Spiderman 2099 #1 and #2

Before anyone asks, yes I did check with the mods and it's okay to discuss He Who Shall Not Be Scanned over here as long as there are no scans (of course) and he's treated with the same respect shown any other creator.

With that said, let's talk about the relaunched Spider-Man 2099. It's interesting to read a character that's been so heavily, almost exclusively, written by a single author. Sure, Miguel has shown up in Exiles before, and a few 2099 one-shots and minis, and most recently Dan Slott re-introduced the modern audience to Miguel over in Superior Spider-Man, but Peter David is still the author to have written him the most. So I have to assume that PAD has the best handle on who Miguel is, what makes him tick, and how he'd react to the present world he finds himself trapped in. And yeah, Miguel was always kind of brusque, and something of a jerk, but not dickishly so. So why do I feel like he's more of a jerk now than he was in the nineties?

The issues themselves have been pretty good so far. I guess Marvel was treating Miguel's appearance over in Superior as the big introduction/explanation issue, so reading the first issue it really felt like a second issue instead of a first and reading issue #2 felt like something from later in the series.

In issue #1 we're introduced to an agent of T.O.T.E.M., the Temporal Oversight Team Eliminating Mistakes. He's been sent back from the year 2211 to eliminate Miguel. He's ruthless but not emotionless. He spares a guard because one of his future kids will do important research, but gives his condolences on the future death of the other son who hasn't been born yet. I honestly laughed out loud at Miguel telling a bad joke because Liz Allen complained that he couldn't be Spider-Man because he wasn't cracking any jokes. It's a nice one and done issue that sets up a couple of plot points that look like they'll be important in the future.

Issue #2 start with Miguel stopping a bank robbery (instead of depositing his check) in the first four pages (and again, laughing out loud at the robber who tried to blame it all on peer pressure) and the rest of the issue introduced further complications with the major women in his life, the superintendent of his building and his boss, Liz Allen. This issue was purely character work and setup and the I fell like bank robbery at the start was only there to assure readers they hadn't picked up the wrong comic.

On art duties we've got Will Sliney on interiors and Antonio Fabella on colors. I really appreciate the effort Sliney has put in to make Miguel's moves so different than Peter's. They're both extremely agile characters, but Sliney makes Miguel look much more spider-like while moving. I particularly enjoyed the fight scene in the bank and the way Miguel got a hostage out of harm's way.

The cover to #2 though, by Alexander Lozano? On first glance, pretty awesome. But as you look deeper the fact that Miguel's costume looks like it had Twizzlers glued on instead of red patches of fabric takes away from the cool factor.

Overall I'm having fun, and it's tweaking all the right nostalgia buttons, but I'm just not as into it now as I was twenty years ago as a teenager.

Originally posted by strannik01 at Sexiness vs Practicality in superheroine costume design - a dancer's perspective
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A lot has been said about impractical, fanservicey female superhero costume designs. And it will probably keep getting said for years to come. But that's not quite what this post is about.

In a video she did a couple of months ago, Sheakoshan tried to answer an interesting question. Can one design a superheroine costume that's both sexy and practical?

She comes at it from a unique perspective. As a dancer, Sheakoshan has seen plenty of people moving around in spandex, and she knows what it can and cannot do, and what will and will not work to keep certain bits from spilling out.



Honestly, I think the video is pretty informative - not just as a viewpoint on an oft-contentious topic, but as a superheroine costume design tutorial. I know I'll be keeping a lot of what she said in mind.

DC, number four publisher?

I stopped by my new local comic store on Saturday and was browsing while the owner talked with another customer (I ended up getting the Thrilling Adventure Hour graphic novel). Anyways, it turns out at that at this shop, DC is the number four selling publisher. Marvel's on top, mostly on Spider-Man and X-Men titles, Image comes in second, and IDW is third with a strong showing from the Transformers and My Little Pony lines.

So how does this compare to what other folks are seeing in their local shops?

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MEETING GEORGE PEREZ.

Marble City Comicon is happening in Knoxville this weekend, and I got to achieve one of the things on my bucket list: meeting George Perez in person.

Starters:

- He wandered into the meeting room without a moderator and told us we almost ended up having to wait a very long time because the con people had forgotten to pick him up at his hotel which was all the way out in Cedar Bluff (a good twenty minutes even without bad interstate traffic) and he’d had to call them.

- He was very gracious though and since there were very few of us and no moderator, he let us ask however many questions we wanted in whatever order we happened to ask, making it feel less like a regular con Q&A and more like a roundtable.

Some stuff from my notes:

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Life imitates Art: the 'Goblin' in Crimea

I hope this isn't off topic.

Was reading news on invasion in Crimea when this sentence jumped out at me: "The government itself is run by a shadowy Kremlin protege nicknamed the "goblin" who has reported links to criminal gangs."

I'm sorry, but my life choices meant that I immediately pictured Norman Osborn taking over Crimea. He has the right pathetic criminal background, carefully denied when he entered politics, and even has a group of extra-military with personal loyalty to him alone. He doesn't seem to favor a costume (in public), but nobody explains where the nickname came from..

Original news story link:

Confidence, Trepidation Ahead of Crimea Referendum (AP)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CRIMEAS_CHOICE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Background about the Crimean Goblin:

'Moscow's Puppet Goblin' (New Zealand Herald)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11216787

Comixology SXSW giveaway

As part of SXSW Comixology is giving away a free comic each hour. So far it looks like a mix of superhero, indie, kid-friendly, and more mature fare. The redemption codes are only good for a day, so jump to it.

Batman: Arkham Knight trailer released...

Now, it's pretty, and the animation is astounding, so technically I can't fault it...

But on the emotional level...Collapse )

Free Comics from 2000 AD!

It's 2000 AD's birthday so they're giving away a PDF with a bunch of random stories. http://www.geeksunleashed.me/2014/02/26/free-comics-courtesy-of-2000-ad/

Thought you'd like to know!

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Rather than scan one and put it up on Scans Daily, I'm just going to point to a Tumblr of artists trying to draw the new Ms. Marvel. http://comiccreatorsminigroup.tumblr.com/tagged/ms-marvel

Hope you all are well.

Amazon does a bunch of Daily Deals each day for Kindle. Today the SciFi/Fantasy Daily Deal is a bunch of New 52 trades, vol. 1 of each title, for $2.99 each. The listing is here & it includes Justice League, several Bat-related titles, Teen Titans, Catwoman and RHatO.

Bon appetit!

Book on comics deal on Amazon Kindle

Just a note to let any interested Kindle users know that the book The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid has been reduced to $1.99 for the time being; companion audiobook $3.95.



Passing this along because - wait for it - I bought it at full price. :-{

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Off Topic Tuesdays: iPhone vs Yorkshire

In the comments to this post, you can get as off topic as you like. This is your chance to talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and chat amongst yourselves. In terms of topic, anything goes, but remember that the other community rules do still apply.

Well guys, it appears the world is collapsing in on itself this year.

There's a conflict in Syria over the use of chemical weapons, there's another one happening in Egypt between its government and its people, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is boycotting the Sri Lanka summit, and finally America is having a conflict of its own (albeit a rather stupid one) in the form of Tea Party Republicans holding the entire country (and world economy) hostage because they don't want to support Obamacare.

All in all, the world is carrying on like normal.

Yet, despite all the conflicts going on right now, there is one conflict in the world that goes unparalleled. It involves the use of new technology and the sound of your voice. A problem that is very much unique to artificial intelligence:

The ability to comprehend human speech in all its diverse glory.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you...

Siri vs The Yorkshire AccentCollapse )

I tried it myself using three different accents and got the same result each time.

I'd love to see someone try this with a Scottish accent. :)

Has DC Done Something Stupid Today?

According to mizkit, that would be a resounding yes.

She's posted a well thought out rant/links roundup. You've probably heard most of the news, but the post is still worth the read, IMO.

DC, WTF? (Chapter 1,495,278 In A Series)

I'm not a tumblr user, but I occasionally go visiting there just to see what's happening. Ironically, I wasn't searching for anything comics-related when I stumbled on this gem courtesy of Xiao Mao:

DC Says: Draw An Awesome Enough Naked, Suicidal Harley Quinn And We Might Hire You!

[bangs head on keyboard] There's no actual picture of Harley in this state, but the above should be warning enough if you're troubled by this kind of thing.

I wish there were an "I'm Speechless" tag. The last time my jaw dropped like this was over a year ago, when I read about a foreclosure mill that thought it was funny to have its employees dress up as homeless people for Halloween. :/

Off Topic Tuesdays: Mod Birthday

In the comments to this post, you can get as off topic as you like. This is your chance to talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and chat amongst yourselves. In terms of topic, anything goes, but remember that the other community rules do still apply.

Haven't done one of these in a while, largely because my hours have been very long as of late, hence why *this* post is late.

However, it is my 27th birthday today, and while today could have been better spent (as in not working super loooooong hours), I can't say it's been too bad either.

You all have my permission to throw a party now. :P

BTW, is there a way to queue LJ posts to post automatically on certain days?

For those of you who have been following news for the Avengers 2 has probably heard that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was originally in the running for Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch), which she ultimately turned down. We later heard that Elizabeth Olsen (yes, Mary-Kate and Ashley's younger sister) was up next for the role and it looks like she may be getting it after all, at least according to BleedingCool.

If IMDB is also to be believed, it looks like Aaron Taylor-Johnson (yes, that guy who played Kick-Ass) will be playing Wanda's brother Pietro (aka Quicksilver).

And you know what both of these actors have in common? They are two white actors of Norwegian ancestry and English respectively playing Romani Jewish characters.

Long reaction post, plus a list of whitewashed characters behind cutCollapse )

New trailer for Lego Marvel Superheroes

This one has, pretty much literally, EVERYONE!

See the trailer below the cutCollapse )

Copyright help?

Hi gang - I've got hold of a battered copy of a 1946 Mary Marvel comic from Fawcett. It's all shorts - the one I'd like to post to s_d is eight pages, and best I can tell that's the top length of any of the shorts in here - but I'm stumped as to its copyright status.

Fawcett got hit with a cease-and-desist letter re Captain Marvel in 1942 from National (now DC) comics claiming infringement on their Superman property. The case went to court and ended in the dissolution of Fawcett Comics and a fire sale of its various properties in the early 1950s. DC licensed the Marvel Family characters in the early 1970s and formally bought the rights to the characters in the early 1980s, and of course still holds the licenses today.

My question is, what does the sale of the characters do to those 1940s issues? Does DC own them now? Are they public domain? If they are DC properties, how would I go about posting an in-copyright 8-page story to s_d? I'd rather ask questions now than beg forgiveness later.

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Batman the Animated Series voice actors Michael Ansara and Henry Polic have passed away.

Michael Ansara was 91 and voiced Mr Freeze.

Henry Polic was only 68 and was the original voice actor of the Scarecrow.

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/r-i-p-henry-polic/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0030516/

This is so unfortunate, to many people they were the definitive voices of those characters. My condolences go out to their families.



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