Archive for May, 2014

Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

DOG BOY Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


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Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


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But She-Hulk is a Porn Star!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Uh oh! MAN OF STEEL screenwriter, David Goyer stepped on a land-mine when he commented on a recent podcast that the She-Hulk character was essentially Porn.

His comments:

“I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Huk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.”

Of course, and rightfully so, this set off a firestorm of reaction among fandom and even solicited a defensive comeback from the legendary Stan Lee.

Face it, the subject of sexism in comics has been a sensitive one since the earliest days of the genre. How can you have male and female characters that are overly endowed in every physical aspect, running around in skin tight costumes and not expect someone to address the issue?

As fans of the genre of superheroes most of us have become desensitized to many of the sexual idioms and become defensive when someone points out the “elephant in the room,” but it is there, and this time she is big, green and busty.

The question is, why is there a double standard? Why is it OK for a male character to pop every vein and muscle, bulging to such incredible proportions that his clothes rip off? Why could he cavort around, all green and half-naked on prime-time television during an era when Fonzie had to be toned down but a female character in a comic book cannot do the same thing without her being analyzed as porn?

The perception that comics are made by men for a predominantly young male audience is the primary culprit. As more women become involved in the creative process and the female audience expands to one that is a more evenly balanced we are sure to experience an evolution in this sensibility. But will the changes be in a reduction of the use of sexual idioms or the acceptance of those idioms by the audience?

Judging by the heightened sexuality of all media since the creation of She-Hulk in 1980, sexploitation has the upper hand. As evidence, superheroes are currently the bread and butter of the porn industry and, in-fact’ She-Hulk herself is a bonified  Porn Star under the guise of “parody.”

Maybe David Goyer is working in the wrong end of the film industry  if his perception of female characters is so sexist and exploitive. We can only imagine what his take will be on the Wonder Woman character as she appears in the Batman vs. Superman film that is currently in production. Will she be there strictly as an Amazonian porn star that only Superman can fuck?

Why not?

Goyer couldn’t help but have Superman break Zod’s neck in MAN OF STEEL. What’s a little foreplay with a golden lasso while Batman makes out with Cat Woman in the back of the batmobile?

Sounds like an Axel Braun movie to me.

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco



Sunday Weekly Update | Cid & Francis

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

New page of Cid & Francis
by Mike Sgier, now available.

CID & FRANCIS Update

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Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

DOG BOY Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.

Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


Comic Fans, Rejoice!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

What a time to be a fan of comics!

Face it, we all like to wax nostalgic and can be certain that the era in which we grew up was without doubt the best.

Comic fans, however do have an appreciation for the history of their favorite medium and have managed to classify it in specific ages: Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Modern Age and Digital Age. Each worthy of distinguished respect for their accomplishments and significance to the medium.

I, personally, was most heavily influenced by Bronze Age comics and the Independent Movement of the 1980’s and can easily justify the greatness of the material of those periods, but as a comic book fan and a fan of the superhero genre I have to admit  there was a feeling of isolation that all comic fans can relate to. One that is now quickly and amazingly eroding away.

Most fans of comics at any time in the last millennium with the exception of the initial fans in the 1940’s know that being a fan of comics was akin to being the black sheep in the crowd. We were alone in our endeavor to enjoy and collect comics, lucky to have any friends or allies that might have shared our passion.

Lone fans had to hunt for their randomly accessible comics and comic related merchandise.  Small groups of hardcore fans looked forward to gathered at small regional annual comic book or science fiction conventions. Successful cons drew just a few hundred attendees. They were intimate gatherings that solidified a mutual respect for the medium and willingness to ignore of the exclusion of fandom by society.

Comic fans wore a badge of honor that most described as geek or nerd but certainly never cool. Occasionally the things that comic fans were interested in burst into popular culture in the form of fads, most of which were quickly dismissed  by the masses.

My, how times have changed!

What was once considered Geek Culture is now firmly embraced as Pop Culture and it appears that there may be no looking back!

The rise of the Digital Age has given us the technology to finally bring comics to life on film in ways that were never possible. Now anybody can witness what used to require the unbridled imagination of a comic fan to fully experience. Fantasy is now teetering on the brink of reality as superheroes, now culturally accepted, have invaded and flourished in virtually every form of media.

Where there used to be a day when one waited years for a good adaptation of a comic book character to hit the screen, now fans must decide which film to spend their hard earned cash on first.  This spring alone it will be possible to have Captain America, Spider-Man, The X-Men and Godzilla all in theaters at the same time!

Television, too, is rife with comic book characters both animated and live action. Gone are the days of campy caped crusaders and  bodybuilders painted green. Only Wonder Woman cannot seem to make the transition from buxom Linda Carter to a modern Amazon Princess.

Out in public generations of comic book admirers of both genders now flaunt their superhero swag in astounding numbers that would have not been thought possible a few decades ago.

Comic book conventions are now a cultural phenomenon that put Woodstock to shame as fans flock by the tens-of-thousands, fully adorned in costumes and well prepared to celebrate their affinity for all that is fantastic. Cons that used to be the stomping grounds a subclass of young men have tipped the gender scales and now attract a well balanced number of enthusiastic female fans.

Emerald City Comicon recently bragged a 52/46 ratio of women to men!

Comic book stores are surviving where traditional book stores cannot in large part due to the element of social gathering they provide to the like-minded comic book fans!

Video games let gamers interact seamlessly with comic book reality giving fans the opportunity to play out their fantasies in realtime allowing them to relate to characters like never before.

Finally there is the internet, the nexus of a booming nation of nerd loving loyalists that can gather and communicate about their favorite comics in every nook and cranny of the world wide web. More importantly it is a place for the comic creatives to post and share there work. Because of the internet, comics are accessible more than ever  and they are being embraced by everyone.

How we got here is as amazing as the fact that we are. Superheroes are now accepted as a global modern mythology rivaling that of the Greeks and Romans. This unparalleled popularity is a vindication for all of us that enjoyed reading comics with black light posters riddled full of Kirby Krackle hanging on the wall.

We were ahead of the curve, rejoicing in a future that was bound to happen. A future that could only be inspired by the magical combination of words and pictures called comics.

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco



Monday Weekly Update | ROMA

Monday, May 19th, 2014

New page of The Adventures of ROMA
by John Workman, now available.

ROMA Update

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Sunday Weekly Update | Cid & Francis

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

New page of Cid & Francis
by Mike Sgier, now available.

CID & FRANCIS Update

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Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

DOG BOY Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


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