This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics
Some days are dark with a side of gloomy; some weeks, every day might as well be a Monday. And during those times, you need your friends beside you — to find you a kitten picture, text you a joke, take you out for ice cream, to remind you that there is fun in this world! So let’s all take a break from the serious and have some fun. Let me introduce you to my friends Jem & the Holograms, The Lumberjanes, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. They can be your friends too!
Lumberjanes: When adult life is just too humdrum, I spend time with Molly, Mal, Ripley, April, Jo, and Jen. They’ve got puns aplenty; they’ve got badges to earn; they’ve got riddles to crack, mysteries to solve, Yetis to bribe with cookies. They’ve got occasional trips to lost worlds! They’ve got crushes and a pet raccoon and plans with code-names. They have got SO. MANY. HUGS. They also have diverse and broad-ranging interests, backgrounds, identities, hair styles, and skills. Some days, I summon April’s strength; some days it’s Molly’s loyalty. Other days I remind myself that even Mal has anxiety; or I go full-on Jen-protective on behalf of my friends. Sometimes my brain is in full strategy mode like Jo, and sometimes I have had so much caffeine and/or sugar that I am Ripley. And don’t let their fun-loving ways fool you! It’s useful, too. They once fixed a potentially-apocalyptic power struggle with kittens, for Aleen Cust’s sake.
Jem & the Holograms: Does your day need more sparkle in it? The Holograms can help you with that! Sure, these girls have problems. Star-crossed love, stage-fright, an evil-driven nemesis band, a competition to win. But you know what they have got? Neon hair color and power make-up! A hologram system to help take their music to the next level! And so much talent and heart. Whether it’s Kimber’s exuberance, Aja’s know-how, Shana’s level-headedness, or Jerrica’s creativity — where there is a will, there’s a way, and these girls will not only find a way but rock the world while they’re at it. And I defy you not to throw yourself a dance party whilst reading these comics.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Girl, Squirrel Girl! She’s got an earwormy theme song you’ll be humming for days! She’s got nutty puns (see what I did there), and an actual squirrel sidekick named Tippy Toe. She’s got a smart and deadpan roommate named Nancy, who has a cat named Mew. Are you not excited yet? Well she’s also written by Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics, which means that the Marvel Universe just got a whole lot more hilarious. Whether she’s tweeting at Iron Man, or befriending Galactus, or saving people trapped in the Statue of Liberty by a giant dinosaur, or tackling her first semester at college, Doreen knows how to turn a frown upside down. AND THEN MAKE A JOKE ABOUT NUTS.
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