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Girls Gone Geek

… And they’re all from the Reimagining the Female Superhero panel!

It’s Throwback Thursday here at Girls Gone Geek, and I wanted to share a few new quotes from the panel that made the trip to SENYC worth it.


By Alison Bechdel By Alison Bechdel

On the Bechdel Test:
“I think there’s a lot of dismissal of things that do pass [The Bechdel Test]. If you have a

buddy cop movie about men, then it’s a buddy cop movie. If you have a buddy cop movie about women, it’s a chick flick. If you have a coming of age story about a boy, then it’s a coming of age story, if it’s about a girl it’s a chick flick. If it’s about a father and son relationship, it’s a father and son movie, if it’s a mother and daughter, it’s a chick flick. And I’m tired of it!” – Marguerite Bennett


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All-New Marvel NOW 2Not to be outdone, Marvel had me scrambling out of the Batman panel to secure a spot in Marvel: The Next Big Thing. While the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman still rule the roost, Marvel’s made huge strides with some of their less famous characters lately and this was the place to hear about it.

Nick Lowe, our moderator and editor of Spider-Man and Moon Knight, took a moment to thank the Chicago fans before introducing the panelists. The first was Mike Marts, an Executive Editor, newly returned from DC’s Batman office. Lowe asked him what it was like to be back. Marts replied that it felt like slipping on an old shoe. Lowe was not entirely thrilled with the analogy, leading Marts to amend his statement, “A shoe that makes a lot of great movies.” Next up was Joshua Hale Fialkov, the writer of Ultimate FF. After him came Charles Soule, the writer of Thunderbolts, Inhuman, and She-Hulk, the last of which received particular applause. Then came James Robinson, writer of Fantastic Four and All-New Invaders. A trio of artists rounded out the panel; Mahmud Asrar, Wolverine and the X-Men; Ryan Stegman, Wolverine; and Skottie Young, both writer and artist on Rocket Racoon.

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tumblr_n3vk5fLGdD1r0x04do3_1280Some of you may not have heard of Russell Dauterman yet, but that’s likely about to change. Dauterman was the artist on the excellent Supurbia, closed out the last two issues of Kyle Higgins’ Nightwing run with a bang, and is now going to be launching the new Cyclops title for Marvel.

Russell has a unique and beautiful style and such a wonderful love for the material that I knew I had to talk to him and, thankfully, he was gracious enough to give us a bit of his time this past weekend at C2E2. Join me as we discuss character, representation, and working in the industry

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proxyNot to get ahead of myself, one of the big lessons of C2E2 for me was how much I love it when creators speak honestly. It’s fun to hear announcements, but they’ll be on Bleeding Cool soon enough anyway. No, while all the traditional elements of the con experience you imagine are great, there’s something special about conventions that dismantles the strange, often artificial barriers between creators and fans. I’ll probably talk about this again before my coverage of C2E2 is over, but rarely was this fact more apparent than in Buddy Scalera’s Inside the Creator’s Studio with Mark Waid. Continue reading

Bound and Gagged

Don’t have plans yet this weekend? Saturday, May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day, a day dedicated to comics, encouraging comic book readership, and getting the next generation of fans and readers involved. For more information, check out the official Free Comic Book Day website. Many comic book retailers have special events planned, so check out what’s going on at your local store. If you don’t have a friendly neighborhood comic book store you frequent, you can use the store locator to find one. Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the US Senate putting comic books on trial, a case that would lead to the Comics Code Authority and the near collapse of the industry, so what better time to get back in the comic book store and reclaim your freedom to read.

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2013 In Review

Bound and Gagged

While 2013 wasn’t all that great for me, it was a great year for Bound and Gagged Books. The blog has about 10x the followers it did at the beginning of last year, one of my posts was Freshly Pressed, and Bound and Gagged was even quoted in The Huffington Post. Thus, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our lovely readers for following, commenting, sharing, and stopping by our little corner of the internet.

Thanks are also due to the other lovely people who make this blog happen. While Bound and Gagged Books began the year as a solo effort, it has since seen reviews from Elliot Oberholtzer, Victoria Lepore, and Hannah. I’d like to thank the three of them for their contributions to the blog and to the general awesomeness level of the planet. I’d also like to give a special thanks to Reviews by Lanterns Light, for being my friendly neighborhood comic book expert…

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Hey everyone,

While there are still a couple left, the passing of Hanukkah, Christmas, and most solstice-based holidays means that the majority of gift giving are in progress or behind us. I hope you’ve been enjoying your time off and spending it with people, pets, and stories you love. It’s been a good year for comic-based Christmas media with Iron Man 3 and Batman: Arkham Origins taking place over Christmas Eve. I suppose it makes sense that those two heroes would be our hobby’s Christmas patrons, after all, they do tend to have all the best toys. Other holidays may not get the same attention (Jesus totally stole the thunder from Thor’s birthday), but regardless of what you celebrate, there’s really only one (appropriate) question left…

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A Comics Thanksgiving

Avengers thanksgiving

Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving.

Whether you’re taking today to feast, enjoy the company of friends and family, or just prepare for Black Friday, I find one of the most valuable parts of thanksgiving is an optional day set aside to be grateful for what’s good in your life, whatever it may be. I’ve been very blessed this year and, though plenty of things have disappointed, it’s been a good time to be a fan of comics. So I thought I’d take a moment and give thanks for a couple of things that have made me happy to be a part of the comics community in the last year.

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Articulate & Intricate

Hi, all! This is Shannon from Bound and Gagged, a blog dedicated to banned books and other censorship/intellectual freedom issues. I was asked to talk a little bit about banned books, censorship, and how it pertains to genre fiction and the Comics Code Authority.

BBW13_4.25x3As some of you may know, this week (September 22-28) is Banned Books Week, an event started in 1982 to bring awareness to banned books and book challenges. The event is largely focused on book/library challenges within the United States, as it is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), as well as a number of other American organizations, including the Library of Congress. However, book banning is a global issue and Amnesty International has brought the event into a more global context.

The topic of book banning is a broad one with a long and complicated…

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