The Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 27 – July 31, 2015

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Catch up with the week’s most popular posts on Panels:

If you’re looking for comics about race in the United States that were actually made by African-American creators—books with nuance and depth and heart and guts—here are a few top-notch options.

from Black Comics by Black Authors: A List by Melody Schreiber

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Warner Bros. Wonder Woman movie is still at least 2 years off, but I’ve been pretty much obsessed since we got our first glimpse of Gal Gadot in action at SDCC.

We still know next to nothing about the film. Patty Jenkins is directing and it’s maybe going to take place in the 1920s? I’m hoping they stick with more of a post-Crisis George Perez Wonder Woman origin story that places Diana in the present day. So while I’m stuck with no information about this movie, I have had a lot of time to plot my dreamcast.

from Great Hera! The Wonder Woman Dream Cast by Ali Colluccio

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So now you’re in the middle of all these blocks, crippled with self doubt because you are clearly not qualified to build a tower from these things. You burn some blocks, some you push away in anger and shame, you look around for new blocks and try to find the ones you like. I was in the middle of all this when Phonogram: Rue Britannia came into my life.

from Our Reading Lives: Battle Scars and Comic Book Tattoos by Ali Colluccio

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It’s inevitable that whenever I write about women in comics, there are cries of sexism and objectification of men because of other pieces I’ve written where I talk about how attractive a male character might be. For example: #HotArchie. It may seem hypocritical to accept something like #HotArchie, and at the same time criticize how women are depicted, but that’s a false equivalency. By conflating the two, we ignore the historical and present state of women’s representations in comics, and to be honest, entertainment and society in general. What it actually comes down to is two things: agency and context.

from In Defense of #HotArchie by Preeti Chhibber

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The Vanity Fair interview labeled DeConnick the future of comics, but she’s just one trailblazer in a growing group of women who are stepping up and shaping the comics industry. So if DeConnick is your hero too, I’ve got a few more badass ladies in comics to tuck into your pulls folder along with her.

from Badass Women to Read if Kelly Sue DeConnick Is Your Hero by Emily Wenstrom

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