Wow, I’m never buying anything Tony Harris does again. Disgusting.
(Ex Machina, Starman artist: his wikipedia page. Click the image to be taken to the Facebook thread where he posted this.)
Reblogging the real version because Tumblr didn’t want to work earlier so I posted the copy on imgur.
I went looking to see what has been going on in the last few hours and..
Here’s the thing though. I don’t think I’d have used the language Tony Harris did, but I used to share his opinion, though targeted at male as well as female cosplayers. And none of this “preying upon people” nonsense. But MCM London Expo changed me as I met cosplayers for extended periosd of time and got to know them better. Some knew the original comics, some didn’t – but those who didn’t wanted to find out more. And they were in awe that I actually knew the people behind the originals. And then it hit me. Even if they didn’t care, it didn’t matter. They were responding to the culture that the comics industry created, even if they had no interest in the comics themselves. And do what? Why should we be imposing some kind of ThoughtCrime on cosplayers, when we could just celebrate the fact that aspects from the comics industry were spreading through mainstream culture in uncontrollable, unexpected ways – rather than being simply ignored.
Tony Harris rageblocked Rich Johnston for disagreeing.
He also has been being a brat on twitter by retweeting his defenders.
Grown ass man acting like a little boy. Possibly also shooting his career in the foot, as judging by tweets from many of the comic creators I follow who very strongly disagreed with Tony Harris.
On the upside of it all, we got COSPLAY APPRECIATION DAY!
I’m not sure how many of you watch 30 Rock, but Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) borrowed some fashion tips from The Joker last Thursday, on an episode aptly titled “The Tuxedo Begins.”
Upon the realization that fellow New Yorkers ignore the rules that she once abided by, Liz introduces a little anarchy to her morning commute by dressing up like a smelly hobo in order to ensure the true luxury of personal space on public transportation. Liz’s final transition into sociopathy results in an ensemble resembling The Joker, including crudely applied lipstick, a green waistcoat, and of course, a purple coat. By the end of the episode, I immediately mandated my friend Jasmine to cosplay Joker-fied Liz Lemon this year.
Bonus: Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) channels Bruce Wayne by wearing a full tuxedo for the entire episode.
Furthermore, this episode proves my theory that a quality comedy within the NBC-multiverse will find a way to incorporate a Batman costume (see: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Community).*
Watch the full episode of “30 Rock - The Tuxedo Begins” on Hulu!
*Though, I’m definite that even Batman wouldn’t be able to salvage Whitney.
The mighty Herochan collective has drastically lowered their standards and asked me to join their fine group for reasons that still escape me. If you have not been following them before now, by all means overlook the whatnot I’ve been shoehorning in to sully up that feed and go enjoy the far better posts/quality content from the likes of svalts, pacalin, deanminifie, chanh and ronworkman.
Thanks for letting me sit at the grown-up’s table, folks!
Invasion of the Bat-Men - photo taken in Northern Italy circa late 1970’s
Inspired by this Comics Alliance article, which stated, regarding many female comic characters, “They read like men’s voices coming out of women’s faces.”
This isn’t to say men can’t write good women, or shouldn’t write women. It’s great when anyone writes fantastic female characters. But as far as I’m concerned, a lot of comic writers have never written women at all, only hollow wooden sex puppets.
(Prints of this if you want them.)
ComicsAlliance Roundtable: The Fashion of the New DCU
With no fewer than 52 titles to be launched, relaunched or rebooted in September, DC Comics has certainly been the center of discussion amongst superhero fans and creators. A particularly contentious facet of the debate concerns redesigned costumes of DC’s finest. From subtle changes (like Nightwing’s Batman Beyond-esque unitard) to drastic makeovers (like Harley Quinn’s barely-there threads), both longtime and curious new readers realize they’re looking at a DC Universe that’s different from what they knew, one that they may or may not want a part of.
What is the impact of a costume on both the identity of the character and interest or dedication of the reader? What do these costume modifications tell us about the audience that DC Comics hopes to attract? We explore these questions and more in this ComicsAlliance fashion roundtable.
Hip hop. First invented unsuccessfully by white kids in 1943.