amazonchique asked: I will join your live-action Speed Racer cult. Will there be cookies? Should I prepare cookies?

postcardsfromspace:

I will answer your question with another question: How much edible glitter can you get ahold of on short notice?

Rachel, I know for a fact you have seen my glitter vault.

You guys! Kamala is supah-serious about being a superhero!
If you’re not reading the new Ms. Marvel series, you’re really missing out on one of the best new books I have read in the last five years.

You guys! Kamala is supah-serious about being a superhero!

If you’re not reading the new Ms. Marvel series, you’re really missing out on one of the best new books I have read in the last five years.

secondstringheroine:

BEFORE BATGIRL, WEIRDER THAN WONDER WOMAN: LOST SUPERHEROINES OF THE PRE-CODE ERA

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As I discussed in an earlier post, pre-Comics Code comic books are full of fascinating women superheroes who’ve been more or less forgotten in the decades since WWII. Born in the era of Rosie the Riveter, when there was a national campaign to get women into workplaces, these costumed heroines were brassy, hard-assed, snarky, and sometimes just plain weird. They displayed remarkable grit and independence, and were portrayed as better crime-fighters than the inept, sexist cops that got in their way.

Even removed from their intriguing, important place in sociocultural history, these stories are compelling bits of pure comics nerdery - eg, the fact that 1941’s Spider Queen was almost certainly the unacknowledged inspiration for Spider-Man. These characters deserve to be better known. Happily, the astonishing www.digitalcomicmuseum.org hosts full-issue scans of scores of public domain pre-Code comics. Which means you can read these comics right now, for free!

Here are a few of my favorite lost superheroines from the 1940s. Click on a character’s name to access an archive of their adventures!

FANTOMAH - Arguably the first woman superhero, and to this day one of the strangest. Fantomah is a near-omniscient (blonde) jungle spirit with incredible magical/psionic powers. She is always threatening her enemies with “a jungle death!” and she turns into a green skull with beautiful hair when she’s angry.

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LADY SATAN - Sometime Nazi-killer, sometime occult detective, Lady Satan roams the land in her stylish automobile, using gun, garrote, and fire magic to take out Reich agents and child-snatching werewolves.

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MOTHER HUBBARD - Looking like a cartoon witch, speaking only in rhyme, Mother Hubbard uses her bizarre occult powers to battle everything from fifth column saboteurs to Disney-esque dwarves that steal kids’ eyeballs.

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THE WOMAN IN RED - A gun-toting jujitsu expert, the Woman in Red is a sort of costumed private detective. She’s the bane of both criminals (especially those who prey on women) and inept male cops. But to the women she saves she’s quite…tender.

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THE SPIDER QUEEN - A chemistry lab assistant becomes a wise-cracking costumed herowho uses wrist-strapped web shooters to swing around the city and tie up bad guys. But this is 1941, and our hero is a woman.

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THE VEILED AVENGER - Although she’s the frilliest-looking of 40s superheroines, the Veiled Avenger might be the hardest. She uses her crop to make criminals shoot each other…and themselves. And in her civilian life as a District Attorney’s secretary, she scolds dumb cops who endanger witnesses.

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Sadly, these heroines all disappeared by the 1950s. As the national project of getting women out of the workplace took hold, bold self-sufficient superheroines became scarce on the ground. Despite some great work by amazing artists over the years, comics still doesn’t have enough of them.

[And now, a plug: I’m working on a longer piece on these heroines, and on some other stuff you might find interesting. You can learn more about all that here.]

Whoops! My hand slipped!

It’s finally out!
My very first Adventure Path volume for Paizo is now available! And it’s on Paizo’s front page today!
If you like zombie apocalypses (and who doesn’t), pick this up! Plus there’s a hunky priest, a secret cult, militant psychopomps, and a giant cobra with earrings! It’s meant to be a part of a larger campaign, but I tried to make sure it would stand alone as well.

It’s finally out!

My very first Adventure Path volume for Paizo is now available! And it’s on Paizo’s front page today!

If you like zombie apocalypses (and who doesn’t), pick this up! Plus there’s a hunky priest, a secret cult, militant psychopomps, and a giant cobra with earrings! It’s meant to be a part of a larger campaign, but I tried to make sure it would stand alone as well.

This is mostly for Wes Schneider, as he and Rob got to talking about how RPGs are invaluable for teaching vocabulary you never hear in common parlance.
And all I could think was how long I wanted a Brazier of Fire Elemental Command before finding out what it really was.

This is mostly for Wes Schneider, as he and Rob got to talking about how RPGs are invaluable for teaching vocabulary you never hear in common parlance.

And all I could think was how long I wanted a Brazier of Fire Elemental Command before finding out what it really was.

Celtic Warrior Woman

Celtic Warrior Woman

You know who doesn’t get enough love? Gnolls ladies.
Have a couple of female gnoll magic users! I gotta stat these fine adventuresses up some day…

You know who doesn’t get enough love? Gnolls ladies.

Have a couple of female gnoll magic users! I gotta stat these fine adventuresses up some day…

It was just supposed to be a self-portrait, but then I remembered I’m a werewolf, so I’d need two…

It was just supposed to be a self-portrait, but then I remembered I’m a werewolf, so I’d need two…

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New Pathfinder Adventure Path Begins!

Details here http://bit.ly/1lkAGhJ

Hurray! The Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path starts this month! I ever wrote a backup feature in this particular issue (#79); The Wati Gazetteer. Learn all about the city whose dead take up almost as much space as its living!

voiceofe:

New Pathfinder Adventure Path Begins!

Details here http://bit.ly/1lkAGhJ

Hurray! The Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path starts this month! I ever wrote a backup feature in this particular issue (#79); The Wati Gazetteer. Learn all about the city whose dead take up almost as much space as its living!

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I haven’t been drawing nearly enough lately as I focus on writing and cartography, so I took a little time and drew my current Pathfinder character.
Chennu is an gnomish effrit-blooded fire sorcerer. Born to a bandit queen and enslaved by ogres, there is no room in her heart for such civilized concepts as compassion or revenge in her heart. She loves fire, and food, and money… basically in that order.

I haven’t been drawing nearly enough lately as I focus on writing and cartography, so I took a little time and drew my current Pathfinder character.

Chennu is an gnomish effrit-blooded fire sorcerer. Born to a bandit queen and enslaved by ogres, there is no room in her heart for such civilized concepts as compassion or revenge in her heart. She loves fire, and food, and money… basically in that order.