Brain Food At The Movies – Episode 12

Hello everyone, and wow it’s been a long time since I’ve done an episode of this! I’m looking to get back into the groove of things and this is a good start to it.

Remember, mild spoiler warnings for this, so if you wish to now be spoiled, don’t watch this.

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Where’s The Black Widow Merchandise?

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new video wherein I explore not only a lack of merchandise for Black Widow, but also a piece that erases her from her awesome moment in the Age of Ultron movie.

Frustrating, to say the least.

Also included are a number of links that helped me in my research of this matter, which I highly recommend you all read for further information:

How The Toy Aisle Erased Black Widow From Her Own Best Scene.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Female Character Gets An Unusual Figurine.

Disney Spent $15 Billion To Limit Their Audience.

Invisible Women: Why Marvel’s Gamora And Black Widow Were Missing From Merchandise.

 

Comic News & Views – Episode 2

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of Comic News & Views, wherein I discuss the recently pulled Joker Variant Cover for Batgirl #41.

I’ve also included a number of links discussing what happened below, which I highly recommend you check out.

First off, we have Janelle Asselin’s article on Comic Alliance, The Vocal Minority and Artistic Integrity.

Then we have Comic Book Resources reporting on the matter, with quotes by both Rafael Abuquerque and DC Comics as to why they pulled the cover.

And finally, we have Bleeding Cool with an article by Rich Johnston, talking about Adam Baldwin trying to be relevant with his Save The Cover hashtag on twitter.

Not Just Cautious, But Cautiously Cautious

While looking over a favourite tumblr blogger of mine, I came across spoilers for the latest season of Arrow, and learned that a prominent female character had been killed off.

It was disappointing to see because this character was also bisexual, and it just seemed to me to be the latest in DC/WB’s efforts to keep their superhero universe as straight as possible.

And as filled with as many men as possible to boot.

Some friends I talked with about this noted my cynical words when talk about other female superhero-lead shows were coming up, such as Agent Peggy Carter on ABC and Supergirl on CBS, but quite frankly, I have little to no faith in the top execs actually putting any effort into these shows.

And sadly enough, history has backed me up on this.

Continue reading “Not Just Cautious, But Cautiously Cautious”

The Walking Dead – A Case of Ableism

I love the Walking Dead Talltale games because to me, they represent better characters and writing than the show did until its third and fourth seasons.

All of a sudden, we have a story that focused on a black male protagonist doing what he can to keep a young, black girl safe from this world that has become even more dangerous for them. 

In various mediums of entertainment, not to mention the real world, and especially in light of recent events, we’re told that the lives of black people, let alone other people of colour, do not matter, and here was this Walking Dead game that said otherwise.

However, it’s not without its flaws, and season 2 has shown us this in an incredibly horrific way with the death of Sarah, a mentally challenged latina.

And what’s worse than the fandom calling for her death?

When the creators agree with them as well, as discussed in this excellent post.

It’s disturbing and disgusting, and you can watch it here.Trigger warning as a bunch of asshats describe how happy they are that a disabled young girl of colour is killed off.

There are hardly any disabled characters that I can think of as of late, what with DC Comics getting rid of Oracle, and almost next to none that are people of colour to boot. While the Walking Dead has killed off plenty of characters, creating one simply to be fridged is nothing short of disgusting. 

So follow the link that the tumblr poster made and let Telltale games know that this is unacceptable.

Fandom Sickness – Episode 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to another episode of Fandom Sickness, wherein I call out the silent enablers who do nothing, say nothing, to help women who are sexually harassed at conventions.

This came about after hearing of yet another groping done at the SDCC this year, which you can read here.

As for some of the things I talk about in the video?

Lucille Ball SAVED Star Trek before it was ever on the air.

The Scarlet Pimpernel.