Aug. 1st, 2017

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"When I was a kid I loved the extended families of the lead characters. I was there for the introduction of Supergirl, Batmite, Bat-Hound, Batwoman, Batgirl (the first one) and a passel of others. The notion that these additional characters de-uniqued the originals did not occur to me. The curious -- and sad -- element, is watching DC trying to have it both ways, with grim-n-gritty versions of these once kid-friendly characters. I totally loved Krypto. That's why I did the best I could to break your hearts in GENERATIONS!" - John Byrne

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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

In the latest round of musical chairs, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, new White House Press Secretary (and apparent American Psycho cosplayer) departed his new role after ten days and at least two foul-mouthed tirades, in what the Pres descirbed as "a great day".

John McCain divided opinion on every side by voting to progress the repeal of Obamacare, but then seemed to score a political victory by basically setting the whole thing up to fail.

Trump's random, out of the blue, and frankly despicable, decision to ban all transgender personnel from US Armed Forces, blindsiding the likes of y'know, the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, deserves special condemnation in his many, many attempts at deflection. Mercifully the Joint Chiefs repsonded by saying they had no plans to change any of their policies on that topic at the moment thank you.

The UK military even made a point of denouncing the policy.

The BBC has a nice (if unfortunately headlined) piece up about young woman who owns and manages a comic shop in Chelmsford. We wish her success!

At the other end of the scale, Marvel writer and editor Heather Antos faced some frankly horrific misogyny when she posted an innocent selfie on Friday afternoon, though thankfully she gained a lot of support from other fans and professionals.

We mourn two ladies of remarkable impact on entertainment media.

Legendary voice artist June Foray has died at the age of 99, a woman whose career as a voice performer began on radio ten years before World War II started, and continued on into the world of animation in the 40's (She's perhaps best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel) and her last credit is listed on IMDB as being 2014 (Still playing Rocky though now aged 97). She worked in so many shows, adverts, films and media, that it would be impossible to list all of them, but chances are if you've seen a Western animation in the last.. ohhh, say 70 years, she was either in it, or someone she inspired to get into voice work was.

Also, Flo Steinberg died last week. Technically she was Stan Lee's secretary, but actually she was one of the most driving forces behind Marvel's interactions with it's fans, in letter columns, fanzines and the like during it's massive growth phase from 63 to 68. As the person responsible, it would seem, for everything not directly linked ot wirting and drawing comics, her impact in the growth of Marvel should not be underestimated (nor was it, not least by Stan Lee). Her eventual leaving due to a denied request for a $5 pay rise reflects a situation that hasn't really changed since, alas, but let's remember and celebrate Fabulous Flo Steinberg for her work in building the brand.

Oh, and whilst not as sad, we should note that Andrea Romano is retiring this week, after 30 years as a voice director for WB animation, during which time she was voiceover and casting director on a couple of shows you may have heard of, starting with the original DuckTales, and then others like "Batman the Animated Series" and "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Thank you Ms Romano, and enjoy your retirement!

Avengers #9

Aug. 1st, 2017 12:27 pm
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"I've done a lot of tie-ins to other folks' events. To me, when they succeed or when it's easy to write tie-ins are when the folks who are writing the event give you sandboxes to play in, where you can have a little more room and you can have a little more use. Instead of kind of peripherally connecting, you give them environments and stages that you can build stories out of. So, in a behind-the-scenes sense, I looked at this event and said 'If I were a tie-in writer, what would be useful to me here?' Setting up these arenas in the Darkforce and behind the planetary defense shield, and a few others that'll come into play as we go..."- Nick Spencer

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Costume is character. Some characters have big changes throughout their "careers", and some have little tweaks. With Poison Ivy, the constants are red hair, greenish costume with an emphasis on sexy. The variances are skin colour (Caucasian skintone, white skin, green skin, Caucasian with green veins), costume coverage (body stocking, bathing suit, world's worst cardigan*), and the level of foliage.

I discovered my favourite Ivy Costume in 1999's Harley Quinn #1 by Paul Dini and Yvel Guichet. You'll know it; it's the one with the iconic Alex Ross cover. It was released during the time of No Man's Land and takes place in that Gotham.

But we're really here for Ivy )


*Arkham Knight, pictured
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Kip Burland confronted Greg Hettinger.

The former Hood overpowered the latter.

" It's over, Hettinger.

" You've caused far more harm than good. A lot of innocent people have died as a result. "

" You know what?

" You're right. "

" .. I'm what? "

Kip walked over to Greg. )
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