Writing last week about Princess Leia and the context surrounding her character as an empowered female in storytelling resulted in some of the highest hits this site has seen. “Slave Leia Sells? Amy Schumer, Boy Toys and the Star Wars Fandom Double Standard” was tweeted by Bitch Media and acknowledged on Full of Sith. On that podcast, Bryan Young noted that Twitter user @tonks17’s motion to rebrand Slave Leia as Leia the Huttslayer had over 10,000 notes after it was posted on Tumblr. And despite the reported “ire” from Disney|Lucasfilm over the GQ cover, John Boyega noted on Instagram that he was finishing up a photo shoot for the magazine.
Prior to the Huttslayer attire controversy, I joined a fantastic group of women on Mos Eisley Comicport to discuss the conclusion of the Princess Leia miniseries from Marvel.
Today’s episode is a series wrap-up for Princess Leia, with some extremely special guests! Tricia Barr (Co-host of Fangirls Going Rogue, Co-Author of Ultimate Star Wars), Sarah Rodriguez (Author of Agent Carter: Season One Declassified, Co-Host of Woman Up! Podcast) Aarthi D (Co-Host of Back in the Field), and Kelsey Marquart (Editor-in-Chief of Nerdy But Flirty, StreamFriends Co-Host) chime in with their thoughts on Marvel’s first canon Star Wars miniseries!
Back in October 2014, FiveThirtyEight conducted a deep-dive statistical analysis into the gender composition of characters and creators in the comics from Marvel and DC. The number-crunching in “Comic Books Are Still Made By Men, For Men And About Men” reveals that . . . → Read More: Tricia Talks Marvel’s Princess Leia on Mos Eisley Comicport
Women in comics and filmmaking share insights on their respective industries. . . . → Read More: Celebrating The Awesome Ladies of Star Wars
Star Wars: Legacy #14 is out today and features Ania Solo. . . . → Read More: While You’re Waiting For Episode VII, Check Out Star Wars Legacy
Fangirls Around the Web for March 18, 2014. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: March 18, 2014
Dark Horse Comics’ Year of the Horse started out with a bang with their record number of wins in the Diamond Gem Awards. From their news feed:
Last week, Diamond Comic Distributors announced the 2013 Gem Awards, boasting a record number of accolades for Dark Horse!
While DC Entertainment topped the list with six awards, Dark Horse dominated among the independent publishers, with Dark Horse Presents winning Anthology of the Year for the second year in a row!
This year’s Dark Horse wins are as follows:
Licensed Comic Book of the Year: The Star Wars #1 (SEP138217) Anthology of the Year: Dark Horse Presents #26 (MAY130015) Trade Book of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (SEP120055) Original GN of the Year: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (JUN130031) Manga TP of the Year: Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Vol. 1 (JAN130124)
Over at Newsarama, Brian J.L. Glass talks about FURIOUS, out now from Dark Horse. It’s a fabulous discussion of female characters, superheroes as a means to explore the human condition, tropes, and darker storytelling.
First, if I can address your observation about FURIOUS as a character—the point you made about her resisting a trope forced upon her is one of the ways this story does resonate directly with the issues the female audience is currently expressing displeasure about. This woman is unique, with her superpowers truly setting her apart from every other human being on Earth (at least for now), yet a media system labels her. She wants to . . . → Read More: Dark Horse Wins With Tomb Raider, Buffy, and Serenity
Dark Horse, Canon and Story Group discussed on Star Wars Bookworms. . . . → Read More: Dark Horse, Canon and Story Group on Star Wars Bookworms
Five New Year’s Resolutions that Lucasfilm should make for Star Wars. . . . → Read More: Five Resolutions Star Wars Should Make
Thoughts on Brian Wood’s admission that he made a pass at a fellow professional at a convention. . . . → Read More: On Brian Wood, Being a Professional, and Better Futures For Con-Going Daughters
Star Wars Reads Day is Saturday, October 5th. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Reads Day II
The second part of a discussion of how fans speculate and the implication of the recent Episode VII media exposure . . . → Read More: Let The Speculation Begin! – Part Two: Context