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ineptshieldmaid asked:

Sam, do you still answer comics questions? If so, are you sufficiently in the know to tell me what the state of Clint's relationship with Jessica (Drew? I assume Drew?) is when Fraction/Aja started doing Hawkeye comics? I just got to an issue about GIRL TROUBLE (9, i think?) and it's clear he and Bobbi are divorcing, Nat's Nat, Kate's pissed off with him, and there's some kind of assumed knowledge about Jessica (Drew?) that I can't get the internet to fill me in on.

When the Hawkeye comics began, he and Jessica Drew were dating, but we weren’t seeing much of them together, at least we hadn’t since about Fear Itself, I think. (I honestly think Matt Fraction may have forgotten Clint was dating someone for a while.) Clint and Bobbi had been divorced for quite a while already, that’s old comics news.

So then there’s this bit in the Fraction Hawkeye where he meets this random woman and goes home with her and sleeps with her. Kate’s pissed because he’s dating Jessica, and he obviously just fucked some other woman, and now he’s made her either complicit in his affair or a tattle-tale on her mentor.

I mean, I don’t think you’re actually missing anything. He’s divorced from Bobbi and dating Jessica, and when he and Jessica talk about the fact that he slept with someone else he says he didn’t think they were that serious. She clearly did and honestly, from other reading, he wasn’t giving any signs he was less than serious about her, so one wonders. Either he genuinely thought they were friends with benefits (seems unlikely) or he knew he was cheating on her and just didn’t expect to get caught and was saying that to weasel his way out of trouble.

Which – bless him, I wish I could say I thought Clint was bigger than that, but the truth is Clint lives with the ingrained idea that any error he commits will be punished disproportionately (the legacy of an abusive childhood) and we see that over and over in various comics – I’m thinking primarily of Avenging Spider-man where he talks about how he can’t ever miss or he’s an abject failure. Clint talks a lot about what a fuck-up he is in his personal life and a lot of it reads like “managing expectations” – if people know he’s a fuck-up from the start they can’t be that disappointed (and won’t punish him as severely) when he inevitably makes a mistake. Clint lives in a world where you’re not allowed to make mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes, so he ameliorates that pressure to be perfect by constantly announcing his incompetence. You can see it in how he plays dumb in Secret Avengers, too, so that a) he’s underestimated in a combat situation and b) when he actually does something dumb, nobody will notice/punish him. 

Not that this excuses what he did, or lying about his view of their relationship later, if indeed he was lying. And either way he hurt Jessica, even if he didn’t mean to, and he should own that. But yeah, I can see him instinctively defending his actions if only because the little kid inside him is terrified of a whupping.

Uh wow sorry that probably went into more detail than you wanted about something you didn’t ask about, but there you have it. *pets Clint’s terrible head*

Any scoop on Once Upon a Time? I’m not particular, I’ll take anything! –Allison

I’m hearing that the season opener, not unexpectedly, will pick up right where the finale left off, with Emma having vanished after taunting the disembodied Darkness with the Dark One’s dagger. Where exactly the Savior was transported to, however, thus far remains a closely guarded secret (but hey, that’s what Comic-Con is for, amiright?) Also, it will be sooner rather than later that we meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #81
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in “The Silver Age” Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold’s mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it’s tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a “To the Future” variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!

Any scoop on Once Upon a Time? I’m not particular, I’ll take anything! –Allison
I’m hearing that the season opener, not unexpectedly, will pick up right where the finale left off, with Emma having vanished after taunting the disembodied Darkness with the Dark One’s dagger. Where exactly the Savior was transported to, however, thus far remains a closely guarded secret (but hey, that’s what Comic-Con is for, amiright?) Also, it will be sooner rather than later that we meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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I adapted Blue and Old Lady Rex by maecatt to live-action!

I blame the original comic’s third panel for a lot of things. It may be my favorite piece of JW fanwork, hands down, so I couldn’t resist adapting it. 

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John Oliver’s advice for those confused by what to call a transgender person: call them whatever they want to be called. After all, the American public did it for a number of celebrities, including Sean “Diddy” Combs. 

 Hear more from Oliver and the other late-night comics in today’s Punchlines

If you find yourself confused by all the Secret Convergences that are going on in the comics, do yourself a favor and read “The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck” by Don Rosa. One of the best comics ever. An artist’s edition is coming soon from IDW.

I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con at table F-07.

I’ve been writing the summary for next week’s Civil War reading and also trying to catch up to current comics (I just finished comics from the first week in June) and also re-reading some Avengers Assemble comics from last year. The contrasts even between 2007 and now, a gap of less than ten years, are sort of remarkable. 

I don’t actually know (I’d have to look it up) if there were major editorial changes between then and now; I know 2008, with the Iron Man film, was a turning point for Marvel as a company but I don’t know if it was a turning point for Marvel comic books. Disney bought Marvel in 2009, but that isn’t necessarily indicative of much, again, in terms of the comics. Especially since it’s not like Disney’s record with regards to some of what I’m seeing is particularly great either. 

I often bemoan Marvel’s behaviors, and sometimes it seems the company has taken steps backwards in terms of representation and diversity since earlier eras. But looking at the way women in particular are treated in the Civil War comics – looking at the Ms. Marvel comics in 2007 and the Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel comics today, just as an example – there is a marked contrast for the better. In the quality of prose and dialogue as well as the quality of representation, though mostly I’m talking about representation and just…basic narrative elements.

There seems to be more room in the narratives in 2015 for kindness, for humor, for stories that don’t directly revolve around punching – stories about being different and navigating that difference, about carrying burdens and mentorship and friendship. I understand dark stories carry a purpose and make a point, and I like a good dose of cynicism as much as the next guy who was a teenager in the nineties; I’m really enjoying Moon Knight too, for example. But the kinder stories feel like they’re the other side of the coin – like darker stories point out the flaws in society and the funnier, gentler ones show how to fix them, set an example. They’re not more valid, perhaps, but not less valid either, even though traditionally they’re undervalued as narratives in modern literary culture. If there aren’t as many as I’d like, I do at least like what I see. 

You do get the odd total shitshow like Superior Iron Man, which neither criticises nor exemplifies, but there’s so much more to counter stuff like that than there used to be. 

I don’t know what twists and turns took place to encourage this – clearly something happened, especially since Marvel and DC in 2014 looked like they weren’t even on the same planet, let alone producing within the same media – but I think at least a significant chunk of the credit probably comes down to writers fighting for the stories they wanted to tell that weren’t the same old punchface-die-and-resurrect rigmarole we’d had for the twenty-five years previous. I mean I don’t know what goes on behind the office walls at Marvel but I got an instinct that the people who are writing the books I like right now had to fight really hard for them, and I don’t know if that’s talked about very often. 

So while there is still a long way to go I want to acknowledge that there are tentpole writers at Marvel who are killing it in a way that was barely possible in 2007, and I appreciate that they and possibly their editors clawed these really great stories out of the mess that was early-oughts Marvel Comics. And it makes me very excited for what they’ll do in the next eight years. 

Natalie Dormer to appear on CONAN at Comic Con

Conan O’Brien is coming to the 2015 San Diego Comic Con, and he’s planning to make quite the impact. TBS, the station that hosts his late-night show, just announced who will attend the show during Comic Con. Among the guests is the cast of Game of Thrones, including Natalie Dormer. The show will take place on Friday, July 10th and air at 11pm ET/PT on TBS the same night. Details here.