The rise of the fangirls: Love of superheroes, science fiction and comic books isn’t just for guys anymore
Jessica LeBlanc spends her days selling comic books and game supplies at Jester’s Playhouse in Northfield.
So, what does she do for fun?
Earlier this month she headed out to Illinois to attend the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis, spending a couple of days learning about what’s new in gaming.
While she was there, LeBlanc, 21, noticed there were a fair number of women mixed in among the hordes of fanboys flipping through stacks of comics.
“In the last couple of years, I’ve been talking to a lot more women that are into it. There were a lot of women dressed in anime costumes. I think the women are feeling more comfortable,” the Galloway Township woman said.
The cliche of a bunch of dateless geeky boys and men being the only ones to attend comic book conventions or spend their days engaged in role-playing games is out of date.
More and more women are proudly letting their devotion to specific TV shows, movies, comics and games shine. The growing visibility of these fangirls is altering the pop culture landscape.
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Today Is ‘Read Comics In Public’ Day
Avid consumers of graphic fiction, it’s time for you to grab a small stack of comic books or a good graphic novel and head out to a public park, coffee shop or other crowded venue. Today is international “Read Comics In Public” day and coincidentally also the birthday of legendary artist Jack Kirby.
The point of reading comics in public is to help end the feeling of embarrassment associated with reading comic books, explains Editor of The Daily Cross Hatch Brian Heater, who came up with the idea.
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Graphic Novel Friday: “The Amazing Screw-On Head”
When I interviewed creator, writer, and artist Mike Mignola at the 2009 Emerald City ComiCon, I had to smile and nod when he mentioned his side project, The Amazing Screw-On Head, because I knew next to nothing about it. Afterward, I decided to do some digging, and while I could not find reasonably priced, available copy, I did uncover a few interesting tidbits. In 2002, Mignola wrote and illustrated The Amazing Screw-On Head as a one-shot comic, and it went on to win the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication. A few years later, Mignola developed the comic into a pilot for the SciFi (now, cringingly, “SyFy”) Channel. (Unfortunately, it was not picked up for further episodes.) Not too shabby for a comic with a quirky title; if only I could read it.
Cut to this September, when Dark Horse Comics will release a special hardcover edition of The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects, including three never-before-published short stories and “The Magician and the Snake,” another Eisner Award-winning tale, all written and drawn by Mignola.
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YAY! The days of me pretending to be embarrassed about being a woman interested in comics may be coming to a close!
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