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Debuting at TCAF 2017 - The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen by Hope Nicholson

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 978-1- 59474-948- 3
Price: $26.95; hardcover

Think strong female protagonists are a modern invention? Think again! Women have been a staple of comics since the creation of the medium. Prepare for a deep dive into pop culture and the fantastic female characters who shaped the world of superheroes with The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History (May 2, 2017; Quirk Books)!

Author Hope Nicholson, owner and founder of Bedside Press, is one of the fastest rising stars of the comic book industry. From publishing all-star anthologies like the Secret Loves of Geek Girls and editing Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird to organizing discussions and writing articles on the topic of women in fandom, Nicholson is the perfect knowledgeable guide to lead readers through this colorful love letter to the super-ladies of panels and strips.

In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, Nicholson plumbs each decade of comics’ rich history, from the 1930s to today, exploring not only prominent women (both fictional and real) but also key trends. Readers will time-travel through the birth of the industry in the 1930s, the wartime comics of the 1940s, the Golden Age of superheroes in the 1950s, the popularity of romance comics in the 1960s, the indie comics boom of the 1970s, and the creation of the modern comic book trade from the 1980s to today.

Immersive chapters highlight a diverse slate of iconic and forgotten characters, with each heroine receiving her own write-up, paired with vintage art and essential reading suggestions. Each chapter ends with an “Hero of the Decade” feature packed with facts and thoughtful critique about some of the most important female protagonists of all time, including Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Watchmen’s Silk Spectre, Ms. Marvel, and more. These heroines are celebrated for their lasting pop-cultural impact and the important role they played in redefining the way people interacted with women in comics. The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen introduces long-lost characters while allowing readers to see their favorites in a whole new light.

We also learn that the superwomen of the comic book industry weren’t merely confined to the page. Throughout The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, Nicholson reveals fascinating anecdotes about women who worked in the medium, from the all-female creative team at publisher Fiction House during World War II to the surge of female creators during the independent comics boom of the 1970s. Learn about the comic book professionals who paved the way for greater diversity in the industry!

Longtime and recent fans alike will love this comprehensive look at the female characters who have defined comics since the very start. From the halls of comic cons to the halls of academia, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen will become your go-to reference for history’s greatest heroines.

My flea market Ghoulia’s cleaned up pretty well too! I gave Skull Shores a new hair cut and I kind of love it, especially with the comic book club FP (or the pieces of it I have!). I also folded the dress from her deluxe FP into a crop top and threw a few stitches in the back of it, and I think it looks awesome with those pants. Yay more of my favourite girl, so I can have (nearly) every version and outfit on display all at once!

nextwave is weird to me because every discription of it makes it sound like the family guy of comic books except all my intelligent friends unironically love it


Our comics critic Glen Weldon says he fully intended to review Love is Love, the new anthology of comics in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting.

I went in equipped, as always, with the Three Questions every critic keeps scrawled across their frontal lobe: What does this project set out to do? Does it accomplish that task? Is that task worth doing?

Ten pages in, I realized how very much, for this particular project, those questions were completely beside the point.

Read the whole piece here.

– Petra

Dear god, THIS.

THIS IS WHY you can never ship Joker and Harley to me EVER again. When she arrived on The Animated Series, it was in a fun, gangster moll style. But we know what happened since. And I’ve had too many friends that have been through similar situations.

I wish I knew who to credit for this. In this ONE panel that DC didn’t even pen, everything that’s been shared in confidence has come back. So DON’T romanticize Joker and Harley in the future. Because that’s not love, and when you look at it honestly, it never was.

HEY GUYS welcome to my channel! today we’re going to be talking about the TOP TEN EASTER EGGS in the new x men movie, LOGAN!


now unless youre a super fan, you might have missed this one. here you can see that the character wolverine has what looks like claws in this shot. this is an obvious reference to the wolverine issue 126, where the character has claws that come from his hands!


comic book fans, you know this one! in the comics, the character “Charcoals Xavier” cannot walk and uses a wheelchair. this clear call back to the original character design is why we comic book nerds love x men movies! way to pay homage, logan writers! 


third and finally, fans might not have caught his cameo but this is an actor called Huge Ackman. he has played the character “The Wolverine” in many x men movies. what a call back to the original x men trology!

well guys, that’s all the insider info i have for you today! as always make sure to like comment and subscribe!!!!!

Boys who collect stamps. Boys who read comic books. Boys who play video games. Boys who love science fiction and fantasy. Boys who tap dance. Boys who love computers. Boys who are interested in all the stuff people call “nerdy” or “geeky.” It’s the things you love that make you who you are and you are awesome.


Finished reading Love is Love and it was 160 pages of love, laughter, but also sadness. But it left me feeling hopeful.
Link to the book

Love is Love

All proceeds go to the victims, survivors and families of the Orlando shooting.