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You may know Ame-Comi Girls as those statues and dolls of the female DC superheros and villains that are ubiquitous to comic book stores. Here's the DC Store page for them if you want to refresh your memory on what they are. The basic idea behind the line was to redesign these characters in an anime style. There are clear Magical Girl and Shonen influences in the designs at least.

That's not the important part. The important part is that last year DC decided to make a comic based on these statues. And every Monday since last May you've been able to buy a new issue for $0.99 (US, I don't know what they cost elsewhere, sorry) at Comixology. They were originally going to be digital only, but they are popular enough that collected issues are being printed and sold in stores, although they are several months behind. And they are awesome.

The writers of the series, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, decided to set it on an Earth where there are no male superheros or villains. They also decided that where possible rather than genderflip characters they'd find an already existing character to take the role. So Jessie Quick is the Flash, Alanna Strange is our hero from Rann, and Power Girl defends the world from Metropolis and welcomes her cousin Supergirl to Earth. Ame-Comi Girls started as a series of 3 issue mini-series with a varying range of interconnectedness between them before going on into an onging series with a longer story arcs. It's also on the more light hearted end of the comic spectrum so if you've grown tired of the grim dark nature of the New 52 it might be just what you need.

I will attempt to avoid spoilers in this next section, but there are screen caps from the series that include comic panels.

But let's get some images, it's a comic after all )

In conclusion, go forth and enjoy a DC Universe where all the major characters are female. All of them, good and evil.
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 First off: 

A picspam of the ladies of Nikita (2010 CW) and reasons you should watch it, all related to the female relationships and plotlines, on LJ and DW

And I guess I might as well link to my female-centric fanfic and vids. :P


The Things We Say Are True, Sky High (2005), Penny/Gwen, femslash, 1200 words. A Yuletide fic. 

How Do They Rise Up, Harry Potter, Hermione & Padma, gen, 3500 words. (Yes, I got English university horribly wrong. I have yet to get around to fixing that, but will some day.) 

The Mary Blake Series, Twilight, Renesmee (eventually Renesmee/Leah), gen to femslash, 3600 words. This is the series of four stories in which I explored the character of Renesmee and how she could reclaim herself from a canon I thought didn't know what to do with her. 

lovely in my sight, Narnia, Susan Pevensie, gen, 900 words. A Susan character study. Plus all my other Susan pieces, because I write her... a lot. 

Whose Other Side Is Salvation, Narnia/Doctor Who, Susan Pevensie/The Doctor, Edmund Pevensie, het, 2500 words. Primarily Susan focused, as she journeys with the Doctor. 

Here's A Girl From A Dangerous Town, Torchwood, Lucia Moretti, het, 1500 words. A woman who fell in love with Jack and then lived to a fairly natural age? She's got to be impressive. 

no stamps required, Narnia/Supernatural, Susan Pevensie/Anna Milton, gen, 400 words. Anna and Susan, OTP of practicality and living through sorrow. 

another path to carry her burdens, Supernatural, OFC, gen, 300 words. The dead angel in 4x16 had a vessel, and her vessel had a sister.


In Some Dreaming State, Narnia, Susan Pevensie. No more dreaming like a girl so in love with the wrong world. To "Blinding" by Florence and the Machine.

Wild Child, Doctor Who, Amy Pond. You don't need a reason, let the day go on and on. To "Wild Child" by Enya.
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Another oldie from me: a post I made few years ago about the female characters of Babylon 5 and why I love them all (even the ones that I don't).

And this is why everyone should watch Babylon 5
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A brief overview--

Justice League/Justice League: Unlimited is an animated show that ran from 2001 to 2004 revolving around the characters of DC Comics. Although the first two seasons focused on the original Justice League members-- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Hawkgirl, and J'onn-- the third season and onward spent episodes on a variety of characters including Vixen, the Huntress, the Black Canary, and Supergirl.

So why should you be interested in this show? For one thing, the women in the show are awesome. And another, there is a wide variety of women over the five seasons, from warriors like Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl to civilians like Lois Lane and Mera to villains like Star Sapphire. And they interact with each other-- sometimes as friends, sometimes as allies, sometimes as enemies.

Below the cut are a list and description of various female characters and why I love them, as well as a list of female-centric episodes and two fanfics you might enjoy!

The Women of Justice League/Justice League: Unlimited )
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I have put together a collection of my woman-centric fiction for those who are interested; the link leads to AO3 because it was easier for me to "collect" them all there! These are primarily Star Trek fics, but there's a smattering of others including Fringe, Firefly/Serenity, White Collar, Gaiman's The Endless, and Resident Evil, among others.

Also, I manage a community, [ profile] fandom_women, that is meant to be a pan-fandom celebration of women; it's new yet and very quiet but it's there!

Edited to Add: For those of you who like Star Trek, I cannot recommend highly enough the two Valeris stories I have received as gifts:

Every Good Villain by [ profile] igrockspock which focuses on Valeris' trial, and

I am not in love with salvation by [ profile] medie which focuses on her life afterward and the stories that are told.
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I thought I'd share with you all a little look at one of my favourite women-centric TV shows, Jam and Jerusalem. It's a brilliant piece of television full of warm and subtle characterisation and complex relationships. It's a crime that it doesn't have a bigger fandom!

What's Jam and Jerusalem?

Also known as Clatterford, Jam and Jerusalem is a sweet, funny and sometimes uncomfortably accurate look at life in a small village, focusing on practice nurse Sal and her friends in the Women's Guild of Clatterford St Mary, a small Devon town.

Why Should You Watch It?

* The main characters are mostly older women, and even the minor characters are well-drawn, three-dimensional, funny, sympathetic and interesting.
* It passes the Bechdel Test every single episode.
* It stars some huge names in British comedy and drama, including Sue Johnstone, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and David Mitchell.
* There's only ten hours of it, so you can watch the whole series over one cosy weekend
* It has an incredibly hummable soundtrack by Kate Rusby
* You can ship it every-which-way

Who's Who in Clatterford )
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A/N:I just found this community and thought this was a great opportunity to spread the love for my alltime favorite show and pairing. This link will take you to a manifesto I did last year, with several links to fiction, vids and picspams.

Warning: Longer post with small graphics under the link, but not too extreme. All else you'll find under the cut.


Also, if you like, come find us on this year's [ profile] wmcday to celebrate the club.

And thanks to the creators of this community! :)
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Princess Tutu is a fandom that I see get attention about twice a year: during [ profile] halfamoon and Yuletide. Granted, most of my fandoms are Western live-action shows, but I still don't see Princess Tutu getting nearly the amount of love it deserves. I don't know if it's that it's an anime, or that it involves ballet, or that it does not at all shy away from its fairytale aspects, but I'm here to tell you a little bit about why you should give Princess Tutu a chance, even if its name makes you wince.

(Its name makes everybody wince, right up to the very end of the very last episode when you find yourself thinking, "Yeah, there's nothing else it could've been named.")

Image of a book, with an illustration of a duck with a glowing red pendant.
A Female-Centric, Dial-Up-Unfriendly Look At Princess Tutu )
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That's "Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham" on the BBC drama "Downton Abbey," as played to perfection by Dame Maggie Smith. Or "Lady Grantham," to the likes of you.

series and character info, choice quotes and video beneath the cut )
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Mongol is a 2007 film about the early life of Genghis Khan (Temudgin). It was shot in Mongolia, entirely in the Mongolian language, which alone is enough to qualify as insanely cool. However, what really steals the show for me is the awesome female characters: Temudgin's amazing wife Borte and his tough-as-nails mother Oelun.

Picspam: The Women of 'Mongol' )
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First: hi! I've hung out in the Unpopular Women Love Posts a couple times previously, and this year I come bearing... I don't know what yet.

But first, I come bearing a Warehouse 13 fandom primer. I was considering doing it anyway, and then there was Myka in one of the new headers! (She's third from the right on the red one; Claudia's first on the left on the blue header.)
Syfy's little show that could, and the ladies who make it awesome )
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Is it any wonder that my first real TV obsession came from a show about three (well technically four) women kicking ass and taking names and generally being awesome?

Forgive the unfancy picspam, but I just had to do a Charmed post.

Power of Three )
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Now, the majority of you (all right probably 99-100% of you) are silently going, "Who the heck is Madelyn Mack?" Do not fret! I am happy to explain all.

Miss Madelyn Mack is the main character of a short collection of five detective stories written in 1914 as well as two lost silent films. And yes, she is in fact a detective. An awesome one. The collection is written from the POV of Nora Noraker, a reporter who has become renown at her newspaper for writing personal accounts of Madelyn's detective work. The setting is 1910s New York City.

When I requested this series for Yuletide, one of my descriptions was that Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective is a bit like a genderswapped Holmes and Watson. [ profile] melannen provides a brilliant comparison chart between Sherlock Holmes and Madelyn Mack in another post about the awesomeness of Madelyn Mack.

So why should you be interested in this fandom?

Here are five reasons )

In other words, Miss Madelyn Mack is awesome, and if you're at all interested in a) detective mysteries, b) femslash, or c) steampunk New York City, you should definitely check the collection out.
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I'd like to recommend a Yuletide story, but it is in a fandom so obscure I am first going to recommend the canon: Polly and the Pirates, by Ted Naifeh.

You are going to say, "Betty, do you mean I need to go out and buy a graphic novel in order to enjoy this Yuletide story?"

No! You should go out and buy SIX of this graphic novel; one to read, one to keep in mylar, and four to give out to younger relations who might otherwise damage their minds by reading inferior grade comics.

I make my case, with images )
One of the things I love about Polly and the Pirates is that there are plenty of stories about women who have fraught relationships with their mothers, but we seem to lack stories about women who have to live with the fact that their mother was legendary.

Finally, my story rec:

Now, how did Ambassador Archibald Pringle meet and have a child with Queen of Pirates, Meg Malloy?

The Prize, by Fiercleydreamed answers this question, and more. All the swashbuckling, Pirate Queens, romance, hot air balloons, and balcony climbing one could desire. Meg Malloy, and how she made her mark on the world, and on Archie Pringle.
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Kaze Hikaru is a historical shoujo manga set during the time of the Meiji Revolution in the 1860s. Tominaga Sei is the story’s crossdressing heroine. She shaves the top of her head in a boy's hairstyle, takes on the name "Kamiya Seizaburo," and joins the Shinsengumi (a shogunate police force) in order to avenge her family’s death at the hands of anti-shogunate rebels. After her family’s murderer is killed, she stays with the Shinsengumi because she has learned a samurai’s love for comrades and ideals, and a young woman’s love for one particular comrade, Okita Souji.

'A flower-like demon! Kamiya Seizaburo, a.k.a. Tominaga Sei, 16 years old. This flower who blossomed at the Ikedaya Affair...was too young to even realize she was a flower.' )
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For this year's [ profile] halfamoon, I decided to make a vid about one of my all-time favorite female characters - Sydney Bloom of the short-lived series VR.5. The show only had ten episodes in its original run (three more episodes were eventually shown on the SyFy channel), and it's not even available on commercial DVD (hence, some fuzziness in my source). Nonetheless, I love Sydney so much that I had to give it a try.

Vid title: Glass Coffin
Song: Blinding by Florence and the Machine
Fandom: VR.5

Summary: To sleep no more.

Download and streaming info, as well as tl;dr about the show, at my LJ.
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St. Trinian's is a film that came out in the UK in 2007. It's actually the sixth film to take place at St. Trinian's School for Young Ladies, but this is a reboot of the franchise. St Trinian's is made of awesome and more awesome. Also it is kinda cheesy, but in an awesome way.

Basic plot summary: To keep the bank from repossessing the school the student body comes up with a plan to steal the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' painting so they can sell it and pay off the creditors.


We are the best, so screw the rest )
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is a five-book kids series that chronicles the adventures and mishaps of one Percy Jackson. Trouble-prone Percy learns that the Greek gods of old actually exist and are running around 21st century Manhattan. The first book in the series, The Lightning Thief, has been adapted into a movie and will be released February 12.

In the books, Percy attends to Camp Half-Blood, a training camp and safe haven for the children of the gods, where he spends the summer battles monsters straight out of the myths, makes friends (and enemies), goes on quests to save everything he cares about, and eventually becomes caught up in a war that’s as old as the gods themselves. The books are aimed at a young audience, so the language is fairly simple and they’re very quick reads, but they’re also smart, moving, action packed, and downright hilarious.

What's all this have to do with [ profile] halfamoon?

For a series that has been labeled as your typical “boy book,” Percy Jackson has an overwhelming amount of well-rounded, kick-ass female characters. The girls do everything the boys do – lead quests, get in fights, make heroic sacrifices, have crowning moments of awesome – and so much more. Most of them give Percy a run for his money in terms of sheer heroics and skills (Annabeth has a scene in The Last Olympian that is almost ridiculous for the massive amount of badassery it contains, and that's even before the climax where she takes on the main villain. With a broken arm). The women of Percy Jackson are interesting, varied, and real; they have fascinating backstories, motivations, and character arcs. Whether they’re demigods, Greek goddesses or mere mortals, these ladies are the last people you want to mess with.

Fifteen fics, seven characters )
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Sailor Moon is a manga series created by Naoko Taekuchi. It ran from 1992 to 1997, and has spawned a 5-season anime series, three movies, a musical, and most recently a live-action retelling of the story.

Many people are familiar with the anime version of Sailor Moon, as it aired on Cartoon Network for a number of years.

What many people don't know is that the original manga version of Sailor Moon, crafted by Naoko Takeuchi, is a fantastic and mature manga series. In the English dub version of the story especially, many things are "dumbed down" from the original source material. For example, the homosexual relationship between Sailors Neptune and Uranus is erased in the English dub. Instead, they are referred to as "cousins."

Usagi Tsukino is a lazy middle school student who loves video games. One day, she finds a talking cat, who tells her that she is actually a champion of justice, Sailor Moon. Usagi is incredulous, but when her best friend is attacked, she does not hesitate to save her. Throughout the course of the series, Usagi finds other girls who are Sailor Senshi just like her. While fighting various incarnations of evil, they also deal with school, entrance exams, families, and boys.

Sailor Moon is one of few manga series to highlight a lesbian relationship without making it into a huge deal. Normally, for a manga or anime series to have a homosexual relationship, the story focuses exclusively on the relationship. In the case of Sailor Moon, the genre is very clearly "magical school girl," but Takeuchi allows her characters to interact naturally without detracting from the main plot.

Also, Takeuchi's art books sometimes contain slash-tastic drawings of her characters. She seems to love paring Sailors Mars and Venus together, with their arms around each other, etc. There are some examples of this in the icons below!

Art styles used by manga-ka (people who write/draw manga) are always evolving, but it is difficult to find consistent quality artwork from the mid-1990s. Takeuchi's artwork is a massive exception, and to this day, I think that this series' artwork is the most beautiful I've seen.
Also, Takeuchi makes adorably cute chibi versions of all her characters.

As for the [ profile] halfamoon angle, almost the entire main cast is female, as well as the supporting cast. Girls are everywhere, and they save each other and kick ass.

38 Icons! I apologize for not being very good at making icons. )

In the U.S., licenses have lapsed on both the anime series and on the manga series. The anime is still relatively easy to find on DVD, but the manga series is becoming increasingly rare. It was published by Mixx (which later became TokyoPop), but I would love to see a re-issuing here, much like they are currently releasing in Japan. Mixx did not do a very good job at binding the pages together. I own all 18 volumes, but many of them are falling apart!
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Well, I'm a bit on the late side here, but it's still Valentine's day, so!

I'd like to shine a bit of spotlight onto an oft-looked-over anime by the name of Mononoke. This series is a spin-off of Ayakashi - Classic Japanese Horror, which was an anthology of classical-style horror stories. The last story in this anthology was called Bakeneko (or, roughly, "Goblin Cat"); set in the Edo period, it surrounded a mysterious man known only as the Medicine Seller and his attempt to rid a samurai household of a cat-demon. Mononoke continues to follow this man as he attempts to rid different locales of different demons.

"Well," you're probably thinking, "that's a pretty standard premise, right? What's so special about that? And what does it have to do with celebrating female characters?" Well, I'll tell you - it's all in the execution. Something of a blend of mystery and horror, this series is full of some of the most brilliant storytelling and gorgeous visuals I've ever seen.

Interested? Click for more screecaps and frothing! )

I can't recommend this series enough. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, and if, like me, you have a love for a good mind-fscking, you'd probably really enjoy this series.

If you're interested, the Ayakashi-Bakeneko arc has been released States-side along with the rest of Ayakashi, though it may not be available for long, since Geneon has ceased distribution. Mononoke, as far as I know, has not even been licensed, though it is available fansubbed - Shinsen has a megatorrent of the whole series for download. (I'd link, but I'm not sure if that's against the rules. Mods?)


Here are icons of some of the women of Mononoke. Credit is appreciated, but not required. (Couple of the screencaps in these were courtesy of [ profile] grendelity.)




Aaand lastly some fic links, some of my own and some by others, all focusing on Kayo, a recurring female character in the series:

By yours truly: )


By nekokoban: )


By frackin-sweet: )


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