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Bitch Planet: Radical Feminism, Empowerment Apologists, and Everybody In Between

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Bitch Planet: Radical Feminism, Empowerment Apologists, and Everybody In Between

In an NPR interview last week, Kelly Sue DeConnick talked about how some fans reacted to her reimagining of Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers went from a long-sleeved bathing suit with thigh-high boots to a full-cover flight suit, and that among other changes caused an outcry of “feminist agenda” and “angry feminism.”

To paraphrase DeConnick, who seems fairly laid back and thick skinned but doesn’t like the internet jumping on her any more than anyone else would, she responded with “This is not angry feminist. You want to see angry feminist? Let me show it to you.”

Out of that came Bitch Planet, a stand-alone series from Image Comics. A graphic novel of the first five issues came out last week, and I had no idea what to expect when I started it; I had some vague idea I might be offended, and that it’d either be some campy cheesecake prison fluff, or enraged political propaganda.

Turns out, it’s hilarious, and at the same time incredibly powerful, if you’re not the easily offended type. There’s tons of nudity, and the men in this world are most definitely the bad guys, but if you can jump past any knee-jerk reactions you have to those things, you’ll find a funny, intelligent, very entertaining book.

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Comic Issues #234 – Too Much Star Wars Isn’t a Thing

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Comic Issues #234 – Too Much Star Wars Isn’t a Thing

In light of light news, this week your favorite podcasting duo get down on some geeky rumors.  Starting with talk of possibly 3 Star Wars series coming to Netflix in the sometime future.  No word as of yet what these shows could be about, but with the addition of a new film released every year Anthony asks, is there such a thing as too much Star Wars?  As to which Elizabeth answers with a quick, no. Also talk of who actress Jenna Malone may play in the upcoming Batman v Superman which becomes more an analysis of Civil War #1.

In this week’s pull list Anthony and Elizabeth talk about 1602: Witch Hunter Angela #2, Mythic #3, Thors #2, Star Wars #7, Gotham by Midnight Annual #1, X-Men ’92 #2, Superman #42, and Deadpool: Secret Secret War #2.

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is TOMORROW!!

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is TOMORROW!!

FREE COMIC BOOKS! FRREEEEE!!

It’s that time of the year once again, like a second Easter or at least a third Christmas, comic shops everywhere are stacking their racks with a smörgåsbord of comics free to anyone interested in one of America’s greatest creations. Since its creation in May of 2002 Free Comic Book Day (FBCD) has brought the entire industry together with special editions issues of comics with the intent of bringing in new readers, as well as giving a special thanks to the current readers with something extra in their weekly stacks. Each year the event brings more and more people to brick and mortar shops and recently even to the newly-growing world of digital comics.

This year the geeky holiday coincides with the release of Marvel Studio’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and previous FCBDs have celebrated the release of other comic book films like Spider-man, Iron Man, and the first Avengers film, but oddly never a DC film. Within recent years the major publications have also been using the day to help promote their next big event, like this year’s Secret Wars and 2012’s AvX.

Wanna know what’s coming out this Saturday? Then click the link!

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Comic Issues #198 – Who’s Coming To Dinner?

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Comic Issues #198 – Who’s Coming To Dinner?

For all our listeners who celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving! For anyone who doesn’t celebrate it, Happy One-Day-Closer-To-The-Holidays! Speaking of holidays, it seems like you can always find three kinds of guests at a Thanksgiving dinner: the awesome person you most want to invite; the drama-magnet who ruins things; and the unexpected party-crasher, who could be amazing or rotten. With all of fandom to choose from, Anthony and Elizabeth figure out exactly who those guests would be. They also invite one more special guest…

After that they break down the latest issues of Marvel’s Axis, Magneto, and Uncanny X-Men. Plus, they take a look at Image’s Wytches, which is promising to get very creepy very fast.

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The Villainous Lair’s Best Comics of 2013

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The Villainous Lair’s Best Comics of 2013

Happy New Years Comic Fans,

This year  has been an amazing year for comics. On behalf of the Villainous Lair we bring to you in no particular order the ten “best”  titles of 2013. These spectacular titles run the gamut from main stream Marvel and DC superhero staples to newer independent titles brought to us by many up and comers as well. Many of these titles should come as no surprise because of the writers and artists involved in them for example, who hasn’t heard of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead ? But for us, every one of these titles has been nothing short of amazing for the stories they have told. This year has brought a few surprises as well, Terry Moore who is known for his highly acclaimed Strangers in Paradise has taken an amazing and dark turn into the supernatural with his newest  offering Rachel Rising. Image comics has had hit after hit this year and Brian K Vaughn’s Saga is no exception.

The following titles will prove to be both interesting and compelling reads. I am filled with awe and reverence for this wonderful hobby called comic collecting. I also look forward to the coming year of ground breaking titles. Whether you are a casual reader or a dyed in the wool comic aficionado you will find something fun and interesting to read on this list. As of this posting Stan the Man Lee has celebrated his 91’st birthday and I wish him so many more for helping to bring all of our favorite comic characters to life and into the main stream. Excelsior Stan, Excelsior!

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ComiXology SUPER SALE!!

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ComiXology SUPER SALE!!

HOLY FRAK! SWEET CHRISTMAS! BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE! JINKIES! And other made up expressions of “Oh S#%T!”

Our apologies for being late to the game, but ComiXology has been having a HUGE digital comic sale!  To make things even sweeter they’ve just added ALL THE DC NEW 52 Vol. 1’s for only $4.99!  That’s some kind of insanity, right?  Someone check David Stienberger’s temprature!

This is all including the big sale that they’ve been running all weekend on Marvel and Image titles!

Here’s a list of what’s still on sale, but TODAY is the last day of the sale, so be sure to take advantage of it while you still can!

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Apple has a vague definition of Decency?

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Apple has a vague definition of Decency?

When it comes to decency, the majority understand that there are things considered inappropriate for some, usually when speaking of children.  This kind of censorship has innate problems in that far too often what’s deemed inappropriate is decided by the few instead of the rightful majority.  Another and probably even more serious problem is that one man’s obscene is another man’s art and inconsistencies always end up arising that blur the lines of what the people may consider decent.

Unfortunately fans of  Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staple’s sci-fi opera Saga had some troubles getting issues #12 digitally because of Apple’s policies regarding appropriate material.  This was due to two “postage stamp-sized images” portraying men in homosexual acts getting the issue banned from the Comixology iOS app.  The news infuriated fans of the book as well as those against censorship and gay rights activists, but in a strange turn of events a day later Comixology has taken the blame for the ban.

This has made everyone a little suspicious.

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