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Since I started this blog four years ago I’ve reported on problematic merchandise featuring DC Comics IP too many times to mention. And it seems to go the same way:
1. Post on item
2. Get worked over in comments, Twitter and comics forums by people stating one or more of the following:
And yup all that stuff got said this week when I posted about a t-shirt featuring Wonder Woman and Superman that basically elicited a huge EWWWW from most people who saw it.
Coincidentally another t-shirt popped this week that state the wearer was “training to be Batman’s wife”.
And that got an equal amount of disgust.
But this time? This time DC Comics responded to the issue and we got this:
DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.
I have to admit I’m surprised to not only see them comment but acknowledge the problem and say they will try and fix it.
Good job, DC.
Bally is unveiling two new slot machines this week and it is a sure bet I’ll be playing one if I see one.
Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.
So it’s always interesting to see what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt.
Happy New Comic Day. Let’s get to some things you may want to pick up today including a first issue.
George Perez has written and created some of my favorite female characters and excels at world building so how could I resist the first issue of his new female team book for Boom!? There’s a lot here in the first issue in terms of character introductions and plot set-up and it isn’t all smooth but Perez is a master and manages to traverse this in style. Give it a try!
Well, it only took three years but Stephanie Brown has her own comic cover. Just one more Batgirl to bring back in the CURRENT comic timeline. You know which one.
This is a one-shot but how can I resist Gwen Stacy unfridged to become Spidey even for one issue?
Feel down? Take one WicDiv and call me in the morning.
Wow, the whole lesbian/vampire subtext is just text this month in Batwoman this month. So that’s why she’s been so pale. Actually I saw the preview and this looks interesting.
The stories for Sensation have been hit or miss for me but overall I’m enjoying Wonder Woman book to read each month.
And that’s it for me this week - what’s on your list?
Yesterday the list of panels at NYCC was released and, low and behold, there was a panel that has been 75 years in the making:
Get an inside look at some of the amazing work from DCE’s female creatives at the “Women Of DC Entertainment” panel which will include JOKER’S DAUGHTER writer Marguerite Bennett, new series GOTHAM ACADEMY writer Becky Cloonan, HARLEY QUINN writer/artist Amanda Conner, WONDER WOMAN writer Meredith Finch, COFFIN HILL writer Caitlin Kittredge, SECRET SIX writer Gail Simone, and new BATGIRL artist Babs Tarr. Saturday 6:15pm Room Room 1A06
It’s gotten better over the years as DC has expanded its roster of female creators beyond Gail Simone.
Also it was interesting that while DC could barely find room for some female creators at their panels - Marvel’s female editors proposed and ran a “Women of Marvel” panel at NYCC and other cons.
I’ve spoken over the years about why DC hasn’t done a “Women of DC” panel and received different answers the saddest implying that the company can submit only so many panels at NYCC and other major shows and didn’t see such a panel as a priority over others.
Priorities, perhaps, have now changed.
Or perhaps it is simply because DC Comics finally has enough female creators to create a robust (although sadly not very diverse) panel.
DC Comics’ new set of female creators could be seen as a confluence of a number of factors. Certainly having some new editors on-board who are open to newer talents which would include a bigger pool of female creators could be a reason.
It’s ironic that Marvel who has owned these panels is in a position of having fewer ongoing female creators - Kelly Sue DeConnick, G. Willow Wilson, Sara Pichelli and Marguerite Bennett (who is also doing work for DC Comics).
I was surprised to hear this week that Marvel is not inviting ANY of its female writers to their writers conference where they map out their stories for the next year.
The reason? You have to be a writer under contract to be invited. And? Well, Marvel has no female writers under contract. And? So we have no female writers going to the conference (This messaging was delivered to me by Dan Slott who never misses an opportunity to defend his publisher on line).
The suggestion that there was some chicken and the egg logic to this fell on deaf ears for some.
So what is up with the decline in the number of female creators at Marvel? I know that some female creators were drawn to the vision of Stephen Wacker who also pushed for some of their newer female characters such as Ms. Marvel.
But he is no longer at Marvel Comics.
The good news is that Jeanine Schaefer one of the creators of the “Women of Marvel” panels is now in charge of new talent at Marvel. So I suspect this will change soon.
Schaefer will be front and center at the Women of Marvel panel at NYCC on Sunday at 1:15:
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Editor Sana Amanat, Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Erica Henderson, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
And that means for the first time at a con both DC and Marvel are putting their female creators in the spotlight.
While it is still important to have women embedded in ALL panels, the fact the both publishers are now devoting their resources to highlighting their female creators is a important moment that should be noted and applauded.
This week Kelly and I interview writer and article Becky Cloonan about her upcoming Gotham Academy for DC Comics as well as some of her creator owned books.
We also do a early review of Gotham Academy as well as Copperhead #1 and Lazarus #11.
We also talk about the recent announcements about DC Comics based TV shows starring Supergirl and the Titans.
Over the weekend I had a chance to read the first issue of Gotham Academy from DC Comics and loved it. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl have created a comic that is unlike anything else in the DC line-up.
If you have been looking to get into comics or get someone you know into comics, this is great series to start with. Actually if you like any of the below:
And even if you don’t like any of those, you should still read the first issue.
With the support of the creative team, last night a semi-official Tumblr for the comic Inside Gotham Academy went live now and has over 500 followers.
Go follow! You never know what might get posted! Also if you have fan art, this is the place to submit.
Olive and Maps are hanging out waiting for you!
I’ve read the first issue of Gotham Academy.
You’re going to love it.
It is fun, smart, and so different than anything else DC Comics is currently doing it is like glass of lemonade on the hottest of August days.
Kelly and I interviewed Becky Cloonan about the book and a bunch of other things today. That interview will post tomorrow.
But one thing Becky and I discussed is that Gotham Academy really should have its own Tumblr just like the Batgirl of Burnside.
So now it does. Maybe Becky Cloonan will post stuff there. Maybe some of the other creators will too.
But for now Inside Gotham Academy is open for your fan art and other fannish stuff and anything else you produce to show support for this series.
I truly believe that this series can bring in a brand new reader to DC Comics and I’m going to throw alot of support around it including this new Tumblr.
So why not drop by? Olive and Maps are just hanging out waiting for you.
Numerous outlets are reporting that TNT is close to green lighting a pilot based on DC Comics Titans series.
Entertainment Weekly reports:
In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”
Before you get too excited it is reported that Akiva Goldsman who also wrote the movies that destroyed a Batman franchise, Batman & Robin, is writing.
So perhaps this is where Wally West may show up on TV? And how funny if Donna Troy ends up on screen before Wonder Woman.
Are you ready for a once a week dose of the Grayson? Did you just say the words, Matt Bomer?
What do you think?
Sooo many comics today. Let’s watch the money fly out of our wallets.
Greg Rucka is back with another arc of Stumptown. You probably have heard Kelly and I discuss our love for this book on 3 Chicks Review Comics. There’s a new artist on this arc, Justin Greenwood, who most recently did The Fuse. It’s a big change from Matthew Southworth who I adored but I’m willing to give an issue to see how he settles in. If you aren’t familiar with Rucka’s female detective Dex Parios you might want to fix that.
There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s a woman and the town is on another planet populated by all kinds of creatures. If you liked Firefly you may like this. I really enjoyed the first issue. Give it a try.
Kamala! And that cover. Just another issue of the comic changing the comics audience. Join us!
What’s that look on Carol’s face? Did she just see the entire line up of movies from Kevin Feige? Or maybe she just realized there’s only two more issues of Hawkeye?
That cover is so pulpy I could drink it for breakfast with my eggs and bacon. Love this book.
Double Rucka week! Man, those Gotham Central guys Brubaker and Rucka really know how to write female characters.
Did anyone pick this up the first issue after Kelly and i reviewed it on 3 Chicks? I didn’t have it my picks this week but you might want to try this series so it is here this week.
Time to start the Scott Snyder part of our picks - first Superman Unchained.
Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.
And finally Batman Eternal.
Also this week you may want to catch up with this series by Erica Schultz (she also co-wrote the new Revenge trade). The lead here is also all about revenge. If you like Velvet and Elektra you should really give this one a try. The best way to find this one is on Comixology.
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
DC Comics has been using variant covers to drive sales for the past few months so we’ve had Bombshell covers, Mike Allred variants, and even selfie covers.
In December, perhaps as a gift to readers who dream for the time when DC Comics’ superheroes looked like, well, superheroes we get Darwyn Cooke variants.
Here are the ones for female led comics and, shockingly, there isn’t a brokeback or receptive bulbous heart shaped ass among them.
Last week in Batwing: Future’s End #1 there appeared to be an appearance of what looked like the long missing from comics Cassandra Cain.
Several blogs picked up on this and I had numerous people asking about it to the point and surprised I hadn’t written about it.
And there’s a reason for that.
The title of this podcast has two lies in it this week - there are only two chicks reviewing one comic. Kelly and I were a bit under the weather and we both adore Jen Van Meter so just made the whole show about Jen.
I hope you picked up the first issue of her reboot of Dr. Mirage but perhaps this interview and review will push you do just that!
We also take about Jen’s other work including Hopeless Savages and Kickstarters.
So please give us a listen and leave a comment.
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