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Chicks Dig Comics Review

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Flames

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    A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them

    If someone had handed me a copy of Chicks Dig Comics when I was younger I would not have known what to do with it. Growing up as a comic book nut during the 80s and 90s I never saw girls reading comics so the title alone would have thrown me for a loop. While my brother and I devoured stories about the X-Men, Captain America and Superman my sister wanted nothing to do with them. I spent a lot of time in my local comic book shop and I cannot recall ever seeing a woman in that little hole in the wall.

    It was not until I went to Ball State University in the mid-90s that I began to meet women who were interested in comics. Even then they were still very much outnumbered and it was not until sometime after the beginning of the new millennium I began to see a shift in the demographics. No one can deny that the comic book industry and its fans have changed and will continue to change in the future.

    Chicks Dig Comics is a compilation of articles, essays and interviews surrounding the topic of women and comic books. Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis have gathered an impressive array of writers, artists, critics, editors, businesswomen and above all else, fans of comic books to write about their introductions to comics, their inspirations and their work in the industry.

    I found Chicks Dig Comics to be very entertaining, informative and quite moving all at the same time. Comic books have always had a way of affecting the lives of the people who read them. I believe many of you will enjoy these accounts of women who have been influenced by comics while also making a very important impact on the world of comic books as well.

    Review by Michael Holland

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