Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.
“At the start of the war Boy Scouts were also used. But it quickly became clear that Girl Guides were more efficient because they were less boisterous and talkative.”
the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life
Disney Animation announced today that it will release its 56th animated feature, Moana, in late 2016 — two years ahead of its originally predicted 2018 date.
Moana is described as a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure, and takes place in ancient Oceania in the South Pacific. The film will tell the story of its titular teenage character, young Polynesian sea-voyager and born navigator Moana Waialikia. Originally described as a mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific, the film will follow her journey in search of a fabled island to complete her ancestor’s quest. During her journey she will teams up with the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds, and ancient folklore.
Like many of the female characters in DC Comics Catwoman came out the new 52 in worse shape than she went in. First we had the “sexy, sexy, sexy” run by Judd Winick and Guillem March. That was followed by Ann Nocenti’s run which was far from the best work she’s ever done. And now? This week novelist Genevieve Valentine joins the book along with artist Garry Brown and if the preview is any indication this will be the best team Selina has had in a very long time.
This arc spins out of Batman Eternal where Selina is moving into a new role - Crime Kingpin!
I was the first female captain to walk onto the bridge of a starship and issue the signature command, “Engage.” I was also the first captain to have more than seven hairdos within a season, a corset sewn into her space suit, and a bra that resembled an alien species. I was puffed and shorn and stuffed and lit and scrutinized by every executive on the lot. I was criticized and cajoled, alternatively patronized and petted. It’s as if they had all gone out of their way to find this exotic animal who could, in fact, walk and talk and act at the same time, and yet when she appeared on deck, they were stunned to discover that under that feline coat was, God help us, a feline.
— "The Influence of Captain Janeway" by Kate Mulgrew (Foreward to Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture, 2010)
(Source: mulgrewsprimedirective, via tecmessa)
The issue of why there are so few permanently bad female characters in comics is one that has been discussed before and it is an interesting one that came up as recently as the revamp that Gamora received in Guardians of the Galaxy.
But there was a time when there a lot of women who were bad to the bone in comics and a new book provides a fun and thoughtful overview. Vixens, Vamps and Vipers is the newest book from comic historian Mike Madrid. Madrid is the author of the must have guide to female characters in the early and mid-years of comics as well the look at female heroes of the golden age Divas, Dames and Daredevils. I spoke to Madrid when the latter book was published and he’s back to chat about his latest.
Read what he has to say about the book and how you can win a copy.
A quick sketch inspired by all the badass ladies fighting for their right to exist in games, comics and other media. Here’s to being tougher than the trolls.
— Nathan Park
Lady of the Knight