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This Black Queer Love Story Is Exactly What The Comic World Needs
You'll literally fall in love with this queer romance novella.

Black queer love between two women often goes underrepresented in any medium.

Writer Tee Franklin wants to help change this with her forthcoming comic “Bingo Love.” It follows the fictional story of Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, beginning from the time they fall in love as teenagers in 1963.

Their parents find out and forbid them from seeing each other again. The women lead separate lives, marrying men whom neither of them love. Hazel and Mari reunite at a bingo hall and old feelings surface. They divorce their husbands and live out their truth as a married couple, a light in which audiences rarely see elderly black women. Their love story extends all the way to 2030.

The 80-page graphic novella is one of the first of its kind.

Franklin, who created #BlackComicsMonth in 2015 to promote diversity in the straight white male-dominated industry, said inclusive stories like “Bingo Love” are crucial. She said that sometimes white superheroes aren’t as exciting as representation in comics…

This looks adorable, I would love to read this :3 Representation in so many ways. This is actually what we all need! Thank you Tee Franklin!

I’m glad her crowd-funding was successful so she can bring this to light.

A-Z Book Recommendations.

What a great idea from my friend at @macrolit :) Had to give it a go. I’ve omitted “A’s” and “The’s” from most of the titles for sake of flow.

  • A - American Gods by Neil Gaiman - A wandering modern “fantasy” that felt keenly poignant to me having grown up in the midwest. You’ll need patience for this one but this book is truly about the journey not the destination.
  • B - Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer - I’ll be honest, I never finished this series. It got a little overblown but the characters are so genuine that I held out a lot longer than I would expect of myself. This first book though is the definition of a classic middle reader. Lot of Adventure and a lovable, fierce, albeit flawed, female protagonist. 
  • C - Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - I used to read this book every summer. It’s a rough read with some explicit violence (sexual and otherwise) but an important one I think. I recommend reading the “British” publishing which has 21 chapters (the publishers took out the last one for American audiences, because apparently we don’t like character redemption and growth *eyeroll*). The real genius of this book is the vernacular Burgess created from scratch that is truly like reading another language at first. 
  • D - Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - Not to be cliche but I find that a lot of the titles Booklr obsesses over in the YA genre to be par-baked at best. Not the case with this series! Well developed characters that exist beyond their actions and exhibit real emotional complexity without relying on tropes and a plot that kept me turning and turning pages!

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Rescue Me [2]

Part Two of Three

Character Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Female Reader

Word Count: 2640 

Warnings: NSFW 18+ GRAPHIC Smut, Unprotected sex (wrap the willies, sillies!), Oral (female receiving), thigh riding, swearing, dirty talk.

A/N: You guys, I’m such an idiot! I put this in my drafts and forgot to post it!

Part One

This day was never going to end.

You were leaned back in your chair in the conference room, peaking through your fingers at all of the novels you had written through the years lined up on the table.

Natasha had recognized your name and raced to her room to get her collection. “I have read each one at least 5 times over,” she had said at the time. You were flattered, really. It just always made you uncomfortable talking about your work.

Like you were doing now. Tony had asked you about the plot line of each book. And he wanted details.

Steve pointed at your most recent novel, just released 2 months ago. “This one sounds familiar.”

You nodded before sitting up straighter in your chair, “It is based on the jewelry heist that went wrong last year,” you said, pulling the book toward you and flipping through the pages. “You know the one… Julian Marcus and his goons almost made it out of the jewelry store before a security guard that they hadn’t noticed popped up out of nowhere. He had hit the silent alarm and slashed the tires on their getaway car. Julian shot him, point blank. He is currently sitting on death row for his multiple charges.”

You looked up when you were met with silence. Everyone eye in the room was on you. “What?” you asked, feeling uneasy.

Tony shook his head in disbelief, “How do you know all of that?”

You felt your face heat. You had rambled and revealed too much information. Nervous habit. “I um… uh, got granted visitation to meet with Julian for an interview after his court date.” You pushed the book back to the middle of the table. “He told me everything. Even where he hid the jewels before the police had captured him.”

Silence. Again.

Nat was the first to speak, “Wow.” She shrugged when everyone turned to look at her, “What? I’m impressed.”

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Also on AO3.

Adrien massaged Hugo’s tummy, chanting in a sing song voice.  "Waterwheel, on the tummy, waterwheel on the tummy.“  He switched to another technique.  "Sun and moon, sun and moon.”

The toddler giggled, waving his arms happily from his spot on a towel between his father’s spread legs.

“Almost done, darling boy,” he said, checking the olive oil on his hands to make sure there was still enough.  "I… loooove… yoooooou.“  This one was always a big hit.  "I… loooove… yoooooou.”  He wiped his hands on a towel and helped his son with his pajama shirt.  "Okay, what’s next?  Do you remember?“

"Teef!” Hugo shouted.

“Bedtime voice,” Adrien reminded gently.  Early on with Emma, he’d made a conscious effort to be as different as possible from his own father.

“Teef,” Hugo said, just this side of a shout.

“Yep.  Have at it.”  He got up from his spot on the floor.  "Emma, sweetie, where are you at?“  His little girl was so good at following her bedtime routine.

"Reading,” she replied.  That meant the living room, where they kept a shelf of kids’ books.

“Great job, sweetie.  Hugo and I will be in, in a few minutes.”  He found Hugo pushing the step stool in front of the bathroom sink.

“Papa,” Hugo said, waving a tube at his father.  "Toof pates.“

"I’m going to help you with that, sir,” he said, easing the tube out of his son’s chubby fingers.  "You like to squeeze on way too much.“

Hugo giggled in agreement.

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how i know i am a truly next level insufferable nerd: whenever i see a seemingly ~nice~ jane austen novel quote about love or friendship or literary enthusiasm on, say, an internet graphic or a notecard or a throw pillow, i can’t just let it slide. i always have to complain about it. to cry out “CAROLINE JUST SAID THAT BECAUSE SHE WAS SO THIRSTY FOR DARCY, SHE DON’T CARE ABOUT READING” or “ISABELLA THORPE IS THE WORLD’S #1 HYPOCRITE, SHE OBVIOUSLY MEANS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, GET THOSE WORDS OFF YOUR THROW PILLOW UNLESS YOU WANT IT TO BE A THROW PILLOW OF LIES.


Disney’s DuckTales and Tangled: The Series Comic Books Coming This Summer

IDW Publishing Will Launch Comic Stories Based on the Animated Series

San Diego, CA (April 18, 2017) – Disney fans rejoice! DuckTales and Tangled: The Series are Disney’s latest animated TV series to make the leap from the small screen to the printed page with brand-new comics from IDW Publishing, in collaboration with Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC.

First, DuckTales (woo-oo) returns! Featuring familiar favorite characters like Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, plus Huey, Dewey and Louie, this comic series will be modeled after the highly anticipated new animated series coming this summer, which has already been picked up for a second season in advance of its premiere. Their comic book tales will kick-off in a #0 issue this July for $3.99, providing the perfect jumping on point for both longtime fans and newcomers. Chances are, you’re already humming along to the catchy theme song as you read this!

This August, Tangled: The Series debuts as an original graphic novel collection titled ‘Adventure is Calling.’ In the novel, Rapunzel will embark on exciting new adventures with Eugene (FKA Flynn Rider), Pascal, Maximus, and her new friend Cassandra in a special adaptation of the series. The collection will feature 72 pages for $9.99, available everywhere comics are sold.

IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos said “We’re extremely excited to expand IDW’s relationship with Disney. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding both of these new animated series and we aim to live up to, and exceed, fan expectations.”

IDW’s history of publishing quality Disney Comics has been well established with such core titles as Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and more, paving the way for DuckTales and Tangled: The Series to become your next favorite Disney Comic. This summer, Disney begins a new chapter in comics with IDW Publishing!

anonymous asked:

Hey! Do you know any good fantasy books with non-binary protagonists?

trust me when i saw i wish this list was WAY longer, but… we have so little tbh it’s terrible

but here’s what i have for non-binary fantasy!

  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (genderfluid thief in a deadly competition) comes out August 29th
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember (genderfluid warrior with a bonded animal companion) comes out August 22nd
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (historical fic graphic novel actually, a prince who is sometimes a princess hires a young seamstress to design whimsical gowns) comes out February 13th 2018
    • this is the only one on the list that i’ve read and also the one with the more ambiguous gender identity (i can’t post my full review yet because the publisher specifically said to wait until closer to the publication date, but i explain the possible ambiguity and my take on it in there so keep an eye out for that!)
  • i know this is getting into scifi but i always want to mention The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet because… i really need to read it

um… it’s really late so i may be missing some that i should remember, anyone feel free to add!

anonymous asked:

They are using the fact that ksoo watched the ha_ndmaiden as a proof that he is very str8! That it's a hot movie every dude in Kor watched to jrk off ?! I haven't watched it myself so i can't tell but wtf!

Please make sure you’re over a certain age if you want to watch this movie. It’s not just bcoz of the erotic scenes but there were torturing and some graphic disturbing scenes as well. Or watch at your own risk.

The movie was inspired by the novel, Fingersmith. I never read that novel so I’m not sure how similar the movie is with the novel.

The plot was so-so (imo). But the characterizations were disturbingly amazing. Even the architecture, clothes and set-up were beautiful. Jjs said ks likes noir films, I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually enjoyed the movie. There was a twist in the movie which I didn’t see it coming. The erotic part of the movie was moaning (does that even count?), boobies and the handmaiden reading the erotic novels for the perverted men. Oh, perhaps the girls getting it on? Their boobies are very healthy btw.

Imo, this movie isn’t just a ‘movie guy can jrk off’ to. It showed how women were used for men’s sexual pleasures (if guy jerk of to this idk what to say), no tragic ending for the same-sex couple and how money could drive ppl to do the unspeakable.

Ks is an actor himself and this movie was nominated and won a lot of awards. It is a movie worth more than a jerk off material for an actor. I think if he wants to jerk off, he could just drop by the porn sites. I mean, idk bout watching girls making out would make ks straight so… what should I watch to make myself a lesbian hmmmm. Lmao.

Take care, anon~

Y'all remember the anagram below?
One solution is


He said the graphic novel was sent to him with a note.

But we clearly saw him sitting in a limosine reading his novel.

He said that the 2nd unfinished graphic novel was “done much later”.

We know Rosewood Time is approx. Fall 2017 and Pastor Ted said “15 years ago” when he ran a camp for troubled boys, so 2002.
At this time Charles was 13 to 14 years old. Born 1998.
How do you feel telling someone, learning something “much later”?
Remember Charles transitioned in Charlotte at the age of 16 = Two years
And then they were working on this 2nd book only over e-mail?

Another solution is


Do I have to say more,… maybe about coconut falling from trees?

A Nerdy Secret

Summary: Zach discovers something about you that nobody knows about

Pairing: Zach Dempsey x Reader 

Warning: Fluff

A/N: I’m still in a slight slump with my writing, but I hope you enjoy this one. Let me know what you think.

Originally posted by rafaelasgomes

The comic book you were reading had encapsulated you. You were at the mercy of Captain America’s quest to find out what happened to his nemesis, the Red Skull, and you just had to find out the resolution to this narrative. You were supposed to be waiting for you lab partner to come over to your house so you could study together before the practical, however, he got held up at his basketball practice. To remedy the long wait, you curled up with your recently purchased graphic novel.

“Y/N!” your mom called for you from downstairs. The sudden shout of your name made you jump out of your comfortable spot in the corner of your room. “There’s somebody here to see you,”

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Harper Lee estate endorses To Kill a Mockingbird graphic novel

The new comic is the latest in a number of posthumous projects based on the work of a writer who was famously shy of publicity

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic story of racism in the southern states of the US, which has sold more than 40m copies since it was first published in 1960, is to be turned into a graphic novel. Unexpectedly, the move has been encouraged by the late author’s estate.

The graphic novel will be illustrated by Fred Fordham, the artist behind Philip Pullman’s recent first venture into the form, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship. The London-born artist said: “Adapting a story that means so much to so many – and finding the appropriate art style to give it life in a long-form visual medium – is a great honour and responsibility, and, mercifully, also a great pleasure.”


Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Hey, tumblr! It’s halfway through the year now (how???) and I was looking through my book list and thinking that I have read so many good books this year, so I thought I would just throw my book list as it stands under a cut, with brief notes on the books in case anyone is interested! Or wants to talk about how awesome they are. Or even wants to recommend me some based on what I’ve read!

Or just tell me what you’ve been reading, if you do not want to deal with, um. A 90-item annotated list.

It’s possible that I read too much.

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How to Talk About Comic Books Like You Know a Thing or Two About a Thing or Two

Comic books!  They’re great.  Movies based on them are popular!  They’re fun to read, and fun to talk about!  But how do you do that?

First, start by double majoring in English and Visual Art.  

I’m kidding, but knowing how to talk about literature and art semi-intelligently is your first step.  Know what stuff like color theory, lighting, negative space, narrative coherence and character development is, and how to recognize good examples of that, basic stuff.  You might even want to learn some theatre terms like the fourth wall, since that might get broken, and you’ll want to know how to talk about it!

Captain Atom breaks the fourth wall in Pax Americana #1 (with bonus fourth wall breaking from Ultra Comics #1 too).  Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

Next, learn some comic terms!  

Art and writing are easy, but what about stuff specific to comics?  Floppies are the individual magazines that springs to mind most immediately when you hear the term “comic book,” also called issues.  Trade paperbacks are softcover books collecting multiple issues, usually comprising a complete story arc in ongoing comics.  Ongoing comics are serialized comics with no set endpoint.  These are usually superhero comics like Superman, which run basically forever and tell a multitude of stories by many different writers and artists, or but can also include a long-running series of an original property by a single writer/artist team, like The Walking Dead.  Limited series or miniseries are serialized comics, but usually only for a few issues to tell a single story.   And perhaps most importantly, what’s the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel?  In “””””technical””””” terms, a graphic novel is a comic book publishing a complete, non-serialized story all in one go.  So, Watchmen is not a graphic novel, since it was serialized initially, while The Killing Joke is.  However, it’s best to avoid the term graphic novel altogether since comic book describes what you’re talking about just as well and doesn’t make you sound pretentious.

Watchmen #1.  Despite commonly being referred to as a graphic novel, it is not, due to being published as individual serialized issues originally.  It also heavily relies on the serialized issue format for a large portion of its storytelling, making its designation as a graphic novel problematic, to say the least.  Alan Moore, David Gibbons, and John Higgins.

Wonder Woman: Earth One, a true graphic novel.  Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette.

We’ll come back to that strikethrough in a bit, but first let’s go over some terms for the insides of comics.  Panels are the boxes on the page, the gutters are the white space in between.

Kyle Rayner explains and points out panels and gutters in Omega Men #12, while leaning on the fourth wall.  Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda

Panel-ING is how the panels on the page are laid out, basically the narrative structure of a page.  Splash pages are the big, single panel pages showing one cool moment.

Splash page from Kingdom Come #3.  Mark Waid and Alex Ross

Coloring is how the page is colored (which yes, is important to the comic!), and the colorIST is the guy who does the coloring (and no, it’s not as easy as it sounds).  We’ll take a slight detour here to explain all the different art jobs.  The penciller is essentially the “main” artist, whose art is the baseline of the comic, generally following from the writer’s (self-explanatory) script.  The inker then takes the penciller’s work, and adds the blacks in ink.  This creates the illusion of depth and lighting.  Then the colorist (see above) takes it and adds their colors, which in turn adds more depth and reinforces and adds to the illusion of lighting.  There may occasionally be a layout guy, who does a rough sketch of how the panels and basic actions will be laid out on a page.  If layouts are done, they’re usually by the writer to give the penciller a rough idea of what they want, but very rarely  there will be a separate person doing layouts.  These art guys can be three guys (one for each job), two guys (penciller does their own inking), or one guy (penciller does everything).  Finally, this finished product gets passed on to the letterer, who takes the dialogue from the script and adds it in the lovely speech bubbles and text boxes we’re used to.

An inked but uncolored page from Hellboy: Conqueror Worm #2, Mike Mignola.

A color process by Moebius

Now that we’ve covered the bits and bobs of the jargon of comics, let’s return to that strikethrough from what feels like ages ago but was probably only a couple minutes.  As a reminder, it was about not sounding pretentious.  This paragraph might end up filled with a lot of “don’ts,” which I’d hoped to avoid, but hopefully we can make it through together without too much trouble and mental anguish.  As I said earlier, avoid the term graphic novel.  It does have a real meaning, but in practice it’s essentially used by adults to avoid having to say they read comic books.  Consider: do we try to mask our enjoyment of any other medium by using terms of another medium?  Do we call music albums listening novels?  Or paintings still movies?  All this to say, DON’T BE ASHAMED TO SAY YOU READ COMIC BOOKS!  Other adults won’t care, and those that do aren’t worth your time.  Beyond that, “pretentious” can be a little more vague.  Basically don’t be a snob about genre either way, and ESPECIALLY don’t be a snob about companies.  Superhero comics can be great!  So can indies!  So can all-ages!  DC and Marvel both have quality works to offer, as does Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, BOOM!, Dynamite, Humanoids and even Avatar!  Of course, which works are quality is a matter for the very conversations I hope you use this post to have, we’re not here to make value judgments.

Now, for quite possibly the most important part of being able to talk about comics like you know a thing or two about a thing or two: ACTUALLY READ COMICS

Shocking, I know, but as with any interest, if you want to talk about them in any sort of high-level critical discourse (or just a casual discussion, whatever makes you happy), you need to actually consume a fair bit of it.  Wikipedia and movies ain’t gonna cut it here.  But what do you read?  Comics seem so hard to get into, after all.  Well never fear!  No one is expecting you to read all 900+ issues of Action Comics in order to know a thing or two about a thing or two.  Just read a wide variety of writers, find some you like, and become familiar with their work.  Odds are good that you’ll find something to talk about with somebody.  I won’t recommend any particular works in this post, since I like letting people form their own opinions and learn on their own, but here are some writers and artists with whom you generally can’t go wrong, and I won’t even say what’s good about them.  Almost every creator has their off days, however, so don’t write off a creator if you stumble upon one of their more lackluster works.  Anyway, the creators:


Grant Morrison

Alan Moore

Brandon Graham

Neil Gaiman

Frank Miller

Frank Quitely

Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez

Goran Parlov

Héctor Germán Oesterheld

Mike Mignola

Greg Rucka

James Stokoe

Jack Kirby

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Nicola Scott

Denny O’Neil

Evan “Doc” Shaner

Bill Watterson

Cliff Chiang

Robert Crumb

Christopher Priest

Greg Pak

Mike Carey

Kurt Busiek

Tom King

Mark Russell

Steve Lieber

This of course is but a small sampling.  If you’re trying to get more into comics, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations!  I sincerely hope this primer helps you in your journey, and I hope you read some great comics!

transspirk  asked:

Hi, so you totally got me into batjokes but I really haven't read much of batman, can you recommend where I should start?


Considering there’s like 78 years of content and the canon gets rewritten or tweaked every so often, you can pretty much just pick up any of the trade paperbacks/graphic novels that say #1 on them and find something interesting to read. Like for the current storylines, reading the New 52 Batman run would be a good start, then on to the Rebirth story after that. That being said, there are also standalone trades/titles that would be good to read. Like for batjokes content you’d probably want to read Batman: Europa, it was a relatively recent four issue series that is… pretty damn gay. It also has really cool art from several European artists (and Jim Lee, who is a Legend in the industry).
Other stories you may want to read:
The Man Who Laughs
The Laughing Fish
The Dark Knight Returns
Death In The Family
The Killing Joke
The Long Halloween
Haunted Night
Dark Victory
The Judas Coin
Superman: Emperor Joker
The Batman Adventures (set in the batman animated ‘verse)
Under The Red Hood
Batman Earth One
The Court of Owls
Death Of The Family
(Those last three are compilations of New 52 story arcs that include tie-ins with other DC titles.)
Also if you watch YouTube playthroughs/play the Batman Arkham games there’s a lot of good batjokes content in that (i watch the origins joker cutscene video a LOT haha)
But hopefully that’s a good start?

REVIEW: “My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness”, or: honest confessions of an awkward Japanese lesbian

title: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness
author: Kabi Nagata
review by: Captain Clo
verdict: candid and honest, it deals with very heavy themes without being an angstfest. 5 stars

I’ve never read much yuri (female homoerotic manga) and I was very curious about this graphic novel when I saw it; I was intrigued by the autobiographical angle, something I wouldn’t normally expect from a Japanese author, especially a lesbian.
I also didn’t expect the cutesy art style to deal with depression, crippling anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide ideation, so BE WARNED: this graphic novel is deeply personal and quite raw sometimes. The author reflects about roughly ten years of her life, as she cycled between periods of depression and moments of personal epiphany, through a journey of self-discovery that lands her in the situation depicted on the cover: in the arms of a lesbian escort, inside a love hotel.

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Examples of Dead Fandoms, Part Two

Go here to read part one.

Let me reiterate something I said before: I actually don’t want to be right about any of these fandoms being dead. It always makes me sad when people lose passion for something, and something worthwhile goes unread or unseen.

The Pulp Heroes (the Shadow, Doc Savage, etc.)

The Shadow was the first and most famous of the larger than life magazine heroes, mostly published by Street & Smith, who came out during the Great Depression. They weren’t superheroes, exactly…but they were too uncanny, too bigger than life, their adventures too bizarre and fantastical, to be typical adventurers or detective heroes in the usual sense…they were in the same ballpark as Tarzan or Zorro, a kind of “transitional fossil” between grounded detective and adventure characters, and the later far out superheroes. 

I realized the reach these novels had in their own time when I heard this amazing story about none other than jazz great Thelonious Monk: he was obsessed with Doc Savage magazine. When he performed, the jazz man sometimes had a Doc Savage magazine rolled up in his coat. I have a hard time imagining that!

The reason the pulp heroes went away and stopped having pop cultural cache is simple: the audience for it went away. You have to remember that pulp hero stories were always a composite genre, meant to appeal to two audiences simultaneously: kids, who loved action and fantasy and heroism, and working class men, who also love action, but who also loved lurid mystery and gore. To appeal to working class men, there were always way more hints of blood, gunplay, dread/terror, and sex, but because kids also read these, it was all very subdued. If you realize that pulp heroes were meant to appeal to these two very different audiences with conflicting desires, the question isn’t why the pulp heroes went away, but rather, why they lasted as long as they did. 

What took the kid audience away from the hero pulps could be summarized in two words: superhero comics. Sales on pulps fell every year when they had to compete with comics, and the history of the pulp heroes in the 1940s is defined by their reaction to the challenge of comics, a little like the history of movies when they had to compete with television. 

There were three big reactions to comics in the 1940s from the pulp magazines: 

  1. They dissed comics. This reminds me of the 50s movies that called television “the idiot’s lantern.” The best example of this I can find is the Doc Savage mystery, The Whisker of Hercules. By all accounts, Doc Savage author Lester Dent hated, hated, hated comic superheroes, particularly Superman, who exaggerated the traits of his own heroes beyond what he felt an audience would believe. Whisker of Hercules is a novel where Doc finds criminals who who take a potion that turns them into Superman, gives them superstrength, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and the ability to move at superspeed, but in the end, they are ultimately bested by Doc Savage, who outsmarts them and reveals the Whisker of Hercules ages them to death. Lester Dent, you see, felt superhero comics were a passing fad without staying power.
  2. They created characters that were both in pulp magazines and in comics as well. An example of this would be Ka-Zar and Sheena, who was in both comics and pulp magazines simultaneously. Today, we’d call them “multimedia properties.”
  3. They created far-out pulp heroes that were aimed at a kid audience to lure kids back to magazines. The best example of this is Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future, which was a pulp hero who was extremely kid-friendly, with robot sidekicks and a cute mouse pet, and a base on the Moon. 

While the kids who read pulp heroes were lured away by comics, the working class men were pulled away by a new invention: the “men’s adventure” paperback novel, which could have explicit sex and violence. James Bond (Casino Royale was first published in 1954) was more typical of the paperback heroes, as was gun-toting Mack Bolan the Executioner, a special forces guy who came back from Vietnam to find his family killed by the mafia, and who declares war on the mob with his special forces training and arsenal of firearms (he also directly inspired a certain Marvel Comics character you might be familiar with). 

Just like almost all pop music is either Beatles or Stones inspired, nearly all men’s adventure heroes are some variation of either James Bond or Mack Bolan. This leads us to today, where men’s adventure novels are either porn, or gun porn. If you’ve read this blog long enough, you can probably guess which one I like better.

Here’s another thing to consider when wondering why the pulp heroes went away. The Shadow, Doc Savage, the Spider, are really only a few years older than the superheroes. They were not separated by a geologic age, the way many histories lead you to believe: they came out in the same decade as each other. Doc Savage came out in 1933, and Superman came out in 1938, which is not really that much time difference at all. The difference may be that there is a publishing company (DC Comics) that views Superman and Batman as essential to their identity and that keeps them alive for that reason, whereas no company does that for the pulp characters. In fact, there was even some dispute early this century as to whether the Street & Smith characters fell into the public domain. 

Original Battlestar Galactica

I used to post old cosplay pics, and my gosh, were there ever a lot of OBSG images. The actor who played Boomer was a regular at early science fiction conventions (there was a time when it was considered unusual for celebrities to visit conventions), and when a new BSG show was announced in 2003 (believe it or not, there was once a time that a hard reboot of an old scifi property was rare), it led to one of the all-time biggest nerdrages in nerd history.

I hesitate to say this, but part of the reason that Star Trek and the Next Generation are discovered decades later by new fans is because they really are good shows, and OBSG is…well, it’s a challenge for a new person, with fresh eyes, to see just what got everyone so excited in 1978. The reason why BSG was a big deal is clear: most people who are fans of it are fans because they watched the show when they were children, so it’s imprinted in their minds (rather like 90s kids and “Saved by the Bell” or “Power Rangers”). OSBG fandom isn’t growing for the same reason that “Saved by the Bell” fans aren’t growing: it’s a product of hormones and nostalgia, you “had to be there” to get it. 

To me, this explains perfectly why people went ballistic when a BSG reboot was announced back in the stone age, 2002. For one, the concept of a reboot was so new that I remember I heard people wonder if this means their favorite characters from the original were dead now. More importantly, though, this is a fandom with a few core people who remember BSG from when they were kids, and therefore have strong feelings about why it works and doesn’t work. 

Prince Valiant

Here’s a test to determine if a fandom is dead: if a movie adaptation royally screws everything about it up, would people get angry and yelly and passionate? Remember how people got death threats over the M. Knight Shyamalan Last Airbender? Well, in the case of Prince Valiant, I don’t think anybody would actually care. This is surprising, because for years, when people thought of comics, they thought of Prince Valiant: he was emblematic of an entire medium. Years before the prestige of Maus, Persepolis, and the “graphic novel,” it was the one comic that was classy, that adults were alright reading. 

Why is it no longer popular? Well, copy and paste everything I said on Dick Tracy about newspaper comics here. But also, if you ever run into someone who really loved Prince Valiant back in the day, ask them why they liked it. The answer should be incredibly telling. Most likely, they’ll tell you they loved the beautiful art, that they loved the great style of Hal Foster’s godlike pen. They loved the sweep of the story and the epic feel. 

Here’s what they won’t say if you ask them: they probably won’t say they liked the characters. (I can’t think of one adjective to describe Prince Valiant’s personality - he totally fails the RedLetterMedia test). They won’t remember any moment that made them cry or made them feel a rush of triumph.

I swear, it is not my intention to be a hater and drink some haterade. That’s really not in my nature, because I am a positive person. The whole point of this blog is for me to share cool old stuff I love - negativity has no place here. But there’s a dishonesty, a willful obtuseness, in trying to understand why Prince Valiant stopped being a phenomenon, and not realizing that Prince Valiant is beautiful looking, but it doesn’t give us the things about stories that “stick to our ribs” and make it stand the test of time: great characters and memorable, earned moments. Praising a comic for having beautiful art is like praising a movie for the great special effects. You don’t want the one thing people to remember about your hero to be a haircut. 

John Carter of Mars

The fandom for John Carter of Mars is a little like Barsoom itself without the Atmosphere Factory and water pumped from the depths of Omean: dead.

To the modern eye, one of the weirdest parts of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series is the 3 minute digression in the episode on Mars where Sagan starts talking about how he was the hugest John Carter of Mars fanboy ever, and how he dreamed of rescuing beautiful women in gallant swordfights on thoatback, with his fanboy narration intercut with shots of Frazetta and Michael Whelan cover art. This really happened. And this was typical of the kind of passion that John Carter of Mars inspired that you don’t see much of today. It’s so easy to blame the tanking of the movie adaptation, but the movie failing was a symptom, not a cause, of the fact there was no hungry audience to receive it.

Sagan was a huge John Carter fan: his car had a “BARSOOM” vanity license plate, and he wasn’t alone: without hesitation, I would say that Edgar Rice Burroughs was the most important and influential scifi writer of the first few decades of the 20th Century, so important that everyone defined themselves as either Burroughs-like (Leigh Brackett, for instance) or rejected the tropes ERB created (see: Stanley G. Weinbaum). John Carter of Mars didn’t inspire Star Wars. Instead, he inspired the things that inspired Star Wars (e.g. Flash Gordon). Edgar Rice Burroughs, not Faulkner, not Hemmingway, was the best selling novelist of the 1920s. 

Remember the last time I did this, and I was sincerely baffled why the Tripods novels have not had a revival? Well, when I got to John Carter of Mars, the answer came to me: the reason is that this work was so influential, so ubiquitous, that it has been strip-mined of creative power by imitators to the point that very little about it seems original anymore. Tripods, if it came out now, would just look like a Hunger Games rip-off despite the fact that if anything, it’s the other way around. The problem with John Carter of Mars is exactly the same: remember how the response to the trailer to the film adaptation was that this was Avatar Goes to Attack of the Clones? When, actually, Avatar and others got a lot from the Barsoom books. In other words, because John Carter was influential enough to create cliches, paradoxically, it is now seen as cliche.


The Ghostbusters reboot had a big, big problem: it’s a remake of a movie that’s an untouchable classic, like Back to the Future. Any remake would inevitably be compared to the original and suffer in the comparison. Well, here’s one movie you could probably remake with a gender swap hero: Highlander. It’s not Back to the Future, Jaws, or Terminator; this isn’t a movie people can quote every line from. People know of Highlander, sure…people know things like the Queen song, “there can be only one,” electric swordfighting, etc, but people don’t actually care that much. People won’t go ballistic. Highlander is a remaker’s dream: it has enough name recognition to get sold and made, but it doesn’t have a legion of nitpicking nerd fans to second guess everything and treat the original like gospel.

Highlander used to be kind of a big deal: it had not one but two tv shows, and it had three movie sequels. Just like “Wild Wild West” was steampunk a couple decades before that term existed, Highlander was “urban fantasy” before that term existed. Because of the themes of urban fantasy and tragic romance, it always had a strong female fandom, and there’s no understanding Highlander without understanding that it was kind of the Supernatural of its day: theoretically, with its swordfighting and cool powers, it was trying to appeal to boys…but ended up building up a way bigger female audience instead. 

Posterity is really never kind to any fantasy property who’s audience is primarily women. Who, today, talks a lot about Gargoyles or Beauty and the Beast, for example, to pick two properties that used to have a strong fandom? The last one (B&B) is pretty amazing because it was created by two people immensely relevant to the zeitgeist of today: Ron Perlman (the Beast himself), and the show’s head writer and producer, a fellow by the name of George R.R. Martin. It could be just plain chauvinism over a “girl thing.” I don’t deny that plays a role, more likely, it could just be that scifi fans are immensely nerdy in a way fantasy fans aren’t, so they keep alive their favorite scifi artifacts. That, I think, is why we’re still talking about Terminator and not Highlander: Tolkien fans who write in Dwarf runes are a freakish exception. In general, fantasy fans are way less hardcore than scifi fans.

Magnus, Robot Fighter

Ever talk to any old gay nerds? They will usually tell you they realized they were hella gay because of three men: Robert Conrad in “Wild Wild West,” Ultra Boy from Legion of Super-Heroes, and Magnus, Robot Fighter.

Russ Manning’s Magnus, Robot Fighter may be one of the great subterranean sources of pop culture. Matt Groening admits that the aesthetics of this comic inspired a lot of Futurama. Magnus, Robot Fighter was such a nostalgia totem in the minds of the Baby Boom generation, on the level of the Mars Attacks! cards, that George Lucas, who was always very hands-off with supplementary material, personally requested Russ Manning come out of retirement to do the Star Wars daily comics.

Magnus, Robot Fighter is an interesting example of how comics only have cache and longevity long-term if they can successfully convert into other media formats. Comics are important, but comics are ephemeral. Superman is the king of comic characters, sure, but most people know about him because he made the leap from comics to radio, screen, and television. 

Magnus is all the more heartbreaking because he almost made the jump to a medium with durability - video games. Under circumstances too complex to relate here, Acclaim bought out all the Gold Key comic characters, and Magnus was generally considered to be the crown jewel of the lot. Because Magnus was too important an IP to screw up, and the development team was so inexperienced, Acclaim instead decided to make their first Gold Key game adaptation one of the minor guys, so if they blew it, no biggie: Turok, Dinosaur Hunter. The rest is history: Acclaim was so busy making sequels to the surprise hit Turok, Dinosaur Hunter they never got around to giving Magnus, Robot Fighter a game.

Part three is coming, so stay tuned. Believe it or not, I actually have a fandom from the past ten years on here! Can you think of any dead fandoms?

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theautoimmune-anomaly  asked:

I rewatched 2x14 and Lucas is talking to Hanna about comic books vs graphic novels & emphasised his preference for the latter. In 7x15, Lucas said the ones he wrote with Charles were graphic novels and emphasised it again. I've looked up the difference and graphic novels read like a book so at the end of the book, the story ends. Whereas comics continue the story in the next edition. Could this mean Arcturas was Round 1 (Big A maybe?) and Endgame is Uber A/AD? I hope this makes sense!

Oooooo good pick ups!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any suggested/recommended reading for a new socialist?

Besides, like, the base stuff like Marx…

- The Accumulation of Capital - Rosa Luxemburg
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Pablo Freire
- The Paranoid Style in American Politics - Richard Hofstradter (more about combatting the Right, specifically Goldwater than it was a socialist work, but I like it)
- Calling All Radicals - Gabriel Thompson
- New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
- The Value of Nothing - Raj Patel
- A People’s History of the United States - Howard Zinn
- Orientalism - Edward Said
- The Political Economy of Human Rights - Noam Chomsky
- The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

Also read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I know it is a graphic novel,but i can’t recommend it enough.

Some of this stuff might be heavier than other, so get a base knowledge of Marx and go from there. This is mostly just stuff I like, so I’m okay with other people adding more. I’m sure I missed stuff.