Friday, August 31, 2007
At first brief glance, this cover just says "dark and harsh". Her co-creator and Marvel EIC Joe Quesada did the cover after all...
Then I look a bit closer and I am reminded a bit of Britney and her flashing days.
Am I losing my mind or do I see cheeks? I don't mean her face...
I am in shock.
I don't even think I can say anymore about it. I don't have the words.
Question: is this gratuitous?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I am not a big fan of the New Gods. I know that it is blasphemy to not appreciate the characters that Jack Kirby was so instrumental in shaping, but Darkseid and his ilk have never been my cup of tea.
I don't know if it is that I haven't read the right back issues or because of a certain event. I appreciated the nuances that the New Gods added to the JLA/JSA crossover back in the day. Scott Free and Big Barda's presence in the Justice League was a wonderful thing. When Barda was in the JLA under Grant Morrison's watch, I was giddy. She kicks ass! Otherwise, I just haven't felt a lot of passion one way or another. The characters haven't compelled me enough to read a series specifically about them.
As far as villains go, I have always gravitated towards Lex Luthor, Cheetah as portrayed by George Perez, Black Adam, Joker, Ras Al Ghul, Mirror Master, Mr. Freeze, and the more traditional costumed characters. The villainous Darkseid has had his moments with me, but he has never been a favorite. Desaad and Granny Goodness are interestingly evil. I just have never gravitated towards a book about the New Gods.
Since the residents of Apokolips and New Genesis seem to be so prevalent in the upcoming Final Crisis, I would like to find out more about them so that they become more interesting to me. Can you tell me what the best reading material is to do so? I don't want to be ignorant on purpose and would like to learn more making a definitive decision.
This makes me very ashamed. I am better than that.
BUT it also made me think.
I have spent the last week very uncharacteristically wallowing in the mud. I have been crabby, moody, and pissy in general. It isn't me. I have allowed events in my personal life and the constant lateness of our books to finally push me over the edge.
Think what you will of me, but I will not allow external events to shape me. If you don't agree with me, great. That is the first amendment right that I appreciate so much. I don't want to take away from it. Seeing someone else note my lows and use them to their advantage was a wake up call. I need to get back to basics and focus on the positive. That is who I am. I am not a person that needs to always find the negative. I appreciate quality and I like to have fun. This last week I have not been true to myself.
That doesn't mean that I will pander to others because I want everyone to like me. On the contrary, I invite differing opinions and like to discuss them here where I feel it is a safe environment. It just means I need to be true to myself.
I'm back, Baby.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This book was nothing but a set up for Final Crisis. What it has to do with the **SPOILER** New Gods remains to be seen but it definitely doesn't spotlight the Amazons or Wonder Woman.
I feel so used right now. The Amazons are in tatters and Wonder Woman is rudderless for this? So that another group of characters can take the spotlight?
All it does is confirm my worst fears. My biggest hope left is in Grant Morrison who is writing Final Crisis. My faith in him is the string that I am hanging from. His writing hasn't let me down yet, so I am hoping that editorial edict from above doesn't torpedo it.
On that note, I am going back down to the basement to find back issues. I feel much safer there. These are books from a kinder, gentler, less pandering time.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
For those of you who don't watch the show, Rock of Love is a dating show where Poison frontman Bret Michaels is trying to find a woman to fall for. He started with 25 ladies (I use that term loosely) and is now down to five. The last few weeks have seen a mudbowl football game and challenges related to life on the road. Throughout this all, a theme has emerged about each remaining lady. These themes are as follows:
Sam is a sweet, soulful girl who is trying to learn to trust again. Don't let those tattoos fool you- she is a softy.
Jes with the pink and platinum hair is the beauty. She is more refined then some of the other ladies in the house, and she is also younger.
Brandi is a party girl. Her nickname is blowjob Brandi, so that may give an indication of things. I like Brandi for her spirit and her bluntness. She calls 'em like she sees them and parties way too hard.
Heather is the seasoned stripper with a heart of gold. She relates well to Bret and has no problem removing her top whenever possible.
Lacey is the devil. Seriously, they have set Lacey up as the PETA crazy, conniving bitch of the house and you know what? I am convinced. About the sixth time during the last episode that I said "What a bitch", my husband rollled his eyes at me mercilessly. I am obviously convinced.
What is interesting is that in this last episode, with the herd thinning out, personalities have emerged at last. Each girl fits a niche and is a contender. It all boils down to what rocker Bret is looking for. Does he want a crazy chick or does he want a soulful softy with tattoos? At this point I don't know.
What I do know is that this show entertains me every week. I love the fact that a lead singer of such a notorious metal band is trying his hand ala The Bachelor style at finding love. If you would have told me twenty years ago that sexy Bret would resort to a dating show, I would have laughed my ass off. The guy is a legendary cocksman in the fine tradition of Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, and the ilk. The guy gets around. To see him have to tone down his natural predatory tendencies is unbelievable to witness.
I honestly don't think Bret is going to find the love of his life here, though it would be fantastic if he did. Can you imagine the fairytale ending? All of us metal chicks have dreamt of getting the rock star, but very few ever have. It just doesn't happen.
Next week finds the ladies being interrogated by three of Bret's biggest "fans". It looks like the gloves are off for good and that there is a lot of tears and stress. I know I will definitely be in front of my television screeen enjoying every minute of it.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Here is the list.
52 Aftermath The Four Horsemen #1 (of 6)- yes I know. Crossover. Good Lord. I am picking this up because I ordered it. Hopefully the fact that Wonder Woman is in it will be mean that I will like it.
Amazons Attack #6 (of 6) - yay, it is finally over.
American Virgin #18
Batman Annual #26 Head of the Demon
Countdown #35- yes I ordered the damn thing.
Ex Machina Masquerade Special
Outsiders five week event with Grace and Wonder Woman- and so it ends.
Teen Titans #50
Donna Troy bust- oh hell, I forgot about this. Anybody want to give me $45 to pay for it? Heh.
Wonder Woman #12
Black Panther #30 - pictured
Fantastic Four #549
World War Hulk X-Men #3 (of 3)
Fallen Angel #19
Gene Simmon's Dominatrix #1- I don't know what was going through my mind, but I ordered it. Review to follow if my head doesn't implode. Update: I remember now what I was thinking: I sure do love Gene Simmons' reality show with his gorgeous kids and humorous better half. I think I will buy this. Also I love Kiss. Totally true.
That is it for the week. It is once again ugly, but I am going to try and make the best of it. It dawned on me that I have a long weekend coming up, so I can play in my basement with comics. That is something to look forward to doing in between yard care and house cleaning at least.
Have a wonderful night!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Young Justice was truly a good book. Peter David and Todd Nauck worked well as a cohesive unit, and I really enjoyed reading about the young heroes as they gained confidence and experience. I fell in love with Wonder Girl and Arrowette all over again. I felt great sadness missing Bart Allen after remembering his sweetness and innocence here. When Arrowette says "Scarecrow, I think I will miss you most of all" to Bart, I completely understood where she was getting it from. Brilliant.
Issue #7 made me laugh my ass off and gave me a dose of what a good comic should be. There was emotion, sarcasm, and a wicked catfight. Then Nightwing showed up and it just continued to improve! I am a bit sad that DC decided to end the book and mix the Titans with the YJ characters. I think there was a bit of missing the boat for the sake of kililng Donna Troy and Lillith. It just didn't justify it for me.
Dammit. I want this book back.
To summarize: I found Young Justice to be bittersweet. I really liked this title. When I think about where all the team members are today, it makes me unhappy. Change for the sake of it isn't always best, so this has left me still reeling.
Back to the basement for more back issue healing...
I just got home from seeing War, the film starring Jason Statham and Jet Li. Overall, I really enjoyed the film, and was delighted with the twists and turns that made the ending a total surprise. The action was well choreographed, and there was an element of danger that resonated well. Both Statham and Li are seasoned action movie performers and that really came through here.
My only complaint is the jolt of the ending. I can see now that it is probably best serving to the film to leave viewers thinking, but my initial reaction was a bit of disappointment.
If you get a chance, go see War. It is a full throttle action film that is well worth the price of matinee admission which I relinquished.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Birds of Prey #109: the internet is already going crazy about this issue, so I am going to try and be brief. Tony Bedard doesn't know his character's history and the editors of the book didn't correct him. This is irresponsible and saddening. What should have been a pivotal, emotional issue is basically a piece of crap. To top it off, they killed a character to further an upcoming event, rather then centering it around the Birds of Prey book. Bottom line: this issue is a pathetic waste of my money other then the nice art by Nicola Scott.
Amazing Spider-Man #543: I really hate this book. It isn't Peter Parker anymore. It is some guy in a Spider-Man suit doing what Marvel editorial dictates and I am sick of it. Bottom line: More dreck that I wasted my money on.
Astonishing X-Men #22: a bright spot for me. This isn't my favorite storyline ever, but I am warming up to it. Did I mention that I think artist John Cassaday is a really hot, talented guy? I love the variant cover, which showcases Wolverine's powerful thighs. Nice touch. Bottom line: Decent stuff.
The Punisher (Max) #50: the book that saved me from losing all faith in humanity. It is really late because of a foul up my retailer had, but I loved it. I am not crazy about Howard Chaykin's art, but it didn't make me cringe here like it did on Hawkgirl. Garth Ennis, I love you too. Bottom line: Courageous, hardcore reading material.
Wolverine #56: A fill-in issue that I actually liked better then the Loeb-Bianchi extravaganza. Once again Chaykin is on art chores. Unbelievable. Bottom line: It was alright- didn't buzz my bells, but didn't repulse me either.
Outsiders crap fest featuring Metamorpho and Aquaman: Josh Middleton's art didn't work here at all, and the story was awkward. Can we just cut the chase and get to the Batman and... series? Bottom line: Hated it!
In better news, I reread the first chapter of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns last night. It has helped heal some bad feelings. I also pulled a few old Wonder Woman back issues to read along with the new Showcase book. Through back issues and excellent trades, I am hoping to start to get my love of the medium back. It certainly isn't going to resurface through this week's new stuff.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Regardless of her extremely sexy outfit, I have always had a soft spot for Vampirella. She is pretty damn brave for a bad girl, and her back story is quite fascinating. For sometime I was considering picking up a book to see where the character stands.
Then I saw this cover.
Now before you protest, I know that Vampirella is a sexy character. I am aware that she is scantily clad and I have come to accept that. What made me select this cover for gratuitous candidacy is the cat fight nature of it all. Did I mention that the chick Vampi is fighting with appears to be wearing less clothes then she is? Crazy.
Vampirella Lovers. Vampirella Haters. Come one, come all. Give me your opinion on this cover and on the mythos. What do you think?
Is this gratuitous?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wow. I got home tonight and read the comments on my last post. I am a bit teary and touched to see how much you all care, and I am really appreciative of all the great ideas. Your opinions and suggestions make great sense and I want to try and implement them. Here is what I am going to try.
1. Prune the tree. Obviously I am picking up too many books. Several of them are mediocre and/or late and it is making me very jaded. I am also suffering from crossover-itis. The sheer thought of picking up all those damn Countdown tie-ins pushed me over a very fragile edge. The solution is like you said: prune it back and start anew. If I miss out the first time, there is likely to be a trade in the future. Excellent idea!
2. Find the joy in back issues. Rather then dwelling on new books, go and explore the back issue bins. I need to make myself remember what has kept me so interested all these years. I also need to get out my old comics and re-read them. I have over 40 long boxes, and they are not current in their order. Also books have not been sorted in. It is a mess. Obviously I need to spend my time there instead of trying to keep up with the Jones's.
3. Pick up trade paperbacks and graphic novels. There is a lot of good stuff I missed out on, I am sure. I need to get my hands on the Diamond back catalog or just simply go to the local shop or make a road trip and pick up some new stuff. I love trades, and they are more instant gratification.
4. Quit living for Wednesday. This one is a problem because my retailer tends to misspull if Jim and I aren't right there. I don't know how to solve this one without missing several titles a week. I am torn by my longterm loyalty to them but am pretty upset at how my stuff gets missed. This is the toughest one for me to resolve.
5. Take a mini break. I am pondering this one pretty hard. There are still a few books I want to get like 100 Bullets and Y the Last Man. Both are finite, and I don't want to miss the end. I also can't imagine missing out on Wonder Woman. Besides that, I think I might be ready.
6. Try a new genre like Manga, or read books again. Confession: I have never been a fan of manga, but I don't know if it is because I don't know what to look for or if what I have picked up is for kids instead of for me. Help me with this one, please! I read constantly, and just got done re-reading the Harry Potter series, so I am also at the juncture of picking up a new book. What would be good there? I was thinking of picking up Warren Ellis' new novel. Has anyone read that?
Thank you so much for the caring and consideration. I feel a lot better tonight. My hubby also thanks you because you helped me climb off the ledge I was on. I think he was pretty sure I would still be perched there for a few more days. With your help, I feel a bit renewed and feel like I have a sense of purpose. I just need to implement it. The new Previews next week will be the test. I am already resolving to not read all the Countdown crossovers, but I really wanted to get the Kyle/Donna/Jason Todd one, so I am not helping myself. It is time to take a strong stance and pick a number of books to max out at that. "
Hello, my name is Heidi and I am a comic book addict."
Thank you again! You have made this crazy lady a much calmer one tonight!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
My retailer wants to try Fed Ex and Diamond is dragging their feet. While the shop sits and loses money, Diamond does nothing. I am sorry, but what a bunch of assholes. My retailer pays the shipping so why shouldn't he be able to make that decision? It doesn't make sense to me. As a result of this disaster, I feel like Zatanna as being played by "bad" Mary Marvel.
The topper is that I have business meetings the next two days and can't possibly get to the retailer. They close at 6 p.m and I can't get there until after that. I am stuck without books until Saturday unless Jim, who feels ill, decides that he can make the journey downtown to pick them up. It is a f**king comedy of errors that is making me super bitter.
Adding more fuel to the fire, I am so pissed off about the number of tie-ins to 52 and Countdown that I am to the point of just wanting to stop reading comics all together. My positivity and good nature has crumbled in the face of the realization that the industry in general doesn't seem to want me as a customer. The distribution chain doesn't get my books to me on time. The publishers have no freaking clue how to market to me. My local retailer keeps screwing up my orders.
I am about ready to give up, so I am asking for your help. Give me a positive reason to keep buying and reading the books I have been so faithful to for the last thirty-five years. Please???
OR... tell me why to throw in the towel.
It is your choice. Help convince me to stay in the game or to run screaming out of it!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Yesterday I got the Entertainment Weekly Fall Movie Preview issue. Several things quickly became apparent as I leafed through it. The first thing is that there are three movies I am really looking forward to that are coming out soon. The next thing is that there are more movies I am interested in seeing this Fall then I was this Summer. Crazy. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you the three movies that I am psyched about.
The first is War which stars Jet Li and the sexy Jason Statham (pictured). Yes, I said sexy. Damn that man is hot. I loved Crank and both Transporter movies, so I have got to see Statham in action. It also doesn't hurt that Jet Li is in it. The guy kicks major ass. In my mind this movie is a major win-win situation. I get to check out Statham and watch some sweet action. Yay!
Here is the lowdown on War:
"War The Movie": After his partner Tom Lone (Terry Chen) and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue (Jet Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, igniting a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang (John Lone) of the Triad's and Yakuza boss Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi). When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed.
STARRING: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez
DIRECTOR: Philip G. Atwell
RATING: R (For violence, language, drug use)" AUGUST 24
Kick ass!! as Cartman would say. Heh.
The next movie I am curious about is Halloween as directed by Rob Zombie. Evidently this is a prequel of sorts that tells Michael Myer's (thank you Britt!!) back story. Since I really enjoyed Zombie's first two flicks, especially The Devil's Rejects, I am going on gut instinct that I will like this one. I am also a fan of the first two original Halloween movies with Jamie Lee Curtis, so I am hoping to see a revitalization of the franchise.
The specs for this one are:
"Rob Zombie's vision of "Halloween" is an entirely new take on the legend and will satisfy fans of the classic "Halloween" legacy while beginning a new chapter in the Michael Myers saga. This new movie will not only appeal to horror fans, but to a wider movie-going audience as well. It will not be a copycat of any prior films in the "Halloween" franchise. Oh! And by the way, if you're counting, this is the NINTH "Halloween" movie to hit theaters.
STARRING: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Daeg Faerch, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Pat Skipper, Dee Wallace Stone, William Forsythe, Ken Foree, Lew Temple, Danny Trejo, Hanna Hall, Danielle Harris, Adrienne Barbeau, Clint Howard, Courtney Gains, Daryl Sabara, Heather Bowen, Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Kristina Klebe
DIRECTOR: Rob Zombie
STUDIO: The Weinstein Co.
RATING: R (For violence, language, sexual situations)" AUGUST 31
The third movie is called Shoot Em Up, and stars the incomparable Clive Owen. Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti co-star in this over the top action flick. From what I have read and heard, Shoot Em Up goes further then the average film, which may make the average movie goer upset. It is one of those satirical, in-your-face movies that doesn't stop at the natural point; it goes to the point of no return and stays there. Owen seems pretty giddy about his role in it, and has been doing quite a bit of press. I can't wait to see this movie as I can stare at Owen while my hubby enjoys the spectacular beauty of Bellucci.
"A gritty, fast-paced action thriller, "Shoot 'Em Up" kicks into high gear with a memorable opening scene and never relents. Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city.
STARRING: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti
DIRECTOR: Michael Davis
STUDIO: New Line Cinema
RATING: R (For language, violence)" SEPTEMBER 7
Those are three movies in three weeks, and I can't wait! Hitting the theater is a perfect way to decompress and have some fun, and it looks like these films will provide that. Special thanks to the site Wild About Movies for the pertinent information.
What are you looking forward to seeing?
Monday, August 20, 2007
It has been awhile since a song has hit me right in the heart, but on this week's Metal Mania, I heard a new tune that I absolutely fell in love with. Sixx A.M., a band featuring Motley Crue bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx, slay me with "Life is Beautiful", a song from the upcoming Heroin Diaries soundtrack. Give it a look! I know it isn't comic book related but it is cool!
Can you believe we made it through another Monday? I am so glad. My work was crazy today, so it is with great relief that I sit here tonight. My comic list is a bit large again, but in my last Previews order form, Jim and I ordered only regular monthly titles and no extras, so we should be getting back in line. Big expenditure this week: Showcase Presents Wonder Woman Volume 1. I couldn' t pass that baby up.
Here is the list!
Birds of Prey #109
Blue Beetle #18
Countdown #36- why am I bothering? I honestly don't know, so don't give me too much crap. My final decision will happen at the store. I feel bad because I ordered it and I don't like to screw over my retailer.
Green Arrow Year One #4 (of 6)
Green Lantern Corps #15- pictured
JSA Classified #29
Outsiders crappy five week event
Bomb Queen III #4 (of 4)
Amazing Spider-Man #543- more stuff I am thinking of dropping.
Astonishing X-Men #22
Immortal Iron Fist #8 - this is the good stuff, Folks.
Mystic Arcana Scarlet Witch
That's the list! I am praying for a good week of reads. Last week I forgot to pick up the Outsiders event and might do so again this week. I can't decide....
Have a great evening!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Countdown #37: I am so disappointed in this book so far.
Justice League of America #12: Roy and Hawkgirl humping: oh hell no!
Amazons Attack #5: Embarassing for diehard Wonder Woman fans who have begged their fellow fans to read about her.
Black Canary #4: Most obvious ending ever.
Captain America #29: Thank God for Ed Brubaker.
The Flash #231: My opinion is really divided here- this one really needs a second read through.
Army @ Love #6: Excellent stuff.
Checkmate #17: An extremely enjoyable read.
Booster Gold #1: This is just what I have been needing to snap me out of my reading funk.
Ultimate Spider-Man #112: This book is soooo cute!
New X-Men #41: I gave up on paying attention to this storyline two issues ago so I am just glad it is over.
Wolverine Origins #16: Why not just reprint Uncanny X-Men #268... oh, well you did? Why rehash it?
Shadowpact #16: Everytime I try not to like Shadowpact, an issue like this comes out and reminds me.
Brave and the Bold #6: George Perez and Mark Waid are a winning combination.
Ripclaw Pilot Season #1: Haven't read it yet.
Loveless #19: There is so much to follow here that I am naming this my most confusing book of the week.
Rex Mundi #7: A great way to finish reading- good quality material.
That is it for the stack. Uncensored first look opinions on the stuff I actually paid money for!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
So here I am.
As a huge fan of Adam Hughes' art, and as someone that knows he draws the ladies a bit gratuitous to begin with, I was a bit unsure about selecting this cover. What made me finally decide to is the pose. Catwoman is doing a bit of a Janet Jackson imitation. The only thing different is the lack of men's hands and the fact that she is wearing a top. Otherwise, that is what this cover reminded me of.
I was a bit surprised at how exagerated her proportions were compared to normal as well. It made me wonder if this was a bit over the top. As an Amazons Attack crossover, I was very surprised not to see another woman on the cover pointing a spear at Selina or doing something with a weapon. The basic nature of this cover caught me off guard.
I have to ask you: Is this gratuitous?
Friday, August 17, 2007
Looking around at several sites, my attention was brought to the amazing set of pictures by Alan Light of the 1982 San Diego Comic Con. There are something like 165 pictures in that set and it is absolutely incredible. Light managed to capture the biggest of the big creators. It was as if he caught lightning in a bottle. I am really impressed by the fact that Light put these pictures online in his Flickr account and is willing to share them with others. The pictures say so much about the moment. Mostly it really makes me wish I would have been there.
I LOVE the picture of the Women in Comics panel. In my mind it shows that females are not newcomers to the industry by any means. Just look at the list of incredible women pictured as follows:
"The women In comics panel at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con (today called Comic-Con International). From left to right: Dori Seda (1951-1988, can only be seen partially), Unknown, Unknown, Trina Robbins, Carol Kalish, Jo Duffy, Lee Marrs, Catherine Yronwode, Carol Lay, Terry Boyce, Melinda Gebbie. "photo by Alan Light"
Trina Robbins continues to knock my socks off today. She is a legend at this point, and my hat is off to her for her talent. I was also impressed to see Jo Duffy, who has been a favorite writer of mine. Seeing Melinda Gebbie of Lost Girls fame is staggering as well. Her talent is awesome. The list continues and amazes me. It rang my bell seeing Lee Marrs. What a cool lady she is- her artwork is sweet. Carol Lay is also an artist. Check out her site here.
Carol Kalish worked in the business end of things as a Vice President at Marvel and her life ended way too soon. Dori Seda was another lady taken from us much too soon. I hadn't known about Catherine Yronwode before seeing the picture, but I googled her and found out she is a complex, fabulous woman. She works in production at Claypool Comics and has two online businesses. Busy lady. Unfortunately I couldn't find out anything about Terry Boyce, so fill me in if you know her story.
We need to remember we are not the first nor are we the last females to love the medium. As we look to the future we need to remember that there were women in the business working in all aspects from creative to business. We need to consider how to keep the flame of these ladies alive by emulating their grace and appreciating that they have been there before. Last but not least, we need to focus on solutions rather then the problems. Seeing this picture makes that crystal clear to me.
I would like to formally bow to these outstanding women. Thank you.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I don't blame her one bit. I feel the same way at times.
It does make me sad though. I appreciate Occasional Superheroine's opinion on many things. She is whip smart and she has a unique perspective. Since she was in the industry, and has a love for comics that may even exceed mine, I enjoy reading her thoughts.
But I still don't blame her for wanting to change her focus.
Sometimes the issue of women in comics makes me want to scream and pull all my hair out. I get the same emotions that things will never change unless there are more women in positions of authority. Then I remember Renae Geerlings's tenure at Top Cow and get a bit sad again. Geerlings disappeared without a trace to go into acting and not much was said about it. I also remember feeling a bit guilty about her moving on because I was worried that she wasn't the right person for the job.
BUT SHE IS A WOMAN, SO I SHOULD SUPPORT HER, RIGHT? Go Renae!
That is a bit off subject, but I guess where I am going with this is that it is easy to pander to the pack mentality associated with females in and around the industry.That is the quickest and easiest way to get hits on your site, right? Heh heh. Hey everyone, I am pissed off and female, come see me lose my mind! That is how I feel things have come to at times. I hate like hell that at times it comes down to snark and anger. I try so hard to separate my emotions from the problems I see and come up with a rational solution rather then sacrifice myself on the altar of the blog counter. If only five people come here, I would rather it be the people that want to talk rationally and solve problems rather then the people who are looking for a fight and possible hype.
That being said, I think that for the most part, the women that blog would like to see changes that focus around the way female super heroes are portrayed without so much emphasis on the bimbo mentality. I think that there are varying degrees to which we take our arguments, and I think that we are similarly hoping for books we want to read. I appreciate these women who speak out, and though I don't always agree, I love the fact that we can speak to the issues. I just don't like it when bloggers get so mad they lose sight of the problems at hand. I believe that is part of what the lovely Occasional Superheroine speaks to that is so frustrating.
That doesn't change the fact that the industry in general still caters to it's target audience. I sometimes think that even with women in positions of authority, things would be extremely slow to change. The demographic is still going to be the same. That being said, I am DYING to see any statistics that either Marvel or DC may have about female readers and their interests. Has there ever been a poll taken? I know I have brought this up before, but I would really like to see that data. If not, I would love to figure out how to take a poll to get significant numbers. The problem with this is the amount to money it would take to make it happen.
The bottom line for me is that I am sad to see my fellow female blogger change target, but I respect and understand her need to. God knows my blood pressure hits the ceiling sometimes. I get so upset that I want to SCREAM and tell my fellow internet users to piss off. Thank God for my workouts, or I don't know what I would do. Seriously. Then I remember the First Amendment and I calm down considerably.
The industry and the comic book internet are in a flux right now. With the disaster of division that is Supergirl #20 at our forefront and the past battles for more female-focused product all around us, something has to give. It may be that some of our strongest voices fade. It may also cause permanent hard feelings between humans that have NEVER EVEN met yet feel deep hurt over hopeless arguments of difference of opinion. That makes me saddest at all.
That being said, I will continue to talk about issues of gender as I see fit and I will always try and come up with a solution if possible. It may not be a change I can foster, but when I see the incomparable Lisa at Sequentially Speaking start up a passionate voice for change in P.O.W.E.R. in Comics, I couldn't be prouder. Good on you, Lisa- you are my hero! Occasional Superheroine, I will continue to haunt your site, whatever you decide to talk about.
The rest of you ladies: I understand your frustrations. I feel it too. I have over 35 years invested in my love of comic books and I am not going away anytime soon. Keep speaking in your unique voice, and with conviction. BUT don't let the feeling that every post must be about a female related issue get you down either. Speak from the heart and speak your mind. If it is a post about something you loved, I want to see that so badly. Focus on what you like and don't worry about the rest of the "pack". We are allowed our own opinions even if we don't always agree.
Men out there: Don't get frustrated and run away, or feel you have to speak in anonymity to make your voice heard. We have to find some middle ground, and I offer that here. I may not always agree but I will hear you out. Even if our stress level gets a bit high, and things aren't going well, know that I will treat you with the same respect I would like to have from you.
Whew. I feel better now. How about you?
Love and respect all around, Bartender!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
It is a heavy week for DC books in my pile. I don't know if it is the timing or the quality, but it should be a fun time reading them all. Here is the list:
Amazons Attack #5 (0f 6)
Army @ Love #6
Black Canary #4 (of 4) - really excited to see how this ends!
Booster Gold #1
Brave and the Bold #6
Justice League of America #12
Outsiders Five of a Kind Whack Ass Weekly book
Ripclaw Pilot Season #1 - pictured
Captain America #29
New X-Men #41
Ultimate Spider-Man #112
Wolverine Origins #16
That's it for the week. It is quite a bit of stuff, so I am bit nervous.
I am off to go rest and try and recover from the incident tonight. Have a wonderful evening!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Let's take a moment to reflect on Mike Wieringo and his life. Give a moment of silence and say a quick prayer for his family. Go hug a loved one tight and tell them how you feel. Life is too short, and it is so precious. A normal, extremely healthy guy was taken from us yesterday. I think God must have needed his help on the ultimate graphic novel in heaven.
For those of you who would like to reflect a bit, there are touching tributes to "Ringo" appearing all over the 'net. For one day at least, we as fan are united in our sadness. We have lost an amazing talent and a wonderful human being.
Over at Newsarama, Todd Dezago, Karl Kesel, and Mark Waid share their memories while fans leave their tributes to the man.
At Newsarama's blog, there are more shared thoughts and feelings, along with a message from Mike's brother with the family's wishes.
Scott Kurtz made me cry with his beautiful story. It took me three tries to get all the way through it.
Take care out there. Go spend time with your family and friends. The internet isn't going anywhere. The same old strife and lively conversation will be here tomorrow. Tonight is a good night to do something different.
Words cannot express my sadness. Wieringo's art has such a unique voice that I can't imagine it ever being duplicated. His work on Fantastic Four and The Flash with Mark Waid was sheer genius. Wieringo also drew a trend setting version of Spider-Man. The man was a class act to boot. Sweet and kind to the fans, with a polite demeanor. Genuine guy.
There just are no words.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
1. How did Virgin Comics go from having Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra have a deep discussion about enlightenment and spirituality at the 2006 Comicon to introducing Jenna Jameson's new line of books there this year? Did they just decide that sex sells better then the path to enlightenment?
2. When did Mark Millar evolve from spindly armed friend of Grant Morrison who got to co-write Aztek to super ego comic book writer of irritating proportions?
3. When did blogging go from passionate hobby to non-subtle way to muscle into comic book conventions?
Those are my three burning questions for the day, my friends. Can anyone help me with the answers to these?
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Sorry, but I have trust issues with Millar and Hitch after The Ultimates.
Here is the first part of the article:
"It may be the one of the most anticipated new projects from a creative grouping since the Police reunited for their new concert tour, or Ben & Jerry created Chocolate Chop Cookie Dough...
The comic book superstar pairing of writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch lives again, this time on Marvel's Fantastic Four..
No, not Ultimate Fantastic Four ... Not a large-scale FF limited series ... The monthly Marvel Universe Fantastic Four.
The duo take over the reins of the series in early 2008 with plans to return the series to the top of the Diamond sales charts, and by the sounds of things, they don't plan on leaving for a while...
And oh yeah, and they plan on it being monthly!
We spoke with Hitch and Millar this week about why's and what’s of their latest partnership… "
Hitch's comment about the art is this:
"I'm drawing it quicker. I've been working on it for about five months and am four issues and nine covers in. Mark is writing issue # 10 now so he's galloping nicely. It's actually getting quicker the more into it I get but it's important to note that Ultimates is the only thing I've done that went the way it did. Authority was three weeks an issue and that's what I expected to do on Ultimates; it came as a huge surprise to me that I couldn't do it. Then again there's about three times as much on the page in Ultimates.
Truth to tell, many of the problems with that book weren't with the physical side of drawing it, more the state I got myself into worrying about it. It's different on FF. I don't feel any pressure at all, in fact it's the most liberating work I've done in years.
For better or worse, Ultimates became a magnum opus of sorts and you can't follow it with another one. I can relax. So I'm just setting out to hit the schedule and get some big, bold fun comics out and remind myself that it doesn't have to be hand-wringing, sweating, cursing, worry and poverty to make a good comic. It can actually be good fun, very rewarding and, in the great scheme of world problems, a walk in the park. I'm doing what I love doing: telling stories. It's my goal to win back the reputation I had before I did Ultimates and have a good long, unbroken run at the "World's Greatest Comic Magazine". So far so good. Much, I think, to everyone's surprise. "
Here is my point: I think McDuffie and Pelletier are doing a good job on FF right now. I am disappointed to hear that they are going off to make room for Millar and Hitch. I can't quibble with Millar and Hitch's talents, but I don't like the excessive amount of time that was taken to complete Ultimates. To me it was taking liberties with the fans and with our dollars.
Do I plan on picking up FF? Not right now. Am I skeptical? Hell yes.
Friday, August 10, 2007
What grabs my attention about the Ultimate X-Men #85 cover is the fact that Storm is laying sprawled unconscious in the forefront. Her boobs are crazy large compared to her normal portrayal, so that really made me wonder. I always think about Storm as a smaller breasted, more lanky lady so this didn't gel with my vision. A bit picky but true. I also was surprised to realize how much "fishnet" she is wearing compared to what I remember. Is that an homage to Zatanna and Black Canary?
Wolverine kicking the sentinel's ass is all good and well. I just wonder what the cover would have looked like if it was Wolverine laying in the front and Storm fighting the sentinel. Would his package be pronounced? Hmmm... I am so pathetic I made myself laugh!
At any rate, this cover wasn't as obvious as past ones, but it did make me wonder....
Is this gratuitous?
Thoughts? I love to hear your opinions!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
With that in mind, I just have one nagging question to pose to you all:
Why do people going to the health club to exercise fight over the closest parking spots? I noticed tonight that I had to wait behind two cars waiting for people to pull out before I could go park in the back like I usually do. I just don't understand why a person getting ready to exercise would fret about another 20 feet of walking. I purposely park in the back to get some additional calories burned, so it really confuses me. It isn't like we are going to the health club to lay down and have margaritas, you know??
That is the burning question tonight. I am in need of some resolution through justification or rebuttal. Let me know what you think!
(I know this is completely unrelated to comics, but I really am curious about this phenomenon!)
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
To say that results have been mixed is to make a huge understatement. From the DC message boards:
"I do not care for Chang's style. The wonky waist on Kara looks just as silly as the wasp waist and anorexic proportions of Churchill.
I like the art in #20 however I think his Kara does look a bit thick and the costume is a bit shapeless and unflattering. I can't get behind a Supergirl with cankles.
The way he drew Kara in Action Comics was much better.
A realistic Kara is great but a dumpy Kara is a bit much for me to swallow. "
"honestly the problem is her shirt is way too baggy just so it covers more belly and I find it silly that the artist is acting as if the belly is some kind of private part that needs to be covered up. that and no store sells skirts that long and no teenage girl would pick out and wear a skirt that long at age 17.
the problem is they are changing the costume to fit what they think their teenage daughter should wear, not what an actual 17 year old girl who has no parents to force style changes would wear. "
"I do have to agree that Renato Guedes artwork is horrible, Kara never looked worse, sloppy. uniform hanging on her like it was 2 sizes two big, boots awkward and bulky looking, she looks atrocious. No teenager would dress like that unless forced to. Come on, he could not even get the skirt right, where is the border. Please do not let this artist hang around too long, dispose of him quickly before he ruins Kara altogether. Bernard chang however, perfect artist, draws her like she should have been drawn after Churchill, left. "
Wisdom from aplayfulsoul:
"They are either desperate or don't know about fashion. Seriously. 99% of girls I know have this simple and great rule when it comes to dressing: If you're showing the legs, cover the top and viceversa.
And I'm 19 and in school. I know how girls my age dress. If Supergirl was fashionable she'd be covering her stomach and using short shorts. That's a trend right now.
I can't believe an outfit she wore 20 years ago is more up to date than her current one."
And so it goes. On and on... click here for a link.
My opinion is this: I thought her new portrayal was fine and dandy. I would have liked to see a bit more muscle tone but that is a minor quibble. Supergirl is a teenage girl and I am not. I have no clue what teenage girls wear- do they still dress like Britney Spears? Obviously if I was the artist coming on this book, I would do my research. Did DC do theirs? Or did they just think that making her a bit unattractive would make the fangirls happy? It makes me wonder. Any teenagers out there care to enlighten me?
Part of me deep down wonders if some of the hatred towards the new art is a revenge of the fanboys for all the opinions we as women have given out. Do they feel like it is their shot now? Or is the art just plain unappealing? It seemed like both men and women were dissatisfied on the DC board.
All this divisiveness is why we never get what we want, Folks. First we say that we don't like the art by Churchill and the ilk that make Supergirl too sexy. DC actually does something about it and now it is "ugly" and Supergirl is "heavy" or "dumpy". No one wins on this one. Damn DC and damn the fans. Why didn't it work this issue? Will it work better down the road with a different artist? Did DC not be careful enough with our hearts? What the hell is the deal here???? I guess when the book gets cancelled for poor sales I will have my answer: NEVER. I have to go take two ibuprofen and try desperately not to curse and swear all over my blog at everyone.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
"The end of an era" is the cryptic message that Marvel sent with this image.
What does that mean?
It means that Mary Jane either:
B. DIVORCES PETER
C. JOINS A CULT, ABANDONING PETER COMPLETELY
What is the deal? Is the old ball and chain keeping Spider-Man down? What the hell!!?? Can't the guy be happy?
I guess that while Marvel is turning their major player's lives upside down, they don't want to miss the opportunity for Peter to free up and get some new booty. God forbid he misses out on that.
I am suitably outraged at this image. What is your first impression??
Brandi M: My favorite wild chick. Brandi is a care free rocker with partying on her mind. She doesn't seem to fit the "slutty girls" mold, but holds her own with a fresh faced beauty and a street sharp sense of when to be quiet and let the other girls hold court. I am hoping she makes it to the end.
Erin: She of the most buoyant boobs I have ever seen is hanging in there with a mix of sweetness and incredible looks. I can’t decide about Erin yet but she did endear me to her when she got so nervous performing in front of Bret. Erin has seemed a bit cocky in prior episodes, so it was nice to see a different side of her. I am warming up to Erin at this point in time.
Heather: the stripper with the heart of gold seems to hold true here. Heather has emerged as a leader of the pack with her wizened and weary attitude, and has captured Bret's attention with her sense of fun. Least favorite thing about Heather: she continuously shows her boobs. Best thing about Heather: she has a great personality- I would love to hang out with her. Heather scores points with Bret for several reasons, but I believe he feels a sense of kinship with her because they are both entertainers. I see Heather sticking around for a bit as she is no shrinking violet.
Jess: the gorgeous and punky Jess is the dark horse to win. She is quiet compared to the "slutty girls" but she is still fun loving. She hasn't gotten much air time yet, and I think there is a reason for that. I am convinced that in the next few episodes she will emerge as the front runner. Bret is keeping her around for a reason- I just don't know what it is yet.
Lacey: the PETA rocker. Lacey has set herself up as the show’s villain so she gets quite a bit of air time. Because of her bad behavior, she is my least favorite lady left on the show, and if she read this, she would probably be happy about that. Lacey isn’t trying to impress anyone but herself. She is also presumably on the show to promote her band. Her interaction with Bret has left me puzzled, as she has partied hard with him, and they get along, but I don’t see a spark there. I also wonder if she has considered the fact that Bret wears leather and hunts. Hmmmm… I don’t see this match working at this point.
Magdalena: I have been scratching my head trying to figure out why Magdalena was still on the show until the last episode. When she, Heather, and Bret drank several shots of vodka and engaged in a raucous game of “triple kissing” it all dawned on me. Mags is in it to win and she is going to party hard enough to keep Bret’s attention. It doesn’t hurt that she is a model from Poland with incredible long legs. If the lady keeps stepping up her game, she will stay.
Mia: Because Mia hasn’t had a lot of air time, I still don’t know why she is there. Sure she is a pretty girl, but nothing I have seen has made her stand out. In my eyes as of now, she is Mags’ friend, but I don’t see a connection with Bret. I guess time will tell!
Samantha: the girl doesn’t smoke or drink, but she has definitely caught Bret’s attention. I don’t know if it is her plethora of tattoos or her love of metal that gives her an edge, but Sam is the one to beat at this point. Bret likes her sense of mystery and seems to appreciate the fact that she is a fixer-upper with trust issues. At this point, I think she is going to win the whole shooting match even though she is not my favorite lady on the show. It is a gut feeling.
Do any of you have an opinion on who you think is going to win? How about a favorite lady? I am curious to know what you are thinking.
My blog will continue with its regular scheduled programming about comics tomorrow!
Monday, August 06, 2007
I was wrong.
Bret let Rodeo go in a dignified manner, and shed a few tears, so I forgive him. He made a good decision as Rodeo was missing her son so badly, and it turns out that her son was ill and needed his mom. I am glad that she was able to go home to her little boy.
But still!! I was sure Rodeo was going to win.
Tonight I am taking a moment to reflect on Rodeo's exit. Tomorrow I will post my thoughts on the rest of the episode and my thoughts about the remaining ladies in general.
My list of new comics is not getting any shorter so we are about to have a MayDay situation soon. Tell me, is there a rehab available for comic addicts? Maybe I could go hang with Lindsey Lohan there? OR maybe there is a support group I could join? "Hi, my name is Heidi and I collect way too many comics". Heh.
Here is the list:
Black Adam The Dark Age #1 (of 6)
Gen 13 #11
Green Arrow Year One #3 (of 6)
Green Lantern #22
Outsiders Five of a Kind Week 2 -man this started lame. I hope it improves.
Stormwatch PHD #10 - pictured!
Dynamo 5 #6
Incredible Hulk #109
New Avengers #33
Punisher War Journal #10
Ultimate X-Men #85
Red Sonja #25
Yikes. I better start attending those meetings soon, huh? To make things worse, my comic shop didn't get in Punisher Max #50 or Queen & Country last week, so I am missing stuff. I really want to move to Lisa's town where there is an awesome shop and the proprietor and I could have WAY too much fun!!
Have a great night all!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
The bad news is that my future sister-in-law's bridal shower was yesterday and I spaced it out. The saving grace is that I am 2700 miles away and couldn't have possibly attended. It is bad though that I didn't send anything. I will be making up for that this afternoon. God, what an airhead!
I am really pleased that I was able to pick up DC Comics Covergirls by Louise Simonson today. I have REALLY wanted to get this book but could never find it locally, so this was thrilling. I can hardly wait to read it all the way through! Simonson is a neat lady, and I am glad she wrote a book like this. The book looks great from first browse, so it should be a treat.
Looking around the internet, it appears that everyone is recovering from San Diego Comicon and gearing up for Wizard World Chicago. As a person who is attending neither, I can only sit and read the news reports, hoping for tidbits about the Amazon Princess and Black Canary, to name a few.
Over at Sequentially Speaking, Lisa has a thought provoking post about comic shops closing. She makes a great deal of sense, that Lisa! Go check it out.
I don't have much more on my mind today comics-wise, so I will keep this short. I have so much to do before work tomorrow that it is the focus. I will admit to being Twitter addicted already, as it is sooooo quick and easy to use. Jeez, first ComicSpace, then My Space, and now Twitter. I have really got to get a life! Heh heh.
Have a wonderful Sunday! Tomorrow I will be back with my comic list for the week!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
To make sure you don't miss any of these posts, I wanted to make sure and link these nice folks. Here we go!
Eaglewing of Eagle's Roost has a fantastic post called "Comics with a Smile". He gives a shout out to Preacher and Criminal, as well as saying a bit about Deadpool that made ME smile. Thank you so much!
Vaklam at Noetic Concordance was THE man, spending a week finding things to be positive about. He talked about The Spirit, Immortal Iron Fist, Iron Man #3, and continued on to pick out covers he loves. Go check out the entire site while you are at it. Vaklam has a great sense of adventure, and his blog is a great deal of fun.
Over at Atomic Romance, Swinebread gives an excellent list of things that he likes in his post. I appreciate his taste, and have to especially agree about the latest issue of She-Hulk. That is the good stuff!
For referencing a bit of heavy metal in his post, Nick at Comic Overload gets a huge thumbs up from me. I was intrigued by his pick, and have to agree a bit with this guilty pleasure.
The incredible Elayne from Pen-Elayne on the Web references the original post here and gives her take on things. I always appreciate Elayne's insight, and have been in awe of her ComicMix column AND her site.
If I missed anyone, let me know. I tried to be thorough and I really apologise if there are any oversights. Just give me a holler and I will add the link!
Thank you again to all of you who participated. You made my week with your enthusiasm!
Friday, August 03, 2007
The first thing about this cover that catches my eye is the tongue-in-cheek pose, complete with astounding rack. It is another classic girl with a gun scenario being played out. The good news is that I couldn't see her underwear. Kudos to artist Brett C. Marting for that. The bad news is that I believe that the nature of the cover is completely intentional. That usually translates into book sales, and I try and go a bit easier on the small press guys because they are fighting a bigger uphill battle then the "big two".
Here are the specs about the book, courtesy of Comic Book Database:
A psychotic, chain-smoking mercenary and his scantily clad girlfriend struggle to deliver a stolen princess from Lunatic wolf-men. Leaving a trail of blood and destruction, the couple locates their prey -- only to find her in the company of a vengeance-obsessed, gunslinging elf and his tempestuous partner. "
That doesn't mean that this isn't over the top. Hmmm... I am pleased that she is winking more then showing a porn face, so that really makes it tough for me. This cover really is a bit of a gray area.
That is why I need your input.
Tell me, Gentle Reader, is this gratuitous?
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Today I am sitting here finding myself strangely excited and eager for the upcoming Iron Man movie.
Yep, it's true. After seeing images coming out of the San Diego Comicon and reading interviews with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, I am a bit giddy. It didn't hurt that Downey Jr. embodies Tony Stark in that swarthy, hot kinda way. Despite my doubts about Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, this movie looks like it is going to kick major ass.
This gives me a bit of hope and it also gives me something to look forward to in the theaters. Sure I have to wait until 2008, but it is a good feeling.
Yay to the upcoming Iron Man and scarily sexy Downey Jr. in the role. I don't know why I feel this way, but I am going to run with it for now.
Are you looking forward to seeing Iron Man? Any thoughts?
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The press release reads as follows:
"To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their longest-running series, Vertigo will publish HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM, an original graphic novel by the series’ first writer, Jamie Delano (HELLBLAZER, OUTLAW NATION), and illustrated by Jock (THE LOSERS, GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE). The project was announced today by Karen Berger, the Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Vertigo, during the San Diego Comic Convention.
Jamie Delano began writing Hellblazer with its debut issue in 1988 and continued for the title’s first 40 issues. Previously only a secondary character in Alan Moore’s historic run on Swamp Thing, Delano was able to flesh out the John Constantine character within the space of his own title and is responsible for much of the character’s deep and vibrant backstory. In the 20 years since its debut, Hellblazer has been written by many of comics’ biggest names, including Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Brian Azzarello, Warren Ellis and others. Jamie Delano’s return to the character in HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM will celebrate the title’s entrance into its third decade of continuous publication.
When members of the Iraqi insurgency are found to be demonically possessed, intelligence specialists smell a supernatural rat. As parallels are drawn between the seemingly supernatural violence, ancient Babylonian legend and a remote, heavily guarded desert temple, it soon becomes clear that no one in the agencies is qualified to handle this problem: a private contractor must be employed. Databases identify only one potential candidate: John Constantine. Soon, Constantine is taken from the comfort of cold and foggy London to the brutal climates of Iraq, partly because of military coercion, and partly because of his interest in a beautiful – and above all else, mysterious – female Iraqi agent, whose true allegiances are kept in shadow.
Delano will be joined by Jock, whose critically-acclaimed illustration work in the Eisner-nominated The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One have cemented his place among comics’ hottest artists. In addition to receiving the National Comic Award for best newcomer in 2001, Jock was nominated for the best cover artist Eisner Award in 2006.
Celebrate the 20-year run of the enduring and acclaimed series, Hellblazer, with HELLBLAZER: PANDEMONIUM, an original graphic novel by the title’s debut writer, Jamie Delano."
I am glad to see that Vertigo is going to spotlight their longest running series with a special GN. I wouldn't be adverse to more spotlights, so I am hoping this is the first of several items to come out!