WIR: Jessica Jones: Alias Vol 1

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Why yes I have jumped on the Jessica Jones bandwagon and as I was lucky enough to get a copy of this for christmas I just had to devour it in basically one go.

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 WIR: Nimona

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This weeks book is the award winning Internet wondekin Noelle Stevenson‘s Nimona. This book began life as a webcomic that everyone told me to read that I just never got around to. One of the cool things about Nimona is that would actually get to see her talent growing as the comic goes on. The chapters become more meaningful, the art gets noticeably better. It’s a rare thing to see and I think it’s a necessary and inspiring book. It’s proof that beginners can make good art and that practice really does pay off. It’s the kind of thing that can really only happen on a web comic.

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What I’m Reading: Hawkeye Vol 3 LA Woman

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I was a huge fan of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye when it premiered. It was a title that actually got me buying single titles again. I loved what most people did, the snark, David Aja’s art, the fact that it was a truly stand alone title. It was really hard not to love.  But somewhere around the time Kate Bishop packed off for LA, I stopped reading. I blamed it mostly on my unemployment and thus inability to keep buying weeklies but after reading LA Woman, I’m not surprised I let my weekly buying habits wane.

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What I’m Reading: The LumberJanes Vol. 1

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I know I’m late to the ballgame with this one but when my little sister gave me this one for Christmas I had no choice but to sit down and promptly read the whole thing. Even if most of the family was in the middle of a game of Mafia De Cuba.

Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis are people to watch. The Lumberjanes are cartoony without being overly cute. It’s like if Adventure Time went to a girl scout summer camp.

While this comic is certainly meant for a younger audience reading it as an adult was still a good use of my time. It’s one of those fast reads that makes a sick day a little less gloomy.

Lumberjanes vol.1 is my first read of 2016 (good start I’d say) from 2015 I still need to finish:

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

The Shining Girls by Lauren Burkes

I also stated Anna Karenina because fuck it, gotta read the classics sometime right?

I want to read a hundred books this year because I like reading more than interacting with people on the subway.

1 book down 99 more to go.

 

 

 

New Orleans 10 Years Later

You might remember Ursa from her cat calls comic which made reddit waves. Now she’s back with a touching commentary on the devastation that Katrina wrought upon New Orleans and it’s lasting effects on the city. This comic sums up what we’ve been hearing from activist circles lately, that the only parts of the city that bounced back were the upper class mostly white neighborhoods. As we saw here in New York as well, when the storms come they hit the poor and minority groups the hardest and no one seems keen on making sure aid gets to where it’s really needed. From one broken city to another, condolences and hope that when the storms come again we handle them better.

Squirrel Girl kicks ass at Wondercon

My favorite thing about this (aside from the adorableness of it all) is that as all good Marvel fans know Squirrel Girl is actually a total badass. She took down THANOS, by herself.

The inclusion of a Spider Gwen cosplayer also reminded me that between her, Squirrel Girl,  Ms. Marvel and Silk, there’s actually a good number of superhero characters that girls who don’t want to be all tits mcgee can cosplay as. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to dress up in revealing costumes but some of us A:just don’t have the chest to back those outfits up with and B: it’s freaking cold in the North like for most of the year covering more than eight inches of skin really helps keep they hypothermia away and C: some people just don’t like showing that much skin and that’s AOK too.