Last weekend, John Lewis announced that he would be missing the 2017 inauguration, the first he would miss in thirty years. This comment incited controversy. One of the articles that came up told me that Lewis’s books were selling out in stores across the country, and I was reminded that I still had not read the third volume of Lewis’s comic book trilogy, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. I immediately went to the store and purchased a beautiful boxed set of all three books. March is John Lewis’s story during the Civil Rights Movement. Hopefully, you can read this article without needing to be warned about spoilers.
March Vol. 1 starts with Lewis getting ready to attend President Obama’s inauguration and flashes back to his childhood up through his initial involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. Volume 2 continues in this style, and Volume 3 wraps it up.
The comic book world can be incredibly overwhelming. Comic book stores are geared toward longtime readers, putting the most recent issue in front, and then everything else in bins. Sometimes the bins are separated into DC, Marvel, and indie. Sometimes they’re straight up alphabetical. If you decide you’re going to go for trade, meaning several issues bound into a book that hopefully conveys a full storyline, you then have to hope that your comic series does not interact with any other comics, because then you’ve got to buy the crossovers to get the full story. THEN, pray your story doesn’t jump into a parallel universe that already existed and has rules that have been explained in another series.
I want to tell you about some of the issues I faced when starting to get into comics. Luckily, I worked at Borders at the time, and had some really awesome co-workers who helped me get on the right track. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up over my years of getting into comics: Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Guide to Getting Into Comics→
When rumors started going around that Deadpool was finally getting his own movie, people were skeptical. Could this be a good movie? Would they rate it R? Would Deadpool break the fourth wall? Would there be chimichangas? Could Ryan Reynolds pull it off? Then a clip “leaked.” The clip reassured fans that yes, Ryan Reynolds could pull this off. With the red band trailer came assurances that this would 100% be an R rated movie. The Christmas trailer dropped a chimichanga reference. All that was left was for Deadpool to break the fourth wall, and for this to actually be a quality movie. Guess what, Deadpool fans? They did it!
While I don’t entirely agree with the Merriam-Webster definition of fangirl as ‘a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something’ (OVERLY enthusiastic? Fanboy is defined in precisely the same, slightly under-handed manner, just with girl and woman replaced by boy and man ), I am exceedingly pleased in the fact that fangirls are making strides toward being an accepted demographic.
For those of us who have ever been teased for the shows or movies we like to watch, questioned about our true love or knowledge of any given fandom, or mocked because sometimes it’s fun to dress-up in a costume for no good reason other than it’s lots of fun to dress-up in a costume, Sam Maggs’s A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks is a delightful, positive read for anyone looking for heartfelt encouragement, charming suggestions or affirmation in the name of her geeky proclivities.
With the winter holidays coming up (not to mention all those like myself who have birthdays this time of year), there are plenty of opportunities for gift-giving in the coming weeks, so the staff of the Daily Geekette decided to share some of our picks for geeky gifts you can give. Some of these are items that Geekettes have given or received as gifts, and some of them are just things that we thought looked awesome. We’ve sorted our recommendations into different categories to help you find just the right for your fellow Geekette. Enjoy!
The highlights for today will be short, as we find ourselves exhausted from running around the Javitz Center and carting around tons of free books.
The absolute highlight was that every single panel we attended, the panelists brought up encouraging women to get more involved. Bill Nye and Randall Monroe encouraged women to ask for raises and get more involved with science. Cory Doctorow continued to encourage women to ask questions at his panel. Asi Burak encouraged women to get into programming and the gaming industry. Not to mention, the Women of Marvel and Women of DC panels were pretty close to impossible to get in to. That makes me (Kayla) over the moon, happy.
I loved The Graveyard Book from page 1. I read the audiobook because Neil Gaiman reads it (definitely worth a listen. His voices are amazing.) And then read the book again for a YA Literature class in college. I was the only person in the class who even remotely liked it.
When I worked at Borders, I had a very difficult time selling The Graveyard Book. “You like fantasy? Here’s a great book!” would always get the response, “It’s for children though.” “Oh your kids like ghost stories? You should definitely check out Neil Gaiman’s new novel!” would get either, “it’s too long” or “it looks way too scary for my kids.” When children came to me asking for recommendations, most of them would look at the number of pages, and put it back on the shelf when they thought I wasn’t looking.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out how people don’t get that The Graveyard Book is wonderful. Yes, it has a child protagonist. But so does Ender’s Game. Yes, it gets really dark. But so does Harry Potter. The writing is stellar, the story is entertaining and gripping, and the characters are fascinating.
When I found out that it was going to be made into a graphic novel, I was at first hesitant. Then some of the art started getting released online. Neil Gaiman, who started in comic books, has selected some really talented artists to retell his award-winning tale, and I am a fan.
Since working at my salon, I have found myself in need of reading material for downtime. My first choice? Comic books…the natural choice. We start off this comic book journey with an obvious choice if you know me personally: Harley Quinn. I cosplay as her, so I’m naturally hyper critical of anything she appears in.