Welcome to Kick Ass Women in Comics Week here on the Collective Blog! Each day, we will be exploring our usual content through the lense of women in comics. Sit back and enjoy the ride, it’s gonna be an exciting week.

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Every superhero needs supergear to look and feel the part. Here are some of my favorite Super Heroine Geek Chic items across the interwebs. Click on the links to go to the page and BUY BUY BUY!

xoxo

C. Diva

Find me over on Twitter and Tumblr rambling, per usual.

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1) DC Bombshells Art Print Sets

$15-30

DC Comics Bombshells is DC Collectibles’ new line featuring the female superstars in poses inspired by classic pin-up art. Featuring Supergirl, Poison Ivy and more, these 50’s vintage art pieces are perfect to show off your comic book love in your home or office. The Quantum Mechanix website has 10 of these lovely prints designed by Ant Lucia available for purchase now.

Bombshell art prints $15-30
Bombshell art prints $15-30

2) Black Widow Icon Tee

$20

HerUniverse.com is the place to go for geek girl fashion. The site offers female fans a chance to wear their faves in OUR size, OUR fit and on OUR terms. While Marvel has failed to properly promote the awesomeness that is Black Widow, we do get a few items showcasing the superhero, and this is one of them.

Black Widow tee $20
Black Widow tee $20

3) Princess Leia Skater Dress

$44

Every girl needs a comfy and cute outfit for saving the galaxy, and this Princess Leia dress fits the bill. This hooded replica of Leia’s robe and bun ensemble comes in 5 different sizes and in 6 different galaxies.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), directed, produced and written by Wes Anderson and starring a multitude of Anderson’s favorite stars, is a masterpiece of style that contains complex narrative layers, keeping viewers visually entranced until the last frame. Audiences are asked to suspend disbelief as we are whisked away to a genteel time and land, where order and manners are as important (if not more so) than politics, and relationships are forged through these shared values.

When I was in graduate school studying literary theory, a peer suggested that the layers of narrative in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein were not unlike those of an onion; stories laid gently on top of one another to create a single, incredibly intricate and fulfilling tale. Grand Budapest does much the same thing, with four very important stories being told at four different moments in time, which ultimately come together to create an epic tale of love and loss.

Spoilers ahead, sweetie!

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A few months ago, I came across the artwork of Petite-Madame, in the form of a Bucky Barnes Instagram account.

“This is awesome!” thought I, “but who is this mysterious and talented person?”

Petite-Madame, self-taught artist from Paris, professional illustrator, and self-proclaimed fan, is changing the way fandom looks and art and pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.

 The artist’s unique perspective on fandom compelled me connect with her in hopes of getting some insight into why and how she does what she does. The following discussion on art and social media is insightful and telling, while her commitment to creating fanart, a medium meant to help audiences understand and explore the characters we love, is commendable. If you haven’t checked out her MOL journal or Bucky art, please do. The links can be found below.

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The Collectiva Diva: Your use of art and social media, particularly the Bucky Barnes Instagram account, intrigues me. What is it about Bucky that fits this particular content (Instagram) so well? 

Petite-Madame: I find it rather funny that a super secret spy who’s described in the The Winter Soldier movie as “a ghost” could have as a main mode of expression an Instagram account where he shares his everyday life with his boyfriend Steve, his work problems, or what he ate for dinner. Superheroes are supposed to have secret identities (even if in the Marvel movies everybody knows that Tony Stark is Iron Man and Captain America has his own exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum) so, exposing Bucky’s life on a public medium such as Instagram is delightfully absurd, precisely because of this contradiction.

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Also, it is very interesting to explore art wise because I have a lot of fun as an artist, trying to emulate an Instagram account and creating fake pictures of food and people in their natural environment; cooking or doing their laundry. I can play with the depth of field, the frame, the intensity of the blurs, the subjectivity of the point of view and of course, my weapon of choice, colors!

The 3rd reason is far more pragmatic: posting a drawing with a short caption on Instagram and Tumblr requires FAR less work than a 1500 word fic and the complex drawings of Journal of a Man of Letters (JOAMOL). Launching the Bucky equivalent of JOAMOL would be impossible for me or I would have to win the lottery and leave my job for good!

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Valentine’s Day is this Friday, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve procrastinated to the point of fearful resignation that the day is not going to end well for you. Well, fear not, nerds! The Collectiva Diva is here with 5 geek gift ideas for that person to whom you have sworn allegiance until your Winchester rolls along.