Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wonder Woman Costume - you call it a bathing suit- I call it Iconic

The first time I saw Wonder Woman, I fell in love. I fell in love with her strength, her kindness, her resolve, and her costume.  Yes her costume. I loved that it looked like the American flag and I loved her long, flowing hair and tiara. I thought she was perfect. 44 years later, I still feel the same way.

To see the current creative team call her trademark outfit "a bathing suit" completely misses the mark. Putting her in leggings and a coat isn't going to make it better, and as past attempts to change her have found, it isn't going to have the same resonance.

I loved Brian Azzarello's take on Wonder Woman. The greek mythology, the savage loyalty, and the confidence Diana displayed every step of the way made me eager to grab each issue. Now with Meredith and David Finch on the book, I just shudder. I hate the way she is portrayed. I reminds me of the 1970's Wonder Woman in part- weepy, overwhelmed, and reliant on the opinions of others. The story doesn't flow well for me- too many things are going on and the plot jumps around until my head hurts. I can't wait for the inevitable creative change.

In the meantime, we are bowing to the so called feminists- being one myself, I find it odd that they would try and pinpoint that. Updating a character to fill a niche does not work. The complete obsession with under sexualizing characters to appeal to the loud few always irritates me.

You call it a bathing suit, I call it Iconic. Long live the bathing suit!
Link to article that set me off:

Friday, April 17, 2015

#FBF - Seattle Comicard Show 2002

    My ‪#‎FBF‬ story- back in the day we used to go to the Seattle Comicard Show at Seattle Center. There was a particular show that Joe Staton- one of my favorite artists- was going to be at. It was snowing hard on Snoqualmie Pass and I wanted to turn back a few times, but I was darned if I was going to miss meeting Mr. Staton. We got to the show and went inside. Trembling with excitement, I brought over my well loved copies of All Star Comics and Wonder Woman for Mr. Staton to ...sign. I think he didn't know what to think- he asked me if I had bought the books out of a quarter bin. I honestly can't remember what I said exactly, but I was absolutely thrilled and gushed about how much I loved his renderings of Huntress and Power Girl, and he was very gracious about the whole situation. I had him do this sketch of Huntress, and to this day it remains one of the most treasured pieces in my collection. I miss those days of simple comic book shows, and the opportunity for the one-on-one time that it held. In 2002, comic book shows did not look like they do today!!

Rising from the Ashes....

It has been four years since I blogged. That is a long time- like 90 years in dog years.

Life has been crazy. End of story.

The comic book industry changed... a lot.... and I lost my passion for the subject.

Recent events have caused me to want to come back. These events include:

Evolution of comicons
General entitlement issues
Comics being published today

The list can go on and on. Needless to say, there is so much that has changed, and not a lot of us old guard have stuck around to comment on it. Bear with me as I get my sea legs again and get back into the issues today.

I know that there is a good chance that no one will read this, but I am okay with that. :)