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See the Real Geek Girls: Celebrating Women in Fandom and Fiction panel at Camden Comic Con April 9!

Will you be in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area April 9? Come see me on the Real Geek Girls: Celebrating Women in Fandom and Fiction panel at Camden Comic Con!

Join four incredible panelists as they share their experiences working in fandom and fiction. Learn about everything from owning & operating a comic store/coffeehouse/community haven, founding an all-girl comic anthology with contributors from around the globe, to establishing a pop culture website that puts gender and identity at the forefront.

I’ll be joining Ariell Johnson, Owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, as well as Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips, Editors of Dirty Diamonds: An All-Girl Comics Anthology, for this discussion. The panel will take place 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in West AB, Campus Center.

Learn more about Camden Comic Con at their website.

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New review at Girls in Capes: Love at Fourteen, Vol. 5

I have a new manga review up at Girls in Capes!

As with previous volumes, Kanata and Kazuki’s relationship is still precious and the absolute best thing about the manga. At one point, Kazuki faces attempted humiliation at the hands of a girl who has a crush on Kanata, but he faces that potentially mortifying experience with grace, and he never tells Kanata what happened — because he wants Kanata to remain friends with the girl. It’s a touching plotline and shows not only Kazuki’s kindness but also his faith in Kanata’s affection for him.

However, I’m starting to worry that this series is moving in the direction of “problematic favorites.”

Read the full review here.

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New Editor’s Letter at Girls in Capes – The Womanhood Issue

In this month’s editor’s letter, I discuss something very, very personal to me: how I started to realize that my childhood was over.

It would be very difficult to pinpoint the moment at which I truly felt as if I’d become a woman. Three years, after all, feels like a short amount of time between feeling like a child and feeling like an adult. It wasn’t the moment I walked into grad school, or the moment I crossed the stage at graduation; it wasn’t when I moved in with a significant other for the first time, or when we moved out after breaking up.

But there’s one way I’ve noticed my slow and steady transition over the course of years — not just the past three years, but starting from the time I was only in middle school.

Read the full article at Girls in Capes.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Anime image from Crunchyroll.

New review at Girls in Capes: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Vol. 1

This month, I was excited to review the first volume of manga in one of my favorite franchises: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

Readers or viewers familiar with manga tropes will definitely recognize the characters by visual cues — Mikoshiba is a very typical shoujo manga bad-boy, and Kashima is a very typical shoujo manga “princely girl” type, complete with fangirls. The best thing about Nozaki-kun, however, is the way the manga subverts the tropes and makes the characters much more real.

Read the full review at Girls in Capes.

February 2016 Studio Calico Stationery Kit

Happy February! As you can imagine, this month’s a month full of fun stationery stuff coming in the kit subscriptions I have.

So excited because #mysckitishere and the February kit is fab! #stationery #studiocalico

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4 blank cards with matching envelopes
4 occasional cards with matching envelopes
3 swan tags with metallic gold detail
Red twine bobbin
Happy Mail washi tape
Gray heart sticker strip

Read the rest of my review after the jump!

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New Review at Girls in Capes: Horimiya, Vol. 2

New manga review at Girls in Capes! This is for the second volume of a series I have previously reviewed.

Having already established the bond between Hori and Miyamura, Volume Two moves more into the development of each of the two individually. They’re a year and a half away from graduation, and while Miyamura plans to work for and eventually take over the family bakery, Hori struggles with determining where her path should take her. Miyamura, on the other hand, is unsure of his place in the newly-formed group of friends he’s suddenly found himself occupying.

Read the full review at Girls in Capes.

New review at Girls in Capes: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Brodsky_TheImmortals_HCI’m excited for my first book review of the year at Girls in Capes!

As it turns out, The Immortals didn’t disappoint in delivering exactly what I was hoping to find. The story is filled with action, opening on a scene of Selene/Artemis beating the living tar out of a man who’s been abusing his girlfriend. It’s perfectly fitting for a goddess who was known as the protector of women — and it serves as the perfect window into how weak Selene’s Olympian powers have truly become.

Read more about Jordanna Max Brodsky’s The Immortals over at Girls in Capes.