• Getting a Feminist Makeover: Red Sonja, Gail Simone, and Chainmail Bikinis, Pt. 1

    Getting a Feminist Makeover: Red Sonja, Gail Simone, and Chainmail Bikinis, Pt. 1

    Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja has been a huge boon to the character. Simone has changed the character’s origins, tweaked some of her personality (or more accurately, “enhanced”), made her canonically bisexual, and worked with artists who are willing to depict Red Sonja as the powerful warrior woman and complex character that she should be. Issue 18 will

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  • Only the Broad Brushstrokes: A Review of “The Comic Book History of Comics”

    Only the Broad Brushstrokes: A Review of “The Comic Book History of Comics”

    The Comic Book History of Comics Fred Van Lente (w), Ryan Dunlavey (a) IDW Publishing June 7, 2012 Histories need narratives. As much as we prize objectivity, in presenting the story of “events that happened” the historian needs a storyline to put those events into a context and keep the reader engaged. In The Comic

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  • DragonCon 2015: An Endurance Event

    DragonCon 2015: An Endurance Event

    Labor Day Weekend is a big deal in Atlanta. Dragon Con is the biggest attraction among other things going on, so that’s where this geek girl spends her holiday weekend, for the eleventh year in a row now. The Con organizers have realized that people are so eager to get the festivities started that they’re

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  • Fan Expo Celebrity Q&A Highlights

    Fan Expo Celebrity Q&A Highlights

    Labor Day Weekend 2015 marked my fourth year of attending Fan Expo, Canada’s version of Comic-Con. It also happened to be–in my opinion–the most intense year yet, what with several well-known celebrity guests packing the North and South Buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over the course of four days, I managed to stop by

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  • Review: Swords of Sorrow #5

    Review: Swords of Sorrow #5

    Swords of Sorrow #5 Gail Simone (words), Sergio Davila (lines), Jorge Sutil (colors), Erica Schultz (letters) Tula Lotay (cover A), Emanuela Lupacchino & Ivan Nunes (cover B), Robert Hack (cover C), cosplay cover Dynamite September 9, 2015 Disclaimer: This review may contain spoilers and is based on an advanced review copy from Dynamite. It is

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  • WWAC Reflects On Wes Craven’s Smart Subversive Horror

    WWAC Reflects On Wes Craven’s Smart Subversive Horror

    Wes Craven died August 30th, at 76. During his long career in film he directed over 20 films and wrote even more, many of them revolutionary. With his first film, The Last House On the Left (1972), he joined the wave of New Horror directors like John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, finding the monstrous in ordinary

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  • The Top Ten (Billion) Times Hotel Detective Doll Has A Good Think

    The Top Ten (Billion) Times Hotel Detective Doll Has A Good Think

    Takao Saito is most enduringly famous for his Golgo 13 series. Stoic man shooting bullets through endless swathes of human corruption. But what if, in 1984, he started a new series? What if it was about a woman? What if she were a … Hotel Detective? Well, what if? The series is newly translated (and available

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  • Shinbun Saturday: Famous Mangaka Bids Twitter Farewell

    Shinbun Saturday: Famous Mangaka Bids Twitter Farewell

    Bleach creator leaves social media Fans of the series were caught off-guard by Tite Kubo’s sudden departure from Twitter on September 10, sans a specific explanation from the creator. Kubo’s only message was “[Notice] Tomorrow night, after about 24 hours I will delete my Twitter account. Until that time, please direct message me.” His account

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