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So we’re at Z…we’re all done.  And don’t listen to Ross who will tell you that a bunch of letters were missing…he’s crazy…he doesn’t know how to spell…I mean who really NEEDS A, E, H, I, T, V, X, or Y?  Especially when you have two D’s and two R’s…BABIES that’s who!

Today: Zealot aka Lady Zannah of Khera

I mean I’m torn…do I want Diana out of her super impractical strapless swimsuit bustier?  Of course I do.  Do I want her to be in some cheesy garish 90’s jacket/pants/bustier combo that has no lasting iconic imagery?  No…no I do not.  I’m all for having Diana a bit more covered up and practical…but this is a swing and a miss for me.

Read more and get fan reactions on CSBG.  And the original DC Source Blog Post.

I wish DC would have pitched this to Project Runway.  They already did some great Wonder Woman designs when it was just for fun, imagine the response they would have gotten if DC was genuinely looking for a re-design.

Also…Corey Walker probably could have done this in his sleep.  He’s done about 154 Supergirl designs over the last year or so and most of them are fantastic.

I mean…from an iconic standpoint how does it compare to something like Batman…?  Wonder Woman deserves more.  I’m bummed out.  In fairness, I think DC is trying…I just think this is a failure that should have been left on the drawing room floor.  I don’t suppose this means the new #600 JMS reboot (which releases Wednesday) is doomed…but it certainly doesn’t bode well for me at least and I was pretty hesitant to begin with.  Le sigh.  Another day in comics.

Some awesome stuff has happened over the last few days…I’m going to pretend it’s all in honor of my birthday…some of it straight up is…the rest is a stretch… 🙂

1. Tara O’Connor, writer and artist extraordinare (and aka gingercurls) did an AWESOME original sketch for my birthday of Rogue with her costume nice and zipped up…something I’m sure most of you are aware is a serious pet peeve of mine.  Thank you Tara!  Check it out!  FYI – you can commission original work from Tara here.

I love the sound effect!

2.  There’s been some serious movement on my book…the revision is locked and we’re preparing to sub to publishers. Slow and steady wins the race let’s hope, but I do hope to have some solid updates soon.

3.  I did a fun birthday bit on She Has No Head! yesterday.  And already Matt Southworth is helping my wishes come to fruition.

4.  5 Minute Marvels did a special “Kelly Birthday Post” drawing of the Tiny Titans – they look awesome. Thanks guys!

5.  I also got a fantastic birthday sketch from my artist friend Ross Campbell…but I can’t show you guys that one yet as it relates to my novel.  Perhaps I’ll post a teaser as things start to develop on that front.  🙂

comics, cake, champagne

6.  There were a few of my favorite things…namely…comics, cake, and champagne (all c’s…weird) to be had at my house…not to mention the beginnings of Season 5 of The Wire since the weather was hideously gross and I had no desire to leave the house…but really…what could be better than all of that?

All in all…not too damn bad.  Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes – and presents!

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Today: Wonder Woman! aka Diana of Themyscira aka Diana Prince

Wow.  Thank you so much to Nevermore999 at Adventures of Comic Book Girl for nominating me for a Kreative Blogger award.  I’m totally honored…also it’s my first blogging award of any kind…so I’m feeling all extra gushy.  Nevermore and I get along really well…so long as we’re not talking about Stephanie Brown…and I’m flattered that she could look past that and nominate me anyway. 🙂 Thank you so much!

So it’s time for me to also pay it forward, the rules for accepting the award are as follows:
1) Copy the award logo and place it on your blog.
2) Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
3) You must thank the person who has given you the award.

Done, done, and done!

4) Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
2) Post Links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
3) Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

This was hard because there are a lot of great blogs out there due some recognition, if I didn’t pick you please don’t be offended, I tried for the most part to pick blogs that are comics and/or feminist related as that’s where my tastes are these days…

1.  5 Minute Marvels.  I’ve pimped this blog out for good reason on multiple occasions and with good reason – it’s just great.  A wonderful experiment of a dad (Tim Miner) drawing superheroes with his two daughters (Grace 6, and Cate 5) every night before bed, which has become an awesome blog with tons of industry professionals turning in original work for the blog.  Great fun.

2.  Written World.  Despite the fact that I know next to nothing (and care very little) about all things Green Lantern, I still find Ragnall’s blog constantly insightful.  She makes a good and passionate argument for nearly every subject she tackles and I always learn something.  She’s also really good at not taking any shit…which is something I’m working on…so it’s good to learn from the masters.

3.  Retconning My Brain.  Retconning doesn’t update as frequently as I’d like…but it’s always insightful and she covers a lot of the same areas that I’m really interested in – superheroes and gender.  She often goes outside of superheroes to envelope media in a larger sense, but she always brings it back around to comics.  I don’t always agree with everything, but she convinces me sometimes even when I didn’t know I was up for convincing, and that’s the mark of a great blogger.

4.  The Dairi Burger.  I discovered The Dairi Burger’s hilariously scathing recaps of Sweet Valley High books one day a few years ago and proceeded to waste all day laughing hysterically…while I was supposed to be working.  If you can spare losing an entire day to the internet, I urge you to head on over and do so.

5.  Tiny Heroes.  Tiny Heroes is a great little blog that has started an intriguing review series (mostly of comics and television thus far) via a modified Bechdel Test (i.e. a Bechdel test for Women, for Men, and for Race) and her results are interesting and sometimes surprising.  It’s a great idea that really makes you think twice about the materials you’re ingesting.  Though she intended the experiment to go for only 30 days, I for one, hope she keeps it going.

6.  Digital Femme.  I feel like I always get some great and much needed perspective from Cheryl Lynn’s blog Digital Femme.  She’s got a rawness and honesty in her writing that I really relate to…up to and including her most recent post (which I hope will not be her last) in which she simply quoted some DC bullshit and said “I quit”.  I hear you Cheryl, I hear you, but if we quit, they totally win.  Come back!

7.  AudioShocker.  With tons of podcasts by Nick and Neal (and at least one weekly with Nick Marino and artist Ross Campbell), these podcasts have become fun must haves for me.  There are also plenty of other cool things going on like Project Basement.

Done, done, and done!

7) Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

Oop.  I’m pretty uninteresting but I’ll give it a whirl.

1.  I came to comics pretty late (about 16 years old) and via the 1990’s X-Men Cartoon which my brother Scott and I loved like CRAZY.  Rogue was the very first X-man I ever saw and to this day she remains one of my favs, though I would love it if the artists responsible for her representation these days would zip her fucking shirt up.

2.  I transferred to the Savannah College of Art & Design after my sophomore year at the University of Arizona studying graphic design, so that I could instead study comics.  As a result I have a mostly worthless degree (no offense SCAD) in sequential art.

3.  My first (and currently only) published short fiction piece is called I HATE THE FRENCH.  I do have a fair amount of published poetry though.

4.  I’ve spent the last year revising my first novel with an exceptional agent.  It’s about two teenage girls with superpowers.  Things are finally starting to move forward…and I hope to have good publishing news soon!

5.  I write a column for CBR’s Comics Should Be Good blog called She Has No Head! Some of you probably already know that…so I’ll add that the title of the column was inspired by my reaction to this image (among many others).

6.  My boyfriend and I have long been wanting to adopt a kitten.  There are a handful of reasons why we can’t right now, but when we do, his name will be Neil Hughes (said with a British accent) and if it’s up to me Neil Hughes will be either stripey grey or stripey orange…if it’s up to my boyfriend Neil Hughes will be solid grey.  I will win.  Bet on it.

7.  I just launched my website today.  Nobody even knows yet…except you guys.  There are excerpts from a couple short stories, a bio and bibliography, a news and development section, a section of artwork, including (if you ever liked my Rabid Lamb Comic Strip from 2007 – 2008 – or want to like it) a nice collection of the best of Rabid Lamb in an easy to flip through slideshow. Also, today is my birthday.  Woo!

Whew.  that was harder that it seemed.

That's right...I did ANOTHER Scott Pilgrim Avatar. I fixed some things, including my haircolor, in Photoshop. 🙂

A new SHE HAS NO HEAD! is up.  A special birthday post of 12 comics related things I want in order to bend the universe to my will…Check it out!

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Today:  U Go Girl aka Edie Sawyer

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Today: Storm aka Ororo Monroe aka Ororo Iqadi T’Challa

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Today: Ramona V. Flowers.

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Today: Rogue!

The following is a selection of comics released this week (6/23/10)* that focus heavily on women in comics – whether that be characters, creators, or even readers.

The books are rated as BUY, TRADEWAIT, or SKIP.

*It should be noted that this list will focus on North American/English releases as that’s mostly what I have access to.  Additionally, as I am in general unfamiliar with Manga, I will not be including Manga titles in my lists.  For some great reviews and discussion of Manga titles I urge you to check out Danielle Leigh on CSBG.

Maybe it’s just the heat, but I found the comics pretty depressing this week…

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #4  Scott Snyder and Stephen King (writers).  Rafael Albuquerque (art). Dave McCraig (colors).  Vertigo.  40-pages. $3.99

This is still a good little book, but it’s the weakest of the story thus far.  Pearl is still a solid female lead and though she’s a bit overly sexy in this issue, it’s mostly with purpose.  I’m still going to list this as a BUY, but I hope the writing on the Snyder story gets back to business as usual as it felt a bit off/forced/cliche this time around.  Tentative BUY, if only because the first three issues have been so strong.

HERALDS #4 (of 5).  Kathryn Immonen (writer).  Tonci Zonjic, Emma Rios, and James Harren (art).  Nathan Fairbairn and Ronda Pattison (colors).  Jelena Djurdjevic (cover).  Marvel.  32-pages.  $2.99

I guess we’re finding out why comics come out monthly and not weekly.  Issue number one had one artist, issues two and three had two artists, and now issue four has three artists…I get it, drawing an entire book (and inking it) is time consuming…but it seems like they (Marvel) could have thought ahead a bit here so that we didn’t have to have SO MANY artists.  Fortunately, Rios is quite good, so her addition here is not unwelcome…but it doesn’t help the overall cohesiveness of the book to have so many changing art styles running around unchecked.  The artists all do their best…and it’s good work, but it IS a bit disjointed.  The story is still working well enough for me, but it’s definitely a frustrating read to a degree if you don’t know much about Nova/Frankie Ray (which I don’t).  The premise assumes a certain amount of knowledge of the character that I’m not sure is fair for a mini-series…I thought we’d get more details for those out of the loop as we moved along, but we’re almost done and those details seem unlikely to come.  That said, it’s still the most fun reading I had this week, and it’s full of badass ladies that I almost never get to read about, doing their thing (although they do seem to need to get saved by Reed Richards in this issue…hrm.).  BUY anyway.

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Today: The Question aka Renee Montoya

Revised and (when it comes to the hair) fully customized.  Much better.  🙂

Create your own here:

PS…I need to own these cartoon boots in my real life…

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Today: Psylocke aka Elizabeth Braddock aka Betsy Braddock

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Today:  Oracle aka Barbara Gordon aka Babs

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Some Batwoman #1 JH Williams III preview art courtesy of CBR & DC. I’m trying to manage my expectations for this book, but I just can’t help getting excited.  Please be awesome, please be awesome, please be awesome.

New She Has No Head! is up – an indepth review of Neil Young’s Greendale…a significant feminist work.

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Today: Nancy aka Nancy Ritz

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Today: Maggie aka Margarita Luisa Chascarrillo

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Today:  Lucy Van Pelt




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