLA #72, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 2002. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 127: Deadpool #9

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Deadpool #9, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 1997. Enjoy!
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Comic-Con 2011: I am described as “persnickety” and other anecdotes from San Diego

Yes, it’s time for the Mother of All Con Reports! No panel coverage, no breaking news, no fascinating interviews – just stories from the convention trenches! See: Superheroes struggle to text! Read about: The man with no sunglasses! Behold: Your humble author’s clothing! Nothing is sacred, not even the reputation of our newly-minted Eisner-award-winning Grand Poobah!
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She Has No Head! – What About Coveleski?

I’m not a crier.  Which is not to say I’m unemotional, or that I never cry – there are certain buttons you can push – especially in films – and you can expect waterworks – but there are only a few buttons and I’m pretty good at I Kill Giants Coverresisting them.  In fact, until I read I Kill Giants last week I can’t remember the last time something I read caused crying.  But there it is.  Moved to tears (or at least tearing up) by Barbara Thorson and her emotionally resonant tale in I Kill Giants.

But that’s not why I decided to write about I Kill Giants, because looking back through the CSBG archives, it looks like everyone and their grandmother has already told you to read this book (well, okay mostly just Greg and Greg again, but that’s good enough for me).

So in order to talk about it, I’m going to relate it to why it’s female positive (what a shock!) and why that makes it something you should read if you still haven’t managed to yet.

In I Kill Giants not only is our protagonist and hero Barbara a girl, but with the exception of her brother and principal, every other major character from her sister to teacher to psychologist, to best friend, even the bully, is female.  And that is damn rare in a comic book.  Even more rare?  The fact that with the exception of the bully, pretty much all of these women are supportive and caring of each other.  Rather than competing and dragging each other down as we often see in comics (and other media) these women and girls mostly try to raise each other up. The book is wonderful and sadly almost revolutionary in that respect.

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