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Bit of a weak week in panels (at least for what I bought) but I liked this kind of badass but quiet panel from Fables #98 of the young (again) Frau Totenkinder matter of factly drinking her tea and making her plans to kill Mr. Dark.

All of this would be much more badass and interesting (and somewhat revolutionary for comics) if Totenkinder hadn’t made herself young again and she was still her awesome old self getting these things done, but it’s still some good stuff.  And thank the gods I have something good to say again about Fables which has been in a horrible lull for months as we waited for Rose Red to get over her depression (and getting over it was inevitable).  Note to Mr. Willingham:  Depression and mourning?  Not a page turner.

From Fables #98 by the always superior Mark Buckingham:

And this was how I originally found the Baldus Wonder Woman from last week.  Originally I found this amazing Kitty Pryde illustration that I believe was for a benefit of some kind.  This image led me to Baldus’ website…and from there, all the other beautiful work he’s got up.

I never used to like Kitty Pryde, until Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run when I totally fell for her – but it’s images like this that remind you what a great character – and what fantastic and unique powers she has (especially for the time in which she was created).  Go Kitty.

A new post, about J.H. Williams III and Dan Curtis Johnson’s short lived late 90’s CHASE series is up on She Has No Head!  Check it out.

Here are the “rules“.

And if you’d like to see the full December 2010 Marvel solicits head over to CBR.

Hmm…a very ho-hum month…but I tried my best…

Ant-Man & The Wasp 2. Not really about this cover, but I just wanted to post it to take a moment to talk about how annoying I find reading the name The Wasp and having it not be Janet.  It annoys me.  That is all.

Amazing Spider-Man 650.  I hate when Spidey-webs look like this.  That is all.

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Our second ever Cover of the Week – and no surprise that it’s going to the sublime Cliff Chiang and this fantastic stylized Batman.  Covers like this are what comics are all about to me…and perhaps most importantly, I haven’t been reading Justice League Generation Lost, but Chiang’s last two covers (see #9 at the bottom) convinced me to pick it up this week…of course there’s a huge disconnect between the exterior and interior art…but it’s almost always going to be a let down if you’ve got a Chiang cover and non-Chiang interior art.

Fantastic cover. I wish more comics could be like this.

Cliff Chiang's Justice League: Generation Lost #10

I meant to include this Wonder Woman drawing I stumbled across a while ago by Zachary Flagg Baldus in the “Wonder Woman Compilation” on my Superheroine Fashion post for She Has No Head! on Monday…but missed it.  So here it is on its own, and totally worthy of standing alone by the way.  Stunning.

Zachary Flagg Baldus' Wonder Woman, which totally deserved inclusion in the compilation. Love it!

Wonder Woman Compilation From The 9/20/20 She Has No Head! Click to Englarge.

Here are the “rules“.

And if you’d like to see the full December 2010 DC solicits head over to CBR.

After doing these December solicits I have one question and one question only for you DC…WHERE IS MY BATWOMAN #1 SOLICIT?!

Zatanna 8. Nice!  Best Zatanna cover yet, by far.  It doesn’t try too hard and has lots of nice luxurious white space – letting the character and the “bit” stand on its own.  The posing and facial expression are also perfect for the bit.  I also love that he managed a kind of wooden look to her face, very subtle but it’s there.  Most importantly however, in looking at the solicit text…CLIFF CHIANG!  Cliff Chiang is penciling this issue!  AWESOME.  I can’t think of anything better for Zatanna’s book.  Here’s hoping it becomes a regular thing.

Batgirl 16. It’s shocking how much more interested I am in Batgirl with new cover (and interiors!) artist Dustin Nguyen on board.  Nguyen is awesome and phenomenally talented. This cover completely rocks – especially the really stylized bat shadow Steph is creating…great stuff.

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So I’ve been working on an exciting two part post for She Has No Head! over the last month, and in the process it had me thinking a lot about comics covers – which is saying a lot as I already think about comic covers quite a bit thanks to my monthly Cover Solicits In Three Sentences Or Less posts.  But int the spirit of “Panel Of The Week” and trying to be more positive and find more things I love about comics (ah, why does only the hate come so easy!?) I’ve decided to do a best cover of the week as well.  I’m basing this, like Panel Of The Week, solely on comics I buy…so it’s entirely possible that there will be another better cover (even in my eyes) for the week…but if that book didn’t rate a buy I’m not going to consider it eligible.  This may be a bit unfair…but hey, I make the rules…and there are so few instances in which I get to say that in life…that I’m just going to revel in it.  🙂

So welcome to our first ever, Cover Of The Week on 1979 Semi-Finalist.

And right off the bat I’m going to set a terrible precedent and give cover of the week to two covers…

MORNING GLORIES #2

Morning Glories has been selling out like crazy and I have to say…it deserves it.  It’s a pretty good book so far.  It’s smart and has some nice unexpected twists and turns.  The characters are kind of designed to be stereotypes, but then twist nicely and subvert some of those ideas.  Additionally, while I love some long slow drawn out deconstructed comics…this is moving at a breakneck pace (but not too fast that they’re screwing it up) and it’s kind of refreshing.  A TON has happened already and both issues have ended on fairly awesome cliffhangers.  It would be great if the interior art was better and more consistent, but it’s good enough to not get in the way.  Also, this cover rocks.

DV8: GODS & MONSTERS #6.

Ironically, though all of Fiona Staples covers for DV8: Gods & Monsters have been outstanding, this is probably my least (or second least) favorite of the bunch and yet it’s still awesome enough to get cover of the week.  Fiona has been doing an amazing job and this excellent graphic representation, which nicely reflects what’s going on in the book (and has the lovely white space I so crave) is a home run.

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.

Disclaimer:

So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. You can read parts one through fifteen starting here.

15.  DIFFICULTY LEVEL

I think we all know the answer to this one.  New York is one of the hardest places to live…certainly in the United States…and it’s a fact that most New Yorkers are proud of.  You have to be at the top of your game to survive here, let alone thrive, from the competition for jobs to the cost of living and the sometimes inconvenience of urban living.  It’s an intense passionate city that really doesn’t sleep and while I’ve for the most part been successful in adjusting to the NYC lifestyle, even five+ years in I sometimes find the city frustrating and inconvenient.

Sometimes I just want to be able to get in my car and go to Target and not worry about carrying crap back on the subway or splurging $20 for a cab ride.  New York is a far more difficult city to live in across the board, and who wants things to be SO HARD all the time, especially as you get old (which I totally am). Advantage:  LA

And the winner IS…in a tight race…Los Angeles.  L.A. is the city for me, based on this highly scientific (not) breakdown after five years spent in each city. Adam…pack your bags…time to head back out west!

Despite my comic geekiness I’ve never really been into statues/figures – or really toys even – except for maybe the occasional awesome plush (so cute!).  I don’t know why…I mean, it’s a good thing because I have just about zero dollars extra cash lying around – and less than zero space for such things.  HOWEVER – you knew there was a however coming, right? – I recently bought some awesome Venture Bros. stuff for Adam from Entertainment Earth and in the process found myself getting drawn into some great stuff.

First, the Venture Bros. stuff I got was AWESOME (and these are just the bobble heads!)

From Left: Brock, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, The Monarch. Not pictured: Dr. Orpheus - who is awesome, but had a broken finger, so had to be returned/replaced

Second, I did a mini-shopping spree for Wonder Woman gear, of which I’ve had none until now, including a Wonder Woman plush

to match the Batman plush I got for my birthday in June.  I also go a great mug, and a business card holder, which is awesome.

Third, I’ve never bought a figure or statue in my life – and usually – though they’re sometimes cool looking – don’t really get the appeal, that said, this Black Canary statue is the best statue I’ve ever seen.  And if I was ever to buy a statue this would be it.  It’s just a great representation that really FEELS like Dinah.  And unlike most statues of female superheroes she’s really not objectified here at all – the costume is zipped up, the boots are badass but flat, the posing is strong and cool rather than sexy and come hither.  It’s a home run as far as I’m concerned.

Another thing I really found myself wanting to buy but resisted?

Joan Holloway from Mad Men:

Very cool.  But I stood my ground.

Me vs. Things I Can’t Afford?

Me: 1

Things I Can’t Afford:  0

Woo!

Of course…I did buy those Wonder Woman things…hmm…let’s just move on!

So this is sort of cheating…again.  But I’m sure when you take a look you can see why I didn’t want to separate these two completely fantastic DV8 #6 panels by Rebekah Isaacs.  And in truth, I worked hard already on eliminating the rest of the book, which was so gorgeous that it had panels on literally every page that could have qualified for ‘panel of the week’.  I love this book.  I’m probably going to cry…or at least mourn in some way when this series is up in two months.

So here we go, from DV8 #8, with art by Rebekah Isaacs.

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.

Disclaimer:

So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 15…the FINAL ROUND.

14.  EXPENSE

Neither city is a real bargain, but I was pretty shocked by my expenses across the board in NYC.

My dad tells a great little story about why he didn’t take a job in Manhattan back in the early 1970’s after graduating from Berkeley and it goes something like this, “I came out for the interview and they took me to lunch, and I noticed that the sandwich on the menu cost $10! And I thought to myself there’s no way I can live in a city where a sandwich at lunch costs $10!”

And you know what?  He’s right.  Living here is incredibly expensive, then and now.  A dozen eggs can cost $3.00, $5.00 if I buy local.  A half-gallon of milk (the brand I prefer – which is organic) is about $4.00.  If I’m also able to buy local (not always an option), which I also prefer, it’s easily over $4.00.

My rent on a 2-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side is $2100 a month – more than most people I know pay for their mortgage – and considered a steal by most New Yorkers, and that’s for the pleasure of walking up four narrow flights of stairs every day and having a real jerk of a mailman.

LA is not cheap by any means, and I struggled mightily financially while I was there – in part because I made a lot less than I do in NYC (which in fairness should be considered), but that’s also about experience and growth in my job…and the offset is just not enough to cause an upset.

Also…that mailman really screws NYC…I hate him.  Advantage: LA

If ever there was a She Has No Head! to check out, this is it, filled with dozens of stunning images by dozens of great artists of superheroine fashion.  Check it out!

A very fashion forward Rogue by Nuno Alves for Project Rooftop

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.

Disclaimer:

So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 14.

13.  SKYLINE

Is there any question?  Advantage: NYC

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.

Disclaimer:

So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 13.

12.  CRIME

This one is simple if I base it on personal experience.

In LA my car stereo was stolen (sort of my fault, I left the car unlocked accidentally).  A year later my car was stolen from right in front of my apartment (not my fault).

Nothing has been stolen from me in New York.  Advantage:  NYC

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.

Disclaimer:

So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 12.

11.  CLEANLINESS

New York is incredibly clean for such a large city and I’m constantly impressed with the efforts I see to keep it clean.

The trash situation is not great however.  In most of LA (in my experience at least) there are garbage and recycling cans, and trash can be taken to these at anytime during the week…in NYC there are no garbage cans that get put out on the street (not that I’ve seen at least) and in my personal experience (though I know there are places where this is not true) I have to put my trash on the sidewalk in front of my building on very strict deadlines (after a certain time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights for trash and recycling)…this means that the trash inside my house is driven to a degree by that schedule which can be frustrating.  Worse however is the fact that sometimes the trash doesn’t get picked up…for whatever reason…weather, holidays, strikes, etc.  But that doesn’t mean people stop putting it out…and that gets gross…really fast.

Additionally, while the street sweepers in LA were bothersome because of parking…it did seem like they actually somewhat cleaned the street.  In NYC it seems more like they, as boss likes to say “just spread the trash juice around”.  I have to agree.  I’m sure they do something…or the city would have moved on already…but from my perspective it’s hard to tell what the street cleaners are actually cleaning.

The thing that really loses this for NYC however, is that I never once stepped in dog shit in LA.  Now maybe that was partly because my feet rarely touched the ground (moving from automobile to destination in the span of six steps or less) but whatever the reason, if I never have to step in dog shit again (or walk on an entire street that smells like dog shit) I will be happy.  This can happen in LA.  Advantage:  LA

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.

Disclaimer:

So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 11.

10.  TRAVEL

Both Los Angeles and New York are in vibrant areas of the country where a lot of amazing stuff is only a few hours away.

While living in NYC I have traveled to:  Maine (on of my favorite places ever!), New Hampshire, Shelter Island, Philadelphia, and Cold Spring.

While living in LA I traveled to:  Las Vegas, San Francisco (another favorite place ever), San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Oakland, Sedona, and Salt Lake City.

The reason for so much more travel?  It’s simple…I owned a car.

While there are many places very close to NYC, the fact that I don’t have free and easy access to a car really limits how much I can travel.  The first expense you must consider before going anywhere is how you’re going to get there…and while some public transit is relatively cheap (the Chinatown bus springs to mind) a lot of it isn’t…especially if it’s travel by “rent a car” which, within the city limits can be outrageously expensive.  Additionally, in many cases depending on where you’re going (for example Adam and I were trying to go to Vermont for a few days) even if you take a train you’re likely to need a car rental as well once you get there.

There’s nothing wrong with travel that is not a car, in fact having done the train ride to Philly many times I find it quite painless and enjoyable…but I’m just personally a car girl.  I don’t like worrying about how I’ll get around once I arrive in my vacation location, and I like the freedom of traveling by car, being able to control when I stop and where, and how long my trip takes. It’s really convenient and relaxing to me…Running late?  No problem…there is not exact departure time for MY CAR.

NYC does have the advantage in the sense that Europe (and many other places I’m interested in traveling to) are much much closer by plane than flying from LA, however, one of the few places MUCH easier to get to from LA, and a place my parents love to go (and bring family with them when they can), is Hawaii.  Hawaii, a place that will likely always be a destination for my parents (and hopefully a place they’ll keep wanting to invite me to) is an utter bitch to get to from NYC…I think 11+ hours or something crazy for a flight (not to mention hella expensive)…and just hope you don’t have to connect through Chicago…cause then you’re totally fucked and will (as happened to Adam and I once) have to DRIVE HOME TO NYC FROM CHICAGO.  Yeah, so I’m going to let Hawaii proximity edge out Europe proximity, and then let the car aspect take LA the rest of the way to the win.  Advantage:  LA

Wonder Woman says:

I haven’t been dedicated about trying to build my twitter…but I think maybe it’s time to get serious.  Follow me on twitter and I promise…nothing…except that I only twitter if there’s news/new posts or if legitimately think I’ve got a shot at being reasonably funny.

Give it a try…you can always drop me if it doesn’t work out…although in truth I hate that…so if you’re not sure maybe you should just stay put…hmmm…this didn’t go as planned.  Regardless!  Follow me on twitter! 79semifinalist.

I cheated this week and picked a couple…but I have really good reasons, I swear.

First of all, this…from Batman & Robin #14:

And am I wrong?  No, I’m not.  It’s crazy f’ed up panels like this that make The Joker one of the greatest villains of all time.  Also, look at Damian all trussed up and painted like a clown…hilarious and also horrifying.  Awesome stuff.

And this, also from Batman & Robin #14:

It’s panels like this that make Batman the single greatest superhero of all time.  Look at the that silhouette!  A-MAZING.  And I don’t deny that Bats is my favorite and thus I’m totally biased…but aren’t all we comics geeks unreasonably crazy for certain characters?

But this, from Batgirl #14, which is a double (triple?) cheat, because it’s a page, not a panel, also deserves mention.  I’m a fairly vocal non-fan of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, and I don’t love the book, but I continue buying it because I think it’s an important book to have out there for girls and women – and in the hopes that I will manage to fall in love…eventually.  I also think Bryan Q. Miller IS actually doing a pretty great job finding Steph’s voice.  Case in point, this page, which is executed perfectly.  I’m not always crazy for Garbett’s art but I think he nails Steph in panel 3.

I talked about this at length with DC Women Kicking Ass yesterday, and then came across this great ladies version of the DC 75th Anniversary logo today via Geektress.

I don’t know that I would have picked Black Canary – I think I’d go Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Supergirl, and perhaps…Catwoman.  Regardless the choice of using the tights (since Canary doesn’t have a logo) is pretty inspired from a “recognition” point of view as she’s instantly recognizable, but I have admit that I’m not wild about the idea that a character is recognizable via fishnets…that seems like a bit of a step backwards…but this is the reality we live in!

Anyway, I was going to do my own version…but I’m not sure I can do a better one than this (and who knows when it will shop up) but this has inspired me to at least try.  We’ll see!

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