this is the start of my dc comic set

friends with benefits with jason would include
  • having rules in the beginning 
  • strict rules like no sleepovers
  • no getting jealous and if someone starts to feel attached (and its one sided) then it’s over
  • refusing to let it come between your friendship 
  • you already borrowed his clothes but now he full on ‘looses’ t shirts and hoodies all the time 
  • confiding in each other about pretty much anything 
  • opening up why you have troubles on keeping relationships 
  • you both trust each other a lot that’s why you started doing this in the first place 
  • only realizing you had feelings for him after a couple of months 
  • having the opportunity to be with different people but both passed 
  • a lot of making out 
  • a  lot
  • him taking his time with you in bed, altho it was a fwb relationship sometimes he really liked to just seize the moment 
  • quickies
  • so many in your car, shower and once even in a public bathroom 
  • Jason talks about you all the time to Roy
  • Roy suspecting something and saying ‘oh so that’s it you’re screwing each other’ in middle of dinner casually
  • you and Jason looking at each other like ‘wtf’
  • both of you being stubborn af about admitting your feelings 
  • Jason finally telling roy how he feels 
  • ‘I don’t know man, should I tell her? What if she wants to end it?’
  • Roy being the one setting you up forcing you to tell Jay about how you feel
  • you and Jason start dating almost immediately  

anonymous asked:

Why do you hate Arrow so much?

First off I don’t hate Arrow nearly as much as many people I follow. I just don’t think it’s as good as people act like it is. I was never a big fan of Arrow to begin with. I didn’t watch the first season till it was already over and everyone was praising the show like it was the second coming of Christ for comic book television and maybe my expectations were set to high, but I barely liked the first season. Only reason I liked the second season was Sara and Slade. 

My real distaste for Arrow came when they killed Sara (The best thing they ever did was create a new show just for her and the other underused characters). I know that’s weird, but it’s true. It was also around S3 and S4 I started watching a lot more animated DC stuff, reading comics, and playing DC games, which made me realize how much they butchered the Oliver/Laurel relationship and the characters themselves. I mean I get it you know, it’s an adaption but there should always be a core set of characteristics that follow a character regardless of the medium. I want to see writers take risks with characters pushing them to their extremes emotionally, physically, mentally, but from the beginning it was clear the writers didn’t have any idea who the characters were. The writers write Arrow characters like hollow pawns moving them wherever they need in order to move whatever dumb plot they have for that episode or season along. Sometimes it works for a decent episode, more often than not it doesn’t. 

 Anyway point is I don’t hate Green Batman as much as others, but I’m not sucking it’s dick. I’ve seen better comic book shows do what it wishes it could do. It disgraces comic book lore, disrespects classic characters, and underutilizes the talented cast. It panders to a fan base of shippers and then has the audacity to act like it’s not. 

I wrote this sometime last year and it was heavily inspired by Arrow:

“I think it’s weird how many people are okay with terrible plots/narratives in their superhero/comic book tv shows and movies as long as their fav character or ship gets sufficient amount of screen time.”

So yea, not sure if this was the answer you were expecting, but here it is.


Meme - Create a photo set of yourself surrounded by characters you relate to!

Tagged by: @perditionxroad

Characters starting from top left:

Hades - Hercules
Ian Malcolm - Jurassic Park
The Joker - Batman & DC Comics
Bender - Futurama
Varric Tethras - Dragon Age
Belle - Beauty and the Beast
Louise Belcher - Bob’s Burgers
Eddy Monsoon - Absolutely Fabulous

Tagging (only if you want to): Nah, I’m good. Doing this for my bestie.


Winter Super Olympics

Concept/Art by Francesco Francavilla

Day 8! :)

This is it! For now anyway: will be adding new heroes and events next time the Olympics are around (or maybe earlier than that ;))

Meanwhile get ready for BLACK SUPERHEROES WEEK starting tomorrow, my way to contribute to BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

Hope you enjoy Ski Jumping Batman and the rest of the heroes/events, grouped here as set for easy view :)

-  SNOWBOARDING Feat. Silver Surfer (and GALACTACUS)


please commission me if you need some cool art!!

i just quit my job because of personal reasons, im starting online school to finish up high school the last few credits i have. im currently going to be putting my last paycheck in savings as well as anything else i can muster up while i dont have rent to help me afford things i need for my future carrier as an artist, to support myself and follow through with my transition. the more art i do the more i improve. ill take 5+$ for a any doable commission i really dont mind. anything can help. i dont want donations without giving anything in return. this will in turn help me prepare myself as an artist and prepare/grow for the future. 

if anything please help share this 

my goal is to start testosterone by march. which was my goal for last year, i dont want this to be a goal again, i want to reach it. in turn i will also be setting up top surgery appts depending on how healthy i am and how fast it can happen with everything going on/savings. most likely by july. 
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I am in love...

…with the SS movie, and the JokerXHarley relationship. 

First of all, SPOILERS

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie NAILED IT. Yeah, the movie has it’s flaws, as they all do, but it’s new. I love the twists from the comics with hint’s of The New 52, but a tip off to the original design of the characters. A modern take on gangster Joker. Harley gets the credit she deserves, and still gets to be crazy head over heels in love. Amanda Waller’s ‘take no shit’ attitude, pushing her plans through a board of men who are against her. The ‘soft’ side to Rick Flag and Deadshot, 2 characters who usually just get painted as ‘stoic soldiers’. It just works, it flows. 

AND I know a TON of people are up in arms about the romance between Joker and Harley, but I think it get’s lost that they aren’t supposed to have a cookie cutter relationship. I mean, they are criminally insane after all, it’s not like she makes breakfast in the morning and he reads the paper. I love that they get their own version of love, even though it’s unstable and abusive; though the movie doesn’t lead into abuse the way the comics usually do . Maybe it’s not a healthy, morally sound thing, but it works for the sake of the story. If they were a normal couple, they’d be boring, and loose what makes their dynamic so captivating. 

Not to mention, the mutual respect the members of the squad give to each other, unlike before where when villains would meet up it was always a contest to see who was the ‘worst’ criminal. They are all their own characters, with individual personalities, and i really want to see them do so much more with these guys. 

Another thing, yeah the beginning was a little slow, but anyone who’s not a regular in this circle NEEDS the fucking back story. I’m hoping that they use this movie to set up more stories an movies to continue what they’ve started. I mean, Joker came back to rescue her a second time, at the very end. I need more of that in my life. 

I spent some time crying tonight, and it’s all Gail Simone’s fault.

If you knew me at all, or at least read what I’ve written about comics for oh so many years, you’d know that I have a real connection to Ralph Dibny and his wife, Sue Dearborn Dibny. 

His super-sobriquet, The Elongated Man, is a tip of the hat to Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man, more precisely to the film series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.  They are one of The Wife’s favorite film series, and mine as well, mainly because she introduced me to them.  The banter between Nick and Nora Charles sparkles, and the chemistry between Powell and Loy (they did quite a few other films together as well) made the relationship come alive.

And since The Wife and I often trade a similar level of banter, and have the same schoolkid-adorableness love for each other, I’ve always held a sort of identification with Ralph and Sue. 

So when the events of Identity Crisis unfolded, I took it a bit personally. Not in any psychotic H.E.A.T.ish kind of way, but it was a bit more disappointing to me than it likely was for other people.

Identity Crisis was an inarguably well-written book by Brad Meltzer.  He did some wonderful things in that book - his re-think of The Calculator was IMHO one of the most ingenious of the modern age of comics.  Gail certainly must have thought so, or she wouldn’t have used so often )and so well) in Birds of Prey. We’ll just forget the way he got used near the end, the whole becoming part of the Kilg%re and ending up being Wendy and Marvin’s father - it was all a goddamn mess, one that DC excels at creating, usually just before they plan on rebooting everything, so they figure what the hell, we’re gonna start over anyway, who cares.

But I Digress.  A bit.

Anyway, IC was the first of a series of steps that DC took to more “serious and mature” storytelling, words that sound better than ”Grim and Gritty”, but ultimately are rather similar. In it, Sue Dibny is murdered - more precisely she is incinerated in her own home.  It gets worse - she was pregnant, and about to tell the good news to her husband Ralph.

It gets WORSE - in a flashback, we learn that Sue, alone in the JLA satellite, was attacked and ass-reped by of all people, Doctor Light. (Well, possibly only almost - there’s a bit of debate as to whether of not he actually completed the deed, or simply got as far as ripping the back of her pants off, getting his tonker out, and not quite getting as far as insertion, but as far as I’m concerned, when you’re that close to completion, it’s already rape.)

To say that Ralph is shattered is an understatement.  The book ends with him (I shit you not) talking to the empty half of his wedding bed.  Earlier in the book, Green Arrow suggests the act as a way to cope with the grief, but it’s pretty clear that he’s doing it a little more emphatically than a person who’s trying to move on.  He doesn’t say “good bye”, he says, “good night, I’ll talk to you tomorrow”.

Now that’s a Goddamned hell of a set of events to choke down. Even more so if it’s happening to a couple of characters you so closely identify with. Then was the fact that Doctor Light, a character who had become a recurring villain to the Teen Titans (note that first word) was now a rapist, and had been one throughout all of those Titans adventures.

And you think finding out Captain America is a Nazi was creppy?

I’ll explain how deeply I took the events in this book. This book is my Killing Joke. You know how so many people took Batgirl getting paralyzed in that book? Not the least of which the aforementioned Gail Simone (funny how she keeps popping up in this story, isn’t it?) who started a blog called Women in Refrigerators that helped hang a lampshade on the all-too-common practice of killing of a female friend or lover of a hero for no reason than to make said hero suffer and grow, narratively? That’s how frustrated I was about IC. As much as people loved and identified Babs, I loved Ralph and Sue.

It was the stepping off point DC decided to use when they started to set up Infinite Crisis. Jean Loring, Ray Palmer’s ex-wife, and the person responsible for all the murdering in IC, became the new host for Eclipso. They started making some…stretchy…choices to come up with the setup for all the big changes they were planning.

But interestingly, as with Killing Joke, the events resulted in the single most magnificent story about Ralph Dibny ever.  The events of 52, Ralph’s attempts to resurrect Sue, and their eventual reunion as ghost detectives.

The whole year that 52 was running, my request to the gods of comics was simple - I wanted Ralph and Sue to be together, safe, and happy.  I made it clear that “alive” was not a requirement.  And with the ending, I was happy…well, happy enough.

Flash forward a few years - Gail Simone (remember her? this is an article about Gail Simone…) has been writing for DC for some years now.  She wrote an issue of Action Comics with John Byrne featuring Dr. Psycho. In it, he plays merry hell with a plane full of people, including effectively shutting off the emotions of a young boy.  Now, The Kid is autistic, and at the time this book came out, not nearly as high-functioning as she is now. So that scene always made me well up a bit. I’ve long had to mentally add in that when Psycho was captured and rendered unconscious, the effects wore off.

OK, a few years later, Gail started writing Secret Six, an exemplary book that I enjoyed greatly.  How much? I made this for her…

To fast-forward a bit, DC made a series of choices that many have considered to be a bad move, one of which being cancelling Secret Six. But fret not, a few years (and a few more bad choices) later, they gave the book back to Gail. And as everything else in DC had been, she reinvented it. And she did something much more important. 

She started wiping Identity Crisis off the map.

In the New-52, post-Flashpoint version of the DCU, there was only about five years of history.  The general rule of thumb was if a particular story was not expressly mentioned, it may not have happened. Conversely, if someone could make a case that a particular tale should not have occurred, it could be excised.

So Gail brought back Ralph Dibny.

It wasn’t all that easy - he was now working under a new name, Big Shot, and used his stretching powers to work more like Hannover Fiste in the Captain Sternn adventures from Heavy Metal

And I figured, if Ralph was back…maybe Sue…?


Again, not as easy as all that - he thought she was dead, and was as ripped up about it as he was before. Then she wasn’t, but she was either brainwashed or had amnesia, and that only made it worse for Ralph.

The last issue of Secret Six just came out. In it, Sue has regained her memory, Ralph has returned to his Elongated Man persona, and the cast has what could best be described as a happy ending.

And I cried. A great deal.

It is exceedingly ironic that for all of Geoff Johns’ talk about how he wants to bring back that happy, positive core of the DC Universe again, the first substantive step in that direction was made in a book featuring one of the most wry, cynical, dark-humor laden cast of characters in the DCU.

I cannot tell Gail publicly exactly why this move makes me so happy.  If she wants to know, I shall tell her in private. Suffice to say that having Ralph and Sue back, happy healthy and safe, is very important to me. 

Thank you.

What writers can learn from the 60′s Batman show

Recently, while checking out the comic books at my library, I found something I just couldn’t resist. It turns out that DC Comics has been working on a line of comics called Batman ‘66. It’s set in the universe of the old Batman television show that starred Adam West. All the characters are drawn like the classic show and their actions and reactions match the show.

Reading the comic made me nostalgic for the show, and luckily my library happened to have the first season available on DVD. As I started watching the episodes of that first season, I started to think about the writing choices and what I could learn from them. I thought you might enjoy some of my thoughts on what writers should learn from this classic show.

Make your universe consistent

I’m not going to try to deny that the universe created in the live-action Batman show is anything but goofy and campy, but even with that, you will see that the characters are consistent and believable in the context of the show. Sure Batman is a bigger Boy Scout than Superman ever was, but that’s beside the point. Adam West’s Batman is always the good guy even down to not throwing a bomb in the river because there is a family of ducks right there. (That was in the Batman movie btw.)

  • Batman always takes the right path even if it makes things difficult. He’s even willing to tarnish his image as a hero if it will save the day.
  • It may look like the police of Gotham City aren’t doing anything, but if you pay attention; you’ll notice that they only call Batman and Robin for the big cases. They know their limitations, and don’t try to do more than they can do.
  • For 60′s Batman, violence is the last option. He only fights when there is no other choice.
  • Batman favors using his mind rather than his fists. He isn’t afraid to look at act smart.

Accentuate the Positive

Everyone on the show helps to show off just how much of a good guy Batman is:

  • Chief O-Hara wants to beat up the villains, but Batman stops him.
  • Robin almost let’s a grate fall from the roof, but Batman warns him to “watch out for pedestrians.” Then he uses a Bat-hook to secure it to the wall.

(Don’t) Eliminate the Negative

Batman has no negative traits from what I’ve seen so far in the first season. This is not good for a character. The villains are balanced in different ways, but not Batman.

Don’t let this happen to your characters. (Unless you are doing some form or parody or satire.)

Make Your Universe Accessible to the Reader

If you’ve ever seen the show, you may recognize this (totally made up) scene involving the Riddler.

(The riddle reads) “When is a person like a piece of wood?”

Robin: When he’s a ruler!

Batman: They must be after King Lalijamma who just arrived in Gotham 10 minutes ago.

So what’s the problem with this? Sure you can probably figure out the riddle, but you have no idea about King Whatshisname. As a reader, you have no way to decipher the clues and solve the mystery on your own.

Imagine if you were reading a mystery novel and at the end, none of the clues pointed to the killer? Better yet, what if the killer was someone that wasn’t even mentioned in the book until he was revealed to be the killer? That isn’t good story telling, so make sure your readers have access to all of the important information.

Watch your Diversity

One of the stories in the first season features an imminent historian of Egyptian history that decides that he is the reincarnation of King Tut and that Gotham is the reincarnation of ancient Egypt. Sadly, the man under this delusion is extremely white. This might have worked better if there were more of an explanation about his obsession, but there isn’t.

If you are going to use a diverse cast in your stories (and honestly, you should be,) then you need to make sure the diversity is consistent and genuine. Do some research and really get to know your characters.

Have Fun with your Story

If you ever watch the original Batman show, you will probably notice that most of the actors are having fun putting the show together. That’s part of what makes the show work. So when you are writing, you need to go out there and make the most of it.

Hopefully you’ve discovered some helpful hints from the original televised caped crusader. (Keep in mind that Batman was making serials for movie theaters back in the 40′s, but we won’t talk about that right now.) Keep these tips in mind and perhaps your sidekick will be shouting “Holy War and Peace, Batman!” soon.

The Best Free Comic Book Day

Guys, I’m exhausted.

I’m exhausted because today was Free Comic Book Day and I spent it at Ultimate Comics of Durham NC.  The event didn’t start until ten, but I arrived at 8 so that I could help set up.  I have off and on worked at Ultimate Comics and I know this is the biggest day of the year, so I went out of my way to support them.  I set up tables and arranged and opened boxes upon boxes of comics.  We set up four six foot tables in a row, we filled them with boxes of free comics, and then we did the same thing TWO MORE TIMES.  We had books from Action Lab, Marvel, Archie, DC, Boom, Image, Top Cow, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, IDW, Top Shelf, Oni, Th3rd World Press, and many many more.  Including some up and coming comics companies that i was glad to see biting the bullet and diving into Free Comic Book Day with abandon.

At ten the event started and I set up at my table.  I immediately sold out of every copy of the Princeless Vol 1 trade the store had.  Then I sold out of issue #1’s, then 2’s, then 3’s.  Then we sold out of volume 2 trades, then we sold out of Princeless Volume 2 #1.  I kept having to run into the store and raid the shelf for more.  It felt incredible.  Last year I had a book with my name on it in Free Comic Book Day and only a small portion of people who picked it up thought to come to my table to have it signed.  I didn’t feel like I had it figured out. 

But boy was I wrong.

Today was the day that comic paid dividends.  I had at least a dozen little girls come to my table today and tell me Princeless was their favorite comic book.  There were a few more whose parents told me as they hid behind their legs.  Several kids told me it was their first comic book.  At one point this wonderful mother of two came up to me and told me that Princeless had been her first comic book, but that she was reading a lot of other stuff now.  Another woman told me that she hadn’t picked up a comic book in twelve years before she picked up my book at last year’s NC Comicon and that the book had made her care about comics for the first time in years.  Dozens of girls came up to my table and scoured the books for the one or two issues they hadn’t been able to get their hands on,

I like praise, don’t get me wrong, but the one’s that really stick with me are the “thank you"s.  A young black dad came up to the table and told me about how he had been dying to get his daughter into comic books but she just hadn’t been interested, but that now Princeless was their bedtime story.  A mother thanked me for giving her a comic that her daughter could read and see herself represented and told me how she wished she had had a book like that when she was a girl.  One girl called thank you to me as she took her comics and had barely turned around before she was busting them out of the plastic so that she could sit down in the grass and read them.  My wife’s cousin showed up and stood behind the table with me so he could brag to his friends that he was really related to a comic book writer.  He told me I was his coolest relative (I asked who I beat out and it turned out it was his dad.  Oops!).  Okay, maybe that last one was a bit shallow.

But, man, this is the good stuff.  Comics are so much further than they were even a few years ago.  It feel like we’ve made huge strides just since last year.  Just since i wrote that silly letter to comics for Bleeding Cool talking about how my daughter deserved better.

At the end of the day, there were only 6 boxes on one table.  I went over to look at what was left and discovered that three of those boxes were comics from last year.  Around six p.m. there was nobody left but a handful of artists.  We sat around and chatted about comics and things and I enjoyed myself.  I didn’t have much to pack up, except for the Storm action figure that the store owner gave me after I declared that "I want it, but I’m not going to pay $25 for it to hand it over to my daughter.  She’s still too rough on these things.”  He handed it to me and declared that I could have it, but that it was for my daughter and not me.  And as I packed up I was thinking about that statement.  Then one of the guys was reading something from a note he had received with a long string of curse words in it, and I suddenly became super aware of who was around.  Turns out, just a bunch of 20-50 something white men.  Now that all of the comics buyers had left it was just a handful of comics writers and artists.  No women.  Not even any people of color.  And as I threw my backpack over my shoulder, that thought reminded me that this isn’t over.  There are bright shining beacons in the comics industry.  Women and men of color who are doing comics for everyone to see.  But not at this show.  It dawned on me to wonder if all of these girls that had come to my table had noticed.  It made me wonder if they would love my book and put it on the shelf or if it would inspire them to write something themselves.

You’ll have to pardon my sentimentalism guys.  It’s been a long good day of comics and I can’t stop thinking about all the kids who are in bed right now reading their haul from today.  I hope they turn that into creativity.  I hope they know that they can make something that inspires others.

Happy Free Comic Book Day, everybody.