Wonder Woman: The Comic Needs To Go Back To Feminist Roots

Wonder Woman, Cliff Chiang
Wonder Woman by Cliff Chiang, from her current series, copyright DC Comics

I originally wrote this article during the time that Gail Simone was writing the Wonder Woman monthly comic. Since then, Wonder Woman’s comic has undergone two more reboots that made things progressively worse.

The first reboot was an aborted attempt by J. Michael Straczynski, who left the project before it was finished, and it ended up going nowhere.  The second reboot is currently ongoing in Wonder Woman and is written by Brian Azzarello with art by Cliff Chiang.
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Comic Review: The Princess Saves Herself in PrinceLess

PrinceLess by Jeremy Whitley

Behold, a beautiful princess is trapped in a tower guarded by a fierce dragon and only the bravest knight in the land can save her from her terrible fate. Oh, woe is the helpless maiden!

Yeah, that’s not this story.

The Young Princess Adrienne

This comic, which is the first in a series of four, is all about a maiden who is trapped in a tower, but is completely done with it all.  Her parents put her up there in the hopes that a strong, young prince would happen along and save her, thus providing the kingdom with a worthy heir.  But our heroine, Princess Adrienne, needs no rescuing and has other ideas about how royalty should treat their children. The story and whimsical style will appeal to both adults and kids and Princess Adrienne’s trusty dragon will have everyone longing for one of their own.

Written by Jeremy Whitley and published by Action Lab Comics, this light-hearted comic addresses the stereotype of helpless maidens that drives most women nuts today. It’s great to see Princess Adrienne, who starts off as just a little girl, question the way of things and then grow up to find herself trapped exactly where she feared. Even her would-be hero, Prince Wilcome, fails her when he’s defeated by her dragon and forced to face the King’s wrath.

Princess Adrienne and Sparky

But, in the grand tradition of the epic tales we all grew up on, Princess Adrienne becomes her own hero, overcoming the obstacles her parents have thrown in her path to rescue herself.  Now she’s got her mind set on shaking things up and saving her sisters, too. But what will become of the poor hapless Prince Wilcome?

We get a little peek at his life, how he was trained in the ways of epic maiden-saving, dragon-slaying, and hair-coiffing.  But now nothing has gone according to his plan and Princess Adrienne’s father has thrown him in a dungeon.  Who will save the prince that’s supposed to be doing the saving?

Not only is this story fun and engaging, Princess Adrienne is a great role model for girls. She does not expect to be saved by some Prince, and in fact, really never wanted a prince to save her in the first place. She fights to take charge of her own destiny and is a wonderful lesson in never giving up or surrendering your fate.

Check out the first issue of PrinceLess digitally at Graphicly or at your local comic retailer!

GeekGirlCon is This Weekend…See You There?

Be still my heart! There is actually a convention for us girls now! It’s in Seattle, so those of you on the East Coast have a ways to trek it (haha, I made a geek funny), but there is indeed a convention made “just for her” and it’s called GeekGirlCon!

That said, I’m dragging my husband with me this weekend to the maiden-voyage of the event. I was looking forward to the GeekGirlCONcert, but it is on Friday night and we won’t make it into Seattle until Saturday. The rest of the weekend proves to be just as entertaining though, with celebrities like Star Wars crafter Bonnie Burton and TV writer Jane Espenson. (I might have a small geek-out if I meet either of these ladies this weekend.) D&D  blogger and podcaster @SarahDarkMagic will also be there, and I’m crossing my fingers to run into her and meet her in person (since I have been following her on Twitter FOREVER).

There are a slew of workshops and games to play in the gaming room. With names like Steve Jackson and Looney Labs on the playlist and workshops like “How to Paint a Miniature,” I have a feeling a major part of our weekend will be spent here (since our daughter will be attending too).

There is a Masquerade on Saturday that my daughter and I might take part in or at least attend for photos. We will be wearing our matching Pokémon skirts that were a hit at PAX, but whether we make it depends how tired we are by Saturday evening.

My list of vendors to visit is HUGE. I’m quickly becoming a comic book fan as my daughter is interested in them too. There will be several female comic book authors and artists there to visit. I’m also looking forward to seeing what the Cute Factory is all about and Geek Stained Glass.

Finally, Sunday I will be moderating the Geeks Raising Geeks panel. Panelists include Nancy HolderBelle HolderCarrie GoldmanKatie GoldmanJenn FujikawaSharon Feliciano, and Stephanie Kaloi.

If you are going to be in Seattle this weekend, I hope to see you there. I will be tweeting (@GamerMom1_0) if I can get reception on my phone. Be sure to say hello!