"It is my privilege, and an honor, to introduce to you Martha Kane Wayne…
…my significant mother.”
/end Bruce voice
[drawn by me, on the tablet (no stylus) using the PaintJoy app; now you all know why I’m usually reblogging other people’s art instead of posting my own]
[why are hairlines so hard augh]
[image description: A close-up of f2fag's boxer shorts, which are black and emblazoned with numerous Batman logos, taken by f2fag. The fly is unbuttoned, exposing the glans and some of the shaft of his cock, as well as part of his lips where they meet the underside of the shaft.]
Damn, I want those boxers and that cock. (Yes, Te, I have Batman boxers of my own, but they’re different.) Mmm, mmm, mmmm.
To brief or not to brief: Oh, DC, how is this a question?
First look at cover for the new 52 “0 issue” collection
DC has announced it is going to put all their 0 issues in giant book like they did last year with their first issues. Given the standalone nature of these stories, or so I suspect, this actually makes more sense than the collection of #1s.
Here’s the cover for the book which is the “mock” cover for the Justice League 0 issue at least I assume since that is how the file is named.
It is indeed pleasing to see Wonder Woman here in full glory, art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, and that Trinity pretender and usurper Hal Jordan nowhere to be seen.
I’m joking. Maybe.
I found my way here via my Te’s reblog,* where she drew our attention to the effect of the Superman uniform redesign.**
Now, whenever anyone asks me my opinion on the question of briefs-outside-the-tights vs. briefs-inside-only-if-at-all as pertains to costumed superheroes, I’ll be able to honestly and forthrightly answer:
* I reblogged this direct from dcwomenkickingass’s post both in order to switch from reblog-as-link to reblog-as-text — so that the image would actually show up on my post without everyone needing to click through; I’m not calling anybody lazy, just saying I use tumblr too — and also to draw attention to dcwomenkickingass’s tumblr masthead, which is the best masthead I’ve seen on any tumblr, and most any non-tumblr space.
** Her exact words were:
I have nothing to say about this save that the cover is a perfect illustration of why I have a love/hate relationship with Bruce’s and Clark’s new uniforms. I mean, look at Clark.
Look at Clark’s crotch.
LOOK AT IT.
Click ↓↓↓ to read the rest…
Does anyone else periodically get struck with overwhelming feelings of sad that Dwayne McDuffie is dead?
I know it’s been over a year but I’m still not over it.
The Avengers opens in theaters in the US on May 4th, and it’s going to do blockbuster business. The individual films featuring these characters have already grossed more than $2.2 billion dollars - that’s greater than the Gross National Product of almost half the countries on Earth - and it’s not unlikely that The Avengers will earn a hundred million dollars on its opening day alone.
This represents a pretty big payday to a lot of people - the actors, obviously, will take home pretty big paychecks. The director and the writers are well-compensated, and certainly the executives who greenlighted this project get to sit back and rake in large bonuses and healthy salaries.
Well, you know where this is going; shamefully, the people who aren’t making a big profit from these movies are the people (and the families of the people) who did the essential work of creating them in the first place. It’s not just Jack Kirby, either, or (Black Widow and Hawkeye co-creator) Don Heck, but also Steve Engelhart, Peter David, Herb Trimpe, Jim Steranko, Roy Thomas and dozens more - the artists and writers who refined and defined the characters appearing in this movie, who fleshed out the original creations and molded them into the figures we cheer for when we see them on the screen.
Some very sensible people are calling for a boycott of this film on those grounds, but I think it’s fairly obvious that a boycott of idealistic comic fans isn’t going to accomplish much - it’s not only comic book fans who’ll be dropping a collective billion dollars over the next eight weeks to see this movie, it’s going to be a lot of movie-goers who haven’t read a comic since they were kids, much less know anything of the controversy.
Plus, of course, you - the collective “you”, representing comic book fans all over the world - want to see this movie. And you’re going to, most likely, right? Even though you know of the morally shady practices of Marvel towards its creators, they’ve got you hooked. Don’t be ashamed, they’ve had you hooked for years. It’s what they do.
So how about this: You’re probably going to go see The Avengers and, judging by the early reviews, you’ll probably enjoy it. How about - as a thank you to the creators who brought you these characters in the first place, who gave you something to enjoy so much - you match your ticket price as a donation to The Hero Initiative?
THI is a charity which provides essential financial assistance to comic book professionals who have fallen on hard times; for decades, the comic industry provided no financial safety net to its employees, most of whom it regarded only as freelancers and journeymen, meaning they were offered no health insurance, no unemployment insurance, no retirement plans - none of the financial support most of us enjoy from our jobs and careers. A small donation will help this agency provide a valuable safety net in times of need to these beloved entertainers.
I don’t plan on seeing The Avengers, but I’ve donated $15 - the price of a 3-D ticket - to Hero. If every concerned comic fan - every superhero aficionado who learned to live by the lessons of altruism and sacrifice taught by these comics - donated the price of their ticket, well, it may not hit a billion dollars but it’ll bring in a lot of money for a good and relevant cause.
One last note: Remember what Spider-Man always says? “With great power comes great responsibility”. The lesson in that is that everyone has great power. Spider-Man’s great power is being able to lift a bus. Your great power is the ability to help good causes do good work for good reasons - so why not go be a superhero instead of just watching them on the screen…
(PS: “Liking” this post is nice, thank you, but reblogging/retweeting it helps get the message out and would be even more appreciated)
Not going to lie, I don’t know much about this issue but I wanted to reblog this so people in the fandom can check it out for themselves.
This is something to keep in mind- and something that I, admittedly, don’t. This has been going on since, uh, Siegel and Shuster, and it absolutely hasn’t gotten better with age.
If you want to support THI and like fancy things, they also have a partnership with BPAL: the profits from Heroine, Sachs and Violens go to them (and let me note that Sachs is my favorite scent ever, and that, at least last year at D*C, if you bought the set they would go find Peter David and George Perez and have them sign it for you, and yes, I FLIPPED MY SHIT). I’d also like to put in a PSA for the CBLDF, another important organization for comics creators that could use your support.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Jeremy Renner gifs.
THI also has two TPBs out featuring collections of short comics from different creators. The books are good and proceeds benefit THI.
I chose shadowen's reblog specifically for the 'Buy Cool Stuff and Do Good At the Same Time! angle. Hi, tumblr stranger! Thanks for adding more helpful info to this post.
For convenience, all the links from above grouped together & annotated:
- The Hero Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to helping comics creators in need due to the lack of health and disability insurance availability/affordability in the comics industry;
- Heroine, Sachs and Violens, 3 perfume-oil blends created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, with proceeds to benefit THI;
- the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, providing legal assistance to readers, retailers and creators of comics facing comics-related prosecution, and educating law enforcement and the public about the legal status of comics art;
- and finally, Graham Crackers Comics, THI’s official retail partner, lists a few dozen TPBs, individual issues and related merchandise whose sales benefit THI (though I couldn’t identify the specific TPBs shadowen was referring to).
After a few days of my darling dearest
growling about how making the very good point that many appeals for grass-roots donations seem to cluster and/or increase in frequency at the end of the month, precisely when many of the poorest Americans can least afford to donate, I decided to schedule my reblog for the beginning of the month, even though it’s still the 29th as I write this. ;·)
Also, for those of us to whom it makes a difference: The majority of the comics creators who The Hero Initiative has helped found themselves in dire financial straits due to unforeseen physical disability — and, as most PWDs know (at least here in the States), getting financial and medical aid in situations like that takes so long we’re typically ruined by the time the help comes through… and, even then, what help we get is based on politicians’ guesses and compromises about how much help people 'should' need, rather than how much anyone actually needs. THI keeps roofs over creators’ heads and food on their tables in addition to ensuring they can pay for whatever medical care they need, and doesn’t make them wade through months of paperwork first.
[image description: a promotional image for the Avengers film, showing, from left to right, Scarlett Johannson as Agent Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow; Samuel L. Jackson as Director Nick Fury; Robert Downey, Jr. (unseen inside costume) as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man; Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner, depicted in Hulk form (Hulk voiced by Lou Ferrigno); Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America; Chris Hemsworth as Thor; and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye.]
Small Rant on Body Types
by CanecaDePapel at DeviantArt
[Image description: Alternating rough anatomical sketches and hand-written notes.
At the very top of the image is the header “IN ANIME”; the left-hand column begins with two anatomy sketches representing female anatomy as typically depicted in Japanese animation, while the right-hand column similarly begins with two examples of anime-typical male anatomy. The type of anatomical sketch used does not depict hair, nor any more facial detail than — sometimes — a centerline and/or eye or mouth latitude lines. Each figure is a different color than those adjacent to it, but none are realistic human skin colors, as opposed to bright pastel hues.
- Small Build
- Skinny, not athletic.
- We can only tell them apart because of slight height variation and cup / waist size. :/
- Fat GIRLS? Blasphemy.
- We can only tell them apart because some are skinny and some are muscular.
- Always the same build (i.e. large shoulders, tucked-in ass.)
- We only see short / frail looking guys in yaoi manga / anime
- No young and fat / chubby guys
Following the two columns of text, halfway down the page, a second header reads “IRL:” (abbreviation for in real life). Six figures with varying heights, breast shape/sizes, body types and postures follow, followed by the caption, “Women come in all sizes and shapes.” Another six figures, displaying varying heights, genital shape/sizes, body types and postures appear next, with the , “Men come in all sizes and shapes.” beneath the second line of figures.]
I guess when I watch too much animu, I get irritated about the lack of variety.
Don’t even get me started on ”gender roles”. That could take five full sheets of this.
i need this.
Some men have breasts and/or vaginas, of course, and some women have penises, and some people identify as neither wholly male nor wholly female (not to mention that there are any number of examples of individual manga and anime series which feature occasional or even regular characters with heavier or otherwise different body types, albeit usually restricted to ‘ugly’ and/or comic-relief characters); but this is a good rebuke of typically-problematic ways anime and manga stylize bodies, as far as it goes.
The iconography — the spray of spilled blood, the fact he’s taking a cigarette break — tells me incontrovertibly that this Robin is Jason. In my headcanon, though, he always (AUs aside) wore the same basic uniform design as Dick had before him: little green shorts, either bare legs or very thin tights, pixie boots, and a bright yellow cape.
In other words, like Peter Pan with half the costume elements changed just enough to avoid a charge of trademark infringement.
On Dick, it having originated canonically as his “Flying Graysons” circus-performance costume, it managed to seem youthful, innocent, and nearly a sensible accommodation to his gymnastic and acrobatic style of crimefighting, even as he aged to full adulthood. On Jason, whose build grew closer to Bruce’s imposing height, breadth and musculature with every calorie he consumed, the same outfit was never anything but obscene. Jason, being Jason, brazened it out and made it his own.
That said, this version of the Robin uniform could work for a Jason, very plausibly. The dark-gray tights, the longer and fuller cape only lined in gold and dark on its outward-facing side, and especially those sturdy “ass-kicking” boots all fit Jason’s personality — and the version of vigilantism he prefers to practice — quite well. (Knowing green is Jay’s favorite color, I found myself expecting to want more green in a redesign for him; but I’ll admit I don’t know where more green could go, aside from his domino. Even the treads of his boots are green!) This would be especially true once he’s had a couple of years to make the role of Robin his own more than it was a hand-me-down from his predecessor, and he is ready to show that Robin is him, not merely a role he plays.
I don’t know which version of Jason this is meant to represent, but I suspect I’d quite enjoy reading about him…
[TW: discussion of the etymological derivation of a word some consider an ableist slur; mention of institutionally-protected ableist bullying]
[why] are so many people using the word “fucktard” today? it clearly derives from “retard” and is an ableist slur.
And “derp” (and variants)
I thought “fucktard” was an enhancement of “bastard”…
When I’m going to insult someone, I prefer terms like “asshat” and “dickdouche” and “ignoramus”* myself, but I have been known to use “fucktard” (it’s part of how I pronounce the name written “Frank Miller” for one thing). And I wouldn’t have been using it if I thought anyone still considered ‘your parents weren’t married to each other at the time of your birth!’ seriously pejorative.
Although I was never called the R-word myself, in school, kids with intellectual disabilities who were in other divisions of our school system’s special-education program did. I’ve tried to avoid using the r-word myself since the first time I saw one of my friends’ reaction to having it flung at him. (I can — mostly, usually — pass for neurotypical nowadays, but as a kid I really couldn’t. And I rode a literal short bus with other ‘special’ kids from my end of town.) The attitudes of the teachers and administrators, aside from the social workers and some of the teachers with actual training in special education, typically ranged between turning a blind eye to taunting and bullying from the ‘normal’ kids, to joining in, to occasionally being the ones initiating verbal abuse. But us kids, the ones who were supposedly so hopelessly impaired? We never had any trouble figuring out that being othered sucked.
Given how recently-coined “fucktard” is, though, I suspect it may be tricky tracking down when or where it originated. To say nothing of figuring out which pre-existing word(s) it actually derived from… :·|
* Although dictionaries often define “ignoramus” as simply meaning the same as fool / idiot / uneducated person, without any mention of connotation or usage, “Ignoramus is commonly used in the US, the UK, and Ireland as a term for someone who is willfullyignorant.”