Posts tagged Comics
Posts tagged Comics
EXTRAS: Thor Cupcakes!
I just have a lot of beautiful shots of of my Thor cupcakes and they must be shared! Mostly because that helmet was the bane of my existence.
Fun Fact: Thor’s helmet is made from 56 individual pieces. He beat his brother Loki’s helmet record by 31 odd pieces.
THOR CUPCAKE. This is the greatest Tumblr ever. She’s thinking of making a Sterek cupcake or cookie, too.
DC continues to be the worst at realizing cross media potential, news at eleven.
Head? Meet desk.
Wake me up when the Lobdell-iverse is over. I suppose those who like the Young Justice cartoon should either read the new YJ comics based directly on the tv series or the old YJ comics from the late 90’s/early 2000’s and stay far away from the DCnU.
…DC… this… just…
…I don’t even know why I still buy you.
Oh wait, I’m buying more Marvel now than DC.
I’m hardly buying any DC anymore. I cut out the books that were pissing me off and there wasn’t much left. I’ve been picking up more Marvel- I’m really into Wolverine and the X-Men and X-Factor and I’m giving Astonishing X-Men a shot again, though I’m not totally hooked yet.
OH and JUST NOW checked Comixology and there’s a Black Widow movieverse miniseries! Issue 1 out today.
I do wish Marvel’s digital back issues were cheaper. I’d be much more likely to get into a series if I didn’t have to pay $4 an issue. It really adds up fast when you’re doing backreading.
Also, there’s a lot of other good stuff out there. I’ve only read the first issue of Saga so far, but what I’ve seen is fantastic.
About the TT spoiler:
I think fandom plays a huge role in enjoying media. A HUGE role. And while I have issues with some of it (particularly when it comes to race or the treatment of female characters) I think shipping culture and slash fandom is just as big.
But, at the same time, downplaying the importance of canon queer characters just because there were existing characters who were heavily shipped with other characters of the same gender without ever being officially “outed” bugs me to an extent. Particularly since I think representation and diversity are important issues in media and not everyone is as actively involved in internet fandom as the rest of us.
So for instance I recently saw someone deride the character of Starling in the Birds of Prey by saying she was mad at the attention the character got for being confirmed as queer “despite the fact that people were shipping Babs and Dinah for years without it ever being made canon”, as though Starling’s existence was somehow an insult to the fans of that pairing.
Now, here’s the thing. Yes, many people (myself included) shipped those two well before Starling was ever created. Yes, it is valid to read both of them as queer. No, that does not somehow make the character of Starling less important or make her status as the team’s first queer female member any less true.
Because, like I said, not everyone is going to be into internet fandom to the extent a lot of us are, and as a gay African American, I can tell you how important seeing people who look you or have the same sexuality as you can be when we’re discussing fiction. And while as I said, shipping and fandom and little hints and teases and flirting are all well and good, sometimes some of us need a little more than teases of something that will never happen because of the popularity of the characters involved.
Just my thoughts.
These are really good thoughts!
Where my complaint would be is not necessarily in that I dislike Starling/resent her for being canon when Dinah/Babs was never given a chance. I love that there have been new characters created who are canon queer.
But what bugs me sometimes is the fact that they feel they NEED to create new characters IN ORDER to fill some sort of queer quota… It just drives the point home that the Main Cast is always default heterosexual (and cisgender), and the only way for them to represent any queer people in their stories is to create new characters. It’s a little…Othering, to be honest? I don’t know if that’s the right word, but.
It is in no way the new characters’ fault, or even the people who created them. And I’m always happy to have new queer characters, and hell, Starling being confirmed queer is pretty much why I’m going to start picking up the new BoP.
But it just rubs me a little wrong that they apparently wouldn’t even consider the possibility that an already established character could be anything but straight, because straight is the default.
HOWEVER, I will note that Kate Kane kind of is an example of them taking an established character and having her come out. I mean, Batwoman wasn’t around as she is now, but she was already a character that they took and tweaked into the Kate we know today, and she’s a MAJOR success.
I don’t place blame anywhere, honestly, except with the fans, kind of? The fans who would turn their back on a character or book just because they came out, I mean.
Like, for instance, say a well known comic writer decides to do a book where Tim Drake finally comes out. They want to out an established character who, to many people, is already pretty much queer. Let’s say by some miracle, that book is allowed to be made.
Suddenly, privileged fanboys are OUTRAGED. They identified with Tim Drake SO MUCH like all those times the was with the ladies, and they were like, “Man, Tim Drake, I would love to be that guy,” and then they find out he is…well, not the ladies’ man they thought. Those people would be angry and probably stop buying Tim Drake books, despite the love they once had for the character.
And unfortunately, I feel like it’s those people whose voices are heard the most. :\
Good commentary. There’s a few rare instances of canon characters who come out, but they’re generally either minor characters or ones that have mostly been ignored and are revived with the publicity. (Batwoman, Shatterstar.)
When Gail Simone said she was surprised that readers didn’t pick up on her “hints” that Catman was bisexual, I couldn’t help but think of how many canon characters have queer subtext - and how many times fans who point out that subtext are shouted down and harassed by other fans who find implication that a character might be queer personally insulting. (And can’t see why anyone would find the idea of “gay=BAD” offensive.)
Look, I love some good subtext. But homoerotic subtext is (if intentional), too often a bone (heh) thrown to a certain subset of fans. If it’s not confirmed in canon, the creators have plausible deniability and can turn around and say, “No, they’re not gay, why would you ever think that they’re gay?” You get burned on that a few times and subtext just isn’t as much fun anymore.
The Truth About Jubilee by Marco D’Alfonso
The pilot season for next fall is already underway and we’ve heard the second DC associated project float out into the Hollywood trades. I have to admit the idea of Booster Gold being developed into a TV series was a bit of a surprise. Not as big as the earlier news about Deadman, however.
With all the other interesting intellectual property just laying around at DC, it confounds me why we keep hearing about projects like this and last year’s Raven (which appears not to have gone anywhere). More importantly with Marvel having announced three live action television projects at SDCC and one of them, aka Jessica Jones, pretty far along in development, why doesn’t DC have more shows on the air?
Except for their Superman properties (Lois and Clark, Superboy, Smallville), since the 1980 DC and Warner Bros. live action television properties have consisted of Birds of Prey, Swamp Thing, The Flash, and last year’s Human Target. Of those only Swamp Thing lasted more than one season.
There have been attempts, of course, some that never made it to pilot stage such as The Graysons, some that had “test footage” such as Blue Beetle and others that did make it all the way to film such as Aquaman, Justice League and David E. Kelley’s combination of “STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS” and the Wonder Woman*.
With all that in mind, here are a few projects that DC might want take a look developing in addition to Booster Gold and Deadman. And if you are wondering if they have kick ass female characters in them, why yes, yes they do.
I think the first Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle series would make an amazing half-hour, all-ages animated show. I’d prefer it to live action, actually. Live action would have to have an incredible budget to do a good Blue Beetle show, but an animated show wouldn’t have to worry about the cost of special effects.
The concept is easy for new viewers to jump into - teen gets superpowers, fights evil. Jaime’s strong morals and his respect and love for his family are just the sort of thing parents like in kids’ TV. And Jaime is already popular with kids due to his appearances on Batman: Brave and the Bold.
I really hope Jaime’s appearance in Young Justice next season is a prelude to a Blue Beetle spinoff. Plus, it’d be fun to have him in the same universe as the YJ kids.
doodling in between commissions
there is another slot open btw.
So that’s why Wally’s disappeared.
By Chris Sims
Q: Define “the Batman Family.” Isn’t the whole idea a contradiction when the main character is a violent loner? — @Mike_Donachie
A: Hang on one second: You’re telling me that this week, I’ve got a question I can answer by telling someone that they’re totally wrong, and it’s about Batman? Folks, Christmas has come early to ComicsAlliance, because this may in fact be the perfect Ask Chris question. So perfect that I almost hate to do this to you, but since you’ve set me up so nicely: Mike, you’re totally wrong.
Well, you’re half-wrong, anyway. I mean, nobody in their right mind would argue that Batman’s not violent. The man just flat-out loves to punch criminals, to the point where it’s more or less become one of the most defining aspects of the character. I mean, he might be the World’s Greatest Detective, but when you get right down to it, that’s usually just a way to find out which person in Gotham City is the one who currently needs a good, solid smack in the mouth. Hell, they made two video games that sold millions of copies based almost entirely on that premise.
Of course, there’s more to that violence than just the satisfying crunch of fist on thug, but I’ll come back to that for a minute. The point is, given the past 70 years of Batman comics, it’s impossible to argue that Batman’s not violent.
But given the past 70 years of Batman comics, it’s also impossible to argue that Batman’s a loner. He can certainly be portrayed as self-reliant and as operating on his own, and he works very well in that sort of story, but a loner? Batman hasn’t been a loner since 1940, when Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson introduced Robin — less than one year after the creation of Batman himself.
And that addition, right at the very beginning of what would grow to become Batman as we know him today, certainly wasn’t the last. After Robin became the Sensational Character Find of 1940, Batman went on to have a ton of other sidekicks, partners, teammates, proteges, allies, surrogate parents… the dude even has a dog. And why? Because when you take them all together, they make up exactly what you asked about, and exactly what they were called in the comics: The Batman Family.
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practically all our arguments.
DC Reboot Reaction by Jeffrey Dean
Okay but can they for real get together and have drinks?