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"The Journey Goes All The Way To The End"

“The Journey Goes All The Way To The End”

At Never Get Off The Bus, Debbie Moon writes about Captain America: First Avenger. “When adapting existing material, it’s easy to assume that in order to reach point F, you simply have to work through points A – E. To set up Steve Rogers in the modern world, simply romp briskly through everything that happened before he got there. But your character may not be undergoing a single united emotional…

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At The Gutter: Stale Candy, Punk Rock, Failure, Assimilation and Punisher: War Zone

This week, Carol watches Punisher: War Zone and thinks about what it means to be “good,” what it means to fail, and what it means when your community succeeds.

I’m not arguing for a kind of absolute relativism here, in which if I like or enjoyed Punisher: War Zone it’s good. I’m not arguing that for a lot of reasons, the most important being that the converse is sketchy as hell: dislike = bad. That’s a corrosive line of thinking. At the most basic level, I know that “dislike” “bad” because there is art I dislike even while knowing it’s good. But I can appreciate and even learn from it. The greater geek/nerd/fan community tends to smooth over differences by saying that we respect each other’s likes, that if you like something there must be something good about it, while at the same time organizing around liking the same things, creating canons and having a lot of received wisdom about what is good or bad–like my repairmans’s assertion, “Wonder Woman is a bad character.”
But people can like the same thing, superheroes in general or the Punisher in particular, for instance, without liking it the same way, in the same form or the same thing about it. A huge chunk of the whole fake geek girl thing is as much about “You’re liking it wrong” or “You like the wrong thing about it” as it is just plain sexism**. And when your tacit understanding about what makes something good or bad generally comes down to labeling things good and bad, it’s hard to notice when you are tacitly arguing against diversity–like my repairman, who has felt so deprived for so long that he doesn’t recognize he’s not losing something by not getting everything. There can be grim and dark movies like Nolan’s Batman, shiny colorful movies like The Avengers and crazy-ass odes to campy, comic book violence like Punisher: War Zone–even scruffy action like Machete Kills, The Raid and the Fast & Furious movies.

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"There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life; for let the form of an object be what it may, light, shade and perspective will always make it beautiful."

John Constable

(Panels from The New Gods #9, by Jack Kirby & Mike Royer, DC, 1972)

"A Beginner’s Guide To Jademan"

“A Beginner’s Guide To Jademan”

The Comics Journal takes an in-depth look a Tony Wong Yuk-Long, Ma Wing-Shing and the massive Hong Kong comics publisher, Jademan Holdings Ltd., and Jademan in North America: “He is a showman, this Tony Wong–a real Stan Lee, though I would argue that he is more interesting than the American model.” (via Kaiju Shakedown).

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"Thoughts on the New Thor: Legacy, Characterization and a Possible New Reboot"

“Thoughts on the New Thor: Legacy, Characterization and a Possible New Reboot”

At The Comics Professor, Mark D. White writes about the new Thor and reader reaction. “Recently it was announced—on The View, of all places—that the next person found worthy to wield the power of Thor in the Marvel Universe would be a woman, after the current Thor is judged unworthy. (See here for the best write-up I’ve found, including an interview with writer Jason Aaron and EIC Axel Alonso.)…

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Stale Candy, Punk Rock, Failure, Assimilation and Punisher: War Zone

Stale Candy, Punk Rock, Failure, Assimilation and Punisher: War Zone

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 5.51.38 PMLast summer, the repairman who came to patch my kitchen ceiling, discovered I read comics and then kept asking me about different blockbuster superhero movies and shows. And I’d keep saying I wasn’t very interested. He stood on the ladder, shaking his head in a reverie, saying the superhero movies were like candy to him and “I can’t get enough.” Then je explained that Superman was boring and…

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Juggernaut is just one of the five supervillain pin-ups in the Sexy Supervillain postcard set available as a Gutterthon perk. He was drawn by Evan Munday and you can give him a new home while supporting thoughtful writing about disreputable art by donating to the Cultural Gutter’s indiegogo campaign here. Only 3 days left!

Juggernaut is just one of the five supervillain pin-ups in the Sexy Supervillain postcard set available as a Gutterthon perk. He was drawn by Evan Munday and you can give him a new home while supporting thoughtful writing about disreputable art by donating to the Cultural Gutter’s indiegogo campaign here. Only 3 days left!

"Character and the Audience: The Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow"

“Character and the Audience: The Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow”

Debbie Moon ponders the “Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow” and Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “The Hyper-Capable Wounded Sparrow is always male, and he’s that guy who can kill a roomful of people without breaking a sweat – but who is massively emotionally vulnerable, has no social support system, and is incapable of interacting with civilized society. Frequently he’s physically or temporally…

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General Zod plays without a safe word in this supervillain pin-up by Evan Munday. It’s included in our Gutterthon fundraiser's Sexy Supervillain postcard set.
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General Zod plays without a safe word in this supervillain pin-up by Evan Munday. It’s included in our Gutterthon fundraiser's Sexy Supervillain postcard set.

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