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I couldn’t think of a more boring combo of characters.I’m personally more of a Bats x Wondy (This is also saying a lot, given that I am a Bruce x Selina shipper for life) and Steve x Wondy shipper, because I really believe that Diana needs a male counterpart that will challenge her, and vice versa.  Diana needs risk, and excitement, and passion - and no offence to any Clark fans, but I don’t think that Clark is really capable of that on the level that Diana would need to be in a full-on relationship and not get bored.  Clark seems to be very much more of a home-maker kind of guy, and I don’t see Diana ever living a ‘normal’ home-y kind of life.Remember that Clark was Clark Kent first, and Superman second. ‘Superman’ is just a costume that Clark puts on to go and and save people. Diana was born as Woman Woman Princess of Themyscira, her real identity IS Wonder Woman - her secret one is Diana Prince. I’m a big romantic, so I’m into romantic tension, and lust and relationships overcoming obstacles, and all of those things. And the way Clark and Diana came together in that recently issue of Justice League was just so… blah. It lacked any sense of emotion that had me even close to caring whether they hooked up / had a relationship that would last. The conversation was pretty much ‘We’re alone and both have super powers, let’s make out?’ Where is the dramatic tension?  Where is the passion?! Where is a first-kiss make-out scene so freaking epic that it makes me leap off the couch in glee, grasping the comic in my hands while I bounce around the room?!(Also super pissed that DC split Lois and Clark up just so this could even happen.)
The only example of Wonder Woman and Superman ever working in a relationship that had pretty much all of this was Maid Waid and Alex Ross’ ‘Kingdom Come.’ But only because in Kingdom Come, both of them were pretty much different characters. Diana was far more unrestrained in her actions, she was wild and full of fire that she would not have shown around the usual DC Comics Superman. And Clark was old and tired and empty, together they refueled each other and their mission. (A lot of this involved shouting matches, but this helped make it interesting)Long rant was long. In summation, I dislike the pairing. It *could* have worked under a better writer perhaps, but that’s not what we were given.

I couldn’t think of a more boring combo of characters.
I’m personally more of a Bats x Wondy (This is also saying a lot, given that I am a Bruce x Selina shipper for life) and Steve x Wondy shipper, because I really believe that Diana needs a male counterpart that will challenge her, and vice versa.  Diana needs risk, and excitement, and passion - and no offence to any Clark fans, but I don’t think that Clark is really capable of that on the level that Diana would need to be in a full-on relationship and not get bored.  Clark seems to be very much more of a home-maker kind of guy, and I don’t see Diana ever living a ‘normal’ home-y kind of life.
Remember that Clark was Clark Kent first, and Superman second. ‘Superman’ is just a costume that Clark puts on to go and and save people. Diana was born as Woman Woman Princess of Themyscira, her real identity IS Wonder Woman - her secret one is Diana Prince. 
I’m a big romantic, so I’m into romantic tension, and lust and relationships overcoming obstacles, and all of those things. And the way Clark and Diana came together in that recently issue of Justice League was just so… blah. It lacked any sense of emotion that had me even close to caring whether they hooked up / had a relationship that would last. The conversation was pretty much ‘We’re alone and both have super powers, let’s make out?’ Where is the dramatic tension?  Where is the passion?! Where is a first-kiss make-out scene so freaking epic that it makes me leap off the couch in glee, grasping the comic in my hands while I bounce around the room?!
(Also super pissed that DC split Lois and Clark up just so this could even happen.)

The only example of Wonder Woman and Superman ever working in a relationship that had pretty much all of this was Maid Waid and Alex Ross’ ‘Kingdom Come.’ But only because in Kingdom Come, both of them were pretty much different characters. Diana was far more unrestrained in her actions, she was wild and full of fire that she would not have shown around the usual DC Comics Superman. And Clark was old and tired and empty, together they refueled each other and their mission. (A lot of this involved shouting matches, but this helped make it interesting)
Long rant was long. In summation, I dislike the pairing. It *could* have worked under a better writer perhaps, but that’s not what we were given.

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The Happy Sorceress: Why are you guys leaving DC-fandom?

beccarocks:

doctormeii:

It’s like breaking up with your boyfriend just because he’s got a new haircut that really sucks.

No it’s not like that at all.

It’s like he suddenly changed his personality mid-way through your relationship. Oh and suddenly facets of his personality are…

I’m leaving DC for now because I shouldn’t have to ‘stick with DC’ to see if I’ll like any of the new stuff when my favourite comics have just been ripped from my fingers.  (I hate it when people try and guilt tip me into buying some of the new 52 comics by telling me I’m not a DC fan if I don’t support the company through thick and thin.  DC are a company producing a product and I am a consumer.)

(Source: gorlands)

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This is an audio clip of Dan Didio at SDCC.  Someone in the audience asked him why the percentage of women on DC’s creative team dropped from 12% to 1%.  His response is “What do these numbers mean to you?” and “Who should we be hiring?”  I know most of you have read a transcript of the discussion, but you should probably listen to this.  I know I imagined a more sarcastic/inquisitive tone on “Who should we be hiring?” so hearing how aggressive he sounds is just.  Wow.  I would’ve been incredibly uncomfortable had I witnessed this first hand.

I’m pretty sure credit for the audio clip goes to DCWKA, but I could be wrong.

Holy fucking shit. I was not expecting that.

This, to me, makes it very clear that Didio did not actually want an answer. He is aggressive, and is clearly attempting to intimidate the fan who asked the question. There’s barely room to respond, and his repetition in increasingly agitated tones of “Who should we hire? Tell me right now!” sounds like it would belong better in an interrogation room than a Q&A! From his tone, he is very much on the defensive. It sounds, to me, like he legitimately thinks that there are no women good enough for him to have hired.

I think that pisses me off more than anything else. That he is so secure in his asinine hiring decisions during this process that he thinks he is beyond reproach and becomes noticeably agitated when questioned.

Didio, you are not beyond reproach. In fact, considering your position and the industry you work in, you are subject to the scrutiny of the fans. That’s how it works. And we will call you on your bullshit. You are answerable for your decisions, and if you cannot rationally explain them without becoming angry and aggressively defensive about them, maybe you should take a second look at them.

I remember listening to this and really not expecting it, either. All I could do was cringe and say; “Oh honey, no.”

SIGN THE PETITION GUYS. SIGN IT. 

The petition is doing really well! We’re up to 2,046 signatures and Alex DiBranco, the Women’s Rights Editor at Change.org, has offered to compile a press release, feature us in an e-mail alert and provide us with coverage on their blog as well as several other sites! Our voices (for a change) are being heard! So please, continue to reblog and get the word out. You also can always go straight to the source and give DC a piece of your mind by submitting a message to their letters page here.

I’m so proud/happy that it’s doing so well, we’re making a difference guys! Tell your friends, get everyone you know to sign

I would add my name to the list of possible creators but that seems kinda self serving.  But I urge all of you to please sign this petition and add and many creator names as possible.

Dan, there are plenty of talented women out there.  Peek out of your own little stable of early 90s creators and you might see some breath-taking, passionate and inspiring new talent that will bring in some of these precious ‘new readers’ you’re hoping so much to get with the reboot.

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soundinthesea:

comiccharm:

I’m just here to say quickly that you should all go and read this amazing article on Bleeding Cool called ‘Give Batgirl the Chair’ written by Eric Glover.  It’s amazingly insightful and has helped me come to terms with why taking Babs out of the chair and erasing her past 20 years as Oracle hurts so much, at least to me personally.  There is also a Facebook page called ‘Barbara’s Not Broken’ that I encourage you to go and ‘like’ to show your support.

OMG I wish people would quit. They’ve already said they’re not erasing anything important from past story arcs! I’m sure they’ll have a way for her to become Batgirl again. Besides Oracle sucked.

If your opinion had a face, I would be punching it so hard right now.

soundinthesea:

comiccharm:

I’m just here to say quickly that you should all go and read this amazing article on Bleeding Cool called ‘Give Batgirl the Chair’ written by Eric Glover.  It’s amazingly insightful and has helped me come to terms with why taking Babs out of the chair and erasing her past 20 years as Oracle hurts so much, at least to me personally.  There is also a Facebook page called ‘Barbara’s Not Broken’ that I encourage you to go and ‘like’ to show your support.

OMG I wish people would quit. They’ve already said they’re not erasing anything important from past story arcs! I’m sure they’ll have a way for her to become Batgirl again. Besides Oracle sucked.

If your opinion had a face, I would be punching it so hard right now.

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I’ve been avoiding Tumblr this week because people are throwing screenshots from the new Harry Potter all over the place.  Due to work commitments I won’t have a chance to see it until the start of August so I don’t want to be ‘spoiled.’  Sure the book has been out for ages but I still want to see scenes from the movie for the first time when I go and see it.
I’m just here to say quickly that you should all go and read this amazing article on Bleeding Cool called ‘Give Batgirl the Chair’ written by Eric Glover.  It’s amazingly insightful and has helped me come to terms with why taking Babs out of the chair and erasing her past 20 years as Oracle hurts so much, at least to me personally.  There is also a Facebook page called ‘Barbara’s Not Broken’ that I encourage you to go and ‘like’ to show your support.

I’ve been avoiding Tumblr this week because people are throwing screenshots from the new Harry Potter all over the place.  Due to work commitments I won’t have a chance to see it until the start of August so I don’t want to be ‘spoiled.’  Sure the book has been out for ages but I still want to see scenes from the movie for the first time when I go and see it.

I’m just here to say quickly that you should all go and read this amazing article on Bleeding Cool called ‘Give Batgirl the Chair’ written by Eric Glover.  It’s amazingly insightful and has helped me come to terms with why taking Babs out of the chair and erasing her past 20 years as Oracle hurts so much, at least to me personally.  There is also a Facebook page called ‘Barbara’s Not Broken’ that I encourage you to go and ‘like’ to show your support.

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DC Women Kicking Ass: DC Comics to female readers: we're just not that into you

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DC Comics which has seen its market size and readership totals shrink over the years, has finally figured out how they are going to increase its sales.

It’s going to try and sell more to the same people. They are out on their DCnU roadshow and are saying that “new readers” they are targeting…

This is very upsetting.  Given that this reboot is about getting in new readers and starting fresh you’d at least think that DC were throwing out the old boys-club business model and you know… trying something new?

I swear, women, minorities and the lgbt community are the biggest fans of DC ever.  We put up with so much crap and we’re still buying.  Maybe DC should be looking to us for a change.  If anyone accuses me of not being a ‘real fan’ again based on my gender I’m going to flip my shit at them.  For reals.

(I’m a bit more edgy than usual today, I have a crazy-big deadline looming and I have a cold.)

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I walked into my local comic shop today and was bombarded with all sorts of offensive comments (comments that I found offensive, they were very sexist and ableist) today about the DC reboot by a notorious staff member there.  I was so infuriated that when I got home I needed to draw a comic about it, so here it is.
I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I don’t need to be smacked in the face with this kind of vitrol when all I want to do is just buy a few comics.  I work part-time in customer service and one thing I know is that you don’t rip apart your customer’s choices no matter what you think on the matter.  If asked to give your opinion then sure, it’s fine.  But I was assaulted with these comments as soon as I made it to the counter.
The staff there know I religiously buy Birds of Prey and Batgirl and this staff member in particular was obviously ribbing me about the whole Barbara Gordon thing. I’m not angry that he thinks that Babs being Batgirl is awesome, I’m angry because he felt the need to tell me that he thinks it’s awesome because ‘Oracle was useless’ and that people in wheelchairs can’t do anything.  He also made some offensive comments about Huntress and Powergirl, two characters that really mean a lot to me personally.
My LCS is a small shop and the only comic shop in the State, plus my friend works there so I try to support them where I can.  I’ve been a customer there for years and always look forward to going there and casting my eyes over the tiny selection of floppies they have on the shelves.  But after this morning I think I’ll be cancelling all of my current orders and shopping elsewhere.  I’m getting an iPad at the end of the month and it seems like a great time for me to switch to digital or just stick to trades so my exposure to such people are limited.

I walked into my local comic shop today and was bombarded with all sorts of offensive comments (comments that I found offensive, they were very sexist and ableist) today about the DC reboot by a notorious staff member there.  I was so infuriated that when I got home I needed to draw a comic about it, so here it is.

I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I don’t need to be smacked in the face with this kind of vitrol when all I want to do is just buy a few comics.  I work part-time in customer service and one thing I know is that you don’t rip apart your customer’s choices no matter what you think on the matter.  If asked to give your opinion then sure, it’s fine.  But I was assaulted with these comments as soon as I made it to the counter.

The staff there know I religiously buy Birds of Prey and Batgirl and this staff member in particular was obviously ribbing me about the whole Barbara Gordon thing. I’m not angry that he thinks that Babs being Batgirl is awesome, I’m angry because he felt the need to tell me that he thinks it’s awesome because ‘Oracle was useless’ and that people in wheelchairs can’t do anything.  He also made some offensive comments about Huntress and Powergirl, two characters that really mean a lot to me personally.

My LCS is a small shop and the only comic shop in the State, plus my friend works there so I try to support them where I can.  I’ve been a customer there for years and always look forward to going there and casting my eyes over the tiny selection of floppies they have on the shelves.  But after this morning I think I’ll be cancelling all of my current orders and shopping elsewhere.  I’m getting an iPad at the end of the month and it seems like a great time for me to switch to digital or just stick to trades so my exposure to such people are limited.

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There is currently a  thread on Gail Simone’s forum called ‘redesign the redesign’ which encourages people to re-envision the DC characters whose new design they dislike for certain reasons.  When I first saw Harley Quinn’s redesign over ar Comics Alliance I didn’t know it was her until some of my Tumblr followers started sharing the pic around and saying it was her.  I was… surprised.
Long story short: for the redesign thread I tried my hand at Harley Quinn.  I went with a pierrot-inspired outfit with big puffy sleeves and bloomers.  (I freaking love bloomers.)  I wanted to maintain her sweet, girlish face.  One thing that I’ve always loved about Harley is that she seems perfectly innocent and incapable of really hurting someone, which as we all know is a lie.  By making her look like a hard-edged psycho all of the time you’re removing some of her impact.  She looks like the sweet little girl next door but she’s powerfully vindictive and cunning.  I mean, who else would be worthy of or even stand up to The Joker of all people?
I really want to do more of these in the lead-up to September.  Depends on how hectic my schedule is between now and then as to how many I produce.

There is currently a  thread on Gail Simone’s forum called ‘redesign the redesign’ which encourages people to re-envision the DC characters whose new design they dislike for certain reasons.  When I first saw Harley Quinn’s redesign over ar Comics Alliance I didn’t know it was her until some of my Tumblr followers started sharing the pic around and saying it was her.  I was… surprised.

Long story short: for the redesign thread I tried my hand at Harley Quinn.  I went with a pierrot-inspired outfit with big puffy sleeves and bloomers.  (I freaking love bloomers.)  I wanted to maintain her sweet, girlish face.  One thing that I’ve always loved about Harley is that she seems perfectly innocent and incapable of really hurting someone, which as we all know is a lie.  By making her look like a hard-edged psycho all of the time you’re removing some of her impact.  She looks like the sweet little girl next door but she’s powerfully vindictive and cunning.  I mean, who else would be worthy of or even stand up to The Joker of all people?

I really want to do more of these in the lead-up to September.  Depends on how hectic my schedule is between now and then as to how many I produce.

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Superboy?  I meant that poor random guy they found, abducted and taped a paper ‘S’ to his back.
And thank you, you’re so sweet!  Just wish I had more time to draw, I’ve been working so many days this week and in half an hour I start an all day shift.  ;w;  But tomorrow there will be arts, I pinky swear.

Superboy?  I meant that poor random guy they found, abducted and taped a paper ‘S’ to his back.

And thank you, you’re so sweet!  Just wish I had more time to draw, I’ve been working so many days this week and in half an hour I start an all day shift.  ;w;  But tomorrow there will be arts, I pinky swear.

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Judging a book by it’s cover, ala DC reboot

Yes yes I’m talking about it again and I’ve resigned myself to the fact for the next couple of weeks many of my posts are going to be DC reboot related.  This is because DC are only doling out information a little at a time, I think it’s for law-suit purposes because they know releasing it all at once is going to give a very passionate and devoted fan like me a cardiac arrest.

Many people on the opposing side of the argument (or people defending the reboot) seem to have a similar argument, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ or ‘just wait and try it before you judge it.’  Well I am judging a book by it’s cover.

Until September we have no other choice.  DC is putting out these covers every day or so as a way to get us excited about the reboot without any extra information besides the creator line-up for the book in question.  It’s clear DC wants us to judge the book by it’s cover; so when I get all pissed off about seeing a Birds of Prey cover (not being penned by Gail which I’m still raging about) with some random mish-mash of characters on the cover, damn straight I’m going to judge the hell out of that thing.

If you say ‘you don’t know that’s the final team line-up, Zinda and Helena might still be in it!’ I say, well if that were the case then DC should have put them on the cover too.  It’s hard to get people excited about a new product if you rip the old one away from them and give just them new ones expecting them to like it simply because ‘they’re new.’

If you say ‘well wait and try it before getting all bent out of shape’ I say, DC are re-booting 52 titles in September and are scrapping some of my favourite books all together.  I don’t have enough money to do the ‘try them all and decide which ones I like again’ shuffle.  I live in Australia and although the Australian dollar is worth more then the U.S. dollar right now comics are between $6 to $8.  For me to spend that much money on one issue I really have to love it, or at least love a character or creator working on that title enough to give my money to DC as a way of saying ‘I love this book, or at least parts of it.  Keep going with that, it’s awesome.  I’m happy to keep giving you my money.’  And I was happy to shell out my hard earned dollars on quite a few DC books a month, I looked forward to them.  I actually buy more DC titles per-month than from any other publisher, hell it’s no secret that I really want to work there as a penciller and am trying my best to make that happen.

To be brutally honest, I hate being a trade-waiter.  I would love to be able to walk into my comics shop post-September with a myriad of DC titles on my pull list but at this stage DC are not inspiring me to do this.  As a consumer it’s the company that needs to get me to buy their stuff.  I shouldn’t have to settle, I shouldn’t be brow-beaten into submission by other people telling me to ‘just buy it.’  I need a good enough reason to pull out my wallet and hand over the money that I’ve been working for weeks to make.

I’m not bashing DC, I love DC.  I’ve grown-up with DC.  DC Comics has been with me during some very hard times.  When I’m feeling down I love curling up in bed with a some Batgirl comics.  I would love nothing more to have my pull-list full of DC reboot titles but at this stage there are only two DC titles that I would consider getting in September and those are to support a creator not because I necessarily want the book.

As for the rest, well I’m going to be talking to DC with my wallet by keeping it closed.  And it hurts.

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IKR?! ;w;
I started picking up Teen Titans religiously when Nicola Scott was put on the book and loved Solstice to pieces, she was a true breath of fresh air.  I hope she somehow survives the re-boot but I’m not hopeful.

IKR?! ;w;

I started picking up Teen Titans religiously when Nicola Scott was put on the book and loved Solstice to pieces, she was a true breath of fresh air.  I hope she somehow survives the re-boot but I’m not hopeful.

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DC reboot, my thoughts.

Over the past week many people have been asking me my thoughts on the DC comics-wide reboot.  I always had a hard time answering because as fans we’re currently only being given small amounts of information and we can’t predict the future.  So any thoughts I have today may be the opposite after a DC announcement the following day.  Who knows.

What I do know however that right now as of this moment, I can’t help but feel sad.  I’m trying to be the ever-cautious optimist but as much as I’m forcing myself there are so many uncertainties right that that even I’m finding it difficult.

I worry about the future of some of my beloved characters and teams.  With how hard everyone over at Girl Wonder worked to get Stephanie Brown at least recognised (and then she was brought back and as Batgirl no less which was awesome) to have her returned to the proverbial dust again after only 15 or so issues hurts.  It’s like being given a new toy and then having it taken away.

I’m also disheartened on a personal level about the news that Birds of Prey is being taken away from Gail Simone again and being re-booted into something else entirely.  At this stage it looks like the only surviving member of the original team is Black Canary, making the name ‘Birds’ of Prey seemingly redundant.  It’s obvious DC is going to try and sell this new book on the name alone.

As well being just a reader of this book I wanted to be a creator on this book too.  Gail has been a great supporter of mine and it’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to get to work with Gail again, specifically on Birds of Prey.  Sadly it looks like this is now an impossibility.  There is also no news on my other favourite Gail team book - Secret Six. 

Besides feeling the loss of the characters mentioned I can’t help but feel the loss of Barbara Gordon as Oracle.  I’m all for change in comics, change is good and some of my favourite DC characters are fairly recent in terms of DC continuity but to me this isn’t change.  This is rewinding the clock so the middle-aged people making the editorial decisions at DC comics can re-live the silver age of comics again.  That is not evolution, that is not moving forward.

This re-boot is supposedly a push by DC to get new readers but what about the old readers?  Most of the books on my pull list are DC books that I buy religiously and before this announcement would have never considered dropping.  However I know I’m dropping at least half the titles on that list come September and I know I’m not the only one.  Here’s hoping DC gets enough of these supposed ‘new readers’ to make up for those of us who are no longer buying those titles.

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