Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman-the Trinity of DC Comics. Or at least that's what everyone says. In reality, it's more like The Couple, and not the boy-on-girl kind. Superman and Batman have always been more popular than their female counterpart. Why is that exactly?
Take a minute and think about Wonder Woman. What comes to mind? Most likely a strong, beautiful woman with a colorful costume. Comic book fans know her as the daughter of Amazons, born from clay of Themyscira itself and sent into the world of men. She prays to Greek gods and goddesses (and sometimes fights them) and is a member of the Justice League of America. But tons, and I mean TONS, of non-comic readers love Wonder Woman because of what she's come to represent.
Nothing quite draws a crowd like the word "free," am I right? Well it just so happens that this Saturday is the King of all Freebies. I'm talking, of course, about Free Comic Book Day.
If you've never heard of FCBD, let me explain. You cannot simply walk up to the racks at your local comic shop and take home the latest issue of Superman. Well, you can. Just expect to be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. However, you WILL be able to pick up DC Comic's FCBD offering this year, War of the Supermen #0.
See, publishers produce a special book for the occasion. Depending on the company you may get a whole issue filled with new content or a preview book with samples of several titles. Comic shops offer these to their customers absolutely FREE, and this year we've got some great stuff to look forward to.
You know how the judges on Project Runway always complain about the designers' outfits being too costumey? Yeah, those are usually my favorites. My love of superheroes makes that pretty obvious. But what would Heidi, Michael or Nina say if they were actually judging superhero costumes? I'm not sure, but we now know what Mr. Tim Gunn would say.
He may get paid to be the Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne (and I
guess that's like, impressive or something) but besides that, I'm
beginning to think Tim Gunn is just the coolest person alive. I already
knew he had an incredible sense of humor, evident in his allowing Marvel
Comics to immortalize him in comic form for a miniseries called Models
Inc., but you can now consider it written in stone.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to star in his own comic book. No, it's not about Terminators or Predators, it's about the man himself. Political Power: Arnold Schwarzenegger is due in stores June 30. What a coincidence! That's the same day I'm quitting comic books.
Written by Justin Peniston with art by Matt Filer, Political Power: Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest in Bluewater Production's line of political biographies. "[It] traces Schwarzenegger's life as he rises from obscure body builder to movie star to governor of California." And not, as one would hope, the Governor going on a rampage in Napa Valley.
I never understood the whole tentacle hentai thing. Squid are cool. Naked ladies are certainly cool. But the two together, sexually? Usually, I'd steer clear, but suddenly I find myself compelled to know more, thanks to artist Ben Templesmith, King of Cephalopods.
You may know Templesmith from his work on 30 Days of Night or Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. If you aren't familiar, let's just say, if he can throw a stray tentacle in there, he will. He loves them, can't get enough of them! He's also fond of drawing pretty, naked ladies, so it was only a matter of time before he combined the two into something spectacular. Or should I say, Tentacular. His new art book is called SquidGirls, and it's safe to say it's meant for adults.
Cute animals wearing capes and wielding swords are pretty much a recipe for "Jill Will Love It" soup. This is why Archaia Comics' Mouse Guard is one of my favorite reads. That, and the story and art by David Peterson are first-rate. So what will I do now that they're letting other fabulous creators take a crack at the tiny warriors? Love it, obviously!
I've always considered myself a night owl. If you ask me to wake up before noon, you'll be met with a hearty grumble or, at the very least, a weak sob. More than once I've been compared to a vampire, something I take as a proud compliment even if it wasn't meant as such. Maybe that's why I like The Night Owls, Volume 1. It's the latest release from DC Comics' web imprint Zuda. Written by Peter Timony and illustrated by his twin brother Bobby Timony, the witty web comic follows three members of a detective agency solving supernatural crimes no one else can. Did I mention the series takes place in the roaring 20's and that one of the detectives is a gargoyle?
In honor of DC Comics' 75th anniversary this year, Entertainment Weekly decided they were going to end the age-old debate about who was better, Batman or Superman. While there really is no need to pose that question in the first place (Batman is superior to all), they took it deeper than just who would win in a fight. Who's more popular? Who's got the cooler costume? They don't actually give an answer but either way, it really has become an overused debate. So, what about their lady counterparts?
Amazon, I hope you're prepared to fight like the fierce ladies you share a name with, because you've just made a butt-load of new enemies. You may have heard of them, they're called geeks. Also, nerds, dorks and the people who run the world. Kindle is great and all, but you just screwed yourself.
Amazon had a massive ... let's call it "sale" ... on a large number of comic book omnibuses (omnibi?), trade paperbacks and other assorted collections over the weekend. I'm talking books that run close to, if not over $100 being offered for $14.99 or less. Comic fans placed orders in droves, most purchasing hundreds of dollars in merchandise. And then, Amazon noticed a glitch in the matrix and *poof* orders started disappearing overnight. Did they think we wouldn't notice?
When you think of Cinderella, shoes are probably the first thing that come to mind. She's famous for losing one, after all. (How'd you like that next to your name in the history books?) Next comes pumpkins, fairy godmothers, wicked step-sisters and, of course, Prince Charming. But would it surprise you then to know when I think of Cinderella, all I see is super-duper secret spy? You can thank Vertigo's Fables for that.
Crap. I wish I had written this. That's what I said to myself the second I put down Sarah Kuhn's One Con Glory. It's not only smart, funny, sentimental and charming, it was written by a woman pretty much just like me--an enormous geek with excellent taste. Who does she think she is, writing something so good?
One Con Glory is a novella-length romantic comedy from Alert Nerd Press written with the geek community in mind. Specifically the female geek community, which seems to be growing exponentially these days. The story is told from the perspective of jaded fangirl/journalist Julie who, it must be said, has some issues not of the comic variety (although she's got quite a few of those too). From Part One, titled "Pon Farr," I knew I was in for a treat.
There are a few classic couples in comics. Superman and Lois Lane and Spider-Man and Mary Jane are probably the first that pop into anyone's mind. For the most part, these couples have stood the test of time. Their romances aren't dramatic, soap opera-worthy stories, just true love. On the other hand, you've got your star-crossed affairs. Your Batman and Catwoman, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Cyclops and...well, I'm not gonna go there. These couples may have an undying passion for each other but something always seems to stand in their way, preventing them from pure bliss.
Seeing as how Valentine's Day just passed us by, I thought I'd take a few minutes to ponder the relationship between my favorite couple in comics. I'm talking about Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson. They both served as Batman's protégés, Batgirl and Robin, at one time and have since grown up and moved on to become the superheroes Oracle and Nightwing. Unfortunately, these two fall under the second, troubled relationship group. But why?! BUT WHY I SAY!?!
I used to want to be a magician when I was young. Maybe we all went through that phase, but I was slightly more serious about it than my friends. There was just one problem - I sucked. I had absolutely no talent for slight-of-hand, the basis for just about every magic trick, and my rabbit skills consisted of petting. Fortunately, it didn't leave me bitter. To this day, I still marvel at those who can do magic and make it look easy. It's probably why I love Zatanna so much.
Zatanna is one of the most popular, non-famous characters in comics. The general public probably has no clue who she is, but to comic readers, DC in particular, she's kind of a big deal. There's just something about Zatanna everyone loves. Maybe it's the top hat, the tuxedo coat or her penchant for speaking her spell backwards (NAMTAB POTS!). More than likely, it's the fishnets. Either way, after her longtime membership in the Justice League and with a few mini-series under her cummerbund, she's finally getting her very own ongoing from DC.
Did you ever dream about sitting on Batman's face? I know I have. But I'm really talking about giving your rump a rest on a retro chair with his, Wonder Woman or Spider-Man's mug plastered all over it. Sound like something you'd be into? Today I bring you comic decoupage courtesy of Bombus Design.
If you're not already familiar with it, the art of decoupage is basically layering pieces of paper onto an object to create a new look. It sounds like something a kindergartener would do, but it's a technique that's been perfected by crafters over the years. It involves a lot of glue, a lot of time and a hell of a lot of varnish. Not to mention, a funny spacey feeling in your head for a week or so after. But that's obviously a plus.
New Jersey. Home of 24-hour diners, The Sopranos, Bon Jovi and me. Now the New Jersey Comic Con Wizard World Convention can call my fair state its home. Too bad no one will be calling the show anything at all, because it's a really long name.
You've heard of "event fatigue" in comics? Well prepare yourself for "convention fatigue." This week Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, announced his NINTH convention for 2010. The NJCCWWC (good god) will be landing at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center October 15-17. "Much of my family lives or has lived in the Garden State," Shamus said, "All my hometown friends there were bugging me to do this for them and their kids." ORLY? Because it's so hard to make that short train ride into New York City ONE WEEK earlier for the bigger and better New York Comic Con produced by Reed Exhibitions? I know I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Trains are such a drag.