Con­ven­tional Won­ders

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GWomen show their grow­ing strength in ev­ery role on the big­gest stage in fan­dom, a.k.a. Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional in San Diego.

irl power has been on the rise for many years now in the mul­ti­tude of gen­res and me­dia cel­e­brated each year at Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional, and it’s never been more clear than at this year’s con­fab, set for July 21-24 at the San Diego Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and its im­me­di­ate en­vi­rons. 75th An­niver­sary of Won­der Woman The grand dame of this year’s event is clearly Won­der Woman, who is cel­e­brat­ing 75 years since her de­but in the pages of Sen­sa­tion Comics #8, re­leased in late 1941. Cre­ated by Wil­liam Moul­ton Marston to be a fe­male an­swer to the then-new sen­sa­tion of su­per­heroes ex­em­pli­fied by Su­per­man and Bat­man, Won­der Woman has been pub­lished con­tin­u­ally ever since and be­come one of the most rec­og­niz­able char­ac­ters in ex­is­tence.

There were a lot of quirks in Won­der Woman’s past, to be sure. Un­like the mostly young men who cre­ated most comics, Marston had a doctorate in psy­chol­ogy and is cred­ited with cre­at­ing the sys­tolic blood pres­sure test that be­came an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the mod­ern poly­graph, or lie de­tec­tor. Marston saw great ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial in comics and was ap­proached to con­sult with two of the pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies that wou later merge into DC Comics. He pro­posed cre­at­ing a su­per­hero that would tri­umph with love rather than fis­ticuffs, and then made her a lib­er­ated mod­ern woman.

The char­ac­ter has been an icon ever since, most no­tably in the hit 1970s TV series star­ring Lynda Carter and in an­i­ma­tion as a key mem­ber of the Su­per Friends through many series, the Jus­tice League home video ti­tles and her own 2006 an­i­mated movie. Won­der Woman also made her big screen de­but ear­lier this year in Bat­man v. Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, played by Gal Gadot, who will reprise the role for a solo Won­der Woman movie due in the­aters June 2, 2017.

To cel­e­brate the char­ac­ter’s on­go­ing pop­u­lar­ity, Won­der Woman is fea­tured on the cover of this year’s Comic-Con Sou­venir book and T-shirt in an il­lus­tra­tion by ris­ing star comic-book artist Babs Tarr.

Os­car-win­ner Pa­trick Os­borne at­tached to di­rect.

Babs Tarr Tarr set the comics world on fire with her fresh and mod­ern re­design of DC Comics’ Bat­girl when she be­gan draw­ing the series in 2014. She since has moved on to draw cov­ers for DC Comics, Boom! Stu­dios and is work­ing with her Bat­girl col­lab­o­ra­tors Brendan Fletcher and Cameron Ste­wart on a cre­ator-owned series ti­tled Mo­tor Crush due from Im­age Comics later this year. Maggie Thomp­son Comics fan­dom just wouldn’t be the same with­out Thomp­son, who was in­stru­men­tal — along with her hus­band, Don Thomp­son — in the dawn of comic fan­dom and fanzines. The pair took over ed­i­tor­ship in 1983 of The Comics Buy­ers Guide, then a weekly news and trad­ing pub­li­ca­tion that was es­sen­tial read­ing. She con­tin­ued to edit and write for CBG af­ter her hus­band’s death in 1994, over­see­ing the pub­li­ca­tion’s tran­si­tion to a monthly magazine through its end in 2013. She con­tin­ues to write about comics on­line at her own site and for Comic-Con In­ter­na­tional.

Bjo Trim­ble Trim­ble, along with her hus­band, John, is the cor­ner­stone of Star Trek fan­dom, hav­ing led the ini­tial suc­cess­ful let­ter-writ­ing campaign to save the show from can­cel­la­tion, thus en­sur­ing a third sea­son and syn­di­ca­tion suc­cess for the show. She also was an early fig­ure in or­ga­nized sci-fi fan­dom and brought that ex­per­tise to early Trek con­ven­tions and wrote the first great ref­er­ence work to the show, The Star Trek Con­cor­dance.

G. Wil­low Wilson Wilson is a ris­ing force in the comic-book world, hav­ing bro­ken in writ­ing the hit graphic novel Cairo, based on her own ex­pe­ri­ences liv­ing in the city as an Amer­i­can Mus­lim, and later the Ver­tigo series Air. More re­cently, she co-cre­ated for Marvel Comics the char­ac­ter of Ka­mala Khan, a 16-year-old Mus­lim girl from New Jer­sey who takes on the man­tle of Ms. Marvel. [

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