“If a man’s character is to be abused, say what you will, there’s nobody like a relative to do the business.”
― William Makepeace Thackeray,Vanity Fair
“When a girl feels that she’s perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That’s charm.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
This month marks 75 years since Action Comics #1 landed on the newsstand. In that issue Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced the world to one of the most important women in comics - Lois Lane (Superman made his debut in that issue, too). To mark this anniversary I’m chatting with some of her creators to get their thoughts on the character and her place in comic history.You can see the previous pieces here. Today I am chatting with Kelly Sue DeConnick. While she is now writing Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble for Marvel she once wrote an arc for Supergirl for DC Comics. During Emerald City Con she talked about how she took it as an opportunity to also write Lois. DeConnick also told me that Lois Lane is the only comic related thing she’s every collected and years ago she put out a ‘zine with a hostess called “Lois Slain” a la the Cryptkeeper.
So Kelly Sue, someone asks you “Who Lois Lane?” what do you say?“Superman’s Girlfriend,” would probably be the first thing out of my mouth because of the title of the comic, but she’s so much more than that, isn’t she?
How Coffee Is Global: Coffee transcends: It is a staple in most countries, and gets shipped from growers to roasters to drinkers all over the world. As the first report in their Coffee Week series, NPR has a piece about the global production and consumption of the caffeinated, bitter drink that so many of us know and love. So brew a cup and read it while you sip.
Every few months, a new Spotify playlist about books/authors/writing seems to make the rounds. It’s always the same fifteen songs, though: something by The Police, some Ryan Adams; “Catcher in the Rye” by Guns N’ Roses.
And I can’t see “Hey Jack Kerouac” (by 10,000 Maniacs) listed again. Not…