Comics, Feminism, Gender

Women! And More Women! Swords of Sorrow is Coming

As I have said many times before, I love Red Sonja. She was the first “person” I wanted to be growing up. All I needed was a sword to go with my horse, which I already had (Texas girl here). When Gail Simone announced that she would be rounding up a group of female writers to tackle such iconic lady characters as Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, and Vampirella in a huge cross over event, I was more excited than Jessie Spano on caffeine pills.

And I’m not the only one. It didn’t take long for #swordsofsorrow to start trending on Twitter much to Simone’s delight:

Gail Simone Twitter March 31, 2015

And since the fabulous folk at Dynamite send us advanced reviews, we decided to organize a HUGE event around Swords of Sorrow!

The series will be running from May to November and featuring such talent as:

  • Marguerite Bennett
  • Nancy Collins
  • Gail Simone
  • Leah Moore
  • Mairghread Scott
  • Erica Schultz
  • G. Willow Wilson
  • And new talent Mikki Kendall who will be making her comic book debut

Swords of Sorrow event

This wildly talented group will be writing a miniseries and some one-shots and contributing to the main series about the following characters:

  • Red Sonja
  • Dejah Thoris
  • Vampirella
  • Jungle Girl
  • Jennifer Blood
  • Irene Adler
  • Black Sparrow
  • Lady Zorro
  • Pantha
  • Jane Porter
  • Miss Fury
  • Lady Rawhide
  • Masquerade
  • Mulan Kato
  • Purgatori
  • Chastity Marks
  • Bad Kitty
  • Mistress Hel

If you don’t have any idea who all of these characters are, have no fear for WWAC is here! We will be providing character histories and backgrounds for context, but the series is also set up so that readers can jump right in without having to know all the characters’ backstories. But being that this is a group of women writing characters often written by men, we think it’s important to explore their backgrounds in order to get a feel for how the writers are acknowledging and in some cases subverting past characterizations.

But, wait, that’s not all! In addition to character histories and backgrounds, we will be doing reviews, conducting interviews (Gail Simone is in thanks to Megan Byrd!), writing analyses, creating themed lifestyle posts, and much more! We hope you, dear reader, will jump in on the comments and share your thoughts on the series, as well. More heads are better than one, after all.

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Are you excited? Are you like so exited?! Because we sure as hell are.

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