Personally, I like paper and ink better than glowing pixels, but to each his own. Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on. All the new media will inevitably change the look, function, and maybe even the purpose of comics, but comics are vibrant and versatile, so I think they’ll continue to find relevance one way or another. But they definitely won’t be the same as what I grew up with.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson on the evolving role of the comic strip in today’s culture. Complement with Watterson’s remarkable 1990 commencement address on creative integrity, then revisit the comic genre’s finest masterpieces of the past year. (via explore-blog)
This is, hands down, one of the best responses I’ve seen from “old comics” talking about “new comics.”
…for the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s so unrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.
If superheroes actually existed, and their ranks were exclusively male, writing fantastical fiction to consider how women might handle that sort of power, and how the world might react to their use of it would be a perfectly legitimate subject for superhero fiction to explore. And having two X chromosomes hasn’t actually kept women like Gail Simone from writing wonderful characters of both sexes for decades–nor has possession of a Y chromosome kept men like Dan Slott and Jeff Parker from doing well by characters like She-Hulk and Red She-Hulk. The decision to stay within the narrow lanes of your own fantasies is a choice, not biological determinism.
Pleban offered up her feminine ideal as well: Black Widow. She stated that society’s inherent notion of gender roles could easily be read into reviews of “Marvel’s the Avengers,” where Black Widow’s important role in the film was often marginalized or side-lined in critiques.
"A lot of reviews of ‘Avengers’ focused on her looks and missed where she saved the day," said Pleban. “She literally went from point A to point B to point C [to save the day], and you get remarks like, ‘She just posed.’"
BOOM! editor Dafna Pleban, SDCC: Gender in Comics panel (via fuckyeahblackwidow)
I love this so much. She ends up doing several things that are absolutely critical to the team’s success, and ends up getting dismissed by people obsessed with her boobs. For me, this puts the critics in the place of the clueless mob boss at the beginning of the film: so willing to see the helpless, frail woman, that they can’t see how exposed they are.
Done doing these so here they all are in one place! Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines.
Point of this: An exercise in character design, attempting to clothe the heroines nearly all the way and not making them painted-on, while still keeping the look of their original costumes in some way. Hopefully keeping them looking as iconic as the originally were. Just showing what can be done with a costume breaking outside the barrier of the norm.
NOT the point of this: some moral code I’m trying to push on you
Sorry if there was a character you wanted me to do that I didn’t get to!
OMG. The captions. (What? This is how I always drink my coffee.)
ilu guys but you need to arch your back too
haha what are you talking about this is EXACTLY how I sit comfortably.
I’m so comfortable.
oh you too tanna?
spiderman where u at
[edit: added comment]
I just read all the comments.. dang yo, chill. It’s just a drawing. it’s freakin FANTASY. I think she looks hot and I wish i could draw half as good as this.
I actually have this as a poster in my room lololol. I like his art- mostly just for his lines— but yeaaahhh. Her pose bothers me every time I see this.
Also, reblogging for the comments dear god ahaha.
wait how are you guys sitting like that
wait I just
lol fuq all y’all i sit like this almost every day
I am dying omg
I wish I had a webcammmm
i couldn’t even pull off the pose i kept falling over
that is a look of intense concentration as i tried not to fall over while longing 4 peter
also i got a cramp in my foot
I don’t know about you guys, but I always drink my coffee like this.
oh my god this comment thread
tumblr you’ve outdone yourself