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  1. Raina Telgemeier’s The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels Are BACK – In Living Color!

    OMG, Claudia's hair!

    My eleven-year-old self is doing somersaults of joy! Fresh off her recent Eisner nomination for Sisters, Raina Telgemeier is also celebrating the re-release of her graphic novel adaptations of The Baby-Sitters Club IN FULL COLOR by Graphix/Scholastic!

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  2. The Cover For DC’s Black Canary #2 Has Us Jazzed About This New Girl Band Comic

    Black Canary #2 hits stands and online retailers July 15th, and Annie Wu's cover is everything. Written by Brenden Fletcher (of Batgirl and Gotham Academy), we have a feeling this is going to be one rockin' comic (sorry). #2 is even going to have a variant cover by Batgirl's Babs Tarr.

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  3. The Mary Sue Interview: Sydney Padua on The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

    The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua combines Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, a steampunk sensibility, and copious footnotes - so it is no surprise that I was immediately transfixed as soon as I discovered the web comic and app several years ago.

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  4. Review: Marvel Comics’ Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2-5

    Ah, quality, how I’ve missed thee!

    With five issues under its belt and its first arc nearly complete, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin continues to be a standout comic book series on every level in terms of artwork, character, and story.

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  5. How To Fight Like A Girl, Part 3: LadyStar and Fighting For Love

    It is far too easy for authors and readers alike to describe a teenage girl with a boyfriend or even a candidate for a boyfriend as "boy crazy." The equivalent concept of "girl crazy" for boy characters is rare to the point of absurdity.

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  6. Feminism Ain’t Easy: That Time Joss Whedon Used Our Tweet to Call a Jurassic World Clip Sexist

    Saying 'Joss Whedon' and 'feminist' in the same sentence will get you a variety of responses. There are those who think him one of the best examples of the term while others think he shouldn't be associated with it at all. However, I'm going to write about it today as recent events have made me realize there may be no harder thing one can choose to be than a feminist. Allow me to explain.

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  7. The Flash Cast and Creative Team Talk Diversity and the Importance of Representation

    "When we met Jesse Martin (who plays Detective Joe West) in New York to convince him to be a part of this show, he said he always loved comics but never saw his face in them. Now he can. Now there's a whole generation of kids who can watch these shows (and see his face, too)."

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  8. How To Fight Like A Girl, Part 2: LadyStar, Teamwork, And Empowering Female Characters

    Not too long ago, I wrote an article about a television series called H2O Just Add Water. For those of you who aren't familiar, H2O is the story of three girls named Emma, Rikki and Cleo who are granted the power to turn into mermaids and manipulate water with magic powers. The focus of my article was to compare H2O to Sailor Moon; but the more important point is that both shows demonstrate what is possible when girls learn the important concept of teamwork.

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  9. How To Fight Like A Girl: Why LadyStar Has The Greatest Fighting Team of Teenage Girls Ever Assembled

    When my fellow Lexicon Hollow author W. Scott created the LadyStar characters fifteen years ago, the major challenge was not just to tell an exciting story. After all, these girls have powers that would make the average comic book superhero run for cover. We don't call them "The Greatest Fighting Team of Teenage Girls Ever Assembled" for nothing.

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  10. The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Marvel’s Sana Amanat and Author James Patterson on Why YA Lit Fans Will Love the Complex Female Characters of Max Ride: First Flight

    Max Ride: First Flight is Marvel's newest lady-led comic offering, and it soars into shops today. We had the chance to speak with some of the creative team about the new book, YA literature, and what Marvel is doing to bring more female readers to the world of comics.

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  11. Fresh Romance Diverse Comics Magazine Announces New Creative Teams and Gail Simone Goal

    Fresh Romance, an ongoing diverse romance comics magazine project by former TMS weekend editor and comics pro Janelle Asselin, has some exciting new creative teams, stories, and goals on the horizon.

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  12. Buzzfeed Looks at 21 #NonCompliant Members of the Comics Community

    What we talk about when we talk about NC.

    This year's ECCC featured a Being Non-Compliant panel with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Noelle Stevenson, Kate Leth, Erika Moen and Spike Trotman, but the bad-assery didn't end there--Buzzfeed's Kirk Damato took to the floor to talk to creators, professionals, and fans about what being non-compliant means to them.

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  13. CW’s The Flash is a Great Superhero Adaptation But Iris West is Getting Left in the Dust

    A good character with overlooked potential.

    I truly love CW's The Flash. It's my favorite live-action comic book adaptation TV series, largely because it embraces its own absurdity with a great sense of fun. Telepathic, sentient gorilla? We got that. Villains with the guts to call themselves Captain Cold and Pied Piper? Sure, we'll include them and more. But it's possible, and sometimes necessary, to also acknowledge that things you enjoy might have a thing or two to criticize. Ikeep scratching my head over Iris West.

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  14. The Mary Sue Exclusive: Comixology’s Recent Marvel Sale Boasted 7 Out of 10 Female-Led Titles in the Top 10

    Last month, digital comics retailer Comixology did a buy one, get one free sale for any and all Marvel titles. Who made the top 10? Hint: it wasn't Wolverine.

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  15. Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

    C'mon now.

    You may not be surprised to learn that we don't like Frank Cho's Spider-Gwen sketch cover - but you may be surprised as to why.

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  16. ECCC’s “Being Non-Compliant” Panel Brought The Bad-Ass Women Of The Comics Internet Together, And It Was Beautiful

    Don't tell me to smile.

    It's safe to say I've never felt more at home during a con than I did at Emerald City Comicon's "Being Non-Compliant" panel. I alternated between laughing so hard my sides hurt, to crying real, actual tears, and I did it all while listening to a line-up of bad-ass women in comics who are making the world a better place for all of us. Rock on.

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  17. Gail Simone Wants to Know if People Think There’s a Difference Between Comics Fans and “Tumblr Fans”

    Is that even actually a thing?

    On her Tumblr yesterday, Gail Simone brought up the interesting notion of "Tumblr fans" or people whose only interaction with and appreciation for comics characters comes through stuff they've seen reblogged on Tumblr, rather than actually having read a comic book.

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  18. Teaching Girls to Be Their Own (Super) Heroes in a Time When Toy Aisles Teach Them Otherwise

    Marvelous.

    John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls and father of two superhero-obsessed daughters The Mary Sue has a great affection for, has a thing or two to say about showing girls that superheroes aren't "for boys." It's an incredibly important message, especially in a time when Marcotte says research has found that the toy aisles have never had a stronger gender divide—and that's just the tip of the gender normative iceberg.

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  19. Why FIGHT! Is An Important Zine For Women In Gaming And Comics

    I grew up on Sailor Moon, so my love for tough female characters started at a very young age. The last zine project I curated was Moon Power, which was a Sailor Moon fanzine, and after the success of that project I decided I wanted to do a new zine that focused on female characters and had original content from artists. I’ve always loved the character design and art direction behind video games such as Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Guilty Gear, Soul Calibur and others.

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  20. Fresh Romance: How I’m Helping Make Room For Women in Comics

    Having a company that mostly employs women, featuring primarily women protagonists, making comics that will hopefully appeal to women is my way of saying "I’m all in on women being a viable and important part of the comics industry."

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