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There is a great documentary making its rounds called Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines that traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman.  The film covers the birth of the comic book superheroine to the blockbuster television series, while looking at how popular representation of powerful women often reflects society’s own anxieties about women’s liberation. The film was recently apart of the documentary series Independent Lens and you can still watch the film on PBS website for free. However if you want some post film discussion in the comfort of your own bed or couch , you can head over to ITVS OVEE on April 24 where they will be doing a free screening of Wonder Women! . I highly suggest you watch this film anyway that you can. Even you aren’t a comic book or Wonder Woman film it’s an intriguing film to watch.

Upcoming Screenings

Asterisks denotes that the filmmaker will be in attendance for Q&A after screening

SPARK San Francisco, San Francisco, California, May 16, 6 p.m.**

Temescal Street Cinema, Oakland, California, June 13 8 p.m. at 49th Street @ Telegraph Ave

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, June 14, 5:30 p.m.

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    I guess it takes a break-up and eating tons of vegan cupcakes, to make you realize that maybe you pour energy into bringing you blog back from the dead blog grave. So I’ve stop wearing my faded two holes away from being useless hoodie*. And instead started plotting Her Comics return. If you have a comic book or zine that you want reviewed, or event coming up and would like me to cover it, email at hercomics at gmail dot com.

As for now I’m going back to plotting my C2E2 schedule .

 

* My computer for some reason knows “foodie” but not “hoodie”.

 


    If you haven’t marked June 15 and 16th on calendar then you should. Those are the dates for Chicago Alternative Comics Expo also known as CAKE. Special guest this year include  Phoebe Gloeckner and Melissa Mendes to name a few. The event will take place at Center on Halsted and best of all it’s FREE, so you have no excuse not go. So consider yourself warned!

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designed by Chicago’s own, Jo Dery (http://jodery.com).


I sometimes have this habit of picking comics were the art grabs my attention. If the story falls flat, I feel like I have completely wasted my money. So when I came across Man from Space by Marc Jackson I wasn’t sure if I was going to be satisfied with both the artwork and story. But Marc Jackson was able to impress me with a great storyline and illustration.

           Man from Space takes us on a journey with an unknown hero and his goldfish pal Michael when their rocket ship crashes. As they set out to look for shelter, the duo meet and befriend Whemblo, a cute pink alien that is reminiscent of an Ugly doll. During the course of our hero’s adventure, they must try to stay safe from the evil robot enemies, the Volbots (which might the coolest evil robots). When their new friend Unit 7-73 teleports them to a timeline in the future, our hero must use his future self to correct a past mistake that could change the course of the future.

         Man from Space is the perfect comic for kids just getting into to comics and for adults who need to escape into a world of adventure. The characters in Man from Space are loveable, but only a few seem fully developed. For some odd reason every time our hero spoke I would picture Sam Rockwell, which isn’t a bad thing. One of the few faults I have with Man from Space is that we never get the name of our main hero. It looks like we will have to read a few more issues to learn about his identity. I also wish that we had a chance to connect with the first batch of our hero’s friends before we met more of them. Overall though, I have to give it to Marc Jackson for creating a story with awesome illustrations that is invoked by part of the imagination often lost after childhood.

I  thoroughly enjoyed reading Man from Space it had everything I like in stories I read (robots, aliens, and sea creatures). Reading this comic made me wish that I was cuddled up in my covers with a flashlight. So if you like cute sci-fi adventure stories, check out Man from Space.

You can follow Marc Jackson on Twitter at:@itsMANFROMSPACE


Janes in Love

by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg


         It’s hard enough being a teenager trying to figure out who you are and how you fit in this world. The last thing you want you need is something coming along to complicate things. Usually that’s when love enters the picture. Never has there been something so complicated and great as being a teenager in love. Cecil Castellucci captures that mixed bag of emotions in Janes in Love (Minx).

Janes in Love, by Cecil Castellucci (Minx)

          In this sequel to The Plain Janes , the four Janes return and are dealing with the aftermath of an art attack that caused trouble for someone close to them.  Tensions over the art attacks are running high in the girls’ small town of Kent Water with their number one enemy Officer Sanchez leading the march. If all this wasn’t enough, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the girls have bitten by the love bug. P.l.a.i.n’s fearless leader isn’t letting anything stand in her group’s way of creating their community artwork as she applies for a grant from the National Foundation for the Arts.

           While The Plain Janes (Minx 2007), focused on the blossoming friendship between the girls, Janes in Love takes a look at the girls dealing with that crazy little thing called love. The subject of teens dealing with day-to-day life while falling in love has been done many times, however Cecil Castellucci makes it something I still want to read about. Castellucci doesn’t ignore the fact that teens go through a lot during those difficult high school years. Even with those added elements Castellucci still manages highlight that wonderful anxiety ridden feeling of being young and in love. Complementing Castellucci’s story, Rugg’s artwork has a crisp, clean feel to it that gives it an indie comic book look.


Here’s your list of comics out for the week of February 9th, 2011.

Comics

Adventure Comics 523
All New Batman The Brave and the Bold 4
Amazing Spider-Man 654
Amory Wars Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 8
Batgirl 18
Batman and Robin 20
Birds of Prey 9
Black Panther Man Without Fear 515
BPRD Hell on Earth Gods 2
Buck Rogers Annual 1
Captain America Korvac Saga 3
Carnage 3
Casanova Gula 2
Cinderella Fables Are Forever 1
Dark Tower Gunslinger Little Sisters Eluria 3
DC Comics Presents Green Lantern Fear Itself 1
DC Comics Presents Wonder Woman 1
DC Universe Legacies 9
Deadpool Team-Up 885
Doc Savage 11
Flash 9
Frenemy of the State 4
GI Joe A Real American Hero 163
Green Hornet 13
Green Lantern Emerald Warriors 7
Hack Slash Ongoing 1
Haunt 13
Heroes For Hire 3
Incognito Bad Influences 3
Incredible Hulks 622
Invaders Now 5
John Byrne Next Men 3
Justice League Generation Lost 19
Knight and Squire 5
Lil Depressed Boy 1
New Avengers 9
Northlanders 37
Onslaught Unleashed 1
Osborn 3
Power Man and Iron Fist 1
Punishermax 10
Rebels 25
Red Robin 20
Secret Warriors 24
Sherlock Holmes Year One 1
Spawn 202
Stan Lee Starborn 3
Star Trek Infestation 1
Superman 708
Thunder Agents 4
Thunderstrike 3
Titans 32
Transformers Ongoing 16
Ultimate Avengers Vs New Ultimates 1
Ultimate Comics Captain America 2
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 153
Unwritten 22
Uptight 4
Walking Dead 81
Walking Dead Weekly 6
Warlord of Mars 4
Widow Maker 4
Wolverine 10000
Wolverine 5.1
X-Factor 215


Looking for something to do today from 11 am-4 pm? Well come up to DNA Comics on 20032 HWY 59 N, Humble, Texas, 77338 for their Grand Opening at their new location. The event will feature 50% off comic bin issues, 25% off almost everything, and free food from Chick-fil-a.

You can also get your picture taken with a Storm Trooper from the Star Wars 501st Legion, the Houston area Ghostbusters, and the Dark Knight himself, Batman!