About Author: Allison O'Toole

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Part-time superhero, space bounty-hunter and crayon-colour-namer. When not reading everything from the classics to comics, you may find me watching old horror films or looking at pictures of puppies on the Internet.

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SEX CRIMINALS #1 Launch Party

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. […]

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 »

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Women in Comics at Fan Expo Canada

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 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.

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Pacific Rim: An Ode to Mako Mori

Her expression screams VENGEANCE

Copyright: Warner Bros

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.

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