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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! – DC Dream Comics

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Cassandra Cain by Ross Campbell

A couple weeks ago, Girls Gone Geek was running a hashtag on twitter called #DreamComics asking people to pitch their character and creative team that would make up their dream comics at DC and Marvel. There were some great suggestions. Because I was a bit busy I simply gave them a link to my Marvel “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” column from late 2013 instead of coming up with new ideas, but it got me thinking about DC books, which I never did a similar piece for. In truth, I never did a “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” piece (or similar) for DC because it’s just a rough place for me right now. There are so many characters I love there, but – as many of you are well aware – it’s just not a very welcoming place to me right now. I find the treatment of female characters to be pretty appalling and even beyond that the tone is incredibly dark and gritty throughout the universe, and honestly, I don’t understand the universe very well anymore – the ages of characters, what was retconned and what was kept, it’s kind of a mess in my head. However, as I was thinking about it, DC not being a great/welcoming places these days is the best possible reason to come up with a list of what I’d love to see. And so here we are.

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She Has No Head! – For Your Consideration

Yup. Another superheroine on film post. Maybe I’ll just keep writing these until one gets made (probably not, I’m already pretty tired).

If you read this column frequently you guys know that I’m a pretty big fan of io9 in general, but Charlie Jane Anders has been killing it lately on the superheroines on film issue. First with her compilation of Action Movies Starring Women that I linked to in last week’s article and then this past week she proposed 8 ways to get a superheroine movie made, it’s a great piece even if I agree with some of the ideas more than others.

One thing she points out that I think is key, is that NOW is the time to get a superheroine movie made. Waiting two, three, four, or more years to get the ball seriously rolling on a superheroine film is just not an option. Moves need to be made now, or we might just miss our window. There’s sure to be burnout on superhero movies (are we already there?). As long as the movies continue to be good I think people will continue to spend money to see them (even if they complain or pretend to complain that they’re tired of them), but the mainstream audience may get weary, and seeing a bad one (they can’t ALL be good) can put a lot of people who aren’t naturally invested in superhero properties off the concept quickly.

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From Left: The Black Widow, The Runaways, Alias/Jessica Jones, X-Men, Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E., Batgirl, and Capt Marvel.

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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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SHE HAS NO HEAD! – Fourth Annual Awesome Women In Comics Holiday Gift List, 2012

Welcome back to my annual female positive comics holiday gift list!

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 positive comics…well, in that super specific case you’ve found the right list.

You think Saga is going to make the list? Here's a hint, it totally is.

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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! – 12 Birthday Wishes (Round 2!)

THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING, cover by Stephanie Hans

Tw0 years ago my birthday fell on a Monday and so I decided to make 12 Birthday Wishes…and now every year Sue asks me if I’m doing it again. This year, especially since I REALLY want some things I decided to do it again even though my birthday isn’t until Thursday.

I thought it might be fun first however (and since I’ve become an obsessive fan of Mark Oshiro’s Mark Watches) to look at what came true from last time (newsflash – not a lot).

2010 LIST:

1. Cliff Chiang drawing Gail Simone’s Birds of Prey.

Well, obviously I didn’t even get close here because of the new DC52. HOWEVER, I did get Cliff Chiang drawing Wonder Woman, which is awesome and similar to what I wished. So I’m giving myself 1/4 point.

2. Monthly ongoing Heralds (or similar with an all female cast from Marvel).

Nope. Not even close. But we did get Duane Swieszernski’s Birds of Prey, so that was nice. Still, 0 points.

3. Moratorium on the un-zipped superheroine suit.

No, not even close, but I will say that 2011-2012 were WAY better than 2010, especially when it came to comic covers.  1/4 point.

4. Batwoman #1 to rock my goddamn socks off.

I’m giving this partial credit. The second arc of the series has not wildly impressed me with the writing, but the first issue came pretty close to rocking my socks off.  1/2 point.

5. I wanted my Stumptown #4.

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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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Review time! with Shadoweyes in Love

I’m kind of hesitant to review this, because it’s a book very much in the middle of a storyline, but what the heck – Campbell needs more press, doesn’t he, and it can’t all come from Kelly T.!
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She Has No Head! – Exclusive Preview of Ross Campbell’s Shadoweyes In Love (plus a contest!)

Shadoweyes In Love. Ross Campbell. SLG Publishing. 160 pages. Black & White, Softcover. $12.95

Thanks to Ross Campbell being an all around great guy, I’ve gotten an advance look at his new book, Shadoweyes In Love, forthcoming in April from SLG. Even better, Campbell has given She Has No Head! an exclusive 10-page preview as well as a peek at some never before seen Shadoweyes artwork.  As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a contest and some awesome prizes including a book and some original artwork.  Read on for details!

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Ross Campbell’s second volume of Shadoweyes because I loved the first and couldn’t wait to see where he was going to go with his YA superhero tale which was nominated for a Glyph award, listed on CBR’s top 100 Comics of 2010, and made YALSA’s 2011 Great Graphic Novels For Teens list.  Shadoweyes volume 1 didn’t shy away from asking tough questions that modern superhero stories generally avoid, and I was excited to see if Campbell’s second volume could push those questions even further. I was not disappointed.

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A review a day: Shadoweyes volume 1

Disclaimer: Kelly Thompson did not threaten me in any way before I wrote this review. Trust me!
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