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2nd Annual Geek Girls Network (@geekgirls) #NYCC Geek-Out!

If you’re headed to NYC (or there already) for NYCC, there is still time to buy tickets for the 2nd Annual GGN #NYCC Geek-Out!

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New York Comic Con is around the corner and GGN invites you to join us for the 2nd Annual GGN #NYCC Geek-Out!

Many of those that attended last year’s event remember what an amazing time we all had …finally having a place to sit and mingle with friends, meet some new ones, and win lots of great swag. This year is no different.

Join GGN on Saturday October 15th from 7pm to close for a night of nerds, tunes and prizes at the outstanding Stitch Bar & Lounge.

Tickets are on sale now!!! http://geekoutnyc.eventbrite.com/

And this year’s party has a theme – ZOMBIES!! That’s right folks, come dressed or not, enjoy discussions and debates on the best weapons, or just hang out among other nerds away from the craziness of the convention. And GGN is doing our part to make sure you all survive with Zombie Preparedness Swag Bags! These one of a kind bag contain necessary survival geer and awesome geek prizes.

We are excited to announce that ThinkGeek & Wicked Skatewear are once again sponsoring our event! Seriously, we heart these shops so much and so should you! And adding to the party are these fantastic sponsors: Insert Geek HereAdult Swim CentralSpandexlessThe Atomic Geeks, andPaper Keg.

So how do you make sure you don’t miss the biggest party of the year? First, RSVP on our Facebook page to let GGN know you want to come and to keep up with all the latest news on the event. Then, we will have ticket sales online (a mere $5) on a first-come first-serve basis. Since we can’t fit everyone we love in the same room on the same night *sad panda* make sure to get your tickets as soon as they’re released!

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Geeky Pleasures Radio Show Broadcast Tonight, Live From The Geek Girls Party At San Diego Comic-Con

Like many poor, unfortunate souls, I was unable to make the physical trek to San Diego International Comic-Con. However, thanks to the brilliance of technology and living in the future, I’ll still be in attendance, to some degree, and so can you!

Tonight, Geek Girls Network will be hosting their second annual SDCC GGN geek-out. The party begin at 7 pm PDT/ 10 pm EDT/ 1 am in the UK. This just happens to be the same time that I begin hosting my Geeky Pleasures Radio Show at The Look 24/7 (@TheLook247).

My friend, Arturo Garcia (@aboynamedart) is doing the music for the party. He asked me if it would be at all possible to call-in from the party and do a co-host type situation, talk about the con, talk about the party and, of course, geek-out. My response—after I contained my SQUEE—was, “Of course! We live in the future with all kinds of swell technology that allows this to be possible! This will be fun!”

But wait, it gets better! Nicole Wakelin (@NicoleWakelin), who I know through GeekMom, will also be at the party! This means she will also be on the phone tonight, live from the party, to discuss her first trip to SDCC and more. Plus, she will be helping to enable the shenanigans by running around the party, like a mad fool, and pulling other people onto the phone to talk about all things geek and SDCC related.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

If you are like me, poor and unfortunate, unable to attend SDCC but still would like to be there in some capacity, then we invite you to tune-in tonight, beginning at 7 pm PDT/ 10 pm EDT/ 1 am in the UK. Tuning-in is simple. You don’t even need to be at your computer. If you have a smartphone, you can listen from wherever you may be at the time. Isn’t technology awesometastic!

Listening instructions for a variety of platforms—PC and smartphone—can be found here: http://thelook247.com/listen/.

If you want a more interactive experience, then we invite you to come join us in chat athttp://thelook247.com/chat/. That way, you can participate in the conversation and ask whatever questions you may have of those who happen to be pulled onto the show. If you want to participate in chat, you will need to create an account on The Look 24/7, using a valid e-mail address in order to validate your account. Instructions and links are on the chat page.

We hope to see you there!

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Nerds in Babeland & Geek Girls Network Interview Janet K Lee

(Cross-posted with Geek Girls Network)

Stephanie: I was fortunate enough to head into my local comic book store in Los Angeles on the same day that they had the pre-release party for Return of the Dapper Men. I’d heard some good buzz about the book so I decided that I would treat myself. I was going to get to read it a full week before it was released and the concept seemed like a great idea.  That was all the justification I needed. You can read my full review on Geeky Pleasures, but to put it simply the book blew me away. The story is amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Dapper Men world in later books, but it was the art that truly blew me away. As soon as I finished the book I googled Janet K Lee and came across her Etsy page. I wanted to absorb any and everything she’d ever done and found myself wanting everything in her shop. As Katie so accurately puts it below, her art is so beautifully layered that everytime you look at a page you find something new. The very concept of decoupage seems so natural and perfect for a steampunk narrative that I couldn’t possibly imagine this story being told without it (and vice versa). Therefore, when I had the chance to interview Ms. Lee I jumped at the opportunity. What made the interview even better (if that was possible) was getting to geek out about this awesome female artist with a fellow badass female comic book nerd, Katie Doyle from Geek Girls Network. Comic books, geeky girls, and amazing art. Can’t get much better than that.

 

Katie: Until I read Return of the Dapper Men, Janet K. Lee wasn’t really on my radar. I heard of her, and I think I had seen a few odds and ends, but nothing big. When I saw the cover for Dapper Men, I was impressed. It was simple and clean, but very rich at the same time. Then, the book was released and after a couple of long weeks of trying to avoid hearing people talk about it/trying to find it in the first place, it was finally in my possession and holy cow. Before I even read the book, I just flipped through the pages. They were beautiful, deep, and layered in a way that kept me looking at the pages over and over again to try and see something new. Janet’s style is truly unique and is so obviously created with care and joy for the medium, that one can’t help but feel joyful looking at it. So when my friend Stephanie over at Nerds in Babeland gave me an opportunity to join in an interview with this amazing artist, I was thrilled to be able to contribute some of my serious and silly questions.

 

SW: What is your art background? How did you first get involved in illustration, etc?

JL: I’’d like to be able to list amazing schools where I studied to become an illustrator, but the truth is that I’m almost completely self-taught. My middle-school art teacher preferred a landscape drawing by my arch-nemesis Alanna Thornthwaite over mine, and I decided I was going to be a writer. So, I got a degree in English, went on to work in book publishing and sort of stopped drawing until after my son was born. Then I started exhibiting my work and eventually illustration found me. I was lucky enough to have two publishers suggest I submit work to their art departments and I had three amazing authors write stories inspired by my art.

 

SW: Your style is self-described as being based on decoupage. What made you go that route? In other words, inspiration?

JL: I come from a very, VERY crafty family. My mom used to make these pictures by cutting out the same image from multiple copies of the same card or print and layering them to get this 3-D effect. She also always expected us to make Christmas or birthday gifts for our friends or for each other. I think I was decoupaging things by the time I was six– coffee cans, wooden boards, just anything. When I began making art for galleries, I originally worked in oils. Then my son was born and having toxic paint around a very active baby seemed like a bad, bad idea. So I went back to drawing– which I loved the most anyway– and on a whim, started layering paper illustrations onto board and canvas.

 

KD: What are some contemporary artist in comics or otherwise who inspire you, or, whose work you just enjoy?

JL: There are too many! I’m constantly inspired! Let’s think of this as just a random sampling… I adore the work of Jon Muth, David Wiesner, Shepard Fairy, Chris Van Allsburg, Adam Rex, Garth Williams, Lisbeth Zwerger, Skottie Young, Craig Thompson, Doug TenNapel, Juanjo Guarnido, Shaun Tan, Colleen Coover, Adrian Alphona, Katie Cooke, David Peterson, Linda Medley. I just recently discovered Emma Van Leest, Yulia Brodskaya (because- QUILLING!), and Duy Huynh. I also LOVE classic illustrators like Magritte, Mucha, John Tenniel, Winsor McKay, and W. W. Denslow…

I’m only scratching the surface. There are so many people doing amazing work.

 

KD: What do you do while you work? Do you like to hum, whistle, listen to music, watch TV/movies, listen to books on CD, or do you work completely silently?

JL: In a perfect world, when I’m working I like to either play the iPod loudly and sing along or to tune the TV to really bad reality shows and half-listen while I work. Watched an entire season of Real Housewives that way…

 

KD: What supplies do you NEED to make art? What kind of paper, pencils, glue, lucky charm, etc..?

JL: Depends on what I’m making, of course– because give me a pencil and a blank corner of paper and I’m usually drawing something. For a decoupage piece, I need paper (Strathmore Bristol Vellum is my preference), a pencil (don’t care about the brand, but I like a light line, so the graphite should be hard), a good eraser, two black pens (a Faber & Cassell brush pen and a Micron .005), Prismacolor markers or watercolor pencils in all the colors of the rainbow, a pair of scissors or two, Mod Podge, a “glue” brush (meaning I don’t care if it does a horrible death), acrylic paint (usually housepaint over-runs), a board or canvas, and varnish.

Oh, and apples and coffee.

 

SW: How did you meet Jim McCann? Did you guys always know you wanted to work together?

JL: If I remember correctly, a bunch of us were invited out to eat sushi, and Jim was one of the other guests. At the time, Jim was working mainly in theater locally. We got to be really good friends years before I started showing artwork, so initially there was no plan to work on a graphic novel together. We did, however, make plans to be on that show Trading Spaces with each other since our houses were a mile apart!

 

SW: How did Dapper Men get started?

JL: Jim always comes to Nashville to visit family during the holidays, and we always try to get together for at least a few hours while he’s here. When he visited in 2008, I had done a bunch of shows that year and there was art all over the house. One was this giant 6′ x 3′ piece called “Raining Men”. It was a sort of homage to Magritte with red-headed men in green bowler hats and mod striped suits raining from the sky over the roofs of Paris. Another was a drawing of a little robot girl. I has also made ornaments that year, and one was an image of a little steampunk boy with goggles and crazy, curly hair. Jim took the ornament and the robot girl with him and put “Raining Men” on reserve. Then, maybe two months later, I got an email from Jim with what ultimately turned out to be the opening sequence in Return of the Dapper Men, and explaining that the story was based around my art. What he had written was lyrical and beautiful– I think I emailed back saying it sounded like Neil Gaiman meets J.M. Barrie– and agreed to the project on the spot!

 

SW: Can you tease us at all about the next two Dapper Men books?

JL: I think it was last year that Jim was visiting for Christmas again, and I had drawn a little design element that I thought would be great as a background image. I was very fond of it– thought it was very cool– and I showed it to Jim. He immediately said “That’s our next two books!” That’s about all I can say at this point. Book two will be Time of the Dapper Men, and it’s scheduled to come out in the Fall of 2011.

 

KD: Do you have a favorite traditional fairy tale? What is it?

JL: Probably East of the Sun; West of the Moon. It’s creepy wonderful. In order to save her family from poverty, a girl becomes the companion of a great bear and goes to live with him in his magical palace where there are no servants but at the ringing of a silver bell, all her wishes are granted. Eventually she uses the bell to determine that the bear is actually an enchanted and handsome prince, but that by discovering his secret, she has doomed him to a terrible marriage. The girl then embarks on a hopeless journey to save her prince. How can you not love Cupid & Psyche/ Beauty & the Beast and a reverse Cinderella all rolled into one?

 

SW: You’ve got Alice in Wonderland and Emma down now, what’s the next badass fictional female character that you would love to illustrate?

JL: Difficult question! I’d love to illustrate Wendy Darling from Peter Pan or the peasant girl from East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I’d love to draw Jane Eyre or Ann Elliot.

 

SW: Do you want to primarily stick with fairy tale/literature graphic novels or are you interested in going more down a superhero route later on?

JL: I really don’t want to limit myself in any way, and I’m more interested in the quality of the story than the genre. I wouldn’t turn down the right superhero project, but I wouldn’t want to only do superheroes either. I read very broadly– everything from graphic non-fiction and memoirs to fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales– so I’ think I’d get bored with just one thing. Or maybe it’s just that I have a really short attention span…

 

KD: You are an artist, but have you considered writing and drawing a book of your own along with collaborations? If so, what would you like to write about?

JL: I have actually have ideas for stories; my degree is in English rather than art, after all. I’d like to spend more time developing my storytelling and phrasing before I try a sequential book. But I started a children’s picture book a couple of years ago that I’ll finish some time. It’s about a boy named Hans and his goat Lucille.

 

KD: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?

JL: Periwinkle. I love the color and the name.

 

SW: If you could go back and be responsible for a famous work of art, what would you want to call your own? In other words, if you could go back and be the one responsible for the Mona Lisa or a Michelangelo sculpture, etc etc.

JL: I’d love to have been responsible for Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images”– so clever. Perhaps “Lucia” or “Breakfast under the Birches” by Carl Larssen. Or maybe “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Vermeer.

 

SW: You have to pull an all-nighter. What do you do to keep yourself awake?

JL: I’m honestly not a great night owl– I seem to have a physical imperative to be asleep between the hours of 1 and 3 AM, so I’ll spend a week sleeping 3-4 hours a night if I have to in order to avoid the dreaded all-nighter. But sometimes it does happen, and when it does, I make sure I consume a couple of bottles of 5-hour energy and brew a pot of good coffee. I’l turn on the ipod– I like to make playlists for the project I’m working on and I have one playlist specifically for powering through the last couple of days when I’m dragging. When the ipod doesn’t work anymore, I’ll grab my drawing board and move to the den where I can watch bad TV. I’m partial to super-trashy TV at times like these, so I’m probably watching The Real Housewives of [insert city here] or America’s Top Model because I don’t REALLY want to pay attention to it, just have the noise for company. Works like magic!

 

SW: Do you watch a lot of TV and/or movies? If so, what is your favorite program and/or movie that came out last year?

JL: Oh, TV! Oh, movies! I miss you!! I got to watch almost nothing during 2010, I’m afraid. I missed Inception completely and 2/3rds of the animated films. How to Train Your Dragon was probably my favorite movie. As for TV, I love True Blood, Mad Men, and Walking Dead was awesome. Unfortunately, I missed big chunks of all of them because I was working while I watched, so I had to see each episode about 3 times to catch al of it. In 2011, I’m looking forward to Game of Thrones.

 

Thank you Janet!

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UPDATED: Expand Your Comic Mind Contest!

We at Geek Girls NetworkGuerrilla Geek, and Nerds in Babeland love comic books! Unfortunately, while comic-book movie adaptations are making millions at the box office, how many movie goers actually read the comics?

Our collective websites want to do as much as we can to bring new (and old) readers further into the comics universe. To make this even easier, we have reworked our original contest to include Facebook! If you are not a member of the social network, you can email your answers to comicbookcontest [at] gmail [dot] com.

We will be holding monthly (sometimes weekly) contests to inspire new readers on this Facebook page. The winner will get a free copy of whatever graphic novel/comic book we are giving out that month!

 

Our first and second contests will run simultaneously!

DETAILS:

Contest #1:

Prize: Six Gun War, a Jonah Hex trade paperback – SIGNED by author Jimmy Palmiotti!


 

To enter: Post your favorite anti-hero (whether from TV, movies, or comic books, and why you love him/her on Facebook!

 

Contest #2:

Prize: Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile!

To enter: Post why you have or have not gotten into comics on Facebook! What is it that keeps you from picking them up? Or, if you are an avid fan, what made you pick up your first comic?

 

Winners will be chosen by random number generator on Friday, March 11th!

 

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Geek Girls Edit Wikipedia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/19/2011

What: Geek Girls Edit Wikipedia

When: Friday, March 11th – Sunday, March 13th

Who: You, geek girl. Anywhere with an internet connection.

Seattle, WA, February 2011 — GeekGirlCon, Nerds in Babeland, and Geek Girls Network present Geek Girls Edit Wikipedia, an activity any geek girl with an internet connection can participate in. For one amazing weekend, we are encouraging geeky women to go on Wikipedia and create and edit articles about our favorite geeky topics.

Women account for only 15% of all Wikipedia contributions, and we want to raise this participation rate. We know many of you have expertise in a wide variety of topics and can contribute valuable information to Wikipedia, which has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet. Wikipedia is the 7th most visited website; and more women’s knowledge needs to be added to this resource.

Please join us by adding to this great community knowledge base. You can chat about your contributions or keep a record of what you’ve edited over on GeekGirlCon’s forums.

GeekGirlCon is a non-profit organization passionate about promoting women’s contributions to geek culture. We are having our first annual convention October 8 and 9, 2011 in Seattle at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. To find out more about GeekGirlCon visit http://www.geekgirlcon.com.

Contact Information:

Erica McGillivray

President and Marketing Director, GeekGirlCon, Inc.

marketing@geekgirlcon.com

http://www.geekgirlcon.com

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Awkward Embraces For The Win!

If you follow Geek Girls Network, Geek Girl Diva, or any other number of awesome geek girl websites, you’ve probably heard of Awkward Embraces.  If not, you really should be following those sites AND watching this web series.  This is one of those web series where you just can’t stop watching.  It was midnight and I had to work the next day, but I needed to finish the first season.  That’s how much I love web series.

Awkward Embraces follows the dating lives of Jessica and her two closest girl friends, Candis & Lyndsey.  Jessica is a geek girl.  She loves Star Trek and comic books and is not afraid to let it be known.  While the basic tag line sounds very similar to Sex & the City, I find that the situations these girls go through are much more along the lines of stuff I would encounter via dating.  Or maybe it’s just that I can actually relate to these girls.  In one episode, Candis is set up on a blind date by her mom.  You expect that it won’t go well, but the best part is the way Candis gets out of it.  Let’s just put it this way, don’t annoy Jessica and then watch a movie with her.

Another reason this web series rocks is because it does what so few actual TV shows fail to do, which is show a realistic, diverse cast.  Each character represents a nice little slice of life, without being reduced to a stereotype.  The dialogue is smart and witty, with story arcs that are not cliche or predictable.  The production value is excellent and, most important, it looks like it was so much fun to work on!  I love when you watch a show and you can just tell that everyone on set had a blast while filming.

Jessica Mills, writer, producer & star of Awkward Embraces, was kind enough to answer some questions for Nerds in Babeland.  At the end, please consider donating a few dollars to the production of Awkward Embraces Season 2.  Once you’re done watching Season 1, you’ll see why we so badly need a Season 2!

1) Where did the idea for the show come from?

I have TONS of awkward dating stories that I love to share with new friends because they never stop being funny. I turned the worst/best story (Episode 4 The Morning After) into a short film. The shoot went so well and it was so fun, I decided to make it a web series.

2) How did you come to work together?

I went to college with Candis and Lyndsey. I couldn’t imagine doing anything comedy and not including them. They are two of the funniest women I know. Then Adam was referred to me by a friend because he had a Canon 5D Mark II and I’d been wanting to shoot something on that camera. We didn’t even MEET until the day we shot that first episode! But he’s great and we all had such a good time that everyone stuck around for the duration.

3) Web series are extremely difficult to fund, in particular when it comes to production costs. Awkward Embraces looks awesome in terms of production quality in general. How did you go about raising money to make the first season?

I didn’t. ha ha I literally shot that season for the cost of pizza. I was working a lot of overtime then, so all the costs (food, snacks, website, domain hosting, etc) just came out of my own pocket. Everyone did phenomenal work for free. I just got REALLY lucky when I found Adam. He does great work. For Season 2 we did an Indiegogo campaign for the first half, and we are about to roll out a second Indiegogo campaign to help us fund the last 6 episodes for Season 2.

4) How many of the stories throughout the first season are inspired by real life events?

Every single one. HA! It’s true. Sometimes it’s a little thing, sometimes it’s a conversation, or it’s an actual story that is mine or that I hear. I find awkward inspiration everywhere. It helps that I’m awkward and end up in awkward situations often.

5) What made you want to do a web series in particular? What do you think about the future of web series in relation to other forms of media?

I was a struggling, frustrated actress. I saw what Felicia Day was doing and just had so much respect for her and the way she took control of her own career that I felt inspired. The web is the best way to do your own thing and get it out there in front of an audience. I do feel that web series are going to become more and more mainstream. Eventually we’ll be streaming all of our television. The place I see web series taking in the future is with branded entertainment. People aren’t watching commercials anymore, and I think these companies are starting to figure out that if they can find someone to build great character and great story around their brand, they’ll get a lot more eyeballs than the commercials we all currently fast forward through on our DVRs. Branded entertainment is sort of the new buzz word in Hollywood. But technology and the business are changing so fast, it’s impossible to tell where we’ll be, or what will happen in the industry. I just hope I’m able to continue to tell good stories and entertain people the way I want. It’s about constantly moving forward and snatching the opportunities as they come along.

6) What can we look forward to in Season 2?

The girls make it their mission in life to find Jessica the perfect mate. So we see Jessica in some situations that she would normally never be in, and she’s got to figure out what to do. It’s a lot of fun. Candis has actually written three of the scripts for Season 2 and I’m very excited for us to get to play with them.

7) You’re a Star Trek fan, clearly, but here is a twist on an age-old question. Spock vs. Picard? AND Kirk vs. Riker?

Picard all the way. I LOVE it when Picard gets angry or upset. Stewart is just SUCH a phenomenal actor, so getting to see him run the gamut of emotion, as an actor, it feels like taking a master class. I love Nimoy, of course, but his range was somewhat limited as a Vulcan. As far as Kirk or Riker, I still have to go with Riker. He’s just dead sexy. Though I am doing a TNG rewatch and every time he hits on a chick, I feel SO AWKWARD. I don’t know what it is! He’s just so confident and overt about it! ha ha. But, he’s hot, so it’s ok.

8 ) Besides Star Trek, what are some of your other favorite things to geek out about? Will we see a lot more of these references in Season 2?

YES! I am obsessed with Doctor Who, so we are definitely going to see some of that. There’s some cute little BSG action in there, and I have a Mythbusters shoutout in an episode. This show is so fun, I love being able to celebrate all the stuff that makes me happy.

You can find more about the series at their website http://www.awkwardembraces.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

Once you fall in love, click the badge below to donate:

Expand Your Comic Mind Contest

We at Geek Girls Network, Guerrilla Geek, and Nerds in Babeland love comic books! Unfortunately, while comic-book movie adaptations are making millions at the box office, how many movie goers actually read the comics?

Our collective websites want to do as much as we can to bring new readers into the comics universe. Starting today, January 17th, we will be holding an ongoing contest to inspire new readers. We are asking you to purchase a comic that you haven’t read before (or show proof that you have legally attained a digital copy of a #1 issue). Every week, one randomly selected submission will win a comic book or graphic novel!

Please read the rules below. Submissions for the first contest must be made to comicbookcontest@gmail.com by Friday, January 28 at 5 p.m. EST.

The first prize that we are giving away is Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile!

Have you read a comic recently? Have you ever read a comic? If you answered no to either of these questions, we think that it’s about time you get out there and read something new!

All you need to do to enter the contest is buy a #1 issue or Volume 1 of a trade paperback (legal digital copies count too!), then email us two positive or negative reactions to prove that you read it.

One randomly selected person will win whatever comic book or graphic novel is listed as the prize for that contest week.

OFFICIAL RULES

1. Please send all submissions to comicbookcontest@gmail.com

2. In the subject line, write “COMIC CONTEST.”

3. In the body of the e-mail, write your name and address so we already have it if you win. Also include your twitter name if you’d like us to mention your victory!

4. The e-mail should also have an ATTACHED photo of the comic you purchased and the receipt. Both the comic and the receipt should be clearly visible.

5. The point of this contest is to get new readers into comics. Please don’t enter by taking pictures of your weekly comic book pull list. That’s just not cool. In order to guarantee this, the book you pick up must be a #1 (issue, volume, etc) or an original standalone graphic novel. Otherwise, we will assume you are trying to cheat us, and we will disqualify your entry.

6. You can enter as many times as you like, but each submission must include a different comic book that you have purchased.

7. When we get your e-mail, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, it is okay to re-submit.

8. Winners will be chosen with a random number generator.

Find your local comic shop here: Comic Shop Locator

Unsure of where to start? We have a few reviews that may give you some ideas!

Geek Girls Network: Comics for the total N00b-Part 3: Vertigo

Guerrilla Geek: Witchblade Redemption: Volume 1 (with the entire first issue available to read)

Nerds in Babeland: The Unwritten

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