some ideas for graduation costumes that I played around with earlier this week. idea of how i would color them. did a really cursory reference of cheyenne clothing for this… and thought it would be fun to see rahne become Wolverine’s protege of sorts …
Based on a conversation with Rachel (of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, which is an awesome podcast you should totally be listening to.) This is the short list. Other heroes on the long list: Finesse (Jeanne), Aurora (Jeanne-Marie), Frenzy (Joanna).
And from DC, Jade (Jade), the Enchantress (June), and Miss America (Joan.)
i did this for Rachel & Miles Xplain the Xmen art challenge . Okay, a couple of things : first, these are always fun and a challenge . my goal was to design something in line with what the X-Men were wearing circa 1986 . costume’s weren’t as utilitarian as they are now . with that said, I wanted to give Illyana a look that would fit in with what the other team members were wearing, primarily Shadowcat: hence the tunic . second, i wish it were a better design. i heard about the challenge mid-week and wanted to squeeze it in before a new podcast came out just in case. i love Illyana and only want the best for her … i want to come up with something better . only the best for my girl … :P
(gonna try to do one for Cannonball . if you’ve read Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 you know his costume is the most tragic … poor Sam)
Rachel modded this Magneto shirt for our friend Anna, who had bought one of the nearly-illegible dark-on-dark Magneto shirts before we pulled them from the shop. Super happy with the results.
If you’ve done stuff like this–or made stencils, or anything like that, or just feel like showing off the stuff you’ve gotten–we’d love to see!
(If we’ve not specified this before: While we would of course really like you to buy our merch, we are also cool with you using their designs for stencils or other DIY, as long as it’s for noncommercial.)
I’m certainly not qualified to make these sort of rulings, but in general, I believe language is very dynamic and not always as clear cut as we might want it to be. Names, even common names, can have multiple pronunciations depending on where in the world we’re talking about.
In the recent "Rachel & Miles X-plain the X-Men" episode they are emphatic that She-Hulk is a "4th wall aware character" but NOT like Deadpool is. I've read a little Deadpool but never any She-Hulk. What to they mean? (And is She-Hulk something good that I've missed?)
She-Hulk is one of my favorite characters, largely due in part to the number of good comics that feature her.
The series that really tied her to a comedic tone and which features the most fourth wall breaking is her second solo title, Sensational She-Hulk, which started in 1989, with writer/artist John Byrne. (I know his name is something of a bad word among fans these days, but the fact is, that dude was churning out hits on title after title for about twenty years.)
The best material on this volume is all the Byrne stuff, which is #1-8 and then #31-50. (Byrne left the title for a while due to a dispute with the editor and returned when the book was re-assigned.) Even though other issues are written and drawn by such luminaries as Steve Gerber and Bryan Hitch, they don’t quite have the panache of Byrne’s stories.
The approach to the book was very much along the lines of Duck Amuck: She-Hulk knows she’s in a comic and frequently talks directly to John Byrne, most often criticizing his creative choices–in one issue she asks him why she doesn’t rate the “fake MacFarlane layouts” he was doing in the Namor title, and the layouts change after that; in another, she knowingly criticizes his penchant for including cheesecake shots of her in the book.
While a lot of the book’s comedy came from lurking in the “lamer” corners of the Marvel Universe, with She-Hulk teaming up with US Archer and Razorback to fight Xemnu the Titan and Spragg the Living Hill, there was a lot of meta-commentary about the lack of realism in comic book science and, in one of the book’s cleverer bits, how the only way a character ages in comics is if they’re not consistently starring in a book.
But the fourth wall breaking was also very physical. Check out this sequence where She-Hulk literally rips through the comics page and runs across a two-page ad spread so that she can skip to another scene:
Or this sequence drawn in a Rob Liefeld style to call out the Rob for swiping from Byrne’s own comics:
Byrne’s run ends with issue 50, in which Byrne himself is presumed dead and She-Hulk tries to figure out who her new creative team is going to be, by auditioning some of the biggest names in comics (who actually contribute art to the book):
And so on.
Other stand-out runs on She-Hulk have usually retained some of the elements of meta-commentary and dealing with Marvel’s C-and-below-list, but have usually shied away from Jen talking directly to her artist or ripping through panels.
Unfortunately, only the first eight issues of Byrne’s run are available in print, and his run doesn’t seem to be available digitally either (though Slott’s and Soule’s runs are), but you can probably find the back issues for a song at a comic shop or con.
So: Kitty’s code name in alternate universes is almost always either Shadowcat or an even more generic variation (i.e. Shadow). We briefly considered Kate–as a nod to Age of Apocalypse–but we get the impression that you’d like something that’s more specifically an X-Men reference.
However, there’s another option, which is our very favorite, and that’s Kitty’s unofficial title from All-New X-Men: Professor K. We are hella into Professor K as a cat name: it’s a clear reference for those already in the know but can be entirely stealth-nerd as necessary; the initial retains an air of mystery; the title leaves no question as to your cat’s professional qualifications; and, best of all, you’ll be prepared should a basket of time-displaced X-kittens appear on your doorstep!
P.S. You’re going to send us a ton of cat photos, right?