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She Has No Head! – 25 Favorite Fictional Females, 2013 Edition!

News last week of my beloved Rogue being left on the cutting room floor for the forthcoming X-Men Days of Future Past film had me all mopey and thinking about why certain characters mean so much to me, and who manages to hang on, despite all odds. It was time for a list!

[As a sidebar, I didn't have time this year to do my annual holiday gift list, but I've included links to all of these characters' best or recent work that I mention so that if you're shopping super late this year, this could help you out.] And fair warning, before we begin, if a character was repeated on the list and I didn’t have a ton of new thoughts on her I cribbed heavily from my 2010 post, but I gave myself permission, so don’t worry.

As mentioned, back in 2010 I did a 20 Favorite Fiction Females post, and now, after a truly exciting year for female characters in comics, and with a promising 2014 ahead of us, I thought it might be time to revisit the list. See who still makes the cut and who fell clean off. I did a post in early 2013 about 10 characters that were making a run for the title, and some of those ladies did indeed make the jump, and deservedly so.

25 Favorite Females

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She Has No Head! – Comics Time Capsule

The New Yorker 6-8 +15 2009 Daniel Clowes

The New Yorker 6/8/09 by Daniel Clowes

This was just one of those weeks that makes you want to stop the planet and get off. While I was feeling as if there was no escape from the horrible crap happening, I happened across this old Daniel Clowes 2009 New Yorker cover — one of my favorites –  and decided to focus on some positive comics stuff as a coping mechanism.

Here is your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

Create the ultimate comics time capsule that aliens will someday discover. Show them the best of comics (and the world? your call!) with the 22* comics you’re allowed to put inside the capsule. Are they the 22 comics you think are the greatest of all time? Or are they the best and strongest representation of what we had to offer in quality and breadth? Are they just the ones you can read over and over again? Are all of those the same thing? Again, your call!

A few simple rules:

#1. You can put in an omnibus if it exists, as 1 entry (example: The Planetary Omnibus – in it goes!)

#2. It has to be already out, as of today (example: The Planetary Omnibus does not come out until January 2014. Damnit! Out it goes).

#3. You cannot put in all the individual trades of a book’s run in the capsule as 1 entry (example Y: The Last Man). You CAN fill the capsule with 22 volumes of the same thing, but even *I* have to question your judgement there!

#4. We’ll make an exception for special books bound together in a case/collection (example: The Collected Calvin & Hobbes can go in, or Bryan Lee O’Malley’s complete Scott Pilgrim series, as well as unique one of kind comics experiments of the form – like Chris Ware’s Building Stories). Unfortunately, something like all the gorgeous Wednesdays Comics in their original format would not work (unless you wanted to use it as multiple entries), but you could put in the collected edition…man, I wish I had room for that. Damn!

#5. Only comics. So, no, as much as you’re dying to put in my brilliant take on female superheroes in prose form (cough>The Girl Who Would Be King<cough), it’s a novel and thus is not eligible. Double damn!

#6. Yes, you can put in single issues, but man that single issue better be good!

For the rest, you guys decide, they’re your lists, I don’t have our fearless leader’s skills or devotion, so I’m not going to make individual rulings beyond the above. Have at it!

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She Has No Head! – 5 New Comics I Want On TV

With the very cool news that Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising has been optioned for television (and that could be a great show that I would LOVE to see) I started thinking about other indie properties Rachel-Rising-4(most with complex female characters) I’d love to see optioned for television as either an ongoing or a mini-series. With the advent of shortened series – Netflix’s House of Cards, AMC’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Killing all run only 13 episodes (typically) – we’re seeing a rash of new thinking in quality over quantity, which is good for a lot of comic book properties with world building or effects issues. Most of the best shows out there right now run short seasons: Showtime’s Homeland has 12 per season. Game of Thrones and Newsroom are only 10! The Walking Dead began with a 6-episode half season, then moved to a “full” 13, and for its last season delivered 16 – but still short of the formerly typical 22-episode season. Add to that a rash of recent high-quality mini-series like HBO’s six-part Mildred Pierce or Sundance’s 7-part Top of The Lake and we’re in a really interesting period of television where we’re seeing a huge uptick in great TV that equal some bold choices in both content and in the way that content is delivered. All of it makes me optimistic that smart comics properties that might have been a tough sell even a couple years ago might be more viable now. So what are five at the top of my list? Glad you asked!

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What I bought – 23 January 2013

And now let us believe in the long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been. (Rainier Maria Rilke)

World's worst amusement park ride? Misdirection! Jackal in a space suit! That's a lot of rounds, yo Damn Made you look! You don't use 'shambling' with regard to actual people too much, but that's what Dex looks like she's doing Benday dots! Could this be the first toy from this comic? Ultra-mod! I wouldn't trust that chicken Conan ANGRY! It's about time! That's still pretty ridiculous
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What I bought – 5 December 2012

It came to me that he meant something different by “smile” than I did; that the irony, the humourlessness, the ruthlessness I had always noticed in his smiling was a quality he deliberately inserted; that for him the smile was something essentially cruel, because freedom is cruel, because the freedom that makes us at least partly responsible for what we are is cruel. So that the smile was not so much an attitude to be taken to life as the nature of the cruelty of life, a cruelty we cannot even choose to avoid, since it is human existence. (John Fowles, from The Magus)

Move aside, citizen, or I will pee on you! I wouldn't mind living there - it looks pretty cool There is a sad lack of Checkers in this issue Man, do I HATE this cover/mask scheme for this crossover! Oh dear Oh good.  I was worried that DC wasn't publishing enough comics with the Joker in them. Dex Parrios - NASCAR champion! That small child they're all attacking is FUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKED Maybe her boobs will scare him off! KIRBY!!!! Volume One of Two?  Dang. I guess sales were't great? And so my nuValiant reading begins!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 046

Hey! It’s our 46th episode!

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

Inside this episode! We have an advance review of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Saga #7 and Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s Stumptown #1.  We then have Maddy back for good old times! We do another HODGEPODGE talk this week and then Sue gives us a chick of the week that just got her own book! Katana! Ooh! And don’t forget to vote in the finals for the DC WOMEN KICKING ASS Most Kickass DC Woman Tournament! – Listen after the credits break for the finalists (and for me being a baby)!

Here are the breaks:

Saga #7 – 00:58

Stumptown #3 – 19:22

Maddy is back, Again! HODGEPODGE!!! – 26:11

Chick of The Week – 80:02

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!

What I bought – 7 November 2012

Out of the seven days of creation, four were successful and three were unsuccessful. Only one day held sway and made this world a successful world. That was the seventh day, the day of rest, when the Creator did nothing. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted with Tea)

See ya! Well, that's freaky Geof Darrow FTMFW! I really dig Ivy's costume Aaaahhhhhhh, Greg Land!!!! Man, Templesmith should do a Batman graphic novel, man! At least this comes out! Blasters ahoy! Don't look in the trunk! It's all about the anthologies! So steampunky! Symbolism! Gotta love the giant hardcovers! Looks groovy! VALUE!
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What I bought – 10 October 2012

And all the time, like pipes dripping, weakening and preparing to burst in the attic, around the house hearts were slowly breaking while nothing was being said. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)

She commands you to buy this book! That's a weird John Paul Leon cover Run, nerd! This is a weird-ass cover That can't end well Where's the action, man! I really have no idea what's happening on this cover Kelly's head just exploded Well, if Kelly's head didn't explode before, it might have right now! Gosh, the art's cool Hey, it's a Jeff Amano sighting! It's all signed and shit! Dang, this looks cool APES!!!! Angry monsters!
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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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What I bought – 12 September 2012

He was mingling with people who treated human flesh as pigment, life and death as a canvas, the human spine as an easel, and he could not for the life of him look away from it with all of his being: with most of it, yes, but not with the peeping bit of him. (Paul West*, from The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper)

This is one of the best covers of the year so far There is nothing not awesome about this! You will conform, comrade! Cal's slacks look awfully fancy What is this strange artifact? Iconic! Hey, look, it's back! Oh my dear sweet Jeebus I'm quoted on the back of this book, so you know it's awesome! Come on, son, you don't hold your weapon like that! The last two Season One books have at least LOOKED phenomenal Clones!  They're everywhere! I can't stay mad at DC when they drop shit like this on us!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 043

Hey! It’s our 43rd episode!

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

Inside this episode! We have an advance review of Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s Stumptown #1 and Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye #2.  We then have an awesome interview with Greg Rucka talking about Stumptown, Lazarus, Punisher, his time at DC – including the scoop on what actually caused him to leave DC, the new Wonder Woman pilot, and everything else we can think of! Chick of The Week this week is a long overlooked lady who is having a hard time in recent months at DC – Lois Lane!

Here are the breaks:

Stumptown #1 – 01:00

Hawkeye #2 – 08:43

Greg Rucka Interview – 24:15

Chick of The Week (plus Wonder Woman talk and a few other goodies) – 108:48

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! – 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! – Bests (And A Few Worsts) Of 2010

Closing up our month of lists and year in review on She Has No Head! is a list of my “Bests” from 2010 (and a few worsts).  Please keep in mind that I didn’t get to read ALL THE BOOKS.  For example, The Return of The Dapper Men is sitting here and wooing me with its gorgeous swan song and telling me that it could have been a contender…but I just didn’t get to it…and that’s the way it is sometimes, but of the stuff that I read (which was A LOT), here’s what I really loved the most…

A Page from Eduardo Medeiros’ Spider-Man/Juggernaut tale from Marvel's Strange Tales II #3

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She Has No Head! – Was Stumptown Worth The Wait?

Stumptown #1 – 4.  Greg Rucka (writer).  Matthew Southworth (art).  Lee Loughridge, Rico Renzi, and Matthew Southworth (colors).  Oni.  Full Color.  $3.99.

Let’s just get it out of the way – yes.  Yes, it was great – one of the best comics I’ve read in months.  But I had to go back and read the first three over again to remember what happened 17 weeks ago in issue #3.   Are all fans – even those that loved the story thus far – devoted enough to wait, to dig out books for re-reads, and perhaps as I had to do – hunt down new issues with such an irregular shipping schedule?

Stumptown #1 - 4

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What I bought – 1 September 2010

“Your profession?”

“Poet.”

“Poet? But what do you really do?”

“I write poetry.” (Jerzy Kosinski, from Blind Date)

This issue smells good! This issue, on the other hand, doesn't smell quite as good I suspect I know why this book is delayed, but I'm not saying! Ass: front and sort-of center! So much RAGE!!!!! He loves his work! Your eyes don't deceive you ...... those mice ARE riding hummingbirds! World War I action! Okay, when she gets fat, I chuckled What cheesecake? Amadeus reads his own comics! Those beads have to hurt when they slap against her legs Is this the greatest comic in the history of humanity? It's all nerdy and shit! There you are! Action ahoy! See, that's just not very nice ... Oh, the wackiness! Will he ever run out of bad sitcoms? An Arcana comic? TWO Arcana comics?
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