AfterEllen.com’s Gift Guide for the Gay Woman 2012

Comic Book Junkie

1. Novel Graphic Novels. Hope Larson seems to love A Wrinkle in Time at least as much as I do. She stays true to the original story in her graphic adaptation, and succeeds in bringing new life to the characters without taking away from the ones in your imagination. The Girl WIth the Dragon Tattoo Book 1 by Denise Mina (writer); Andrea Mutti & Leonardo Manco (illustrators) is worthy of note for more than its famously bisexual main character, Lisbeth Salander. The writer of Vertigo’s graphic novel version is a Scottish crime novelist with a background in criminal law and research into mental illness in female offenders. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Lisbeth, can you? I do have mixed feelings about this cover art, but my version of Lisbeth always has been much different from the rest of Earth’s. Your CBG’s (Comic Book Geek’s) mileage may vary. ($10-$13)

2. Women in Comics collections. Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them is a collection of essays from comic writers and artists. (I’m not sure how Terry Moore fits into the category of women who love comics, but he’s in the book.) Womanthology is a comprehensive anthology featuring women heroes created by heroic women in comics is the result of a Kickstarter project conducted by a team that included some of the most popular women comic book creators as well as aspiring female artists and writers. And don’t overlook The Art of Amanda Conner  for the CBG who recognizes that great comic art is much more than figure drawing.($15-$50)

3. This Year’s Top Titles. Brian K Vaughn‘s new series Saga: a complete set of #0 issues from DC’s rebooted superhero titles; the remarkable new Terry Moore horror series, Rachel Rising; the Creator Owned Heroes anthology comic from Image; Revival, a zombie story with a different twist featuring a female central character; Fashion Beast, which stars a drag queen with a lesbian dresser (sort of); and enough others to make any CBG smile. When in doubt, ask her comic book store owner for guidance. (varies)

4. Wonder Woman Apparel. Your choice whether to get it for her or to wear it for her. Choose from a bathrobe, PJ, cami and panty set, apron or Converse Lo-Tops. ($25-$60)

— The Linster

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