So, I work in a library. My technical title is “Library Service Specialist”, but what that means is “Without a library degree, you will not make even 30k a year at this.” But my main area of responsibility (because no one else wants to do it) is Young Adult. My domain is comic books, Hunger Games and… sigh… Twilight.
Which means I have the perfect excuse to pick up random graphic novels and read them like they’re real work.
Page by Paige caught my eye this morning, and the cover put me in mind of Danielle Corsetto’s Girls with Slingshots, for reasons I am not entirely sure of. So, I grabbed it, and took it with me to dinner.
Good lord, this is a wonderful graphic novel. Paige Turner (whose parents should probably be shot for inflicting such a name on their child) has moved from Virginia to New York City. Shy and a bit introverted, she’s also an artist, drawing out her thoughts in a journal. She makes friends in New York, wrestling with her own introverted tendencies and trying to find the new Paige as she grows up. The fat old cynic in me scoffs a little at the positive ending to the book, with things starting to fall into place for her, but I couldn’t help but smile at it, and feel that maybe things aren’t so bad after all.
I linked to Amazon, but find it at your local library. Then buy it.
“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”—
I vote we stop using the term “pro-life” and change to “pro-birth”, and every time someone asks “What does that mean?”, you can explain this and the other racialized, classist, misogynist, body policing, rape culture reinforcing bullshit behind “pro-life” dogma.
Tumblr does not let you reblog and respond to questions in a meaningful long form. This is annoying.
Since I’ve started overthinking comics, I’ve come to view Superman more and more as being akin to a deity… the idea of him as a messiah figure, a god come down to live as a man, has loomed larger in my estimation of him. He is, in many ways, almost impossibly moral; I think there are reasons for that, and those reasons have been explored. As a big man myself, I’m aware of my power to hurt, and it’s not even a fraction of what he has to deal with.
But he is a god. He may be framed as an alien-raised-among-humans, but his power, both in person and as a symbol, is so immense that other definitions of him tend to fall short.
In being connected with Lois Lane, Superman… Clark… is connected to humanity. He doesn’t care about them in the abstract… he loves them in the specific. He lifts up humanity because he sees, in them, that which he loves. Yes, Clark still loves Jonathan and Martha, but that is a far different affection than romantic love. As a god among mortals, he is aware of our frailty because he gentles himself to touch it. He is aware of our strength, because there is a part of it he holds in awe.
But when he loves another god? Even before the reboot made her the literal child of a god, Diana was, herself, a god. Seldom termed that way, she was nonetheless the physical equal of Superman and the other deities of her world… she could stand against the God of War in his own domain, and could stare down the God of the Dead. That Diana and Clark would find a common ground, even an affection or infatuation seems natural… they are both gods, with powers far greater than normal men. But in loving Diana, Superman removes himself from humanity. It is not something he cherishes… it is something he protects. It goes from a romantic love to a paternalistic one… something that brings us closer to Red Son than the Last Son.
I’ve said it before… the new 52 is only a year old. The old continuity was 27, and built on 45 years of backstory. The character of Superman is more than 70 years old. So I hope that Clark will come back to Lois, because it makes him human. And that is truly why Lois is one of the most powerful people in the DC Universe… because she can make a man out of a god.
EDIT: I made a slight edit to the last paragraph. Not only the wrong word, the wrong tense of the wrong word.
So, I’ve been reading through Birds of Prey, and came across Black Alice again. Now, I was wondering if Alice “stole” powers, or just mimicked them… at first it wasn’t clear, but later issues showed she did, indeed, steal powers. She had them, you didn’t. She also steals clothes; not just emulates them, but Misfit busts in on her and Oracle meditating, Alice steals Charlie’s powers… and Charlie goes from being dressed as Misfit to being in a sports bra and bicycle shorts.
However, it gets worse than that.
So I think back over Alice’s appearances, and realize how dangerous this girl is. What’s that, Dr. Fate? Need to keep a demon in check? I’m afraid Black Alice is going to take your powers to beat up some bullies. Wonder Woman, fighting Gorilla Grod? Well, Alice is fighting the Birds of Prey… and Wonder Woman goes from Diana of Themsycira to Diana Prince, Wonder Woman… no powers, no clothes. Captain Marvel, flying across the Pacific? I’m afraid you’re going to turn into Billy Batson at Mach 3.
Holy HELL, that girl is scary. She could be incredibly effective against magical foes (Isis, Black Adam, Cheetah)… simply taking their powers and using them against them… but she could also be a horrendous threat to everyone magical on the planet.
No offense, Pop, but you didn’t even OFFER to snap the spine of those girls who were mean to me in jr. high.
Heh. Bane could be my dad, any day.
It’s interesting…people think all the wish fulfillment in superhero comics is in the powers, the adventures. I’d say that’s a big part.
But not the only part.
One of the things I have come to love in comics is the interconnectedness of the superhero communities. Not just “everyone knows everyone”, but that they’re friends and colleagues.
One recently-read example was when Dinah (Black Canary) was kidnapped by Savant and Creote. She had to break her hand to get out of the cuffs, leaving her with three broken limbs in trying to escape (because Creote and Savant has already broken her legs).
A few issues later, while she’s rolling around the Watchtower with Babs, she mentions that Mr. Miracle is going tot make her a tiny lockpicking kit to go in her glove. Now, this is before Barda joined the team, and while Babs/Oracle almost definitely had both on file, in my headcanon, Scott learned what happened to Dinah from another hero, and sent her a note or gave her a call… not just expressing sympathy, which she would grin and bear because she’s Dinah and awesome, but with a concrete thing he could do to lessen the chance that she’d be helpless again. He chose to give a gift to empower her… not because they’d been seen to be especially close, but because they’re part of a big family.
It is part of why I liked the “We Are The Avengers” TPB, as well. That volume was entirely them being “normal” people… and work was a component of that, but so was play and mourning. They’re not just superheroes. They’re people.
This is now the third area in which Romney has refused to share specifics on the explicit grounds that so doing would be bad politically for him. Romney has repeatedly said he won’t release his tax returns because Democrats will find things in them to attack. And he has vowed to eliminate whole government agencies, but has confirmed that he won’t specify which ones precisely because his failed Senate bid taught him that getting too specific puts him at risk of losing. As Jonathan Chait has written, this is akin to saying: “One of the things I have found in previous elections is that announcing my plans makes people want to vote against me.”
Do your job, media.
Do your job, reporters.
Do your job, cable news.
Do your job, newspapers.
Inform voters clearly and without the “both sides do it” false equivalency, that the Romney campaign is deliberately hiding what a Romney presidency would mean for the country, because the campaign knows that they will lose if voters find out their actual policy plans.
It is absolutely staggering to me that it is possible in this country for a person seeking to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES can completely hide everything that person would do if elected and expect voters to be totally fine with that.
The cable news and national network news programs have a responsibility to clearly explain this to voters: Mitt Romney won’t tell you what he plans to do if you elect him, because he believes that if you knew, you wouldn’t vote for him.
We’re currently experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, a siege of wildfires, and the hottest temperatures since records were kept. But to Republicans in Congress, it’s all a big hoax. The chairman of a subcommittee that oversees issues related to climate change, Representative John Shimkus of Illinois is — you guessed it — a climate-change denier.
At a 2009 hearing, Shimkus said not to worry about a fatally dyspeptic planet: the biblical signs have yet to properly align. “The earth will end only when God declares it to be over,” he said, and then he went on to quote Genesis at some length. It’s worth repeating: This guy is the chairman.
On the same committee is an oil-company tool and 27-year veteran of Congress, Representative Joe L. Barton of Texas. You may remember Barton as the politician who apologized to the head of BP in 2010 after the government dared to insist that the company pay for those whose livelihoods were ruined by the gulf oil spill.
Barton cited the Almighty in questioning energy from wind turbines. Careful, he warned, “wind is God’s way of balancing heat.” Clean energy, he said, “would slow the winds down” and thus could make it hotter. You never know.
“You can’t regulate God!” Barton barked at the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in the midst of discussion on measures to curb global warming.
Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy
HAHA NO MONAY!!!!!
Maybe our generation aren’t buying houses and cars because EVERYTHING IS SO FUCKED
You want us to actually talk to bank people and get home loans and auto loans? They are still fucking us! Any time I go into a bank, I feel disgusted. You want me to do MORE business with the who want to charge me 5 dollars for every single swipe of my debit card? Get fucked!
You think I’m gonna buy a car? A car? Where am I gonna get the money for a car and the insurance and the insurance against the insurance company if God forbid they decide to do the same things they did to the poor Fisher family and countless others? And fucking GAS? Are you crazy? The planet is dying, and you want me to buy gas at $FUCK.YOU/gallon?
In the past 5 years since the economy fell apart, we’ve been adapting. We’ve been listening to countless horror stories of those who made the risk. Those who saved and did it right, and still ended up with an inferior product with inferior service that RUINS YOUR LIFE. It’s not like ordering a pizza, and instead of sausage, you get cheese. It’s like ordering a pizza and then your credit is ruined and you are flat broke. The pains of acquisition aren’t worth it if it can all be taken away like a bureaucratic fart in the bathtub. It would be smarter to save our money for tickets to god-damn Mars than to invest in these hideous, broken systems.
We aren’t cheap. We fucking hate doing business with you people.
All these pieces on Millennials are so mired in confusion since we don’t even trust journalists any more. The news, our entire lives, has been scary. Think about being 8 and processing the deaths of abortion doctors or homegrown terrorism. Now try to process the news when every asshole on camera just lies. The news hasn’t had an ounce of truth in it for 10 years. Can you not understand how much we don’t trust anyone who is older than us? How can you trust anybody when the president and vice-president of the United States lied to the Secretary of State so they could START THE WRONG WAR!
Also, that graphic? Is that what you think we all look like? Are you fucking kidding me, Atlantic?
I hope they never find out how to market to us. I hope we splinter so much that companies like Ford will have to make a decent product instead of asking the Vomit Spouts that created Jersey Shore how to create MORE fantasies about how great THINGS will make your life. We don’t attach to things because things break. We saw everything break.
Also, I am trying to imagine what wreck of a human being would be scrolling by and go, “You’re right, cartoon underwear fairy, I DO deserve an orgy!” **click** “Wait, this is a shitty web game. Oh well, next best thing!”
Very soon after the DC reboot revealed the benching of Stephanie Brown and Cass Cain, writer Gail Simone began tweeting and posting about a project she was pitching to “unbench” at least one of the characters.
The book was originally pitched at SDCC 2011 and went through some permutations….
I am actually more depressed knowing that this existed in concept, but was not created. I don’t know Bumblebee, but it would’ve worked well, even with existing relationships. It would also tighten up the blood relationship between Misfit and Black Alice, which I didn’t find impossible, just a bit of a stretch.
It makes me very happy to see that, in a mid #60s Birds of Prey (I’m in the trades), Dinah spends a good chunk of time in a Superman t-shirt (technically, I think the colors make it a Superboy t-shirt). Nothing special. No sign it is a JLA or JSA issue special t-shirt. Just the kind of thing anyone can buy at the store.
Am I the LAST person to see the connections between Daredevil and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Matt Murdock’s origin includes him saving a blind man crossing the street. He’s hit in the eyes by some sort of mutagen, blinding him and giving him superpowers. He goes on to fight the Hand Ninjas. The turtles? When someone saving a blind man crossing the street is hit in the face by a cannister of mutagen, the mutagen dumps into the sewer and coats some baby turtles, who grow up into ninjas fighting the Foot clan. HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS BEFORE?
If you're a feminist who understands the (apparently not) radical concept that women can have penises and men can have vaginas (and that there are people with either or both of those who may very well identify as neither a man nor a woman), would you mind reblogging this? I could really use a little faith in humanity being restored right about now.
I thought it’d be fun to ask people their favorite Lois moment.
Lois Lane was the ORIGINAL DC ass-kicker, always smarter and gutsier than the male reporters, including Clark Kent. She’s appeared in television, movies, animation, comic strips, and so much more, making her one of the most famous comics characters of all time. She’s been played by a myriad of fantastic actresses and been drawn by some of the best artists in the comics industry.
What is your favorite Lois Lane moment?
Dana Delaney’s portrayal in the DCAU. It is, to me, still pretty much the definitive version of most characters, including Lois… though I’m still trying to bash out a novel of Superman, set in the 30s and 40s, and she’s sure to feature in it.