Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wonder Woman Wednesday

To celebrate the new DC Universe, launching today.  This is Cliff Chiang's cover to Wonder Woman #1.  or will it be?  Will she have the trousers or not?  I hope she has the trousers.  She looks fierce here, I'm really looking forward to this title.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A question about menstrual cycles

(accidentally posted this on new readers.. shit, sorry guys!)

Ok, this is one for the ladies.  For women not on the pill, implant or hormone releasing coil, how regular are your menstrual cycles?  Like, are they exactly 28 days? (or 26, or 30, or whatever).  I have been led to believe that by the time women have had a period for a few years they will be unerringly regular each month.

Now me, my cycle varies between 26, 28, 30 and more days (36 days was the last one).  It's not that I'm stressed, or eat badly or anything.  I've never ever been regular and I'm now 31 and haven't been on the pill for seven years.  Pretty much all my friends are on the pill and have an artificially imposed cycle I can't ask them, hence why I am opening this up to the general Internet.
I guess I'd like to know how normal this irregular cycle is and if I need to worry..
Anonymous comments are welcome, if you want to answer but don't want to identify yourself.

30 days of DC! Day 30

Day 30: Build your dream team of five characters.
Oooh heck.  Ok, this is actually quite simple given my recent Green Arrow readings.  It's basically team Arrow - Green Arrow (Ollie), Black Canary, Green Arrow (Connor ), Speedy (Mia) and Arsenal.  I love reading about these guys.  I shall miss this in the new DC Universe.  But hopefully we will get more (but different) goodness coming out of the relaunch.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Read comics in public day!

It was yesterday, so as I did last year, I toddled off to my local pub's annual beer festival and got a picture of me reading a comic there.  At the prompting of alexanderlyons and theyallfalldown on twitter I chose an old Robin issue with Spoiler in it - we decided to all read a Stephanie Brown book seeing as she's not gonna be Batgirl anymore.  I am VERY pleased to hear that she is still gonna be in the new DCU as Spoiler though!

Anyway, I proceeded to taste a lot of beers and ended up rather drunk and playing ridiculous drinking games that were altogether (un)successful, depending on your point of view.  I then came back and had a drunken twitter discussion with Ragnell about Perez's Wonder Woman.  I just started reading that run, and I'm quite frankly rather pissed off about the Amazon's origin story, wherein they are raped, tortured and bound by Heracles and his army.  Bah.  Then they are charged to wear the bracelets forevermore as a reminder of their incarceration.  Bah, I say.  Apparently this run was approved by Gloria Steinem?   Bah.   I nearly stopped reading it after the first two issues, but I'm glad I carried on, because the rest of it is rather good.

Thankfully (as we'll be heading back to the beer festival later today) I'm not too hungover today. I think continuing to read old Robin comics definitely helped.  Say, if DC were to put 'good for hangovers' on their books I'm sure they'd sell more..

There are tons of photos of folk reading comics in public on the Flickr stream and of women reading comics on the dedicated tumblr.

30 days of DC! Day 29

Day 29: Favorite Not-so canonical Romance
Batman and Wonder Woman.  Click through to the link.  These guys are made for each other.  Sod Catwoman, Steve Trevor and all the other pretenders.   I want Batwondy!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Super Silly Sunday

Ok so this is a very catty entry.  But with the new DC Universe looming I wanted to point out how fucking ridiculous a cape with boots, jeans and an ordinary S shield t-shirt is.  Clark - get your mum to make you a new costume please.  She had some sense of design.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

30 days of DC! Day 28

Day 28: Favorite Canonical Romance
Clark and Lois or Wally and Iris* Linda.  I'm looking forward to reading about Clark and Lois rediscovering each other, I'm guttes that Wally and Iris* Linda don't seem to exist.  At least at the time of writing they don't. Maybe something will change over August.  We can hope.

* Linda.  I mean Linda.  Thanks to @mijder fon twitter and Gary in the comments or pointing that out.  I think there's something wrong with my brain.  I thought Linda and wrote Iris.  I'm doing this a lot recently.  Missing out words, replacing words with other ones, making  worse than usual typos and not noticing them.  Bah. Maybe it's just cos I'm busy and tired.

Friday, August 26, 2011


There's lots of interesting stuff that I've seen over the last few weeks.  As I don't have time to blog properly about the, you all get a list go links instead.

Never before seen levels of political bad-assery  Can we follow Iceland please?

Supergirl redesigns Nuff said really.  It's a Superfangirl's ideal post.

More Superman in costume pictures Henry Cavill won't be wearing the red underwear. Damn.  Then again, the costume looks much better without the pants.

London 2012 Olympics seek performers any BSL signers want to put themselves forward?

Impulse number 1 An imaginary story from the DC Fifty-Too blog.  It's Iris, not Bart.

Supergirl/Babsgirl #1 Also from DC Fifty -Too

Wonder Woman #1 Also from DC Fifty-Too!

I hope you're all well. Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend my UK followers.  Enjoy the regular weekend the rest of you.  Sorry I haven't been able to respond to comments.

30 days of DC! Day 27

Day 27: Favorite Origin?
Aquagirl's (Lorena's) origin is pretty good, what with all the Sub Diego thing.  I just wish those stories were traded.  Plus, I liked reading about her back then.  I also liked reading about Dolphin, but she's dead now. :(

Thursday, August 25, 2011

30 days of DC! Day 26

Day 26: Least favorite DC “other media
Any Batman thing, excluding The Dark Knight Returns.  I just don't like Batman.

Again, nobody should be surprised by this.   Having said that, I will be buying the Nightwing title, cos although I dislike Batman, I do like his supporting cast.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wonder Woman Wednesday

Wonder Woman redesigns from Colleeen Doran:

How beautiful?  My favourites are the right hand coloured one and the left and right hand pencilled ones.  *Swoon*

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 25

I'm having to slow these down now, or i'll run out of posts and have to think of something new (oh noes...!!)

Day 25: Favorite DC “other media” (movie, cartoon, etc).

Really, is anybody remotely surprised by this?  I love Smallville.  Even the crappy episodes.

Monday, August 22, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 23 and 24

Day 23: Favorite Costume
Jay Garrick's.  Classy, practical, down to earth, no fuss, no frills, just like Jay.

I am part of the way to creating a Jay Garrick costume, I just need to get the motivation to make the hat.  Or fond someone else to make me one.

Day 24: Least Favorite Costume
Wonder Woman's fucking stupid shorts and cropped jacket look.  How 90s.  How horrible.  How completely inappropriate for the character.  It's the costume on the far right.

I supppose I could also add her Star sapphire costume, except that Nicola Scott made it look ok:
This is how everyone else drew Wondy's Star sapphire costume: Actually that's Carol Ferris.  Still a fucking awful costume but doesn't really help my point.  See the comments for a link to Wondy's actual Star Sapphire costume.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Super Silly Sunday

Adventures of Superman 638 went a little odd and gave us a few spoofs of various other well known comics.  Check them out:

The top one is a Frank Miller - Sin City piss take (lethal little Dinah - ha!).  The second is Calvin and Hobbes and I don't recognise the third, but I did enjoy it!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 20 to 22

Day 20: DC Storyline/Book you could read over and over again?
Supergirl - Many Happy Returns.  Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon.  Judd Winick's entire Green Arrow run.  Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in the 8th grade.

Day 21: Favorite DCU Event?
Blackest Night!  Zombie zombie zombie zombie zombie!  Flashpoint isn't doing a whole lot for me.

Day 22: Guilty pleasure character?
I don't have guilty pleasures.  I either like characters or I dont.  I've never understood these guilty pleasures questions.  Why be embaressed about something you like and take pleasure from?

Friday, August 19, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 16 to 19

Day 16: Favorite lantern corps?
Indigo Tribe or the Blue Lantern Corps.  But much like the least favourite female character question, I don't really have a favourite Lantern Corps.  They work together as a concept, and individual characters I like, but as for the Corps themselves, well, I enjoy them all.

Day 17: Favorite legacy hero (Hero that took on a previous hero’s ID)
Iris Allen.  Now can we see more of her please?
(EDIT - I first wrote this months ago, in January 201, writing now (August 2011), I'd like to ask that she exist at all)

Day 18: Best Butt?
Did SallyP write this?  What the hey, let's say Guy Gardener.

Day 19: Character you used to hate/dislike, but now you don’t?
Cassandra Cain.   She's more interesting than I gave her credit for.  Now I'm really very keen on her.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 12 to 15

Day 12: DC Location You’d Most Like to Visit?
Metropolis.  Get me in with thoise Super folks, please!

Day 13: Favorite artist(s)
Amanda Connor, Bernard Chang, Amy Reeder, Renato Guedes, Cliff Chiang, Ben Caldwell, Ale Gara, Nicola Scott, Ed McGuinnes, Eric Jones.

Day 14: Favorite writer(s)
Greg Rucka on his Wonder Woman run.  Judd Winick on his Green Arow run.  Landry Walker on Supergirl Cosmic Adventures.  Those are (today) probably my favourite comics of all time.  Land

Day 15: Character that should have their own movie
Wonder Woman.  Hell, at least Supergirl got her own movie once, even if it was critically derided.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 8 to 11

Day 8: Least favorite female character
You know, I don't think there's any female characters that I hate or dislike.  Some I think are pointless, like Mera's sister Siren, but I expect that's because they've not been written right, or were introduced in a manner I disliked.  So, I can't really pick a least favourite.  I enjoy reading about all of Dc's women.

Day 9: Least favorite male character
Captain Shinypants.  Or captain Atom if you insist.  He's shit and he's boring.

Day 10: Most cracktastic moment
I'm the goddamn Batman.

Or that scene in Many Happy Returns where Kara is trying to push the earth away from an oncoming meteorite.  I don't have a scan to hand but it makes me laugh every time.

Day 11: Favorite Elseworlds/Multiverse?
Ooh blimey.  The gender swapped universe is of course fun. I've enjoyed a lot of the Elseworlds stories but I'm not sure I'd enjoy the actual world.  Regular earth 1 is fine with me.

Monday, August 15, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 4 to 7

Day 4: Character you would bring back from the dead
Kid Devil!  Without a doubt.  Or Boomerang junior.

Day 5: Favorite rogues gallery
The Flash's rogues.  They seem far more human and well rounded than most.  They aren't all about the unthingking smashing of their enemies, they have thought and consideration behind them.  Plus, they have tight relationship/friendship with each other.  It makes for a very interesting read.

Day 6: Power or Ability You’d Like to Steal
Flight.  Without a doubt.

Day 7: Favorite Team/Corps/Family
The Super family.  That's including Lois, Jimmy, Perry, Cat Grant, Lana, Pete, the dog, the extra Kryptonians.  Bring it on.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

30 days of DC! Days 1 to 3

Yes yes, I know this meme went round last year, but i'm incredibly late to the party.  I started writing it in January, left it until August, and now I've decided that what with the DC relaunch it might be nice to post it over August, as a sort of farewell to the old DC.  Just don't expect any commmentary, it's mostly short answers.  I'll be posting several days in each post, to make sure it's all done by 31st August, before JLA #1 launches the new DC Universe.

Here goes:

Day 1: Favorite Female Character
My favourite icon is Supergirl.  My favourite character swings between Dinah Lance, Rose Wilson, Mia Dearden or Wonder Woman.  I love reading about Dinah, but I admire Rose and Wondy more.  I respect Mia as a character.

Day 2: Favorite Male Character
Oh gods.  Ok, Aquaman is definitely up there in the top 3.  Superman, well it's Supes, of course he's one of my favourites.  Oliver Queen is also in the top 3.  Sure he can be a jerk, but I have soft spot for him.  Then there's Guy Gardner, who would be top, but he's not brain damaged any more.  I liked the anti hero jerk Guy.

Day 3: Favorite Friendship
Oh crap, this is hard.  Connor, Bart and Tim I love.  Kara and Steph are fun.  Steph and Cass are better.  The Birds of Prey's friendships are wonderful to read about.  I also love Wonder Woman's and Superman's friendship.  Or Ted and Booster.

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Oliver Queen

Urgh.  The costume is fine.  The change in facial hair, hair colour and the de-aging is not fine.  I like Oliver as a cocky, grumpy, fun loving, promiscious dick, committed ot social justice and aged about 40.  I'm not entirely sure I want to read about a de-aged trendy Oliver.

I'll buy the first few issues anyway.  Hopefully they'll surprise me.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

DC's relaunch

So as I read this week's comics I realised that everything I now read in August will be wrapping up, and I will now get a month's worth of final issues.  This will make me a little sad.  Not just because some titles are ending, but also because I think the books will feel like goodbyes, swan songs if you will.

I have a lot of things to be excited about in the new DC universe, my pull list is getting longer after all, but I shall miss the current incarnations of the characters.  I know that some of the backstories will change and I know that we will be reading new re-tellings of the classic stuff - Lois and Clark getting together, hopefully Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, hopefully Barry and Iris - and that's actually fine by me, because I'd like to read these stories in a modern style.  It'll be fun to see another version of these myths.

But I'm still sad because I like the stories with their rich history as they are now. I like the characters' relationships as they are now.  I'm hoping that Black Canary and Green Arrow will still have a thing, I'm hoping that Wally is brought back and we get to see him and Linda reform their relationship.  I hope that Bart is till from the future with big feet, a short attention span full of innocence.  I'm hoping that Supergirl settles down and becomes a hero.  I hope Roy Harper still had a drug problem and Ollie was still a dick when dealing with it.

I don't mind if we lose specific, minor, stories - after all I can still read them, I have the issues, but it's the core themes and events and relationships and networks that I want kept.

I do applaud DC's efforts on trying to bring in new readers.  I am pleased that they have made an effort to be more diverse and are now committed to hiring more female creators.  I love the fact that they will be selling digital comics the same day the print copies are published.

So I'm a weird mixture of excited and apprehensive.  We'll see how it pans out. I'll be buying lots of issues anyway, and I'm sorely tempted to get an ipad to read the digital comics on.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

England riots

I want to write about the riots but i'm a) really tired and b) out every night this week.  This causes a problem.

Basically, lots of teenagers and kids are running around big cities in England (not Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you'll note) and muggin people, setting fire to things and looting shops.  It started last weekend after a guy got shot by the police in London and a protest was organised.  It's no longer a protest (in my eyes, though undoubtedly some of the kids think they're protesting) and it's pure criminal damage.  People have died, others have been put in hospital, many have lost their livelihood as their businesses are burnt to the ground.

My city isn't affected but my friend's cities are.  It's not caused by social media, tuition fees, bad diets, alcohol, single mothers or video games.  It is a fucking nightmare for the people in the areas where the kids are rioting.  It's not even organised riots, just many seperate gangs of kids.

Now they're talking about bringing in the army, rubber bullets and water cannons.  The poor police have not got enough coppers in the force to maintain control.  Personally, I'm swinging more towards arresting all the rioters and chucking them in gaol, cos they know full well what they're doing.

I'll leave you with The Clash, singing London's Burning.

Wonder Woman Wednesday

Here we have another Amanda Connor depiction of a Wonder Woman, this time Diana's mother, Hippolyta, rendered in statue form.  Fierce.
I don't own this statue, I wish I did.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Abortion Support Network - August bulletin

Find them on twitter: @abortionsupport

Welcome to your ASN eBulletin. July has been another busy month – and things show no sign of slowing down. ASN’s Mara Clarke stood up for women in Ireland at a Pro Choice demonstration. We have a new phone team! ASN is looking to expand our hosting network outside of London. Save the date for our second birthday party – and why not take advantage of the opportunity to organise a film screening for ASN? Check out the second London Reproductive Health Happy Hour!

• The calls keep coming in
• New phone team
• Pro Choice Rally 9 July
• Upcoming events
• Hosts wanted and other ways to get involved
• Keep in touch
The calls keep coming in
In July, ASN heard from 24 women. In comparison, last July we heard from five. In fact, in our busiest month last year we heard from 12 women, whereas this year we’ve had several months where we’ve heard from more than 20 women. We are incredibly grateful to our donors, who provide us with the means to help these women when they call, and to the clinics we work with, who do everything in their power to help these women in need.
Women we heard from this month included:
  • A 20 year old woman who became pregnant despite using oral contraceptives whose partner became violent and abusive when she told him about the pregnancy 
  • A woman who felt so guilty and alone she spoke of suicide
  • A mother of two who arrived at the clinic at a later gestation than anyone had suspected, and on a day when there was no doctor available to perform the procedure at her gestation. We were able to book her an appointment at a nearby clinic the same day.
  • Three women in various circumstances who we helped to access a medical abortion through Women on Web.
  • A single mother of two and recovering substance user. Her sister was able to help her with some of the funds, and ASN was able to make up the balance.
  • A single mother who was advised not to have another child due to complications in her last pregnancy. When she approached her family for help she was told that she’d ‘made her bed and would now have to lie in it.’
  • A young married couple facing a pregnancy affected by severe foetal anomalies. Their situation is so dire they are hoping she miscarries to save making the difficult and costly trip to England.
Email from a woman looking for help:
  • Hey i really dnt know wat to do im 23 yrs old and i cant get an abortion over here and im now pregnant roughly 7 weeks i have 200 pounds i am on benefits no 1 will help me my doctor called me a murderer earlier and told me to leave his clinic please help i feel suicidal and have depression and severe anxiety, thank you

And finally, a thank you from the mother of a teen we helped in June:
  • Hi I was wanted to Thank you again without your kind help I don't know how I would have been able to help my daughter as there is no help for woman/young girls here! She found out about your charity through talking to a Councillor. You were so caring, understanding of my predicament. I hope that if any other single mums of a 16 year old daughter finds themselves in my position find out about your charity as the cost of travel & clinic costs are horrendous on a single wage.
ASN thanks these women and men for sharing their stories with us, and for permitting us to share them with you. We also thank the clinics, counsellors and other groups who ensure that these women receive the care they need.

New phone team
Thank you to everyone who came forward to volunteer as ASN phone coordinators. As the link between women in difficult circumstances and the funding and information that can help them, the phone is a vital channel for ASN. We are just now in the final stages of interviewing and training our new team.

Pro Choice Rally 9 July

We were glad to see so many of you at the Pro Choice Rally held 9 July at Parliament Square. For those of you who missed it, we have a clip of ASN’s Mara Clarke, who was among speakers including Dr Evan Harris, Dianne Abbott MP, Lisa Hallgarten of Education for Choice, writer Laurie Penny, and Darinka Aleksic and Kate Smurthwaite of Abortion Rights.

Upcoming Events

• ASN’s second birthday celebration will be in the evening of 26 October in central London. Save the date!

• Interested in hosting a film screening? The fabulous Sarah Diehl is returning to England with her film, Abortion Democracy: Poland South Africa. She will be attending a screening/ASN fundraiser in Newcastle 20 October and is looking for other venues to show between Newcastle and London between 20 Oct and 25 Oct. If you live in the UK and are interested in organising a screening of Abortion Democracy: Poland South Africa, get in touch!

• The Repro Health Happy Hour returns! Join pro choice Londoners at a networking/drinks/social event 23rd August. More details here.

Get involved

As a volunteer-run organisation, ASN counts on its wonderful volunteers and supporters to help the women who contact us. We are currently seeking the following volunteers. Please contact us if you are interested in one of these roles.

Hosts - ASN is expanding! In addition to seeking hosts within an easy commute of Richmond, Ealing, Streatham or Brixton, we are also seeking hosts in Birmingham, Merseyside/Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester. Have a spare room, pull out sofa, or air mattress and the desire to host a woman in need? Get in touch! And make sure to tell your prochoice friends who live in these places about ASN!

Event Planning - Host a film screening, help plan an ASN event, or create something of your own. For inspiration, check out our Fundraising Toolkit.

A few words from you
As ASN starts writing our second annual report, we want your input. If you have made a donation, what compelled you to choose ASN to support? If you are a host, what makes you host? Why are you involved with ASN? Let us know!

Are you one of the more than 500 people who follows us on Twitter? If not, sign up now! Have a friend who would be interested in receiving this newsletter? Forward this to them and encourage them to visit to sign up to receive our monthly eBulletin.

Thank you!!

Thank you again for all your support. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to provide accommodation, financial assistance, and confidential, non-judgemental information to the women in difficult circumstances who have contacted us.

With best regards
Abortion Support Network
+44 (0) 7897 611 593
Charity Number 1142120

Monday, August 08, 2011

Black/Hispanic Spider-man!

Crossposted from here:
Revealed in Marvel Comics' Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.

In his first appearance, he simply breaks up a fight. But readers will learn the true origin of Morales and how he became the new Spider-Man when Ultimate Spider-Man relaunches in September with a new No. 1 issue.

"The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He's going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means."  The new Ultimate Spider-Man series, as well as Wednesday's Ultimate Fallout issue, will be available digitally the same day as in stores.

In the regular Marvel Universe, Peter Parker will still be the same web-swinging Spidey as he has been since his first appearance in 1962. But in the Ultimate line, launched in 2000 to tell contemporary stories, he received a new origin and a reimagined supporting cast that paralleled the Spidey in regular Marvel continuity.

Morales' journey will be a similar vehicle for today's fans, says Marvel's editor in chief, Axel Alonso.

"What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who's reflective of our culture and diversity. We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker."

In addition to an alliterative name, Miles has a connection to his predecessor in how he received his powers. But he will have different abilities, too. Supporting characters such as Peter's Aunt May and Gwen Stacy also will give Miles nuggets of wisdom to help his transition from young kid to New York City superhero.
Italian artist Sara Pichelli, who was integral in designing the new Spider-Man's look, says, "Maybe sooner or later a black or gay — or both — hero will be considered something absolutely normal."

Sweet! I'm quite tempted to buy this.  If you click through to the page I got this from there's a picture.
(and yes, I know I'm late to the party on this, but I'm now writing posts in advance and scheduling them.  It makes the blog(s) much easier to manage that way).

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Super Silly Sunday

I got this from Ragnell's tumblr.  I think Superman and Hal are in hell, and I believe this story showcases how stupid Hal is.

Even if it doesn't, LOL!!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Married lesbian heroes of the Norway tragedy

From here:
Hege Dalen and her spouse, Toril Hansen were near Utöyan having dinner on the opposite shore across from the ill-fated campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island.
“We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview.
The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.  Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock in, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat.
Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times.
They were able to rescue 40 young people from the clutches of the killer.
“We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said.
Now, I've only seen this on twitter from gay news sources.  As the article I cross posted this from rightly states, this sort of hero story is usually incredibly popular with mainstream news.
So why haven't they covered it?  Because the heroes are women, or lesbians, or married lesbians, or are there other reasons?

Whatever the reason is, I take my hat off to these women.  Despite all my hero fantasies I'm not sure I could do what they did.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Green Arrow!

I've been re-reading Winick's run.  I love it.  I know he's incredibly unpopular but I think his Green Arrow run is great and it's one of my favourite series.  Here are some reasons why.

All from the Road to Jericho trade.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Henry Cavill in the Superman costume!

You can also see a cropped shot focusing on Cavill only here.

What do you think?  I'm a little underwhelmed.  The new costume itself is fine, a little modern, a little Thor influenced, a little like the DCnU relaunch style.

But Mr Cavill himself..I don't know.  He looks to me like a man dressed up as Superman for a fancy dress party (do foreign folk know what I mean when I say fancy dress?).  He doesn't look like *Superman*.  Not to me.  He looks a little older than he should, he doesn't look as kind as she should.  Superman should inspire awe and thrills.  This shot of Superman doesn't.

Earlier this week we saw images of Cavill as Clark:
And this I'm really not keen on.  His hair is wrong - it's too long and harks back to the 90s mullet.  See more here.  Superman's hair shouldn't be curly.

None of this will stop me seeing the movie, but I'm now feeling a little concerned.  I mean, I know there's plenty we're not seeing and it's entirely possible (and likely) Cavill will blow me away as Supes, but from these photos, I just don't feel like this is *my* Superman.

Then again, I'm a massive Christopher Reeve fan so I'm very hard to impress.  Although Brandon Routh did do a good job aping Reeve.
What do you all think?

Meanderings on language

I keep using the word idiot to mean stupid. I know there’s been a lot of discourse in online activist circles about the use of ablest language, including how ‘idiot’ is used to mean stupid. I have come to the conclusion that idiot can be (is) offensive to quite a few people because idiot is/was (not sure which) a medical term for people who are..and here’s where I fall down, because I don’t know the right term. I want to say retarded, special needs or slow. What is right? Retard certainly isn’t, I’m pretty sure retarded isn’t either. There are probably loads of cognitive disorders/disabilities /syndromes that these terms are used to mean, and those folk who aren’t affected them probably gloss them all into retard/idiot/slow/special needs.

But back to idiot. I use it to mean stupid. And to me, with my limited knowledge, that is what it means. If someone is a bit slow they are stupid – not bright, not clever. I think where using idiot gets offensive is where it is used to dehumanise people, to outright say or imply that they are worth less than others because they are not as intelligent. That is plainly wrong.

And again, if people use special needs/retarded/slow to refer to a range of developmental abnormalities as the same thing, that again becomes problematic. I don’t know enough about this area of human experience to say what the different syndromes/disabilities etc are.  I know I wouldn’t call those with these disabilities an idiot – I don’t know if I’d call anyone other than myself an idiot to be honest, cos I don’t like abusing/insulting people (at least not to their face).

I was going to end this post by saying that I will continue to use idiot because I don’t use it in a dehumanising manner to other people, but if someone found it offensive I would stop using it around them. But then, someone could be reading this blog (it is in a public space after all) and could be finding it offensive, so I’d just be undermining my intention. I would be effectively making excuses for myself and putting the blame for the offence onto the person who is offended, and that’s wrong. The offender needs to take responsibility for their actions, I feel.

Where am I going with this? I don’t really know. Other than that I shouldn't use the word idiot in public.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Wonder Woman Wednesday

The talented Amanda Connor draws a wonderful Wondy and Peej, complete with cat, Stinky.  I think is from the New Beginning trade, but it might be the sequel to that one.

Anyway, I think this sequence of the Amazon Princess translating for Peej's cat is great.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Wonder Woman pilot

Well a couple of clips from the Wonder Woman pilot made it onto the web.  Two were posted by DC Women Kicking Ass, both have now been removed, presumably for copyright reasons.  If anyone knows of anywhere else the clips are still live, let me know.

They were bad.  They were very very bad.  Diana killed a common criminal by throwing a pole through his neck.  She is mean, she is angry, she is unlikeable.  That is not a Wonder Woman I want to see.  That is not Wonder Woman.  There was no Wonder!  Diana of the Amazons should inspire hope and joy.  a sense of the mythic and the magical.  She should look like she could beat you up, but also like she would give you a hug (thanks to either innerbrat or fullofwhoa for pointing this out, I forget who said it, sorry!).  She's truthful, optimistic, graceful, compassionate, polite, understanding, wise, mature, funny, dedicated to her mission and believe in peace.

None of these thing were shown in the clips.  Here is a transcript from one clip, where they are discussing new action figures:

Diana (talking over the man): I never would have done that

Man: You had the idea to merchandise--
Diana: (standing up) I never said merchandise my tits.
Etta: Wonder Woman isn't vulgar.
Diana: No. Of course Wonder Woman isn't vulgar. Wonder Woman is perfect. Perfect tits. Perfect ass. Perfect teeth. I mean, look at these teeth. She always does everything right. God forbid she make a mistake. It's not like we should expect the world to accept her being human.

(Thanks to Ragnell for the transcript).

She says all this with a sneer of contempt.  And she should be swearing by the GodS, plural.  Wonder Woman without the pagan background is simply not Wonder Woman.

The other clip had her chasing, catching and then murdering criminals.  When she catches the first one she is reluctant to hand him over to the cops because they "won't give him what he deserves" or something.  The cop then says something back to her about him needing to face justice, I think.  The initimation was Diana thought he deserved to be killed (there and then) and not go through the judicial system.
Diana has never, never been above the law.  That's what the aftermath of killing Maxwell Lord was about (contained in Greg Rucka's Mission's End trade).

Ugh ugh ugh, it was horrible.  I know I was excited about the series, but based on those clips I would not have watched it.

Edit - I also thought this had posted.  It hadn't.  Damn blogger.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Kara facepalms

This was the only panel I enjoyed from Superman 713:
Clark had just told Connor and Kara he was giving up his Sups identity.  Kara is obviously very despairing of this.
(Scan nicked from Anj's site).

As for the rest of this week's haul - only Dollhouse #1 and Birds of prey really stood out.  The latter cos it had chicks fighting nazis.  Always a winner with me is that.  I have 3 Wonder woman trades coming my way this week, hurrah!

But for now, back to reading Dance with Dragons.  I am 10% of the way through and it's pretty damn great.

Edit - I thought this had posted a week ago.  It didn't.