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The Superheroines Who Inspire Me – Guest Post

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Corrina Lawson as a guest blogger to talk about the Superheroines that inspire her.

Take it away Corrina!

The Superheroines Who Inspire Me by Corrina Lawson
Once upon a time, I dreamed superheroes were real. Of course, they’re not, not in the traditional sense of heroes with colorful costumes and extraordinary powers, but the heroic traits they possess is something I still want to emulate. Naturally, when I began to write paranormal romances, I drew on superhero mythology.

img_0201My first superhero, Alec Farley, the hero of Phoenix Rising, may have been born with powers like the X-Men, but he owes far more of his personality to the traits to the ones who inspired me: namely, his optimism, his kindness, and his insistence on always doing the right thing.
So here are the heroines who inspired me, in the order that I encountered them growing up. What strikes me about this list is that it’s full of grown woman for the most part. One would think I would have identified more with teenage characters but this list of ladies appealed to who I wanted to become, rather than who I was.

Batgirl copyright D.C. Comics

Batgirl (c) DC Comics

Batgirl/Barbara Gordon (later Oracle) Yes, it was the Batman show from 1966 that introduced me to my first female hero. Sure, I loved the show before that because it was so fun but the second meek Barbara Gordon’s wall flipped to reveal that she was Batgirl, well, that was the minute my younger self realized “Omigod, girls can be superheroes too!” Toss in a motorcycle and a theme song and I was hooked forever.

Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers

Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers

Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman I know, by rights in the 1970s, I should have been watching Wonder Woman and her twirl but my Wonder Woman love came later. Back then, I was enthralled by Jaime. Not only could she do everything better than a guy—stronger, faster, and with superhearing—but she was also unfailingly kind with a need to help others. She was the best teacher ever, concerned about her students, she even saved Max, the bionic dog. This was not a woman driven by angst or darkness but by compassion.

Lois Lane
I’ve said this before, many times, but Lois Lane is the reason I became a journalist. She was the first female character I encountered who had a job other than teacher or nurse or secretary and it was a really cool job! There has been so much analysis about Lois Lane, everything from she’s not too smart to she gets kidnapped all the time, but the bottom line is she does the same job Superman does, fighting for truth and justice, but she does it without powers. In other words, she’s Superman’s hero.

Princess Projectra wedding

Princess Projectra wedding panel

Princess Projectra Non comic fans might not be familiar with her, but Projectra was a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the DC Comics’ far future. Her ability was to create illusions to fool people. I loved that because it showed you could defeat someone stronger and faster by being clever and with misdirection. Plus, she was also a real-life princess responsible for taking care of a planet, and her boyfriend/eventual husband was Karate Kid, who was awesome. They modeled the type of romantic couple I would later want to write about. (We won’t discuss DC’s failure to give them a HEA.)

Huntress/Helena Wayne Helena Wayne was the daughter of an alternate Earth Batman and Catwoman. Whoa. Who wouldn’t want those parents? Alas, Helena was driven into crimefighting by revenge as her mother was killed after being blackmailed, and then her father later died fighting a villain possessing magical power. This, however, did not change her essentially optimistic personality. She became Huntress to find justice, not to hurt others, and she was a lawyer by day to do the same.

Jean Grey
If you’ve only watched the movies, well, you’re missing out on Jean Grey/Marvel Girl/Phoenix as she’s been consistently underused on the screen. That’s the problem with her comic book self, too, as Jean was never the same after the Dark Phoenix saga in which she gained the ability to devour worlds (and did) but killed herself to save the universe from her own power. What she taught me in the Dark Phoenix saga is that a powerful woman could be an equal in a relationship, even with the leader of the X-Men, (Cyclops), and she could even initiate sex. (“Scott, I wanted to see your eyes.”) Jean, until power consumed her, showed what equality was like when you’re in love.

Oracle and Black Canary from The Birds of Prey

Oracle and Black Canary from The Birds of Prey

Black Canary was a semi-favorite of mine in the 1970s as a member of the Justice League of America but she never seemed to get the spotlight, which was frustrating. I lost track of her for years until I picked up a new series, Birds of Prey, in which Dinah Lance/Canary teamed up with Barbara Gordon, now Oracle. My love for Canary has never diminished since them, as not only did Dinah have the spotlight but she was more confident and powerful than ever, even without her Canary cry. The book also was a role model for female friendships, with the cast members eventually growing to include the Helena Bertinelli version of the Huntress. (We won’t discuss what the television writers have done to my Dinah.)

Sharon Carter
Agent 13 was created many years ago but she’d been pushed to the side when I first started reading Captain America comics in the late 1970s. Heck, she was even killed off. But she was brought back in a short run by Mark Waid and has never been sent to the sidelines again. What’s great about Sharon? She’s the proto-typical bad-ass secret agent, she’s the intellectual equal of Steve Rogers, and she’s fiercely independent. When Sharon was impregnated against her will by the Red Skull with (handwaveycomicbookscience) a child/clone to use against her and Steve, Sharon escaped custody and when her enemies were closing in again, she stabbed herself in the gut, taking control and ownership of what was being done to her own body.

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Like Black Canary/Dinah Lance, Carol has been knocking around since the 1970s, though she’s in the Marvel universe. Originally, she was a female version of Captain Mar-vell, but then a newspaper publisher, a member of the Avengers, then depowered, then a member of the X-Men powered by star energy called Binary, then Warbird, then…well, you get the picture. Writers, mostly male, made Carol into whatever they wanted. Then Kelly Sue DeConnick led a revamp of the character, Carol took on the mantle of Captain Marvel, she owned her experience as a pilot and Air Force Colonel, and now she’s a confident leader who can defeat any threat. In other words, she came through the fire better than ever and now she’ll have a movie. Go, Carol.

Jessica Jones
She’s the last addition to my list and it’s by virtue of her Netflix show. I read some issues of the comic Alias that introduced Jessica and they didn’t speak to me. Perhaps it was that Jessica seemed angry all the time but it was never clear why.
But in the show, we know right away why she’s angry and dysfunctional. She was mind-controlled and raped and abused by a telepath, and she’s by turns pissed off and traumatized by it. But to Jessica, the worst thing that can happen, ever, is that someone dies on her watch. She was under compulsion to kill once and she refuses to do it again. Oh, she’s not a saint. She’s profane, an alcoholic, she’s rude, and she often refuses to let anyone help with her pain. But she pushes past that because, dammit, she hates to see people hurt, even people she doesn’t like. Her story is also one of healing for rape survivors and we never get enough of those.

Corrina Lawson as Wonder Woman

Corrina Lawson as Wonder Woman

Corrina Lawson is a former newspaper reporter with a degree in journalism from Boston University. A mom of four, she now works from home writing romance novels with a geeky twist and as the Content Director and co-founder of GeekMom.com.

Her novels include The Curse of the Brimstone Contract, a romantic steampunk mystery and the Galaxy award-winning and USA Today recognized superhero romance series: Phoenix Institute series: Phoenix Rising, Luminous, Phoenix Legacy, Ghost Phoenix, Ghosts of Christmas Past, and Phoenix Inheritance.

You can learn more about Corrina by visiting her website: corrina-lawson.com,  her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/corrina.lawson or by following her adventures via Twitter: @CorrinaLawson

My recent adventure at Great Lakes Comic Expo

Yesterday, my younger sister Sheila and I attended a small local comic event, Great Lakes Comic Expo. This event, which focuses on comics and pop culture that takes place a couple times a year usually at local churches and halls and yesterday’s event cost us a whopping $6 to attend!

  

There were a fair number of tables with comic and merchandise vendors and comic artists. There was also a good mixture of franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and of course The Marvel and DC Universes.

 

Afew of the vendors were selling vintage toys including these Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson figures from the 1970’s. (Personal note: I had a big crush on both of these actors back then and would have loved to own these figures.)

  

However, despite the number of vendors and the diversity of merchandise, we were disappointed in the price and the selection of items available for our family and ourselves.

  
Some of the vendors were selling the most recently released Star Wars merchandise at inflated prices.

  
For example: The recently released Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka and Darth Vader 2 pack, that my husband and I wanted, was being offered on the event floor by a vendor for $35. This is $20 more than it is selling at the local Meijer just down the street from the event. Guess where I bought this two pack at, huh?

  

There were also hourly door prizes given away with a grand prize of a Fantastic Four #48 issue for those that purchased the Early Bird entry fee.

  

There were a few cosplayers in attendance as well including these two adorable fangirls dressed as Batman and Robin in tutu’s!

  

My sister and I only spent a few hours at this event and we only walked away with a few items. However, we had fun looking around and being part of the overall event experience!

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Umbrella Carrying Characters

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Umbrella Carrying Characters

Umbrellas are not an everyday accessory for most people. However, several characters can be seen carrying umbrellas regularly for one reason or another. Below are 10 characters who include an umbrella as a regular accessory:

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Mycroft Holmes (as seen in BBC series Sherlock)

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Mary Poppins

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Totoro

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The Doctor (7th)

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Perona

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Mr Tumnus the Faun

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Hagrid

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Kagura

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John Steed

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The Penguin

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Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the middle of May to the end of May (between May 15th and May 31st) for the following fandoms:

Television

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On May 26, 2012: Toonami is revived on Adult Swim as a Saturday night action block, which includes several anime programs.

Manga

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On May 21, 2010: Viz Media launched an online English version of Ikki magazine.

Comics

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On May 16, 1939: Batman debuts in Detective Comics Vol 1 #27.

Disney

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May 15, 1987: Disneyland park introduces Disney Dollars currency

I have a couple of these in my collection!

Star Wars

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The two weeks at the end of May are important for Star Wars History. All, but one of the Star Wars theatrical releases, debuted between May 16 & May 25. Below are the debuts of each of the Star Wars films, that have been released so far (I Hope Disney continues this tradition!):

The Original Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – May 25, 1977
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – May 21, 1980
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – May 25, 1983
  • The Prequel Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – May 19, 1999
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – May 16, 2002
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – May 19, 2005
  • Today, May 25, 2013 marks the 36th Anniversary of the original release of Star Wars and also marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi!

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    Upcoming Adventure: Yets!

    I recently attended Motor City Comic Con and met author and illustrator Mike Bocianowski in Artist’s Alley. When I visited his table, I saw some illustrations of some very cute looking creatures. I instantly wanted to learn more about them. As I was looking at the illustrations, the artist formally introduced me to them. These cute creatures are called YETS.

    What are YETS?

    YETS are creatures who have no name as of yet. They live in the giant Treeworld of Chlem. Humans couldn’t pronounce the real name of these creatures, so they renamed them Yets

    It did not take much persuasion on the artist’s part to convince me to buy YETS! 1: The Adventure Begins, which is the first volume of the graphic novel series starring the YETS.

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    After only reading the first pages of this volume, I noticed that the artwork was very crisp, clean and easy to follow. In addition, the story was interesting and the dialog was fast paced. I could tell right away that this was going to be an interesting adventure. Therefore, I went back the next day to Mike Bocianowski’s table and bought the other two volumes of the series as well.

    These volumes have now been added to my ever growing to be read (TBR) pile. Once I read the entire series, I will write a review and post it here.

    Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of May

    Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of May

    Today, I am starting a new blog topic that will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history. The plan is to post select historical events that took place within a two-week time period. Below are select historical events that took place sometime in the beginning of May (between May 1st and May 15th) for the following fandoms:

    Anime

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    On May 14, 2005: Samurai Champloo premiered on the Adult Swim anime block.

    Books

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    On May 3, 1937: Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.

    Comics

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    On May 10th, 1962: The Incredible Hulk #1 published by Marvel Comics and written by the legendary Stan Lee was available on news stands for purchase.

    Disney

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    On May 8, 2011: World premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland Park in California.

    Films

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    On May 1, 1941: Citizen Kane directed by film star Orson Welles, considered by many to be the GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIE OF ALL TIME, premiered in New York.

    Music

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    On May 4, 1959: First Grammy Awards Ceremony was held in both Los Angeles and New York to recognize and honor musical accomplishments.

    #AtoZChallenge Librarians, Beyond the Stereotypes

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    A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Librarians, Beyond the Stereotypes

    A common belief in the general public, especially in North America, is that librarians have the following characteristics or stereotypes:
    1) Quiet
    2) Mean or Stern
    3) Single/Unmarried
    4) Stuffy
    5) In Glasses

    Like the definition for “fangirl” that I mentioned in a previous post, a “librarian” can have many different characteristics than the stereotypes listed above. There are many of those who are educated in the library sciences, both male and female, that can label themselves as “librarians”, even if they never worked in a library for one reason or another. I am one of those who were educated in the library sciences, but have not been fortunate enough to work in a traditional library setting. This is part of the reason I created this blog, I wanted to go beyond the stereotypes, not only in my fandom, but in my chosen profession as well. Therefore, as a self-proclaimed fangirl, I am always on the lookout for fictional characters that go beyond these stereotypes including those that can save the world. Fortunately, there are several of these fictional “librarians” including:

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    Name: Barbara Gordon aka “Batgirl
    From: Batman Franchise
    Characteristics: Has a PhD in Library Science, fights crime, has exceptional computer skills and may have glasses, but only uses it as part of her every day disguise.

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    Name: Yomiko Readman aka “The Paper”
    From: Read or Die Franchise
    Characteristics: Can bend and manipulate paper into a variety of shapes including bulletproof shields and durable weapons. She is obsessed with books, but also fights evil and saves the world.

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    Name: Rupert Giles aka “Watcher”
    From: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Franchise
    Characteristics: Not only a male school librarian, but has a side job training and fighting with Buffy Summers, The Slayer, against many evil creatures who want to destroy the world!

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    Name: Flynn Carsen aka “The Librarian”
    From: The Librarian TV Movie Franchise
    Characteristics: Another male librarian, who is an awesome translator, a keeper and acquirer of ancient artifacts and can fight the bad guys like Indiana Jones!

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    Name: Jedi Master Jocasta Nu
    From: Star Wars Franchise
    Characteristics: She may be the closest to the stereotype when she appeared in Star Wars: Episode II, but when she appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV Series she is seen wielding a lightsaber!

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