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So in honor of the end of the Olympics (sniff) – which I somehow both watched a ton of and yet feel like I missed so much of what I wanted to see  – I’m re-posting this old Rabid Lamb comic – about swimming (of course!)

Some of you may not even know I did a daily (M-F) comic strip for a year. Ugh. A year. Yup. It was called Rabid Lamb and most of the time it sucked.  But occasionally it was funny.

For your (hopeful) amusement:

If you must have more, you can head to my website, where there’s a whole “Rabid Lamb” section…it’s just the hits, but I promise you that’s a good thing. 🙂

Some of you may not even know I did a daily (M-F) comic strip for a year. Ugh. A year. Yup. It was called Rabid Lamb and most of the time it sucked.  But occasionally it was funny.

I always liked some of my Olympic ones (that’s right…these were done FOUR YEARS AGO – during Bejing!)

Here’s one of my favorites for your amusement:

If you must have more, you can head to my website, where there’s a whole “Rabid Lamb” section…it’s just the hits, but I promise you that’s a good thing. 🙂

New She Has No Head! today, kids.

And as the column today will tell you, I’m doing THIS new thing…cause you know…I don’t already have enough to do.

Other things you should know, She Has No Head! is going to have to be on hiatus for August…I just have to focus on THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING stuff (sorry!) but it’ll be back full swing in September. I hope Sue and I will still get an episode or two of 3 Chicks up in August, but no promises!

Also, I DO promise to get you the last two days of “30 Days Of Superheroines”…I swear it’s gonna happen. This week even! 🙂

In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

And to finish up our Batman related fun…the always amazing Barbara Gordon aka ORACLE!

By Phil Noto

Via Phil Noto Tumblr

By iamww

via DeviantArt

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

More Bat-tastic ladies…Poison Ivy folks!

By Bruce Timm

Love me some Bruce Timm Poison Ivy!

By Jesus Saiz

Jesus Saiz for Birds of Prey, DC Comics

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

And in honor of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises  – Selina Kyle…CATWOMAN!

By Darwyn Cooke

Via Aw Yeah Comics!

By Quincy Sutton

Via Laugh Lounge

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

In honor of Carol Danver’s debut as Captain Marvel in her own title today…CAPTAIN MARVEL (and a few Ms. Marvel’s for old times sake!) – make sure to pick up Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel #1 today!

By Jon Morris

via 5 Minute Marvels

By Hanie Mohd

via Project Rooftop

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

And for our 22nd day, I bring you 22 images of the generally delicious Emma Frost! Prepare your eyes for a whole lotta flesh…

By Bruce Timm

Via Comic-Images

By Frank Quitely

By Quitely for Marvel Comics

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

Kitty Pryde!

I’ve really come around on Kitty. There was a time when I wasn’t a fan (at all) but ever since Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men I’ve been reading more and more Kitty and loving it. The latest of course being Brian Wood tackling her in Ultimate Comics X-Men. Good stuff!

By Meredith McClaren

Via my collection, but you can find Meredith here.

By Zachary Flagg Baldus

Via Zachary Baldus

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full Marvel October Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Similarly uneventful. A few real gems, a couple dogs. Some weirdness. You know, the usual!

Oh, and in a bit of shameless self promotion (and GUILT!) I ask that if you’ve been enjoying these posts over the years that you to check out my Kickstarter for my book THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING and donate if you can and think it looks worthwhile. See? GUILT!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 695. I usually dislike floating heads covers, but this anchors things pretty nicely with a design element. Not bad!

ASTONISHING X-MEN 55. AH-MAZING. And of course it is, it’s Phil Noto! I love the color choices and the very graphic/stylized look he went for. It’s great.

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC October Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Eh. They are what they are. I tried hard and got a few jokes in there…but I feel like they’re a bit underwhelming this month. Sorry, kids!

Oh, and in a bit of shameless self promotion (and GUILT!) I ask that if you’ve been enjoying these posts over the years that you to check out my Kickstarter for my book THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING and donate if you can and think it looks worthwhile. See? GUILT!

ACTION COMICS 13.

“Bwahaha! I have your little belt…or something…watchu gonna do about it?!”

Superman: “Whuuuuhuhdar?”

ALL STAR WESTERN 13.  Does anyone else find it hilarious that this is what Hex is REALLY afraid of? I mean, yes, that clown is fucking terrifying…but I’m not Jonah Hex…I mean…it doesn’t even have a fucking weapon…oh wait, it has a GIANT FUCKING KNIFE (and an arm that looks like it might be on backwards?)

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And when I say “the year” I mean since last year’s comic-con in San Diego.  That’s right, in honor of SDCC 2012, which I am, again, not able to attend I thought I’d do a list of my 52 favorite covers* since last year’s comic-con, so essentially July 2011 – July 2012.** Check out previous years as well – here and here.

I’m not going bore you with lengthy descriptions about what I respond to in each image, but if you frequent this blog with any regularity, the choices will not surprise you.  My tastes skew to specific things like anyone, and I reward covers that cater to those personal tastes.  For example, as a woman, I tend to be interested in covers with female characters and at the same time you’re unlikely to see many covers with a lot of objectification and hyper sexualization.  As an artist (but only sorta, and a crappy one at that) I tend to be a bit of a snob about what I think is a good or bad cover – good often involves highly graphic images, lots of great negative space, interesting/solid composition, single figures, white space, and good integration of text into the image.

Whenever possible I’ve included the full cover, with text etc., as I feel that’s part of the whole.  I made a few exceptions if the covers were saddled with particularly horrible “event banners” or some such, or if I didn’t have access to a high enough resolution image including the text.

I’m sure I missed a bunch of great covers anyway and, as always, I never feel great about the order, but I tried my best! I hope you’ll enjoy, even if they’re not the covers you would pick, it’s a beautiful line up of cover gorgeousness.

If you’re new to the blog and haven’t seen my “100 Best Comic Covers” list, you can check it out: here, here, here, and here.  As well as my “already second guessing myself” modified list here.

Next year SDCC, next year!***

* This includes only monthly saddle stapled North American comics since that is what I have access to and did not include graphic novels, trades, etc. 

**Because comics are generally dated a month or two after they are actually released, there’s a bit of a fudging of the numbers/eligibility. It makes for a bit of grey area around the eligibility dates, but I did the best I could.

***Be advised, I say this every year.  Although there is a SLIM chance I’ll be going to NYCC this year – thanks to THIS. 🙂

52. SECRET AVENGERS #18 – DAVID AJA

51. DAREDEVIL #11 – STEFFI SCHUTZEE (AAA VARIANT – AVENGERS ART APPRECIATION)

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

Elektra!

By Moebius

Via Arkhane Tumblr

By Bill Sienkiewicz

Classic and still THE CHAMP! – By Bill Sienkiewicz for Marvel Comics

By Bruce Timm

Via Marvel Wiki

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

The Ladies of Nextwave! aka Monica Rambeau, Elsa Bloodstone, and Boom Boom!

By Emilio Lopez

Via AwYeahMona Tumblr

Art by Kenneth Rocafort, colors by Sari Sariola

Via Sari Sariola Blog

By Daniel Campos

Via Zombies Love Comics

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

July is Cass Cain* aka Batgirl’s 13 year anniversary…so what better day for her to be Superheroine of the Day than Day 13?!

*I went with any version of Cass I could find that I liked!

By Shono

Via DeviantArt

By Jenzee

Via DeviantArt

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

In honor of July 4th for you Americans (of which I am one) I’ve chosen the totally appropriate (but actually NOT appropriate since she’s not an American…WONDER WOMAN!

Obviously there is a nearly infinite amount of great Wonder Woman art out there…so I had to limit myself. Here are some of my favorites…

By Rebel Penguin

Via DeviantArt

By Tom Bancroft (“Mary Blair Style”)

Via DeviantArt

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Make sure you check out 3 Chicks Review Comics this week as we’ve got the absolutely delightful Brian Wood joining us for a big interview. There’s also some juicy information after the credits about a special project I’m working on. Enjoy!

Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full Marvel September Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Honestly…credit to Marvel for very little in the “offensive” category, but these were pretty boring. I mean…they were light years better than DC’s offerings, but still.

I’m sorry, kids. I brought it hard last time, but there just wasn’t much here this month. Onto the next!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE 7. I really like the light here…but it could be pushed even further I think.

ASTONISHING X-MEN 54. Well this is 100 kinds of awesome. Karma gets so little love…and now she gets Phil Noto love! Which, let’s face it, is the best kind of love.

AVENGERS ACADEMY 36. Jesus H. These horrifying Avengers Academy covers have been AWESOME. This is another one from Guiseppe…we’re headed toward a complete series and all of them are badass.

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC September Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

So I’ve been dreading this round forever (or since I started seeing these covers roll out)…as a result I drank WAY TOO MUCH, WAY TOO EARLY and well…things got interesting.

I’d also like post a rare upfront caveat/apology thing. With a few exceptions (and those dudes know who they are) I blame very few of the artists for this months DC solicits. These shit covers were totally beyond their control. It’s an ugly, boring concept (that they did a slightly better version of not so long ago) and it’s almost impossible to turn out a good cover under these limitations.

So yeah…with that said…ENJOY.

Oh yeah, these were boring as fuck. I tried my best, people but there was only so much that could be done.

ACTION COMICS 0.  So…these crappy covers begin. Here’s what I’ll say…this illustration is actually GORGEOUS. All caps gorgeous. However, I stand by what I said a year (or whatever) ago about that t-shirt/jeans/baby cape looking ridiculous and on this super realistic illustration it looks even more ridiculous.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 31. As always these are so smart about color and composition. Love.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE LORD OF VAMPIRES 4. Wonderful colors and textures. I’m not sure if the “shadow” is supposed to be his shadow or a monster or…both? So this doesn’t quite hit it out of the park, but it’s really beautiful.

ANIMAL MAN 0.  This is unfortunate. Those wings really get lost in the white-ish background. Also, I’m not sure with that wingspan how he made it through that small hole…? Also, I bet this is the first of a whole fucking bunch that just show a character flying at us with that busted background. SADFACE.

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I’m writing a little series for Lit Reactor about how to write comics. It’s kind of fun, check it out!

Don’t Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part I

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