caitri: (Cait Yatta!)
Because I can't embed, here's a link.

Via The Mary Sue.

“Nerds don’t have a problem with women,” said host Larry Wilmore, “they have a problem with change.” He then asked the panelists if the whiny manbabies of the internet are racist, sexist, or just gross gatekeeping nerds, to which Amanat replied, “All of the above.” Killin’ it.
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I am not quite hate-watching the show; Scott enjoys it much more than I do, as he thinks it is much more "serious" than, say, Supernatural. I find the writing really clunky, and some of the monsters of the week are just boring or stupid. (I'm thinking particularly of the one with the Rom chick and the miners, and also, the fuck is with Pennsylvania and gypsies in pop culture right now?! Hemlock Grove did the same thing, and it's like, ok, of ALL of white America's prejudices, Romani isn't really one of them? And it seems REALLY fucking stupid to act like it is when, you know, freaking Ferguson is going on, you know?)

I also have really mixed feelings about the shift of the setting from London to Atlanta. On the one hand, man is it awesome to have black people on tv in a variety of roles. But--the Afro-Caribbean populations and history is SO DIFFERENT between London and Atlanta, you know? I mean, Atlanta is one of the very few American cities with a significant population of wealthy/middle/upper-class black people, but it is also more segregated than DC and Baltimore are. And it feels like they could be doing some interesting things with this white British dude nonchalantly driving a pick-up truck to go consult with this or that vodoun priest or African or Australian shaman, or whoever needs to do the exposition this week, but they--don't. And it seems to me that it makes more sense for these culturally interstitial crossings to be in London than, you know, freaking ATLANTA, because for all of the cozy "the city too busy to hate" motto, the city also encapsulates way more of contemporary American racial tensions and stuff.

That said, I did like that the climax of one episode happens at The Fox Theater and is actually shot inside of it, and there's also a bit when they break into a museum that may or may not The Fernbank (I haven't been since I was like 14, so I can't quite remember, but I also can't think of where else in Atlanta there would be a museum with dinosaur statues, so).

I *do* quite like Matt Ryan as Constantine--he is one of the few bits that feels absolutely organic and real to me. (I've only seen the one ep with Papa Midnite, and even though the film version got his characterization wrong, Djimon Hounsou **looked** like him perfectly.) That said--he's also too young for the role because, er, he's my age, which means he has the same relationship to the Sex Pistols and 70s punk rock that I do--through CDs obtained as a teenager. And **that** said, I do love the sequence where he has to avoid listening to cursed vinyl by listening to "Anarchy in the UK" because that seems like the most Constantine-y moment to ever be committed to film. But to me it just changes a lot of the character's life story in amusing ways to update him to now (the character was in his late thirties/early forties in the 90s), and now I basically just get entertained imagining Constantine going to shows of Blink 182 and being incredibly bitter about how pop 2000-era punk is, etc.

Anyway, I hope the show gets renewed anyway, just because it could develop in interesting ways once they get through the growing pains. Also, SPN is probably going to wind up this year or next, and I'll have a supernatural horror starring cute dudes gap in my life, and that will make me sad.
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So Marvel has an anti-bullying campaign and as such is creating variant covers for the cause.

This one is my favorite:

gamora comic

Aww, man. How much comfort would twelve year old me have taken from this image? A lot.
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Real Life Proves Why Luke Cage Endures


Luke Cage was created in 1972.

Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.

Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.

Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.

These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he's bulletproof.

Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.

The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets. [...]

And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.

2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.

2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.

2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.

2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.


Falcon - The New Captain America by John Jennings
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I need a Falcon icon.

Anyways, here's the clip from last night's Colbert where Joe Quesada announces that Sam Wilson/Falcon will be the new Cap: [Edited because embed fail.]


Anyway, I've been mentally writing a post on diversity in writing and hopefully I can get on that in the next few days. In the meantime, I can't stop grinning at my Falcon figgie.
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Okay, so the other night I got into a spat on FB about "taking genre writing seriously." Because, you know, lolz, and whatever, amirite? *snort* But it got me thinking on the topic of writing and reading (shocking, I know), and what they mean in the everyday sense.

The Value of Literature

So lo many moons ago I remember my Mom asking me in college, "Are you sure you want to be an English major? You're never going to get a job!" Which is a not unusual statement from many parents. Which is untrue because 1) strangely enough the ability to write in a concise and comprehensible way is actually NOT easy, so people actually do want these skills in a variety of jobs, and 2) the ability to write when balanced with an ability to think critically and under time constraints is also fucking useful. And these are the things that most often come up when people want to defend the humanities, but this overlooks the specific value of literature. Literature is valuable in that it is kind of the doctor of our culture, taking our pulse and telling us what's going on. The recurrent trends in publishing are more than what's popular, it's what we are thinking about, anxious about, preoccupied with.

Plus, my more cynical response: We can't all be fucking neuroscientists. There are a thousand and one ways to contribute to society, and literature is one. I think it's really telling that we tend to value only the really high-end jobs: actors, sports players, government officials, etc. But you know who is invisible and who, once they are gone, you really miss? The janitors. And a lot of writers are kind of like janitors, there's tons of "invisible writing" out there that we don't think about but we need in our lives.

The Value of Popular Literature

Popular literature is like Culture Concentrate: everything that worries us in big neon letters. The common wisdom used to be that popular literature and genre writing were the distillation of the status quo, but a century of literary criticism has proven that's not always true, and often, far from it. Whatever you might think about the Twilight books, they opened up a metric fuckton of conversations about young women in our culture--and a lot of these were conversations we REALLY needed to have!

The other thing about genre writing that I liked to point out when I taught was--literature that is not highly regarded thus has a LOT of wiggle room to do interesting things. For instance, comic books: as painfully bad as a lot of writing is especially in older books, they got away with a LOT. I remember being really struck by a Captain America comic ca. 1964 where Cap declares that the greatest thinkers of the new generation were Martin Luther King Jr., Marshall McLuhan, and JRR Tolkien: a civil rights leader, a media theorist, and a fantasy author. And holy fuck is that one trifecta to hold up as intellectual standard--and to a bunch of kids no less!! The entire genre of science fiction has always been the playing ground for a variety of exploratory political ideas, back to the 16th c. with Thomas More's Utopia.

Art is always political.

Whether it's high or low art, it's still true. Nothing is created in a vacuum, and everything is a product of its own time: it's an action, a reaction, and a lot of works are famous for starting chain reactions right back: Whether it's Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Jungle, or apparently right now, The Hunger Games (check out what's going on in Thailand if you don't believe me).

Why I take genre writing seriously.

You know, a theme of the 16th and 17th centuries was the ability to read correctly--it was part of that whole Reformation thing that then seeped into everyday life. I've been reading Thomas Hobbes and William Tyndale back to back, and man, the preoccupation with reading--specifically the Bible, but everything to a lesser extent--is just so acute. Which, of course, it would be, back when reading the wrong thing could get you hanged for treason or excommunicated or worse. But this determination to read everything as meaningful--the events of our lives as well as the words on (any kind of) page--is still something we see in our society, and hell, it's probably hard-wired into us now if it wasn't five hundred years ago. I think the ability to read seriously is what gives insight not only into specific works but also into our culture. I feel that's important for me to do not only as an individual but as a citizen of the world. If by reading certain things I see that some are oppressed, then I want to do that which will free them; if by reading I see something that hurts, then I want to find the thing to contribute that heals--etc. ad nauseam. And we all do this too, whether it's by choosing to--or not--shop at certain stores or using certain products or companies or (strangely enough), books.
caitri: (Cait Yatta!)
What if the X-Men were black?


In the alternate universe where the all mutants are black, many events in the X-Men history become actual social commentary because they are dealing with real dimensions of power. Reading about black teenagers standing up to a largely white mob is different than reading about white teenagers in the same situation. These images show that when the writers of the X-Men do comment on social issues, the meaning of these comments is hampered and distorted by the translations from reality to fantasy and fantasy back to reality.

Re-coloring the X-Men so that all mutants are people of color not only makes the themes of discrimination more relevant, it also introduces hundreds of non-white characters who are complex and fully realized. This is something that’s lacking from the current Marvel Universe. Why is Psylocke not only an Asian person of British descent, but also a ninja? Why is Storm not simply a mutant of color, but an African witch-priestess? As comics great Dwayne McDuffie said, “You only had two types of characters available for children. You had the stupid angry brute and the he’s-smart-but-he’s-black characters.” There’s certainly more roles for a non-white characters now than when he said that in 1993, but most super hero comics are written about characters that were invented decades ago. By recoloring the comics, we can grandfather characters into the Marvel Universe who are not defined by their race.

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Cut for spoilers, potentially triggery discussion.
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caitri: (Status is Not Quo)
I have all the ideological issues with it. (I did like the ending though, and not just because it was the ending.) Spoilers ahoy.

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The trailer for the new Superman was underwhelming. I did tell Scott to just go ahead and accept that we'd be going to the midnight release of The Hobbit.

Ooh Pretty!

Dec. 1st, 2009 10:45 pm
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The first teaser poster for Paramount Pictures' 'Iron Man 2'
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BTW, 1 of those Via instant coffee packets from Starbucks + chocolate milk = not a bad mocha.

Also bought a bottle of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavored syrup from the seasonal (read: Christmas) display at World Market. This may be the bestest or worstest thing ever.


Locke and Demosthenes
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Still from the upcoming The Time-Traveler's Wife film here.

Excellent bashing of The Girls' Guide to ComicCon here.

Happy Monday!
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So this may be my favorite of the new books.




-The near-reveal of Twilight!


-More characterization for Xander!


*ahem* You may be sensing a pattern in my enthusiasms. Seriously, though, a very solid story that moves multiple threads along seamlessly and reads very much like the show itself. I like.
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...over at The Smart Set:

That’s why, when I go to the bathroom later, I’m not really surprised to find three Suicide Girls, the goth/punk/emo alt-porn models, in there with me. They’re not at the convention to discuss the sweet new Magic deck they made or storylines from Marvel’s Civil War; they’re there solely to provide eye candy. With their tight black dresses, dyed hair, and prominent tattoos, the Suicide Girls are like the real-life versions of overly sexualized superwomen — different enough from the average woman to be exciting, but normal enough to feel safe. The X-Men’s Rogue is attractive because she has a dangerous power while remaining a sweet Southern belle. Similarly, the Suicide Girls might be lauded as hyper-feminist porn because the girls sport pierced nipples and aren’t dominated by men in their photos, but the vast majority of Suicide Girls are also skinny white girls who shave their vaginas. They’re mainstream-friendly counter-culture.
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Sans mots.
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If I can't have Joss writing my X-Men, I'm glad Ellis is replacing him.


Bring back Pete Wisdom?!!!!
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Funny thing about going to see The Incredible Hulk with an IT, a biologist, and a mathematician....they let you in on all the science howlers.

But I'm glad for the Nick Fury, SHIELD, and Tony Star references. But where the fuck is Steve Rogers, I would love to know?
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This movie thrills me to my little geeky core. Not only is it a brilliant translation of comic to film, but the political commentary was just kickass and made me jump up and down in my seat.

You know what else made me jump up and down in my seat? The "Stratehic Homeland Initiative" whatever it was.

Oh you know. Yes you do.

And Terrence Howard better get his own fucking movie.
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If you've never read any of Los Bros Hernandez, well, shame on you and get thee to the comix store. I got the two newest L&R volumes yesterday and read them right through. Ghost of Hoppers atcually came out last year but when I ordered it from Amazon they were mysteriously unable to get me a copy and cancelled my order. And for some reason I never decided just to order it straight from Fantagraphics. Anyhow The Education of Hopey Glass came out and I said "Oh! Me need!" and then I tried getting Ghost too and it worked like a charm. So yay and I am happy.

Love & Rockets debuted in 1982. Jaime Hernandez writes the "Locas" stories about chicano punk rockers. His brother Gilbert writes the "Palomar" stories about a town in Mexico. (FYI You can get huge Fantagraphics deluxe collections that are about 500 gorgeous oversized pages each, titled, imaginatively enough, "Locas" and "Palomar.") I adore Locas infinitely more because what's not to like about the stories of pubk rockers told in real time from ca. 1978 to present. Which means that yes, the characters in the present volume are middle-aged, on the flabby side, but still as fucked-up as ever, and that's why I love them.


In other news, I might get to teach a class or two in the fall. I'm working on course proposals right now. Stay tuned.
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Great webcomic-style interview with Marjane Satrapi here.

Lego Stargate here. (I want one, I want one!)

Will write something worthwhile later.


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