The Ink-Stained Amazon’s Gift Guide for Geeks Day 9!Jennifer K. Stuller on December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized
Today’s Gift Guide for Geeks (which is a day late, I know, I know) comes to you courtesy of some of the women behind Geek Girl Con – an upcoming convention to be held in Seattle in 2011.
Geek Girl Con is dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of science fiction, comics, gaming and related Geek culture through conventions and events that emphasize both historic and ongoing contribution and influence of women in this culture.
Director of Marketing, Erica McGillivray recommends Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman: Elegy. (Erica, has graciously dedicated her birthday to Geek Girl Con – read her blog to find out why.)
Here’s what she has to say about her holiday pick:
Batwoman: Elegy is by far my favorite book of 2010, and one of my all-time favorite origin stories about a superhero. I love comic books, but face it, most of the time, they’re written for men. Batwoman is the book that I feel I’ve been waiting forever for. Like Batman, Kate Kane (Batwoman) is a socialite from Gotham City. But unlike Batman, she’s a bit of rebel with a rockabilly sense of style and a military background. Both of her parents were in the service, and she follows their lead. However, she is discharge from service under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and her sense of justice and service leads her to become Batwoman.
Elegy follows the story of Batwoman meeting her first villain Alice. Alice is a sharp contrast to Kate with her blonde curls, white outfits, and Lewis Carroll dialog. And since Alice and her crew are determined to sacrifice Kate to their other-wordly gods, Kate has no choice but to confront her. Rucka, a fabulous crime and mystery author, writes a tale of intrigue here, including a big secret about Alice herself.
The art by J.H. Williams III is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in a comic book. It enhances the story in every way possible from giving hints to the mystery to switching styles when we see Kate in and out of her Batwoman costumes. Lush and gorgeous.
This would make the perfect gift for the reader interested in comic books/graphic novels, but doesn’t know where to jump in as Batwoman: Elegy is a self-contained tale. I’d also recommend it for fans of art, crime and mystery stories, military family tales, LGBT narratives, superheros, and anyone who wants to challenge my assertion that Batwoman makes a better Batman than Bruce Wayne.
Dina Kaminska, our Online Social Media Gal, is asking Santa for “a lot of Steampunk things.”
On her list is also a recycled bike chain ring clock.
Beth Nelson – who will be helping Geek Girl Con with Exhibits runs a Browncoat charity, Austin Browncoats, runs IKKiCON, and works for Quantum Mechanix. Beth recommends The Transformers – The Movie (20th Anniversary Special Edition), and as a self-proclaimed “HUGE Firefly Geek” the Hoban “Wash” Washburne maquette from Quantum Mechanix (also mentioned on Day 5’s List – Gifts for the Whedon Geek).