- To kick things off, the Mary Sue has a great three part series exploring women who dress and live as men in shoujo anime and manga. The first instalment deals with The Rose of Versailles, the second is all about Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the third tackles Ouran High School Host Club (my love for which is well documented).
- 23 female cartoonists, among them Erika Moen, Miriam Katin, and A.K. Summers, discuss drawing their own naked bodies, and the results are fascinating. [Buzzfeed]
- Jezebel’s Powder Room has an open letter to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. Three guesses as to what it’s about.
- Tackling the important issues, here are eleven Disney characters and their respective, real-life, hunky British dopplegängers. [Oh My Disney]
- Tor was not pleased with certain scenes in Guardian of the Galaxy. Namely, the treatment of Gamora.
- Hey, you know how I love Saga? Well io9 agrees, listing a solid set of reasons why you should love it too.
- David Mack wrote a Star Trek novel, and in this novel there was a Vulcan woman who fell in love with a Klingon woman (David Mack is now my favourite human). This (the queer bit, not the interspecies bit) angered a fan, who sent him an email informing him that he’d lost a reader. Mack’s response, over on his blog, is wonderful, and gives me a lot of hope for a franchise that, historically, hasn’t been too great with the queer issues.
- I’m not entirely sure how I missed this, but Racialicious went to San Diego Comic Con, and did some really extensive reporting on it, including a round up of great cosplay, and live Twitter coverage of panels like “the black panel,” “the witty women of steampunk,” “Superheroines! Power, responsibility and representation,” and “the battle for multicultural superheroes.”
Top image by Tu-Anh Nguyen