Sunday, November 14, 2010

Knight and Squire: My new favorite Britons

There are two ways a comic like Knight and Squire could go. It could suck (like Superman walking across America to reconnect), or it could be amazing (like Lex Luthor and his Louis-Bot). Thankfully, the comic gods have decided to smile upon us, for the deemed that Knight and Squire shall be amazing.
And amazing it is.
As Paul Cornell says himself, this is an insane spinoff of Batman and Robin. And where Batman is the broodiest of all orphans, Knight and Squire have jaunty romps through Merry England, filled with nods to British culture and humor. It's a fun comic!
But I think the best part is the little feminist ideals I see in Beryl (Squire). She's tough, and quick witted, definitely the brains of the two. Plus, the artist Jimmy Broxton has the piece of mind to actually draw her like a teenager. She's wearing baggy jeans, a teeshirt, and mary janes. She's got that spunky look reminiscent of Adrien Tomine's "Super-hero Girls." Her squire costume is outlandish to the point of bizarre, but when paired with the British Villains they fight (the Organ Grinder, who has a talking monkey, The Morris Men who boink people with sticks), it all makes sense.

If you're not reading this comic, pick it up now. You need to (because I say so).

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Comic Con prep sheet

We're hitting up a local con today, mostly because STERANKO! (and yes, his name must be written like that) is going to be there.
While getting ready for a day of comics, it got me wondering what is the essential list of stuff a girl needs to bring with her to a con? You don't want to go overboard bringing things or else you end up like those people with the rolling luggage (if you've been to ANY comic event, you've seen them), but you don't want to go in there all empty handed and ending up paying through the nose for things.
So, wonder no longer, my friends, because here is the BB&C Official Comic Con Prep List:

1. Your purse/bag
If you're bringing one, make sure it is the cross body strap kind. Hands-free is important at a con. Check out this one (roomy AND nerdy!).
2. Water bottle and snacks.
Mid-con snacking is important for your survival.
Please don't make me explain why you need this. Be a true geek and use something like this.
4. Cash
Every time I go to a con, and they say they take credit, the machine is always down. Plus, it is easier to haggle on prices when you can hand them the greenbacks.
5. Tote bag
Paper comic bags start adding up, just get a book tote to toss everything in. May I suggest this one or this one.