March 9, 2015 • Comics, Geek
As a person who grew up both loving comics and possessing lady-parts, I had a hard time seeing many representations of myself that didn’t involve the tiny costumes of Wonder Woman or the female-version-of-a-dude-ness of Lady Deadpool. And while Wanda Wilson is fabulous, I couldn’t really go around whipping katanas out of my backpack to slice up my bullies without facing, like, one or two consequences, so I still found myself sort of at a loss. Also, she wasn’t really her own person. Where were the regular ladies in comics? Where, moreover, were the people who weren’t necessarily white or straight or physically perfect in every way?
Fortunately for the young (and old) comics lovers of today, comics creators are coming out with some of the best representations of women that I’ve ever seen. The women in the comics on this list aren’t necessarily “super” (although some of them are), they’re just women relying on their natural awesomeness to get them through whatever insane situation they’ve encountered. It’s so great that all of these comics exist.
March 5, 2015 • Comics, Geek
You know, it’s not easy being a super hero. After all, if you’re not one of the big guns, you get either made fun of, ignored or mistaken for Green Lantern. The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris, out this June from Quirk Books, highlights some of the lesser known characters (at least by mainstream audiences), but not all of those lesser known heroes are exactly forgotten. No, there are certainly characters that, given the creative team and direction, can shine no matter how silly or over-the-top they are. One of those characters is Squirrel Girl.
Created in 1992, Squirrel Girl is a bit of an anomaly in the Marvel Universe as easily one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel canon who happens to have one of the silliest gimmicks. This is the heroine who can take down a powerhouse villain like Thanos … with her squirrelly squirrel powers. And she’s a bit of a goofball.
As of January, Squirrel Girl has a brand new platform in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. It’s the story of Doreen Green, mild-mannered young woman who just enrolled in college who is definitely not a mammal-themed superhero. Of course in reality she is Squirrel Girl and in between getting used to college and making friends, she must battle the big bads of the Marvel Universe. As you do.
With two issues out so far, let me tell you why this book is definitely worth a read.
February 25, 2015 • Geek, On Writing
Are you an avid social media user but you’re getting a little sick of seeing the same cat memes over and over in your Tumblr feed? You don't really care anymore about the politically incorrect tweets from that guy you haven’t even seen in two years?
Well you’ve come to the right place! The following is a list of 10 social media accounts to spice up your feed if you’re book-minded or just need something new.
February 24, 2015 • Comics, Fiction: MG & YA, Geek
Quirk Books is linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top 10 Tuesday! This week we’re sharing our favorite fictional heroines… the kick-butt female types, not the drug. The internet told me that a heroine is “the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.” That wasn’t good enough for me, so I searched online a little deeper (I just clicked the next link, but no one really needs to know that) and found a much better definition: “a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.” Yes. That sounds good.
January 29, 2015 • Fiction, Fiction: MG & YA, Geek
Hello from sunny Chicago! Really, it's sunny in Chicago! I just arrived and am excited to see all of the fabulous librarians that will are joining me in the Windy City for ALA Midwinter 2015.
There is a lot going on at ALA Midwinter and Quirk is certainly well-represented at the Penguin Random House booth.