HAPPY MISFIT DAY!!!!
I spent a good part of the afternoon yesterday with Victory Photography in Downtown Charlotte (the home of Heroes Con!) making these pictures for today!!! The full album is on Facebook on my page Hyperactive Hero. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!!
I thought maybe you’d bounced to Metropolis, because no way is Gotham that bright!
HAPPY MISFIT DAY!!!!! <3 ;-D
So, DC is going to release a statue of the Cliff Chiang design for Wonder Woman.
I’m going to buy this so fast it’s not even funny.
— Suenghee Lee
This morning DC Comics unveiled a respin/refresh of the Batgirl book. Gail Simone who has been the main writer on the book for the past three years is leaving. Cameron Stewart, mainly known by DC readers as an artist, will co-write along with Brenden Fetcher who is also co-writing Gotham Academy. Art is by Babs Tarr bringing a new full-time female artist onto DC Comics just as Nicola Scott has announced she’s leaving the publisher.
Just last week I wrote about the announcement of Gotham Academy and wondered if it finally meant that DC is targeting female readers. This week we see this Batgirl respin that I have been told by sources close to the book is aiming for the female audience.
The “refreshed” Batgirl has a new costume, new town and will have a new supporting cast although some of her current cast including Alysia Yeoh will be seen. The costume is very cool if you haven’t seen it.
Given the house style that is preferred by senior management at DC Comics (i.e. Jim Lee and David Finch) it is a treat to see an artist as different as Babs Tarr on-board at DC Comics.
The book’s creators said in the official PR interview that the book mixes the best elements of “Veronica Mars” and “Girls,” with a dash of “Sherlock” thrown in for good measure.” And the tone?
"We really wanted to make this a book with a light tone, of fun and adventure and mystery, and let the rest of the Bat-family deal with the darkness. She’s got problems, and conflict, and enemies to fight, but our priority was to make this a really fun, rollicking read."
I haven’t read the current Batgirl run except for the previews and my feeling and of those that have read it, is that it was a fairly dark book that reflected Dan Didio’s statement about the Batfamily last year
"They put on a cape and cowl for a reason. They’re committed to defending others — at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts. That’s something we reinforce. If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck…
Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon, and Kathy Kane — it’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s also just as important that they put it aside as they know what they are accomplishing as the hero takes precedence over everything else. That is our mandate, that is our edict, that is our stand with our characters.”
So now we have a book with a young Batgirl that has a lighter tone and is likened to Veronica Mars … just as we did three years ago with Bryan Q. Miller’s run on Batgirl.
I was a big fan of that Bat-book not just because of its writing but because of the opportunity I thought the book presented.
If DC comics is seriously interested in gaining new female readers, particularly younger ones, this book may not be the key but it is damn close. Gail Simone has often said that Birds to Prey is an on-ramp into comics for women. I took that on-ramp and agree. I think that this version of Batgirl* can do the same thing for a younger female audience.
That post outlined a series of ways Batgirl could be used to outreach to female readers and to my non-surprise absolutely nothing remotely like any of of those ways were pursued.
Now, I am happy to see DC Comics bring books like Batgirl and Gotham Academy that are targeted to female readers who are as I have repeatedly and repeatedly the fastest growing demographic in comics.
Given Marvel’s success with Ms. Marvel, I’m not surprised to see DC offer up a book with a similar feel. (But I do wish they could have realized they had it three years ago and without ditching Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and Barbara Gordon as Oracle).
I hope that both books are great and do great. If they are could lead to more books that aren’t grim and gritty and targeted to the “core” audience of males but rather hit that growing demographic.
What do you think of the respun Batgirl?
Announcing the Superdames Comics Contest - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Do you want to create comics but have no idea where to start? Are you an aspiring comics writer or artist who’s looking for a chance to collaborate with others on a fun and uplifting project? Do you want to celebrate awesome female characters?
WELL THEN LET’S DO IT TOGETHER MY FRIENDS.
Announcing the first-ever Superdames Comics Contest — starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth! We’ll select four writers and five artists to produce five stories, five pages each, to be published in an anthology-style comic focusing on this public-domain character!
Everything you need to know is here:
- Superdames.org/contest — download the full rules & guidelines (including reference links for Jill Trent), submission agreement, sample script, and info forum for questions and all that jazz!!
- Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2014!
About Jill Trent, Science Sleuth: Jill Trent is an inventor and freelance detective who solves crimes and beats up gangsters with the help of her scientific knowledge and her faithful life partner, Daisy Smythe! She first appeared in The Fighting Yank #6 (1943), followed by The Fighting Yank #9 (1944) and Wonder Comics #8-20 (1946-48).
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STUMPTOWN returns as an ongoing book in September and it’s now featured in the July issue of PREVIEWS from onipress! Couldn’t be more excited to be working on this book and looking forward to getting it into your collective hands.
STUMPTOWN V3 #1: THE CASE OF THE KING OF CLUBS
Things never go according to plan for Dex Parios—it doesn’t matter whether it’s work or play. When a weekend of soccer fun (both playing and watching!) turns ugly, it’s up to Dex to get to the bottom of the violence before a heated rivalry transforms into an all out war!
It’s got them Ryan Hillbo Baggins colors, so you know it’s gon’ be good!
GO AND GET ORDER NOW PLEASE YES GOOD THANK YOU SOCCER DEX PORTLAND RCTID LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE TO THE NORTH VIOLENCE GUNS DEX HAS SEX JUSTIN DRAWS GREAT THE MUSTANG MAY SURVIVE CK IS BADASS YOU DON’T KNOW WHO SHE IS AND ANSEL IS ADORKABLE.
Remember that female led assassin game none of you bought?
Buy this game. make it explode. Show ubisoft and their leaders that there’s interest in a female led assassin game
make this game explode again
See? key phrase “none of you bought”. UBISOFT TRIED, AND YOU FUCKERS DIDN’T BUY IT. Of fucking course they weren’t gonna try again with a female lead because the one time they fucking tried NONE OF YOU GAVE A SHIT.
Yeh ok i wasn’t gonna but now i have to
You know why no one fuckin bought it you dork ass nerdlords? Because it was initially released as a vita exclusive which no one fucking has
It got re-released as an hd version in january this year completely un-fucking-beknownst to me and i’m guessing to a lot of other people as well due to their lack of advertisements (can’t advertise the game with a black girl lead hmmmmmm WONDER WHY)
I remember when this game got announced and I was hella excited about it as anyone who has been following me since that e3 can remember but, as much as i love games, and as much as i love the idea of playing as a female assassin, i’m not going to buy a system for ONE game.
I totally would have bought this shit on the re-release had i known about it, but i didn’t until about three days ago. and that’s saying something because i am always on steam looking for shit to play. the fact that i didn’t know it EXISTED until earlier this week is fucking baffling to me
Don’t fucking sit there and pretend like this is our fault when the chances are that you motherfuckers didn’t know about this game either until you decided to use it as a weapon against women who give a shit about representation in games, goddamn. And please don’t act like you know DICK about the industry, blaming us for not buying this, while you completely fail to recognize that the ac game with a woc lead was set aside for a small ass market initially. that was a conscious decision. They chose, purposefully, to make this game one that would not be available to the vast majority of gamers.
Why’d they do that, huh? Why wasn’t it given more ads? Why wasn’t it marketed like every other ac game is? Or is that shit our fault too.