Penny Dreaful Review – Night Work...

  Have you ever wondered what the Amoral B-team of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would look like? Well if you haven’t but now think that sounds like an amazing idea then this might be the show to watch. Penny Dreadful pulls its name from the 19th century British publications that serialized macabre tales for the price of a penny. It is where many characters or ideas in horror got started included such bog standards such as vampires, with Varney, Sweeny Todd and even Dickens had a go at them. While this is a great source of little known but an interesting pool of material to pull from the show itself may have to do a bit more work to live up to even these 19th century standards. While Dreadful make a concerted effort to capture the look if not feel of 19th century London the atmosphere were are presented with is often flat, stark and uninteresting. It lacks the gritty depth that one would expect from this era. This could be a conscious decision on the part of the storytellers that pays off later but in this pilot, it left me feeling cold and distant from what was happening instead of being drawn in. We get into the meat of the show with Harnett’s Character, Chandler playing a Buffalo Bill type character setting about with his wild show and screwing some woman on the side of his wagon. He is contracted by Eva Green’s character of Vanessa Ives. That draws Chandler, which she quickly and with Sherlock like precision sizes up, and his gun slinging skills into a dark world that we come to find is on of vampires and possibly other monsters. She is led by the rather engaging Timothy Dalton who...

Invisible Man and Wonder Woman? More Wonder Man and Invisible Woman: Why Women’s History Month is Still Essential...

It’s with great pleasure I bring you this thought-provoking guest post from Katie Collins, submitted for our Year of SuperWomen anniversary month.  *** It seemed too good to be true. The cover was glossy and inviting, sitting temptingly on the shelf next to all the serious history magazines. The title proclaimed that it was about both men and women in history, the great historical figures. Naturally I picked it up and flicked through it, desperate for an excuse to expend a few of my hard-earned pounds on it and take it home with me. Sadly, no, it really was too good to be true. As I glanced through the articles my heart sank to my stomach and made a home next to my kidneys. Hitler, Churchill, Ramses II, all were proclaimed with photos, pictures, bold text declaring their power and influence (in Hitler’s case the ability to murder millions of innocent people simply by shouting a few political slogans). Just as I was sinking into despair I found a glimmer of hope; Joan of Arc! At last I had found a woman! Like so much media of it’s type, the magazine had promised so much and delivered so little. When I went to the contents page I found a grand total of three women. For a magazine that had both genders listed on the front it really was unbalanced. Like so much else it was happy to talk about the men and the women were a little side note, something that meant they could proclaim equality because “look, females are included!” when actually we were being kicked in the teeth. Sadly I put the magazine back on the rack and walked out of the shop, my money still in my pocket. Approximately ten seconds...

Happy Anniversary to Us! May07

Happy Anniversary to Us!...

A year ago, we got together and launched this site. Since then, we’ve started a YouTube channel. A book club. Online RPGs and lots of Winchester talk. We’ve seen the creation of the Veronica Mars movie and several new shows come on the scene. We’ve gone from 1,000 views in a month to over 30,000. That’s all pretty damn exciting to us. This month we’re thrilled to celebrate our one year anniversary. We’ve got some great things coming your way, from an interview with folks spotlighting Nelvana, Canada’s first female superhero, to guest posts by readers. Join us for our Year of SuperWomen conversation!  ...

Salem Review: The Vow...

  One of the things that intrigued me, amongst the wave of early American televisions series that are popping up, is that Salem looked to divert from the norm. It was, as I rightly assumed, was to be more of an interpretation of events then just a bland retelling of the known story.  While this can serve to a create creative jumping off point story wise there is a lot left to be desired about this sinister and devilish take on an historical period of mass panic. It is clear early on that there is a setup for ambiguity and painting both the Puritans and the Witches with an equal stoke of disdain and hypocrisy.  The witches come off as having the upper hand while the Puritans, namely the clergy in the form of a rather young John Cotton, come off as groping, confused, frightened and on religiously uneasy footing.  In the middle of these two sides, we have our potential and probable savior/messiah in Shane West’s character of John Alden.  Alden comes off as modern humanist/enlightened/antireligious thinker that will be the redemption of Salem and of course Mary. We can see him either be brought to task and faith by what he witnesses or will try to reason, and no doubt fight, his way out of it. This is an interesting place to be in and does setup Salem for an atmosphere in which the trials and paranoia came blossom but this is pinned amongst a backdrop that is at times flat and out of step with the time-period. While I applaud the higher-then-normal production values, especially coming from a local studio like WGN, some issues left me feeling disconnected and taken out of the 17th century atmosphere. This comes down to a...

Game of Thrones: Season Four, Episode One...

Here’s the thing about Game of Thrones. It’s totally and ridiculously addictive. Whether you start watching the programme or reading the books, at some point you will find yourself switching between the two, arguing about the Targaryan conspiracy theory and muttering valar morghulis under your breath at anyone that annoys you.

Asking for It: Consent and SuperWomen Apr02

Asking for It: Consent and SuperWomen...

Consent. We don’t always get sexy around here, but today I think we will. This post will contain some mature subject matter. Yesterday I discovered this link, which may be a little triggery (don’t read the comments) and is NSFW, but the message is a good one: that if someone isn’t wearing clothes (or is only wearing a little), it doesn’t matter who you are — no touchy unless you are given permission. There may be a mention or two of rape in this article, but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum, and it won’t be explicit. Consent is sometimes treated like a buzzkill. Today I’d rather talk about how inherently sexy it really is. What’s sexier: a puddle of treacle or a warm, steaming sticky toffee pudding? In books, movies, graphic novels — I’ve started looking for active consent. And I’ve barely found it. We are inundated with the idea of passive consent, or that the absence of a no means yes. We’re expected to read our partners’ minds to know what they want, when maybe getting an explicit yes could be the gateway to something extraordinary. When I was going through adolescence, I was fascinated by sex. I think that’s pretty normal for erm…most teenage hormone bombs. In one of my early encounters, I remember the guy I was making out with asking me if it was okay if he put his hand on my waist. And if what we were doing was okay. And I was surprised. Looking back, I wish I could reach back through time and give that guy a medal. He asked. I said yes. It was fun. The language out there in the world suggests that Manly Men take sex as a given. I occasionally read romance...

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 7 Mar25

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 7...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of the SfSW Amazingly Uncanny Comics Column – jam-packed with rousing and awe inspiring tales of comicbookery! This week we rejoin MS MARVEL is here journey of super-powered self discovery, WONDER WOMAN careens towards a final confrontation with the First Born and HARLEY QUINN destroys the middle American dream for fun and profit! So once again 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 my Magetech character Xander fears running into a band of Goblin Pirates during their next adventure (and I fear our GM Kristin McFarland might be reading this and put said Goblin Pirates into said adventure), then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then onward and upwards!                         HARLEY QUINN #4 (DC) W/ Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti A/ Stephane Roux This book is an odd bird. For the most part each issue is just a silly mindless romp with Harley killing people and wrecking stuff for whatever nonsensical reason the writers have decided she’s going to wreck and kill stuff that particular week. There’s almost no plot to speak of whatsoever. Sure there’s an overarching story about a bunch of assassins trying to kill Harley, the folks who live in her building have their own stories, and her pal Pamela Isely pops up every now and again, but there’s really no one thread that holds it all together. This book is dumb and it’s loud, but for some reason I can’t look away. It might be because I love the character so much – I’ve been a huge...

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 6 Mar18

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 6...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of the SfSW Amazingly Uncanny Comics Column – filled with rousing and awe-inspiring tales of comicbookery! This week we have the debut of the new CAPTAIN MARVEL series – Carol is back for a new space-faring adventure as well the next issue of COFFIN HILL where the horrors of the past come home to roost for Eve and Co. So once again 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 to Monday night and not having anything clever to put in this spot and then having to write that I fear not having anything clever to put in this spot, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                     CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (MARVEL) W/ Kelly Sue Deconnick A/ David Lopez Captain Marvel is back. For the uninitiated, this is Carol Danvers – the character from whom the new Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan, takes her inspiration. (Her first issue came out a month ago, and you can read about here /cheap plug) I’m going to make a confession off the top – I haven’t read any Deconnick’s previous run on CAPTAIN MARVEL (it’s on the dreaded ‘To Read List’), so I was going into this issue pretty much blind and without any knowledge of what came before. Some of the stuff here admittedly went over my head, like the little girl and her mom who live in Statue of Liberty with Carol (um, best superhero lair ever?) and I had no idea that Carol was or is in...

Basically, I’m A Marshmallow Mar17

Basically, I’m A Marshmallow...

  It’s finally here. Veronica is back. And really back — I mean, the film earned $2 million in its opening weekend, only showing on 291 screens. That’s impressive. I’m going to backtrack just a bit. On Saturday, I spent a decent amount of time rewatching the end of season 3 of Veronica Mars. We had planned to do roundtables for the film/final season, but unfortunately time sort of got away from us this week. Regardless, I wanted to polish off season 3 myself. When I first saw how the series ended, I felt an overwhelming sense of disappointment and a big gaping hole where resolution was supposed to be.  Watching it again on Saturday filled me with pure, unadulterated relief. Because finally I knew there was more. I could flick on my computer or television and watch the movie now. I don’t know if there will be more installments (though I would love to see these characters return for more silver screen goodness), but I do know that this film is exactly what I needed as a fan. There is so much to love about Veronica Mars. When I first heard of it, I kind of thought the premise of the show sounded unappealing. I think I was sort of thinking it was Harriet the Spy in high school — but the reality is so much more textured and noir, with the gritty underbelly of a corrupt, class-riven city coloring the plot and characters. Last year when the Kickstarter began, our family donated a hefty chunk (for us), even though we probably should have used that money for erm…food. It’s rare that I feel strongly enough about a show or a story to look at it and go, “I want more of this...

5 Signs You’ll Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Mar12

5 Signs You’ll Survive the Zombie Apocalypse...

“You’ll never survive the zombie apocalypse,” I sighed at my mother the other day. “That’s okay – if it happens I’ll just ring you!” And, a moment later, “I’m curious… how would I know the zombie apocalypse is happening?” … Hopeless.

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 5 Mar11

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 5...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of the SfSW Amazingly Uncanny Comics Column – filled with awe inspiring tales of comicbookery! We’re going live on Tuesday from now on, because hey Tuesday are generally boring and now you all have something to look forward to each week! Well that’s what I’m telling myself at least. Plus it’s the day before New Comics Day, so it’s your last chance to catch up on what you might have missed the week before! We’ve got quite the eclectic triple threat of comics for you this week – We’ll catch up with SHE-HULK ‘s adventures in self-employment, delve back into the sexy spy drama of VELVET and bear witness to the horrifically horrible horrors of REVIVAL ratchet up even more. All of that plus new of the week and another Superwoman of the Week! So once again 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 dude in those Curious George books might actually be The King in Yellow and dark Elder Gods have been indoctrinating our youth for years in preparation of the coming of their yellow suited and primate accompanied harbingers, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready? Then on with the show!                     REVIVAL #18 (IMAGE) W/ Tim Seeley A/ Mike Norton Dana Cypress is on the trail of the burnt man, a murder suspect who came back to life in a crematorium on Revival Day (a bonkers scene from the first issue, I believe) and seeks out answers from the funeral director who was there when he came...

Veronica Mars Season 2 Roundtable...

Welcome back to the Veronica Mars Roundtable! We’re so glad you’re here, you big marshmallow, you. It’s like Christmas! Today we’re discussing season 2, so beware — spoilers abound. Join in with the discussion in the comments! Emmie: I really think the opener of season 2 is very strong. I get a really good sense of where Veronica is, and I like that they kept us guessing a bit as to her romantic involvements, as well as ensuring the fallout from her choice of Duncan. Alona Tal does such a fantastic job as Meg (and I love her from Supernatural), and her performance is really spot on. Bill: I haven’t decided, but it might be my favorite episode of the season. I couldn’t imagine how they were going to pick it back up after the out-of-control intensity of the end of the first season, but there was so much energy and so many interesting new things to figure out, even while they dialed it back. And Steve Guttenberg! And Charisma Carpenter! And I just realized I just (like two days ago) watched Alona Tal’s Supernatural premiere wondering why that girl looked so darned familiar! Chris: For me the semi-midpoint episode “My Mother, the Fiend” was the one that sticks out because we get more backstory about Veronica’s mother but also a tie back to the overall mystery for the season and of course the surprise for the audience and Veronica that Meg is pregnant. I also like the way they came back for season 2. It was unexpected and got the ball rolling nicely into the season and its overarching mystery/investigation. Bill: As I look back at this season, I’m finding a lot more than I remembered that I didn’t particularly like, at least...

Call For Submissions: SfSW One Year Extravaganza Mar05

Call For Submissions: SfSW One Year Extravaganza...

Hello, SuperFolk! As some of you may know, we are coming up on our one year anniversary in May! One whole year here. We’ve gone from our cute little WordPress.com site to our self-hosted, rather snazzier site. We’ve gone from 1,000 views in a month to 15,000. We’ve had over thirty different contributors this year, over six months of our MageTech RPG. We’ve been to cons galore. Some of our contributors have met our heroes. We’ve interviewed NYT bestselling and award-winning authors. We’ve talked gaming and television, comics and cosplay. We’ve had a rollicking great year, and we’d like to celebrate that great first year…with you. As Buffy would say, here’s the sitch: We’re making May a fireworks display of SuperWomen. We want whatever you have to say. May is your chance for your voice to be heard here. Tell us about your favorite games of this year so far. Tell us how much you cannot wait for Marvel’s Black Widow movie. Tell us about the first SuperWomen who inspired you. Write about Buffy, Veronica Mars, Storm, Psylocke, Rogue, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel. Praise the creators and write about Kelly Sue Deconnick or Gail Simone or Joss Whedon or whoever else you love. In short, geek out with us. Tell us how far we have come and how far we still need to go. What we’re looking for: We want essays between 700-1200 words, written by you for your geeky comrades. These pieces must be original and never-before-published.* Keep it PG-13. This means you’re allowed to swear a little, but you only get one F-bomb card, and the swearing must be hand in hand with great writing. When we’re getting started: Submissions open April 1 and will be open until midnight eastern time April 20. You will hear by April...

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 4 Mar02

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 4...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of the SfSW Amazingly Uncanny Comics Column – filled with thrilling and chilling tales of comicbookery! And lookie here – it’s the one month anniversary column this week! Yay us – one whole month already and Emmie hasn’t pulled the plug on my semi-coherent keyboard smashings. It’s onward and upward for us, True Believers! This time around we’ll be reviewing the latest issue of RAT QUEENS, stuffed to the foul-mouthed hilt with salacious sword and sorcery. Plus, we’ll plunge into the deep dark depths of another issue of UMBRAL. All of that plus new of the week and of course the Superwoman of the Week! So once again hang onto your butts comic fans, because here we go! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so you if you fear spoilers like I fear Google one day becoming Skynet and a horde of Google Glass wearing robots enslaving humanity, then finish up your books and come on back when you’re ready. Ready already? Okay, then on with the show! OH AND LOOK WE’VE GOT BANNERS THIS WEEK! Much love & respect to my darling wife making these for me! RAT QUEENS #5 (IMAGE) W/ Kurtis J. Wiebe A/ Roc Upchurch Full disclosure off the top – this is probably my favorite comic on the racks right now. As writer of SFF, of course a sword and sorcery book like this has a special place in my heart, but this one is just so damn funny and clever, I am just atwitter whenever a new issues comes out. We start this one off with the Queens still engaged in the battle with the trolls from the last issue. These terrible trolls were summoned in the previous issue...

The Day I Learned to Game Mar02

The Day I Learned to Game...

A gaming virgin takes the plunge.

Veronica Mars: Season 1 Roundtable...

Welcome one and all marshmallows to the Veronica Mars Roundtable! This post is late. Emmie is occasionally disorganized. BUT! This is the first of four roundtable posts to get you your Veronica fix leading up to — and through — the movie on the 14th of March! This week we’re discussing season one with Emmie Mears, Summer Heacock, Bill Parker, and Chris Sm. Chime in with your own comments and let’s get pumped for the 14th. Warning…SPOILERS. Emmie: I’ll be the first to admit that it took me waaaaay too long to get into this show. People were telling me for years that I needed to watch it, but I didn’t until 2011. It only took one episode to hook me, though. The pilot snagged my attention, and I devoured all three seasons in the space of about a month. The heavy subject matter coupled with quippy comments and really flawed characters is what did it, I think. Veronica had me when she popped out a knife to cut Wallace down from the flag pole. Bill: And I’ll be the second to admit the same thing! I picked it up sometime in 2011 or 2012, watched the first four or five episodes, and was enjoying it. But it was competing with another show I was late on (Buffy?) and then Netflix took it away. But when I heard Amazon Prime had it, back in (*checks chat logs*) mid-January, I jumped back in at 1.1, fell totally and immediately in love, and now I’m a day or two from finishing. I think what really hooked me was that in that first season, they found a main problem (Lilly, obvs) that was really engaging and kept getting more so, and that was never far from the...

Six Unfortunate Lessons I Learned From Gaming Feb27

Six Unfortunate Lessons I Learned From Gaming...

Today I’m pleased to welcome a fantastic writer friend to Searching for SuperWomen. I first met Amanda back at a writing conference in 2012, and I could not be more thrilled to have her here with us today! Please welcome Amanda Gardner!   Last summer I took a trip to the biggest arcade in the world—Funspot, a gamer’s heaven located near the idyllic shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, New Hampshire. As I walked up and down the aisles of games and perused the titles I had played in my youth, it dawned on me that a kid could learn some really messed up values from these games. And no, I don’t mean violence. I’m talking about punching through apartment windows to gain your dinner. #6 Game: Rampage The premise of becoming a movie monster and destroying a city is an appealing one, especially for kids who like to stomp on sandcastles and wreck Lego structures. But the most troubling thing I discovered from my hours upon hours climbing up buildings and knocking them down was that the most gratifying part of the game was when I’d punch through a window and pull out a fine, golden brown turkey. As monsters do. #5 Game: Mappyland A lesser-known title than the other games in this list, Mappyland featured a plucky mouse who attempted to out-bounce cats dressed as cops on a series of trampoline platforms. Cliché, I know. Anyway, this falsely lead me to believe as a child that A) Cats were enforcers of the law and that B) They loved jumping on trampolines. My cat at the time, Sylvester, did not. Lesson learned, little Amanda. #4 Game: Super Mario Brothers 2 So you’ve been playing Super Mario Brothers for years and then all of...

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 3 Feb23

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 3...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of the SfSW Amazingly Uncanny Comics Column filled with thrilling and chilling tales of comicbookery. This time around we’ll be reviewing the latest issue of WONDER WOMAN, jammed packed with more Greekly godly dysfunction and debauchery than a Dionysus house party on Mount Olympus. We’ll also go on a zany Valentines Day romp in the pages of HARLEY QUINN, as she searches for love and find murder and mayhem as only our girl can. So hang onto your butts, True Believers, because it’s go time! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, so you if you fear spoilers like I fear what Shauna Granger is going to do to me if I don’t finish Supernatural by the time we go to Sirens Con, then finish up your books and c’mon back when you’re ready. Ready already? Okay, then on with the show!   REVIEWS TO ASTONISH! HARLEY QUINN #3 (DC) W/ Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palimiotti A/ Chad Hardin In our inaugural column I expressed my dismay for the way Harley’s been treated since the New 52 started. And I think classic Harley would agree with me: Yup, that about sums it up. But much to my joy, this new series dispenses with much of the grimdark horribleness that’s plagued Harley of late and returns to the madcap adventures that made me fall in love with the character back during the old Batman Animated Series. This issue finds Harley trying to shake off the Valentines Day blues on a haunted carnival ride (while fending off the assault from another mysterious assassin). She also comes upon Big Tony, one of the tenants of her apartment who’s also down in the romantic dumps, having been stood up by fellow...

Pandemic: The Game You Learn to Love and Hate Feb19

Pandemic: The Game You Learn to Love and Hate...

I confess I’m a gamer. Formerly an online gamer. Now a board gamer. And the game my friends and I love to play (and hate) is Pandemic. Pandemic is a game that does not encourage backstabbing. You want to be working together because Pandemic will be doing its best to kill you every turn. Your ultimate mission is to cure the world of 4 viruses (blue, red, yellow, and black) and prevent the viruses from spreading. Sounds simple, right? It’s not! There’s more than one way to die in this game. You lose if you run out of cubes for your viruses; You lose if you run out of player cards; You lose if more than 7 outbreaks occur in a game. Pandemic provides you with five possible roles to help you cure the world: dispatcher, medic, scientist, researcher or operations expert. You choose them randomly. (Warning: If you have the medic and dispatcher in your group, you will find the game easier to play. You can still win the game without a medic or dispatcher, but it will be very challenging.) I’m not going into great detail about roles and strategy. Instead, I recommend watching Wil Wheaton’s fabulous TableTop breakdown of Pandemic for any interested gamers....

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 2 Feb16

THE AMAZINGLY UNCANNY SFSW COMICS COLUMN VOL. 2...

Welcome back everyone to another installment of the SfSW Amazingly Uncanny Comics Column filled with thrilling and chilling tales of comicbookery. This time around I’ll be reviewing the first issue of the new She-Hulk series, packed to the hilt with HULK SMASHING and JEN LAWYERING, plus the latest creeptastic issue of Coffin Hill. All that and the news of the week! Woo! Let’s do this! A quick warning, there will be SPOILERS for the books, you if you fear spoilers like I fear going to a friend’s wedding and hearing the organist cueing up the Rains of Castamere, you might want to read your own copies and come back. Ready? On with the show! Reviews to Astonish! SHE-HULK #1 (MARVEL) W/ Charles Soule A/ Javier Pulido In last week’s column I postulated She-Hulk was the premier female character in the Marvel Universe. I’m fairly certain she’s had more issues of a solo title issues than any other female character, with Ms. / Captain Marvel being the closest competition. She’s also an incredibly unique character – part lawyer, part superhero, all badass. I realize Daredevil is also a lawyer/superhero, but Shulkie’s always had this quirky, metatextual and fourth-wall-breaky quality to them that’s all her own. This week Charles Soule, who also writes the acclaimed WONDER WOMAN/SUPERMAN over at DC brings the Gammazon back for her first solo run since the Dan Slott / Peter David series that ended in 2009. The story finds Jen working at a new law firm, and very successfully it seems, she’s got some of the most billable hours on staff and is looking forward to her performance review. Much to Jen’s chagrin, it turns out the firm didn’t hire her to be a good lawyer, but for her connections to the...

Game Review: Broken Age Act 1 Feb14

Game Review: Broken Age Act 1...

  Double Fine Studios is back with its latest adventure game, Broken Age.  This time we are given an episodic point-and-click adventure that incorporates the fun artistic style Double Fine is known for along with it signature snarky wit and fun puns.  However, that aside, there can be for many, especially more seasoned players, anything worthwhile or interesting find in this game. When you start the game, you are offered two choices of which character and “world” you want to play in. You can choose Velouria or Vella, voiced by Masasa Moyo , hailing from the little town of Sugar Bunting or you can play as Shay, voiced by Elijah Wood, piloting his crib like spaceship through the outer reaches of space.  You can switch, at your own will, between the two characters and worlds at any time. For my play through, I started with Vella. Vella, in this episode, has the longer of the two stories and is a girl on a mission. She is to be the guest of honor at the “Maiden’s Feast” which we soon find out is less of an honor and more about death. She, and several of her other fellow Sugar Bunting’s, are to be offered up to an enigmatic and rather gigantic brain-squid creature called Mog Chothra.   Everyone around Vella encourages her to accept her role and revel in this great honor but she has other plans. She wants to fight the monster and soon sets out to get her way.  She escapes from the “feast” and heads out through various towns to find something or someone that will help her kill Mog Chothra.  This is the main goal for this episode with Vella; kill the beast.  This game is typical of many of the Double...

It’s Time to Game Feb12

It’s Time to Game...

So this month’s theme here on Searching for SuperWomen is gaming – in its many forms and faces. I’m not much of a gamer if I’m completely honest (does a Pocket Gameboy count? I had one of those). In fact, my gaming experience to date has included Ecco the Dolphin (on a Sega Megadrive no less), some hamfisted Super Mario and a zombies game on the Wii when my headshot count went up in direct correlation of the amount of rosé wine I consumed. There has been the odd attempt at varying other games as the years went by, but my skill with a gaming controller has never improved, so unless it’s a point-and-shoot type of game on the Wii, I’m not much use… This doesn’t mean to say I don’t enjoy games. I enjoy them immensely – as a viewer. Have you ever come in to your front room in Halls to discover half a rugby team sat in virtual darkness, with several screens linked up, screaming blue murder at each other as they play Call of Duty? No? I have. Despite the smell of feet and the desperate cries of NO SUNLIGHT as I try to open a curtain to see, and despite the fact that only two out of the heap of men actually lived with me at the time, this was far too much entertainment to pass up. I perched on a stool, brewed myself a cup of tea, and settled in to watch. It was more entertaining than most TV. People think of gaming as a solitary sport; whether or not you’re multiplayer or Skyping friends as you play World of Warcraft, it has yet to shake that stigma for a lot of people. But every experience I have...

The Amazingly Uncanny SfSW Comics Column Vol. 1 Feb09

The Amazingly Uncanny SfSW Comics Column Vol. 1...

Welcome everyone! I’m Brian, a fantasy writer who you may have seen playing Xander on during our Magtetch  adventures, and this is the first installment of the Amazingly Uncanny SfSW Comics Column! Each and every week I’ll be writing reviews for books featuring some of the most important Superwomen in comics, both those within the pages as well as those crafting them. I’ll also do a run down of some of the relevant comics news of the week, with my own thoughts and opinions. Finally, I’ll crown a Superwoman of the Week, the character, creator, or whomever made the biggest impact on the comics world that week. A quick warning – there will be SPOILERS for the comics discussed herein this little bloggy, so if you fear spoilers – to the point where you have to lock yourself into a social media deprivation chamber curled up in the fetal position until finally you see the Doctor Who episode you missed – like me, you’ll probably want to read these books first and come back! Reviews to Astonish!   Normally in this space, I’ll be giving my thoughts on some of the books that came out this week, but for our first post, I’ll give you all a run down of the comics you’ll be seeing here in the coming weeks, plus a review of the first issue of the new Ms. Marvel. I’ll be skipping the news this week because, quite frankly this is going to be a long post as it is. Excited? Me too! COFFIN HILL  (DC/Veritgo) W/ Caitlin Kitteridge A/ Inaki Miranda– DC’s indie imprint Vertigo was historically the place you went to find cool creepy off the wall comics one really couldn’t find anywhere else. Sandman, Swamp Thing, Preacher, Doom...

Top Ten Reasons Dragon Age: Inquisition Can’t Come Soon Enough Feb05

Top Ten Reasons Dragon Age: Inquisition Can’t Come Soon Enough...

2014 brings a lot of things. The Broncos and Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Bizarre antics by Justin Bieber succumbing to what I’d like to dub “pop star panic.” Sleepy Hollow’s amazing finale. A new passport for me. Scotland’s referendum on independence. My debut novel. Lots of stuff going on this year. But you know, there’s one thing coming to this party that I’ve been waiting for quite a while. It’s something that fills me with an almost embarrassing amount of glee. Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’ll be honest. When they announced the title for this third installment, I got a bit disappointed…at first. What I was not wanting to see was an industrial development of the world within the game. While I like Fable and find it interesting that they progress the technology and the world that way, I love me a good medieval dark fantasy RPG, and I adore Dragon Age for that. I was a bit nervous that the whole religious war thing would take over, and I suppose that could still happen — but the early news about Dragon Age: Inquisition doesn’t sound like that’s the case. In fact, the more they show me and tell me about this damn game, the more I want to start counting the pennies in my change jar to see how fast I can pick up an Xbox One. Without further ado, here are the top ten reasons I can’t wait to get my paws on Dragon Age: Inquisition. 10. New Characters  If there’s one thing the folks at Bioware do with regular excellence, it’s write characters you can sink your teeth into. Sometimes literally (well, in game literally). From Alastair and Leliana in Origins to Fenris and Anders in DAII (and Awakening, if you’re...

The Weakness of a Companion – Welcome to the Moffat Era Jan28

The Weakness of a Companion – Welcome to the Moffat Era...

Oh boy. Where do I begin? I was super psyched to put together this series focusing on the companions of Doctor Who (or more accurately, of “New Who”, the series since 2005). If you haven’t read the previous installments, I am a fan of all the Russel T. Davies era companions (Rose, Martha, Donna) and was thrilled to come to their defense as so much more than the Doctor’s arm candy. Companions are awesome! But I’ve been slow to write the next installment. The next two as a matter of fact. I know that there is a lot of love out there for Amy Pond and Clara Oswin Oswald, so it might come as a surprise that I’ve been less than enthused with them. ::ducks to avoid projectiles:: It’s not their fault, poor characters. And it’s not as if they haven’t had their moments where I felt some connection. Like the time Amy Pond was discerning enough to save the Star Whale and the people who relied on it before the Doctor did. Or when Clara…when Clara…well, I’m sure if I had the stomach to re-watch her episodes there would be a moment I connected with. Sadly, both Amy and Clara are products of Steven Moffat writing women. That being the case, I’ve decided to cover just a few of my issues with the Moffat era companions in one post, rather than covering Amy and Clara individually. I’ll do my best to limit my Moffat ranting to their characters specifically, since Moffat misogyny is best covered in its very own post (which I may have to write soon for catharsis). Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon: Amy meets the Doctor when his TARDIS falls out of the sky just after he regenerates into the Eleventh Doctor....

Dracula Recap: Let There Be Light...

    For this summation of the final episode for the season (hopefully not the series), one word comes to mind, post mortem. Not just because the series is “in the can”, so to speak, but for the fact that it felt like an autopsy, both literally and figuratively, for many of the characters.  You knew going in that many of the characters were not going to live to see the next season and for the most part the expected causalities did not disappoint. However, what may be unexpected is the beautiful and subtle setup and foreseeable arc we got for one major character, Van Helsing. For all that was going on in this season there was always on small shadow that lingered in the back and that was Van Helsing. His vengeance, insanity and the actions to which it took him all lead full circle, to where it started, Dracula. Van Helsing, if nothing else, wipes his slate clean in this episode. He destroys his “Dracula” lab, the sun cure with it, he turned Browning’s children then had Browning killed at their hands before setting them all alight. Oh, and he stabbed Renfield possibly to death. All the while coming up stink free, crazy and drawing Harker into what looks to be his plans as a vampire hunter making this season one giant oeuvre to Van Helsing.  Besides this final setting up the more book geared Van Helsing and Harker was, of course, the love story between Dracula and Mina. While that did bear out it was a bit on the shallow side where it concerns Mina. We can see why Dracula is drawn to her and his longings for humanity and his lost love but the on Mina’s end the payoff does...

Introducing the Mockingjay Awards...

Please welcome author Evette Davis to Searching for SuperWomen! Take it away, Evette!   Last year ended with mixed reviews regarding the number and quality of female role models in popular entertainment.  With the exception of Heat, summer movies were an almost zero-sum game, only a few women even making it into the picture. Music was dominated by Miley Cyrus’ bizarre and overtly sexualized antics, and over in publishing, books with one word titles like LICK, were climbing the charts. Mercifully by winter, the brilliant Jennifer Lawrence returned as Katniss Everdeen, the hero of The Hunger Games, capturing our collective imagination with the release of Catching Fire, the second movie in the series based on the books by Suzanne Collins. Although brash and clumsy when it comes to her own relationships, the brave teenager does (spoiler alert!) help crush a republic—one that is rotting away, its populace degraded from too much food and a steady diet of television violence. Whatever lessons you take from this enormously successful dystopian trilogy, one thing is certain: in the face of oppression, the fight for democracy can be dangerous and bloody – something one only need look at the New York Times to confirm. After immersing myself in Collins’ extraordinary trilogy and being blown away by Jennifer Lawrence’s spot-on performance as the complex, captivating Katniss, it was deflating to be reminded that both the actress and the hero she plays are such rarities. Our pop-culture landscape is littered with over-sexed female celebrities whose contributions to our daughters’ perceptions of what it means to be a woman are, in my opinion, damaging. To combat this depressing deluge of regressive dreck, I went looking for some real-life role models to usher in 2014 on a more hopeful note: flesh-and-blood representations...

Face Off Recap – Cosmic Conspiracy...

Dear Executive Producers, Creators, Writers, and Directors of Face Off. Whoever makes the decision to consistently put the first few rounds as group challenges needs to be fired. It is entirely too difficult to tell a persons full potential as an artist straight from the gate when they are forced to work with other people. The concept and designs belong to not one person, but multiple. If this is done because there are too many contestants to showcase individually at the end of the show, the smart decision is to bring on less contestants so viewers will be more satisfied when judges send someone home. It will have been for their own work, and not for the fact that they had a bad collaboration. Also – why are people who are consistently on the bottom allowed to stay, when someone else finds them self on the bottom for the first time and they are sent home? Again, if this was an individual challenge and someones work was worse than the other it would be much easier to tell, but it’s not. These team challenges are awesome later in the show, but at the beginning, the contestants should be able to show their individual skill set without having to deal with a partner. Moving on to the actual recap of Cosmic Conspiracy.  There was no preliminary challenge on the show this week. Instead everyone was lead down a dirt road, and through an ominous, classic start to a horror movie, made every viewer of age think of Children of the Corn – corn field. In the center of the corn field was a crop circle – man made by the show, and the contestants were immediately thrown into their spotlight challenge.   Spotlight Challenge Working...

Introducing Shrike Jan20

Introducing Shrike

Emmie here! For your Tuesday, I have some very exciting news. When I founded Searching for SuperWomen in April of 2013, I was just setting out on submission with a superhero novel called SHRIKE. Today I am delighted to announce that SHRIKE has been acquired by Mary-Theresa Hussey at Harlequin in a two book deal, for publication in late summer 2014! For more in-depth info, check out my website. SHRIKE is an adult urban fantasy novel, pitched as Bridget Jones meets Spiderman. It’s the story of Scottish accountant Gwen Maule, professional mess, who gains superpowers after accidentally ingesting a serum meant to cure her boss’s daughter of terminal cancer. As Gwen learns about her new abilities, she uncovers a terrorist plot against Edinburgh on the eve of the Scottish referendum for independence. Armed only with wedgie-inducing spandex suit and the burning desire to stay alive, Gwen has to take down the bombers — and her boss who harbors a personal vendetta....

Dracula Recap: Four Roses...

One thing that can be said, to this show’s detriment and in my opinion, is that it has never really had a WOW moment. One of those striking moments where the audience is was genuinely surprised and left jaws on the floor over what just happened. This can wholly be to the nature and somewhat tight writing of the continuous plot and while I appreciate this thread of commonality and fluidity sometimes, a good surprise is needed. For the first time the show seems to have pulled off an in interesting twist and out of nowhere punch that it was, in some regards, a wow moment. However, let us backtrack just a bit to where we can lead up to what has been rather spoiled in the title picture for this post. Most of this episode was, as is the nature of this show, dealing with the fallout of what happened the previous or even two episodes ago. This was no different this time around. Much of the atmosphere of this show was one that had the feeling of chaos or the cusp of it. Many of the characters, even our stalwart Renfield, seem to be grasping to contain what feels like a spiraling situation.  We can see this readily apparent in the interactions between Renfield and Grayson, Renfield and Van Helsing and Browning and Lady Jane. Each having someone in that group trying to convince the other that things need to get back on track. Most this hand holding and face slapping was done by Renfield and Lady Jane. Renfield spinned his cool and rational wheels trying to convince Grayson that Mina’s abduction at the behest of Davenport was a personal vendetta and not the work of the Dragons fell mostly on deaf...