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Committed: 9 Arguments for a Female Superhero Movie

091113_wonderwomanEarlier this week I was asked to take part in a group discussion on Huffington Post Live about whether there is a market for a female superhero movie. It was a short conversation, but in the pre-interview I was asked to refute practically every possible reason why someone might feel that a female superhero movie can’t be made. I thought you might be interested, so here are the arguments for making a female superhero movie.

Arguing Against the Classic Arguments Against a Female Superhero Movie
(sorry about the confusing title, but it seemed the most accurate description).

1. Female superhero costumes are too revealing.
So are men’s costumes. Skin tight is a universal problem in comic books. Nudity is only equated with vulnerability when the subject is a normal human. No one looks at a lion and asks why it has no pants, and in fact putting clothing on an animal is a way to make it appear less threatening. Similarly there is a certain kind of woman who could never be perceived as a merely ornamentation, no matter how she dresses. While implausible costumes have long been an excuse for not making a film about a female superhero, this never held back any of their male counterparts. In the end, it didn’t matter that Spider-Man and Superman wore bright colors, that Thor dressed like a pro-wrestler, or that Batman was dressed like a giant rodent, they still kicked ass and they still got people to watch. Continue Reading »

Committed: Christian Ward – Drawing Spirals & Bubbles

Like many creative superheroes, Christian Ward leads a double life. Half the time he teaches children about art, leading them in experimental projects to learn about the tools and capabilities at their disposal. The other half of the time, he is creating unique and beautiful comic books.

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Three years ago I met Ward in a comic shop when he was on vacation in San Francisco. We immediately bonded over our shared love of comic books and art, and have been friends ever since. At the time, Christian had just begun work on his first comic book; Olympus, a psychedelic journey of colorful gods which looked like no other comic book. His bold, colorful watercolors and his stylish characters are incredibly distinctive, and when he began work on Infinite Vacation it was great to see his work receiving a wider audience. When I visited London last month, we met up to talk about what projects are next. Continue Reading »

Committed: Inventing Meaning

082813_watterson1Last night I got back from London late, exhausted from a 12 hour flight and happy to be home in balmy Los Angeles. Then early this morning I woke up to a panicked client request for help in creating an extremely complex mapping of various types of information they needed to present. While this isn’t the relaxing first day back home I had envisioned, the work was actually fun in a very weird way… Continue Reading »

Committed: London week 1 – Gosh!, Steadman, & The Beano

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Viv Schwarz in her handmade superhero dress.

My first summer in London in many years is turning up a bounty of comic book appreciation. With beautiful exhibitions and events springing up all over the city, it seems like this is a pretty perfect time for lovers of visual communication to visit.

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Committed: On the Road

Since I’m in the middle of traveling from London to Cornwall today, this week my column is a teaser a full-on article next week. I wish I had a moment to write about it all now, I cannot wait to tell you about all of the incredible comic book-related things which I’m stumbling on, (I had no idea that London culture had become openly engaged with comic books to this level). For now I’m taking plenty of notes and photos to give you a full run-down next week. Until then, here are three photos to whet your appetite:
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Committed: Seagle & Kristiansen’s “Genius”

080713_genius1If you can’t sleep, reading a book might be the closest thing to having a friend stay up with you. At 5am I woke up with back ache and I couldn’t fall asleep again, so I picked up Steven Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen’s book, “Genius” and slipped into someone else’s world for a while. Not being able to sleep and lying in bed, alone with all of the thoughts about why you can’t sleep and what it will mean tomorrow are the things that make sleeplessness so incredibly annoying. If you’re not alone, being awake late can almost be fun, like when we were little kids and felt like we were getting away with something by staying up late. Finding something good to read as company in the night is a welcome reminder of the world outside of sleepless thoughts, and Seagle and Kirstiansen’s “Genius” is pretty good company.

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Committed: The World’s End

worldsend3While this weekly column is a space I try to devote to comic books and the graphic arts, I’ve noticed that some of you share my love of science fiction and British comedy and so this Wednesday I thought I’d tell you a bit about a film I saw today, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s latest offering – The World’s End.

First of all, you need to know that I’m not a fan of spoilers. In fact, I despise them with a fiery passion and so I sympathize with those of you who feel similarly and I’ll do my best not to spoil this film for you. There will be no description or synopsis of the story, since that would definitely spoil it for you (but here’s a link to the movie site if you want to spoil it for yourself). Realistically there are some major plot points that must be discussed, even vaguely, which might spoil surprises for you. So please take this as your warning.

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Committed: Comic-Con – Let’s Get That S#!t Online!

paulpopegeneyang_portraitWith the increasing popularity of Comic-Con, perhaps now would be a good time to look at ways to disseminate and grow the audience of the brand by inviting the world to participate in the excitement and joy that attendees are privileged to experience. By beginning with something as basic as posting panel recordings online in a professionally branded setting, a quantum shift in perception could be created and a knowledge base for the brand, dramatically changing the world’s perception of Comic-Con and expanding potential growth areas.

Like many others, I had an incredible time at Comic-Con last week, missing more good friends and events than I managed to see (and I saw a lot). I was blown away by the love and joy for comic books and ideas which was evident everywhere I looked. Somehow I didn’t see any television of movie promotion (I know, it’s crazy. I must have been looking wrong… or right) and my time was filled with exploring comic books and meeting comic book creators. It did occur to me however, that simply creating an increasingly crowded city cannot possibly be a cost-effective way to grow the brand. With over 130,000 people in attendance this year (and possibly twice as many people simply wandering the streets to take a look) it was disturbingly packed. Continue Reading »

Committed: The Lie of “Banned” Digital Comics

sexAre you among the many people who read about a book being “banned” from ComiXology and assume that means it is banned and that you won’t be able to purchase it? Or have you noticed that most of these books are actually readily available from the website (and wondered why on earth they’re being called “banned”, as I did)?

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Committed: Survey Results – How Do Comic Books Impact Relationships?

Here are the results of the survey I posted last week. Thank you for all of your help and input, the next survey will be coming soon…

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Committed: How Do Comic Books Impact Your Relationships?

A couple of weeks ago, the first survey we conducted told us a lot about how our reading has evolved over time. The next thing I’d like to explore is how comic book reading affects the people we care about.

Over the last decade or so, I’ve become increasingly aware of how my interest in this (supposedly) light-weight medium has disproportionately impacted other people’s perception of me. Whether it was as a child, (when other girls found it strange that I read “boys” comics) or as a adult (when people I dated labeled my interests “juvenile”). These days I’m very lucky that the people close to me understand the creative potential of this medium and appreciate my enthusiasm for it.

I’ve put together a short survey of only 7 questions which should help us get a picture of how the people we care about see our interest. It will be up for the next 6 days for you to answer, and to repost for other comic book readers. At the end of Tuesday next week, I’ll close the survey to collect the results and design an infographic from them (see last week’s results for an example of how this can look).

As always, all of the answers will be completely anonymous and I will have no way to know who answered what, so feel free to be completely honest!

Please repost this and share it, let’s try to get as many replies as we can, from as large an audience as possible. Thank you in advance for your input.

Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GM7JDSV

Committed: Perez’ Wonder Woman – The Gold Standard

062613_ww_coverPeople often ask me why I like Wonder Woman, and while I can talk at length about iconic superheroes and female symbols of power, I think the bulk of my affection is due to the incredible skill of George Perez, Len Wein, and Greg Potter. Their relaunch of the character in 1987 had such an enormous impact on my perception of her, and more than that, on my understanding of her important role in the world.

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Committed: Survey Results – How Has Your Reading Changed?

Here are the results of the survey I posted last week. Thank you for all of your help and input, the next survey will be coming soon…

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Committed: Survey – How Has Your Reading Changed?

My last article touched on the changes in the way I enjoy comic books, and it is something I’ve often discussed here. It always elicits interesting responses, particularly those of solidarity, which left me wondering about how your reading habits are evolving.

There is a massive disparity between the way I consumed comic books as a child, and the way that I do now, in terms of buying methods, changes in disposable income, free time to read, and what kind of subject matter I choose, as well as my own changing perception of comic books themselves and how that has affected my own enjoyment of them.

Now it is time to reach out and gather information about your changing reading habits and so I’ve compiled a short survey of only 10 very basic questions. From this I’ll be able to design an infographic (something I frequently do for clients, but I’ve never been able to do so for us, so this will be a first!) and next week we can look at the results together and ask some follow up questions for the next infographic…

Please pass this on to as many people as you can this week, I’d love to get a nice, big selection of answers from all sorts of people. Thank you!

(Note: All of the results and information gathered from you in this survey will be entirely anonymous.)

Here’s the weblink to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CJ5DT25

Committed: Secret Obsession vs Community Support

052913_advice1aOut of all of the interests and occupations of my life, comic books were always very privately mine. While nearly ever other aspect of my life is guided by (or experienced with) friends and family, I fell in love with comic books on my own and for most of my life I never discussed what to read with anyone. It is a habit I still have a difficult time breaking, I still don’t read reviews, but I’m slowly beginning to benefit from sharing the comic book love and learning about books I wouldn’t otherwise discover, (I suppose writing about them for 5 years will do that to a person).

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