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:

Q&A and PhotosCollapse )


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

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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 )


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.



The comics industry hasn't exactly been covering itself with glory in some regards these past couple of weeks.

An interview with Mark Millar where they laud (and in fairness also criticise) his treatment of women (and his comments on "rape as motivating" factor for female characters) in particular might raise some eyebrows, though perhaps not with surprise so much as weary resignation)

Then an interview panel promoting a new PBS docu-series called "Superheroes: The Never-Ending Battle", they had Len Wein, Todd MacFarlane and Gerry Conway. Alas, none of them really cover themselves with glory when addressing certain issues near and dear to this communities heart;

As to why there are so few women and minorities represented in comic books, the answer is more complex.

"I think our series reflects the evolution of our culture. And women and minorities have been marginalized throughout history, so they were marginalized in comics," Kantor said.

Conway added, "I think the bigger question is why readers are not interested in those characters. Comics follow society. They don’t lead society, they reflect it."


Really Gerry? Really?

Oh, and just so I don't end on a sour note, there is an excellent riposte on io9 to these articles here

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