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A few months ago Marvel made big news by announcing a new Avengers title written by and starring all women.

A couple of weeks ago, The New Yorker published this. Many were, rightly, upset by the dismissive and shaming tone of the article, but I couldn’t quite put into words what bothered me so about it, so I stayed quiet and let those with more to say handle the matter, eventually including one of the writers, G. Willow Wilson.

Yesterday A-Force was released and, curious, I went back and reread Lepore’s article to see if it made any more sense in context. The result was a two-hour twitter rant that, to my surprise, articulated my frustration with the piece and just kept growing.

I honestly expected this to be a short twitter rant but it effectively became a blog post I wrote nearly on autopilot. Twitter isn’t really the best place for such things, but I actually was happy with how it turned out, as well as with the positive response it received, so, for the sake of reader convenience, below you can find an adapted and clarified version of my rant. Continue reading


In the course of talking to comic creators this year, I started to think about their unique talents and what I think they would be best suited to. Inspired by all kinds of wonderful ideas I’ve seen online and heard from creators, I’ve put together my New 52. These are the 52 books I would publish if DC’s offerings were up to me and, as my friends and I have had a good time discussing them, I thought I would share them with you.

I tried to consider the actual feasibility of these titles, not only in the sense of immediate sales but in their ability to expand DC’s brand long-term. I also recognize that this is a dramatically simplified version of what DC actually has to do. As such, I made a couple of rules for myself.

First, as I don’t have the same knowledge of the creators’ availability and timeliness as an actual editor, I decided that I would allow myself access to any writer currently working in comics, but that I could only assign a creator to one book. Second, I tried not to put a writer on the same book that they’ve already worked on, though some were moved to similar concepts or allowed to expand short work they’ve already done. Finally, while an actual relaunch might do well to include some new books, I limited myself to preexisting titles and IPs for this project.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, on why I’m right, why I clearly screwed up, who should be illustrating the series, etc. But, regardless, I hope you enjoy.

While it largely alienated the existing fan base, if there’s one thing Brian Azzerello’s Wonder Woman did, it’s that it made Wonder Woman a major seller for DC again. Alongside books like Animal Man and Batman, Wonder Woman was one of the consistent stand outs of the New 52 for many. In considering how I would relaunch DC’s titles, I couldn’t help but think that I had to repeat that success, even if I should like to appeal a little more to long-time fans.

We need a Wonder Woman who can appeal to a mass audience while retaining what makes her unique, and we need a writer with both the skill and the reputation to ensure its success. If Wonder Woman is going to stand up with the heavy hitters of the New Year’s 52, we’re going to need a show of force.

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Welcome back, friends. It’s holiday time again and that means gifts. But whether you’re spending the check you got, treating yourself a little, or hunting for something for the nerd in your life, it can be hard to know what pick up for the holidays. Especially if you’re buying for someone else, hunting for something original and smart can quickly become a maddening experience and that tends to be about where the whole ‘peace on Earth and goodwill towards man’ thing starts to break down.

Happy HolidaysWell, worry not! Below I’ve assembled ten of my favorite comics. This selection should be generally accessible at your Local Comic Shop or easily located online and attempts to appeal to most, if not all, readers without rehashing the same tired best-sellers list.

It’s worth mentioning that there are tons of excellent comics that I simply haven’t gotten around to reading, but I wanted to feel confident that you were getting the best I could recommend and, as such, only comics I have personal experience with are featured here. I’ve tried to give a pretty wide range of comics, but, if you feel like your interests or the interests of the intended recipient aren’t adequately represented here, feel free to let me know in comments and I’ll try to see if I can’t come up with something. You can also check out last year’s gift guide, which is totally still good.

I hope this is helpful to you and, as my friends at FOX News say: Happy Holidays.

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NYCC Report: Women of Marvel

Women of Marvel

In regards to its treatment of women, Marvel has oscillated between praiseworthy acts and deeply disheartening lapses of late. Ms. Marvel continues to dominate the sales charts but the choice of artist on the new Spider-Woman series left many women skeptical, all the more so when a variant cover by Milo Manara was announced.

Despite their uneven record, the House of Ideas spared no expense for their Women of Marvel panel. The panel was the single most massive that I’ve ever seen, with sixteen women sharing the stage.

Led by Kelly Sue DeConnick, the packed room and crowded stage constituted an all out assault on the erasure of female comic fans. Following a small giveaway to Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel cosplayers, DeConnick called for all the women in the audience who read comics to raise their hands. Seeing the sea of hands, she casually declared the discussion of how to get girls to read comics over. “Girls have always read comics!” She then asked all the women looking to work in comics to stand up, calling upon them to look out for one another and to hunker down and do the work. “The only way out of the woods is through. Be brave, do it. We believe in you!” Continue reading