Stunning Images From the Golden Age of Comic Books

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were considered by some “the Lennon and McCartney of the Golden Age of Comic Books.” Every genre, from superheroes and space to Westerns and romance, emerged from their studios. Now, a new coffee-table book, The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio, brings their personal archives into the light. Its large, newsprint-like pages give you a tactile sense that you’re reading the comics in their original form, but even better. Enjoy these stunning images from the new book. … Read More

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The ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie Could Very Well be Helmed by a Female Director

The Wonder Woman movie is happening. And, against all odds, it may be shaping up to be something worth watching. Rumors… Read More

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Discover Wonder Woman’s Queer, Kinky Feminist History in Jill Lepore’s ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’

In Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the noted author of many crucial books (including Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin), Harvard professor, and New Yorker staff writer turns her eye to some secret identities that we never knew about: the cultural history and personal arcana that led to Wonder Woman, the best super heroine in comics. … Read More

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Let’s Not Break Our Arms Patting Marvel on the Back For “Diversity”

Tuesday morning, a packed house of fans, filmmakers, actors, and media gathered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for a mysterious “event” hosted by Marvel Studios. But as the event began, the mystery evaporated: studio president Kevin Feige was there to announce the entire slate for Marvel’s “Phase 3,” the presumed blockbusters that will roll out following next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. In many ways, it was the very essence of hype: an advertising event at which a throng of superfans freaked out over dates and title fonts. But it was a morning of mostly good news — particularly with regards to expanding representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has to this point been dominated by straight white guys. The only question is, did they go far enough? … Read More

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Sandra Oh Turns to Indiegogo for Animated Feature About Young Canadian Poet

Former Grey’s Anatomy actor Sandra Oh has a fun new project in the works: an animated feature titled Window Horses, about Rosie,… Read More

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‘Constantine’ Primer: The Five ‘Hellblazer’ Stories To Read Before The Show Premieres

On Friday, NBC premieres Constantine, a supernatural drama based on Hellblazer, a long-lived but relatively niche DC Comics title about a Liverpudlian punk-rocker-turned-sorcerer with suspect decision-making skills. Given the post-Whedon ubiquity of wisecracking antiheroes battling literal and figurative demons, those unfamiliar with the character can hardly be blamed for rolling their eyes at the prospect of another addition to the ghostbusting pantheon. And yet, if the showrunners do their jobs right, John Constantine has the potential to eclipse the trenchcoat brigade of paranormal investigators that preceded him to the small screen. He springs fully-formed from 25 years of paradigm-shifting comics that hit consistent high notes in terms of literary and artistic ambition, propelled by the (yes, I’ll say it!) auteurist idiosyncrasies allowed to flourish under DC’s once-hallowed Vertigo imprint. … Read More

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Anti-Harassment Policies and Diversity Panels: How NY Comic Con Worked to Make Geek Culture More Inclusive

One of the first things you see upon entering New York Comic Con is a large sign that unequivocally states, “Cosplay Is Not Consent.” ReedPOP and NYCC 2014, with the help of The Mary Sue, introduced a new policy dictating zero tolerance for harassment (which it defines as including “unwelcome physical attention,” “offensive verbal comments,” and “bathroom policing”). Putting aside the obvious frustration that any of this has to be spelled out in the first place, it’s refreshing to see the anti-harassment policy so prominently displayed. (It’s also in the program and on the official mobile app; in just a few taps, you can report an incident immediately.) Combined with the impressive number of progressive panels in 2014, it’s indicative of NYCC’s growing concern with making the convention safer, friendlier, and more inclusive, especially for women, even if the convention — and “geek culture” as a whole — still has a long way to go. … Read More

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“Women as Supporting Characters Is a Problem”: NY Comic Con Panels Take on Strong Female Characters and Trans Themes

Sponsored by girl-geek destination site The Mary Sue, Saturday’s New York Comic Con panel on “Strong Female Characters: The Women Shining in Geek Media” began by making clear what a strong female character isn’t. “There’s a lazy definition of the strong female character,” Lindsay Ellis, creator of YouTube’s Nostalgia Chick channel, notes. “Which is: ‘female character that do guy things. And she punch and she fight.'” Along with “Secret Identities: Transgender Themes in Comic Books,” convened 24 hours later in the same filled-to-capacity room at the Javits Center, the panel took a hard look at representation in the works celebrated at this weekend’s Comic Con — both how far it’s come, and how far it has to go. … Read More

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