San Diego Comic Con 2011 Part 1

21 tidbits from the con so far.

1. When asked about Stephanie Brown at the New 52 panel, Dan Didio replied: “Stephanie Brown will be part of Batman’s world in The New 52. I was a huge Spoiler fan, believe me.”

I don’t believe that last part.

2. When asked about Donna Troy and Cassandra Cain at the New 52 panel, the panelists said…absolutely nothing, apparently. However, Morrison confirmed Cass with a “Yes, certainly.”

3.  Marvel has announced that they are going ahead with their AKA: Jessica Jones tv show, based on Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias series, adding Luke Cage and Carol Danvers to their character list.

4. Marvel is also developing a television show for ABC Family centering around the character of Mockingbird. For some tidbits on that and #3 check out some details and for info on who Mockingbird is check her wiki page!

5. DC did announce that Ryan Choi and Power Girl’s secret identity, Karen Starr will pop up in the New 52, giving their comics a skoach more diversity.

6.  A woman in the DC panel, during the JLA section brought up the lack of centrally featured women in the DC New 52 covers. It’s not something I would have argued for (character placement on covers), but wanting to be featured more prominently is a valid desire. Apparently the room was against her, which isn’t at all surprising.

7. Superman’s new cape looks criminally short, to the point where he looks like an overgrown child.

8.  Speaking of the Man of Steel, his marriage to Lois Lane is being erased Brand New Day style, so look for Lois to have a new boyfriend, and for Clark to garner sympathy from rejected fanboys, because clearly, Lois owes it to Clark to be with him, no matter what she might want….

9. The X-Men titles are going same day digital!

10.  Speaking of X-Men, the old 90′s Clairmont/Lee X-Men #1 is getting recolored! I dont’ know why, but I assume it has to do with making more money on an issue that isn’t worth much of anything, by printing a recolored version that will be worth even less!

11. Emma Frost continues to have large, prominent breasts of varying shapes and sizes, depending on the artist, but very few people are bothered, because she can melt your brain while relaxing with a cocktail. For that, and more X-news, click here!

12. The new Catwoman art makes me feel a bit gaggy, because her breast is coming out of her shoulder, and her arm is…odd. Also, she’s half dressed, and her new book is being described as “dirty” and “sexy.” Which would be fine? I guess? If they mentioned other things about it…

13.  DC Comics have stated that they are creating new character, some of whom could be LGBTQ, but are not planning on bringing any current heroes out of the closet.

14. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic is getting a reboot! Let’s hope April O’Neil is a bad ass.

15.  Marvel is starting of an Avengers: Origins series, one book will feature Scarlet Witch (with her brother Quicksilver) and one will feature Wasp (with husband Ant-Man). I really want these to be good, because I’d love to get to know these characters better.

16. Heroes for Hire will be switching it up to fill the hole that the absence Secret Six is leaving in our hearts, by changing to Villains for Hire, which features Misty Knight recruiting some unsavory badasses for her team.

17.  Sometimes Wonder Woman wears pants, and sometimes she doesn’t. Personally, I’m okay with that.

18.  Dark Horse is doing a comics series expanding the vampiric  House of Night universe of mother-daughter duo of  P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

19.  Lego featured their new superhero figures on the floor, and DC has a fabulous Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Poison Ivy among others, while Marvel boasts Black Widow and more.

20.  On Sunday the 24th there will be a protest march against Harley Quinn’s new Suicide Squad costume. It’s meant to be a lighthearted protest, but still it’s an interesting comment on the loose-fitting corset she’s sporting for the relaunch, and the love many people have for the original gear.

21. When asked about hiring more women on their creative staff, Dan Didio replied with saying that they will hire “the best writers and artists as possible.” Which apparently earned him cheers. When Grant Morrison asked the crowd if they would like to see more women creating comics his reply was “then send in your stuff.” I’m…not sure how to feel about that.

Comments

  1. JubilantHierophant says

    ….So hey, I feel pretty good about giving up on comics altogether last year. Cool.

    (Except actually I am still heartbroken. Sigh. :( )

  2. Casey says

    they will hire “the best writers and artists as possible.”

    And I’m sure that means “MOAR STRAIGHT WELL-TO-DO WHITE DUDZ”

  3. says

    When asked about hiring more women on their creative staff, Dan Didio replied with saying that they will hire “the best writers and artists as possible.”

    Shorter Dan Didio: “I don’t see a problem with the status quo, therefore there isn’t one.”

  4. Deviija says

    Wow. That… I don’t even know what to say to all of that.

    I am so appalled by Harley’s design, even more than I was with the fetish nurse outfit for Arkham Asylum, that I can’t even process what to say to that badness.

  5. sbg says

    I feel like that answer was a first cousin to “but there just aren’t any [insert anything but male and white] writers and artists out there, so it’s not our fault/problem” for my comfort.

  6. says

    Yeah… re: #21, the thing is, when you share a perspective with somebody, you tend to rate them higher on all sorts of unrelated skills/abilities/looks/whatever than – all else being equal – you rate someone else. It’s human nature, and don’t think you’re immune. If I someday need to hire an accountant, I will have a tendency to be influenced not just by their accounting skills, professionalism and conscientiousness, but also by their level of egalitarianism. If you’re aware of this, you can at least attempt to counteract the tendency. But it doesn’t sound like this guy’s aware that his natural inclination will be to pick someone who expresses a white male POV, and that sucks for people who don’t share that perspective.

    It is really a humongous pity that people don’t learn psychology. Once you understand how many shortcuts the brain naturally takes, it gets a lot easier to consciously work past those shortcuts. (More on this in my upcoming reviews of some books about the “science” behind gender essentialism.)

  7. Patrick McGraw says

    Speaking of the Man of Steel, his marriage to Lois Lane is being erased Brand New Day style,

    Congratulations, DC! You’ve just gotten this 32-year-old straight white male who has been buying your comics since he was a teenager to drop everything you publish, just like Marvel did! You sure know how to follow trends.

    Out of the five fictional romantic relationships that I have been most emotionally invested in, two are now gone, retconned out of existence. At least DC is going a “reboot” option, basically admitting they are out of ideas by just trying to tell Lois and Clark’s relationship yet again. But this will be a different history and a different relation – just as the one I read and was invested in that ran from 1986-2011 was different from the Earth-1 and Earth-2 relationships pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, or the DCAU realtionship, etc. But the Clark and Lois that I followed – that relationship just never happened now.

    So I’m hurt and angry, but not nearly so as over One More Day, which was essentially Joe Quesada taking out his mid-life crisis, failed marriage, misogyny, and mother issues on Spider-man’s fans in the worst ways possible.

  8. Patrick McGraw says

    Sylvia Sybil: Shorter Dan Didio: “I don’t see a problem with the status quo, therefore there isn’t one.”

    You have summed it up perfectly. I’ll try not to think about how many people keep saying that about how many different things, because that way lies despair.

  9. says

    Patrick McGraw,

    It amazes me that people still talk about One More Day/Brand New Day. It’s still a regular topic of conversation even though it’s been years. That’s how big it was, and that’s how much it affected people and not in a good way.

    Lois and Clark’s marriage disappearing will be much the same. Except instead of Clark going out and doing anything that moves, like Peter Parker did, he’s just going to mope and pine.

    *shakes head*

  10. Dina Bow says

    He says that they’ll hire the best writters but how do you define “the best” that at this point? Because there are a whole lot of poorly written comics about mainstream superheroes. Maybe it would help if they hired different types of people with different perspectives instead of hiring the same kind (Which it sounds like they’ll do).

    Instead of rebooting everything; why make some new comics in a different genre? Most comics are the action/superhero type and you really have to search to find anything different. Why not try a mystery or a comedy or an adventure comic. At the very least they could try a different art style. I was never too fond of the whole skin-tight, realistic, overly musled look. It just gets dull when every book looks like this.

  11. M.C. says

    Leigh:
    Patrick McGraw,

    Lois and Clark’s marriage disappearing will be much the same. Except instead of Clark going out and doing anything that moves, like Peter Parker did, he’s just going to mope and pine.

    Not at all. According to what I’ve heard Clark is going to do Wonder Woman, because obviously she has nothing better to do than pitty-fuck aliens with the Nice Guy Snydrome.

    I was planning on picking up some comics to get my Lois fix after Smallville ended, but now I guess I’ll just wait for the new movie with Amy Adams as LL.

    Oh, and let’s also talk about how DC are stuffing Martha Fucking Kent into the fridge in their reboot that’s hopefully going to crash and burn!

  12. Dani says

    Umm…how is Harley’s top…supposed to stay on?

    M.C.:

    Oh, and let’s also talk about how DC are stuffing Martha Fucking Kent into the fridge in their reboot that’s hopefully going to crash and burn!

    Wait…what?!

  13. says

    When Grant Morrison asked the crowd if they would like to see more women creating comics his reply was “then send in your stuff.”

    This quote has been nagging at me. I’ve been turning it over and over and I think I’ve finally nailed why it bothers me.

    Because it implies that women haven’t been sending in their stuff.

    When informed that his audience (part of it, anyway) saw a problem in the status quo, his response was to put the problem onto other people. It was to say in so many words, “Whatever the problem is, it can’t be me. I have no intention of changing, so everyone else will have to do that. The system is good, it’s the participants who are at fault.”

    Now maybe this was just an off-the-cuff response and Mr. Morrison will consider the matter more deeply in private, now that he’s been made aware of a previously unknown problem. I’m not familiar with him or his work so I couldn’t guess. But somehow I doubt it. That initial response does not sound like he intends to consider this seriously, or even consider it at all.

  14. says

    Sylvia Sybil,

    Leigh noted in an earlier comment that DC does not actually accept unsolicited submissions. Either this guy doesn’t have a clue about the hiring process in his own organization and has no business suggesting that DC will or won’t look at minority applicants seriously, or else it’s a really back-handed way of slamming the door in people’s faces – by issuing a directive they can’t hope to follow. I can’t find another way to read it at this point.

  15. Shaun says

    Sylvia Sybil,

    I haven’t read a lot of Morrison’s stuff but EVEN FOR A COMIC BOOK I was amazed at how the women in the Invisibles literally stood around doing nothing for large parts of the books. I’ve read the first three graphic novels, and in the big climax that concluded the arc 2 of the three women were literally TOLD to stand back and do nothing for their own safety.

    They were the 2 weakest characters, sure, but when I write stories I always try to find something for every character to do, especially if I only had five main characters. Especially if I had just happened to make the 3 women the weakest 3 characters (and 2 of them drastically weaker).

  16. says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    Oh, so she did. So I guess women really haven’t been sending in their stuff. But not for lack of trying or lack of interest. The recent kickstarter Womanthology that made its goal in 24 hours proves that. So…I guess that leaves us with your “backhanded door slam” theory. Not seeing any other options either. :( And what Shaun said confirms it, in my mind. The link between good characterization of fictional females and egalitarian treatment of real life females isn’t absolute but there sure is a strong corollary.

  17. Patrick McGraw says

    Leigh,

    Except instead of Clark going out and doing anything that moves, like Peter Parker did, he’s just going to mope and pine.

    Neither of which are remotely in character for either man.

    Peter has always been the “mope and pine” type, neurotic and doubting his own self-worth, and never ever the type to go for casual relationships. So naturally the first panel of Brand New Day was Peter making out with a complete stranger while his inner narration demeaned her. Again, Joe Quesada’s midlife crisis taken out of Spidey’s fans.

    Clark is the sort of emotionally aware person that puts a great deal of thought into what he does and how he reacts to things. One of his key characteristics is his emotional maturity, and turning into a Nice Guy (TM) is just… ugghh…

  18. Patrick McGraw says

    M.C.,

    First they had Christopher Kent put on a bus and then aged up into just another superhero, then killed Jonathan, and now Martha, with Clark and Lois’ entire relationship rebooted. Seriously WTF DC? Do you just hate families?

  19. Robin says

    17. Sometimes Wonder Woman wears pants, and sometimes she doesn’t.

    It’s not the pants vs. hotpants that concerns me, it’s the fact that she’s always wearing a bustier. Concerns about nip-slips aside, she’s leaving a large portion of her chest exposed during combat. That’s where her vital organs are. Vital organs like lungs.

    And Harley Quinn just… why? If she doesn’t look even a little like her namesake jester, then what’s the point of even using that character? Why not make up some new crazy chick to be scantily clad?

  20. Patrick McGraw says

    Robin,

    It’s not the pants vs. hotpants that concerns me, it’s the fact that she’s always wearing a bustier. Concerns about nip-slips aside, she’s leaving a large portion of her chest exposed during combat. That’s where her vital organs are. Vital organs like lungs.

    Yup. While her chestpiece is explicitly armored, it really needs to cover more.After all, WW isn’t bullet-proof – that’s what she needs her indestructible bracers for.

    And Harley Quinn just… why? If she doesn’t look even a little like her namesake jester, then what’s the point of even using that character? Why not make up some new crazy chick to be scantily clad?

    I think this is about the only argument that might penetrate DC’s skulls. Harley has a very iconic look, down to a recognizable silhouette, and moving too far from that as they have loses viewer recognition. It’s like removing Batman’s cape and ears.

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