Sep 30, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
People wonder why women like myself get so angry when we see things like this happen. I have a good guy friend who listens to his geeky girl friends when they tell him all the terrible things that are spewed at them on a daily basis (usually anonymously online). I will have to remind myself to think about what he just said to me, "You can't fix stupid."
But it's difficult.
It's difficult when someone says, "Who cares?" about something you care a great deal about. If they don't care at all, why are they bothering to fruitlessly add to the discussion? They say, "Go read something else." But I *like* these characters. I want to read about *them*. "Males are demeaned just as much as females in comics." If you really thought that, you wouldn't be reading them or you'd be online complaining about it like we are. How about, "Comics will never be for women?"
Hello, my name is Jill. I like comics. I like them so much I made a career out of them. Are they perfect? No, but I can certainly do my part to help make them better or more accessible for other women to read.I don't necessarily think people who don't see sexism in comics at all or that don't see it as a problem are stupid or neanderthals that need a few more centuries to evolve. Ok, maybe I do think that but I also like to give those people the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they just need to hear or see it in a certain way and then it will finally click? Or maybe their minds will never see it the way we do. It's a hard thing to accept when you are so strongly in the opposite corner of the ring.
But then you run into someone (of any gender) online who does get it and who is or has become enlightened and it gives you hope. Yes, we're not just spinning our wheels here, we're not making things up and we're not the only ones who want change. When the naysayers are calling you names or saying what you're doing doesn't count for anything, try and remember that.
(x-posted on TheBirdandTheBat)
Some people scoff when women separate themselves from the fandom pack but in this instance I would hope that they understand. While the issues I’m about to discuss are shared by both men and women, I’m discussing my perspective as a woman and what I hear from other women. The DC relaunch was billed as changing the comics game, gaining new readers and making drastic changes to characters. I’m not going to paint the entire relaunch with one brush but it’s safe to say last week’s controversy put a black mark on it. For women, everything seems to have stayed the same.
Wrong. That’s what superhero comics used to be about. The DC relaunch was supposed to be a new beginning, one that would get people who weren’t interested in comic books before, into comics books.
You want everyone to read comics? Comics should be for everyone.
Sep 27, 2011
Here we have a custom made Latex body suit that has dark Knight armor and a bat symbol. It also has ribs designed into it like the vader body suit and the veder chest box. We also placed 96 nuts into holes cut for them to give the armor a bolted on look. We decided to use Arkham gauntlets as they seem to be the most ruthless. I mounted the fins on the top to give it a meaner look and fabercated custom gauntlet bottoms! I got a rubies Vader Helmet in a trade which kinda started this whole thing and fastened ears to it! This part sucked and took over 6 hours. Lastly We got an urethane belt with a silver buckle and placed the vader belt boxes on it! We painted some silver on the suit to tie it all together added some gloves and boots we had here and BAM!!!!! Rise Lork Knight!!
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
Before I say anything else, these videos were done by a porn star but they are safe for work. I've seen UK adult actress Tanya Tate cosplaying at a few conventions and while I'm not sure how regularly she reads comics, she did manage to put together two pretty decent video reviews of two of DC's New 52 titles. Here's what she thought about Justice League #1...
Besides those two titles, Tate had quick thoughts on a few others, "I did however find Deathstroke and Justice League International, well done. So there are some hits as well as some misses. Can I just say, though I find it odd, that this is suppose to be a jumping on point for new readers, but picking up Green Lantern #1, I had no idea what was going on? Just sayin'." Interesting she says that seeing as how Green Lantern is one of the few DC titles that did not actually get rebooted.
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
Darvill isn't used to carrying a lot of the action but took joy in it this time around. "It's funny the way Rory deals with things because he's quite, you know, he's quite nervous and quite - doesn't really want to put himself in danger but as soon as it has anything to do with Amy being in danger he will just throw himself in straightaway," the actor said.
Sep 9, 2011
Sep 8, 2011
This documentary takes a look at the comic industry from the inside out, guided by writers, illustrators, editors, distributors, Hollywood storytellers, and global fans of the art form. You'll see the genesis of our shared love of comics, and explore the inspirations that keep creators running. You'll learn what these creators love about the industry today, and what they hope to see improved for the industry's survival tomorrow. No topic is off the table: economics, fan culture, the industry's need to open its ranks to include a wider range of race and gender - it's all discussed. This film isn't a tell-all in the scandalous sense, but it IS full of honest stories and opinions offered up by the people behind the pages.
Sep 3, 2011
Sep 1, 2011
- Fully independent, cockpit adjustable suspension with disc brakes
- Steel tubular space/monocoque chassis
- 4 forward speed semi-automatic, sequentially shifted transmission with reverse
- 365 horsepower Boeing turboshaft engine
- Fiberglass and aluminum coachwork
- Digital avionics and centrally mounted touch-screen iPad with 3G
- Fuel cell and racing approved on-board halon fire extinguishing system
- Approx. 2800 lbs.
- DOT approved turn-signals, tail, and headlights
- On-board air-compressor
- Air horn
- Runs on Jet A, Kerosene, or Diesel fuel
- The car drives just as well on the highway as it does on city streets and is operated similarly to any production car.
- The turbine engine and its operation are quite simple and anyone with very basic instruction can operate it successfully.
- Maintenance is exceedingly simple and the service intervals are actually less than that of normal production cars.
- As the engine is US military in origin, it is of the finest quality and componentry.
- The ride height of the car is cockpit adjustable much like the front of newer Lamborghinis allowing the owner to navigate different terrain.
- Sound level is mostly treble so it seems loud up close, but quickly quiets as the car moves away. Cockpit sound level is acceptable.
- Exhaust gasses, while hot, do not have the destructive force that popular myth assumes.
- The car takes a few seconds to start and spin up to its idle speed, but is ready to drive immediately with no warm up period needed.
Breaking news today that pop-culture convention WonderCon, which usually resides in San Francisco, California will be making a move to Anaheim.
We've seen and heard so much about the DC relaunch and as far as marketing goes, nothing has really struck a cord with fans. The official DC commercial was well-produced and flashy but didn't really give me a compelling reason to read the new books. That being said, this fan made video speaks for the fans while making fun of them at the same time and oddly parallels my previous story about dating a geek. Watch for yourself.