10 Books That Influenced Me

Everyone was doing this about a month ago, but I never got around to it.

It’s a fun meme: list the 10 books that have most influenced you, the 10 that first come to mind, not the list of 10 you might carefully craft to show the world. Unfortunately, taking the meme as it suggests, I’m feeling a little bit embarrassed right now. Ah well. It would seem I’m influenced entirely by what I read up till about 23.

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Can’t really get past this one. Mum had an audiobook and it was played on long trips as kids. Living quite far from the nearest city, we took a lot of long trips.

2. Dragonsong/Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
Again, handed to me as a bored child on a holiday. I hated swimming (the primary activity when your summers involve going to beaches). McCaffrey has her terrible moments, but she created fascinating worlds.

3. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin
Addictive. Beautiful in the way Le Guin’s writing is. I’ve heard it described as what Avatar should have been, which is right, but that undersells it horribly.

4. The Book of Earth (The Dragon Quartet) by Marjorie Kellogg
This one is utterly terrible and awful in pretty much every way by my standards now.
The reason it’s on this list is entirely that when I was about 13, I read this book in the school library, and promptly forgot what it was called or where I’d grabbed it. And it very, very obviously lead into a sequel.

So it’s on the list because it kinda stuck in the back of my mind til I was about 25, when I was at a secondhand book sale and found another copy of it. It did not live up to expectations, but at least I learned what happened.

5. Deverry Cycle series by Katherine Kerr
I chewed through these in high school. They’re still quite high fantasy in the sense of Tolkien, but Kerr showed me that stories could centre around women as well as men. With an introduction to the ideas of reincarnation and magic, it matched the little New Age Hippie I was at the time.

Also I really really liked the elves.

6. How To Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ
It was a toss up between The Female Man and this. I chose this book. It’s not the one that made me cry, but it’s the one that helped me understand and conceptualise a lot of points I’d kind of been aware of, noticed, but had not been able to express or clarify to myself.

Also, omg powerful book jesus christ.

7. The Queen Of Erewhon by Lucy Sussex
A short story rather than a book, but one that was incredibly powerful and a huge influence on me. I nag everyone on the planet to read it whenever given the chance.

8. Secret Six by Gail Simone
Fucking hilarious, and full of characters I just love. It also introduced me to Simone’s amazing writing and made me fall in love with characters I never thought for the life of me I could be interested in.

9. The Authority by Warren Ellis
I still really really really want to be Jenny Sparks when I grow up. Nothing really deep here, just Jenny is amazing.

10. The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka
The first comic I ever read that made me appreciate how Wonder Woman could be awesome and cut through bullshit rather than being the stuck-up bitch I was used to seeing as a side character in other comics.

The art is shitty but I have to love it for that.


Episode 22: Not Wolverine!

The 22nd episode of How I Got My Boyfriend to Read Comics. Please note, due wisdom teeth being removed, there’s about a week delay between the podcast being recorded and posted.

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The News

  • Arkham Origins is out! Neither of us own or have played it – probably will soon though. Heard good things.
  • DC Scribblenauts is out. Neither of us own or have played it. Or own a console to play it.
  • Marvel Lego superheroes. Neither of us own or have played it.
  • Look to the XXP girls if you want actual superhero gaming opinions.
  • Zoe joined a beta of a browser game Flight Rising. It is the greatest.
  • DC moving away from New York offices moving mostly west coast. via Bleeding Cool.
  • NYCC was awhile back. There’s gonna be a Batman comic with Stephanie Brown! Again, via Bleeding Cool.

What We’ve Been Reading

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Zoe

  • Heroes for Hire. Was bad. A few seconds of interest then no, badness, boring.
  • Girl Comics was interesting.  Like the write-ups of the previous women.
  • She’s Fantastical edited by Lucy Sussex.
  • A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence. Early suffragette sci-fi available for free as an ebook? Yes please.
  • Discordia by Molly Crabapple and Laurie Penny. Was good.
  • Currently reading Infinite Jest. Because fukken English majors making me feel bad for not.

Chris

  • Snuff by Terry Pratchett.
  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.

Not Wolverine

Exploring the Marvel world despite not reading about the best Marvel comic character (Carol Danvers). We decided looking at Wolverine would be too easy, so rather than discuss Hugh Jackman, we’d look at side characters: one of Wolverine’s kids and his clone. Results were mixed.

We looked at the following books for comparison:
X-23: The Killing Dream and Chaos Theory, written by Marjoie Liu;
Dark Wolverine:  The Prince and My Hero, written Marjorie Liu and Daniel Way;
and also Daken: Dark Wolverine vs X-23: Collision was read by Chris.

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Just over a year on.

I’m a little bit cut up to be in Perth, WA (Australia) this year, rather than Seattle, WA (United States). Last year, I had the time of my life at Geek Girl Con ‘12, traveling by myself for the first time away from my home state. This weekend was Geek Girl Con ’13 for those of you that don’t pay attention.

I couldn’t afford to go this year, I went to a friends wedding in Oregon earlier in the year. I don’t regret deciding to go to the wedding in, but I’ve been watching the twitter feed for @geekgirlcon and its associated hashtag, feeling incredibly jealous and admiring the amazing cosplay and atmosphere that the convention seems to produce. Some Australian friends that live overseas and could get to the convention are helping by making me jealous with tweets like these:

Apparently I don’t just get to be jealous of the amazing array of guests (even more people I admire!) and the amazing program, I also get to miss out on people nerding out about my favourite musician.

 

Fair Warning: The rest of this post is just going to be horrible sentimental drivel, remembering what a great time last year was.

In 2013, I got to meet so many new friends, including the infamous Kyrax2 (the Batgirl of SDCC), Jason Sacks, Day and their families*. These people spoiled me rotten, after realising I knew noone when I took up Kyrax’s open invite for karaoke – not just for GGC but for my entire trip (Jason is particularly to blame for me discovering Fantographics, as well as convincing me I wanted to see New York and more importantly NYCC).

I also got to meet many amazing and creative people: Gail Simone, Jen Van Meter, Bryan Q Miller, Jane Espenson, Renae DeLiz (the brains behind the Womanthology project) and Jill Pantozzi (she writes at The Mary Sue). Again, I everyone was that I met was so lovely and kind, especially Miller who gave me the third Batgirl trade which I had been struggling to get. I still haven’t gotten the first one, sadly.

Star-struckness aside, I genuinely enjoyed everything about the con itself. I went to quite a few panels and workshops, and in all of them, I was impressed by the positivity and constructive attitude of those involved. It wasn’t a bunch of women nerds just bitching out the patriarchy, it was genuinely a huge collection of people giving each other advice and discussing projects and passions in a way that was fantastic.

I’ve been to many conventions (I even helped run one this year in Perth, where I inconveniently came down with a sinus infection) and I have to say, it is easily the most fun and the most freeing convention I have been to, for the creativity, positive vibe, safe environment, fantastic people, projects and options. This is a brilliant achievement that shouldn’t be underrated.

I haven’t blogged that much since Geek Girl Con. I was overwhelmed with three months’ travel and struggled to settle back into normal life when I got home. It took a while to remember why I started this blog and its podcast in the first place. The drive to understand and articulate my thoughts on my reading is only just starting to come back. This weekend, thinking on all this, it really hit me: I’m not near events like these, reviewing and critiquing what I read online. Getting the commentary is the closest I come to that kind of experience otherwise.

Basically I’m holding out for 2014. I guess I know what I’m saving up for.

 

 

* Plus many others but I don’t know who is cool with being linked to what.


Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies

Recently, I sent my friend Alex a copy of a book I love, Lucy Sussex’s Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies. She hasn’t read the book yet, but she has given me permission to put up an edited version of the letter that accompanied it, because she knows how much I love this book. Alex also knows how I want everyone on the planet to buy and read this book.

On that note, have the links for Amazon and Book Depository. Unfortunately, Ticonderoga Publications have not as yet released an e-book (though I’m told they are working on it). For the record, I don’t use affiliate links, but Russell once gave me $10 off the books I was buying because apparently if I stand up in front of a room full of fellow geeks drunk I will yell “if you don’t buy this books you’re a fucking moron”. And then people will by the book.  So that’s full disclosure for y’all.

Cover of Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies

Spoiler, not actually Matilda pictured. Probably.

The Letter

Dear Alex,

I feel like this is a personal gift, but it probably requires explanation and bonus probably-over-the-top review to explain why I love it so much. I am assuming you have not read this story or any of Sussex’s other work, but she is published internationally and I could be completely wrong. Laugh at me if this is the case.

Lucy Sussex is my favourite Australian writer for one reason: the story “The Queen of Erewhon”.

But back to “The Queen of Erewhon” and it’s importance to me. I read this story when I was around 13. It was in some Best SF Of The Year collection my grandparents had gotten me for Christmas. The collection as a whole was quite dull, the usual uninspiring, uninteresting cheap short story tricks that were driving me mad and getting me kicked out of English Lit classes and put me off attempts to “analyse” prose for a good few years.

That last story in the book, though. Right at the back. This story about these women’s lives and the tragedy of Erewhon, it… fucking haunted me. When I eventually reached it, I read it over and over and, unusually for short stories (where previously I found them useless and empty), I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Weird looks from the friends I was brave enough to show it to.

The story was eye-opening, a beautiful post-ozone-layer post-climate-change dystopia, brimming with history and layers and richness and such a strong fabric of a tiny community, its cultures and its world.

It was my introduction to the fact that lesbians and lesbianism were a real thing, not just an insult yelled at you from cars as you walked home. It was something real and something that could be okay. The story covers the whole spectrum, in hindsight, also introducing me to ideas of polyamory, bisexuality and thoughts I wouldn’t understand till a decade later. Can you tell this story hypnotised me and stayed with me a bit? I think it’s a rare gift of a short story to manage such a thing. Especially in a 13 year old.

Even if you don’t read the rest, or read only some of this book and hate it, please make sure that you read this story and consider that my gift. I will be shocked if you hate it or can’t understand why I love it so much.

Okay, I have tried to explain my feelings and the importance of this story to me so many times now. I think I might be in love with this story a bit. I want it to be seen more, and wow do I want friends to have opinions on it.

The Actual Review of the Rest of the Book

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The Worst Book Cover I Have Ever Seen

I read an excellent book recently.

Unfortunately it also has the misfortune of what is pretty close to the worst cover I have ever seen. I’ve owned it for quite a few months now and I still can’t get past just how dreadful it is.

Trying to convince people this book is fucking fantastic is going to be a challenge. But it is.

Trying to convince people this book is fucking fantastic is going to be a challenge. But it is.

Fools is the most genuine examination of identity within the cyberpunk framework that I have ever read. Pat Cadigan has created a very rich world with enough allegories and metaphors that are painfully pointed or sometimes very beautiful. These are layered neatly with literal interpretations, an exploration of the physical consequences of the ability to create false personalities and memories within the brain, all loaded into an excellent action-adventure full of all sorts of fun. It’s not what you’d call dry.

I don’t feel like I’m doing this book justice in that description.

For context I read Fools directly after Slow River by Nicola Griffith and they make for an interesting comparison. I’m not going to go into detail, but these two books exemplify to me what this idea of bio-punk SHOULD be about rather than letting it be led by Paolo Bacigalupi and that fucking awful embarrassment of a book The Windup Girl.

However, moving back to Cadigan, the reason I picked up Fools was I’d just read Synners and this was the only other book of Cadigan’s that I could easily find. For some reason, only one of her books has been put into the Gollancz SF Masterworks, which is a shame, because I think both these books are worthy of it. Book depository tells me Cadigan has an SF gateway omnibus collection featuring Fools, Mindplayers and Tea From An Empty Cup coming out in about four months. It’s basically moved to the top of my ‘to buy’ list.

See a much prettier cover.

See a much prettier cover.

Synners is very much the product of that old-skool cyberpunk period when Cadigan was roped into being the token girl in the boys’ club. Of all the cyberpunk (not much) I have read it does something the other books never managed: it makes the drive for technological post-humanism that all the characters have seem human, humane and relatable. Suddenly, you find yourself able to understand this desire and force, as well as the fun of a tech-ridden world. It doesn’t make hacking into a cool but unintelligible and mysterious dark art – it treats it as a skill and a mindset. It makes them relatable and learnable.

Cadigan fills the book with powerful imagery and concepts, and while some of the repeating phrases are clumsy and a little corny, the themes are kept grounded enough. On top of that, there’s an awareness of the socio-economic consequences that isn’t glossed over, which I think makes it feel more honest. It really hit me writing this. Synners is the book that has made cyberpunk seem like a sub-genre of value to me for more than just it’s hilarious and fun aesthetic (which I love to bits).

Both books are excellent, but Synners is probably an easier book to love. That said, both of these books have aged well, especially in comparison to many of the other cyberpunk novels of that generation. Definitely worth reading.

It’s a shame most of her books don’t seem to be as easily available as Synners.


Episode 21 “The Green”

In another step in getting the podcast back on track, we have another episode of How I Got My Boyfriend To Read Comics up! While there was a delay in publication, to make up for it, we even have the return of the podcast notes!

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Welcome to the eco hippy Green version of the podcast notes:

The News

  •  Transgender character in Batgirl finally after a few months of build up. Seems to be handled well.
  •  The greatest comics based website to exist ever: http://hasdcdonesomethingstupidtoday.com/
  •  Demon Knights and Dial H for Hero cancelled. Sadness.
  • There is a DC version of Scribblenauts coming out Supposedly every DC character ever. Actual footage of Steph Brown has been seen! (via Kotaku)
  • Seeing more info and pics on Arkham Origins are coming online. Have yet to see any chicks. Lots of Deathstroke and Deadshot. (via VG24/7)

What We’ve Been Reading

Zoe

  • Among Others by Jo Walton (also known as the worst book ever written)
  • Meredith Gran books based on her webcomics
  • The Scarlet Rider by Lucy Sussex
  • Content for Gender through Comics online course
  • Demon Knights.
  • Played loads of Tomb Raider (or as I keep calling it, Lara Croft)

Chris

  • Roadside Picnic by  Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  • Habitation of the Blessed by Cat Valente

The Green (or the topic of the week)

We wanted to explore the idea of “the Green” in the Vertigo/DCU universes. We decided to use a comparison between Poison Ivy against Alan Moore’s classic take on Swamp Thing. While we discuss the gender issues, the differences to nu52 and constantly confuse the title of Cast Shadows (the Poison Ivy trade discussed).

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Women’s Week.

Another post from ages ago!

I’m still in contact with the science fiction club at the nearby university where I studied. Mostly, I’m friends with the older kids who will be graduating soon. Occasionally, I get dragged out of the grumpy old-guard box, dusted off and asked to help them out with something. This time around it was their Women’s Week celebration stall. They wanted to be able to recommend books pointing out that SF&F isn’t quite as alienating and misogynistic as it seems when your exposure is Game of Thrones, and The Avengers movie. This is a cause I can get right behind, so I agreed to turn up to provide stickers and a recommendations  list of awesome books and comics about and by women.

At the stall itself showing my usual charm and winning personality to the young ones.

At the stall itself showing my usual charm and winning personality to the young ones. Photo taken by my housemate.

Of course, I left it to the last minute, so the lists are rather rushed.

Speculative Fiction Books:

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  • Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen
  • The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly
  • The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • Palimpsest by Cat Valente
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  • Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre.
  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  • Nylon Angel by Marianne De Pierres
  • Synners by Pat Cadigan
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Grass by Sheri Tepper
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
  • Mappa Mundi by Justina Robertson
  • Dawn (Lilith’s Brood #1) by Octavia Butler
  • The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge
  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip

Comic Books (individual trades):

  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue Deconnick
  • Womanthology: Heroic (by various, organised by Renae De Liz)
  • Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
  • Hopeless Savages by Jen Van Meter
  • Wonder Woman: The Circle by Gail Simone

Comic Book Series

  • Birds of Prey v1 by Gail Simone, DC
  • Powergirl by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey and Amanda Conner, DC
  • Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley, Vertigo
  • X-23 by Majorie Liu, Marvel

I did try for a variety of sub-genres and both explicitly and implicitly feminist books. I keep looking at it thinking it needs improvements, I mean it’s pretty much all white straight women, with a bend towards fantasy.

I’m not entirely comfortable with that.

My weak rationalisations: I was limited by trying to go for the ‘oh yeah, I’ve heard that mentioned before’ effect (especially in nerds) but not for a lot of super obvious stuff like J.K. Rowling. I also wanted to limit the amount of YA, going instead for 80s/90s books that have a younger audience, but predate the idea of the YA genre as defined by marketing. I’m also avoiding short stories, which takes away a lot of awesome stuff I’ve been reading. Uni students, even the SF and geeky ones around here, aren’t exactly the most well-read of creatures. I’d like to think it’s because they are too busy studying, but well… I can remember being a uni student.

Anyway, there’s a definite need for improvement. Hopefully if I’m asked again next year, I’ll be able to come up with something better. If nothing else, I’ll be more organised.

Suggestions for next time welcome! I’ll probably still be in contact with a few of the kids next year!


Swancon: After Buffy

So Swancon! That science fiction convention I was on the committee on and helped run.
Have a picture taken by Arinellen from the XXP bloggers shows my approach to event management.

I was pretty worn out at this point.

I was pretty worn out at this point.

I ran one panel at Swancon this year, leading the feral group I call my ‘craft day’ friends: Penny, Nic, Emma and Sarah F. Sadly, I didn’t think to grab pictures of this set up. Basically, these are friends from a few years back, when I decided I wanted to start up an informal crafting meet-up at my house every couple of weeks. These are the friends that kept showing up, even though we very quickly stopped crafting and just started watching tv, arguing and recommending other media to each other.

The panel After Buffy, was an attempt at moving past the main few action women in the modern consciousness. When people talk about awesome women, strong women, and female action heroes, what you quickly notice is that Buffy, Ripley, Sarah Connor and Lara Croft are the names that keep coming up and dominating the conversation with their various merits rather than diversifying the list. It becomes a battle for perfection, rather than finding loads of role models.

I promised we’d put a list of the recommendations online as we didn’t get time to mention many of the creators and texts that we wanted. These aren’t all SF or action, but whatever we thought had the potential to showcase women being awesome, whether the work itself was terrible or brilliant. They are things we’ve recommended to each other, discussed loads or watched in a group.

TV and Movies
Cliff Chiang's take on The Runaways.

Cliff Chiang’s take on The Runaways.

  • Xena
  • Lost Girl
  • Birds of Prey
  • Rizzoli & Isles
  • Hope Springs
  • The Runaways (the movie)
  • But I’m A Cheerleader
  • Kamikaze Girls
  • Tank Girl
  • Daria
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • Middleman
  • Brave
  • Tangled
Books and Authors
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Jane Yolen
  • Ursula Le Guin
  • Joanna Russ
  • Lucy Sussex
  • Cherie Priest
  • Cat Valente
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Marianne De Pierres
  • L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Gael Baudino, Gossamer Axe
  • Genevieve Valentine, Mechanique
Comics
Not actually sure who drew this Painkiller Jane. She is amazing.

Not actually sure who drew this Painkiller Jane. She is amazing.

  • Gail Simone
  • Alison Bechdel
  • Jen Van Meter
  • Faith Erin Hicks
  • Wonder Woman (Greg Rucka, Gail Simone)
  • ’92/93 Black Canary (Sarah Byam)
  • Queen & Country (Greg Rucka)
  • Painkiller Jane (Jimmy Palmiotti)
  • Digger (Ursula Vernon)
  • Passage of Time
  • Catwoman (Ed Brubaker)
  • Powergirl (Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Amanda Connor)
  • Manhunter (Marc Andreyko)
  • X-23 (Marjorie Liu)
  • Captain Marvel (Kelly Sue DeConnick)
  • Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

The panel itself went really well. Surprisingly well. We came third in the best-in-program contest which is pretty wicked, and we weren’t expecting the crowd we got. We were also impressed that we managed to only upset one person (we’re really sorry, Kendra!) with how opinionated and overboard we tend to go. The vibe was really good too. It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a panel, and the impression I’ve gotten is many people felt the same. The vibe continued into the next panel (on queer representation) with the recommending spirit continuing onwards.

The audience was pretty awesome. At the time, we weren’t expecting such an awesome discussion from the audience, or the number of people that showed up. We’ve managed to get most of the notes (borrowing heavily from alias_sqbr for this post). Note: I don’t necessarily agree with a lot of these recs and I can’t guareentee we didn’t miss a whole heap.

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Amy Reeder’s take on Batwoman

  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Batwoman
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Girls with Slingshots
  • Questionable Content
  • The Princess Diaries series (especially 2)
  • Tank Girl
  • Girl Genius
  • Ash
  • Fables
  • Batgirl
  • Ice Princess
  • Global Frequency
  • Runaways (the comic)

I did notice a fixation on the princess tropes and roles that subvert or bring in alternative roles. Personally I think the princess trope just needs to be burned to the ground and erased from the media’s collective consciousness alongside Barbie and cheerleaders (even subverted ones like Buffy). However, the panel and certainly members of the audience disagreed with me and there was no shortage of suggestions. I still wonder if the reason we defend these princesses is that we have so few other characters to form attachments to.

Possible idea for a future panel? One not run by me, I’ve sworn I’m out after this round.

Full credit needs to go to Lily for pointing out that we completely missed Batwoman. She won a signed copy of Boneshaker by Cherie Priest – while there were millions of good suggestions from the audience, this was the most obvious character and comic we missed.

We’re always after suggestions, and people should feel free to keep mentioning stuff in the comments.


Ain’t dead.

You might have noticed wolverina.net has been a little quiet the past few months. Traveling and blogging was a little too much after becoming quite ill while in New York. I decided I wanted the rest of my holiday to be just a holiday.

So what has been taking up my time since returning to Perth between Weddings and Various Family Engagements.

To start with, Lego Batman 2: DC Superheros.

Lego Batman 2

I think I prefer the first Lego Batman, but I would like to review this properly when I have finished it. 100% is still a hard goal to reach when you have absolutely no skill at console gaming!

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My cat took a liking to my copy.

Polished off Chicks Dig Comics over the Christmas holidays. It’s fun reading, basically a series of light essays by ladies discussing an aspect of comics and the geek culture that they love. From crushes on Aquaman to adventures in growing up in Snowtown from Ellis’s Fell to Sandman fangirling to Simone’s inspiring first essay, the book keeps you amused. It’s great to see the variety of personal stories every woman uses to describe her experiences.

The book does mention the discrimination in the industry regularly, it doesn’t dominate the discussion throughout the book (which is pretty refreshing, to put it mildly). The interviews add a lot to the discussion, and I particularly loved the perspectives of Rucka and Conner.

I’m curious to see more in this series, but Timelords and Whedon fangirling aren’t really my thing. Maybe they’ll have a Batman or a computer games book soon. Or Stargate. Hmm.

My only other holiday news is that I have taken to collecting HeroClix, or at least, the DCU ladies created. My partner is laughing as I now have over 30 of them.

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Yes, I am a Stephanie Brown fangirl. I prefer her as Spoiler over Batgirl, but she is amazing as both.

Assuming I don’t melt from the heat in the next few days, I’m hoping to get this blog running a lot more regularly in 2013. We are in a severe heatwave here though.


New York Comic Con

I’m pretty behind on keeping this site up to date at the moment, I haven’t even gotten the show notes for Episode 19 of How I Got My Boyfriend To Read Comics up yet.

This will remain the case for the at least the next few days. I’m going to be at New York Comic Con for various parts of the next four days and will be writing articles for Comics Bulletin.

So if you really miss my ranting, you should head that way. If you want very confused irl ranting, I’m (one of?) the girl with blue hair, confused expression and an Australian accent. Or email or twitter at me. If I can find them before I leave, I have leftover podcast stickers to get rid of too.


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