Amazing X-men #6 - family reunion
Such a lovely family reunion, brings a tear to your eye, really.
When Futures End… the Blood Moon shall rise!
Promotional Art by Mikel Janin, via Newsarama.
I just…don’t know. Still, I sort of enjoy the cast of characters here, and…is that Baron Winters in the far right bottom corner?The possibility of a Baron Winters revival both intrigues and terrifies me, the latter only because of DC’s track record in “reimagining” certain concepts.
I have been trying to ID that guy since i saw this image, and I think you may have gotten it. from his Comic Vine page: “His mansion is somehow connected to a time stream which allows the Baron or his NIght Force to move from one century to the next with apparent ease” that would totally fit with a story involving time travel.
VID_20140415_122317232.mp4 (by Scott Snyder)
Scott Snyder finds an awesome historically accurate belt depicting the Civil War.
FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?
This is important.
From the article, a particularly mind boggling that was sent to Janelle:
Women in comics are the deviation, the invading body, the cancer. We are the cure, the norm, the natural order. All you are is a pair of halfway decent tits, a c*nt and a loud mouth. But see, it doesn’t matter how loud you get. It doesn’t matter how many of your lezbo tumblr and twitter fangirl friends agree with you and reinforce your views. You can be all “I’m not going to be silent about misogyny so f*ck you!” all you want. In the end all you are is a pathetic little girl trying to effect change and failing to make a dent. You might as well try to drain the ocean of fish. That’s the kind of battle you face with people like me. We won’t quit. We won’t stop attacking. We won’t give up. Ever
WHAT. THE. FUCK. someone actually typed those words, I’m floored. also, more motivated to absolutely NOT shut up about this.
How long does it take for the most trusted news source to turn a boring non-story into a racist, xenophobic nightmare?
About 13 seconds it turns out, and that’s only because CNN news correspondent Jeanne Moos takes her time narrating the intro.
The only thing surprising about this is that it wasn’t split-screened with the fucking plane.
Wow, just wow. That was an absolutely repugnant bit of reporting, right there…
Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old, same-old.
An artist who works for DC named Brett Booth was very upset by this critique for reasons I can’t quite define. He didn’t draw the cover. But he was infuriated by what I’d written. A fan of his drew me into the conversation about the article by calling me a “self-professed journalist chick” which… yeah. Anyway, you can read some of the conversation via tweets here.
Here are some other tweets he posted about me without my twitter handle:
I see, the only way I can refute your argument is to not use logic, biology, google and also I can’t have a penis. Sounds fair.— Brett Booth (@Demonpuppy)April 13, 2014
@FlashCWFans Yeah, extremists in any groups seem to ruin it for everyone:/ my wife was not pleased with her accusations.— Brett Booth (@Demonpuppy)April 13, 2014
@FlashCWFans It’s the immediate personal attacks. She was wrong. So instead of either admitting it OR simply ignoring it she attacked.— Brett Booth (@Demonpuppy)April 13, 2014
— Brett Booth (@Demonpuppy)April 13, 2014
You can read my Twitter feed here. I’ve deleted nothing. At no point did I launch personal attacks. I’m not wrong about that cover. I’d love to see what kind of biology equals the breasts Wonder Girl is sporting as a 17-18 year old (pretty sure that “biology” includes silicone when they look like that). I honestly don’t understand why Brett Booth has taken everything I’ve said so personally. But I do not appreciate that he then thought it was okay to, what, imply I’d never been to a comic store? On top of everything else.
But I do think it’s indicative of what it’s like to be a woman online. You see, Booth was SO not the worst of what I got. I got delightful comments like these:
@gimpnelly So how many decades ago did you work at DC? Were you a coffee girl?— Sean (@SeanRtchfld)April 13, 2014— RyanJoseph (@RyanAJoseph)April 11, 2014
Both of course implying that I’m not a real professional in this industry. Which is still by far not the worst of what I got. I was called a whiny bitch, a feminazi, a feminist bitch, a bitter cunt, and then the rape threats started rolling in.
You see, I’m also doing a survey about sexual harassment in comics. (If you’d like to take this survey, you can find it here.) And so as soon as the angry fanboys started looking me up after the CBR article, they discovered this survey and started answering my questions and using the open box at the end to write in all sorts of awfulness. I’ve gotten all manner of bullshit within the survey now, but at least the ones with the rape threats or other asshole comments tell me which responses to disregard. If you really want to “get me” and prove that sexual harassment doesn’t exist in comics, I don’t know, maybe it’s better for you to answer honestly about how you haven’t been sexually harassed. Because certainly sending me rape threats proves my point, not yours.
Some of them decided to just tweet at me, like the handful who decided to tell me I was creating the impression that there was sexual harassment in comics when there just wasn’t. When the survey was posted on a blog, one of the comments included “If you have a entrenched ideology then it’s nigh impossible to be objective, and according to Ms. Asselin’s Twitter tag, she’s a self described feminist.”
Let’s talk about that for a second. Feminist is not a bad word. People who think feminism is a negative often run in two very different directions - either they misunderstand what it is or are outright misogynists. Feminism is defined by Dictionary.com as “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.” If it’s an “entrenched ideology” to wish to be treated as an equal human along side men, then so be it. I must be a horrible person for assuming that I had the right to be treated as a person instead of only a brood mare suitable for objectification and cooking.
I’d also like to talk about the fact that so many people misunderstand the point of the survey. I’m not trying to find out *if* there is sexual harassment in comics. I figured that out a long, long time ago as I was repeatedly groped on convention floors and sexually harassed by freelancers and coworkers. It was reinforced by the fact that I literally know less than a handful of women who have NOT been sexually harassed in comics, and nearly a hundred who have. Sexual harassment is a problem in comics. That point is not up for debate. The point of the survey is to better understand the experiences people are having. If you haven’t been harassed - awesome! I want to know about that. If you have - I’m really sorry, but I also want to know about that.
There are too many people, including professionals, who think it’s okay to condescend, harass, berate, etc. women in comics simply because they’ve espoused a belief that revolves around women being treated more as equals. I want women and girls to be seen as an equally promising demographic for comics as males; I want major companies with an easy opportunity to reach out to women to not feature art that is disgusting and objectifying; I want women to be hired as much as men to create comics; I want to not know so many people who have been violated in an industry I still love despite it all.
At first I wasn’t going to talk about the rape threats because honestly, most of the women I know with a solid online presence get them regularly. This is just a thing we are forced to deal with. And I didn’t want to make it seem like it was a bigger deal than what’s happened to them for years. But I realized once I posted about the rape threats in passing that men I know and respect were stunned to find out this was happening. Let’s be real: if these men who are actually decent human beings don’t know how often this stuff happens, what hope is there for the men who are harassing me online?
And that’s the thing I feel like a lot of these internet assholes miss. I’m not saying men are the worst thing ever or even that men in comics are the worst thing ever. I’m so lucky to have a lot of amazing people in my life, male, female, and non-binary, who constantly support me. There are men in comics who understand how not to be a condescending asshole. But right now, the problem is that too many other men think that they are in a crowd of like-minded men who are super sick of this feminazi bullshit. The truth is that you are on the losing side. Women in comics aren’t going away. Even if you continue to talk to us like this. Your threats and insults do nothing more than make me want to stick around and shout even louder. So thank you for that.
I saw Booth’s tweets a couple days ago and was extremely disappointed in him. And yeah, I can’t figure out why he was so upset with the critique. Also, his assertion that critiques have to build up the good aspects first is absurd. (and the good aspects of that cover WERE pointed out, anyway, so…) And now these other comments from others… I personally have not experienced this, the worst I have gotten is incredulous reactions when some guys find out my interests in comics, games or whatnot, which occasionally is followed by either a ‘that’s so adorable’ sort of reaction, or a geek-cred quiz. Which is incredibly patronizing and annoying, but… at least it’s not rape threats. But I tend to keep to myself, so I am not opening myself up to that as much as some. I know it happens, and that some people seem to want to try and ignore that it does is sad.
X-Men: Days of Future Past | Official UK Trailer #3 HD | 2014 (by 20th Century Fox UK)
Wolverine is so mean to Beast! XD The Sentinels look better when in action. Still not liking their depiction of Quicksilver, tho.
Looks like i was on the right track last time… mostly. This image has Apollo, Midnighter and Hawkman chasing a strange alternate Superman (maybe Superboy?) in front of the Bleed and a Shift Ship (but not the Carrier, curiously) so, we have some pseudo-Authority going on in Futures End. though I had dismissed Hawkman as a Swift replacement, (due to personality conflicts with Midnighter) when in fact it appears they are actually going that way. Some other interesting things on this image as well, i am glad to see Booster Gold, and i suspect that Robin is Damian back from the dead…
A friend and I have been talking about this image, and we figure there are 7 distinct groups of characters. We know from interviews that each writer is primarily in charge of certain characters, so…
1 - Team Authoritease, with Apollo, Midnighter and Hawkman, and apparently some variety of Superman in a helmet, maybe Superboy, who appears to be the antagonist. Very curious. (Apollo/Superman fight! kinda!) They are directly in front of the Bleed and the Shift Ship, so presumably they are related to that, which would make sense. Presumably this team will attempt to solve their problems with ass-kicking. If I had to guess, I would say this team belongs to either Azzarello or Giffen, it feels more like Giffen the more that’s revealed.
2 - Team Science, with the Terrifics and Firestorm. They will solve their problems through application of science and technology, likely dealing with Cadmus more closely than the others. Firestorm seems to be undergoing a great deal of conflict between the two halves. The interview has already established that this team is Jurgens’
3 - Team Adventure, with Frankenstein, Amethyst, vs Dr. Frankenstein, Igor and I dunno who the girl is. We already know that this team is Lemire’s
4 - Team Detective, with the Batmen of the future. We already know that Bruce has sent Terry back to assassinate someone, and I am guessing some detective work will be involved. Another tossup between Azzarello and Giffen, but since they are probably the connecting thread of the story, they may be shared by all
5 - Team Star Reporter, Lois Lane appears to be going it alone. I’d bet she is the only one besides the Future Batmen who sees the larger picture. If I had to guess I’d say this was Azzarello, and I am predicting it will be one of my favorite parts.
6 - Team Paradox, with Robin (possibly a resurrected Damian) and Booster Gold. We think that maybe the fact that Damian is brought back to life creates a sort of paradox or something which leads to the eventual destruction, it could be that it’s Damian that Terry is sent back to kill… again. The presence of Booster leads me to believe this is another Jurgens team.
7 - Team… um… Grifter. I dunno who that guy he’s shooting at is. I’d say he is likely a Giffen character, but we saw from the preview that he ends up with Amethyst, who is with Frankenstein on this image, so could be Lemire, but then again, Amethyst could leave Frankenstein’s group at some point.
Mentioned in solicits but not in this image are Constantine, Red Robin, Plastique and Ray Palmer. Their roles may not be as large as we first thought, or maybe they simply ran out of room. It’s a tough call on whether to stick Constantine with Lemire’s little Adventure team, (Constantine is one of Lemire’s favorite characters) or with team Authoritease to take the place of The Doctor, or he may be going it solo. Ray Palmer seems a natural choice for Team Science. Plastique, who knows, Grifter’s side of things seems a bit sparse, he may be facing off against her, but she is mostly a Firestorm villain. Red Robin will likely end up with Team Detective or Team Paradox
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