• Review: The Wolverine, The Softer Side of Awesome

    I’m going to say it. The Wolverine was my favorite X-men movie thus far (sorry, X-men First Class). Those who enjoyed the campy, super-power driven earlier movies might be disappointed though. The movie took its time, and took itself very seriously. That’s probably best for a movie that features atomic bombs and suicide.

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  • Review: Batwoman #21

    Batwoman #21 DC Comics J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman Francesco Francavilla Sometimes the best way to get to know a character is to see them through their villain’s eyes. That’s the case in DC’s Batwoman #21, written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman and drawn by Francesco Francavilla. The story focuses

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  • What is geek culture?

    What is geek culture?

    What we talk about when we talk about fake fangirls. Back in the day–the non-branded, power-to-the-people, halcyon days of geek culture–being a fan was being a geek, was being an outcast, was being a fan. Or so I’m told. Everyone who could be said to be participating in geek culture was by definition a little

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  • Marvel Roundtable–part two

    Mary Jane, Miles, and the diversity dance in comics. Megan Purdy In part one of WWAC’s Marvel Roundtable, I talked to Skalja of @#$% Yeah, Spider-Wife!, Corrina Lawson of Geek Mom, RonchRonchRonch, and webcomic creator Indigo, about romance, mental health, and motherhood. In part two, we talk about Superior Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, and more generally,

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  • State of Marvel Roundtable–Part One

    Marvel romance, mental health, and motherhood. Megan Purdy Bendis is off Avengers! Marvel’s partnering with Disney-owned Hyperion to put out romance novels! Miles Morales is super popular! It’s a (brand new) day! Maybe. With Captain Marvel, Fearless Defenders, the all female X-Men, and the upcoming She-Hulk and Rogue romance novels, Marvel is putting its female

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  • State of the DC Universe

    DC Comics: But where have all the women gone? Megan Purdy The New 52 debuted in August, 2011. A year and a half later, many of the original 52 titles have reached their 16th issue, while others quietly faded into the comics ether. But while DC dominated sales in 2011, Marvel took back the top

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  • Tony Harris vs. Cosplayers, and the Fake Problem of the Fake Geek Girl

    Women? On my internet? Tony Harris is worried about con- hot women demanding his attention at conventions. Games with female protagonists receive half the marketing budget of games with male protagonists. So it goes. Another day, another round of defensive flailing from geek men, bravely standing at the gates of geek culture. But guys, the

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  • Batwoman: How Far The Mighty Fall

    When DC first introduced readers to Kate Kane, the character and her story were met with universal praise. Not only was the story unique for featuring a gay female super heroine, but she was headlining one of DC’s oldest properties, Detective Comics, and shocking above all else? It was really good. The stunning artwork of

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  • Master Post: Carol Appreciation

    This is the master post for the Carol Danvers Appreciation special edition of the carnival. It’s basically Kelly Sue DeConnick’s fault. Captain Marvel Roundtable, feat. Megan Purdy, Megan Byrd, Liz Pfeiffer, Skalja, Cohen and Alisdair. A Love Letter, by Damalur. Carol, and the Stories of Other Women, by Garrideb. Ultimate Carol Danvers, by Valtyr. Review:

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  • Carol Appreciation: Captain Marvel roundtable

    Carol Appreciation: Captain Marvel roundtable

    This is the fifth (and final) post in our series of Carol Appreciation posts. Also check out Megan Byrd’s review of Captain Marvel #1, Valtyr’s ode to Ultimate Carol,  Garrideb’s look at Carol and female friendship, and Damalur’s Love Letter to Carol. So I was chatting about the debut issue of Captain Marvel on Twitter,

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  • Carol Appreciation: A Love Letter

    This is the fourth in our series of Carol Appreciation posts. Also check out Megan Byrd’s review of Captain Marvel #1, Valtyr’s ode to Ultimate Carol, and Garrideb’s look at Carol and female friendship.  When I walked into my comics shop on Wednesday, the owner–goes by the name of Steve, rarely seen without his Captain

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  • Carol Appreciation: Ultimate Carol Danvers

    Carol Appreciation: Ultimate Carol Danvers

    A guest post by Valtyr “I will arrest you, no matter how many times you outrank me.” In honour of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new Captain Marvel, which Megan Byrd reviewed for us on Wednesday, I decided to dedicate the weekend to Carol Appreciation. This is the first in a series of guest posts about the

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  • Review: Captain Marvel #1

    Review: Captain Marvel #1

    Captain Marvel #1 Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Dexter Soy Marvel Comics A debut issue is a challenging beast in comics; this is doubly so for a book that is re-introducing an established character to old and new fans alike. It is a delicate balance between showing what we know to be true while still

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  • New Readers and Representation: Interview with Saranga of New Readers… Start Here!

    LGBTQ representation, reaching new readers, and the greatness of Supergirl(s). I met Saranga during one of those awkwardly sprawling Twitter conversations that inevitably gift you with new people to follow and be followed by. Then I found out she ran a site dedicated to helping people new to comics figure it all out, and thought,

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  • Make Mine Manga: Interview with Melinda Beasi

    Melinda Beasi talks girls comics, blogging, and international manga fandom.  Melinda Beasi is founding editor of Manga Bookshelf, a manga review site home to a wealth of reviewers with their own tastes and subjects… including our own founding editor here at WWAC. Since interviewing your own boss is a bit of a funny one I

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  • The Revolution Will Not Be Digital (Only): Interview with Corrina Lawson of GeekMom

    Lois Lane, women in comics, and the business of bringing the industry into the digital age. Corrina Lawson is a journalist-turned-blogger who’s written extensively about comics and the comics industry. She’s a contributor to GeekDad and Sequential Tart, and a senior editor of GeekMom. Corrina is also a fiction writer, and has just had her

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