My summer reading goals aren’t usually specific. Often times I have a stack of books I’ve collected over the school year that I haven’t had the chance to read because they’re not required reading. Being a creative writing major who takes many required lit courses means I save reading books for school breaks and the summer.
I’ve started to delve deeply into comic books – which isn’t much of a surprise given how much manga I used to read.
Last October I went to NYCC with my friend Katie to attend the Women of Marvel panel. It was amazing and so worth listening to the writers, editors, and designers that spoke about the stories they worked on. And all I wanted to do was remain with all of those fans and creators, and have more than a one hour discussion about the female heroes and villains. I left NYCC with a promise to return, and a backpack full of comics.
Now that school is over for the year, I have more than enough time to focus on my comic education. And after meeting Hayley Atwell from Agent Carter, and the Women of Marvel panel, it seemed about time to turn my comic focus into high gear.
So on May 10 I texted Katie to help me with comic recommendations for my Summer 2016: Women in Comics list. This list includes female writers, artists, protagonists, antagonists, etc. Once we compiled a list of character and creators, I started to find the graphic novels. Some suggestions from a few online friends have rounded out the list to 64 books as of this writing. Although I keep adding more, or revising the list to swap out titles.
64 books is more than my goal for the year (which is 40 books in 52 weeks, and so far I’m only at 12 books, and I’m four behind where I need to be).
What am I going to do with this impressive list?
Obviously read my way through it.
I also want to focus on the characters that aren’t getting as much attention as The Avengers. I want to have knowledge of their origins, and story. And I want to be able to recommend comics to my friends that are apprehensive about diving in.
Plus, if I want to ever write comics, I should probably know something more than just characters.
With all of this reading, I’ll be using this blog to review the comics. This blog is about to get nerdy real fast.