Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Indie Book Buzz: Exterminating Angel Press

We are knee deep in Indie Book Buzz here at TNBBC. Over the next few weeks, we will be inviting members of the small press publishing houses to share which of their upcoming releases they are most excited about!

This week's pick comes from Tod Davies, 
Editor and Publisher of Exterminating Angel Press

Divas, Dames & Daredevils by Mike Madrid
(Releases September 22, 2013--just in time for the Brooklyn Book Festival, where I'll be with the book!)

What the book is about and why EAP is publishing it:

As EAP's fabulous publicist, Molly Mikolowski puts it:

"Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s, but many other heroines of the WWII era have been forgotten. Through twenty-eight full reproductions of vintage Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds.

Each spine-tingling chapter opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful commentary about heroines at the dawn of the comic book industry and reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women—superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who protected America and the world with wit and guile.

In these pages, fans will also meet heroines with striking similarities to more modern superheroes, including The Spider Queen, who deployed web shooters twenty years before Spider Man, and Marga the Panther Woman, whose feral instincts and sharp claws tore up the bad guys long before Wolverine. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but their influence on popular culture, and the heroes we’re passionate about today, is unmistakable."

She's not fooling--the above is exactly why Divas, Dames & Daredevils is an Exterminating Angel Press book. Mike's work is always about overlooked stories in popular culture, stories that suggest other ways of being than the default settings we are getting so tired of. Why, for example, don't we have any post-menopausal superheroines like Mother Hubbard, who is one of the stories in this collection? Why don't we have a superheroine who makes herself ugly to fight crime? These are interesting questions to me. And beyond that, the stories in here are amazingly great fun.

While you're here, why not also check out their indiegogo campaign
"Give Us Your F***ing Money Please"...


Tod Davies, editor and publisher of indie Exterminating Angel Press, is also the author of Snotty Saves the Day and Lily the Silent, both from The History of Arcadia series, and the cooking memoirs Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got and Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered (June 2014). Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward publishing is the same as her attitude toward literature, cooking, and, come to think of it, life in general: it's all about working with the best of what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being, and, in doing so, to rediscover the best of our humanity. Davies now lives with her husband, Alex, and their two dogs, in the alpine valley of Colestin, Oregon, and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado.

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