For all the talk about how digital has changed the game, there is one area that the online revolution hasn’t sucked the air out of yet, we’re still buying books. Sales of e-books have plateaued, and even young people still like the old-fashioned feeling of turning the physical page over. It’s quaint. If there’s a difference now, it’s that your local bookstore has expanded it’s offerings, and now it’s not unusual to see graphic novels among the stacks filled with novels, biographies, cook books and the like. Indeed, the graphic novel is enjoying a rare and long-awaited sense of mainstream appreciation. (more…)
Not to be outdone by Marvel and DC, Valiant Entertainment has thrown their hat into the Web series ring joining up with the talented web series father and son team Aaron and Sean Schoeknke, creators of Super Power Beat Down. Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe takes us into the world of Valiant comics where Ninjak (Michael Rowe) has been blackmailed by his arch nemesis Roku and it is up to the rest of the Valiant heroes to stop him. (more…)
After months of disappointed tourists being unable to ride, The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is back and more pissed off than ever. Last September, the big green giant closed for a massive refurbishment. After sixteen years of thrilling park guests, Universal Studios figured that it was about time the attraction got a face-lift. Everything from the track to the trains to even the entrance would get a fresh coat of paint and give riders a relatively new ride experience to the same track layout. So after nearly a year of fine-tuning and fixing up the ride, how do the new changes hold up? Let’s find out. (more…)
Everyone who knows the history of Wonder Woman knows that she comes from Themyscira. On the island of Themyscira, the Amazons reside. The residents on this island are all woman who has thrived apart from the male-dominated world. Comic fans have long thought that Wonder Woman and the Amazons would logically be lesbian due to the fact that there were no men in Themyscira. However, given that Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) has had relationships with men such as Steve Trevor, Trevor Barnes, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Kal-El (Superman), and many others, her sexuality has always remained ambiguous.
Recently Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman’s sexuality canonically. When asked if Diana Prince was flat out queer, Ruka finally gave an answer. After first confirming that “queer” is defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest towards persons of the same gender,” and confirmed that Diana Prince is in fact queer.
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’
And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”
Buka also talks about what he calls the “Northstar Problem” where a character screams to the heavens proclaiming their sexuality. This is in reference to Marvel comics character Northstar who was one of the first openly gay comic character and also the first same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.
“For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing.”
Buka doesn’t want Wonder Woman or any of the Amazonians sexuality to detract from the storyline that they are telling. The purpose is to show, not tell.
At the end of the day, she’s not a superhero because she’s queer or bisexual, she’s a hero because she’s Wonder Woman. And that’s what should be the important part about her character.
Meredith Finch isn’t yet one of the most well-known name in comics, but she’s shown she at least has good taste in comic artists, she even married one. The wife of David Finch hasn’t been working as long in the industry as her husband, but she’s already established herself as an author that can take on comics’ biggest names with the skill and ease of a seasoned pro. Coming up, she’s got Catwoman: Election Night, but during a press availability at Fan Expo Canada we asked Finch about her tenure with husband/artist David on Wonder Woman. What was it like to work on a book with her husband, to work on such an iconic character like Wonder Woman, and whether it takes a woman to write a female superhero. (more…)
Alan Moore says he is pretty much done with comics and for many fans it will mark the end of an era in comics much like the Gold and Silver ages. His run on Swamp Thing, The Killing Joke, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen litter comic book must read lists on the Internet. Don’t fret though, Moore says there are a couple of things left to do before he calls it quits forever on comic books. (more…)
Joe Quesada is name that may not be familiar to many of the people that enjoy Marvel movies and TV shows, but it would be hard to say if there would even be a Marvel today, as we know it, without Quesada’s timely intervention. Starting with a small line of four books no one really cared about, Quesada soon found himself the head of the Marvel Comics at the turn of the century, and a prime force in taking the company from the brink of bankruptcy to being a multimedia empire standing up in its own right amongst the expansive Disney kingdom. He talked about this journey Friday at Fan Expo Canada. (more…)
For something that seemed like it might be a sad occasion, it was actually kind of uproarious. What was billed as Stan Lee’s final Canadian con appearance Sunday morning at Fan Expo Canada was a treat to witness as the Godfather of Marvel Comics shared stories, laughs and memories with a packed house of 4,000 of his closest Canadian fans. If this was a going away party, it was one of the best you could have go to. (more…)
After Todd McFarlane, no one’s had a longer relationship with the Image Comics character Spawn than Greg Capullo. First drawing the character 1993, he kept up with the book and its numerous spin-offs until well into the 21st century. These days though, Capullo is more well-known for his run on Batman with writer Scott Snyder, a five-year collaboration that was critically and commercially successful and saw an expansion of the Batman mythos with some of the Dark Knight’s most popular modern story arcs. Capullo is now working with Mark Millar on his new creator-own book, Reborn, which will likely continue Millar’s winning streak next to books like Kick-Ass, The Secret Service and Wanted. This weekend though, it’s all about Capullo as he comes to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto to sign a few books and shake a few hands, but before that, Capullo took the time to answer a few questions from Nerd Bastards about his Batman legacy, his collaboration with Snyder, and what he’s looking to do in the future in terms of his comics career. (more…)