Brought to you by The Beguiling, the same lovely folks behind TCAF, the release party for Image Comics’ Sex Criminals was held at Wicked Night Club on September 25, 2013. In attendance were series writer Matt Fraction, artist Chip Zdarsky, some folks from Ego Assassin, Toronto sexpert Sasha, and body decoration boutique Black Line Studio. The event was advertised as a safe space for people of all genders and sexualities, but it was hard to know what to expect. Read the rest of this entry »
The first question at the Women in Comics panel was whether this panel was even necessary, and the first answer was no. Women are now included in general panels, so the need to single them out is disappearing. Unfortunately, the convention had a different answer: the DC panel, held earlier in the day, had advertised a plan to attract women readers through a burgeoning romance between Wonder Woman and Superman. The women’s sketch duel event was advertised as being the “sexiest” and “sassiest” of the weekend – so if women don’t single themselves out, men have made it clear that they’ll do it for us.
Louise Simonson, the most experienced vet at the table, said that she’s noticing many more women these days than when she first started, both reading and making comics, especially once you venture beyond superheroes. Women are a part of comics, so we should feel like we belong in the community, which means being vocal about alienating art or stories. Ellie Pyle, a Marvel editor, believes that a vocal fanbase (like the one currently reading Fearless Defenders) is important, and that calling out misogynist content and creators can bring attention to the issues – it’s the beginning of change.
One of the best things about social media is finding about things you haven’t ever followed before. It’s introduced me to amazing indie games and webcomics that I never would have found without it. Thanks to Skottie Young this afternoon I found out about The Bouletcorp who just pulled out what is an absolutely stunning use of the webcomics medium. It’s been a long time since I’ve run across something that really made use of the lack of limitations you have on the web in comparison to the printed page. A single panel, an entire story told by scrolling. Congratulations Bouletcorp you have earned yourself a new reader and hopefully more people will head on over to their site and check it out.
Originally, I had just wanted to write a review of Pacific Rim (I’d give it a solid 4/5 stars if you were wondering), since I really enjoyed it and I feel like a lot of negative reviews didn’t really “get” the movie; if you’re criticizing a movie whose tagline is “Go Big or Go Extinct” for lacking subtlety, I think the problem is with you, not the movie. That’s not to say that the movie is perfect; Raleigh Becket is one of the least charismatic and interesting leading men in my recent memory, and women should have been more prominent (Aleksis Kaidonovsky should have had more lines and one or both of the scientists should have been ladies). Even so, I applaud the film for its portrayal of Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi), who is oft criticized for reasons I don’t understand. If you want a proper review of the movie, I’m sure a quick Google search can help you out, but this is going to be a defense of Mako Mori.
SheZow, the latest show to premiere on kid’s channel The Hub, centers on Guy Hamdon, a teenage boy so self absorbed and macho-dude that his catchphrase is “it’s a Guy thing”. Guy, his sister Kelly, and their parents moves into Guy’s dead Aunt Agnes’s house, and by chance the siblings find their aunt’s magic ring that allowed her to transform into the super girly superheroine SheZow! Guy, of course, puts the ring on and becomes SheZow himself. Now with the help of Kelly and the supercomputer Sheila, it’s up to him to protect Megadale from its various villains. All in all, SheZow is a pretty cute idea for a kid’s superhero cartoon.
Also, it may destroy the youth of America.
For those of you who don’t know Nerdstock was once a thing I did dedicated to my love of comics. It was something that mattered to me but in the end it didn’t work out. I couldn’t find my niche. I lost the passion and I started to write about things I didn’t care about it a way where it sounded like I didn’t think they were pretty much crap. It was then I decided that maybe it was time to stop and reevaluate how I wanted to go about using my internet. Well, cut to a couple years later and a better understanding of who I want and what I want from geek culture, and here we are. A newer and hopefully better Nerdstock.
Joining me in this party are a fantastic group of women writing about the things that we love and the issues that surround them. Covering the news that WE care about, not just vomiting up press releases and other such nonsense. Limiting myself to comics was I think my gravest mistake last time because what happens when that passion starts to fade? I turned more attention to helping Plastikitty succeed than I did on my own site. This isn’t a comic book site anymore. It’s nerd culture in a nutshell. Reviews and features around film, gaming, comics, animation, and literature. We care about all of these things and we want to share that passion with you, the people who decide to stick around and read this here place.
So with that out of the way, welcome to the new and improved Nerdstock, where passion is our tool. Sorry we’re still working on a slogan.