CATWOMAN Volume 6: Keeper of the Castle

(Art by Garry Brown, colors by Lee Loughridge, covers by Jae Lee)

Available at ComiXology, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic book store

“She was Gotham’s Catwoman. Now Selina Kyle is Gotham’s kingpin. After discovering that she’s the heir apparent to the Calabrese crime family, Selina has put aside the life of a high-stakes jewel thief—and occasional vigilante—for an even more dangerous game. Now she’s the head of all organized crime in the city. Her plan? Unite Gotham’s warring families, using their resources to rebuild the city instead of preying on it.

But the crown comes at a cost. Not every family is willing to play ball. As her enemies—like the brutal Black Mask and an impostor calling herself the new Catwoman—attack from outside her organization, traitors lurk within. To rule the underworld, Selina must become a creature of the underworld herself. She may have nine lives, but she only has one soul. To save the city she loves, will she sacrifice everything else?

Writer Genevieve Valentine and artist Garry Brown radically reimagine one of the DC Universe’s greatest characters in CATWOMAN: KEEPER OF THE CASTLE (collects issues #35-40 and CATWOMAN ANNUAL #2). Once this crime saga sinks its claws into you, there’s no turning back…”


CATWOMAN Volume 7: Inheritance

(Art by David Messina, colors by Lee Loughridge, covers by Kevin Wada)

Available at ComiXology, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic book store

“Catwoman’s life of crime reaches stunning new heights at the hands of writer Genevieve Valentine and David Messina.

Selina Kyle-head of the Calabrese crime family-has survived a crime war with Black Mask and is managing an uneasy peace between the two factions. But old habits die hard. Upon hearing that Batman is dead, Catwoman goes on the prowl again in search of the Dark Knight. Can Selina lead a double life with her crime family nipping at her tail and Black Mask making moves to wipe the Calabrese family from Gotham?

Catwoman’s life continues to get muddled when the second Catwoman – a woman she has intimate knowledge of – takes it upon herself to safeguard Selina and train the upstart vigilante Spoiler. The cold war between Gotham’s crime families heats up, and Selina must embrace her role or fall. But who is she-a crime lord or Catwoman?

Collects the CATWOMAN Sneak Peak and issues #41-46.”

Recent Work

TV Recaps: Elementary, Season 5

TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

TV Recaps: Reign, Season 4

TV Recap: Bates Motel, "Hidden"

Fiction: "Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home", Clarkesworld

Film: How many movies about grief this year? All of them, Legacy.com

Book Review: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, NPR.org

Book Review: How to Read a Dress, NPR.org

Nonfiction: A Doom of One's Own, Clarkesworld

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  • Whether you will, or no

    I wrote a piece for VICE about consent as fantasy element in the 18th-century “Beauty and the Beast,” and a little about what happens to the shape of the tale when a retelling (say, I dunno, Disney) alters those elements: “How Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Became the Darkest Tale of All.“

    An excerpt:

    The most powerful force in Beauty and the Beast isn’t magic, or even love, but consent. Most retellings of Villeneuve’s version are careful to keep it. The Beast is clear that Beauty must know what she’s getting into. (In Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1910 version, it’s still more explicit: The Beast warns Beauty’s father to “be honest with your daughter. Describe me to her just as I am. Let her be free to choose whether she will come or no…”) Later, the Beast asks Beauty herself if she comes willingly. And that first dinner is marked by the Beast’s deference to her wishes. Beauty’s earliest surprise is how much power she wields. Even in his nightly request that Beauty marry him, he defers. Andrew Lang emphasized the power dynamics in 1889’s Blue Fairy Book:

    “Oh! What shall I say?” cried Beauty, for she was afraid to make the Beast angry by refusing.
    “Say 'yes’ or 'no’ without fear,” he replied.
    “Oh! No, Beast,” said Beauty hastily
    “Since you will not, good-night, Beauty,” he said.
    And she answered, “Good-night, Beast,” very glad to find that her refusal had not provoked him.

    Lang was one of many who used marriage proposals for the nightly request (Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 retelling was the first), but Villeneuve was under no illusions about the story’s undertones. In her original, Beast asks Beauty to sleep with him. Beauty’s power is the ability to withhold sexual consent.

    [Full article]

    03/20/17

2016 Appearances

Emerald City Comicon
April 7-10, 2016
Seattle, WA

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium
September 23-24, 2016
Cleveland, OH

New York Comic Con
October 5-9, 2016
New York City

World Fantasy Convention
October 28-30
Columbus, OH