Watercolor for Multiversity’s 40 Days of Supergirl. The original will be auctioned off later this fall to support Room to Read, a charity that focuses on literacy all over the world- specifically, literacy among young women. I’ll be sure to let everyone know when that is once I have more details.
❝Apparently there’s this kind of songbird that thinks it dies every time the sun goes down. In the morning, when it wakes up, it’s totally shocked to still be alive—so it sings this really beautiful song.❞
You have a poll of whether Sunny dies, but hasn't it been made clear already, this is a comic where nobody dies? OvO
Ahahaha the poll was a joke and a test of sorts. And yes, it’s a comic where nobody has to die.
In other news, I will be making polls probably for other stuff. Fluffy stuff mostly.
Maybe stuff like “hey if you fell into the Underground and everyone was a zombie what route would you take?” You know. Things that don’t matter but are funny to watch people vote on.
I love your rant about Arrow and BC. Why can't Error (the one that tries to be Batsy) be what your wrote? It is simply perfect for what the series should be. If there's ever a reboot of that show, I hope you're part of the creative team to either write or produce it.
Warning this got very long Anon and I apologize.
You are very very sweet and I really appreciate the praise though I’m not nearly worthy of it. I haven’t taken any screen or scriptwriting classes (hopefully in the summer semester) and I know it’s not something you can just jump into. It takes time and effort.
I think the biggest problem with Arrow as a show - collectively - is that it wants to be an original concept but operates within pre-created parameters.
If Arrow wasn’t based on the DC Comics, and was it’s own original show - say something like, The Hood or Vigilante - it’s possible it could be a better show. It wouldn’t have to adhere to taking material from a pre-created source, and it wouldn’t be bogged down by expectations of following that canon.
I have a completely baseless theory that the creators of Arrow were inspired by Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise and wanted to create something similar. A downtrodden, but rich hero who suffers a great loss in his life, goes through a great struggle, and becomes a hero afterwards. But it’s not easy getting an original hero pitch accepted (there have been a handful, with little to moderate success). It’s much easier to take a character with a big named publisher attached (DC Comics), with good word of mouth from the general audience (Oliver received a lot of positive reception from Smallville pre-Arrow) and with a decently well known history making them familiar enough to both general and comic audiences (Oliver is a long time JLA member, and was a popular character on the DCAU).
So instead of going original - with inspiration by Nolan’s DK verse - they went with a character that was close enough. Without really digging into who that character was, what his mythos was, and what made him the Green Arrow.
So instead, we have Original Team Arrow, which are really original characters, even Oliver Queen. Though he shares a name with Oliver Queen the Comic Character ™ he is not a good adaption of who that character actually is. He’s so vastly different and thoroughly mishandled he barely resembled anything of his original counterpart. Similarly with Felicity who was a Firestorm/Flash character originally, with next to no real connection to Green Arrow.
She’s an original character and a badly done one at that; a mish-mash of Penelope Garcia, and a discounted version of Oracle as a concept. Diggle is actually - or was rather - a decently done character who’s wasted under the weight of the sloppily put together narrative that forces him to be a vigilante because the show itself is forced to try to be about Green Arrow. When all it really wants to be is it’s own separate thing. Arrow feels like it hates Arrow comics, a sentiment that showrunner Marc Guggenheim sometimes appears to share.
As a show, Arrow feels like it despises the fact that there’s pressure from it’s audience to moderately follow the comic canon on which it’s based. I’m not a fan or a journalist who stomps and screams for 100% accuracy. Due to the differing mediums there are some things that work in comics that don’t work in a television or film format. Stories that simply do not work on screen but do on page. Creating an adaption is hard because it is difficult to take source material and reshape it into a new format.
But I do expect it to resemble and hold true to the core concepts of the adapted material. I think Harry Potter, for example, is a decent adaption of the books. There are some glaring problems (glorification of Snape, and the near shunning of Ron) but overall, the movies tried to get things right. The overall feel and concepts of Harry Potter can be found somewhere in the films.
This is missing, for me at least, in Arrow. Which feels near 90% original content while attempting to glean praise from the comic fanbase for using the names Artemis or Speedy. But these names come without weight to them. They aren’t developed, they aren’t leading to anything, they haven’t developed into anything.
Oliver on Arrow is nearly a completely new and different character than he is in the comics. His relationship with Felicity is a poor substitute for the relationship Green Arrow and Black Canary have in the comics, cartoons, and animated films.
I think one of my favorite depictions of their relationship is in Injustice. Their part isn’t especially big, but it showcases a lot of strengths in their relationship. What makes both Green Arrow and Black Canary special is their street level feel. More so than even Batman because Batman is so big. He has big villains, and a big presence. As a character - both narratively and as a brand - Batman takes up space. Green Arrow and Black Canary don’t, or at least not in the same way. They remain grounded where Batman an almost be to big.
They remain street wise; especially Oliver. In Injustice Oliver and Dinah take up against Superman who has lost his humanity. Oliver ends up being murdered by Superman, and Dinah takes up the resistance against him. In the end Superman murders her as well. But the reason their part in the story sticks out so much is their convention and connection to each other. Oliver’s last thoughts are of Dinah (warning for violence and blood):
My issue with comics is that they are too adult. And what I mean by that is that they are basically soap operas with uniforms. Everyone has died 3 times already. Everyone betrays their friends and family. Everyone has an evil twin somewhere or a clone. People are mind controlled all the time. I mean, I’m not a huge fan of soap opera dramas and comics are soap opera dramas only on paper with super powers.
That’s why I like the older comics best. They have more actual adventures and are funny. No one slept with anyone’s wife or was gone for 6 months and comes back with amnesia and an urge to kill their best friend. They just simply catch the bad guys and I like that.
There’s so much betrayal and evil in the world, I just don’t search out reading about it too. That’s why comics bore me more.
I made something for the comic Ava’s Demon. This is actually something I made a while back but I’m uploading it now. I absolutely adore this comic and I wish there could have been more of it but oh well!