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Today in Indie Comics: Lady Knights and Action Princesses

Haircut panels by Sara Goetter

The tumblrverse tends to get into these creative-concept hiveminds every four-to-six weeks: early this winter it was adorably grotesque monster girls, last month was “murdermaids,” and now, with Game of Thrones season 4 looming on the horizon, it appears the internet is going gaga for women warriors and kick-butt queens and princesses. I am very, very okay with this.

Besides dogbomber’s lady knight generator, which The Mary Sue’s Rebecca Pahle has already covered, a slew of indie web- and short-comics featuring lady knights and action princesses have been going viral or been reintroduced into our collective consciousness. In between binge-watching old Xena: Warrior Princess episodes on Netflix and digging out your childhood copies of The Paper Bag Princess and The Song of the Lioness, here are three webcomics featuring heroic courtly women you should absolutely read and support.

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In Praise of the Women of Elementary

Elementary is unique among the many recent retellings of A.C. Doyle’s famous detective, for better or worse depending on your tastes, because it takes familiar characters and story elements and places them in a completely new or reimagined context. While playing it fast and loose with what’s familiar might alienate some, one thing this freedom does allow Elementary to do—and do well—is give us more interesting, fun, and complex female characters to revel in.

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When It Comes to Gender Stereotyping, Pink Is Not the Problem [VIDEO]

In his analysis of the problems (real and falsely perceived) with the “pink aisle,” MovieBob has some things to say about The Hunger Games—namely that it reinforces an outdated notion of male=good and female=bad by giving its heroine stereotypically masculine traits and the Capitol stereotypically feminine ones—that I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on.

(via: The Escapist)

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Lili Taylor’s Almost Human Character Was Originally Conceived As Male

Producer Joel Wyman explains how Almost Human‘s Maldonado went from a being a male police captain to one played by actress Lili Taylor.

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Add Elysium‘s Secretary Delacourt to the List of Characters Written for Men and Played by Women

Jodie Foster and Neill Blomkamp talked to Entertainment Weekly recently about the process of getting the much celebrated actress onto the production of Blomkamp’s first return to the director’s chair since District 9. As it turns out, even though both of them would have loved to work with the other, it almost didn’t happen because her character was originally written to be male.

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Have You Read Robert Galbraith’s New Book? No? Surprise! He’s Actually J.K. Rowling.

If you somehow hadn’t heard of Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, you might assume she was a man. In fact, that was done on purpose. She used that pen name rather than her real name,”Joanne,” upon first release of that series at the behest of her publisher, who thought boys might not want to read a book by a woman. But Rowling recently published another novel under a different pseudonym, and it was her idea. The Mary Sue readers, allow us to introduce you to Robert Galbraith

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MovieBob Takes On The “Gay Agenda” Complaints Of The Hub’s SheZow [VIDEO]

We previously reported on the controversy surrounding SheZow, a cartoon from Australia, now airing on The Hub here in the U.S. Writer Ben Shapiro felt the need to defend his show on things outsiders were reading into it but now MovieBob takes a crack. And a great one at that. Give it a watch.

(via The Escapist)

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Surprise, Surprise: Right-Wingers Get Upset About The Hub’s Genderswapping Superhero Cartoon

Meet Guy Hamdon. He’s a 12-year-old wannabe-macho man whose catchphrase is “It’s a GUY thing.” But when he steals a ring meant for his sister and puts it on as a joke he gets the shock of his young life, as the ring is actually a magic ring that turns its wearer into SheZow, a “a legendary FEMALE superhero who possesses many super powers both physical and in the form of awesome gadgets” and whom Guy can subsequently turn into by saying “You go girl!”

SheZow, which airs in the U.S. on The Hub, has already gotten a lot of people talking about its refreshingly unique attitude to gender. But some of the comments haven’t been so positive.

Look out. Conservative bastion Brietbart News has found out about The Hub’s genderswapping kid’s show. And they aren’t pleased.

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At Least One of the Choices in this Genderswapped LotR Recasting Will Make Your Jaw Drop

I’ll just start with the one that dropped my jaw. Like all fan recasts, there are some here that you’re probably going to disagree with (personally, I think it’s imperative to pick actresses for Faramir and Boromir that look like they could be siblings in order to recreate the uncanny family resemblance between Sean Bean and David Wenham), but we’ve put the ones that we found most interesting in a gallery.

And seriously, Katee Sackoff as Samwise the Brave? I am already crying tears.

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Gwendoline Christie Discusses Gender Roles & Fighting For Game of Thrones’ Brienne

I could write a whole article on how amazingly awesome Brienne of Tarth is just from my own perspective but in this case I’ll leave it up to the actress who plays her on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Gwendoline Christie did an interview with TV Guide recently where she said some interesting things about gender roles in Westeros. 

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