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emilysidhe  asked:

Hey! No pressure to answer if you don't wanna, but you've mentioned liking comics!Ollie a few times and I mostly know him secondhand through Birds of Prey. So my main impression of him is "cocky asshole serial cheater Dinah is better off without" and I was wondering if you'd be interested in talking about what I'm missing about his character not reading his own comics? Thanks!

Sure! So here’s the thing: Ollie-as-cheater is a retcon. The timeline goes something like this [CW: rape]:

  • 1941-1969: Ollie has no real recurring love interest. (There’s Miss Arrowette, aka Bonnie King, Cissie’s mom, but she’s only portrayed as a potential love interest for Ollie in one of her four Silver Age appearances.)
  • 1969: Ollie develops his leftwing hothead personality and falls head over heels for Dinah (who originally was a good ten years older than him, which is a dynamic I love).
  • 1988: While in a committed relationship with Dinah, Ollie is raped by Shado, who bears a child as a result. He has no knowledge of this happening and doesn’t know the child is his.
  • 1993: Ollie is kissed by a teenage runaway he and Dinah have taken in, and Dinah dumps him for not pushing her away.
  • 1995-2000: Ollie dies. Chuck Dixon relentlessly portrays Ollie as a lovable but incorrigible horndog in both Connor’s Green Arrow and Dinah’s Birds of Prey, largely to contrast virginal, shy (and likely queer, deal with it Homophobic Chuck) Connor with his father and to explain some of Dinah’s issues during this period.
  • 2000: Ollie is resurrected in Quiver, which is my favorite Green Arrow story, but has a few terrible moments in it, including one in which he is depicted as willingly cheating on Dinah with Shado.
  • 2002-2016: Ollie is dragged through a decade and a half of character assassination in which more infidelity is retconned into his backstory, he’s revealed to have knowingly abandoned Connor and his mother after Connor was born, he cheats on Dinah some more, their relationship becomes increasingly toxic and physically violent, and everything is terrible. Honestly, I’m not sure how bad it eventually got, because I jumped ship completely after Lian’s death.
  • 2016: Green Arrow: Rebirth happens and my big dumb romantic hippie rascal came BACK and I love him so much I want to cry about it!

Ollie has definitely never been perfect. The only part of your description I disagree with, actually, is “serial cheater,” because he is cocky (but I like cocky) and he is an asshole (but I like assholes) and he isn’t good enough for Dinah (but no one is). And he and Dinah weren’t perfect during the 25 years or so they were together before his death. She ostensibly dumped him for kissing Marianne, but this was coming on years of being impulsive and irresponsible (one time he went out to run errands and ended up in a dog race in Alaska).

But man, the writing of the two of them after he came back to life and Kevin Smith left the book was just dreadful, and I largely blame Judd Winick for that (although I goddamn hate what Brad Meltzer did, too). Winick turned their banter into toxic fighting - at one point, Ollie calls Dinah a slut and accuses her of sleeping with an entire football team, she hits him, and then they get really turned on by this and do it. No, Judd, hitting is not “sexy” when women do it, especially when they’re one of the top ranked martial artists in the world. Around the same time, Babs is shocked to learn that Dinah is marrying Ollie, “who fathered Connor with that Shado woman” - except Connor’s mother is Moonday and Shado raped Ollie. It’s a combination of comics not accepting that men can be raped (and Grell really didn’t write it as rape, just a ~thing that happened~), and writers basing their characterizations on retcons instead of the original text and that particular aspect of Ollie’s character snowballing.

I’m willing to accept that Ollie’s a tomcat, no problem. The man has two (or three! I personally believe that Cissie is his) illegitimate children with (two (or three) different women, none of whom are The Love Of His Life. I have no problem with a characterization of Ollie as Enthusiastic About Sex. But the cheating retcon really gets my goat. (As does the retcon that he knew about Connor from birth, which I simply refuse to accept. It’s my Green Arrow Rubicon and I won’t cross it.)

As to why I like him: again, he’s not perfect. He’s a mess. (I like messes! Look at Booster Gold. Look at Daredevil.) But he’s a try-hard mess. He’s so passionate and he cares so much. He makes the spiciest chili and yells at people about recycling and spends half an hour waxing his beard into points every morning and accidentally brings a new teenager home every time he goes outside. He is cranked to eleven 100% of the time and even if he sometimes goes too far or gets it wrong, it’s never out of apathy.

Ollie is a showboater and irresponsible and he fucks up all the time - with Roy, with Connor, with Dinah. But he loves with his whole self and he wants the hero community to be better than they are and he has committed to a silly theme to a truly ridiculous degree and I just adore him.

If I have convinced you to give Ollie a shot (ha, arrow pun), here are my recs:

  • Green Lantern/Green Arrow by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, otherwise known as the Hard Traveling Heroes era. Be warned that this is 70s liberalism so there are some well-intentioned but reeeeeeally dated Hot Takes on race and class, and some real opposition to women’s lib. (But oh boy does Adams draw a beautiful Dinah.)
  • Hunter’s Moon by Mike Grell. The Grell era on GA actually starts with the miniseries The Longbow Hunters, which spun off into Ollie’s first ongoing series; Hunter’s Moon collects the first issues from that run. But The Longbow Hunters, though visually stunning as well as important (it moved Ollie and Dinah to Seattle, introduced Shado, and temporarily removed Dinah’s Canary Cry), has a lot of sexual violence (against Dinah) and Orientalism in it. I’m sick of books with violence against women being the Important Comics so I’d rather boost Hunter’s Moon, which shows Dinah going to therapy and working through what’s happened to her as a person with agency instead of using her trauma as a plot point to motivate Ollie. But I’m including Grell in here because Dinah’s assault aside, he depicts Ollie and Dinah’s relationship as healthy, complex, and joyously sexual, and I love it.
  • Quiver and Sounds of Violence by Kevin Smith and Phil Hester. Ollie’s resurrection and the sequel. As noted above, Smith hits a couple sour notes for me, but I mostly love his Ollie, plus he introduces Mia here and I would die for her. And Hester’s Ollie has imprinted on my heart forever as my Ollie. (Weirdly, Smith and O’Neil share the odd distinction of writing my favorite Green Arrow and my least favorite Daredevil.)
  • Green Arrow: Rebirth and the current ongoing series by Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt. Can be clunky, but the heart is there, as Ollie tries really really hard to unlearn his privilege, be worthy of Dinah, and repair his relationships with Diggle (!) and Roy. Also features his kid sister Emiko Queen, who was created somewhere during the time that I was ignoring Green Arrow comics but she is PERFECT and I would fight a mountain lion for her. In some beautiful parallel universe Mia and Cissie and Emi all live with Ollie and make fun of him 100% of the time and it’s beautiful.

In conclusion, THANK YOU if you made it through all that nonsense, and please enjoy this ridiculous macro from LJ user parsimonia that I saved a million years ago and which makes me laugh every time I look at it:

i dearly love Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. not just for their hysterical movie roles, but for who they really are. their real, raw friendship that started when Mewes was still just in high school. the brotherhood they shared. the way Kevin never gave up on Jason through any of his hardship, and they way that Jason was so inspired to do well and look up to Smith no matter the life he grew up with and the addictions he owned but over came later in his life. these guys.. they really are amazing. and together, their bond, their friendship, their hetero love..
it’s a truly beautiful thing.

if you’re unsure of what im talking about i suggest you do a little reasearch and reading on this dynamic duo.
the real Jay and Silent Bob.

What you’re seeing on Supergirl is this budding relationship between Kara and Mon-El that’s starting to feel [like The Flash‘s Barry and Iris] (…) The writers are going to make us fall in love with these guys, and I hope they really nourish that story, because I think they’re wonderful together. There’s something very exciting and star-crossed there. … And the actors! Whenever Melissa [Benoist] and Chris [Wood] film a scene, it’s Charm City.
—  Kevin Smith, director of 2x09 “Supergirl Lives” (x).
Dalton Castle imagine

Don’t hate on me.  I’m new to this. Taking suggestions for imagines.Please show me a lil love. <3


What it’s like to date Dalton Castle!

  • Nose boops.
  • Kisses on the nose.
  • Cute pet names.
  • Over the top romance on a grand scale.
  • Being derpy and socially awkward together.
  • Laughing so hard you snort, then laugh some more.
  • PDA - pecks on the forehead, lips, face, top of head.
  • Passionate kisses.
  • Shopping at ThinkGeek stores.
  • Gaming together.
  • Him cooking for you.
  • Spoiling you rotten with little gifts.
  • I love you’s.
  • Cuddling.
  • Feeding each other.
  • Sweet and flirty texts.
  • Watching Kevin Smith movies together.
  • Kidding him about how he would make a better Nacho Libre than Jack Black!
  • Sitting ringside and cheering for your man.

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2014 FF Edition: Movies&TV&Music

This past year has been a busy one also on the posters/screenprints front. In addition to several more posters with my dear friends at MONDO, I did posters for the legendary directors Roger Corman and Joe Dante for their show at Hero Complex Gallery, and for SKUZZLES (I did also a cover for their Jeepers Creepers dvd/blu-ray).
On my personal release, I was so happy to have a collaboration print with the legendary Bernie Wrightson, a living inspiration and most of all a dear friend of mine :)

Excited to have my first cover album out this year: TRICK'R'TREAT was tooo much fun to work on: huge thanks to Waxwork (hey Kevin) and T'r’T director Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipe for having me :)
I am already working on my next album/soundtrack cover, this time for MONDO: can’t wait to have it revealed early 2015 :)

Another couple of exciting projects I was fortunate to work on was the special art booklet I illustrated for the special edition of SLEEPY HOLLOW season 1 in dvd/blu-ray (you guys know how much I love that show) and my first collaboration with Kevin Smith and his first horror/comedy movie: TUSK.

Got 3 posters already in the work for 2015, the album cover I mentioned earlier, more dvd extras, specially for a movie I can talk about yet, so here’s to more movie&tv&music magic in the new year!

Cheers,
FF

mistahiggy  asked:

Your thoughts on the joker/batman dynamic at the end of cacophony? Mostly in regards to jokers statement "I don't hate you because I'm crazy. I'm crazy because I hate you." Thought I'd ask, since tomorrow's issue will see Bruce Wayne having a talk with... Well, whoever Joker really is.

I think Kevin Smith writes a great Batman (it’s his love for the character shining through, I believe) but I don’t really care for how he wrote Joker. I would have been fine with the ending to Cacophony were it not for one single line that took me out of the story entirely and made me think “NO, KEVIN, NO”:

“I’m sorry for whatever it was that happened to you which made you the way you are.”

I just simply cannot imagine Joker ever expressing any sort of sympathy towards Batman whatsoever. Remember in Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker when he tells Bruce that he knows his identity and that his parents’ death was his motivation for becoming Batman? Joker thought it was the funniest shit ever (although he did concede that finally knowing the truth was disappointing) and to me that’s what Joker is at his core: someone who takes glee in Batman’s misfortune, whether it’s a tragic past or beating a Robin to death.