Sometimes I read things which are almost completely not understandable for me. This version of that comes from this article which details the attempts of "Pick-Up Artists" to force women into having sex with them. Not only is this a real thing, but one of the "pick-up artists" is appealing to Kickstarter to write some sort of a how-to handbook. The concept of kickstarter has been on my mind a lot recently, specifically because of the backlash against Anita Sarkeesian. She used a kickstarter campaign to try to expose the role of feminism in video games, and after getting heavily criticized for it by the gaming community, her funding skyrocketed. I am not necessarily a fan of Sarkeesian, though she does raise some valid points, but the use of Kickstarter for a manual which could be equated to being pro-rape seems like a perversion of the system.
There is a specific reason that this is on my mind today though, and that is because I ran across this panel in the most recent Dejah Thoris issue:
This panel illustrates the fact that misogyny and lasciviousness really are treated as marginal viewpoints in the majority of fiction and pop culture, even if the representation of women could be better in comics and elsewhere. At the same time the internet has such a wide appeal that it will always draw together people of radical viewpoints and that it is important to discern between the outlook of Sarkeesian which aims to create discussion versus the outlook of others, which only aims to create ignorance.
I have in the past been quite critical of Zenescope and their attempts to pass off ludicrous high heels as somehow being able to function properly. Generally speaking they have used the heels as a sexualization of a character without realizing just how impossible it would be for those heels to actually work. So I was surprised on the cover of the most recent Unleashed Tie-In (from the Grimm Fairy Tales Stories) that the main character of the story - Liesel Van Helsing - was wearing heels that almost looked like they could work, and incorporated in the steampunk aspects of the characters as well. The heels themselves still look a little unbalanced for super heroics, but they are at least bound to her leg all the way up to her knee. I liked the steampunk design as well, the brass/copper look on the heel itself giving a the overall look a finishing touch.
I previously mentioned the similarities between Abbey Chase and Indiana Jones, not only in terms of the design of the character but also in the specific actions. In issue one of Danger Girl Trinity, this was a direct homage to the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In the most recent issues of Trinity (#3) the character breaks into a tomb where she relives part of the end of the Last Crusade
Steals a skull (beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark or the whole story of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls)
And then has to outrun a water trap (end of Skulls and Temple of Doom.)
I suppose that there are only so many options for an archaeologist to have in the pursuit of their goals, but it does seem kind of repetitive with the most famous examples of this in fiction.
After discovering Danger Girl long after it first came out (14 years later) I can say that I am a Danger Girl fan. I like the presentation of the characters and I like the stories that they are given. For a long time there were only two members of the team, until Sonya, the sister of the one of the other two finally joined. In terms of a team of superspies I have always thought that more could be done to incorporate more female members into the team. Generally speaking though any time a new female character has shown up they have had the same pattern - friend of the team that ends up betraying them. It goes all the way back to the betrayal by Natalia in the very first series, but it has been a theme in a lot of other series as well - Viva Las Danger, Back in Black and Revolver. So with the presentation of a slave of the prince in the new series, I thought that it would be interesting to have an Arabic member join the team, but I thought this only as long as I remembered that it is not the format of Danger Girl. Any female that shows up to help the team, almost always ends up betraying them in the end.
The artwork in Danger Girl Trinity continues to impress me and I continue to write about it despite not generally talking a lot about the art in comics. In this case we are now in issue 3 and Sydney is trying to chase down Abbey as she is apparently in need of being rescued. The woman that Sydney questions informs Sydney of the history of her captor. Instead of going for a simple voiceover, they embedded the character in the side panel, creating a visual link to the character and giving the page a nicer presentation. It is a technique that I seen sometimes, though infrequently, but rarely as effectively as it is used here.
This is kind of a spoiler, but not really. The following picture has been working its way around the internet since the release of Man of Steel, from the sentry ship that was on Earth. There were numerous references to Lexcorp in the movie but this is a lot more open ended
The question on people's minds is who or what was in there. It has been confirmed that this is in fact something relevant to upcoming movies, but then who got out? It would have to be a Kryptonian though right?
Here are a few options with the Kryptonian concept in mind.
1. It was Supergirl - I think this is what people are hoping for, but seeing as this ship is really old, this would completely rework the Supergirl origin. At the same time I can see how Supergirl could work in the redesigned concept of the movie.
2. It was Krypto - This would be the other option for a good Kryptonian for who could have been in there, but would they waste such a great Easter Egg on Superman's dog? I am not sure that they would.
3. It was Brainiac - I am not sure how that would work as Brainiac does not really need a physical body to exist. Brainiac is Kryptonian though and might be exiting from there for some reason.
4. It was Doomsday - The other Kryptonian villain. If you think Zod was rambunctious on the big screen, I can only imagine what they would do with Doomsday.
5. It was Bizarro - This is a bit weirder of a concept, but it is possible that they have a plan for an origin makeover on Bizarro as well. I am not sure that they would do that.
6. It was no one - By that I mean, that no one came out, but maybe Clark was not the first to find the spaceship. Maybe Lex Luthor was already there and stole some of the technology (or some Kryptonite). And Krytponite can be used to make Metallo.
7. It was something else - Seeing as it is from comics, it could really be anything. They are likely going to do Lex Luthor in the second movie, but what about the third? Or is a Justice League movie going to use the new Justice League origin focused on Darkseid? If so maybe Metron opened it?
I am still formulating some thoughts about blogs about the Man of Steel. One topic which I didn't really notice at all was the gender switch of Jimmy to Jenny. Others have pointed out that it is indeed not a real gender change, as a closeup on her badge indicates that her name is Jenny Jurwich not Jenny Olsen, but the role was essentially the same.
One of my impressions of the way that the movie was presented was that I liked the revamped origin story, but a question which came to mind was with the new emphasis on a destiny for the character, that there is really no reason why Superman had to be a man. I should clarify that, I know that babies come as either male or female, but so too would Jor-El and he wouldn't not place his hopes in the child if it were a girl. With that thought in mind, I didn't mind so much that the Jimmy Olsen character got reimagined (as of course Superman could not be reimagined with a gender switch). Some might say that all she did was to play a damsel in distress for Perry White to rescue, but what else does Jimmy Olsen usually do other than to bascially perform the same function. I for one liked it, and I think in the sequel that they can improve on the character a lot.
This is my first artistic post in the Artist Show Off Forum, but it is not of my own work. I recently took part in the Fan Fic Versus Tournament where the winners of the tournament were offered a drawing as a prize. I finished second and so veshark drew mine. He sent it to me this morning, but as he said "I won't post this up on my blog, since that kinda defeats the purpose of a prize." That being the case, I don't want him to not get recognition for his cool drawing of Silver Surfer looking over the Earth, so here it is:
After the recent news of the new ongoing Wonder Woman-Superman romance - now getting its own book - it leaves me with one question. What of the events of the Justice League International Annual where Booster meets Rip for the first time in the new 52 and everything is revealed as being wrong somehow? There are no real answers as of yet, but it did get me thinking as to the difficulties of writing realistic time travel.
Time travel is of course a tricky concept to write because of what is known as the grandfather paradox (basically what would happen if you killed your own grandfather in the past). This is one of the fundamental problems with writing time travel that is grounded in logic and science. I looked up a short article that I read some time ago (it is here if anyone is interested in reading it.) The basic problem with time travel basically is one of entropy and determinism (explained in much greater detail in the article.) Essentially it boils down to, that if you are going to travel through time that it is going to be in a way that is pre-determined just as our present reality is (providing you believe in determinism versus free will.) The simple explanation here to justify time travel is to create time travel which is not scientifically based but rather to create it which is supernaturally based. As those that believe in a higher power have a different perspective on determinism (that it is controlled by a deity) then mankind traveling is not necessarily inconsistent with this. Though it is still inconsistent with hard science, and if that is the approach then it is not going to work.
The only option that I can conceive of to make something somewhat hard in terms of science is the bending of time itself. As described in the article time is another dimension, but it is maybe reasonable to think that time would only be bent locally. This is the base of a black hole. They bend the space continuum in a localized spot (defined by their event horizon) but beyond that things are relatively normal. This is why we can have a supermassive black hole at the center of a universe, but being outside of its event horizon we are not really in danger of being swallowed up. So if space and time can be bent in a localized place, might this mean that an observer can have an effect outside of that localized area? I am not sure of course, but maybe this is a realistic place to start, that if mankind is to time travel that we would not do it on Earth. Or to put that another way if Rip and Booster are going to save the world, they would not be doing it from Earth.
I suppose with the news that the latest new DC series will be a Superman and Wonder Woman ongoing that I am missing the point of what is happening at DC. Or to put that another way, I think it is time for me stopping to resist what I think is a departure from how I think Wonder Woman should be treated as a character. I have read too much of her stories to suddenly depart from her as a character over this development, so I guess that failing to resist the changes that I should take the "If you can't beat'em, join'em" attitude. I do like the character, but my resistance to the character recently has stopped me from even reading her solo series.
So I guess, DC broke me. I am still going to look at a critical glance with all things Superman-Wonder Woman related, but as an evolution of the character, and as one that knows quite a bit about her, that it is kind of foolish of me to give up on her because of this. The present developments of her with Superman is relative to the mostly hated John Byrne run from the late 90s, but just like the Byrne run it eventually did go away and get better (actually a lot better), so I guess I will take the good with the bad. So with no more resistance, I guess I will now be reading Justice League, Superman- Wonder Woman (it would be nice for her to get top billing, but that would never happen) and her regular series.