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Vidder extraordinaire, [personal profile] beccatoria covers why, when and what to care about when it comes to comics (and then sets you free to make your own judgements). Lady Business accepts no responsibility if her recs cause you to lose your money and your heart in a comic book shop.





So to begin, the title is a lie. At the very least it is misleading. I hope very much that this will work as a guide, but not as a one-size-fits-all feminist negotiation of comic books. I hope this will help you create your own guidelines — I hope it will help you decide on the angles of your own approach.

If I had only one thing I could say to you it would be to set your boundaries and to guard them fiercely, but to make sure you are setting your boundaries.

With that in mind, there are really three things I think we need to cover:
  1. Why should I care?
  2. When should I care?
  3. What should I care about?


COMICS: WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Because comics are gross, right? Comics are puerile male power fantasies stapled between a back cover advert for next-gen console soldiers and a boneless contortionist of woman on the front. Comics — big name, important comics — are written by guys we find out have the ethics of cave trolls. Beautiful, artistic, moving books die ignominious deaths because of terrible sales in an industry mainly valued because it can be strip-mined for movie IP, and kept afloat by a smaller core readership than a moderately successful YouTube channel.

Allowing for some hyperbole, that's all true. I wish it wasn't, but it is. Like tech, like gaming, like the pictures, the comic book industry has an ugly underbelly and a history of poor performance when it comes to representing anything other than muscular and most definitely heterosexual Caucasians.

The reasons for the decline of comics as a popular medium is complex. In the 40s, the best-selling books' circulation approached 1.5 million copies. By the 70s, that was down to 500,000. Today, only a handful of monthly comics break the 100,000 barrier. For many independent publishers, 10,000 copies is a big success.

I couldn't possibly do justice to all the factors involved, and I don't wish to over simplify, but there's a good argument that the decline of the comic book industry should stand as a cautionary tale. A tale about the dangers of excessively and exclusively marketing your product to a single demographic niche.

As with many tales, it begins with good intentions — the desire to escape the draconian and utterly conservative Comics Code Authority and its demands that all material be “family-friendly” (by which it meant, of course, lots of muscular heterosexual caucasians). To be honest, the writers may well have wanted to write more GORE and VIOLENCE and heads going KABOOM than brown people, but the basic notion was a return to creative freedom.

This drive to escape the CCA was one of the reasons comic books slowly disappeared from grocery store spinner racks and showed up in speciality stores aimed at grown-ups. Or rather, aimed at an increasingly specific audience the industry perceived as entirely straight, white and male.

At which point, here we are.

The point at which the industry is trapped between the extinction behaviour of clinging to the familiar, and the realisation that there is, in fact, a lifeline: a wider audience.

At which point, we are here:

Why you should care.

(No, not should: set your boundaries. So: why I care.)

Because as much as comics has a legacy of refrigerated women, it has a legacy of outrageous and unexpected creativity.

It is creative in the ways we, as fanpeople, adore. It is genre and remix and alternate universes and robot gorillas, zombies, dinosaurs, superheroes and the closest thing you'll get to public acknowledgement of modern media as modern myth.

Comics were built for kids as disposable pulp adventures but somehow survived by morphing into a product aimed at adults (who still wanted to read disposable pulp adventures). Comics are aware of this. Comics are metatextual with surprising frequency.

Comics are beautiful! The variety of art, the style, the genre — the use of panels and lettering? It's a complicated, worthy artistic endeavour you won't see precisely replicated in any other medium. Someone is out there right now, making sure every month, you will get 20 pages of brand new, gorgeous art. You just need to find out who it is.

Comics are meaningful. Not every story aspires to great dramatic heights. Not every story features costumed aliens and cartoon science. But a comic book is one of the few places where mixing those elements isn't even likely to draw comment.

And I guess I care because of the women.

I care because for all the representational flaws and setbacks and episodes of blind rage, I remember the first time I picked up a comic about a lady hero. It was Supergirl. She punched the shit out of stuff and saved everyone. It was simple and I'm sure if I looked at that issue again now I'd be horrified by the art or some of the narrative conceits.

Seeing a woman in that role, though — I never get tired of that. It's something so rarely replicated in live action media. When it is, it so often ultimately ends with the female lead usurped by her male co-star or her storyline getting drowned in normative romantic happy endings.

There aren't enough of them, but every week, there are a handful of eponymous comics about superpowered women being big damn heroes. Some brood about their dark pasts, some are ethically ambiguous, some are optimistic and hilarious, some are powerful, some are mythic, some are just desperate to get laid but everyone KEEPS insisting they need a bath.

These comics are theirs. Their names are in the mastheads. Individual stories may suck, but at a basic level, these women are the centre of their fictional universes — supporting casts, relationships, villains — they're all transitory, but that character is a fixed point. For 20 pages every month, they are the most powerful thing in the room.

It's almost subversive. They wear these ridiculous costumes and get stuck in these ridiculous poses, while the same narrative engine that protects the presumed male caped hero is suddenly applied to them.

It's almost subversive.

STUFF IN COMICS: WHEN IT'S PROBABLY NOT SAFE TO CARE

Another of the industry's major fault lines is the superhero/indie divide. This means there is Marvel and DC (who publish superhero comics) and then there is everyone else: the independent publishers.

It's worth pointing out that the independent publishers do sometimes put out superhero comics, sometimes even in shared universes. It's worth mentioning that DC maintains an imprint called Vertigo* which essentially functions as an indie publisher. But basically that's the split.

(*Feminist Comics History Tip! Vertigo was founded by a lady named Karen Berger and was instrumental in establishing the indie comics scene. She ran it until last year. It is now run by a lady named Shelly Bond.)

Superhero comics make up the vast majority of comic book sales. They are also the Hollywood blockbusters in this analogy — conservative, risk-averse, not great with the representation.

Even though there are more indie publishers, they make up a smaller slice of the pie, usually taking about a third of sales, cumulatively. They're seen as having more creative freedom, integrity and a more progressive social agenda.

Again this isn't universal. There are plenty of problematic indie comics out there, and even some publishers that essentially make their money by printing borderline porn. When the indie market was finding its feet in the 90s there was a time when Image was the best known for its manly, ultraviolent pseudo-militaristic superheroes rather than the creator-owned, critically acclaimed books you'll see recommended below. There are places where that aesthetic still exists.

On the other hand, superhero comics occasionally win Eisners for their creative and artistic excellence, and when they do succeed in producing genuinely progressive books, their reach and impact is far greater.

As long as it doesn't become restrictive, however, this idea of the superhero/indie divide is probably a good rule of thumb.

I didn't start out as a superhero fan. I started out reading Sandman graphic novels from my local library when I was a teenager. It was the creativity and wildness of the independent books that hooked me and convinced me this was where I wanted to be. I think if I'd found superhero books back then, I'd never have stuck around, precisely because of the situation I just described.

On the other hand, one of the reasons for my near euphoric reaction to that Supergirl comic was that, for all I couldn't believe things like Sandman and Watchmen and Hellboy and The Maxx actually existed, they weren't about women. They weren't horribly offensive, which gave them a leg up on a lot of the superhero stuff. Some of them were even pretty feminist in sections! But they were not, fundamentally, stories with female leads.

Things are better now.

It doesn't always feel like it, but I know that things are better now because the stuff I wanted to read when I was 16 and couldn't, because it wasn't real, is real now. There are indie comics about women. There are superhero comics that don't insult women.

Back then, it was very often not safe to care.

Now, sometimes it is, and because of that, it's safe to talk, and because of that it's safer to have opinions and complain about what's broken. It's safer to be angry and say here – this is a book that is broken. Here is a writer saying things that are terrible. Here is a cover that is insulting.

This is fucking wonderful.

Listen to all these people, listen to their opinions, listen to their recommendations. This is an industry that is legitimately changing. This is emotional stuff. These people are trying to share something with you that is important to them: respect that.

Then honour that by being honest in return. Form your own opinions.

Here are some of mine: the received wisdom that DC's New 52 Catwoman is sexually exploitative is simplistic and overlooks some pretty fascinating gender dynamics. Marvel's much-praised Black Widow series is a narrative disappointment, but the lesser-read Elektra is an absolute delight and blows all artistic competition out of the water. I couldn't begin to describe DC's latest Harley Quinn series or decide whether I'd recommend it, but it outsells pretty much every monthly book except Batman and Spider-man. It is one of the most successful ongoing comics in the world right now, and I think it's really weird that no one is talking about it. When a comic starring a woman, co-written by a woman is casually competing with the best-selling properties Marvel and DC have to offer, and I have to dig to find articles that even mention it, there's something odd going on. I will take angry articles explaining why this is a terrible development! I will take anything! Can we please just talk about it?

I think our desire to create a safe space to care can be in conflict with our ability to make a safe space to discuss.

If I had to pick a case study, I think it would have to be DC's Batwoman.

Kate Kane's importance cannot be understated. She is the first queer superhero to headline a major cape comic. DC gave her a big launch, putting her as the lead in Detective Comics, the publication for which their company is named, and which they have published, continuously, since the 1930s. They put top talent on her and the result was rightly praised as one of the best comics DC have produced in the last decade.

Then suddenly DC refused to let her get married. It was widely reported as DC banning gay marriage in general. For the small amount of good it does, it was actually an ill-thought out application of a dubious editorial edict preventing any characters from getting married so soon after the reboot. Doesn't change the homophobic effect. Doesn't change the fact the writers walked, or how it proved the adage about reputations and glass. Easily shattered and fundamentally unfixable.

DC went out and hired Marc Andreyko, an openly gay writer who was known for writing street-level female heroes and who had been conspicuously missing from their writing line-up since the relaunch.

He gave an interview where he spoke about Batwoman's origins, the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” policy and stories becoming dated. “Now that it's gone,” he said of the policy, but was widely misunderstood to be speaking about the policy's part in Kate Kane's origin. He tweeted a clarification, but it was largely ignored.

So this is a hot mess, right?

It's not the only example I could evoke, but it is the most uncomfortable, the one where the most conflicting things are true at the same time, which is why I felt like I should do it. We care and we should care and DC prioritised a nonsensical corporate policy over a successful creative vision. As a result they did something homophobic right in the middle of our enjoyment of a comic meant to combat that homophobia.

Batwoman is no longer a safe space to care. It's easy for the narrative to become fixed. If we only need to see the book as tainted — as a symbol of DC's representational failure — it can be excised to preserve the safety and integrity of the wider space.

The cost is a safe space to discuss. Batwoman is still the only long-term, high profile book with a gay lead (and now, a gay writer writing her). DC's commitment to her as part of their line-up seems intact. This book is still here and this book is still pretty good. Andreyko is the first queer writer on a solo queer superbook. Her origin has not changed and was never intended to. If we're discussing DC's treatment of the character, that still includes the years they spent having her headline high profile books, giving her top artists and allowing her wide creative latitude in what I still feel was a genuine, long-term plan to ground her in the universe rather than throw her to the wolves of the market force without support.

Both of these things are true. Her book is not as safe as it once was, but it exists and it matters.

Anger can be destructive. This is not an easy conversation to have: the validation of anger is itself a positive political act in many instances. But it is still a fact.

I think the possibility of something better and the often compromised reality of what's available meet like air currents in a thunderstorm. There's a lot of powerful, cathartic yelling and sometimes something gets reduced to a smoking hole in the ground. The perfect can become the enemy of the good. The seductive safety of a “feminist/not feminist” binary can become the enemy of the good.

Nothing good will come of any of this if we stop asking for better and if we stop holding these discussions.

I think of myself, at 19, with that imperfect but beloved Supergirl comic. The one I remember perfectly for its effect on me, despite recalling almost nothing else that happened. I wish I'd had better options, but I'm also glad no one was explaining to me why I was wrong to like it.

Female voices still make up a minority of comics coverage, but we are deeply fortunate that it is now a subfandom of its own, and those voices are strong and easy to find. Listen to them. Listen to all of them.

Then set your own boundaries.

FOR READING: COMICS YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT

At which point we get to the nice part: Stuff I Like and Hope You Will Too.

Red Sonja (Dynamite): About a year ago Gail Simone took over writing duties for Red Sonja and gave it a clean reboot with a new #1 issue. Yes, she is the lady who sometimes wears a chain mail bikini. Under Simone's pen, she also wears a lot of other things, gets blind drunk, and somehow ends up helping an unusual number of people for a sword-wielding, surly barbarian. That's what this is: a barbarian adventure story that swings from treating Sonja's gender as a non-issue to raising it in unexpected and poignant moments.

Saga (Image): A sweeping space adventure story. The surrealistic whimsy of its imagery (rocket ship trees, robot princes with television heads, a cat who always knows if you're lying) meets its grounded use of violence and the complexities of interpersonal relationships with arresting effect. We follow the story of a fugitive family and the people hunting them. The art is beautiful and sells you on a fully realised world where body diversity means both spider women without upper arms and some human-shaped people actually being chubby. The main female characters are fully realised, complex people, but the series also excels at not defaulting to male every time they introduce a supporting player.

Ms. Marvel (Marvel): Kamala Khan woke up one day with strange shape-changing powers and now, with embiggened fists of rage and a dog with a tuning fork on his head, she is the self-determined champion of Jersey City! It's as optimistic, uplifting and entertaining as it sounds. Kamala is a a beautiful and gigantic dork, in a beautifully drawn and gigantically adorkable comic. It is written and edited by Muslim women, and it engages skillfully with the intersecting issues of identity, race and gender.

Earth 2 (DC): This is a showstopping action comic. This book is about worlds at war and worlds ending. Set on an alternate Earth (powerfully rendered by artist Nicola Scott for most of its run), this book reimagines the DC universe as it could, should, might have been. Superheroes are called “Wonders” and some of the greatest include the Green Lantern, the Earth's mightiest champion, who is a gay man. Aquawoman, the Polynesian Queen of Atlantis. Lois Lane as a superpowered robot, mentoring the next Superman — a young, pacifist person of colour named Val. Along with Huntress, Power Girl (and a geriatric, drug-addled Batman, I guess I have to admit he's there too) they anchor the new weekly spin-off which is also shaping up to be quite interesting.

Rat Queens (Image): ALL GIRL DUNGEONS & DRAGONS GROUP. Seriously, if that doesn't sell you on it immediately, I got nothing else for you. (Okay, okay, it's also sarcastic, hilarious, features a hipster dwarf, an atheist cleric, and a halfling thief whose idea of a packed lunch is candy and drugs. Really, just...go read it.)

I limited myself to series that were currently ongoing, but I didn't touch on some of the very new stuff that's out as I'm not sure an issue or so is enough to give a firm recommendation. That said, you might also want to look out for Gotham Academy and Batgirl (new creative team with #35) at DC, as well as a steady stream of new books at Marvel that are due to come out throughout the winter. The new female Thor, Spider-Gwen and Squirrel Girl are the ones I'm looking forward to the most.

Good luck out there, kids.

Find good comics, then come back and tell the rest of us all about them.

Date: 2014-11-11 11:03 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Red Sonja cover by Fiona Staples: Sonja is kneeling, pommel in hand, a raven perched on her shoulder. (C ∞ if I live I'll pray tomorrow)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Seconding all these recs like whoa, except for Earth 2, simply because I haven't gotten to it yet. I've no doubt it's just as excellent as [personal profile] beccatoria says, as she has fabulous taste! And Elektra isn't on the rec list but was mentioned further up, and it instantly became a favorite of mine. SO GORGEOUS. If I may jump on the reccing bandwagon, I'd like to mention three other ongoing comics I am enjoying immensely: Lumberjanes, Hawkeye, and Captain Marvel. Lumberjanes is more geared towards the younger readers, but I find the off-kilter and random humor hilarious, plus the main cast is a diverse group of girls that stick up for one another and get into all sorts of shenanigans(#1 preview).

Even though I've been casually reading superhero comics for a while, when Hawkeye started up, I had no idea there were actually two Hawkeyes. Yes, that's right: Kate Bishop is also Hawkeye, and I'm so sad I didn't have Kate in my life before this comic happened! I love both her and Clint in this, it's in turns hilarious and touching, and the art is something else.

And I'm sure anyone who's interested in the MCU knows Carol Danvers will have her own movie in 2018, making this the most perfect time to pick up Captain Marvel. Kelly Sue DeConnick's whole run has been great (though there was some crossover event shenanigans that were less than interesting for a couple of issues). There's already several TPBs out, start with In Pursuit of Flight, Down, and then Higher, Further, Faster, which features plenty of space adventure, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a cat!

One last tip: If there's one thing I know, it's that I wouldn't be reading anywhere near as many comics if it weren't for Comixology. Digital comics are now available to you whenever you want them, no specialty shops or lengthy shipping required. You can read them on your computer, or download them to your preferred tablet through their app. They'll still have to be purchased in the online store, but if you love a series, you can always subscribe and they'll be delivered to your device automatically whenever a new issue is out. Handy! Usually they have a handful of free comics available as well :)
Edited Date: 2014-11-11 11:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-11-11 07:54 pm (UTC)
nymeth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nymeth
The advantage of working in a library is that I was able to read this and place a request for "In Pursuit of Flight" straight away :D I also want ALL THE THINGS beccatoria mentions, but especially Rat Queens.

Date: 2014-11-11 08:15 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers flying. (C ∞ punch a hole in the sky)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Oh that's great! I'm sure you'll love it, since it basically mashes your face straight into awesome ladies and female mentor-ship :D

Becca was kind enough to give me a copy of the first Rat Queens TPB this Summer, and it was epic fun! I'm actually going back and forth on whether to swap out my Lumberjanes subscription with RQ, since it's pretty much a more mature and geekier take on the same thing. I'm just so happy to actually have enough lady-centric comics that I have to choose. The luxury.

Date: 2014-11-11 08:54 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (diana of themiscyra)
From: [personal profile] beccatoria
RAT QUEENS. YOU DO. YOU DO WANT RAT QUEENS. TRUST ME. :D

I'm really, really thrilled to hear that you're gonna go library yourself up some comics. As recently noted, *glances at post*, libraries were instrumental in my developing affection for the medium. The library in the city where I live has always been really comics-friendly. They have a stall at our local Comics Expo every year, signing people up for library cards, etc., and their staff actually cosplay!

Date: 2014-11-12 07:51 am (UTC)
nymeth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nymeth
That sounds AMAZING. Here we have a small local comic con, and this year I got to do a display to go along with the promo material they gave us - but an actual stall with cosplaying staff is SO MUCH BETTER.

Date: 2014-11-11 08:52 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (batwoman: blood on the snow)
From: [personal profile] beccatoria
Recs are ALWAYS welcome! :D

I was this close to including Lumberjanes, but didn't because I got the first two issues from a friend but haven't actually read them yet *dodges rotten vegetables* I wanted to read them so I could include them here but then realised, brilliantly, I actually had enough stuff anyway so I should stick with things I knew better. Elektra got cut for similar reasons - I'd already referenced her and I wanted to stick with a short, fairly diverse (genre- and character- and publisher-wise) list. But yeah, I mean for the art if nothing else, it's just awesome.

KSD's Captain Marvel, I have to be honest, I think peaked during its very first arc, which I flat out adored, and since then I've enjoyed it a lot but it doesn't blow my tiny mind. I rec the first arc without reservation, though, and I rec the rest of it as a solid, fun read.

OH OH but if we're playing the "AND ANOTHER ONE!" recs game, then I'm also going to mention another of my "almost made the cut," titles - Rocket Girl by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder. The first trade (five issues) is available and I think they're planning to do more. It's a manga-influenced time-travelling teenage police-officer series about someone from 20 years in the future going back to the 80s. It's great.

I don't use Comixology myself because I am fortunate to live near a comic store and I still feel, I don't know...resentful handing over almost the same amount of money for something that isn't "real", but you've SEEN the amount of comics I have so maybe I should give it more thought. I have heard that it's made the medium a lot more accessible for readers who wouldn't otherwise have been able to engage with it, especially if the comic shops near you aren't that welcoming, etc. Plus I think that they drop a dollar off the cover price after a month? Which means if you don't mind reading a month behind, you can probably save a lot of money.

COMICS! :D

(Wait I forgot to talk about Hawkeye! I haven't read Hawkeye! But I'm sure you're right and it's great!)

Date: 2014-11-12 10:03 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batwoman (C ∞ it's a call to arms)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Rocket Girl has been on my list, but I've yet to get to it! Most pleased to have your rec on it :D

There's absolutely no comic store near me, and to order would not only be super expensive due to shipping and import taxes, but I would have to wait almost a month to get them as well. This is a lesson I learned when I actually bought the single issues of the Buffy and Angel comics when they started coming out. But I also found out that I'm not overly fond of the leafy paper comics, and I prefer a TPB if no HC is available. It does get expensive subscribing and then buying the trades when they come out, but I only do that with a few series and I love them and want to support them in any way I can so :) ...and I think it's maybe two months before the cover price drops?

(Hawkeye is good fun!)

Date: 2014-11-11 03:58 pm (UTC)
likeadeuce: (bella)
From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
The seductive safety of a “feminist/not feminist” binary can become the enemy of the good.

This is wonderfully phrased, thank you.

Date: 2014-11-11 08:56 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (commander space jesus)
From: [personal profile] beccatoria
It means a huge amount to me that I communicated that well, as it was something I was nervous about because it is genuinely such a painful and complicated subject. Thank you.

Date: 2014-11-11 11:47 pm (UTC)
chaila: A close up of Bella's red eye when she wakes up as a vampire. (twilight - bella)
From: [personal profile] chaila
+1,000, I have thinking about this so much lately, and it's really gratifying to have it put so simply and accurately.

Date: 2014-11-13 08:23 am (UTC)
owlmoose: (avengers - natasha)
From: [personal profile] owlmoose
So, so agreed.

Date: 2014-11-15 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com
I came here specifically to say that, so I'll just add: YES. A THOUSAND TIMES.

Date: 2014-11-11 11:46 pm (UTC)
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (wonder woman - fight)
From: [personal profile] chaila
This is a great post, and such great advice for navigating a comics landscape where the increase in female voices is great, but also leads to more difficult, but necessary, conversations.

For 20 pages every month, they are the most powerful thing in the room.

It's almost subversive.


This, yes! This is absolutely it. As frustrating as comics can be, I do think you're right that there still isn't much media that centralizes a female hero the way a female-led comic book inherently does. And a lot of that is due to the particular characteristics of comics, that the stories can be so long-running, that there are so many books, so one character can be in team books as well as in her own, that a smaller circulation can be considered successful enough to keep going. And my main feeling after reading a few such comics was, wow, I did not KNOW, I didn't know how powerful I would find that.

Did I do this post wrong if by the end the thing I most want to check out is Elektra?*

(*ETA: haha talk about missing the point, pretend I didn't say that. I do want to check out Elektra though!)
Edited Date: 2014-11-12 12:01 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-11-12 10:52 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (batwoman: blood on the snow)
From: [personal profile] beccatoria
Yes, exactly! It's that almost shockingly powerful revelation. And it doesn't go away. I ended up taking a long break from superhero comics for a couple of years before I came back to them and when I started up reading them again, that I did not KNOW reaction was still there. Except it was more like, how could I FORGET?

And regarding Elektra, *pats you* bless you my child. ;)

Elektra is...surrealistic. You kind of have to just jump into its messy art and strange world, but if you do, yeah, I think it's definitely worth a read. The conclusion to the opening arc wasn't as strong as I'd've liked, but it was still...interesting and the initial issues were really arresting, both artistically and in terms of character/writing. It's written by one of the dudes who cowrote the Batwoman arc where she teams up with Diana.

Date: 2014-11-13 08:27 am (UTC)
owlmoose: (avatar - katara)
From: [personal profile] owlmoose
This is a great post, thank you for sharing it. I'd heard bits and pieces of the Batwoman saga but had never seen the whole story laid out like that, and I appreciate your conclusion: they made some missteps, we can't forget them, but that doesn't mean we have to throw out Batwoman or Andreyko or DC entirely. I get so tired of the perfect being the enemy of the good.

Most everything on your recs list is something I've been meaning to check out anyway (except for Saga which I already read and adore), so thanks for that. I much prefer to read my comics in TPB form, which puts me behind and then I forget to go check and see whether the collections I want are out.

Date: 2014-11-14 08:18 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (the legend of this chick)
From: [personal profile] beccatoria
I'm really glad you enjoyed it and that the thoughts about Batwoman make sense. It's a topic I was nervous about approaching for obvious reasons - so much of it was so bad, and yet if the ultimate result is that it's no longer considered a valuable part of the comics landscape that seems...like an extra indignity on top of the ones already heaped on it. I'm glad I was able to lay it out in a way that made sense.

I prefer comics in TPB form too (with the occasional exception), except I'm WAY too impatient for that, so I read 'em in single issues. Plus like you, I forget and then find I'm like three behind. Anyway - if you catch up on any of these, I hope you like them. :D

Date: 2015-08-23 09:44 pm (UTC)
obsessive_a101: (Jean Grey - White Phoenix)
From: [personal profile] obsessive_a101
I love this post, because it's great and well-written, and I am ALWAYS up for recs!

I think Jean Grey in The Dark Phoenix Saga was my introduction to ACTUAL comic books as a young girl who immediately fell in love, but I haven't really had the access/money to fuel this particular interest, so I love recs because they help me tailor and streamline what to focus on.

Also, this is particularly interesting to me as someone who is both a fan of comics and manga, and how these media compare and contrast. :)

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It's a riff off an extremely obscure meme only Tom Hardy and Myspace fans will appreciate.


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