Friday Night Links – 21 June 2013

June 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Your weekly round-up from the interweb.

Joss Whedon explains how to be prolific.

“You know, it’s so easy to just get nothing done, but you’ve got to rock a little David Allen out to be able to get things done and break your list down into next actions. And this is true of producing and directing but even of writing. It’s like, Okay, today I am going to figure out this action sequence. Today, I am going to watch a shit ton of other action sequences, whatever it is, but that would be the other side of it after the specificity of knowing. Don’t just say, ‘Oh, I need to work on that.’ Say, ‘I need to work on this element of that.’ Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.”

Geez, gender is a persistent issue with comic book reporters. This writer seems guilty about not noticing women.

Get women into power at the Big Two, and progression will trickle through the industry, is the argument made by many. Start at the top and work your way down. But surely we can view things from the other way round, as well? If female creators are getting hired more frequently to work for hire projects at IDW or 2000AD or Boom (and they ARE), then the battle is already being won. It’s only a matter of time before the best will get noticed by the big two, and asked to pitch for them. If we, as the audience, help them get there.

And a Batman cartoon that actually looks unappealing.

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Comic Book Feminism

June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve been hearing a lot of comic book fans calling themselves “feminists” lately, notable since comic books are historically viewed as one of the most sexist of mediums.  A lot of this talk has to do with how much people love the new Captain Marvel, a book with a clear feminist intent, the talk about Scarlett Witch being in Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2, and the characterization of Lois Lane in the new Superman film.  After years of women rejecting the feminist label (mainly due, I suspect, to the lack of femininity in the image of Second Wave feminists) it’s a relief to see women reclaiming the name. « Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s kind of lame how Agent Coulson faked his death, but it’s pretty awesome that he’s still around.

Joss Whedon has proven over and over again that he’s great with depicting the team dynamic, but unlike in The Avengers movie, there’s usually an action-centric character taking point.  Is Coulson the new Buffy?

 

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