odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Weather)
( Aug. 16th, 2012 06:38 pm)
I am informed that the young, thin, afflicted with porn-face Waller currently running around the nu!DCU is not in fact the reimagined character I was assuming, but in fact her grand(?)daughter.

In which case, approx. half of my Amanda-Waller related anger dissipates. It is cool that she gets legacy status, even if 1. this has never worked well in the past and 2. following in her footsteps is not at all what Amanda would want for her children or theirs.

Still not going back though.
So the Static Shock ongoing? The one that got "rescheduled" for later this year, and then Dwayne McDuffie died, and then DC decided to do a Static Shock "tribute" to Dwayne McDuffie (in which no proceeds go to his family or any charity) but its all cool because they're just re-purposing a lead-in to a series which was going to happen anyway?

Yeah well. The Static Shock ongoing cancelled altogether, apparently. Before it even had a chance in the market.

It's not, it's not that I'm *surprised*. Just. No matter how low I readjust my expectations, the comics industry manages to fail to meet them in the most offensive way possible.
odditycollector: Bah! The imperfect duplicate of me must die! It's existance is a mockery of my greatness! (Computo)
( Apr. 6th, 2011 09:43 pm)
Okay, it does not exactly *surprise* me that Marvel rejected China Miéville's Iron Man pitch, but it always makes me gleeful when people step back and go, Wait, actually. Tony Stark is kind of a *villain* for our age.

(Maybe next arc wold have been about how he is also the IP police if they had rocket launchers. ONLY TONY STARK GETS A FREE ENERGY MACHINE, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO INVENT YOUR OWN. BECAUSE ROCKET LAUNCHERS THAT'S WHY.)
odditycollector: I could go on talking to you for several minutes before yeilding to the desire to bash my head in with a large rock. (Young Justice)
( Jul. 16th, 2009 04:06 pm)
Perhaps I am biased to the point of unreasonableness, but seeing this made my soul sigh.

Blackest Night: Even the *checklist* is a multi-issue extravaganza (that will Change Comics Forever!, no doubt).
This solicit Monday, DC was nice enough to remix that infamous Heroes for Hentai cover for us! With... their usual display of restraint, as it happens, so we’ve got a few covers vying for the coveted award of Best Tentacle Threat!


Our contenders! )


[Poll #1005837]

*The Chinese Buffet
So in Reign 3, we learn that Mary Jane was killed from exposure to Spider-man's radioactive sperm. Which is absolutely ridiculous. I mean, this is comic books. People don't die from exposure to radioactive sperm in comic books.

They get super powers!

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Mary Jane's new power set would actually be pretty impressive:

- The ability to burrow into things that are spherical and much larger than her… like the Earth!

- Amazing swimming powers.

- A great sense of direction.

- The ability to survive days without food. (Handy talent for a model!)

- The ability to go unseen. It might take *weeks* before anyone knows she did something.

- Angsty "Oh no, I'm mutating!" storylines, in which she grows an extremely long tail.

- A theme song! (Well, she's married, so I figure she can share Peter's theme song. Sharing is what marriage is *about*, right?)

Sperm-woman, Sperm-woman,
Does what spermatozoa can.
Catches thieves by surprise;
She'll get right in their eyes.
Look Out!
Here comes the Sperm-woman.

Can she swim fast?
Oh, friend of mine,
She's got a radioactive behind.
Can she burrow underground?
Anywhere that's big and round.
Hey, there-
There goes the Sperm-woman.

In the chill of night
At the scene of a crime
Like a streak of white
She comes just in time.

Sperm-woman, Sperm-woman,
Friendly neighborhood Sperm-woman
Wealth and fame
She's ignored
Action is her reward.

To her, life is a great big bang up
Whenever there's a wang up
You'll find the Sperm-woman.

I'll leave the BIG question - "But what will she wear?!" - in more capable hands than mine. She's a model, after all, and I'm lucky if I can get my socks to match.

Though her symbol, I'm sure, will be a thing of *beauty*.
I mostly avoid Wizard Comics Magazine, that classy publication known for such hard hitting journalism as "Match the Butt to the Bitch!" and "A tribute to Frank Cho's neighbour, now dead:
He died with The Mighty Avengers still unread.
He'll never now get to see Cho's latest tits,
and we hope that we'll never smell *his* rotted bits!

However, I was told that there was a mention of DC's new Big Barda Bust in the latest issue of Wizard. Since I posted a while ago about how utterly disgusting that statue is, I felt I should see what they said. Out of duty. And, okay, a fair chunk of train wreck syndrome. I could just *imagine* what they'd think of it.

As it turns out, no. I couldn't.

One thing I will say about Wizard - they never, ever fail to surprise me at just how low they'll go.

I've included the page below the cut. The whole thing is appalling, although Barda, I think, gets the worst of it. The other women are drooled over as "static" and "sexy". As well as that, Barda is directly insulted.

…our more rigid lady friends; that's rigid as in hard -- not uptight. )

If you'd rather not look at the image, I can't say I blame you. Here's what you're missing:

They introduce the character as a "buxom broad." But it's okay! BIG Barda is "way hotter than her name makes her sound." She's no *fat* broad, fanboy! HO HO HO!

I suppose I should here include a rant on how the world would be improved if Wizard Entertainment was struck from it by rogue meteorite. But I think we can just take that for granted. Frankly, the staff at Wizard aren't the only examples of human slime with access to printing presses, and I'd have little trouble simply ignoring the whole production as akin to a group of thirteen year old boys circle jerking around an older brother's Wonder Woman figure and posting the pictures online.

Except for one question.

Why are you okay with this, DC Comics? And Marvel. And Dark Horse. And every other comics publisher who actively cooperates with Wizard.

Why do you continue to associate with this publication? Why do you still grant them interviews and exclusive news?

They obviously have no respect for your characters, no respect for your audience, no respect for women, and no sense of basic human propriety. They are vulgar and offensive, and in playing along, you are equally vulgar and offensive.

When Wizard poked crass fun at a dead man in Marvel's name, why the hell didn't Marvel respond with: "Apologize, in print, and grow the fuck up. And maybe, MAYBE, we'll start returning your calls again." Instead, I'm left with the impression that the folks in the comics industry are laughing right along. AHAHA! If the book stinks, it's 'cause we accidentally got DEAD GUY IN! Brilliant!

If the female audience is important to you, DC, as you claim, why do you filter your news through a magazine with such vile, misogynic attitudes? If the male audience is important to you, why aren't you bothered that Wizard treats them as socially inept, barely literate pedophiles?

Wizard is far more puerile than most porn magazines, and Wizard is the public face of the comics industry. And the reason it is the public face of the comic industry is that the publishers of comics encourage and support it.

And as long as that's the case, I call bullshit on anyone claiming that it's the stories, or the characters, or the readers that matter.
I usually enjoy Solicit Mondays quite a lot. It's all about making your own fun before context has a chance of ruining everything. Today, however... there was not much even worthy of mocking.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing to say.

How about a new game? I'll pick an emotion, and then we'll see if anything can turn my face into the appropriate emoicon smilie.

:) Happy

DC is continuing to get people other than Churchill or Turner to draw the Supergirl covers, and this pleases me. I'd be willing to buy that book. Now, all they have to do is to get someone else to draw the *interiors* as well.

:| Annoyed

It turns out that Miss Martian really *did* steal Supergirl's skirt. Complete with the no-underwear.

;7 Mildly Amused

There's no Superman/Batman issue solicited for Valentine's Day, or, indeed, the month of February. That doesn't seem right.
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>:O Angry

If you make it all the way to the bottom of the page, you'll notice that there's a bust of Big Barda coming out next year. Which really should have been good news, as Barda is very much a Thing Which Is Awesome.

If you're going to brainstorm about Barda, the first thing that comes to mind is, yes, *Big*. Immense, in the way that only creations of Jack Kirby can be. She's huge physically and in personality. I've heard 'Amazonian,' and while this isn't really correct, she's a counterpoint to Wonder Woman in a lot of ways. Both are powerful warriors trained by alien cultures, but while Diana grew up in a world that valued peace, Barda was trained to bring only destruction. Diana came to our world to further the values of her people; Barda left behind her people to fight for what *she* thinks is right.

Her story is woven as part of an epic, but Barda's journey - from a servant of Darkseid to a superhero - is her own. And it's just as encompassing and *Big* as everything else about her.

And here's the statue DC chose to represent all that.

There are so, so many things that are wrong about this that I hardly know where to start. How about the obvious, then.

Why the FUCK is she nearly naked?

This is a cover image of Barda, taken from the same solicits, that doesn't quite give us the Platonic ideal of the character but comes close enough. Barda should be in full body armour - chain mail, with bright, primary accents to remind us she's Kirby's baby - and most likely hefting a weapon none of us would be able to lift.

Yes, the bikini is canon. No, that doesn't matter at all. When there are a few statues out there of Barda in the best known, classic, current costume, *then* we can talk about the almost-naked variants. I mean, how many lovingly crafted statues are there of Clark Kent in his swimming briefs?

What the FUCK is with the anatomy?

The upper arms aren't too bad, although the forearm looks more injured than muscled, but for the rest of her Adam Hughes seems to have been feeding the designs through a kids' mix 'n match book. Barda should be grateful she didn't end up with the bottom half of a fifty year old fireman and a policeman's head.

Except not, because then at least she wouldn't be about to topple over. Where are her hips? Her abs? Her legs? She looks ridiculous.

Her left wrist is at a completely wrong angle given the positioning of the rest of the arm. It looks unnatural and painful. (Although, after some twisting, I've determined you can to pose an arm like that, if you don't mind discomfort after the first few seconds. Which makes the next WRONG even more so.)

Where the FUCKING FUCK is the attitude? The sense of strength? The ferocity?

And even if the statue had been a nude sculpted by a five year old in playdoh, *this* is the one I'm unwilling to dismiss, unwilling to forgive.

Her stance is off balance, and her shoulders aren't squared. The (weirdly) muscled arms buy her some power, but, combined with the way she's holding herself, mostly they just emphasize that she's not about to use it. (Look boys! It's okay to buy me! You're in control!)

Then. Her head is angled downward. Her gaze is down and unfocussed, staring into no-space. Her expression is blank, only vaguely aware. There's no playful flirtiness to be found here, no sense that whatever is going on, she's at least having fun. No agency at all.

This is *submission*, people.

This is "Take the cloak. Take me. I am here to be used as you please." That's not even her cape draped over her arm: it belongs to her husband. So she's, what? Mr. Miracle's sexy coat-rack?

In 1971, Big Barda was introduced as a powerful warrior, the leader of the Female Furies, someone proud and strong and brave enough to stand against Darkseid.

In 2006, she's finally come to the point where you, too, will be able to buy your own Barda: Well-Trained Submissive (with random muscles, for extra fetish value!), commemorated for all time in statue form.


Fuck you, too, DC.*


*Unless DC really is making sculptures to commemorate what their characters get up to behind bedroom doors. In which case I can hardly wait for Likes-Giving-Oral Green Arrow and Ride-em-Cowgirl Helena.
odditycollector: Giant crayon with a airplane tail fin flying over a landscape, dropping smaller crayons or bombs. Icon is calming green. (Crayon Bomb)
( Nov. 9th, 2006 12:57 am)
Oh, Wizard Magazine. It's always comforting to know you're working so hard to raise the level of discourse.

So, I'm scanning through my internet reading, trying to catch up on what you've all been up to. Then, as I'm half-way through a post about the latest Joe Quesada... thing, I suddenly realize something very personally depressing for me.

What I want to be when I grow up
                   by Karen, age 11
(annotations by Karen, age 21)

1. ASTRONAUT (indeed yes, still valid)
3. REALLY REALLY RICH (yes, please)
4. TALL (… short people live longer… and make better astronauts… and can handle the higher G-forces fighter pilots face…. so there, world)
5. TIME TRAVELLER (strangely, my plans with this one have barely changed in the past ten years. See #3 and #6 as applicable)
6. MAD SCIENTIST (working on it!)
7. GOOD AT MATH (I'll settle for "able to fake it")
8. RULER OF THE WORLD, COMPLETE WITH MINIONS FOR CRUSHING BENEATH MY FEET MWAHAHAHA (oh, younger self. I'm embarrassed to have known you sometimes. And how I wish I could say you got over this phase)
9. MOVIE PRODUCER (did I even know what that was?)
10. COMIC BOOK WRITER (you know, on second thought? This doesn't sound like fun at all)

This moment of sober adulthood brought to you by *comic books*, apparently.

Maybe they need to come with a stamp: "Caution! Use only as directed. Not to be taken internally. See a doctor if the condition persists. Wearing of cape does not enable user to fly."
It's understood as a general premise among most comics fans that there's sexism in comics. It's understood as a general premise among most *female* fans - and, apparently, a somewhat, *worryingly*, smaller proportion of comics fans in general - that this is a *problem*.

When talking about it, we often point at the art for examples, because the art is *right there*, but it's deeper than that. It's the way the characters are written. The way (and the reasons) they are killed off. The way (and the *if*) they're remembered.

(I'm sure most everyone reading this is familiar with the Women in Refrigerators site. It hasn't been updated for a while, but this isn't because there are no new names to add. Likewise, I'm sure we've all seen the pages from Frank Miller's script for All Star Batman.)

Infinite Crisis may have changed some things around the DCU - we will see - but it is already very apparent that it did not change THAT.

And there are people smarter than me who are pissed off and doing something about it.

[livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary is starting up Girl-Wonder.Org.

As I said here, I want to make this site primarily concerned with Stephanie Brown and how sick lots of fans are of being spoon-fed bullshit like the idea that her death "had a major impact on our heroes and their lives, and will continue to do so in the year to come. I see no need to change that" when the only place she's been mentioned at all is in the (cancelled) Batgirl and a Batgirl story in the (cancelled) Solo.

But there are a lot of other reasons for female fans in comics to be pissed, and so I'm here offering a hundred megs of space at the new domain to anyone and everyone who wants to champion a similar cause, make a fansite, host fanworks, or even just have a personal page as a female comics fan. The only things you can't apply for space for are trafficking scanned comics (torrents are your less-illegal friend, yo) or online petitions. Online petitions do squat. If you want someone to notice your support of a cause, buy a stamp and an envelope.

There's a lot of explanation and interesting discussion (and a lot of argry discussion, but it is rightfully angry and still *interesting*) to be found here, here, here, and here. Or just go through her recent blog entries. There's also talk of starting an Ad-Libbed letter writing campaign which is amusing, pointed, and appropriate.

There are many quotes I just want to crop out and point at and go WORD. YES. But I shall leave you to go there on your own, except for one.

It's about... well, to be honest, a lot of it for me (and I know this would be a very, very dicey reason to include on any list, and I don't intend to use it on the site) is that I have an under-ten sister who likes to play at being Robin. She's only just started reading comics, and I'm in this terrible position where I'm actually hoping she'll never read these same books I gobble up.



[livejournal.com profile] petronelle is more eloquent than I could be on why it matters as a *fan*.

[livejournal.com profile] littledarkvoice is starting a wiki-type webcylopedia on the history of female superheroes.

It should be a fun project. The origins (not to be confused with the Secret Origins!!!) of Wonder Woman and Power Girl, for instance, have bits that make me giggle. The origins of Oracle, much as I love the character, has bits that never fail to make me cranky.
This is something I care strongly about. And part of it is that, yes, I want superhero comics to be a totally valid art form that can be passed on to future readers without shame or essays about negotiated reading. (At least, from a *feminist* perspective. Comic fans either get skilled at the general practise or their brains explode.) There are issues enough with sexism in society without *my hobby*, to which I give *my money*, being part of the problem.

And, honestly, a lot of it is that I am shallow. I want to be able to read comics about my favourite characters without being cranky and thinking "Ew!" and "Pants, plz! Put on some goddamn *pants!"

$2.99 US == $3.31 Canadian*

One $2.99 US comic book? $4.00 Canadian.

That is 20% more. *eyes industry* Don't think we're not noticing. Both prices are right there on the cover -- not very sneaky at all.

*As of right now, using the Yahoo.com currency converter. (The figure sanity checked via www.xe.com and www.x-rates.com, which match to the second digit.)

In less complainy news, I've *finally* found a story fandom wrote before the canon did. (Well, that I've seen, at least. It is a hard statement to make unequivocally.)

In this month's Teen Titan's Go, Nightwing goes back in time and has gratuitous crotch shots, because some things are constant meets himself as Robin! It says nowhere that this is inspired by [livejournal.com profile] petronelle's brain-breaking Shortpants (not worksafe, that story), but it says nowhere that it *isn't*, either.

As a bonus, here's the cover for the July issue of Teen Titans Go. Baseball, Vic, Gar's ass, and *little floaty hearts*.

odditycollector: Desire looking seductively over the rim of a goblet, Text: "I could make you want one" (Desire)
( Nov. 27th, 2004 12:42 am)
An observant person might have noticed I haven't been around here much for the last month or so, which I blame on the usual November craziness. I'll probably be back around New Year's (unless I can somehow smuggle internet up a mountain, in which case I'll be back in time for the Yuletide unveiling).

Sigh. School is starting to get in the way of my fannish endeavours! *shakes head sadly* I'll have to work on my priorities.

So, anyway, I did find a thing (that isn't negative probabilities, even) that everybody needs to see. It's just...

I was watching Superman cartoons a couple days ago, and I came across this clip. And so of course I had to clip it out and figure out yousendit and put it up here (moral: look how much effort I put into this. Aren't I cute? Click on the link).

Somebody should watch it and tell me that they went to a completely different mental place than I did, because otherwise I'm starting to worry. Not that I wouldn't *anyway*, but at least then I'd know it's just me.

Also, let me know if the yousendit thing works out, 'cause I'm slightly worried about that too. Or maybe I'm just worried in general - it is that time of year.
(I wonder what it says that I actually *budget* for comic books?)

So, the My Faith in Frankie paperback turned out to be slightly less than the best thing evar, on account of it is in manga format and is thus small and without interior colour.

I love it anyway. I am a very happy fangirl right now.

Hmm. Otherwise, Ex Machina continues to kick all kinds of ass, Y: the Last Man reminds us that yes, it is telling an actual story, and the strange, happy domesticity in Excalibur is making my head spin like whoa.

Here's an example, if you don't believe me. )

I'm sure there's a plot, as well, but I honestly haven't noticed it. It's possible it's a similar one to [livejournal.com profile] penknife's Zion, which would explain the incredible deja-vu.

The latest Lucifer disappointed me a little, though. It's not that I didn't see it coming, but it wasn't handled all that well, IMO. The new Astro City guide book is probably not worth the $10 (being another one of those 'secret files' things. I thought they had stopped *making* those.) but the into story was cool. Fallen Angel continues to be interesting, but still doesn't really push any of my emotional buttons.

Gotham Central rocks the house, but I've completely given up on following the other Bat-books. I find I don't really miss them at all. I wonder if perhaps this is not quite what DC was trying to accomplish with their War Games thing.

Hmm. That's about it. I have many actual *thoughts* on Ex Machina, but they're spoilerly and bounce around all over the place. Maybe some day. I also have thoughts about My Faith in Frankie, but they're still along the lines of 'Ya know? Somebody should really write some porn for me....' But I've already mentioned this several times and won't bother you with it again.

Does anyone know if the September 11th terrorist attacks happened in the DCU?

My entirely uninformed guess is no, as I've never noticed any mention of it, and also it really has no *place* in that world. On the other hand, I know it happened in the Marvel 'verse, and comics were never much the place for sense, so. Shrug.
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Vetinari)
( Sep. 9th, 2004 04:28 pm)
Hmm. Maybe it's just me, but I don't find - While the panel led by Schlesinger blamed top Pentagon civilian and military leaders for contributing to a climate that led to the sadistic treatment of detainees, Schlesinger said U.S. forces in Iraq had behaved far better overall than in previous wars, including World War II, Korea and Vietnam. - quite so reassuring. Especially in an article about "ghost prisoners." The whole concept scares me.

The whole world scares me, lately.

But this is funny.

But Enough Politics. You know what else is scary? Supervillians trying to nuke the city you live in. Well, not scary so much as WTF, but there you go. Comics are *strange.* (What? It doesn't count as spoilers unless I say where I read it...)

Also, is anyone else reading Ex Machina? Judging by how overstocked the store was, I'd guess no. But I grabbed the first three issues, and it was really interesting. They dumped a superhero into pretty much our world, and had the world react to him as it so very much would. Well, close enough, anyway. And then they wrote recent history around him being there, and man. That last page was powerful.

I don't want to give spoilers unless I'm actually going to do a decent job of thinking of clever meta, so I've probably said too much. *Is* anyone else reading it?

Anyway. I should go and write something else. I've still got maybe a dozen and a half fics I owe various places. Le sigh.
Normally, I don’t bother talking about the comics I read, unless I find something really exciting... (My Faith in Frankie, anyone?) But right now I’m sitting on top of a scary-big pile, and I’m a very happy fangirl, and I see no reason why I shouldn’t share the geeky love.

There are some journals which go into the meta on a regular basis, but I’m not nearly enough of a deep thinker to become one of those. This isn’t me discussing so much as it’s me… pimping. Not storylines or authors or the DCU in general or anything so reaching, but just some specific flimsy, oversized books I’ve got spread next to me.

My issues should be your issues. ;)

Well, some of them anyway. Ten. Yeah, I’m maybe going to be here a while.

1. Background knowledge *required*: Basic understanding of the DCU.

So, the question looming in the minds of anyone still around is probably, What’s for supper Ten, huh. So which one’s your favourite?

That’s a really hard one, ‘cause I’m no good with favourites. But if I had to answer, I’d say (quite surprisingly): DC Comics Presents: Green Lantern. )

2. Background knowledge *required*: None.

Kabuki: the alchemy #1. )

3. Background knowledge *required*: Um. Basic awareness of the superhero genre.

Astro City: Local Heroes #1. )

4. Background knowledge *required*: The basics of Biblical mythology, although a familiarity with the series couldn’t hurt.

Lucifer #53. )

5 & 6. Background knowledge *required*: The last couple back issues, but you’ll probably be able to fake it…

Supreme Power #11 and #12. )

7. Background knowledge *required*: None, really. But if you know that the guy in electric blue used to be Robin of ‘Batman and,’ you might be even better off.

Outsiders #11 )

8 & 9. Background knowledge *required*: A vague familiarity with Batman.

Batman Adventures #16 and #17. )


10 is Nightwing #96, but as I was writing the Background Knowledge Requirements, I realized that the only people who would get what I did out of this are the ones who are 99% likely to already have it. So.


In other news, one of the [livejournal.com profile] ithurtsmybrain challenges (Martha Kent/Gandalf) I claimed a while ago has just exploded in my brain this morning into a very, very creepy universe. Sigh.

*bangs head*

So if I ever end up starting getting the 1000 word one done, it might end up with a sequel.

Am I the only one disturbed? (Well, yes, probably, ‘cause I’m the only one who can see inside my own brain. But…)


odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)


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