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Supergirl. It is a name that carries a long history, but it is largely unknown outside of comic book circles. To think that Kara Zor-El (the OG Supergirl) is just a Superman female counterpart ignores the more than fifty-plus-years that the character has been a part of the DC Comics world. While there is no way to fully delve into the long history of the Girl of Steel, with the upcoming show on CBS, she becomes one of the few female heroines to be leading a show on her own. So, we wanted to at least give you a taste of Kara Zor-El, the Girl from Krypton. Read More
Surely some comic book fan woke up this week and decided they were going to set out to win BUST's heart. There's been news of all female spinoffs, characters coming out as bisexual, and now, members of bulimia.com are re-envisioning the bodies of super-heroines as more down-to-Earth figures.  When the team at bulimia.com saw Buzzfeed's Disney princess makeovers, they decided they should take these super-human ladies and give them some super human bodies. Their hope is that when viewers see these realistic waistlines, they will be able to better relate to the characters. Read More
In 1973's Spiderman Universe Earth 616, Gwen Stacy dies in the infamous clash between Spider Man and Green Goblin. You would think that 40 years of comic book decay means the iconic character looks too ghastly to resurface, but that isn’t what writer Jason Latour and artists Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi decided.  Despite being nervous about touching long-gone Gwen, Latour--who grew up idolizing white-male superheroes--realized that if she could escape her death, then she could truly become anything. Read More
Wonder Woman pretty much epitomizes the ‘strong, female character’ that is sadly rare in current media. She battles bad guys (and gals), she is confident, and she is a powerful person. Basically, she is a wonderful feminist role model.  Or not.  David Finch, the artist who is taking over the drawing of the DC Comics hero, recently said that he wants the heretofore feminist icon to be “strong.”  But “feminist”?  That’s going a bit too far for him. Read More
Kate Beaton is a Canadian comics artist and the creator of “Hark! A Vagrant,” a hilarious history inspired comic strip.  Some of her feminism-based comic strips include “Strong Female Characters 1 and 2,” which stars Georgia O’Queefe, Susan B. Assthony, and Queen Elizatits, 3 empowered superheroes who are “Fighter Pilots.  Feminists.  Friends.”  (As well as proud members of the Mile High Club!)  Together, the 3 battle stereotypes, eat cookies, and argue for the appropriateness of their superhero outfits. Read More
  At their best, comic books are about outsiders and underdogs; their heroes are so powerful because of their ability to overcome adversity, to fight for humankind and for equality. So it’s surprising that even in comics, a field that has the potential to be so inclusive, women and other minorities are underrepresented.    But one amazing lady, a superhero in her own right, aims to change that. Kelly Sue DeConnick writes the Captain Marvel comics, epic stories that trace the heroic adventures of Carol Denvers. Right off the bat, Denvers (aka Ms. Read More
With Halloween just around the corner, every store is bursting with the same lame costumes they have every year...Batman, Spiderman, and of course their barely-there female counterparts! These skin-tight and ultra-revealing looks got me thinking...If you're going to be fighting bad guys (or good guys!) you would need some serious comfort and breathe-ability instead of latex lingerie.   Illustrator Celeste Pille was thinking just the same thing when she used her skills to re-imagine spandex bikinis and leather corsets as actual crime-fighting wear. Read More
  For years, creators of superhero movies have shrugged off questions addressing the scarcity of women stars, echoing the sentiment, “Comic books are for boys.” But in recent films, I have noticed a shift. I was thrilled to see Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) in The Dark Knight Rises; both were complex, powerful, terrifying yet sympathetic heroines (or anti-heroines, if you prefer). Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) graced the screen and kicked some butt in The Avengers. Read More
In case you’re just tuning in, Batwoman and her girlfriend are engaged. In fact, they have been since Issue #17 (aka February). With the fictional wedding of the decade just around the corner (no comment to Game of Thrones fans), it looks like the biggest clam jam to the whole affair isn’t a mad scientist who grew twelve legs after an accident in a stem-cell research lab, or even a nutjob mother-in-law, it’s none other than the publisher of the comic itself: DC. A recent blog post by Batwoman writing team W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Read More
My X-Men love affair just got way more intense. Last week, Marvel released X-Men #1, the first all-female comic in the X-Men series’—wait for it—50 year history. For the company to have waited this long to give Storm and Kitty Pryde the spotlight is beyond, well, pretty much everyone. But according to series writer Brian Wood, the new comic was created in hopes of squashing any fears readers might have over, you know, “shopping and conversations about hair.” Yes, because that is exactly what I look for in a comic book. Read More
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