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May 08, 2009

Berlatsky on superhero cheesecake

Adding Incompetence to Insult - comiXology

Which brings us to the last and perhaps most important point. Super-heroine cheesecake is often offensive just because it's so thoroughly incompetent. Star Sapphire's costume, for example, goes right past sexy and on into ludicrous. For the Marvel Divas cover, the artist couldn't even come up with more than one body type – and he can't even draw the one he's got. As I already intimated, Black Cat's top and bottom look horribly mismatched; similarly, Hellcat seems to have borrowed her breasts from Giant Girl. All of them look like toys, not people. And that Justice League cover starring Supergirl's chest…why would you even do that? How is it sexy to have a disembodied bosom flapping about your foreground? And as if that's not bad enough Katie Moody says in comments on the Beat; the artist seems to have accidentally left out our heroine's ribcage. Or maybe it's deliberate; did Supergirl lose her skeletal structure during one of the post-Crisis reboots? . . .

FreakAngels | Episode 0054

fa0054.jpgFreakAngels |Episode 0054 FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.
Paul Duffield is going to be appearing with Avatar at Motor City Comic Convention, May 15-17. We’ve got a thread set up on Whitechapel where you can stop by and tell Paul what you’d like to do with/to/in front of/near him and what days you’ll be attending the convention so that he can alert the proper authorities no it’ll be fine I’m sure.

May 07, 2009

The Comic Book Queers review X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Comic Book Queers - Podcasts
Episode 96 - Spoilers!!! X-Men Origins: Wolverine [.mp3] Explicit content Our fellow queercateers invite along Lindsey to eviscerate...er...review X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

May 05, 2009

Sing this song to keep ghosts away

webcomics @ chainsawsuit by kris straub for Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May 04, 2009

Achewood: The Birth of a Nacho

Achewood -- May 4, 2009

May 03, 2009

Underground comix: Air Pirates (1971)

airpirates1cover.jpgAvailable for download: Air Pirates 1 and 2 (well, the Disney character stories, anyway) Wikipedia | Air Pirates
The Air Pirates were a group of cartoonists who created two issues of an underground comic called Air Pirates Funnies in 1971, leading to a famous lawsuit by The Walt Disney Company. Founded by Dan O'Neill, the group also included Shary Flenniken, Bobby London, Gary Hallgren, and Ted Richards.... The original Air Pirates were a gang of Mickey Mouse antagonists of the 1930s; O'Neill regarded Mickey Mouse as a symbol of conformist hypocrisy in American culture, and therefore a ripe target for satire.... The lead stories in both issues, created by O'Neill, Bobby London and Hallgren, focused on Walt Disney characters, most notably from Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, with the Disney characters engaging in adult behaviors such as sex and drug consumption. O'Neill insisted it would dilute the parody to change the names of the characters, so his adventurous mouse character was called "Mickey".... In 1980, weighing the unrecoverable $190,000 in damages and $2,000,000 in legal fees against O'Neill's continuing disregard for the court's decisions, the Walt Disney Company settled the case, dropping the contempt charges and promising not to enforce the judgment as long as the Pirates no longer infringed Disney's copyrights.
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May 01, 2009

Grant Morrison writing sort-of sequel to Watchmen

The Weekly Crisis - Comic Book Review Blog: The Multiversity - Grant Morrison, Watchmen 2, All-Star Captain Marvel & More!

Look, I'm an enormous fan of Morrison's, but this makes even me stop and shake my head.

On the reasons behind choosing to do a new Watchmen,

"I thought it would be interesting to pick up on that sort of crystalline, self-reflecting storytelling method, so the mad notion I came up with was to do the Charlton characters in a story I'd construct as an update on that ludic Watchmen style - if Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons had pitched the Watchmen now, rooted in a contemporary political landscape but with the actual Charlton characters instead of analogues!"

But, wait, it gets even better. He goes on to talk about several of the characters involved, particularly Dr Manhattan and Rorschach. Dr Manhattan will revert to Captain Atom, but with a twist. This Captain Atom will actually be Captain Adam from Morrison's Final Crisis: Superman Beyond story.

Rorschach will return to being The Question again, but, instead of the black and white, right and wrong viewpoint of Rorschach, Morrison described his Question as someone who's Randian viewpoint had been "shattered through the prisms of his experiences as a crimefighter so that he sees the world through the multicolored lens of Spiral Dynamics."