Over a few months of hearing nothing about the ESBUFFS (aka Super Best Friends Forever) there’s been two signs that the series may not be dead and gone.
The SBFF are, of course, the trinity of Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl from the fantastic animated short series done by Lauren Faust for DC Nation. Unfortunately Cartoon Network only made a few shorts and Faust then told me she wasn’t available to do more. But she also told me, “Who knows what the future holds?”
Earlier this week, DC Comics unveiled their SDCC exclusives and the SBFF were included. And then yesterday DC unveiled the SBFF Zazzle store where you can buy just about anything with the SBFF on it including mouse pads, mugs, phone cases, and, of course, t-shirts. You can get all the SBFF together. (And in different poses).
You can get 20% off everything by using SUPERHEROBFF.
So what does this mean for the SBFF. Earlier this week when the SDCC pieces appeared I put out a cry for a digital comic from DC trying to drive the demand for it. Faust told me that “there’s always a chance it could happen, BTW…
So here’s what we do. Tell DC you want a digital comic with the SBFF’s! Buy the stuff from Zazzle! And eat Burritos. No wait, do the other two things.
If they are offering merchandise there is a chance. Let’s make it into a reality!
You’ve seen bits and pieces of it in the trailers. Sometime in Man of Steel Superman rescues Lois from what looks to be a flying pod.
But so far we’ve only seen that rescue. Here’s a look at what happens before that.
Oh, you probably know I don’t read the Green Lantern books. And you probably know I think Hal’s basically a jerk. And you may know that I’ve complained a number of times about the fact that everytime a ring chooses someone on Earth it always finds a dude (except for this woman). And before we go any further, the ring didn’t find Jade.
Hal, John, Guy, Kyle and Baz. Dude, dude, dude, dude, dude
How can it be that no woman from Earth has the will to become a Green Lantern? How can the ring just bypass every woman on Earth to end up with a man? Other planets have female Green Lanterns. It doesn’t make any sense.
Well, it looks like that may be changing. Yes, DC may have finally put a ring on …
Greetings all and happy New Comics Day! Here are some of the things I’m picking up that you may want to put on your radar.
As usual I’m starting with a first issue and this week it’s one I’m very interested in from DC. If you’re read Tiny Titans (and if you haven’t why not?) or Superman Family Adventures you know that Art Baltazar and Franco are terrific creators. But those books are targeted towards kids while this book is not.
Amanda Conner covers make everything look great don’t they? I’m hoping that this book has a little less grim and grittiness than some of DC’s other offerings.
A book that definitely doesn’t have that grim and gritty feel is Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs L’il Gotham which collects the digital comic. A fun book for kids and adults.
And I still like some things that are dark and Justice League Dark is still my favorite Justice League book.
And on to Marvel where this week three of my favorite series appear. Perhaps you listened to the Podcast and heard Kelly and discuss Fearless Defenders - if you did you know the art is still a bit of an issue. This issue, however, has a guest artist and he is one of my favorites -Phil Jimenez who knows a bit about drawing Amazons and warrior women. This issue is a tie-in to a big cross-over and so has a higher price but still ..
. Phil Jimenez!
I wonder if “Yamblr.” will be bought by, I assume, Tahoo! in the YA world? Can Loki change it? Or will Yahoo change the name of Tumblr to Yamblr for reals? All questions sure not to examined in this book.
I’m a little less sad at not reading the book with that Amazon when I can read about Sif. This starts a new arc, so jump on board this book which has some of my favorite art right now.
And you are reading Powers, right?
That’s it, what’s on your list?
Do I have a treat for you today. As you know, this year is the 75th anniversary of Superman and Lois Lane. In April I ran a series of posts from some of the creators who wrote Lois to celebrate the character. Brad Ricca is a well known authority on the history of the creation of Superman and Lois and we discussed his doing a guest post for the series. The result is this post which discusses and shows for the first time in many decades some some of the early, non-Superman comics by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel that led to the creation of Lois Lane.
Brad Ricca (shown below) takes it from here.
So when Sue approached me about writing a guest post for the 75th anniversary of Lois Lane, I jumped at the chance. I love the character, like DC Women Kicking Ass (especially on Twitter), and oh yeah, I have a book coming out called Super Boys (June 4, St. Martin’s Press) that is all about the creation of Superman. But I had one request: I didn’t want to write about Lois.
Yesterday’s Li’l Gotham was a Mother’s Day issue and was one of the best yet. In this world, Damian is still alive and his parents are much better behaved (especially this issue).
Damian takes his friend Colin on a tour of the Batcave including the trophy cases of former Robin costumes.
But note that one on the far left. It’s familiar, no? Let’s check this theory out.
Bryan Singer posted the first picture of Jennifer Lawrence in costume for X-Men: Days of Future Past a little while ago on Twitter.
Lawrence told E earlier this year she’s wearing a body suit from the neck down this time.
It’s A LOT of Marvel ladies drawn by Amanda Conner for a variant cover of Fearless Defenders. How much would I love if DC let Conner do a cover with the all their ladies.
Also I’ll add I’m happy to see Colleen Wing here.
DC has unveiled its exclusives for SDCC. You can see them all at USA Today but I’ll show the one that I’ll be getting. Oh yes, I will.
Behold the ESSBUFFS!
It’s pricey - $49.99 but I simply must have it. Of course, I’d rather have an ongoing series with these three by Lauren Faust, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. How about a digital comic? Anyone?
Target and DC/Warner Bros. recentlly announced they had teamed up to offer Justice League licensed merchandise this summer. Now there’s plenty of Justice League merchandise already out there, but what got me excited was that Wonder Woman was going to be featured. If you’ve read this blog over the past 3 years you’ll know its been a bit of an issue of mine to see the Justice League turned into an all male team. So yesterday, the day the merchandise was set to debut, I headed off to Target to take a look.
First stop a mega Target north of Boston (conveniently located near a birthday party my son was attending). The result? Oh there was some Justice League merchandise, but unfortunately it was all in Target’s “dollar stop” and featured the quartet of Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern. No Wonder Woman to be seen. But the second visit to my local Target was more successful with several pieces of merchandise. (Sadly I couldn’t find the snack cup (or any dinnerware that was alluded to). So take a look.
I keep wanting to find good Raven-centric stories, but I have no idea if Titans or spotlights are any good. I'd love to look at more Bat family but I am not sure where to start.
I’m not sure what stories you’ve read but if you haven’t read the original New Teen Titans I’d start with that. The first arc is all Raven.
What do you think about the "Man of Steel" making Jimmy into Jenny Olsen? Or do you think it's even the same character?
I’m always happy to have more female characters in the Superman mythos. I’m not a particular fan of Jimmy so I’m fine with the gender switch although I suspect we’ll find out she’s his sister.
I am hesitant to write female characters because I am afraid I'm going to do it horribly wrong. I naturally have a much deeper understanding of the male psyche being one myself but women seem so much different to me. I mean, I want to write women that are pure kickass but not overly sexualized but at the same time alluring. Women that want to make changes, for good or bad, to the world. I just feel like I can't get an appropriate mindset to do that though.
I appreciate that you are concerned. But I think every writer faces the challenge of writing good characters. As far as how to write good female characters I’m going to suggest you read this essay by Greg Rucka.