There is a comic that explains the secret origin of The Golden Girls as secret government spies.
IT. IS. THE. BEST.
The idea of why there are not more female heroes in comics, one that drives her own narrative, is defined by her actions rather than her gender and can kick ass literally or figuratively is, amazingly, still a topic of discussion in the 21st Century. Which is why I’m excited for the new book Divas, Dames and Daredevils by Mike Madrid which shows that in the Golden Age of comics there were more of these characters and a wider diversity than you could imagine.
Think Wonder Woman is the first prototype for a strong female hero fighting for “our rights” in WWII? Then you need to meet Pat Patriot and Jane Martin, Secret Agent who debuted before Wonder Woman and are featured in this book.
Madrid, who also provided an overview of the female superhero in The Supergirls, provides an thorough and enjoyable overview of the many, many female comic characters from the Golden Age. The book is divided into sections including Women at War, Mystery Women and Warriors and Queens. In addition to providing a quick history of each, he also provides pages from their comics. If you are interested in comic history or in the history of women in pop culture I recommend this book. I chatted with Mike about the book earlier this week.
“Rat Queens, due out Sept. 25th from Image Comics, will follow the exploits of four monster-hunting women whose love of partying is outweighed only by their love of exacting sweet, brutal revenge on their enemies.”
So here’s the deal, my daughter created this awesome super-hero, Goggle-Girl, one day after we bought her a pair of swim goggles, and it kind of got out of hand. She invented a whole world and mythology for her character complete with enemies and allies. When she stared telling me these stories, I drew them out, and then she went back and filled in the dialogue.
If you like fun, all-ages comics please download GOGGLE-GIRL #1 for whatever price you’d like at the following link. You’ll get a hi-res full color pdf, and all the money we raise goes towards Eleanor’s 529 College Fund.
LAZARUS #2 is in stores today, along with the second printing of LAZARUS #1. Both issues are also available digitally, via Comixology and through the Image Digital Store.
Michael, Santi, Eric, and I hope you’ll enjoy them!
by Michael Dialynas
Amala was once chosen as a child to be the spiritual leader for her country, to unite the Purifiers and Modifiers and prevent war. She fled into the night. Twenty years of war later, she makes a living as an assassin, but her past is ever ready to catch up to her. Aboard a massive pirate ship, Amala stalks the fearsome pirate captain Cha’Kooh … but the voices in her head, manifesting as ghosts, keep getting in the way!
SPOILERS FOR THE DRAGON AGE COMICS BELOW:
Some time back, there was a kerfuffle on Bioware’s Dragon Age message boards regarding their disappointingly offensive portrayal of a trans character in DA2. There was the usual tact and sensitivity you’d expect from the dudebros, but one of the game writers did step in, apologize for the poor portrayal, and say they’d try to do better in future.
Well, here we are.
Maevaris Tilani is introduced in Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1. She’s unassumingly announced as a Tevinter Magister and part of Varric’s family, helps Varric, Isabella, and Alistair escape when things go belly up and vanishes for the rest of the series.
Pick up again in Dragon Age: Until We Sleep #1, where Mae has been captured and interrogated by Titus, the villain of the series.
And we find that Mae is lacking cis-female attributes.
And later, in the Fade, we get some more glimpses into her character:
Mae does make it through to the end of the series, helping the heroes win the day.
This is, frankly, excellent. Not once is there so much as a snide remark about Mae’s body conformation or sexual preference. She’s addressed with the proper pronouns throughout both series. She’s a person of accepted high standing among her peers and an undeniable asset to the heroes, not there as a curiosity or so that the writers can show her off for diversity points. And she is not killed for angst!
I’m still not hearing anything about DA3 that’s making me excited to pick it up. But you know? If Mae’s one of the companions, I will seriously put down money for it. Cross my heart.
Model sheet for Nessa, known as the Demon, a.k.a. Smiler. Androgynous characters are rare in Sword and Sorcery, so she’s kind of fun to play around with.
kelly sue celebrates passover the #teamhawkguy way
Hate to say it, but she’s no Kate Bishop.
Don’t you sass me, child.
I’m a 42 year old mother of 2. Yesterday, I *slept in* until 4:30am, got my babies up and fed, planned an Easter brunch menu, finished a batch of rewrites, worked all day writing more comics than you, managed to sneak in 30 minutes on the treadmill and a quick shower before grabbing my hilarious and brilliant husband, two amazing children and double-batch potluck dish and heading to a seder at the home of two of our best friends, where I *rocked* playing with my daughter and her new bow & arrow out on the porch.
Kate Bishop is great. I love Kate. But she’s a fiction, sweetheart, and she’s no fucking me.