Comic News & Views – Episode 3

And welcome to another episode of Comics News & Views, wherein I discuss the following:

WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara’s Comments About Realism In DC Superhero Movies.

Frank Cho’s Tasteless Fanart Cover of Spider-Gwen.

The Teaser Image For Jared Leto As The Joker In The Suicide Squad Pilot.

You can also read Robbi Rodriguez’s full response and explanation behind his tweet to Frank Cho here. It’s a must read.

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.

Solidarity Is For White Women Only

Hello everyone and welcome to another video on white privilege and fandom that I all hope you enjoy. This is only a little bit of what happens in fandom but it’s indicative of what happens on an almost daily occasion, especially when it comes to characters who are from a marginal class, such as being a POC, LGBTQ, disabled, or intersect across them all.

For additional reading, here is the link to the wonderful takedown of Michelle Coltee by Melissa Harris Perry that I mention near the beginning of the video:

Michelle Obama A ‘Feminist Nightmare?’ Please.

Brain Food At The Movies – Episode 5

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another installment of BrainFod At The Movies, wherein I gush and talk about Del Toro’s latest movie, a gigantic love letter and homage to everything I loved as a child, Pacific Rim!

I also discuss how white feminists have been coming out to dismiss, critique, and put down the character of Mako Mori, and how it comes off as nothing more than the problem of Mako Mori NOT being white.

Fucking hell, WHY do they need some woman of colour to step on to make themselves feel better?

 

I’ve Got A Problem, Episode 2

Hello everyone and welcome to I’ve Got A Problem… with the Legend of Korra!

I usually save this series for content which fails in a most spectacular manner or which enrages me a whole lot, and this is one of them.

And trust me, this fails as well as enrages me, like you would NOT believe.

Hell, I could have made a fucking documentary out of all the failings of this show. And to think, it came from the same people who made the pretty damned good Avatar- The Last Airbender.

Voices of Dissent – Episode 1

Hello everyone and welcome to the first episode of Voices of Dissent!

Episode 1 – What does THIS button do? Oh dear…

It’s very rough, as I am new to using audacity, but I feel it would make for a great new tool in our war against bullshit in our media.

If you have any advice or have had any experience with using audacity, then please let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me through my e-mail.

Here are a list of links to the material used in the show:

Gail Simone Dismissed from writing Batgirl

Gail Simone’s twitter reply to Mike Nelson

Leaving Megatropolis

Tropes Vs Women in Video Games

Superblack by Adilifu Nama

James Gunn is a sexist, racist, homophobic asshole…

… and he’s also slated to be the director and co-writer of next year’s Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

But why is he such an asshole? Well, because he wrote a darling piece on his own website, the second poll release of the top 50 superheroes you most want to have sex with, and it’s everybit as classy and tasteful as it is.

Which is to say it isn’t.

Now that it’s gotten some buzz, James took it down but this is the internet, asshole! You may TRY and take it down, but it remains up there forever and ever, digital bits and bytes showcasing your shitty behaviour towards everyone who doesn’t fall into your neat, strict little category of what’s normal.

Kudoes  to The Mary Sue for linking me to the Google Cache of that garbage article.

Here are some of the highlights:

32. Batwoman

This lesbian character was voted for almost exclusively by men. I don’t know exactly what that means.  But I’m hoping for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark can “turn” her.  She could also have sex with Nightwing and probably still be technically considered a lesbian.

I don’t want to post anymore than that, but leave the link for you to follow and read. And of course, nearly ALL the pictures used for the women are the most cheesecake, pinup girl-ish that he could find from the more porntastic of the industry’s finest, such as Adam Hughs and Al Rio.

Once more, it’s the same old song and dance, the same old garbage of the Old Boys Club being as insulting and as exclusionary and as homophobic as usual because god forbid that anyone who isn’t straight, white, and male enjoy what they enjoy or maybe even point out that something, SOMETHING, is off, or wrong, oroffensive.

I am SO sick of this garbage, because this is what they view as normal. Reduce Wonder Woman to a bondage kink S&M sex doll? Normal, because it’s not like she’s a deep and complex character with a long history-

Oh wait, she isn’t because DC Comics erased it. >_<

But again, this is the norm, this kind of thoughtlessness hidden behind ‘humour’ and a shitty attitude towards women and people of colour and LGBT and those who intersect across all those areas. Yeah, I’m not seeing this movie, and it might not matter all that much to a company like Marvel that they don’t get my 12 dollars, but it sure as hell matters to me.

Plus, one other area of concern is one of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora, who was written as a lesbian in recent years, having, from all accounts, a deep and complex relationship with the new Quasar, a woman. How many wanna bet her orientation will be erased or ignored?