janinekspendlove
janinekspendlove:

Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight
I have so many feelings about this graphic novel, I cannot even adequately put them into words. For starters it’s like Kelly Sue knew exactly what my buttons were, and then mashed them all down repeatedly. 
Where to start? How about with the fact that Carol Danvers left the Air Force as a full bird colonel making her solidly at least 40 years old. Yep, that’s right, this badass super hero, with powers galore, is a fully matured, adult woman, basically starting her second career in life (as a superhero, no less).
If that isn’t awesome enough, she’s a military pilot (have I mentioned I’m a pilot for the Marine Corps?) - so yeah, I have lots of feels about aviatrixes. 
Her costume is awesome. Aside from the sash around her waist (which I LOVE, and I realize is a nod back to her Ms. Marvel days), Captain Marvel’s costume is something that you’d see any of the male superheroes wearing. She looks strong, powerful, sexy, feminine, and all while being fully covered (which I, for one, really appreciate - I love Wonder Woman’s costume, but it’s not one I would ever feel comfortable wearing in public (except on a race) - for the ladies that do dress as Wonder Woman, though - you rock it!). Also SHE HAS A MOHAWK!!! 
Let’s talk about Helen Cobb a little bit. A woman with 15 speed records for flying (YAY ANOTHER PILOT!). A woman who actively mentors other women/wants them to succeed, and doesn’t feel threatened by someone else doing better than her (just uses it as a challenge to improve herself!). Not afraid to push the envelope in a “man’s world” either, and actively campaigned to be an astronaut. 
So what I’m saying is the writing is excellent. It’s clearly well thought out, dynamic, witty, and loads of fun. Oh, and the ART! I love it! 
I’m not even going to lie - I totally cried reading Helen’s letter to Carol. Thank you, Kelly Sue, for writing such a wonderful story/character/everything. 
So now let’s all go punch holes in the sky and be the stars we were always meant to be.
p.s.
Special thanks to Betsy for hounding me for month and months to get my butt in gear & finally read this. I’m sorry I waited so long - I won’t make that mistake again!
Goodread review here.

I’m really glad you liked it.  
…I miss Helen so much.  

janinekspendlove:

Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight

I have so many feelings about this graphic novel, I cannot even adequately put them into words. For starters it’s like Kelly Sue knew exactly what my buttons were, and then mashed them all down repeatedly. 

Where to start? How about with the fact that Carol Danvers left the Air Force as a full bird colonel making her solidly at least 40 years old. Yep, that’s right, this badass super hero, with powers galore, is a fully matured, adult woman, basically starting her second career in life (as a superhero, no less).

If that isn’t awesome enough, she’s a military pilot (have I mentioned I’m a pilot for the Marine Corps?) - so yeah, I have lots of feels about aviatrixes. 

Her costume is awesome. Aside from the sash around her waist (which I LOVE, and I realize is a nod back to her Ms. Marvel days), Captain Marvel’s costume is something that you’d see any of the male superheroes wearing. She looks strong, powerful, sexy, feminine, and all while being fully covered (which I, for one, really appreciate - I love Wonder Woman’s costume, but it’s not one I would ever feel comfortable wearing in public (except on a race) - for the ladies that do dress as Wonder Woman, though - you rock it!). Also SHE HAS A MOHAWK!!! 

Let’s talk about Helen Cobb a little bit. A woman with 15 speed records for flying (YAY ANOTHER PILOT!). A woman who actively mentors other women/wants them to succeed, and doesn’t feel threatened by someone else doing better than her (just uses it as a challenge to improve herself!). Not afraid to push the envelope in a “man’s world” either, and actively campaigned to be an astronaut. 

So what I’m saying is the writing is excellent. It’s clearly well thought out, dynamic, witty, and loads of fun. Oh, and the ART! I love it! 

I’m not even going to lie - I totally cried reading Helen’s letter to Carol. Thank you, Kelly Sue, for writing such a wonderful story/character/everything. 

So now let’s all go punch holes in the sky and be the stars we were always meant to be.

p.s.

Special thanks to Betsy for hounding me for month and months to get my butt in gear & finally read this. I’m sorry I waited so long - I won’t make that mistake again!

Goodread review here.

I’m really glad you liked it.  

…I miss Helen so much.  

geodude96 asked:

How do you decide what to name a character you created?

That varies quite a bit.  Sometimes the name is a reference to someone or something, sometimes it’s just an intuitive choice.  Sometimes I’ll do something like flip through a phone book or something.*

Helen Cobb got her last name from Jerrie Cobb.  Her first name… just felt right.  No idea where it came from.  

*The only reason to have a phone book anymore.  

showtime-eric asked:

Are there times that you finish writing something (like, say, Helen Cobb's letter to Carol) and you can't help but lean back and say to yourself, "Fuck, that's good"? Or is that not something that you allow yourself to think about during the writing process?

HA HA HA HA HA HA… no.  Alas.

I always think I could have done better if I’d had more time. 

gaygirladvice asked:

Ms KellySue, I found this article on The Guardian's website and now I am wondering... Was Jerrie Cobb the inspiration for Helen? It says, "Chosen for the US astronaut programme in 1958, Jerrie Cobb had twice as many flight hours to her name as John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the earth. She failed to go into space because she hadn't gone through jet-aircraft testing. She hadn't because women weren't allowed to until 1973."

Jerrie Cobb is just one of the women who contributed source code to Helen Cobb.  Another is Jerri Truhill Sloan.  

There are others, too.  

(In my head, the character called “Oklahoma” is a more direct analog to Jerrie Cobb than Helen is, despite the shared last name.) 

sufficientlytalentedfool

sufficientlytalentedfool:

Love letter to Carol and Kelly Sue, start to finish.

EDIT: God damn it. Ok, so anyone who’s been tattooed knows that you get a major endorphins rush. It’s kind of like being high. So can I be forgiven for not posting the rest of this the first time around, right? Ok. Back to what I was saying before. Love letter in the sense of thank you, not creepy stalker-y type. I learned to read with comic books. I grew up reading X-Men and Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America. I collected X-Men trading cards. It’s something that, even at the age of 7, I would tell people lies about. “They belong to my brother”. “I only know about the comics because my brother reads them”. I don’t have a brother. Well, not one who’s blood, anyway. I met my brother when I was 10. Anyway, I digress. It’s something girls weren’t into. Girls weren’t allowed to be into comics. Those were for boys. My parents, god bless them, never EVER made me feel this way, but my peers and the parents/siblings of my peers did. So it’s something I didn’t talk about. Something I fell out of as a teenager. I went through enough turmoil as a teenager with gender identity, sexual identity and being harassed and bullied every single day anyway, I didn’t need to add fuel to the fire. Then I ran away from home. Well. I ran away and joined the army and moved 7000 miles, one ocean, and one language barrier away. And I met people who didn’t know me. Didn’t know what a hot mess of insecurity I was. And they were nerds. They taught me how to play DnD. They took me to a marathon LoTR/midnight release party. We went to midnight releases of the Harry Potter books. They made me feel like it was OK to be me. For the first time ever. It was ok to be hella smart and sarcastic and into fantasy and sci-fi. And things were pretty great for about 8 years. But then Uncle Sam told me he wasn’t going to let me stay in Germany any longer. And we moved to Texas. We, being me and the husband I had manage to acquire. Texas was starting over in an even more hostile environment than I had grown up in. Girls know their places, in the south. I don’t. I’m mouthy ad uppity and I don’t let anyone, man or woman push me around anymore. Except I didn’t have that support network I had cultivated in Germany. My bestie was in Texas, but she was 3 hours north of me and I was unemployed, I couldn’t run off to her house every time I needed a hug. But something happened, about 4 months in. At the time, I was miserable. I had no friends in Texas except Cora and she was too far away to see all the damn time. Husband was working 60+ hours a week. While I was a full time student, I was still unemployed and generally depressed. Until the day I stumbled across Tumblr. I think it started with Copperbadge and SciFiGrl47. But that led me to Flatbear. And I was in love. This amazing woman made me realize that even though I was temporarily alone, I would never, ever be the only one. So I started creeping on her blog. A lot. Like, daily. And through her, I rediscovered comics. Particularly Captain Marvel. I had adored what little I had seen of Ms Marvel and Carol-As-Captain absolutely stole my heart. Fuck. I want to be HALF the woman Carol is when I grow up. When I started reading Captain Marvel, I found Kelly Sue’s Tumblr. And found myself another roll model. She is such an amazing, strong, competent woman who does not suffer fools or take shit. I looked at these ladies, Flatbear and KellySue and Carol Danvers and thought to myself, “Why am I letting this place ruin me? I can let these people try to shove me into a box and make me behave or I can say FUCK ‘EM ALL and make myself happy again.” And I haven’t looked back since. Ladies, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

It’s beautiful. YOU’RE beautiful.

#HEROESCON #CAROLCORPS
Whether you’re a battle-seasoned veteran of the corps, or just curious as to what the deal is with the blonde with the crazy hair, please, please come join us for the Carol Corps panel at Heroes Con.  
The Fun: It Will Be Had.
HEEEE-UUUUUUGE thanks to Flatbear for the crazy awesome flyer.  Go forth and spread the word, pretties. 

#HEROESCON #CAROLCORPS

Whether you’re a battle-seasoned veteran of the corps, or just curious as to what the deal is with the blonde with the crazy hair, please, please come join us for the Carol Corps panel at Heroes Con.  

The Fun: It Will Be Had.

HEEEE-UUUUUUGE thanks to Flatbear for the crazy awesome flyer.  Go forth and spread the word, pretties. 

stevesnotepad

30 Days of Marvel | Favorite Quote
↳ Knew you the second you set food on my property kid. Even young as you were, how could I not? Folks want to blame someone for gals like us. “Her daddy was unkind or some fella broke her heart.” Hogwash. You and me’ve always been like this. Always a little removed. Always… dreaming. Of higher, further, faster… more. Always more. We came into the world spittin’ mad, running full bore… to or from what, I ain’t never been able to tell. Over the years I’ve come to think of these particular traits as the shared attributes of a chose people… the Lord put us here to punch holes in the sky. And when a soul is born with that kind of purpose… it’ll damn sure find a way. Death and indignity be damned… we’ll get there… and we’ll be the stars we were always meant to be. 
(Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel #1)

Oh, wow. That’s pretty — all collaged together like that.  Nicely done. 

Good news! Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight is going back to print.  As great as that is on its own, it also means that the dedication to my dad that was supposed to be in the first printing but didn’t make it because Sandy smacked the crap out of the east coast (and it was a miracle the books made it out at all), will be in the second.  

Last year was a crap year for our family, health-wise.  On my side, my dad and our beloved “Gamma Polly,” both struggled mightily.  Thus far in 2013 Gamma Polly has been accepted into a medical trial and yesterday we got news that Dad’s responding well to his treatment.  

I’m feeling… guardedly optimistic.  

Polly couldn’t be more different from Tracy Burke on the surface — she’s literally the nicest, most nurturing person you could ever meet — but she and Tracy share a steel core and an infallible built-in bullshit detector.  Any time I write Tracy, something of Gamma Polly is in the room.  

My dad is a pilot. He took me to see the Blue Angels several times, we saw The Right Stuff together in theatre on a daddy-daughter date and he helped me place those stupid slippery decals on the model airplanes we put together when I was a kid. I am so pleased to be able to get his name in this book.  

tehnakki
tehnakki:




So I assume Helen Cobb is based off of Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb who was a freakin BAD ASS.
She had her pilots license by 17, set records for speed, distance and absolute atitude throughout the 50s, and was the first woman in the Mercury 13 program—an early attempt to prove that woman were just as prepared as men to fly in space. The Mercury 13 were thirteen woman who all passed the Phase I flight exams, but Jerrie was the only one to get the opportunity to pass all NASA Phase I-III pre-flight exams.  She petitioned congress with the results but John Glenn spoke against woman in space: “The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order.”
The Mercury 13 tests did eventually pave way though for the admittance of woman into the space program, especially once it went public when the russians launched Valentina Tereshkova in 1963.  Woman still weren’t admitted to the NASA Astronaut Corps until 1978.




“So I assume Helen Cobb is based off of Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb…”
Kind of…?
Helen is one part Jerrie Cobb, one part each of my grandmothers, two parts Jerri Truhill and some brass knuckle-ly bits she brought to the mix herself.  
Jerrie Cobb was an amazing human being, no doubt, but you’ll recognize far more of Helen’s personality in Truhill… if that’s what you’re looking for. 
Hie thee to google. 
[“Oklahoma,” who appears later in the first arc, owes more of her DNA to Cobb. — ksdc]

tehnakki:

So I assume Helen Cobb is based off of Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb who was a freakin BAD ASS.

She had her pilots license by 17, set records for speed, distance and absolute atitude throughout the 50s, and was the first woman in the Mercury 13 program—an early attempt to prove that woman were just as prepared as men to fly in space. The Mercury 13 were thirteen woman who all passed the Phase I flight exams, but Jerrie was the only one to get the opportunity to pass all NASA Phase I-III pre-flight exams.  She petitioned congress with the results but John Glenn spoke against woman in space: “The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order.”

The Mercury 13 tests did eventually pave way though for the admittance of woman into the space program, especially once it went public when the russians launched Valentina Tereshkova in 1963.  Woman still weren’t admitted to the NASA Astronaut Corps until 1978.

So I assume Helen Cobb is based off of Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb…”

Kind of…?

Helen is one part Jerrie Cobb, one part each of my grandmothers, two parts Jerri Truhill and some brass knuckle-ly bits she brought to the mix herself.  

Jerrie Cobb was an amazing human being, no doubt, but you’ll recognize far more of Helen’s personality in Truhill… if that’s what you’re looking for. 

Hie thee to google. 

[“Oklahoma,” who appears later in the first arc, owes more of her DNA to Cobb. — ksdc]