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Here are 9 songs by 9 ladies or lady-fronted bands that I can’t get enough of this week:
The Bed Song by Amanda Palmer
Movie Loves a Screen by April Smith and the Great Picture Show
212 by Azealia Banks
Fondu Au Noir by Coeur du Pirate
Only Human by Fallulah
Slow Like Honey by Fiona Apple
Settle Down by Kimbra
Sex Yeah / Primadonna by Marina and the Diamonds
All The Rowboats by Regina Spektor
Comics I Like This Week!
Saga #2 by Fiona Staples & Brian K Vaughn (perfect sci-fi)
Adventure Time #3 by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb (with rad alternate covers by Yamino and Stephanie Buscema AND some canon Sugarless Gum action! I’m starting to wonder how I used to dislike Adventure Time, really, because it is just so much fun)
Conan: Queen of the Black Coast #3 by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan (with rad alternate cover by Mike Mignola and very saucy some booty shots by Becky)
Batwoman #8 by W Haden Blackman, J H Williams III & Amy Reeder (bye bye, Amy! I miss your art, J H Williams III!)
Courtney Crumrin #1 by Ted Naifeh (my teen goth heart swells with joy at a new Courtney Crumrin series)
I hope to make this a regular feature, or at least to include more comic recommendations. I may switch this over to Comics Bulletin at some point, as I’ve run out of feminist essays for the time being… We shall see!
Books, books, books!
If you’re looking for something new to read, may I recommend any of these three selections? BLUE by Pat Grant is fantastic, and we sold out of copies at work before I could read it. I’m eagerly awaiting its return. In the meantime, you can read some of it online! It’s tremendous. The single-colour on analogous sepia tones? Perfection!
Baby’s In Black is the story of the ‘Fifth Beatle’ Stuart Sutcliffe and his relationship with photographer Astrid Kircherr. I don’t think it’s released until later this month, but we got a preview copy at work and I swoon over the art. Ask about it at your shop!
Emitown Vol 2 is the second collection of Emi Lenox's diary comics, which I love both because they make me look like an art slacker (she does one every single day!) and because they are often painfully honest. I keep picking this book up and flipping to a random page. It's inspiring.
Hi everybody! I’ve got the day off ‘cause my leg is busted up something fierce, so here’s a list of new comics you should be reading and why. Ready? GO!
The Strange Talent of Luther Strode
Issues available: 2 of 6
Here’s the pitch: What if those mail-order Charles Atlas catalogues actually worked? Luther is a scrawny, bullied kid who sends away for The Hercules Method, a book that promises to bulk him up in no time. And it does, in spades. This comic is “everything Kick-Ass should have been” and then some; technicolor ultraviolence with great writing and characters you actually care about. Some pages look to me like The Walking Dead if it was drawn by the guys who do Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors.
Issues available: 3 of 7
This is the first comic I’ve read by Terry Moore, but it makes me keen to read pretty much everything else. It’s the story of a girl who wakes up in a grave, but maybe she wakes up wrong. Her eyes are discoloured and nobody believes her when she tells them who she is, and whatever put her in the dirt, well, maybe it isn’t finished what it started. This comic does spooky without gory so well, and it’s another slow-to-unravel mystery. My favourite kind!
Issues available: 4 of 4
This series finished up this week, and I loved it to pieces. I hope we see more of it! It’s the story of two orphans growing up poor in the futuristic city of Hyperion, where only the ultra-rich have access to a magical source of power called Aether. Prophecies, boarding schools, tough female leads, romance and just a dash of steampunk; Mystic is great for those who love the classic Disney look but want a more grown-up story. Plus, it’s written by a lady and the Amanda Conner covers are stunning.
That’s all for now! Go check ‘em out!