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Teresa’s Pull List: Week of January 6, 2016

First new comics of the new year! I got to Blastoff Comics (my local comic shop and home to my pull list) later than I’d hoped this week, as I didn’t have time yesterday to get my books hot off the presses, but I went there today, and I wanted to share what I was reading this week!

First, there are the regular titles that are already reserved on my pull:

My pull list for the week of January 6, 2016

My pull list for the week of January 6, 2016

Bitch Planet #6 (IMAGE) – written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Taki Soma
I’m really looking forward to reading this. Not only is BP one of my favorite titles (and if you’re not reading this amazing, feminist masterpiece, you should be!), but this issue tells us the backstory of Meiko Maki, an amazing character we said goodbye to in the last issue.

Toil and Trouble #5 (ARCHAIA) – written by Mairghread Scott, art by kelly & Nicole Matthews
I have to admit, I’ve fallen a couple of issues behind on Toil and Trouble. Nothing to do with the quality of the book (it’s a unique, intriguing female-centric retelling of MacBeth! Come ON!), and everything to do with the fact that comics have become like TV shows to me now in that there are so many titles I’m interested in, it’s difficult to keep up with them all. But the issues have been accumulating in my pull, so I’ll be binge-reading the most recent two issues this week so that I can be ready for the final issue of this limited series next month.

This Damned Band #6 (DARK HORSE) – written by Paul Cornell, art by Tony Parker
Though Paul Cornell is one of my favorite writers in any medium, I have to say that this limited series has not been one of my favorites. I’m not really into the 1970s rock aesthetic to begin with, so that might be the problem right there. But that, along with this being a very testosterone-addled story, and the fact that the pacing was a bit wonky and it feels like this is trying to be a film rather than a comic (complete with documentary film motif), and the result hasn’t been that successful. Still, this is the last issue, so I will finish the series regardless, and despite this not being a book I enjoyed all that much, I will never regret throwing money at Cornell’s work. Here’s hoping his next comic fits me better.

Paper Girls #$ (IMAGE) – written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang
BKV is another one of my favorite writers in any medium (really, his only misstep in my book so far was Ex Machina, which I wasn’t crazy about), and Paper Girls is an amazing series so far. I can’t wait to find out what the deal is with the robot/alien teenagers! Hell, these pre-teen girls are so interesting, I’d read a comic about them on their own without the sci-fi trappings. This is one I’m excited to read!

And lastly, something that wasn’t on my pull. Whenever I pick up my reserved titles, I always give the shelves a quick glance to make sure I don’t miss anything new that I might be interested in. This week, I needed to pick up…

A-Force (MARVEL) – written by G. Willow Wilson, art by Jorge Molina
I gotta say, while I was so happy to read A-Force during the Secret Wars event, because it put all its focus on some of Marvel’s best female superheroes, I was a bit disappointed by the story. It was just so….boring. And because the cast of characters is so huge, I didn’t really feel particularly attached to any one. I did, however, love Singularity, both for her sweetness, and for her beautiful powers and character design. She’s pretty much what has me coming back to A-Force. She’s on the cover, so despite it not looking like she was coming back at the end of last year’s A-Force, it seems like she’s back after all, and I want to see how she evolves, as well as whether or not A-Force is something I’m going to want to read in an ongoing way.

Well, that’s what I’m reading this week! What I hope to do every week is tell you the new titles that I’ve picked up, as well as give short reviews on last  week’s titles, should you care what I think. 🙂

And now that that’s out of the way – what are YOU reading this week? I’m all about recommendations, so if you think there’s something I should be reading, make sure to let me know about it in the comments below!

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SUPERGIRL RADIO: Catching You Up!

It seems that in all my Mary Sue-ing (I’ll fill you in on my first week in a second post), I’ve completely forgotten to catch you up on Supergirl Radio!

Well, it’s still a lot of fun to do and, in my opinion, our episodes have gotten progressively better! I couldn’t have asked for a better podcast co-host than Rebecca, and we’ve already had two really fun guests join in on the Supergirl conversation! The last episode I posted here at the blog was Episode 2 about Supergirl – The Movie. So, here are the episodes you may have missed since!

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 3 – “Little Girl Lost” (about Supergirl on Superman: The Animated Series)

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 4 – SMALLVILLE: “Kara”/”Fierce” (about Supergirl’s first appearance on Smallville; featuring special guest, Morgan Glennon from BuddyTV)

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 5 – MAN OF STEEL Prequel Comic (featuring special guest, Andy B of The Flash Podcast, and our fearless producer!)

In addition to that, we also announced some big news! Fearless Producer Andy has brought all the DCTV podcasts together to form a sort of “Justice League” of podcasts, and we announced DCTV Podcasts on March 6th! DCTV Podcasts includes Supergirl Radio, The Flash Podcast, Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast, and Legends of Gotham – so if you want to get your fix of talking The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, or Supergirl, DCTV podcasts will allow you to tap into all that sweet comic book show goodness all in one place! Follow DCTV Podcasts on Twitter, Like on Facebook, and show all of Supergirl Radio‘s brother podcasts some love, won’t you? And fear not! Two of those “brother podcasts” – Quiver and Legends of Gotham – also feature lady hosts! Because in this family, everyone gets a say!

I kinda love that my hosting Supergirl Radio falls so beautifully in line with my new position at The Mary Sue. I’m coming at female geeks from all angles, apparently, despite having “given up” pop culture writing not that long ago.

Just when I thought I was out, THEY PULLED ME BACK IN! 😉

 

SUPERGIRL RADIO IS COMING IN FEBRUARY! (and Pssst! I'm a Host!)

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So, I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I want to pull away from pop culture criticism and commentary and focus more exclusively on my fiction, and so far, I’ve been doing that. However, I was presented with an opportunity at the end of last year that was too good to pass up, and it’s my one exception in 2015 to my Fiction (and Creative Non-Fiction)-Only Focus in 2015 rule.

There is a new podcast joining the geeky podcast landscape, and I’m one of the hosts! It’s called Supergirl Radio, and it’s a fan podcast devoted to the character of Supergirl and the upcoming Supergirl TV show on CBS! So, why’d I make the exception?

1) We’ve got a mainstream super-powered female protagonist coming to TV! How could I not be down with talking about that? 🙂

2) I’ve always wanted to get into podcasting. When I was approached for this, I’d already been working on creating a podcast of my own. That podcast is still coming (stay tuned!), but in the meantime, I can learn so much from being a part of this. My producer, Andy Behbakht is an experienced podcast producer, having been helming The Flash Podcast for over a year, and my co-host, Rebecca Johnson, has hosted her own Once Upon a Time podcast in the past, so she knows her stuff, too!

3) We need more women in the geek space. I’m thrilled to be hosting this with another woman who’s ridiculously well-versed in Supergirl. I’m more of a newbie to the character, so I’m looking forward to delving deep and providing the newbie perspective that will be complimented by Rebecca’s geeky knowledge!

Anyway, here’s the official press release:

For Immediate Release

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THE FLASH PODCAST LAUNCHES

SUPERGIRL RADIO

TUESDAY, FEB 3!

New Fan Podcast Dedicated to the Upcoming Supergirl TV Show on CBS.

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Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 The Flash Podcast, which launched in December 2013 and was the first fan podcast for CW’s The Flash, is expanding its podcast circle with the launch of its first sister podcast Supergirl Radio, on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd!

Supergirl Radio is a fan podcast devoted to the upcoming Supergirl TV show on CBS, created by Arrow’s and The Flash’s Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler, and starring Glee’s Melissa Benoist as the titular superheroine.

Supergirl Radio will be helmed by female duo Teresa Jusino and Rebecca Johnson, both of whom have made names for themselves analyzing pop culture individually, and will now be joining forces to celebrate the arrival of Supergirl to television.

This fan podcast will begin with a “Season Zero” – as The Flash Podcast did – from February through September 2015, where listeners will get to join the journey and discover more about Kara Zor-El a.k.a. Supergirl, the last daughter of Krypton. Once Supergirl debuts on CBS, Supergirl Radio will become your one-stop shop for all things related to the series. Andy Behbakht, host of The Flash Podcast, is a producer on the show and will work behind the scenes with our hosts.

Supergirl Radio “Season Zero” will provide an in-depth exploration of Supergirl’s history in the DC Comics Universe, dissecting both past interpretations of the character and the current New 52 version throughout the season, with episodes dedicated to iconic storylines and big events that have involved Supergirl. There will also be focus on Supergirl in other media in which she’s appeared, from movies to television and much more!

Supergirl is an upcoming superhero drama by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (The New Normal, Glee, Chuck) that will be a new interpretation of Superman’s famous cousin as she discovers the heroine within her. Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) was cast on January 22 as the next person to take this iconic heroine to the skies.

CBS gave the Warner Bros. TV project a series commitment on September 19, 2014 and describes as following,“Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”

Site link: http://www.supergirlradio.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/supergirlradio

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/supergirlradio

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/supergirlradio

E-mail: supergirlradio@gmail.com

Supergirl Radio is a fan dedicated podcast and is not affiliated with DC Comics, Warner Bros. Television or CBS Television. Supergirl & all logos and artwork are trademark of DC Comics and DC Entertainment.  

I hope that you’ll share this with friends, and that you’ll be there listening when we debut our first episode on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD!

NEW AT BEACON: "SDCC ‘14: Selections From Comic-Con’s First Transgender Panel"

l-r: Tara Madison Avery, Dylan Edwards, J.D. Saxon, Ashley Love, Elizabeth Lain, Melanie Gillman.

l-r: Tara Madison Avery, Dylan Edwards, J.D. Saxon, Ashley Love, Elizabeth Lain, Melanie Gillman.

I was working my non-writing day job yesterday, so I didn’t get this up at Beacon until late – but up there now is my second post this week from SDCC. It’s about the first-ever transgender panel at Comic-Con!

EXCERPT:

Lastly, and interestingly, was Nolan, author of Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics, who was a Comic-Con Special Guest and has been a comics historian for going on 50 years. She is also 70+ years old, and was a trans woman at a time when transgender people didn’t really have the vocabulary to discuss it. It was often cringe-inducing to hear her say things like “In my day, you were either a boy or a girl, it didn’t matter how you got there. I knew I was a girl, so I did what I had to do” while at the same time using terms like “real girl” and “real boy” to mean “genetic girl” or “genetic boy.” Or, watching her be confused by terms like “genderqueer,” as if at a certain point in LGBT activism and Feminism, she just stopped paying attention. The younger artists on the panel got a bit tense listening to her, but I thought that her point of view was important, in order to really demonstrate how far we’ve come in at least being able to talk about gender fluidity and sexuality in a more nuanced, non-binary way. 

Wanna keep up with Comic-Con through MY eyes? CLICK HERE to get to my article and subscribe to me at Beacon! Starting at only $5/month, you can have access to my coverage of SDCC, as well as the work of 100+ other journalists covering all the topics you care about!

COUNTDOWN TO BEACON: Pop Culture and Race

Miles Morales, of Ultimate Spider-Man, is an example of successfully and organically creating a minority superhero.

The first site to give me and my writing a serious chance (well, after Kevin Smokler did in 2004 on his old site, Central Booking, which has gone by the wayside in favor of bigger projects) was a fabulous geek site that’s still going strong after seven years – Pink Raygun! It’s where I cut my teeth on writing for an audience back in 2007, and it’s where I developed my voice and realized that I wanted to relate pop culture to other topics and issues that are important to me.

This piece, Donald Glover = Band-Aid, Creating Minority Superheroes = CURE, is one of the pieces of which I’m the most proud. In it, I talk about the brouhaha surrounding the idea of the talented Donald Glover possibly playing Spider-Man, and why minority actors playing iconic roles is not only inherently insulting (to them, not to the franchise/role), but serves as a distraction from the real problem. This piece continues to be relevant, considering the recent brouhaha over casting in the new Fantastic Four movie.

EXCERPT:

I’m a Puerto Rican with a dark-olive complexion. I remember being a little girl and pretending to be all sorts of characters, like Jem, or Cheetara from Thundercats, or Vicki on Small Wonder (don’t ask). Thing is, I wasn’t imagining ME as those characters. I was imagining BEING those characters. Looking through their eyes. Being in their skin. I think that, very often, this is what happens when children pretend to be characters. And with so many awesome white characters, minority children are subliminally taught that in order to be awesome, you have to be white. They’re not seeing themselves as Peter Parker, I think they’re seeing themselves as White Peter Parker. And so, most of the time, girls of all races will choose white Barbie dolls over black Barbie dolls unless their parents make it a point to buy the black ones. Recently, I went to FAO Schwartz and was in their Lifelike Baby Doll section, where they have a full-on “nursery” set up where you can “adopt” a doll. The white doll case was almost empty. The black doll case was mostly full. What’s worse? There was a young, well-to-do black family there when I was there, and their little girl was over at the white doll case picking one out. I’m not making this up.

If you enjoy this piece, and want to see more like it, consider subscribing to me at Beacon, beginning March 3rd. For only $5/month, I can continue to bring you the in-depth pop culture discussion to which you’ve become accustomed!

SONG OF THE DAY: "Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man" – FOX Animation Domination

Song: “Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man”

Performed by: Unknown, yet thoroughly awesome, voice actress

Album: n/a – can be found on FOX ADHD (2013)

FOX’s Animation Domination has other “scientifically accurate” videos on their YouTube page (Duck Tales and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which are also hilarious), but I saw this Spider-Man one over the weekend and it had me rolling! Since it’s Monday, and most of us could use a laugh on Mondays, today’s Song of the Day is “Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man.” Enjoy, Marvel fans! 🙂

** DON’T FORGET THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE –RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 **

My First Foray Into Comics!

Art by Mariah McCourt, from her Masters final project, EAT. As seen on the Monstrous blog.

Art by Mariah McCourt, from her Masters final project, EAT. As seen on the Monstrous blog.

OMG, I’m so excited right now, I’m literally bouncing up and down in my seat!

So, over Thanksgiving weekend, I heard about and submit to an anthology project edited by the the uber-talented writer of IDW’s True Blood: All Together Now, Angel, and Illyria: Haunted, editor of The Last Unicorn, Lucifer, and Fables for Vertigo, and fellow Whedonista, Mariah McCourt. You might also know her as one of the editors of the crazy-successful Womanthology: Heroic as well as the follow-up Womanthology: Space. Well, now she’s got a new, female-focused anthology in the works…

AND I’M GOING TO BE IN IT!! 🙂

It’s called MONSTROUS, and it will be a a collection of stories exploring body image through prose, comics, poetry, and art for women and girls. For now, I know that there’ll be a crowd-sourcing campaign for it sometime in January, and that there are already several comics heavy-hitters interested in contributing! I can’t tell you how honored I am to be considered worthy enough to be a part of it.

Now, I’ve never written a comic in my life… (eek!) But in addition to being a part of an awesome project that not only utilizes female talent and speaks to an issue close to my heart (how appropriate that I get to announce my involvement just after my previous blog post!), this is exactly why I’m so excited! I finally get to delve into an art form that I’ve been dying to delve into. I love comics, and now, I get to write one. I’m so excited to be paired with an artist and dive into that relationship. The comic I write will only be about eight pages, but it’s a story I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and one that I’ll be so proud to tell.

EEEEEK!

There’ll be more news on this as time goes on, but for now I’ll just giddily say YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

GirlGamer Posts: End of the Year Comics Shenanigans!

I really need to get better at staying on top of announcing my posts! Especially since they happen every week, so they’re not really a surprise…

Bad Teresa!

Anyway, over at GirlGamer.com I’ve written about a Halloween comic for Christmas, and celebrating the best of 2012 by celebrating one of my comic heroes…

Halloween Eve cover

First, check out my review of HALLOWEEN EVE (Image), an adorable one-shot comic written by Brandon Montclare and drawn by the fabulous Amy Reeder.

EXCERPT:

Eve works in a Halloween store…and she hates it. Especially around Halloween. Costumes and make-believe just aren’t her bag, despite the well-intentioned nudging of her co-workers, including Raymond, the guy in the store who has an obvious crush on her. When her boss forces everyone to wear costumes at work on Halloween, she’s hugely pissed off about it. What’s worse? She has to close the store on Halloween eve. What’s a cynical girl to do?

For the full review, CLICK HERE!

Saga Alana Marko kiss

Next, check out my post on my comics highlight of 2012, Brian K. Vaughan and his wonderfully weird creator-owned ongoing comic, SAGA (Image Comics)!

EXCERPT:

Vaughan reminds us what comics are really about. They aren’t about blockbuster movies or social media. They’re about weird people getting together to enthuse about weird stories that you can’t find anywhere else. They are a medium unto themselves and a community that can be warmer and less snarky than we’ve allowed it to be lately. It’s about people sending each other weird s@#t in the mail.

For the full review, CLICK HERE!

Wow. I just realized that the two comics I reviewed most recently are both from Image and both feature female protagonists of color. Has the world gone topsy-turvy?! Go Image! 🙂

Happy New Year indeed!

GIRLGAMER POSTS: Catching You Up On INKED!

Poor little neglected blog! Don’t worry, I’m back to take care of you…

I’ve had some GirlGamer.com posts go up since I last wrote, so I figured I’d pimp those out to the comic fans out there! Check out the links below:

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THE KICKSTART: The Werewolf of NYC: A piece I wrote about my talented friend, artist Edwin Vasquez’s, latest comic project, The Werewolf of NYC, and its (now successful) Kickstarter campaign.

Adventures of a Comic Con Girl cover

INKED: The Adventures of a Comic-Con Girl: I have too many talented friends doing amazing things! This piece is about my pal Dana Braziel-Solovy’s first comic, The Adventures of a Comic-Con Girl, which is now on Issue #3.

And my most recent INKED column at GirlGamer, which posted today:

Saucer Country #10 cover

INKED: Saucer Country: My review of the Vertigo series, Saucer Country, written by my Older Brother in Writing Across the Pond, Paul Cornell.

Now, get out there and buy some comics! Support indie titles and local comic shops!

Why, Tony Harris?

I really liked Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina, and I was into Mark Millar’s War Heroes (back when they were publishing it, that is. Whatever happened to the other half of that 6-part series?). They both had one artist in common, Tony Harris, and he does great work. While I thought his style was better-suited to something like War Heroes than something like Ex Machina (as I mentioned in this Pink Raygun review), I always had a huge respect for his talent, and loved it when he’d surprise me.

It’s harder for me to respect him today.

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme…someone’s up in arms about women who cosplay to “get attention” again. Except this time, it’s an industry professional – one whose work I admired – who’s spewing the vitriol. Tony Harris posted this as his Facebook status message today:

I cant remember if Ive said this before, but Im gonna say it anyway. I dont give a crap.I appreciate a pretty Gal as much as the next Hetero Male. Sometimes I even go in for some racy type stuff ( keeping the comments PG for my Ladies sake) but dammit, dammit, dammit I am so sick and tired of the whole COSPLAY-Chiks. I know a few who are actually pretty cool-and BIG Shocker, love and read Comics.So as in all things, they are the exception to the rule. Heres the statement I wanna make, based on THE RULE: “Hey! Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girl, you are more pathetic than the REAL Nerds, who YOU secretly think are REALLY PATHETIC. But we are onto you. Some of us are aware that you are ever so average on an everyday basis. But you have a couple of things going your way. You are willing to become almost completely Naked in public, and yer either skinny( Well, some or most of you, THINK you are ) or you have Big Boobies. Notice I didnt say GREAT Boobies? You are what I refer to as “CON-HOT”. Well not by my estimation, but according to a LOT of average Comic Book Fans who either RARELY speak to, or NEVER speak to girls. Some Virgins, ALL unconfident when it comes to girls, and the ONE thing they all have in common? The are being preyed on by YOU. You have this really awful need for attention, for people to tell you your pretty, or Hot, and the thought of guys pleasuring themselves to the memory of you hanging on them with your glossy open lips, promising them the Moon and the Stars of pleasure, just makes your head vibrate. After many years of watching this shit go down every 3 seconds around or in front of my booth or table at ANY given Con in the country, I put this together. Well not just me. We are LEGION. And here it is, THE REASON WHY ALL THAT, sickens us: BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT COMICS, BEYOND WHATEVER GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH YOU DID TO GET REF ON THE MOST MAINSTREAM CHARACTER WITH THE MOST REVEALING COSTUME EVER. And also, if ANY of these guys that you hang on tried to talk to you out of that Con? You wouldnt give them the fucking time of day. Shut up you damned liar, no you would not. Lying, Liar Face. Yer not Comics. Your just the thing that all the Comic Book, AND mainstream press flock to at Cons. And the real reason for the Con, and the damned costumes yer parading around in? That would be Comic Book Artists, and Comic Book Writers who make all that shit up.

There is so much wrong with this, I don’t even know where to begin. I suppose I should follow Maria von Trapp’s advice and start at the very beginning, which is a very good place to start.

“Heres the statement I wanna make, based on THE RULE: “Hey! Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girl, you are more pathetic than the REAL Nerds, who YOU secretly think are REALLY PATHETIC. But we are onto you.” – really? You’re “onto them?” And there wouldn’t be the SLIGHTEST projection happening based on your own insecurities or that of members of your fan base, would there. No, sir. Suddenly you’re mind-readers and you know for a FACT that if a girl is hot (or even “quasi-hot”, whatever the fuck that means) she couldn’t POSSIBLY find you attractive, or like what you like, or think you’re a cool person, or want to be nice to you because she actually WANTS to be, not just because she wants attention. That shit, like, never happens. Because all hot people are shallow.

Shallow is kind of defined by judging people based on appearances without looking deeper (not deep, hence shallow)….aren’t you being just a mite shallow RIGHT NOW, YOU HYPOCRITE?!

“Some Virgins, ALL unconfident when it comes to girls, and the ONE thing they all have in common? The are being preyed on by YOU. You have this really awful need for attention, for people to tell you your pretty, or Hot, and the thought of guys pleasuring themselves to the memory of you hanging on them with your glossy open lips, promising them the Moon and the Stars of pleasure, just makes your head vibrate.” – actually, the one thing those man-boys have in common is that THEY want attention, from girls and women they think are pretty. Because they think they are OWED that. Because they are raised thinking they deserve any girl they want. And if a girl DOESN’T respond to them for whatever reason, she’s being “stuck-up” and “shallow” and, by the way, “she couldn’t possibly be a real geek anyway.” Stinks of sour grapes to me. Mr. Harris, since you’ve decided to be the spokesperson for these boys in men’s clothing, let me give you a message to take back to the tribe. Not a single one of them is OWED female attention. It is something that has to be EARNED, and the way to EARN it is by being a decent human being, and showing women respect. It’s not a big secret. The thing is, it doesn’t always work, because not every woman is going to be attracted to you. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with her. But if you rant about how horrible she is because she doesn’t like you, that DOES mean there might be something wrong with YOU.

“And here it is, THE REASON WHY ALL THAT, sickens us: BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT COMICS, BEYOND WHATEVER GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH YOU DID TO GET REF ON THE MOST MAINSTREAM CHARACTER WITH THE MOST REVEALING COSTUME EVER. And also, if ANY of these guys that you hang on tried to talk to you out of that Con? You wouldnt give them the fucking time of day.” – you’re right. They might NOT give them the time of day outside the con. And my response is…SO?! (see my comment above about men feeling they are owed female attention) And you’re right, some of them might NOT know anything about comics, and might have simply thought the outfit of a particular character was cool and wanted to show off her hard work (costumes are generally MADE by these women, believe it or not, which takes skill – much like moving a pencil around a page to create art. Cosplayers are artists) in an environment where that character will be appreciated. Again, I say…SO?! So the fuck WHAT?! The only way her actions are hurting you, or any other man-boy, is that she’s not “really” the idealized “hot-and-also-into-comics” girl of your fantasies, and that disappoints you.

You know what? IT IS NOT HER JOB TO MAKE YOU HAPPY! It is not her responsibility to live up to your fucking expectations. I’m sorry if you just woke up and suddenly realized that not every woman is attracted to you, nor is every woman your ideal. GET THE FUCK OVER IT. Women don’t exist FOR you, they exist ALONGSIDE you, and they have their own shit going on. If you want one, approach her like a PERSON. Don’t spew all over the internet about how shallow and horrible they’re being. That reeks of desperation and hypocrisy. And the fact is, men who aren’t into comics would not be given this much of a hard time. If a guy who’s a comics fan attended a con with a dude friend who didn’t read comics, but who went just to “experience” the con, that guy wouldn’t be quizzed and harassed. Costume or not. It would just be ASSUMED he was a fan. And that infuriates me.

And lastly, this one really kills me:

“And the real reason for the Con, and the damned costumes yer parading around in? That would be Comic Book Artists, and Comic Book Writers who make all that shit up.” – you’re right, cons originally WERE just for comic book creators. Before they were fan events, cons were industry events where professionals could connect and make deals. However, they were opened up to fans so that those same artists and writers could SELL THEIR SHIT. So, unless you have a problem taking money from the fans at cons, shut your fucking face about who they’re “really” for. Otherwise, I demand a fucking refund.

Tony Harris, I have a little less respect for you today, and I’m a little less likely to buy your next project. I know that probably doesn’t mean anything to you, but there it is. As you and your man-boys are LEGION, so are women. Actually, we’re the majority of people in the country and on the planet. You’d think that, if nothing else, you’d realize that it’s an unwise business decision to say things that will piss us off. Alas, some people are too busy creating art with their heads up their asses to realize how the world actually works.

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