It’s the big anniversary cast! And to celebrate one year Kelly and I talk with the man who is writing one of our favorite DC women, Batwoman’s co-writer and artist, J.H. Williams III.
I hope you’ll give it a listen. In the interview he talks about the 16 issue arc he’s sketched out for Kate Kane. He talks about Bette Kane and her story. We ask him about whether there will be cross-overs with other characters. Williams discusses his craft including how he doesn’t use thumbnails.
We also discuss Kate’s style including why her skin is white and who he is used for her fashion sense (hint: it’s a singer you’ll recognize, no doubt). We also talk Cameron Chase and Blondie!
But that’s not all! We also have our official 3rd chick Maddy back to talk about comics including our discussion of what the heck is up with Marvel and its inability to have any ongoing books that headline a female character.
Good thing Maddy was back this week because she also has to referee the huge fight that Kelly and I had about Kate Kane!
How can we fit all this wonderfulness into an hour or so? We can’t! We blow the doors and go two hours plus! But we also tell you how to skip to only the parts you want to list too!
Links! Kelly’s post about X-23, Commenter Herring’s Marvel Sales Chart, Comic Book Comics on Comixology, Kelly’s She Has No Head Post about Batwoman: Elegy, Sue’s 2011 Thankful List, and Cass Cain wins Most Kickass Woman Contest on DC Women Kicking Ass!
Also, for those that like to skip around to avoid spoilers and such, here are the section breaks:
X-23 #17 Review – 1:09
Discussion of Marvel & Female Characters – 12:06
Wolverine & The X-Men #2 Review – 34:45
Comic Book Comics Review – 44:39
J.H. Williams III Interview – 57:56
Chick of the Week (including the massive bat-argument!) – 127:28
Anyone who has shopped for a Batgirl t-shirt knows that for years the only Batgirl featured was vintage Bronze Age Barbara Gordon. The only exception was a t-shirt featuring James Jeans art with Cassandra Cain dressed as old style vintage Bronze Age Barbara Gordon.
But yet only three months into the new 52 we already have our first t-shirt featuring the rebooted Barbara Gordon available:
Also available as a v-neck baby tee. Price $19.88 at Stylin online
In fact there are several shirts now available featuring DC women in their new 52 guise:
Wonder Woman by Cliff Chiang. Price $19.88 at Stylin online
And Mahmud Asrar’s Supergirl
This is also available in mens’ style. Again $19.88
The new 52 Catwoman by Guillem March also has a shirt
This one is at Retro Factory and is $19.99.
Tom Bancroft is a freelance artist who is also a former Disney supervising animator (Mushu from Mulan for example). He recently did a few sketches of Wonder Woman this past weekend in the Disney style.
I’ve never, ever figured out why DC and Warner Bros. don’t do more to market Wonder Woman to young girls. She’s a princess for heaven’s sake.
One can only imagine if Wonder Woman was a Marvel/Disney property. Wonder Woman I’m sure you would be marketed right along with Cinderella and Ariel.
Perhaps DC/WB will do more with the Super Best Friends.
There is a lot of focus on the LCS when there is a discussion about new comic readers and getting more women reading comics. But the LCS is only part of it — there is another influence that doesn’t get as much attention. Today I have a guest post from someone who in her role as a librarian has been introducing young adults, both boys and girls, to the joy of comics. Pamela Bodziok is a Teen Services Librarian from Western Pennsylvania. In this post she discusses how she selects graphic novels. She also writes about how she brought the new 52 from DC Comics into her library and got her young female patrons reading the titles. Her thoughts follow:
So, true story: my inspiration for becoming a librarian came from Evelyn Carnahan, the plucky adventurer/librarian from Stephen Sommers’s Mummy movies. I was a lifelong lover of books to begin with, and watching Evy made a job at the library look like so much fun. Granted, I expected that I’d encounter far fewer mummies and undead skeletons on the job than she did, but I figured my time as a librarian would give me plenty of pluck-requiring challenges of my own.
Imagine my delight when, shortly after starting my new job as a Teen Services librarian, I discovered another, awesomely inspiring librarian character: Batgirl herself, Barbara Gordon. The role models don’t get much better than that.
I’ve been a comic book fan my whole life — going through a few dry spells, but always coming back to the medium. I love comics. And in my time at my library, I’ve more or less become the de facto Graphic Novel Expert — less, I expect, because of my position as teen librarian, and more simply because I am the biggest comic book fan in the place.
I don’t know if you’ve been able to discern it through my subtle comments, but I am kind of fond of Mr. Rucka. So I would like to wish Happy Birthday to the man who has brought more great female characters to life than just about anyone in comics. Not only that, he’s one of the nicest people I’ve worked with in the comics industry.
So happy birthday, sir, and many, many more!
The pilot season for next fall is already underway and we’ve heard the second DC associated project float out into the Hollywood trades. I have to admit the idea of Booster Gold being developed into a TV series was a bit of a surprise. Not as big as the earlier news about Deadman, however.
With all the other interesting intellectual property just laying around at DC, it confounds me why we keep hearing about projects like this and last year’s Raven (which appears not to have gone anywhere). More importantly with Marvel having announced three live action television projects at SDCC and one of them, aka Jessica Jones, pretty far along in development, why doesn’t DC have more shows on the air?
Except for their Superman properties (Lois and Clark, Superboy, Smallville), since the 1980 DC and Warner Bros. live action television properties have consisted of Birds of Prey, Swamp Thing, The Flash, and last year’s Human Target. Of those only Swamp Thing lasted more than one season.
There have been attempts, of course, some that never made it to pilot stage such as The Graysons, some that had “test footage” such as Blue Beetle and others that did make it all the way to film such as Aquaman, Justice League and David E. Kelley’s combination of "STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS" and the Wonder Woman*.
With all that in mind, here are a few projects that DC might want take a look developing in addition to Booster Gold and Deadman. And if you are wondering if they have kick ass female characters in them, why yes, yes they do.
Today would have been martial artist Bruce Lee’s 71st
0th* birthday. In the 60s and early 70s, Lee was almost single handily responsible for the rise in popularity of martial arts. In addition to appearing as Kato in Green Hornet TV show (including a cross-over with Batman), he was the inspiration for Caine in Kung-Fu (instead the character was whitecast with David Carradine). But Lee was most famous for the series of Kung-Fu films he did. But did you also know that Bruce is also connected to some of the most fierce female fighters in the DCU?
I’m able to make this statement because of this book:
This series by Denny O’Neill had Richard Dragon facing off against a top martial artist. A man so good he was known as the:
So Richard Dragon honed his skills against a man trained by Lee. And, of course, Dragon then went on to train:
Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress (in Cry for Blood).
Oracle (in Oracle: Year One).
Renee Montoya (in 52).
Dragon also trained Vic Sage, the Question. Dragon also fought (in a series by Chuck Dixon
which is may not be canon) Lady Shiva.
Bruce Lee is also responsible for the introductions of Misty Knight and Colleen Wing who first appeared in the pages of The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu series published by Marvel to cash in on the popularity of Lee.
So if you like ass kicking DC (and Marvel) women, take a minute today to think of Bruce Lee!
*this is a repost from last year
Christian announced that this could be his last time as the masked vigilante whose secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire who as a child witnessed his parents’ murder, leading him to a life of revenge on crime. “I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” he said. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”
Today November 26, 2011 would have been the 89th birthday of Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts. I read Peanuts incessantly growing up and just loved it. And I recently bought the the first issue of the new Boom ongoing.
And while I am about to let loose with an assortment of Peanut’s inspired DC Comics artwork, I need to bring up the third tier Batman rogue, Kiteman.
The real name of Kiteman, who first appeared in Batman #133, is Charles Brown.
And now on to the artwork!
I love this but I would have made Linus Superman.
Watchmen Peanuts! by Doc Shaner
Today is Noel Neill’s 91st birthday. Neill played Lois Lane in the movies and later television. She also appeared in Superman: The Movie as the mother of a young Lois Lane.
Until the Superman movie came along in 1978, she was the live action Lois for most fans (although Phyllis Coates who Neill replace on the television show has her fans).
Neill played Lois as an aggressive, smart reporter and there was always just a bit of dryness in her scenes with George Reeves.
So happy birthday Noel!
Tomorrow is the day when the people of my country stuff themselves with pie, watch football, and give thanks.
Last year I did a list of comic “Turkeys” and a list of things I was thankful for in the world of comics. This year in the spirit of the season I decided to pass on enumerating the jaw droppingly bad stuff and focus on the good things. For the most part.
Here is an admittedly eclectic, rambling list of some of the things I am thankful in comics this year.