Attention! AMC’s Comic Book Men is Searching for SuperWomen! Jun08

Attention! AMC’s Comic Book Men is Searching for SuperWomen!...

SuperFolk! Remember how a few days ago I said you should stay tuned because I had some awesome comics-related news for you all? Well, the news is here! Last week, a casting agent from AMC’s Comic Book Men reached out to me. Yes, the show. You know, the one that takes place at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash??? Excuse me while I fangirl myself into eternity because I adore Kevin Smith and his movies and…….. …Right, you probably want to know what the sitch is. The sitch! Comic Book Men is searching for SuperWomen like YOU who love comics and are looking for rare items or have something to sell on the show. They’re about to start casting the new season, and they know that our fandoms are diverse — and want their show to reflect that. What to do if you’re interested: Check out the casting flyer. Review the terms and conditions. Learn more about the show. Fill out the casting application! GO FORTH AND BE AWESOME, SUPERWOMEN. Big thanks to the producers at Comic Book Men for giving us a heads...

Geeks Love Ink Jan12

Geeks Love Ink

Hey Geeks and Geekettes! HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s been a minute, I know, but life is insane and doesn’t slow down.  School, writing, contests, my own social media stuff. Around and around we go, where we stop, no one knows! I just got a new tattoo this week. It’s my biggest one extending from my shoulder to my forearm. It made me start to think. Tattoos have become a subculture in society. It’s much more accepted than it was even five years ago. Remember that thing I said about life not slowing down? Culture and society change at a rapid pace. Keeping an open mind is a great thing to do so we’re more accepting of change and diversity as it grows and becomes more apparent. This tattoo in particular is a great expression for me. It’s got my favorite flower (Orange Lily), an ink well and quill, and gorgeous leafy vines traveling down my skin. I think it expresses a lot about me. A friend of mine has The Hulk, War Machine, and more of The Hulk inked on his leg.  His favorite comic book characters, characters he identifies with and that expresses different parts of him. Walking around Miami SuperCon I see tons of people in cosplay, and tons more with ink of a fandom they truly love. Supernatural, Arrow, Harry Potter, etc. Rachel Caine even spoke about how a fan got a tattoo of her Morganville Vampire Series across his back. Tattoos have become ways to express ourselves and our love of fandoms. I personally think that’s awesome. Geeks love ink. It’s another form of expression, another form of diversity, and it’s a great thing that the world is starting to accept we don’t all have to fit into a cookie...

The Rise of the SuperWomen?...

The other day my buddy Rae Chang sent me this CNN article about how it’s the age of the superwoman. Or as we say here, SuperWoman. Agent Carter. Captain Marvel. Black Widow. Wonder Woman. Katniss. Tris. There’s a lot of them. But if this is the golden age for real, it’s a little disappointing. What I don’t want to see is people proclaiming that a Captain Marvel and a Wonder Woman movie make this problem fixed. They don’t. Not when they’ll only be upping the proportion from what was, a few years ago, 38:2 (male led vs. female led superhero movies) to something like 50:4. Improvement? Yes. Parity and equality? Far, far from it. When I saw that a Captain Marvel movie was coming, I just about fell off my chair. I cannot contain how excited I am about that movie. Kelly Sue DeConnick wrote AMAZING stories for Carol Danvers, and the thought of seeing any of her storylines (or some pirouette of an amalgamate of them) brought to the big screen makes my knees jiggly. And Wonder Woman too? I mean, rock the fuck on. But this is not the end. We’re in the opening statements of a very long conversation. We’re only just arriving at the table and opening our bags to show people what we have. We’re far from having an equal place at it where we can sit and be taken seriously without having to do the over-the-shoulder smolder. We can get there, though. We’ve been inactive at this site for a while. That’s going to change. We’ll be back. Also, yo, where the fuck is our Black Widow movie?...

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three Nov12

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three...

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know by now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has recently announced their five year plan, and it is AMAZING. I now have finally calmed down sufficiently to write down my reaction to what’s coming. Y’ready…?

Magetech Morphs: Starting Dungeons and Dragons Nov04

Magetech Morphs: Starting Dungeons and Dragons...

Our Magetech troupe has decided to undergo a transformation! We will be starting Dungeons and Dragons, due in large part to the awesomeness that is the fifth edition. In our broadcast tonight, we talked about many things. All of us were a little toned down this evening, but we DID get some things squared away, and one of those things was that we would like our transition into D&D to be helpful for others who are interested in getting into this classic gaming system for the first time (or after a long estrangement). So I’ve rounded up all the links we mentioned! Check out the basic rules for D&D 5 here. More in-depth class/specializations info here. An online tabletop rabbit hole here. (Roll20) Buy some badass dice here. And put that shit in a bag from here. The D&D Reddit is here. Specifically, the D&D 5 Reddit is here. And if you want to see this version in action, go here!   HAPPY LOOTING!...

#HeforShe and Standing Up as a Feminist...

When Emma Watson got up in front of the UN council to announce the start of the #HeforShe campaign, her voice might have been a bit shaky, and she might have stumbled over her words once or twice, but her message was clear: gender equality is an issue, it does matter, and things will change.

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 13 Oct08

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 13...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY! Well more like LAST WEEK’S COMIC TODAY, as we’ll only be looking at one book this week, but it’s a doozy. The All-New All-Female THOR! It been another big break from the column and another format change – but we are leaner and meaner than ever. That’s what I’m telling myself at least. So on with the show!                        THOR #1 (MARVEL) W/ Jason Aarron A/ Russel Dauterman It’s finally here, the much heralded and anticipated debut of female Thor. After the announcement of this change months ago by Marvel, the Internet was abuzz with questions about who she was and why she would take up the mantle of Thor. And in her first issue she only actually appears on the last page. For real. But that’s okay, because there’s a whole bunch of build up in this issue before she actually shows up. Important build up, mind you, not just bloviated filler fluff. I haven’t read any Thor comics previous to this one, so this little preamble was very helpful for me, and I assume anyone else who’s up to date on Thor’s status in the greater Marvel Universe. Essentially, Man-Thor has lost the ability to wield Mjolnir (I always have to Google how to spell this). He’s become unworthy to call the thunder. Something happened to him in the last big Marvel event ORIGINAL SIN (didn’t read that either) which stripped him of his worthiness. This is the first big mystery the issue poses to us. The gods of Asgard have gathered on the moon where the hammer is buried and Thor has been moping about since becoming unworthified. Freyja attempts...

Sometimes, They Listen...

Some of you might recall a year or so ago when Marvel got inundated with angry letters because they’d put up a couple t-shirts for sale. One for boys that said, “BE A HERO.” One for girls that said “I NEED A HERO.” I’ll give you a nanosecond to figure out why the fuss. *massive eyeroll* That same week, I got all excited over Under Armour’s Alter Ego line, a series of compression shirts inspired by superheroes. Eagerly, I went over to their website thinking that if they were so big with women’s fitness (see: Sweat Every Day campaign), surely they’d have them in my size! Spoiler alert: they didn’t. Just men. And boys. No girls allowed. I took to Twitter, more to vent my irritation than anything, and I was rather surprised when someone from UA tweeted back. They apologised for my disgruntledness, citing “unanticipated demand” as the reason for not creating the shirts in women’s sizes. They said they’d be making women’s Alter Ego activewear soon, and that they were listening. About a year went by, and I went to check it out. I saw about three Alter Ego things for women. All pink. *massive eyeroll* None of them were the compression shirts that they made for men. I tweeted about it again to the tone of “SERIOUSLY?!” and received a response that more were coming. By that point, I responded politely, but I thought, “Colour me pinkly dubious.” It’s now been another year, I think. Or close to it. Today on a whim I went over and peeked, and whaddya know? They actually have some non pink, rather awesome sports bras. I’m still hoping they’ll get on the whole “full coverage compression shirts” thing, but this is at least progress. Most...

Confessions of a Magic Noob: Old Dog and New Tricks Sep17

Confessions of a Magic Noob: Old Dog and New Tricks...

Confession #1: I am not actually a Magic: the Gathering noob. I started playing MtG when I was about eleven years old, so technically I’ve been playing the game since the mid-nineties. Yikes. That’s rapidly approaching twenty years. But the truth is, I’ve only really been playing the game regularly for a few months. I go through fits every couple of years where I decide I WILL FINALLY LEARN TO PLAY MAGIC (usually when I see blog posts about Brandon Sanderson playing Magic with fans at cons), so I run out, buy some new cards, and force my husband to sit down and play with me. Typically he plays black and I play white, the color I chose mostly because of the prettiness factor. (Yup, I’m one of those.) In these brief affairs with the game,  he thoroughly stomps me over about four sessions, and I  decide it isn’t fun after all and I don’t actually want to play. Back into the closet the cards go, rinse and repeat ad nauseam. This year, though, I finally snapped. I was going to learn to play Magic well, or die trying. *** If you’re not familiar with it, Magic: the Gathering is a trading card game produced by Wizards of the Coast. Typically, the game is played between two individuals (“planeswalkers”) who throw creatures, artifacts, and spells at each other until eventually one person loses all of their 20 life points. Creatures battle each other or attack the other player directly; similarly, spells affect one or both players, one or many creatures, or even items or other spells. It sounds fairly simple in theory, but in fact the game has been through so many iterations, expansions, editions, and re-imaginings that there are hundreds of variations of play. There’s also...

In Which Women Are People, and Something Something Gaming...

Throughout the last couple weeks, I’ve been silent on the whole GamerGate thing while at the same time feeling obligated to comment on it here, because hey, geek site run by geek women, many of us gamers in many forms. We’ve been quiet this whole summer for several reasons, some personal and some purely circumstantial. The last few weeks have seen a lot of rage, from protests in Ferguson to Ray Rice to the veritable explosion of commentary on gaming and the vitriolic toxin-blasts within gamer culture. Oh, and the whole 4Chan “we love personal privacy unless BOOBS” thing. It’s really, really exhausting. I’ve started probably four posts on subjects in this radius of topics and gave up halfway through each one because it’s just so tiring to say the same thing over and over again. People with more mental bandwidth than I to expend on these things have already written a metric shit ton of pieces about it. I won’t rehash it all here, but I did have three points that I needed to make and am simultaneously really, really tired of having to make. The third one is the one that should probably be blasted through PA systems around the world until humanity finally gets it through our collectively thick skull. There have always been women gamers. Let’s just get this shit straight right now, mmmkay? Women gamers have always existed. I’ve been gaming since I was about 6 and would play Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt with two of my oldest friends. Later it was Super Mario World and Legend of the Seven Stars and Spyro and motherfucking Donkey Kong and Diablo and anything I could get my paws on/afford. I’ve always known other girls and women who played games. Sure,...

My Top Three September Reads Sep10

My Top Three September Reads...

There are tons of books out there right now that are truly exciting, and I always get a thrill of excitement in September with the announcement of the Man Booker prize shortlist – I watch with glee and always read each one, trying to guess which is best.

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 12 Aug13

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 12...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY! In this episode we have only one comic review – a She-Hulk / Ant-Man shrinking team-up extravaganza, but we also have an extended SuperWoman of the Week section where we talk the sensational Angelfire and lay it all out on the table in regards to female led superhero flicks. So hang onto your butts True Believers, because here we go! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so if you have the same irrational fear of spoilers that keeps you on an Internet blackout for days if you’ve missed an episode of ORPHAN BLACK like I do, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                             SHE-HULK #7 (MARVEL) W/ Charles Soule A/ Javier Pulido It’s been a while since we last reviewed an issue of SHE-HULK. I’ve been enjoying the series so far, it’s a fun, lighthearted read every month and Soule really does a great job of capturing the spirit of Jen Walter, as a superhero, a lawyer and a woman. This issue is a self contained story guest starring the soon to be Paul Rudd Ant-Man. He, Shulkie and her BFF Hellcat are minimized  in search of a scientist who’s co-opted some Pym Particles for his own commercial purposes and doesn’t want to sell his inventions to a mystery buyer (who turns out to be Hank himself). Pym plans on showing them the ropes of how to fight in a diminished state, but is unexpectedly swept away by a perspectively gigantic bird. Jen and Patsy have to fend for themselves, battling against monstrous ants (which Hellcat tries to control with...

Rest In Peace, Robin Aug12

Rest In Peace, Robin

  Through the words of others, you shared so much wisdom. We will miss you so, you beautiful, talented, complex man.   Mark Maron reposted this podcast with Robin Williams from 2010 as an homage to the man we are mourning today. Definitely worth a listen....

Just Assume It’s For Me: Being Female and Gaming Aug11

Just Assume It’s For Me: Being Female and Gaming...

    Dragon Age: Inquisition. Those three mystical words have tantalized me for the last few years. Yep, years. I stalk the Dragon Age Twitter feed. I’ve nosed about through all the IGN and GameStop exclusives. I drooled over the Inquisitor’s Edition even though it’s way expensive and I held off too long on preordering it…which brings us to today’s little anecdote. Having been unsuccessful in preordering from GameStop’s website, I decided to stop by my local store when I had to make a cat food run last week. I walked into GameStop with a little bit of my normal trepidation. After all, just about every time I go in, someone (either a customer or a cashier) tends to make me feel unwelcome. Once when I was buying Gears of War 1 and 2, a customer looked down at them, then disdainfully up at me and said, “Boyfriend’s a gamer, eh?” To which I snapped, “They’re for ME. I’M A GAMER. ME.” So when I walked in to see a (white male, probably in his mid 20s) customer talking full stop to the (female) cashier about a minute-by-minute breakdown of his registration process for taking classes at a local college, I immediately felt my heart sink a little. Mostly because her eyes lit up when she saw me in the vein of “Dear Gods, please make him go stop, thank goodness for you, O Mighty Distraction.” It took about three minutes for her to wave him aside so she could, you know, help someone who was going to Buy A Thing. I asked her about the Inquisitor’s Edition, because…go big or go home, right? Fangirl gotta fangirl. And Dudebro busts in, “Are you buying that for you?” I tried to count to three and got...

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Aug04

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy...

Is Guardians of the Galaxy REALLY the best Marvel film of all time? Discuss.

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 11 Jul30

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 11...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY! In this epic installment we’ve got the final countdown leading up an epic battle between the Amazons and the forces of darkness in WONDER WOMAN and even more intergalactic family drama in the pages of SAGA. Plus an important but unconventional Superwoman of the Week! So hang onto your butts True Believers, because here we go! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so if you have the same irrational fear of spoilers that keeps you on an Internet blackout for days if you’ve missed an episode of ORPHAN BLACK like I do, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                             SAGA #21 (IMAGE) W/ Brian K. Vaughn A/ Fiona Staples So that last issue of SAGA was pretty crazy, huh? Well nothing stops this crazy train. We get even more family drama drummed up in the first few pages of this issue –  Alana is resorting to drugs to deal with long hours at a job she hates, and Marko’s relationship with their daughter’s babysitter becomes just a little bit cozier than it was last issue, as they both lament about how often their spouses are away. I really like the teasing of some trouble in paradise between Alana and Marko, there’s a scene later in this issue when they finally get back together after a long time away that’s really sweet, but I hope it’s not the end of these teases, because this family drama is one of the most interesting aspects of the story right now. It’s also been really interesting to see them...

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 10 Jul23

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 10...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY! In this week’s installment we’ve got a superpowered team up between MS MARVEL and everyone’s favorite Clawed Canadian – WOLVERINE, plus dark magic and tentacle creatures are creeping into the world of RAT QUEEN. All that and we chat about the new THOR, Internet cynicism (and you better believe there’s plenty of it!) and the need to support diverse comics And wow, as I’m loading this up I see it’s our tenth installment! I really should have planned ahead for this… Anyways… hang onto your butts True Believers, because here we go! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so you if you fear spoilers like I fear the Lovcraftian Horrors in RAT QUEENS might be real and some find their way to our dimension and subjugate all of us with their tentacled evil and and and and QUOPUOHSUHJKDBHJFH, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                            MS MARVEL #6 (MARVEL) W/ G. Willow Wilson A/ Jacob Wyatt We catch up with Kamala as she descends into The Inventor’s underground lair, filled with his little machine minions and *gasp* ALLIGATORS WITH FRICKING LASER BEAMS ON THEIR HEADS. She also comes face to face with The Inventor himself, who is not just a guy in a bird costume (and not a just a bird, as the man himself says) but a clone of Thomas Edison that got mixed up with a pet cockatiel. Ok, that’s pretty original and pretty great. They have a bit of banter, The Inventor professing that he’s not interested in killing Ms. Marvel, but wants her as...

5 Rules to a Successful New Project Jul09

5 Rules to a Successful New Project...

You know how I keep going on about new projects? New blog topics, new novels I’m going to write, new fitness regimes that are going to make me look like Cameron Diaz… I even toyed with the idea of writing my own cookbook for a while.

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 9 Jul02

LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY VOL 9...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY! Yes, I’ve changed the name of this column – it’s still Amazing, still Uncanny, and still filled with rousing and awe inspiring tales of comicbookery, but since we’ve been gone so long, I thought it would be nice to freshen it up a bit. Plus I think this title is a little more Clevery than that last one! We’ve got tales of heroism in the face of family drama in two of my absolute favorite books – MS MARVEL and SAGA. So hang onto your butts True Believers, because here we go! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so you if you fear spoilers like I fear getting the lowest word count in our Camp NaNoWriMo cabin and getting booted out before Kristin McFarland breaks out the S’mores, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                             MS MARVEL #5 (MARVEL) W/ G. Willow Wilson A/ Adrian Alphona When we last left Kamala, she was facing down a red-mohawked brospeh with a laser pistol and army of creepy little robo-critters whilst trying to save a kidnapped friend. I mistakenly thought this dude was The Inventor, the thus unseen villain working in background since the beginning of the series, but it turns out this is actually his Number Two, Doyle. Kamala is at first confident she can conquer this Mid-Boss Battle with just her Giganto-Fist, but is quickly overwhelmed by a barrage of blasts from Doyle’s blaster and the swarm of his robo-kittens. After taking a laser to the ribs, and unable to heal while using her Embiggening powers...

Add A SuperWoman to the Roster: THE MASKED SONGBIRD is Here! Jul01

Add A SuperWoman to the Roster: THE MASKED SONGBIRD is Here!...

  It’s officially here! Instead of writing about myself in the third person, I’ll just say that this day has been a long time in the making, and I’m ever so thankful to share it with you. The blurb… Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a flatmate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty quid until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss. Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbour from a beat-down by political thugs. Now Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. Finally—and most mysteriously—she must uncover how this whole debacle is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence. Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends—even her country. You can buy THE MASKED SONGBIRD here! Released in a box set, you get four great paranormal and urban fantasy books for less than $4! Amazon (US) Amazon (UK) Barnes and Noble Harlequin Kobo You should also be able to find it on iBooks if you so desire!...

SuperGirls: Science is for Girls too...

Leia is back, Lego has female scientists – by making our voices heard we can open up the world for our girls.

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 8 Jun24

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 8...

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK! No, really don’t. Please. It’s been some time, my friends, hasn’t it? Long story short – I lost about a month of edits to my novel OF FATES CONVERGED (shameless plug!) and need to take a little hiatus from these columns to basically redo it. After that I was kinda on a roll with the novel so I took the opportunity to put some query letter together and whatnot. But I digress. So it’s been a couple of months since we’ve done one for these, but I’m back and ready to bring you all a glimpse into the amazing and astonishing world of comic-bookery as only Searching for Superwomen can! This initial return column will be something of a “Best of” highlighting two of my favorite issues that came out while we were away. And we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled reviews and the features coming next week! For today I’ve got my thoughts on the last two issues of CAPTAIN MARVEL and MS MARVEL – Carol Corps and Kamala Korps represent y’all. So once again, for the first time in a long time, hang onto your butts True Believers, because here we go! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so you if you fear spoilers like I fear overwriting the wrong file on Dropbox and losing a month’s worth of OH WAIT THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                         CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 (MARVEL) W/ Kelly Sue Deconnick A/ David Lopez I don’t know about you all, but I am super super excited for Guardians of the Galaxy...

Penny Dreadful Review: What Death Can Join Together...

  Doing a limited series can be tough and if not done right, if not focus and tightly written, it can feel empty and at odds with its condensed format. Not merely leaving us wanting more, as is so often the goal, but scratching our heads wondering what the point was to begin with. This is where this episode and the series find itself. Standing on the line between revelation and unraveling and while this episode felt more about pulling on the various loose ends it still has yet full bring everything into focus. The episode picks up where the “Demimonde” left off after the vampire they had captured dies in Vanessa’s room. We are then taken through the various plots/subplots of the series with the various characters. We are treated to the making up between a lamenting Chandler and a dying Brona, while an interesting if somewhat unjustified romance, has yet to fully payoff for the plot or Brona’s character. Though it does lack in this area it does serve to make Chandler a more sympathetic character and show more of the “good man” that Brona sees in him and that he clearly wants to be. Another somewhat interesting “relationship” is between that of Vanessa and Gray which is explored, if enigmatically, further. While you can tell there was, from the jump, and attraction between the two this has always felt more to the realm of “other” or the supernatural. As if, it was two magnets feeling the pull of each other more than anything. In addition, while this moment and eventual lesion between these does more to serve Vanessa character, and trigger another chaotic and cationic states as seen in “Closer Than Sisters”, it does again little to make relevant the Gray...

How I Found My Feminism...

When hearing about the horror that was the Santa Barbara shootings, and the outpouring of grief, fear, fury and, sadly, the disgusting diatribe, that it prompted, I chose to share a little bit of my own story on Facebook, in the hope it would make sense of some of the media storm that surrounded the shootings. Although I could never comment on or even fully understand the horrors that happened, I felt I could be honest about how they made me feel. This prompted further stories from others and even argument, but it began to make me realise that I could be more honest about my stance and my experiences.

Penny Dreadful Review : Closer Than Sisters...

  Being obvious is easy and at time the best we can hope for on crowded and over saturated TV. It is often easier to capture a viewer in a moment if it is in ones face and familiar then is it to do something more subtle. This is unfortunately, what happened last week when the episode was mainly focused on the Gray’s character. It was clichéd, brash and did little but provided the prerequisite amount of skin and a pensively trying to hard Gray lamenting how bored he is with life. It was a big yawn. However, we come to this week’s episode and find a much different and supremely better character centered episode built around Vanessa. If nothing else can be said about this episode, we can firmly state see why Eva Green took the role and how, without much argument, she is the focal point of the series. What last week failed to do this episode did in a superbly great and delicate fashion. That without all the blatant and at times juvenile gore this show can do a wonderfully creepy, taut and interesting story. This episode takes us through Vanessa and Mina’s lives from adolescence to adulthood and finally shows the “sin” that her (Vanessa) and Sir Malcolm have often alluded to over the intervening episodes. We get to meet Sir Malcolm’s “frail” son and see how he, Mina and Vanessa were growing up but more importantly, what set Vanessa on her path of clairvoyance and eventually back to Sir Malcolm’s door.While anyone familiar with Dracula and the Mina character could see what was coming a mile away, Vanessa sleeping with Mina’s fiancé, it was still the tipping point that started Vanessa on her decent downward and into a “pact”...

SuperSpeak: An Interview with Laurell K. Hamilton...

We are overjoyed to welcome NYT bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton to Searching for SuperWomen today! She is the author of the hugely successful Merry Gentry series as well as the long-running Anita Blake series, and she is widely recognized as being one of the founders of present urban fantasy. We’re huge fans of both her series here, and we could not be happier to have her here with us today!  Searching for SuperWomen: We are so happy to have you here with us — your books have been incredibly influential in the urban fantasy world. Did you know when you started writing Anita’s series (and later Merry’s) how much their characters would resonate with people? Laurell K. Hamilton: I was more concerned with telling the best stories I could, and entertaining myself. I find that if the writer isn’t enjoying, or being enlightened, by what they’re writing then the writing suffers. Honestly, when people began to tell me how important the books and characters were to their everyday lives, I was amazed and a little overwhelmed. I wrote stories about vampires, zombies, and ghouls, oh my! I really didn’t think about cultural relevance, or that my fiction could have such an impact on the real world. SfSW: We absolutely agree — writing is best when the writer is engaged, and I think that’s one of the huge reasons people connected so much with your stories. The latest book in the Merry Gentry series, A SHIVER OF LIGHT, arrived this month. Merry in many ways defies conventional gender expectations, both in her Hands of Power that are quite brutal and regarding her sexuality. While society has become somewhat more accepting of women who are proud of exercising their sexuality, what role do you think...

Nelvana of Kugluktuk: Canada’s SuperWoman May30

Nelvana of Kugluktuk: Canada’s SuperWoman...

Editor’s Note: Today we get to share a very special article with you all about Nelvana, Canada’s first SuperWoman. We are incredibly excited and thankful to Hope Nicholson for sharing her work with us, and we hope you’ll enjoy learning about this very special superhero! Finding Nelvana: Canada’s First SuperWoman Six years ago, I first heard of Nelvana of the Northern Lights, an Inuit demigoddess printed in comic books across Canada during WWII. She was a fierce protector of the North who used her superpowers to fight exploiters of the Arctic, from Nazis to interdimensional space invaders. Besides that, she was also one of the earliest comic-book SuperWomen, predating Wonder Woman by several months[1]. I’m a nerd, a feminist, and an avid fan of Arctic literature so I was incredibly shocked that I never heard of her before, and I became completely captivated. Then frustrated, as her adventures have been out of print since her last appearance in 1947[2]. Like all superheroes, Nelvana has two origins, one her canon origin, and the other her historical origin. In her stories, Nelvana is the daughter of Koliak, King of the Northern Lights, and an unnamed mortal woman. She has a brother named Tanero, a demigod who bears a curse of needing to hide his true human form from white men (indicated as ‘kablunets’[3] in the story). No mention is made of Nelvana and Tanero’s mother at any point in the 313 pages published of her adventures. Finding her historical origin set me on a quest that took me to the northern reaches of Canada’s Arctic communities (at least via the internet!) The first I heard about Nelvana’s true origins was taken from two interviews that her creator Adrian Dingle did in the 1970s. In the first...

SuperGirls: Beyond Disney...

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Penny Dreadful Review – Séance...

  To say the pilot was a little rough maybe an understatement to say this follow-up episode is far better gives me hope for the rest of the series. While the show does continue with it’s somewhat flat and a touch overly modern take on a Victorian horror there were some rather good bright spots that kept the episode and hopefully this series alive. This episode was all about making connections and tying all our main characters together in an interesting if convoluted web. Notably this time around we are introduced to both Dorian Gray, Brona Croft and as seen last time Frankenstein supposed original creation, Proteus. We start with Chandler literally at the bottom, waking up in a sewer type situation, only to spend the bulk of this episode drinking, not coping from the previous night’s adventure, and chatting up local TB riddle prozzy in the form of Billy Piper as Croft. They get along well enough and Chandler seems to be intrigued by Croft, who’s equally labor accent matches only her looks, and starts up a friendship. How this will play out or what point is serves right now is unclear but what isn’t unclear is the underlying mystery plaguing the city. The background and motivation that will most likely serve our characters is the murder, mutilation and body parts snatching that is staining the foggy London streets. While there does need to be some sort of arc or purpose for the characters I am finding this one largely uninteresting. There are quite a few “hints” and obvious blind alleys, like Jack the Ripper, and feel that the true killer will be less a surprise and more an “oh, please” then many would like, myself included. While I find it interesting, if...

Game of Thrones: Season Four: The Halfway Point...

Well we’re just over halfway through one of the most intoxicating series on TV. Game of Thrones season 4 has thrown everything it has at us, and still manages to surprise. For the hardcore fans of the books, you’ll be forgiven for being a little thrown by this season; for a franchise that has been pretty true to the original so far, we’ve taken a bit of a diversion in the last couple of episodes that no one saw coming.