I've mentioned (repeatedly) following various webcomics. Some update religiously/like clockwork (Kevin & Kell by Bill Holbrook, Schlock Mercenary by Howard Taylor, others) and some are more... random (El Goonish Shive by Dan Shive, Too Much Information by AndyO!, and others). Not to mention spinoffs and sides. And then there are the discussions on their web pages and in Facebook.
But I don't remember and cannot reconstruct the chain of causality which lead to my most recent eBook acquisitions! Annoying, that. I don't know who to blame/thank for it. I do know that adding Grrl Power by DaveB was either a step in the path or at least a contemporaneous obsession. I'm thinking... El Goonish Shive to Grrl Power to the Wearing the Cape series (by Marion Harmon.) I can't confirm the path, and with overlapping fandoms, the recommendations may have come from anywhere. It's even possible that Ryk Spoor ( seawasp) was the catalyst.
The Wearing The Capes series is mostly about, well, here's the Amazon Blurb:
Who wants to be a superhero?I love the series, including its "ARRGH!" moments, like skipping several books worth of stories between the first and second book. And between other books! Want to know about The Teatime Anarchist? Memories and flashbacks! He and his evil twin are vitally important—but not enough to get their own book.
Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?
In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high—especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.
For all I know, the link was in some review of Batman v Superman compared with Marvel's Civil War. The politics of super-heroing are a frequent theme, handled in numerous ways, numerous jurisdictions. I want more.
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That's how I got from point A to B.