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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 among yourselves.

So POTUS 45 has stated that he will declare a National Emergency to allow him to divert the money for his fershlugging Wall from other Government projects.

Sixteen States have now launched a legal action against him saying it's unconstitutional for him to do this.

There was a rather fun thread on Quora asking "Why do many British people not like Donald Trump?" which came up with some very creative, and very British, replies.

Also in the UK, seven Labour MPs have quit the party over a combination of disagreements with the current leadership over Brexit, and the handling of frequent accusations of anti-Semitism within the party. They will now stand as independents. They may be joined by more, and a few Conservatives too, as dissatisfaction with the Brexit "negotiations" continues to spread.

I'll gloss over the closing of a car plant in Swindon costing 3,500 jobs and the closure of an airline because apparently they were officially NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH BREXIT... though I think it might be more truthful to say that Brexit didn't exactly HELP the situation.

"The Simpsons" has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32! "Supernatural" renewed for season 15. Make of those what you will.

"The Dragon Prince" season 2 arrived unexpectedly on Netflix last week. Some cracking moments in this, with the introduction of Queen Aanya being a highlight (as was the flashback featuring her parent's, the Queens' Annika and Neha of Duren (Yup, no King and Queen, but two Queens, and yes they were a couple). It might have been nicer if we didn't already know that both mum's were dead (since Aanya was now Queen), and the old "Kill your gays" trope raised it's head again, but it has to be said, if you're going to go down, going down fighting a giant dragon side by side with your wife to save two entire kingdoms, is kinda one of the most awesome options). Also more intriguing world-building and magic (and there MUST be more to Callum and Ezran's mother, since both of them have abilities that humans should NOT be able to have by the established rules)

Multiple episodes of Miraculous Ladybug aired, including a remarkably uninspired clip show episode (which did have a little gem of a scene in it, but boy was it a slog to get there). It's a long time since I saw a cartoon clip show episode.

TWO teams of misfit superheroes showed up on TV, DC's "Doom Patrol" was amazing, and Netflix's "Umbrella Academy" is as close to a live action adaption of a very weird series as we're likely to see, even improving on at least one aspect (Sorry, but the White Violin's costume was visually striking on the comic book page, but never looked like something anyone would actually wear, still less on TV)

Toy Fair happened in New York. Though some interesting things showed up, not sure there's anything particularly surprising (beyond Ectotron - a Transformer based on Ghostbusters Ecto-1) or anything which made me go "Oooh! Gimme!!"
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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 among yourselves.

First off, to those who celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year, a Happy New Year of the Pig! A little googling tells me that as the twelfth, and last, sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the pig is a symbol of wealth and good fortune. (Apparently he got last place on the Zodiac because he overslept and didn't make it to the Jade Emperors banquet until late... though other stories suggest he had to rebuild his house after a wolf destroyed it before setting out, which seems like a fairly justifiable reason to me but it wasn't my call)

Since last week, the US has been hit by a Twin Polar Vortex... which sounds like a video game special move, resulting in Hell freezing over (Hell, Michigan that is... their town council clearly has a sense of humour). Britain has hit -14 in some places, and Queesnland Australia has seen extraordinary levels of flooding, notably in in the memorably titled town of ummm... Townsville, where authorities are warning  residents about the risk of crocodiles and venomous snakes washing into town!

Theresa May is running around telling everyone that's SURE she can secure a better deal from the EU, to the bemusement of pretty much everyone else, including the EU.

She's not helped, though at this point I'm not sure what short of Divine Intervention could, by Nissan cancelling a multi-million pound investment in the UK, blaming a number of factors and including pointed reference to "The uncertainty caused by Brexit". This would be bad enough, but now a 2016 memo has been found in which, despite repeated claims to the contrary, the UK's Business Secretary promised Nissan £80 million pounds of taxpayers money to ensure they kept business in the UK. Oops!

The US has suspended its compliance with the 1978 INF Treaty with Russia, citing multiple violations by the Russians over the past several years (A stance supported by other countries). To the surprise of no-one Russia has now followed suit. Well, I feel SO much safer now, don't you?

Whilst promoting his new movie, in which his character is motivated by anger at the loss of a loved one Liam Neeson gave an interview which has sparked controversy on the topic of race as he outlined a story from his past, the details of which I won't go into on an Off Topic Tuesday post, but which can be found at the link above. NB Trigger warnings on the link for discussions of both racism and sexual assault.



I'm not even going to start on the Venezuelan situation, which gets more and more complicated with each passing day.

"Scandal in the world of Tennis match-fixing" is not a phrase I ever thought I'd type, but here we are.

The Superbowl happened and one team won, and the other didn't. That's all I know, and I won't pretend otherwise. If you wish to discuss it in more detail, go wild!

Kingdom Hearts 3 has come out to what seems to be a lot of ooh-ing and aah-ing from fans of the franchise.

Well, I finally remembered to finish all available episodes of "Seven Deadly Sins" at long last. Am now trying "Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign" which seems to be the usual combination of effete, but ultra violent, vampires, teen-angst ridden child soldiers and unspoken UST between two male leads.

I also finally got around to watching Venom. As a non-fan of the comic-book Venom, this was a surprisingly fun film! Somewhere between "The Mask", "All of Me" and Warlock's rough-around-the-edges country cousin coming for a visit to Earth. (Now I want to see Doug and Eddie go out for dinner to discuss the ups and downs of morphing alien symbiotes, which Warlock and Venom discuss the problems of just how squishy humans are)
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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 among yourselves.

As has been the norm for a while, both sides of the Atlantic seem to be vying for who can be the least functional nominal democracy.

In the UK, today is the Parliamentary "Meaningful Vote" on Brexit, which is likely to overwhelmingly reject Theresa May's proposed deal in favour of... well, God only knows! It might lead to her holding on to power like a limpet to a side of the Titanic, a new General Election, a magical unicorn descending on a rainbow cloud with a brilliant new idea, or some sort of Civil Service advisory notice on where to buy canned food and shotguns, and which housepets are edible.

The chaos in the UK is perhaps balanced by the inertia in the US as the Government shutdown is now the longest in history (So POTUS 45 has at least one claim to fame... I guess?) with no sign of either side giving ground and even the GOP fanbase blaming POTUS for the shutdown rather than the Democrats he's tried to blame. It would appear that "Government by tantrum" is not a good look, but then neither is racism,and that's never stopped him yet.

The American Psychological Association has formally recognised that “Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health.” and as such can encourage homophobic and misogynistic behaviour.

The initial reaction to this may be "This is news?" or "Tell us something we don't know" but it's important to note that this is definite progress, as it is something which is ratified by a respected body and can be formally cited. (Heck, the APA didn't take homosexuality off the "Mental disorder" until 1987 and look what's been achieved in a mere 32 years (Okay, not enough, but it's better than it was I hope)).

Today would have been Dr Martin Luther King's 90th birthday. It may seem like he's from a time long past, but he was younger than say, Stan Lee and Dick Van Dyke.

Caught up on Young Justice Season 3 and darnit this show is just SO GOOD! I didn't realise how much I'd missed it. I love how the characters have grown and moved on (or not), the cameos and the new dynamic being set up, though I'm hoping we see repercussions from certain JLA members bullshit manouever in episode 1.

I really like Halo, and the whole Bowhunter Security team... and the two cameos in THAT scene on Infinity Island... Wow!.

I do wonder how open it is to new viewers though, since it tends to assume you know who everyone is and in a couple of cases even I had no clue (Turns out who I thought was Jinx was actually Traci Thirteen). Three episodes a week is just enough to engage me, but leave me wanting MORE! (But at least it's a 26 episode season!)

Michelle Yeoh has been announced as the lead in a new "Star Trek: Discovery" spin-off about Starfleets Section 31, their black ops and dirty trick department.. This along with Discovery itself, Sir Patrick Stewart returning in "Picard" and the as yet unnamed animated series with an adult tone about life below decks means there are four Star Trek series currently in the pipeline!
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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 among yourselves.

Due to the timing of the festive season, it's been a couple of weeks since we've done of these, so hopefully you have a lot to talk about.

In the US, the Government Shutdown continues, with POTUS 45 determined to get his damn Wall built and everyone else saying "Nope", to the extent he is making a public address on the matter, .

(Apparently in order to build the wall,
a butterfly sanctuary will need to be built through. As others have noted, if you used this as a metaphor in fiction it would be called trite and heavy-handed, but welcome to reality.

In possibly the most adorable bit of politicking in quite a while, California Governor Gavin Newsom's inaugural speech was disrupted by his two year old son wandering sleepily on to the stage.

In the UK, after a brief lull over Christmas, we're back on the Brexit whirligig, with the pivotal "meaningful vote" that should have happened in December, now set for next Tuesday, but nothing has really changed in the options since then, so it all seems amazingly pointless.

"Into The Spider-Verse" won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.

Doctor Who's New Years Day episode "Resolution" was worth the wait IMHO, as we finally saw the 13th Doctor face off against an old monster, and a Dalek at that. A little, and only a little, like 2005's "Dalek", the story managed to make a single Dalek (both out of its shell and in it's new, rough and ready DIY body) a lot creepier, nastier and more dangerous than subsequent stories where you have 30,000 of them CGI-ing about waiting for a deus ex machina to finish them in one fell swoop.

This really felt a lot more like a season finale than the actual season finale did. (I could have lived without quite so much about Ryan's Dad, to be honest, but I know a lot of people liked that part too). If we have to wait until 2020 for the next season, this was a good note to end on for now.

Gravel-voiced, character actor W Morgan Sheppard died after a long career covering.. well, pretty much EVERY genre show, animated or live action, in the past several decades. Everything from "Blank" Reg in Max Headroom, characters in multiple iterations of Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Doctor Who (Where he played the older version of the character played by his real life son Mark Sheppard) and.. well, see the list here.

Young Justice (And Mr Sheppard was in Season 1 of that too) Season 3 landed on DC's streaming service, and fan response seems to have been very positive.

Walmart has a new advert, featuring a few vehicles you might recognise. I can only salute the legal team who negotiated the rights to use all of these!!
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And so our theme period comes to an end. (But there's no actual set time limit, so if you want to make a post about any day and weren't able to do it on the day itself, go for it!)

The final category is a retrospective of the past year, what comics have YOU enjoyed most 2018, and why?

I think my comic buying this year has been lighter than most, as the main publishers haven't been doing a lot that interested me, with events I didn't care about, and focussing on characters I'm rather ambivalent to.

I've been enjoying Aftershock's "Moth and Whisper", and the "Batman '66/Archie" crossover from DC/Archie has been quite fun. "These Savage Shores" is another one to post from soon, as a rather different sort of vampire story.

In any event, our sincere thanks to all for their contributions through the eight days, and indeed the last three hundred and sixty five!

Happy New Year and wishing you every possible happiness for 2019!

The Mod Team
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We all have them, that one comic that reminds of the past. Maybe it was a gift, something given by a friend, a comic you read at just the right time. Maybe it’s something that reminds me of the olden days on ole’ Scans Daily.

Whatever it is, we’d love to see it. Feel free to tell us just what it means to you, or not—it’s up to you. Maybe you’ll wind up creating one of those memories for someone else!

All my most nostalgic comics memories would be found inside this book:




My personal copy is completely warped from reading it in the bathtub.
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Ah, love.

There are those who seem to think of comics as almost an anti-romance genre, but of course there's a long history of romantic love in comics. In fact, some of the most well-known couples in pop culture come from superhero comics.

What are your favorite? They can be moments from larger stories, or comics that are romance stories themselves. Romantic moments between people who were never an actual couple count too.

Let's get mushy! Love is love is love is love!
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Remember when Alfred Pennyworth first showed up to work for the already Batmanned Bruce Wayne?



Yeah, neither do I.

Retcons can be brutal. Each one's going to be met from howls of outrage from somewhere. On the other hand, it can be really handy to have that magic wand to erase bad ideas or just replace them with better ones. Comics and soap operas--they're not afraid to retcon.

What's your favorite retcon? It can be big or small. Don't be afraid to go against what seems like popular opinion. There's room for all alternate universes here!
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Okay, enough happy stuff, time to break out the tear-jerkers! The stories or scenes which plucked your heart from you chest and ripped it up in front of you.

(Jay and Miles are shortly to cover X-Men #303, which is right up there with New Mutants #64 in terms of emotionally challenging stories IMHO)

Or are you old enough to remember when a former cheesemaker turned warrior was honoured after his death, by a Jagermonster advising that he be buried with a hat. (It might lose a certain something without context, but believe me.. heartbreaking sutff)


Don't be shy, don't be scared, we're not going to mock you for your choices,

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We love the fight scenes, we love the costumes, and the powers, we even love when certain sidekicks spend inordinate amounts of time in (tasetful) bondage and peril (though I admit that might be a personal thing), but let's face it, the core of many of these characters is friendship. These weird, odd, sometimes somewhat damaged folks finding the person they didn't even know they needed in their lives.

So during this time of friendship and companionship please feel free to share your favourite moments, be it friends from the moment they first met in pre-school, or the odd couple friendships that emerge out of seeming nowhere...
 

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Making up for being so late yesterday by being a little earlier today, to cover....

Eight Scans of Solstice - Favorite Ghost Story

Ghost stories have been part of the festive season for centuries. Gathering around to tell stories to scare you (but not necessarily TOO much), and to make you want to snuggle down next to the fire a little closer. Stories of lost loved ones, or those who were not missed at all

The Victorians had a special penchant for it, with Charles Dickens writing perhaps the best known ghost story of all time in "A Christmas Carol" (Which of course reached perfection in it's interpretation with Michael Caine and the Muppets... though Alastair Sim runs only a hairsbreadth behind.) but he also wrote many more, including the classic "The Signalman". And that's even before we get on to the MR James whose chilling works are absolutely terifying. (Seriously, if you haven't read them, give them a try)

But this is Scans_Daily, not the Times Literary Supplement, so we're here to focus on comics based ghost stories.

I have one to post later, but alas, one of my favourites cannot be posted due to community rules, part of Peter David's thematically, if not literally, connected trilogy about loss and mourning; Tribute the First, Second and Third.

Of these, only Tribute the Second has an actual ghost in it, as Doug Ramsey (in one of the few stories I've ever read told from the ghosts POV) comes to terms with being dead, and how life moves on for everyone else. The other two, the first where Jean Grey and a Holocaust survivor talk about the many different people they've been and roles they've played, and how they carry their own ghosts, and the third, as Mystique says goodbye to the recently killed Destiny, are powerful stories in their own right and I would suggest finding the back issues they're in as I don't think they've ever been reprinted. (Tribute the First is in X-Factor Annual #5, Tribute the Second in New Mutants Annual #6 and Tribute the Third is in X-Factor Annual #6)

So what ghost stories have lingered with you, please share your haunted or haunting favourites!
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Apologies for the lateness of this post, various events intervening.

So on this, the first day of our theme week, we're looking at family moments.

Whether it be Diana with her sister Amazons, Clark, Lois and Jon with their more traditional family dynamic or Bruce's seemingly endless ability to construct family around him comics have a wide range of family structures (And those three examples are just on DC's side, don't even get me started on what the X-Men might translate family as, both genetic and found).

So what are your favourite family moments from your comic reading experience. Something fluffy? Something aspirational? Something real?

Please do share in the comments below, and share scans in your own posts if you can.

I leave you with hint as to one of mine under the cut.

Courtesy of The Black Cat )
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Greetings to all from your lovable, only slightly terrifyingly, all-powerful Mod Team!

This December marks 15th Anniversary of Scans_Daily coming into existence! Frankly, the fact we're all still here and still regularly adding new members (who are NOT porn bots, or if they are, are incredibly geeky ones with a liking for comics, in which case, come on in) after all this time and even after three different hosting platforms is, not to put too fine a point on it, an extraordinary achievement, and a testament to the enduring positive power of a decade-and-half's worth of posters, commenters, lurkers, contributors and our inestimable roster of past Moderators, all wanting to share their love of comics in, as our mission statement avers now as it did then, "an atmosphere which is LGBTQ-friendly, anti-racist, anti-ableist, woman-friendly and otherwise discrimination and harassment free."

The world is a very difference place now than it was in 2003; Especially in terms of LGBTQA+ representation and rights we have had many, wonderful steps forward and, sadly, a few depressing and disturbing backslides, but whilst it is a shame that scans_daily standing for what it does is still a place that NEEDS to exist, we are proud that in our own small way, we can help to continue to do so.

So a huge "Thank you!" all from every Mod past and present. We've said it before and we'll say it again, we are the stronger for your presence in our community here, and we love each and every one of you...  in a context appropriate way of course!

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We are aware that December is a time of many observances and celebrations of multiple faiths, and also for others it's a month like any other, except possibly with more annoying muzak, and all are welcome here.

So in an effort to avoid showing too much preference for any particular holiday, even with the preponderance of Christmas abounding, we opted to name this event after something which is an astronomical event and thus happens whether you assign any significance to it or not; the Winter Solstice. Okay, the Winter Solstice was actually last week, but work with us here, this theme came perilously close to being called "It's a Scan-derful Life", so count your blessings!

With that all in mind, wherever you are in the world, whatever your preferences for this time of year whether you are surrounded by friends and family (biological or found), or if you are by yourself (Though with Scans_Daily remember that our motto "It's never just you" works on multiple levels) we seek to foster some fun and entertainment into life's goings on, and maybe inspire you to go read more comics.

So, given how busy our lives have been of late, we thought we thought we'd have a week, allowing us to share some moments, reminiscent of traditional components of the goodwill hopefully inherent in the season.
  • 25th December - Favourite family moment - We'll interpret this one as broadly as possible, given that "family" has so many meanings.
  • 26th December - Favourite ghost story (Because what's the winter season without a good ghost story?) - For this one instance we don't mean horror in the more general sense, but a proper ghost story, with a ghost, implied or actual.
  • 27th December - Favourite friendship moment
  • 28th December - Favourite sad moment 
  • 29th December - Favourite retcon
  • 30th December - Favourite romantic moment  
  • 31st December - Favourite childhood/nostalgia/past comic (of your own childhood) - What story from your own childhood of comic reading  still resonates with you to this day? 
  • 1st January - Favourite story of the past year

We'll have an Admin post each day for you to post on, but we'd also encourage you to, if you can, share your favourite moments via scans postings, or if you see someone post something on the Admin thread you know you have, maybe you can share it for them,

In the meantime, on behalf of the Mod Team, we wish you all the compliments of the season and hope you find happiness, peace and goodwill whether with those you love or if you're enjoying your own company.

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Web-Comic Week, our most prolific event in quite some time. I saw some old favourites, a couple I'd heard about but never looked at, and many I'd never heard of before.

There were a couple I wanted to post from, but I either couldn't work out how to post them properly, or the author requests that they are not posted elsewhere, which is an absolutely fair and proper thing for an author to ask. But I would feel bad if they didn't get a bit of a mention here.

Check, Please! by Nkozi Uzaku, a series about a "hockey and friendship and bros and trying to find yourself during the best 4 years of your life. Do not let the "bros" bit put you off because dammit these characters are amongst the most delightful and engaging you will ever meet (Seriously, if I ever have someone as adorable as Eric "former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier" Bittle in my life I will count myself truly blessed).

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (also a novelist), a beautifully observed slice of life story about, in the author's words; "love, friendship, loyalty, life, time, and mental illness. It explores, among other things, the blossoming relationship between Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, two boys at a British all-boys grammar school."

Both of these now have print versions available too, and I can heartily recommend both. And anyone who knows my general opinion of team sports will know exactly how good it has to be for me to recommend an ice-hockey based web-comic!

Face All Red by EM Caroll, this horror comic is quite well known already, but in case someone has missed it. And you should definitely check out their other stories.

Behind you! by Brian Coldrick is another creepy/horror series. Each panel tell's it's own story (ranging form unsettling to terrifying) and uses the gif format to tell it in a way unique to the medium of web-comics. It's like Charle's Addams with a touch of the Clive Barker to it.

And finally for now, Moth Girl, another lgbt themed series written and drawn by a couple of friends of mine; stem-cell and nobiliorpomis.

So, whilst we always welcome web-comic posts, are there any you'd just like to promote, or wanted to include but ? If so, please post links to them in the replies to this post. Let's end the week with a flurry of recommendations!
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Theme Week - Webcomic Week

Member [personal profile] tcampbell1000   came up with this suggestion and the Mod Team think it's a good one, so. starting this Monday, away we go!

Webcomics are amongst the most flexible and topical forms of storytelling we currently have, in many cases reflecting aspects of society which might not currently support a full length published media in their own right, As such, they have helped to normalise and expand LGBTQA representation and showcase cultures beyond those we might normally see..

That being said, it's pleasing to note that some popular webcomics are being published physically. (Well, pleasing to me at least, but I'm a hardcopy soul all the way.)

Due to matters that arose some years ago, there are certain rules about posting from webcomics that must be observed.

No more than 4 pages IN TOTAL are permitted from any serialised webcomic story, regardless of the length of the story, and in addition to the usual 1/3 rule.

Please note we say story, rather than series. When a clearly-defined new story starts, the 4-page rule re-applies.

With REALLY long form narrative with no clear story breaks, then it's best to contact the copyright holder (usually possible through the website) to ask if you can post the whole thing/more.

A link to the originating website (a homepage, tumblr, DA account etc) remains an absolute requirement in such posts.

Traditional format newspaper comic strips (like say, Foxtrot or Peanuts) which available on the Web are exempt from this rule, since they normally contain done-in-one, or very small scale story arcs. We are talking specifically about long form stories here.

We hope that four pages would be enough to allow community members to decide if they want to see more and, as the web publishers are dependent upon their own on-site advertising etc, we recognise that there is nothing to be gained by us posting more here, when the whole thing is so readily available.

I have a few I've been meaning to share for a little while, So this will hopefully spur me on!

Oh, and please tag all posts of this sort with; theme: web-comics
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 In a recent Off-Topic Tuesday, the subject of Comicsgate came up and sparked a conversation.

Some of the conversation on that thread started to exceed our community guidelines on courteous discourse, so it was frozen, but it did start the Mod Team thinking about this topic and our stance towards it.


Because, the thing is that the Comicsgate movement is not remotely Off Topic, for us it’s very, very much ON Topic.

The fundamental principle of Comicsgate is to limit the voices that comics are created by, whether it be by women, the LGBTQA community or people of colour.

As you might imagine, this is something that Scans_Daily can be quite unequivocal in our absolute rejection of.

Trying to timeline Comicsgate is a challenge to say the least, it’s tended to go through stages and surges over many months. The first we were aware of it as an issue which was triggered by the sharing of a photograph of some female creative staffers from Marvel at a convivial social gathering, which seemed to trigger a certain mindset and their complaints rapidly descended into an ongoing spiral of gatekeeping, concern trolling and outright misogyny, racism, homophobia and transphobia, sometimes cloaked under the cover of “concern for the declining sales and standards of comics”, 

More recent exploits have included a list of creators to be avoided in order to teach them, and the comics companies, some sort of a lesson, and arguing with Darwyn Cooke’s widow when she fervently derided them for their claim he would have supported their goals.

Oh, and during a recent discussion about the choice of novelist Eve Ewing as the writer for the upcoming Ironheart series (a woman of colour writing about a young woman of colour), and that as someone with no previous comic writing experience she was a “diversity hire”, Neil Gaiman chipped in, pointing out that when he was hired by DC he had no previous comic writing experience, and had only some journalism credits to his name, and as such was in the same situation, but DC had liked his approach and pitch and the rest is history (and a few best selling series and some awards).

For reasons that probably made sense to them(?), proponents of Comicsgate proceeded to tell Neil Gaiman, at length, that he had got his own career wrong. The resulting twitter exchange is… a thing, but you can go look for it yourself if you want to jump down that rabbit hole, and that is entirely up to you and may depend on whatever level of faith in humanity you have.

Most recently a string of high profile creators have come out against the movement, starting with Tom Taylor, and including Jeff Lemire, Tom King, Bill Sienkeiwicz, Gail Simone and many others.

The notion that comics were at their best when written by a set list of straight white guys is beyond bizarre, and is utterly indefensible.

Comics need a wider range of voices, of creators, as writers, artists, inkers, colourists and editorial, because that is the only way to better reflect “the world outside the window” that was Stan Lee’s defining notion behind Marvel Comics in 1964. 

Does that mean comics might change? Yes, it likely does, and that is something that should be embraced and celebrated. Will everything work? No, of course not, but that has always been the way of creative enterprises, and that definitely doesn't mean you stop, it means you keep trying. And that will ALWAYS have our support here.

Thank you for your attention,

The Scans_Daily Mod Team

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It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Steve Ditko, best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, who has passed away at the age of 90.

To say he had a pivotal impact on the development of Marvel Comics in the 1960's is to understate the case immensely. Stan Lee wrote the stories, but it was Ditko who designed the iconic costume, the Spider-sense effect and the webshooters, and created a string of classic villains a mile long to keep his heroes busy; Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Green Goblin, the Vulture, Rhino and the Scorpion for Spider-Man's more down to earth stories, but also the cosmic weirdness of, Dormmamu, Baron Mordo, Nightmare and even the personification of the entire Marvel Universe in Eternity for Doctor Strange, and many, many more.

His history is a fascinating one, he enlisted in the arm after graduating high school in 1945 and was sent to Germany as part of a constabulary force. After his discharge, he headed to New York and used the G.I. Bill to pay for classes with Batman legend Jerry Robinson. By 1953 he was working in comics, already producing remarkably detailed, dramatic art.

He started in horror comics for Charlton but after the Comic Code Authority caused that line of work to dry up (and he also had to deal with a severe bout of TB, whch put him out of work for a year, he eventually gravitated towards superhero comics.for Timely, who would shortly be reinvented as Marvel Comics... and the rest is history.

And yet, despite all this, Ditko was also something of a contradiction, he drew noble, self sacrifcing heroes written by Lee, but he himself was a devotee of Ayn Rand. His most famous creations were super-powered characters and  work for hire, but he was also a man who practiced a strict philosophy of self-reliance, creative control and absolutely no truck with the supernatural. He was also well known for having no interest in the fandom of comics. and was a positive recluse, his last formal interview was in 1968, even after the moviesof characters he designed made millions.

Mr Ditko was found in his apartment on June 29th though it is believed he died a couple of days before, and it has only been made public now.

Normally we would express our sympathies to his family, but Mr Ditko is believed to have never married and had no surviing family. However, the greater family of comic fandom owes him an incredible debt, and we know we speak for everyone, when we mourn the passing of a singular and enormous talent.
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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.

Well, where to begin...?

After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear arms deal last week, one had to wonder what could top that for global consernation, but we'd all forgotten that American was formally inaugurating it's first Jerusalem based Israeli Embassy, which pleased the Israeli government, and pretty much incensed everyone else on the planet. 58 Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli soldiers, and hundreds more injured. Their funerals are today, and the tensions do not look set to settle down anytime soon.

The holy month of Ramadan starts this week for Muslim's around the world. The BBC put together and article debunking some of the more common myths and misconception that people have about the fasting it involves.

The EU said there had been no major advances in Brexit discussions since March, which surprised a lot of people, who had assumed that there had been no major advances since at least last August.

Popular police sitcom Brooklyn 99 was cancelled by Fox after five years, and social media was not happy (to say the least), with the likes of Mark Hamill stepping forward to declare their love for the show, Within 24 hours of anguished tweeting, tumblring and Facebooking, NBC announced that they would produce and screen season 6. Cue much celebrating in social media.

Another odd social media whirlwind cropped up around the use of the word "gammon" as a derogatory term.

DuckTales most recent episode featured the long awaited guest appearance from Darkwing Duck (well, sort of), and also featured Lin Manuel Miranda's debut as Gyro Gearloose's intern, one Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, who by the end of the episode had assumed another identity which may be familiar to fans of the old show.

Apparently legal sports betting is close to becoming a reality in the US.

The Eurovision Song Contest took place this last weekend in Portugal. It started with what appeared to Harry Potter crossed with Marilyn Manson rising from a coffin concealed in a grand piano, and that more or less set the tone of the evening. We had the usual assortment of bizarre visuals, ballads in many languages, the metal band from Hungary who did Dragonball poses on stage, the UK's entry dealing with an onstage invasion with effortless grace, and Estonia's operatic performance wearing dress so spectacular is sometimes appeared to open a portal into another dimension completely (Fifth Element's Lucia De Lammermoor Diva Dance eat your heart out).

The event was won by Netta, of Israel and a song I find myself unable to describe effectively. So here it is instead.
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I was going to make this part of Off-Topic Tueesdat, but even as I typed it I realised that this deserves a post to itself.

It's a sad day as we mourn the passing of Margot Kidder, who first made the role of Lois Lane her own in 1978's Superman with Christopher Reeve, making Lois a shrewd, determined reporter,a truly awful speller, and a superbly human being, and whose impact on the comics version of Lois should never be underestimated.

She should also be remembered for her activism work, especially speaking so openly and without vanity about her own issues with mental health over the years.

As author and critic Kim Newman perfectly summed it up, "A thing I love about Margot Kidder's Lois Lane is that (she) gives the impression being Superman's girlfriend is in the Top Ten Things in Her Life but not the Top Five."

I know I speak for the Mod Team and the entire scans_daily community in sending our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends at this time.

RIP Ms Kidder, and thank you.
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A friendly reminder from your Mod Team that tomorrow, being rhe first Saturday in May, is

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

This, as you may well be aware of, is an annual event arranged by various puiblishers to promote business at Local Comic Shops by making certain comics available, free to the customer, on that day. and that day alone.

Marvel,DC, Boom, Archie, Dark Horse,  IDW, Oni Press, Titan Comics, Viz Media, Abstract Studios, Action Lab, Arcana Studios, Aspen... the list goes on, are all contributing special free comics, and whilst not all shops will get all comics, most will get some, and many are also hosting other events to make the day more of an event for customers., like signings, artists sketchings and so on.

A list of all available FCBD issues can be found here

Scans_Daily exists to promote comics as a medium so, as you might imagine, we would encourage you to support your local, good quality, comic store as best you can. Visit, browse and if possible purchase! The comics are free to te customers, but the shop owners have to pay for them, so they're laying out cash for this. That's not to lay a guilt trip on anyone mind you, just an observation.

Edited for updated rules: As for posting scans from them here, our rules about this are that, whilst you may share a special FCBD comic in it's entirety, you are not allowed to post anything from them until  FCBD is actually over, so that would be Sunday 6th at the earliest. We're here to encourage people to buy and read comics and seek out the promo materials for themselves!

Alas I personally won't be able to take part directly (thanks to the Bank Holiday weekend leading the rail companies to believe they can do al their maintenance work in one go and basically shutting down all the routes I'd use to visit any of my usual LCS locations) but I wish you happy hunting and a fun day!

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