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Contributors include: Gail Simone, Carla speed McNeil, Colleen Doran, Jill Thompson, Jen Van Meter, Seanan McGuire, Marjorie Jiu, Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear and Mark Waid.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935234056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935234050
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin Burks on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate enough to get a review copy of Chicks Dig Comics and I have been reading it on my lunch breaks every day. It's full of essays by wonderful women (and a few men), including those in the industry and those who are just fans of comics, like me.

I'll have to admit that I fell out of comics fandom over 10 years ago, but re-discovered them recently thanks to digital versions. Collecting comics got so expensive back in those days and I initially had the intent to buy every single Vertigo title ever written. Needless to say, I ran out of money before that happened and lost interest.

I'm back in the game, though, thanks to Comixology and other comics readers. Right now, my favorite, without a doubt, is the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. I've also recently been turned on to Fables, as well as Alabaster.

So back to the book. I'll admit that I related to almost everything these women had to say. My favorite essay had to be by Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Deadpool), who stated that women have secretly won the war in the comics industry. When Simone says "They are going to have to produce product that the female reader enjoys to survive," I believe it.

I also related to Erica McGillivray's essay on being an accidental cosplayer. When referring to preparing for her first cosplay event, she attributed it to being more important than getting read for the prom. And she's right. She goes into mentioning how more women are now being seen at both comic book stores and conventions and how we tend to embrace fandom at a higher participatory level. I was a first-time cosplayer a few years ago. And now? I'm always actively planning outfits.
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I don't know about you, but I felt inspired by reading this. I thought it was refreshing and I wanted to write comics myself - it was fantastic reading what comics or characters mean to these fantastic women and it also made me feel confident and reassured me that I can love comics too! Thanks again ladies!
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When I was offered an opportunity to review the anthology Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them, I was thrilled.

I got completely hooked, because Chicks Dig Comics is a love letter to something I adore. It's about passion. It's comics readers and comics creators sharing why they adore the stories found in comics, from superheroes to horror to comedy to soap-opera melodrama. It shows quite clearly how much better comics fandom has gotten for women in my lifetime. So many of the essays pointed out that in years past, comics conventions were almost exclusively male - these days, women and girls are well represented. When some of the contributors in this book were growing up, it was impossible to find another female comics fan. Now with the internet, it would be hard not to. And there are enough fans, and enough interest in the topic, that Chicks Dig Comics can be a viable project.

I found the whole thing so incredibly refreshing.

I'm not sure that any further description of which bits I personally liked is terribly useful to anyone else. There are 30 pieces in the book if you don't count the introduction and foreward, so everyone who reads the book is going to have their own favorites. The collection as a whole moves along quickly due to the length of each piece and the variety of subjects and approaches. Some pieces focus on the writer's personal experiences, while others focus on specific characters and books or describe working in the industry. Marvel, D.C., and indie fandoms are all well represented. Editors Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis did a fantastic job mixing the essays together so that each piece feels fresh as you get to it.
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The good was overshadowed by the bad. One piece was only about how women in the X-Men fandom argue about who is better between Jean and Emma (in relation to who is a better MATE for Scott) and the author spent the whole time feeding into it and insisting that Jean needed to stay dead.

Really? In a community where women are sent rape threats for simply being openly female comic book fans and you want to perpetuate this girl on girl rivalry when given a public platform to talk about this industry?

And the editors signed off on this? Disgusting.
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Okay, so this deserves a much better review then the one I gave it, so hear you go: Do not purchase this book.

I know that sounds like we are off to a negative start, but here it is. This book really is only for 1 of 3 types of people:

1. People who already follow a specific writer (internet personality) most of whom have some vast conspiracy theory about patriarchy keeping down all women writers & want more of the same.

2. Comic book fans who regardless of gender who purchased this because it looked uplifting & comic based when you read the title: After all, you consider yourself to be socially conscious enough to endorse equality.... You will likely off-load this book at the earliest convenience, when you realise a surprising amount of it is pretty insipid & repeated things you as a comic fan have heard before online for free.

3. Some vaguely interested potential female reader picking this up hoping that its going to be an entry to getting in on the interesting sub-culture of comics, possibly after seeing one of the many super-hero movies. After reading this chances are good she'll put it down & decide never to walk into the hive of sexism that is comic-book fandom & alas she will never discover the levels of hyperbole involved in some of these articles are EXACTLY the kind of commentary that poisons the well & itself keeps out women.

Okay, so if you aren't one of those three groups, this book is probably not for you. Heck if you aren't in the first category this book is probably not for you. If however what you were looking for is instead an entry level into comics, the following suggestions have been created for your reading convenience.
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