I think it’s relatively easy to think of really amazing sci-fi and fantasy off the top of your head if you read it at all. However, finding sci-fi and fantasy with strong women in it gets a little more difficult, and finding female protagonists that interact with other women and exist as beings unto themselves gets harder.
When I set the challenge to find sci-fi and fantasy that featured women who weren’t fan service, sidekicks, or the only woman in the book, I thought it would be relatively easy and definitely fun to research. After all, sci-fi and fantasy are making a comeback and there are so many great new books published every year. What we found instead is that even now it’s hard to find books written about women who exist as actual people. It’s easier in Teen fiction, but I think there’s more of a push and purpose in that area to make sure that young women and girls have people to look up to.
The Weird Western may not be a genre you are overly familiar with, but because of its growing popularity and unforgettable characters I recommend hunkerin' down for a spell with a handful of books and films that are fine examples of all the Weird West has to offer.
What is the Weird West you ask? The Weird West takes all your favorite nuggets from genres such as Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and puts in them in an American West setting (or off-world in a place very much like the American West) and tells a story in a gritty and descriptive language that propels readers through each action-packed moment.
Library staff will have a table (come see us!) and be participating on a diverse set of panels that are sure to give you some ideas for your summer reading. One of these panels is Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us, which will focus on comics and graphic novels depicting a wide range of sexualities and gender identities. No longer in the closet as taboo subjects, GLBTQ characters in comics can be heroes or villains, and are giving hope to both adults and teens.
Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!
Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".
Denver Comic Con is just around the corner and it’s time to get ready! Comfortable shoes? Check. Snacks and bottled water? Check. Boba Fett costume? Check. But are you mentally prepared? There are dozens of artists, writers, and experts scheduled to attend. How will you keep it all straight? We’ve got you covered with all sorts of resources to help you get the most out of your Comic Con experience.
Follow these links to our catalog so you can check out comic books and graphic novels created by many of Denver Comic Con’s guest artists and writers: