6 Favorite Comic Series of 2014

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Photo via Marvel

#Same – Photo via Marvel

This year marked my first year of really reading comics. Although I’d always been interested in superhero stories and the comic format, it had seemed seriously overwhelming and I never truly knew where to dive in. Late in 2013, I saw clips from Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye on Tumblr and decided to start reading it. From there, I found other series that people recommended based on reading Hawkeye, then I read lists of comics that were generally recommended.

While I’m still far behind on the list of series I want to read — Captain Marvel, Young Avengers, She-Hulk, Bitch Planet, The Wicked + The Divine, All-New Captain America, and Rocket Raccoon are high on my list — I made some serious headway this year. (If you have any recommendations, I’ll happily take them!) These are the six comic series that I enjoyed most in 2014.

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4 Favorite New Television Series of Fall 2014

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Photo via Post Show Recaps

Photo via Post Show Recaps

We’re well into the fall television season – some shows have already gone on their midseason hiatus – and nearing the time for winter premieres of new series. This year I didn’t have as much time to catch all the new pilots (as opposed to 2012 and 2013) and had to focus on the shows I was particularly excited to watch. However, even though I gave many new series a chance, I didn’t stick with all of them (there’s only so much time in the day!). These are the four new fall shows that I’ve kept up with each week and will be excited to see how they progress through their debut seasons.

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The Best of SDCC 2013: Sneak Peaks

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Seriously, one of these years I'm going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

Seriously, one of these years I’m going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

All nerds, dorks, and geeks can agree on one thing: San Diego Comic-Con is better than any holiday during the year. It’s that wonderful time when fans of anything remotely geeky or cult-ish can come together, wait in massive lines, and watch actors, writers, producers, artists, etc. talk about their favorite television shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, novels and anything else. Fans can also ask questions during many panels or line up to meet the stars in signing events. For those of us who–tragically–could not attend SDCC this year, we get to watch the interviews and panels online either through sites that provided a live stream or after the fact when a kind soul has videotaped an event and posted it online. (In all seriousness, I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who records the events for the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Since SDCC is easily the biggest event in geek culture each year, those behind the scenes of all our favorite geeky projects usually take this chance to release special footage or make big announcements. This year was no different. Before the con, the makers of Divergent and Legend of Korra teased that they would show some exclusive footage during their panels, and the movie studios usually make some big announcements. The Marvel Studios panel is one of Comic-Con’s biggest attractions and they promised to screen some footage from their upcoming films–Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy–but as an additional treat, they released the title for the next Avengers movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although it was difficult to pick the best announcements, sneak peaks, and trailer releases from the convention this weekend, especially because I still feel slightly overwhelmed by all the amazing information that came out, here’s what made me scream with fan-girlish joy.

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The 5 Ultimate Superhero Movies

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Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

With the 75th Anniversary of Superman occurring this month as well as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel hitting theaters tomorrow, it seems only appropriate to pay homage to the genre of superhero movies with a list of my personal favorites. Now I’m not going to pretend I’m a superhero movie aficionado and I don’t read the comics on which most of these movies are based. But I still love superhero movies. Personally, I’m a Batman girl. I had all the late 80s/90s Batman movies on VHS when I was a kid, and I now own them all on DVD. In all seriousness though, I will watch any Superhero movie and I’ve seen many of the films listed on Wikipedia’s comprehensive list. Right now in particular is a great time to be a superhero fan. Since Marvel’s The Avengers became the third highest grossing movie of all time and now Iron Man 3 holds the fifth spot in the ranking, it seems Hollywood is churning out more and more super-flicks.

Additionally, you can also find some superheros on television. The CW’s Arrow recently finished its first season and ABC announced during the network’s spring upfronts that they had picked up the Avengers offshoot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will premiere in the fall season. Then of course, there’s everything still to come from Marvel including Thor: the Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But those are still a little ways off (The Dark World hits theaters on Nov. 8th) and since Man of Steel doesn’t come out until tomorrow–or rather, tonight at midnight–I’ll be watching my favorite superhero flicks to gear up.

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Is ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Catwoman a Feminist?

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Anne Hathaway won the role of Selina Kyle over actresses Keira Knightly and Jessica Biel. Photo courtesy of Lost in the Multiplex.

Anne Hathaway won the role of Selina Kyle over actresses Keira Knightly and Jessica Biel. Photo courtesy of Lost in the Multiplex.

Today is the day The Dark Knight Rises comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. In honor, let’s all get out our copies of Batman: Four Film Favorites, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight to have a marathon. While watching my personal favorite, Batman & Robin, don’t forget to drink (water or whatever you’ve got) every time Dr. Freeze or Poison Ivy make a pun. While looking for a way of celebrating TDKR coming out on DVD today, I remembered a blog post I wrote during my junior year of college. In my spring semester, I took a women’s studies course and we were required to keep a blog during the semester to comment on something feminism-related once or twice a week.

When I created Femi-whaaat? I didn’t know how to describe my feminism blog: “so like lesbians and combat boots and unshaved armpits right? Maybe. Debates about why Catwoman is the worst villain ever because her entire shtick is just a mix of the worst two stereotypes about women (old cat lady & femme fatale)? Definitely; as soon as I develop my argument further.” For my final post on the blog I decided to actually write out my full argument. When I reread the post, I realized I still believed Catwoman to be a terrible feminist icon. However, since this argument was written in May 2011, long before The Dark Knight Rises premiered, I thought I should reexamine my argument.

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