Chicks Dig Comics available for pre-order!

As followers of this blog may know, I am co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Chicks Dig Comics, from Mad Norwegian Press. A few things of note have occurred in the last month of this project.

First, my co-editor Lynne M. Thomas won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work for her anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords, co-edited with co-Hugo-winner Tara O’Shea. So I am working with a Hugo Award winner, a fact which I find wonderful; Lynne absolutely deserves the win.

Second, Chicks Dig Comics is AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. I may have emailed my mother the link, and I may have said “DO YOU SEE MY NAME ON THE COVER MOM.” Just possibly.

I’ll quote the solicit text here –

“In Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas (Hugo-Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords) and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love. Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil) reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) confesses to being a comics junkie. Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) sings the praises of 1970s horror comics, and Seanan McGuire (the October Daye series) takes sides in the Jean Grey vs. Emma Frost battle. Other contributors include Marjorie Liu (Dark Wolverine), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Jill Pantozzi (Newsarama), Kelly Thompson (Comic Book Resources), and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Louise Simonson (Power Pack), Greg Rucka (Queen & Country), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise).”

That, friends and neighbors, is a partial roster, a glimpse, of the people who have contributed essays to Chicks Dig Comics. I am very enthusiastic about this book, and am excited at the prospect of you all eventually reading it.

Speaking of you reading it, I’d be very happy if you’d go and pre-order the book now. Some online retailers under-ordered Whedonistas and Chicks Dig Time Lords, not properly estimating the enthusiasm people have for Mad Norwegian’s Geek Girl series. Pre-order and let Amazon know that not only do chicks dig comics, they buy books discussing the subject, too.

Chicks Dig Comics

In a recent Radio Free Skaro podcast, Lars Pearson of Mad Norwegian Press announced the existence of a still-in-the-works forthcoming book from Mad Norwegian. I’m extremely pleased to say that I am involved in this project, at the moment titled Chicks Dig Comics.

Chicks Dig Comics is another in Mad Norwegian’s series of books devoted to the participation of women in various fandoms. Chicks Dig Time Lords was edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea, and Whedonistas — out on March 15th this year! — was edited by Lynne, again, with Deb Stanish.

Chicks Dig Comics is also edited by Lynne, this time with me as co-editor.

I am really excited about this. Our tentative line-up of contributors makes me very, very happy. If all goes according to plan, Chicks Dig Comics will be out in March of 2012. A lot can change between now and then, of course, but I have high hopes for another success for Mad Norwegian.

If you want to see the sort of book Chicks Dig Comics will be, click on the book links above and order you copies! In particular, may I recommend Whedonistas, as I have an essay in it … ?

Kidding, they are both good. :)

My thanks go to Lars and Lynne for inviting me to participate in the project. You can expect to hear more about Chicks Dig Comics as we proceed.

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