The Long And Terrible History Of DC Comics Mistreating Batgirl

Batgirl has been in the media for all the wrong reasons recently — but this is nothing new. The iconic heroine has long been a source of controversy for DC, thanks to a series of strange decisions. Here's the story of DC's Batgirls, and the controversies that have come to define them. » 3/31/15 3:28pm Yesterday 3:28pm

Chainmail Bikini Anthology Has Women Gamers Telling Their Own Stories

Nearly every gamer has tales about how the imaginary worlds and real-life friendships of their shared hobby has inspired them and gotten them through some rough spots. An upcoming graphic novel anthology takes those moments and turns them in even more inspiration in the form of beautifully drawn comics stories. » 3/27/15 5:23pm Friday 5:23pm

This Woman Wants to Revive the Lost Art of the Romance Comic

Once upon a time, you could get your tales of love in several forms—paperback romances and rom-coms, sure, but also romance comics. While they've fallen out of fashion, one woman wants to bring them back. » 3/24/15 1:10pm 3/24/15 1:10pm

Female Thor Is Outselling Manly Man Thor

Despite the initial hue and cry from some quarters over Marvel's female Thor storyline, the issues themselves are selling quite well. In fact, they're outselling the last series, starring a more conventional male character. » 3/23/15 4:30pm 3/23/15 4:30pm

​The Real Problems With This Controversial Batgirl Cover

Hello, my friends and potential food source. Spring is dawning here in the post-apocalypse, with its requisite rain showers, blooming flowers, and of course, the cannibal horselords of Old Sante Fe. Now who wants to talk about how incredibly awful that Joker variant cover of Batgirl #41 is? I sure do! » 3/18/15 2:59pm 3/18/15 2:59pm

The Clothes People Lying in Wait Inside of Us

"What is the clothes person you are most scared of becoming?" was the question. I can't remember how it came up, but my friend Daoud and I were both able to answer quickly. His description of the Asymmetric Belt Problem was so complete. It fell right out, a perfect thing. That's what made me want to find more… » 3/16/15 6:10pm 3/16/15 6:10pm

11-Year-Old Schools DC About Female Heroes, So They Turn Her Into One

This is kind of awesome. Eleven-year-old Rowan Hansen wrote to DC Comics asking why there weren't more female superheroes, and why the female heroes don't wear more practical costumes. They responded with a drawing of Hansen as a superhero. Her response: Thanks, but that's not what I asked for. » 2/20/15 5:49pm 2/20/15 5:49pm

The Greatest Spies In Pop Culture, Ranked


If you believe fiction, spies are everywhere. You cannot turn around without bumping into someone in a wig, armed with a gun masquerading as a tasteful pair of earrings, and carrying secret plans in microdot form. There are so many, we decided to rank them. » 2/12/15 5:07pm 2/12/15 5:07pm

Some Notes on Compulsive Hair Pulling

In 2008, The New Yorker published a piece called "The Itch." It was about a woman who picked through the skin on her scalp until she touched her own skull. Then she picked through her skull and touched her brain. » 2/09/15 4:00pm 2/09/15 4:00pm

Why Early Wonder Woman Was A Champion Of Feminism... And Bondage

Looking back, Wonder Woman's earliest adventures are a little...strange. The first Wonder Woman comics were filled with bondage, submission, and domination — and even spanking games with small children. How was this supposed to be feminist? A new book analyzes those early Wonder Woman comics. » 1/23/15 4:09pm 1/23/15 4:09pm

The Very Best Cosplay of 2014

What an amazing year for cosplay! Hot dam,n you are all so talented and clever and creative it almost makes us mad. But we love you and all the great cosplay we saw this year. So as a tribute, here is a collection of our favorite cosplay moments from 2014. » 12/20/14 12:48pm 12/20/14 12:48pm

Your Favorite DC Superheroes, Drawn Into Famous Movie Posters

DC Comics has announced that its March 2015 variant covers will pay tribute to some of the most iconic films of the past 100 years. Here, compiled for your viewing pleasure, are all 22 special edition covers, along with the movie posters that inspired them. » 12/13/14 4:41pm 12/13/14 4:41pm

Little Girl Fights Gendered Toys One Look of Disgust at a Time

The toy aisle, as we've discussed many times, is so thoroughly divided by gender it's like walking onto the set of some heavy-handed Star Trek episode about the folly of prejudice. Well, one store is a little less stereotype-driven today, thanks to one little girl's very annoyed face. » 11/24/14 6:10pm 11/24/14 6:10pm

5 Guidelines For Creating Interesting Female Supervillains

In our desire to see a female-led superhero movie, we don't want to leave out female supervillains, who are often overshadowed by their male counterparts. Here are a few ideas for creating interesting female villains while avoiding some of the more annoying tropes. » 11/15/14 3:48pm 11/15/14 3:48pm

19 Funniest Nude Scenes In Science Fiction And Fantasy [Work-Safe!]


Some heroes bare their souls in the midst of their epic adventures. And some heroes just bare, well, everything. Science fiction and fantasy is full of hilariously weird moments of naked truth — and here are the 19 funniest nude scenes of all time. It's work-safe! » 11/14/14 1:46pm 11/14/14 1:46pm

It's Great We're Getting A Captain Marvel Movie. It's Also Not Enough.

When Marvel announced that its next round of movies would include a Captain Marvel movie, we were thrilled. Yes, a major Marvel movie featuring a popular and wonderful female superhero. But amidst that celebration, let's not forget there are still tons of worthy female superheroes who would make excellent movie stars. » 11/13/14 4:08pm 11/13/14 4:08pm

​New York Comic Con Was All About Diversity This Year

Over the weekend, New York Comic Con saw the usual crowd of geeks, nerds, cosplayers, and other pop culture enthusiasts. But it also saw a huge shift in the discussion about representation in comics and other media. » 10/13/14 5:30pm 10/13/14 5:30pm

​DC Comics Announce New Wonder Woman Digital Series

Hey comics fans! This weekend at New York Comic Con, DC Comics announced a new Wonder Woman series, Wonder Woman '77 (similar to the Batman '66 title), which will be based on the Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter that aired from 1975 to 1979. You know what that means: skateboarding Wonder Woman! » 10/12/14 5:38pm 10/12/14 5:38pm

Marvel Cancels Artist's Upcoming Covers After Spider-Woman Butt Fiasco

The comic book industry is not particularly well-known for portraying women in a non- insanely-sexualized manner (you can't fight crime without a boob window, as we have all observed over the years). Even given that, a recent Spider-Woman cover somehow managed to slink under the world's already-low expectations with… » 9/23/14 5:45pm 9/23/14 5:45pm