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She Has No Head! – 25 Favorite Fictional Females, 2014

It’s that time of year again, the time for a million lists, including my 25 Favorite Fictional Females in comics list. Like all years, this was tough. Like all years, I’m never quite convinced I’ve got the list right, but for better or worse, here we are!

Fair warning, if someone was repeated from a previous year, I often cribbed some of the text from my previous post with some light updates to reflect changes. Here are last year’s list and the first list in 2010 (as well as a 10 ladies making a run for the title list) in case you’d like to read about even more female characters in comics. It was a really exciting year and with a promising 2015 ahead of us I’m very excited about where we are when it comes to our progress with female characters – as always things are a bit two forward and one back, but we’re making progress! I’d like this list a bit better if there were more indie ladies on it (there are so many that are worthy) but Marvel’s push with female characters this past year did a good job of gobbling up a good number of spots.

Like last year, what I found most interesting is how some characters managed to triumph over lack of material or worse, bad material. Wonder Woman, despite the fact that I can’t read her book, hasn’t fallen much– maybe she’s just got so much iconic power that others are helpless to overcome the big shadow she casts? I spent a lot of time when trying to organize my list this year thinking about the characters that I’d most like to see creators work with in new series – that was how I ended up defining where they fell – how interested I found myself in seeing them in new stories. Still, you can’t underestimate the power of reading both old and new – Black Widow makes the list this year (finally) thanks to some damn fine work by Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto, while Big Barda shoots up the list because I took some time out this year to read/re-read all her classic Kirby stories…and how can one deny her utter dominance after doing that??

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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! – $50 Comics Budget

This weekend was my five-year anniversary writing She Has No Head! – incredible, right? I cannot believe how time 3344389-lazarushas flown by.

Anyway, thinking about just getting started on things and being new to something reminded me of discovering comics when I was a teenager. The joy an frustration of fumbling through the dark with no idea what I should be reading (I’m old, the Internet was barely a glimmer in the most advanced readers eyes!).

My eventual comic book shop was helpful, but it took me a while to find the right shop…and even then I felt enough like a stranger in a strange land for a time that it took some time to start having actual conversations about comics with anyone other than my younger brother who was as in the dark as I was (though he remains my favorite person to talk about comics with). What I would have given for a road map!

However, as mentioned above, I’m old, so comics were a lot cheaper and it wasn’t the end of the world to waste a buck or so on a crappy comic. Today, with a few indie exceptions, even the cheapest comics will cost you $2.99…and that’s a lot to risk on a comic.

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #067

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Inside this episode! 

So, first up we have a review of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #2. Up next is a review of the first Black Widow trade (collecting issues #1 – 6) by Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto. Following that we have a super long interview with the fantastic (and prolific) Ed Brubaker talking about all things Fatale, Velvet, his incredible 5 year deal with Image, and his new book with Sean Phillips debuting in August – The Fade Out. We of course manage to talk a little bit about that tiny little film you may have heard about Captain America: Winter Soldier and some Batman things like how fantastic Gotham Central was and how we miss it. For comics news we talk about the huge Thor announcement and The Girl Who Would Be King film option…will Kelly’s superheroines be the first ladies to be the leads in a superhero film??? That would be epic. Because you guys were very good this week, we’ve also got a couple dramatic readings by Sue.

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.3 Chicks Covers Ep 67

 

3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #065

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Inside this episode! First off, thanks to EVERYONE that helped bring us back, especially to those of you that went the extra mile and donated. Those of you listening right now owe these people big time: Douglas, Angela, Rob, Matthew F., Keith, Ben, Tim, Chris, Rachel, Kelly, Rodney, and Matthew C.  Thank you!!

So, first up we have a review of Ms. Marvel #5 by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Ian Herring. Up next is an advance review of the Velvet trade (collecting the first five issues) by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Elizabeth Breitweizer.  We then try to recap and offer our thoughts on all the big news we missed over the past six plus months (it takes A WHILE). And as a special treat we have SEVERAL dramatic readings.

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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What I bought – 15 January 2014

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Believe me, everything looks like a noose if you stare at it long enough. (Sherman Alexie, from “Indian Education”)
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What I bought – 4 December 2013

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“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 063

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Inside this episode! Not one, but TWO advance reviews! First up we have an advance review of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’s PRETTY DEADLY #1. Next up is an advance review of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s VELVET #1. Both reviews are spoiler free. After some “state of the industry” talk, mostly about NYCC 2013 we are joined by the fantastic Colleen Coover who talks about her work on everything from her current MonkeyBrain comic BANDETTE, with writer Paul Tobin, to her recent stint as an artist on the Batgirl and Catwoman focused issue of BATMAN ’66. After the interview I talk a bit about how THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING has almost 150 Amazon Reviews – and offer a prize to the 150th! By popular demand, we wrap up with a short and sweet (and long awaited) DRAMATIC READING! Enjoy, kids!

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.

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