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New Girl Gang Releases 11/25/15

Hey Girl Gang! Happy Wednesday and Holiday week! Here are some of our pulls for this week!

  • DC Bombshells #5 (DC Comics) – Wonder Woman leads an American infantry division against the Nazis. What more do you want in a comic book? Expect more incredible art and clever one-liners as this series continues. Save it and read it to calm yourself down when your uncle says something racist at the Thanksgiving table.
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 (Marvel) – I know I repeat this every month, but Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is one of the best series out there right now, and if you aren’t reading it you are actively preventing yourself from being happier. I don’t think anyone can get through an issue of Squirrel Girl without laughing out loud at least twice. In the new story arc starting in this issue, Squirrel Girl goes back in time and erased from history! Only her roommate Nancy remembers that she existed! Its up to the two of them to get Doreen back to the present and remembered again.
  • Saga #31 (Image) – Y’all. We did it. We survived the Great Saga Hiatus of 2015. It was really hard and we almost didn’t make it, but we did. And our patience will be rewarded – with a brand new issue of Saga! In this issue a new story arc begins, starting after a time jump to Hazel starting kindergarten. Although I totally understand that comic creators deserve a much-needed break after producing issue after issue for many consecutive months, I’m so freaking happy this great series is finally back.
  • Angela Queen of Hel #2 (Marvel) – Angela finally comes face-to-face with Sera – and it may not quite be a warm and fluffy reunion. Her quest gets a little more difficult as she discovers that she can’t just save Sera and leave – she must conquer all of Hel and rewrite its rules in order to save Sera and herself. Nbd. She’s got this.
  • Silk #1 (Marvel) – I’m going to be honest. Some of the Spider-verse series just don’t interest me. I don’t know why. I try to read them but I end up getting distracted or switching to something else. That being said, Silk is NOT one of those series. Silk is really something special and definitely worth the read. Cindy Moon stands out as a unique member of the Spider-verse. You can’t help but be on her side, even as she starts to go down a definite villain-shaped path. As her series restarts in this issue, she’s teamed up with Black Cat, which should lead to some interesting events.
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – Moon Girl is a brand new superhero and this is her first issue ever. She’s a pre-teen genius with big dreams, but she realizes she’s gonna need some help to change the world. How about a prehistoric sidekick? You should pick up this comic for multiple reasons. First off, I think its gonna be really good. Second, this comic is a rare example of a company listening to what fans want (more female characters, more diversity) and actually responding with that exact media. I’m really happy with Marvel for this book and I hope that its success shows other companies that giving fans what they want actually works.

If you’ll be with your family for Thanksgiving, have a great time and don’t let the offensive statements from family members get you down. And eat lots of mashed potatoes for me. If you’re like me and don’t get to go home for Thanksgiving this year, do what I’m going to do and read some of these comics to make your Thanksgiving meal of week-old leftover pizza taste slightly less bitter.

Happy Wednesday Girl Gang!

What other titles should we be picking up that we should be adding to this list or don’t know about? Let us know in the comments or at thegeekgirlgang@gmail.com!

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GGG Force Friday 11/20

Hey Girl Gang! Happy (Force) Friday! I’m exhausted from a long day of work and did a words-only Force Friday last week, so tonight we’re actually going to focus on Rey merchandise!

One cool thing I saw this week: I was at Downtown Disney in Orlando at the Once Upon a Toy store, which rapidly seems to be turning into a Star Wars-only store. While looking around, I suddenly jumped up and down with excitement when I spotted…

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…An entire display dedicated to Rey!

This wasn’t even all of the Rey merchandise they had! Super great to see everyone getting on board the Rey hype train. You’ll be amazed to hear that I managed to not buy anything, but I’ve got my eye on that Junk Food tank top on the bottom left.

Onto the merch!

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 Here’s the Her Universe dress from the display above. I think this dress is really cool. Its super flowy and made of a really soft material. The dress is about knee-length, which is great for tall girls and girls who prefer longer hemlines. It comes in plus sizes as well! AND BB-8 is on it!!!

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What was that you were saying about Rey’s speeder looking like a popsicle??? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of THIS AWESOME FLASH DRIVE.

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I also found this Rey iPhone case in my searches. I love the colors of this one; however, I gotta say that there’s something weird about her eyebrows in this illustration. I don’t know what it is. Maybe its that Daisy Ridley has such incredible brows and they’re clearly being done a disservice here? Idk. This other case has slightly better brow representation.

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Life-sized cutouts of characters are awesome for multiple reasons. Reason 1: They make living rooms/woman caves/unfinished basements/offices at least 20% cooler. Reason 2: They can be used to scare the shit out of one’s roommates when placed in surprising new locations when roommate is out/sleeping/in the same room but not paying attention. Its a win-win, people!

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Okay, so I’m kind of cheating because this isn’t Rey. But its her droid! So it totally counts! Look how freaking cute this Loungefly BB-8 purse is! AND my mom totally reads this blog and is the only person who buys me Christmas presents, so there miiiight be an ulterior motive in me including this on the list.. (HI MOM!)

Also, pro tip: Hot Topic has been having 25%/30% off everything every few days for the past few weeks, which will get you about $20 off this bag. The brand Loungefly also has online sales pretty often. No reason to pay full price for this one when its in online stores all over the Internet (and right before Black Friday/Cyber Monday, too!)

That’s it for me for this week’s Force Friday. Only 27 more days until The Force Awakens!!!!! Less than a month away! We can do this, my impatient GGG!

Join us next Force Friday, when we’re gonna talk about other new characters Finn and Poe and the importance of racial representation!

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New Girl Gang Releases 11/18/15

Hey Girl Gang! Happy Wednesday! Here are some of our pulls for this week!

  • Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel) – A few weeks ago, I sat down and reread G. Willow Wilson’s entire Ms. Marvel run before reading the final issue (#19). Although I adored the series when I would read the new issue every month, there was something about reading about Kamala’s adventure all at once to the end that made the story feel extra special. This series- and Kamala herself- are both truly one-of-a-kind. You won’t read another series like this one. In this ‘new’ series, Kamala is now officially an Avenger, and she’s going to have to deal with all of the new problems that come with fame and being part of a team. I’m really excited to read this one, because I’ve really missed Kamala!
  • Lumberjanes #20 (Boom!) – The story continues with April and the mermaids. April is trying her best to get her mermaid pals back together, but it doesn’t go so well. Somehow her efforts keep making things even worse! I’ve gotta say that I’ve really loved what Carolyn Novak has brought to the series with her artwork. She’s been a great addition to the Lumberjanes team and I always look forward to seeing the art in the new issues.
  • Rat Queens #13 (Image) – I have to admit that I was initially worried that Rat Queens wouldn’t find its groove again after its hiatus last year. However I’ve been enjoying the recent story arc of Rat Queens so much that I know that my fears were unnecessary. In the past few issues, we’ve learned more about Hannah’s past as the girls fought their way through many obstacles while trying to get to Mage University. In this issue, the girls finally reach the University, but now Hannah must finally confront her past mistakes face-to-face in order to help her dad.
  • Pretty Deadly #6 (Image) – Last, but certainly not least, is the one we have all been waiting for. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s incredible story and Emma Rios’ amazing artwork are FINALLY back in the new arc of Pretty Deadly. In the new arc, Deathface Ginny, Fox, and Sissy are moving forward in time to a WWI-era setting as their journey continues. We heard Kelly Sue talk about the new arc at Dragon*Con in September, and it sounds like it will be just as good as Volume One if not better. If you still haven’t read the first arc of this series, you are seriously missing out. Go grab the first trade ASAP.

 

What other titles should we be picking up that we should be adding to this list or don’t know about? Let us know in the comments or at thegeekgirlgang@gmail.com!

Happy Wednesday girl gang!

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GGG Force Friday: Why Rey Merchandise Is So Important

Hey Girl Gang. Molly here with your (slightly late) Force Friday! We’re not going to look at merchandise this week; instead, we’re going to dive a little deeper into why representation is so important.

Last week, I mentioned how the Rey pajamas did not come in adult sizes. I encountered that issue again this week when I saw the world’s cutest shirt at the Disney Store, light blue with Rey on the front and the Join the Resistance logo on the back, available in kids sizes only (it is sold out online, because clearly the young female customers of the Disney Store/their parents have excellent taste). I want to clarify that I’m not actually mad about this. Obviously, I too would like to own a shirt that cute, but the fact that Disney is creating Rey merchandise specifically for young girls is extremely important, and I want to talk about it.

It makes me very happy to see merchandise with female characters, but I can’t see it without noticing how much more of the merchandise only features men. Even while researching Rey merchandise for these articles and knowing that she has more than most female characters, I still get frustrated with how much less she has than Kylo Ren. I’m used to seeing this. I have come to expect it. Representation is nice to see as an adult, but adults are not why it is important.

I am aware that geek culture is typically misogynistic. I know that I have to jump through a thousand hoops to occupy space in geek culture, and that even if I do, I’ll probably be rejected anyways. I know that there are rarely characters that identify as female in geek media, and when there are, they’re usually assigned the role of the love interest, or put into a ridiculous ‘sexy’ costume, or killed off completely in order to advance the male lead’s storyline. I know that there is barely any merchandise for the lone female characters in movies, and if there is, they are very small in the background of a group photo.

But little girls don’t know this yet.

Little girls are not aware of the self-appointed gatekeepers of geek culture trying to keep women out. They don’t know that their mom had to specially look online to find their favorite character’s action figure for Christmas because the stores don’t carry female characters. Although little girls definitely notice when there are no female characters on a show, they don’t know that the women who are on the screen are only there as a love interest, or that their costume is ridiculous – they just know that she’s there.

Seeing toys, backpacks, and clothes with their favorite female character on them is telling young girls that they are welcome in that space. Girls do not have to notice that their favorite character is suspiciously missing from all of the toys in the toy aisle. They don’t have to feel that a franchise or story isn’t for them because they only see that stuff in the boys’ section. There’s always going to be that boy telling them that “Star Wars isn’t for girls”, but it makes it a lot easier for them to fight back against that when the shirt they’re wearing is clearly “for girls”.

Of course, we all know that the end game for any corporation is making money. I’m not naïve. I know that Disney did not create all of this Rey merchandise with the goal of making young girls feel the sense of belonging and inclusion that I’m describing. If they create a new generation of Star Wars fans, it means that they’ll make even more money in the future. But the very fact that they are including young girls in ‘potential future Star Wars fans’ is important. I distinctly remember how difficult it was to find Padme/Queen Amidala merchandise when I was growing up. We had a Lego set that came with a Padme figurine (a Lego with hair was a BFD. Until this point, I used to steal Qui-Gon Jinn’s Lego hair to make figures into girls.) Padme/Queen Amidala merchandise was just hard to find.

That is why something I discovered while researching merchandise made me really happy.

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When you hover over the ‘girls’ section, these are the suggested characters. Not only is our girl Rey featured front and center, but so is Black Widow, a character who, in the past, has famously gotten little to no merchandise. Two out of the four suggestions are franchises that many people would wrongly categorize as boys merchandise. Whether it was the popular #WheresNatasha viral campaign or the popularity of Rey merchandise that inspired this change, it is clear that Disney is starting to listen to the merchandise that girls want.

While looking around the website, I noticed that there is actually less Rey merchandise for women than there is for girls. It is interesting that Disney chose to focus more on children than on the people actually spending money. But it’s also awesome.

If Disney was only making Rey merchandise for adult women, it would suggest that they have already written off young girls as a potential audience. This would mean that all of the young girls who are getting exposed to Star Wars through the recent The Force Awakens merchandise would not become fans. An entire generation of girls would be left out of the Star Wars fandom that so many have grown up with and carried through adulthood. Think of all the young girls who, through seeing The Force Awakens next month, might start participating in other areas of geek culture. These girls might grow up to be active fans, creators, and professionals who help to change geek culture into a more accepting and diverse community. All because they saw that light blue Rey shirt on the ‘girls’ side of the Disney Store.

So I guess it’s okay that those pajamas don’t come in my size. I can deal with that.

Join us for next week’s Force Friday, where we look at some Rey merchandise (I promise!) and also start talking about Finn.

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New Girl Gang Releases 11/10/15

Hey Girl Gang! Happy (almost) Wednesday! Here are some of our pulls for this week!

A-Force Presents Vol. 2 (Marvel) – This is the third volume in a series that collects some of Marvel’s female-driven series. Its great for getting caught up on some of the best comics that Marvel has released in the past two years, especially if you’ve always wanted to read Ms. Marvel or She-Hulk but feel too late or if you know someone who has wanted to start reading comics and needs a good starting point. This volume includes The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2, She-Hulk #2, Ms. Marvel #2, Thor #2, Black Widow #2, and Captain Marvel #2.

The Wicked and the Divine #16 (Image) – Maddi and I had the opportunity to see some of the line art from this issue when we visited Leila Del Luca’s table at NYCC (while Maddi was actually cosplaying as the Morrigan!). If it isn’t obvious from Del Luca’s cover, the artwork is absolutely phenominal. Her style is absolutely perfect for telling the Morrigan’s story. I’m amazed at how quickly I went from being disappointed that McKelvie would not be illustrating the series to completely agreeing that it was the right decision. As we learn more about the past lives of the Gods, it makes so much sense that different illustrators are necessary to convey each God’s unique style. After last month’s incredible story about Amaterasu, I can’t wait to dive into the Morrigan, especially because it means getting to see more of Del Luca’s artwork.

Zodiac Starforce #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – I’ve said before that I’m a total sucker for a good magical girl series, and I’ve really enjoyed the team that Panetta and Ganucheau have created in this series. Its a fun read with really great artwork and colors. In this issue, the team opens a dangerous portal to try to find a cure to save Emma. This does not go according to plan, because the portal opens to release monsters into the town. Zodiac Starforce is going to need some help if they’re going to stop the monsters AND save Emma!

What other titles should we be picking up that we should be adding to this list or don’t know about? Let us know in the comments or at thegeekgirlgang@gmail.com!

Happy Wednesday girl gang!

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Force Friday – Rey and female characters in merchandise

I’m assuming that if you are visiting this blog that you have seen the new Star Wars trailer already. I don’t know about you all, but I am already head-over-heels obsessed with the character Rey from the The Force Awakens. Obviously, I have not actually seen the movie yet, but I just know that she is going to be phenomenal. In fact, I am so sure of this that I already have the poster of her and BB-8 on my bedroom wall. When I like a character, I like to show that by spending a ton of money I don’t really have on their merchandise.

It is well-known that female characters are often completely left out of movie merchandise. The #WheresGamora hashtag went viral when she was strangely left out of most of the Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise. #WheresNatasha began after Age of Ultron was released, when it was made clear that whoever makes merchandise decisions did not learn their lesson after omitting Gamora. Despite viral attention, it seems that many companies are weirdly refusing to give fans the merchandise they would obviously spend money on.

The better news is that Disney might finally be getting the message. Rey has had more merchandise than many female characters before her – which is good, considering she seems to be the main character of The Force Awakens. She has her own figure in the Black Series of Star Wars figures, she’s on the Star Wars balloon sold in Disney Parks, and she’s front and center on the cinematic poster. The male characters of The Force Awakens, Finn and Kylo Ren, do outnumber Rey in merchandise – but the progress that has been made is still important and worthy of acknowledgement. We thought we would have our own Force Friday where we share some of our favorite Rey merchandise from the film this week. (Maybe if I share all the stuff I want with you all then I won’t impulsively buy it for myself? This seems like it could backfire..)

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Ah yes, POP Funkos. The things we all say are stupid and tell ourselves we will never buy. And then we buy our first one, and just one more.. and somehow end up with 60. I have so many that I really try to limit myself to the ones I NEED. Obviously the Funko Rey, with her three little plastic hair buns and determined brows, is on my NEED list.

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There are a surprising amount of women’s shirts featuring Rey and I’m sure as hell not complaining about it. There are some really cute ones with her and Finn front and center, but this tank with the simple blueprints of her speeder is my favorite right now. I know some people on the Internet are whining about her speeder, but I personally love it, even if it does kind of look like a popsicle. Seriously, who doesn’t like popsicles?! Imagine this tank with skinny jeans + a black blazer + black loafers. YES.

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I’m going to be real with you. I don’t know any kids. I have no nieces or nephews, and my friends/peers are just now starting to get to the ‘married’ stage but are not yet at the ‘kids’ stage. But I really, really wish I knew some kids just so I could send them this pajama set. Unfortunately, I have the feeling these do not come in adult sizes and I’m too big for their biggest size. I may or may not have already checked.

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I mentioned above that I already have the Rey poster on my wall, but for some reason I think it would be way cooler to have a giant almost-life-sized decal cutout on my wall instead. This might be partly because it comes with a decal of the badass new resistance logo. I don’t know. It just looks way more legit when she’s as tall as you on your wall.

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I’m a huge fan of geeky jewelry. I love when my references are disguised in the form of silver Thor head earrings or a heart locket with Leslie Knope’s photo in it or a Dark Tower symbol ring (I happen to own all of these things). Nothing makes me happier than being all dressed up and fancy with a super geeky accessory. This necklace is perfect for that purpose; the frame makes it look classy and appropriate for many occasions, and then there’s Rey’s beautiful face in the center. Its a win-win.

Somehow, there’s so much great Rey merch that I couldn’t begin to fit it in one blog post! Stay tuned for our next Force Friday where we look at even more of the amazing The Force Awakens merchandise that focuses on Rey!

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New Girl Gang Releases 11/4/15

Hey Girl Gang! Happy (almost) Wednesday! Here are some of our pulls for this week!

  • Star Wars: Princess Leia Trade (Marvel) – This is my favorite of the new Marvel Star Wars comics. The story follows Leia between the events of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of Alderaan, Leia makes it her personal mission to rescue the other survivors of her home planet. My favorite part of this five-issue run is the new character, an X-Wing Pilot named Evaan who helps Leia on her mission. Although Evaan is first unsupportive of Leia and her plans, eventually the two become an impressive team. I personally would love to see more of Evaan in other SW media. The art in this book is incredible and the dialogue is amusing and very in-character.  If you’re a fan of Princess Leia or the Star Wars universe in general, you will enjoy this run.
  • Spider-Gwen #0 (Marvel) – It is unlikely that you haven’t heard of Gwen Stacy’s new role in the Spider-verse. Spider-Gwen has been super popular among fans and her costume is everywhere – from cosplays to WeLoveFine’s awesome Spider-verse clothing line. If you have not yet actually read the comic yet, now is your chance to go back to the beginning! Spider-Gwen #0 is a reprint of the Spider-Gwen issue of Edge of Spider-Verse. Its a good idea to read this issue before jumping into the current Spider-Gwen run; otherwise, the first issue is a bit confusing.
  • Paper Girls #2 (Image) – In the comic world, there’s definitely an assumption that if Brian K. Vaughan is writing, then the comic is going to be outstanding. I must say that the first issue of Paper Girls is further confirmation of this assumption. The series focuses on four girls who work the local paper route on their bikes in the late ’80s. In the first issue, on November 1st, the girls come across something extremely strange that seems to be more than a Halloween prank. The second issue will show the girls getting further involved in this weird mystery. The series seems to be somewhere in Lumberjanes/X-Files/Stand By Me territory, and I have a feeling it will be a great series.

What other titles should we be picking up that we should be adding to this list or don’t know about? Let us know in the comments or at thegeekgirlgang@gmail.com!

Happy Wednesday girl gang!

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‘Supergirl’ takes flight with viewers

Supergirl is already making white guys mad on Twitter for being “too feminist,” so it must be doing something right in terms of female representation. After much anticipation and speculation about whether it would be worth watching, the show premiered Monday night. And it was awesome.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 14 million viewers tuned in for the premiere, giving it the biggest debut of any of the Fall 2015 shows. Initial ratings suggest Supergirl is worth watching and prove, yet again, that a market for female superheroes exist and that it is stronger than ever.

One of the things that set this show apart from others in the same genre was its optimism. Kara doesn’t become a hero to get revenge, but out of a sense of altruism and desire to do what she was originally sent to Earth to do–to protect. Whether altruism as a reason for superheroing is possible is a discussion for another day, but in Supergirl it works. Supergirl is decidedly not dark and gritty, which is something that cannot be said for a lot of the genre as of late, and it has played down the tropey tragic origin story.

Though the number of viewers may drop between this week and next since viewers’ initial curiosity has been sated, the Supergirl pilot left viewers a lot to be hopeful about: a positive female hero, at least three named female characters with major roles, and a fresh take on the genre as a whole. Hopefully the series, like its title character, will be able to take flight this season.

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New Girl Gang Releases 10/27/15

Hey Girl Gang! Sorry about the unintentional hiatus – getting back into the swing of things after NYCC was harder than usual, with work and family stuff piling up. Hopefully this post will be our return to regular blogging! The NYCC 2015 Con Report is coming soon.

Here are some of our pulls from this week!

  • Batgirl #45 (DC Comics) – I repeat this every month, but Batgirl is truly one of my favorite titles right now (and maybe ever). Seeing new Babs Tarr art is such a treat and I look forward to it with glee every single month. In this issue we finally get to see Alycia’s wedding, and I’m so excited to see her and Barbara and the rest of the Gotham gang in their wedding best. You know with Babs drawing the wedding that every single character, even the small ones in the background, will be in gorgeous outfits. Hopefully we will also see some development on the Barbara and Luke Fox front as well!
  • Angela Queen of Hel #1 (Marvel) – Although I’m sad to see Kieron Gillen leaving the Angela: Asgard’s Assassin team, I have to say that Marguerite Bennett was an excellent addition to the last few issues of the ‘Assassin‘ run. I’m really excited to see what Bennett does with Angela in this new series. Also, if I was in a coma and there was only one phrase that would bring me back to consciousness, I’m pretty sure those words would be “Annie Wu variant cover.” Even if I dislike a series, if Annie Wu is doing a cover or involved in any way, I will buy the issue. You can bet I will be picking up Wu’s hip-hop Angela variant cover!
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – With the end of Secret Wars, we start a new chapter for Doreen and Tippy and their friends. Kind of. After teaming up with Thor to fight the evil Norse Squirrel God, Doreen is back to being a regular computer science student! That is, when she isn’t fighting bad guys and saving the whole world. No big deal. I absolutely love this series, and I have to watch where I read it because I seriously laugh out loud at almost every page. Once I read it on an airplane and made the old guy next to me really mad with all my laughing. But it was worth it. Also we got to meet artist Erica Henderson a few times at NYCC this year and she was super awesome. Phil Noto is the artist behind the awesome Squirrel Girl hip-hop variant cover, another one worth checking out.
  • Fresh Romance #6 (Rosy Press) – Fresh Romance is another series that I really look forward to every single month. Not only are the stories romantic and adorable, but they also feature a diverse group of characters. The stories remind me of the shojo manga I used to read constantly back in middle school when I first started to get into comics. I’m sad to hear that the Teen Spirit story by Kate Leth and Arielle Jovellanos will be ending in this issue, but excited to read the new story that will be replacing it by Marguerite Bennett and artist Trungles.

What other titles should we be picking up that we should be adding to this list or don’t know about? Let us know in the comments or at thegeekgirlgang@gmail.com!

Happy (almost) Wednesday girl gang!

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GGG is going to New York Comic Con!

Hey everyone! Today we’re starting our journey to NYC for New York Comic Con 2015! We will be around most of the panels related to feminism/diversity in comics and of course at the Women of Marvel panel on Sunday.

If you see two the Wicked + the Divine cosplayers on Saturday, come say hi! It might be us! And if it isn’t, you’ll make some new friends who like WicDiv so are probably awesome anyways!

We really hope to see some of you there!

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