philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (misfit)
Not long ago, I had a conversation about how comic book artists draw women.

More precisely, yesterday an acquaintance made a crack about superheroine bust sizes. And I said some variation on what I often say, that's just an artist's shorthand, whatever. Also some artists are kind of silly. I usually take it in stride.

Today, I was looking at these scans from Legendary Star-Lord. I am suddenly bugged by Kitty's bust size in this issue. Has Medina been drawing her that way along and I just now noticed because of the outfit? Is she sticking out her chest?

I got weirdly angry about it.

So, I looked at some other scans. Yes, Medina draws her that way. The concept art for the new GotG doesn't so much, I think. It's a stupid minor thing.

Her chest is not badly drawn. It's realistic enough. It's roughly in line with other artists. It just suddenly seemed "off" to me. I dug out some All-New Doop issues. Yeah, OK, not that different; I guess I was remembering wrong.

So, a smart remark about cartoon breasts in general somehow led me to get bothered on an artist who's actually drawing them well?

Argh.

Comics.
philippos42: (scared)
Recently, I found a graphic album of something called Fever Moon at the public library. It had art by the late Al Rio, so I checked it out. When I finally, weeks later, sat down to read it, the author's foreword surprised me:
Karen Marie Moning:
When Del Rey told me I could pick my artist, it was a done deal. I would have written anything to get a chance to work with Al Rio, whose art I've long admired.
[snip]
Fever Moon ended up being more than I'd hoped for, but the path to completion was difficult, and not everyone survived. We lost Al Rio along the way....
So this was some of his last work, and he didn't even finish it. Wow.

This hit me.

I had long harbored an idle fantasy of writing Wonder Woman, and in that fantasy I wanted Al to draw it. I figured he'd pull me back. I'd write a script where Diana's in civvies, he'd put her in the costume, probably with the booty shorts that show the bottom of her buttocks. I'd want to be kind of off-kilter, he'd bring the book back to a classic superhero look. Stuff like that.

I think Al dying in 2012 was one of the things (alongside my own clear inability to actually write a decent Wonder Woman story, and DC basically telling entire fandoms of its characters to get lost with the New 52 revamp) that made me just give up on the idea and move on.

And here I was reading the book he was working on before he died--and which he never finished. So it was kind of like mourning.

New comics

Aug. 5th, 2015 05:55 pm
philippos42: heather (red)
Got to the comic shop yesterday to get a copy of Diamond Previews before they sold out.

For all that I keep worrying about my budget, I had just one comic from my pull list waiting.

Oh, well, I could have just taken that and been done, but I decided to look at the racks. I picked up the last copies of the last two issues of the Edmondson/Noto Black Widow, as if I actually have $8 to spare. That was dumb.

Anyway...
philippos42: (clover)
I'm back from my local comic shop. They seem to have an iffy relationship with my orders, but the proprietor is trying.

Last week I mentioned that I didn't get the second issue of an miniseries I'm following (and not naming here, apparently).
Today he handed me the second and fourth issues. "And do you have this one?"
"No, not yet."
OK, so it looks like I'm caught up on that one.

I asked about Brandon Graham's Island Magazine, which I had ordered the first issue of and not gotten. He said that they'd sold out. (But I'd pre-ordered it because they sell out of things.)
"Wait."
He found a copy. So I guess I have someone else's copy and he'll have to re-order it for them.

He also handed me the second issue of Prez, a series which I had wanted to order and chickened out on for budgetary reasons, but as of last week I am starting (with #4) to pre-order.

And an issue of Sensation Comics, which technically I'm not pre-ordering anymore. I guess I could have handed it back, but oh well, I took it. That four dollars gets me close to the end of my money for the month, so I didn't get a Diamond Previews. Maybe I should have gotten that instead. Then again, this issue has a Georges Jeanty story, which sounds cool, and it's #12, so if I switch to the trade paperbacks (which means waiting even longer for stuff that came out earlier in digital format) it'll probably be in a trade with one I already have? I don't know.

So far I've read Prez #2. And there's a "Preston Rickard" who apparently is this timeline's Prez Rickard? Wow, cool! This is maybe-fix-the-scanner stuff.

(Oh, and like three pages of the miniseries--which I may talk about when it's finished? I don't know.)

I don't know if I'll ever see the Rocket Girl and Yostuba&! albums I ordered a few months ago.
philippos42: (reach)
My response (could probably be better) to this piece: https://themiddlespaces.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/humanity-not-included/
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Interesting and partially persuasive points. I think you're trying a little too hard to force a pattern here. But I agree that DC is a terribly conservative company in some ways, and their output reflects that.

I'm bothered by your attempt to condemn any echo of the Huck/Jim relationship. Surely the intended audience is the large proportion of the potential market who are white and not from great economic privilege? They are likely to identify with Huck (less so with Gar and Dick from the Teen Titans, who are wealthy). Huck's relationship with Jim humanizes Jim for them. That's not playing to a black perspective, no, but it's not a bad thing.

I'm not sure what you expect a "radicalized black person with superpowers" to do, in the Justice League. Maybe be some kind of "scary black" antagonist? Or perhaps be recast as the "social justice warrior" wet blanket on the team, as Geoff Johns used to write Wonder Woman?

Would I like a little more social awareness in the Justice League comics? Yes, of course I would. I would like to see them hire a new writer, who doesn't see "29-year-old white male mesomorph with a generic action-hero personality" as both default and necessary majority. But writing Cyborg better should be possible in this framework. A David Walker series may be a step in the right direction. I'm not optimistic, but I think I leave more room for subtle progress than you do.
I've probably said part of this before, back when Rucka was writing Wonder Woman, but I'll say it again. Wonder Woman is not a "Greek tragedy," nor are the Amazons in Wonder Woman meant to be "consistent with their portrayal in Greek mythology," whatever "Greek mythology" means.

Wonder Woman is a modern pop-culture concept, and if anything an American concept. Wonder Woman was created by two Americans, as a kind of feminist children's-fantasy hero. The book uses pseudo-classical tropes, but if you try to make it thematically match Ovid, or Hesiod, or Homer, you may be missing the point. Wonder Woman doesn't get "more correct" for getting closer to ancient Attic culture, or to whatever you think "real" classical mythology is supposed to be, let alone some simplistic stereotype.

And Wondy's Amazons are not meant to be sinister enemies, according to Marston and Peter's design.

As for association of Greeks with tragedy, remember that "comedy" is a Greek word too. In any case, Wondy (who is a product of American pop culture and not exactly any kind of real-world Greek) inhabits a different genre mix, one of light heroic fantasy—or a sort of "comic opera" approach in between Calliope and Thalia.

The present focus on grim and messed-up Amazons gets the Wonder Woman property wrong. I also think Rucka's "tragic" approach got it wrong—and maybe it got what it means to be Greek, or indeed what it means to be human, wrong.

Don't blame the ancient Greeks for your drek. If you make the book super-grim, that's on you.
New Howard the Duck #1, page 7: "You mean she's a weirdo, like me. Incredibly sexy, like me."
I decide I'll get this series regularly.

About the middle of the book: I hope they don't rely too much on cameos of other Marvel characters.

After p. 12 there was a double-page spread ad for the new end-of-all-things CrisisCrossover, looking very ugly and macho.

Then a new character on p.16: "I gather unique items and species for the Collector to safeguard when the universe is destroyed."
Uh-oh.

End of the book: So much for that NYC private eye set-up and supporting cast, he's in space with Rocket Raccoon now. I am disappointed and much less interested.

Oh, well, I buy too many comics anyway.

Check-in

Feb. 27th, 2015 01:02 pm
philippos42: Sarigar (action)
I haven't posted here for 5 weeks, yikes.

Still buying comics, but running out of money.
philippos42: (despair)
I just posted a lot on Tumblr ranting about something, which started with me telling someone else to chill out. And I may come back and add more to that later. And I can lose so many friends in the process.

Argh, whatever.

And then, full of crabby self-righteousness, I left five comments on an scans_daily post griping about that. I kind of expected Marvel was up to something in the vein of a Crisis Crossover. I maybe just needed to have a venue to gripe about it.

And hey, I'm not imagining it, Dreamwidth did change the tag display on entries!
philippos42: (spider-man)
Why Steve Trevor is the best male role model ever - Will Shetterly
...Wonder Woman has been saving Trevor's butt for as long as she's existed, and he's never been threatened by it, nor has he ever been emasculated by it. As I've said before and will say again, that relationship is my model for my relationship with Emma.

(I understand why lesbians want Wonder Woman to be a lesbian. What they don't understand is that a lesbian on Paradise Island is no different than a straight man in the US. To Amazons, Wonder Woman's love for Steve Trevor is queer.)

Will Shetterly gets it.

I am not a Steve/Di shipper (outside of the period in the 1970's where he was back from the dead and in on the secret identity). I got into Wondy in the 1990's, and that version of Steve was basically out of the book and married to someone else. But that dynamic, of a female lead who is a powerhouse with a male significant other who is closer to baseline, still holds for other Wondy boyfriends like Trevor Barnes and (to a degree) Jonny Double, and it's a good dynamic that pop culture could use a lot more of.

I reserve the right to prefer Shetterly's own super-couple in the Captain Confederacy Comics to Steve and Di, as characters. There the guy wasn't so much physically weaker as willing to concede power and position to his girlfriend, and actually did so. That's a good theme too.

no bingo

Jan. 3rd, 2015 05:32 am
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (cold)
Now that amnesty is over, I’m kind of pretending to myself that I’m proud of producing absolutely no fic for trope_bingo, but that’s not true.

I actually started a couple of things at different times and didn’t finish them.

Ah, well.
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (misfit)
"Always daylight and never breakfast!?"

"Breakfast is for losers!"
philippos42: (scared)
(copied from s_d)


Legendary artist Norm Breyfogle has suffered a stroke.
Norm has suffered paralysis on his left side (and is left handed). As an artist...that is devastating! Norm now needs months of extended care in a Nursing Home facility with daily therapy that will hopefully enable him to once again, continue his skillful art and regain his mobility to be able to walk again.


A Youcaring fundraiser has been established here.

(Note that because donations are being solicited via a third party/crowdfunding platform that does not have 501(c) status, donations are not tax deductible.)



Donation levels start as low as $1.00 USD. Please help out a great guy with a long road ahead!


I sent a few dollars.

I only vaguely remember now a surreal little Christmas story Norm wrote & drew years ago. "Santa's Ashram"? It may have been the first time I read something of his that was not Batman, and that was distinctly him.

I don't know if I even have that anthology now. Maybe I'll dig it up. Good luck, Mr Breyfogle.
philippos42: zat's bunny (comedy)
OK, let's do a post about my recent comics purchases:

Shaft #1 (Dynamite): I'm getting these for the Cowan/Sienkiewicz covers, I admit. Wait, can I afford to do that? OK, a Cowan/Sienkiewicz cover caught my eye, and I decided to give it a shot. This is an OK first issue, with a bit of backstory about a young John Shaft choosing his self-respect over crooked fight promoters. The interior story won me over. Bilquis Evely's art is decent storytelling art, closer to M.D. Bright than to Denys Cowan, and that probably serves the story well. David F. Walker's script is decent enough.

I think the only thing I actually disliked in this issue was an ugly and kind of gory house ad for "Smiley the Psychotic Button." Apparently this is where the Chaos! characters are published now.

Let's see, the next four are from Marvel:

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1: In which Bendis and Cho get back together, IN SPACE! Yeah, that's pretty much it. It's what I guess is the present GotG squad: Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Flash Thompson in the Venom pants, and of course Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, who is as I recall the reason I'm even buying this (Bendis!) book.

Also, it has a nice Gamora-centric cover.

We get to see Rocket Raccoon drawn in a style not wholly unlike Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows funny animals, and vaguely Kirbyesque Skrulls, and a bunch of--look, should I cut for spoilers here? )

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1: I was not planning to get this series. But then I saw it on the stands, and I thought, "Hey, Spidey used to be a schoolteacher! Wouldn't it be cool if he were brought in as a chemistry teacher at the Jean Grey School!" Well, I flipped it open, and that's not what they're doing. Instead, he's some kind of "Special Class Guidance Counselor," brought in as a request of the dead Logan. I bought it anyway, though. It's trying to be funny, mostly. It gets in a jab at super-teams that sit around waiting to be attacked instead of trying to go out and help regular people, which I liked in a meta way.

And today's purchases:

Captain Marvel #10: OK, I wasn't too happy with the Flerken story, but this issue and the last are moving Carol's book into the position of my favorite comic book. This is somehow Carol's 100th solo issue, and it's a little oversized, with David Lopez splitting the book with Marcio Takara and Laura Braga. Parts of the book are narrated by different characters: Kit (Lt. Trouble), Jess (Spider-Woman), and Rhodey (Rhodey), giving natural breaks for artist switching. It says it's "part one of two" but it largely stands alone, even if there's a bit of tease at the end. Lila's still around, and it's pretty fun, even if the supervillain gambit was defeated quickly and implausibly.

Ms. Marvel #10: This is a third of four parts. Not an enormous amount happens outside of "trying to deal with the Inventor, and getting slammed by his machines," but what does happen moves the story forward. Kamala finds out why people are willingly joining the Inventor (it's sad) and Lockjaw gets kidnapped, and lots of fighting. Lots of fighting.
philippos42: placards (placard)
Here's the link: http://www.themarysue.com/wonder-woman-36/

I personally favor a more human and less goddess-like Wonder Woman, but I agree that this issue had a bit too much JLA and DCU, and an odd sudden teddy bear! I also found Finch's Amazons a bit weirdly divergent from usual.
philippos42: Miss Tyra funny face (what?)
So, there's a Nightcrawler series, and it's drawn by Nauck, who doesn't suck, and it's written by Claremont, and there are flashbacks to Kitty in her proper Shadowcat costume, and it's not like I'm boycotting Marvel the way I kind of am DC (I even bought a couple of issues of All-New Doop)--but I haven't been buying it and I don't plan to do so.

Why? Maybe because I'm afraid of it being part of a giant X-Men crossover (as Doop's series sort of was). Maybe because I was too big an X-Fan at one time and I just...I don't know. I had a sentence half an hour or so ago, but I have forgotten it.

I don't want to spend money on that nostalgia? I don't really like Nauck that much?

I might pick some up, but it's not on my pull list.
I looked at my way-overdue, no-fanworks-done-yet, amnesty-about-to-expire-in-a-month Trope Bingo card:

bets / wagers hurt / comfort au: historical matchmaker au: fantasy
sharing a bed genderswap wingfic snowed in huddle for warmth
au: fairy tale / myth mind control FREE

SPACE
au: alternate professions immortality / reincarnation
presumed dead unexpected friendship time travel road trip au: mundane
friends to lovers / friends with benefits fuck or die first time / last time kidfic trapped in a dream


Ugh, whatever. Lot of stuff there I couldn't make myself write, unless it were a few very sarcastic sentences.

Yeah, the mix of trying to write to trope and actually writing fanfic is just not for me. Well, at least being ineligible for the next one isn't losing anything I could use.

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