I hope everyone is having a wonderful PRIDE month. If, like me, you’re without a local PRIDE event, I hope you’ll celebrate virtually in a way that makes you happy.
Maybe you want to support queer creators? Check out this Twitter thread by Noelle Stevenson for inspiration.
I just paid off my loans, let's celebrate. Do you make comics? Do you have a Patreon or a donate button? Tweet @ me!
— Noelle Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) June 8, 2017
Or maybe just celebrating queer comics and queer comics creators? Iceman #1 is now out, which in addition to being Bobby’s first solo series ever, and brings the total of canonically out LGBTQ solo series for Marvel up to two, with America being the other title. But for all that Iceman #1 has a PRIDE month debut, I strangely haven’t been able to find much press about it. It’s almost as if Marvel doesn’t actually care about its queer characters? Oh well. I plan on enjoying those Kevin Wada covers, anyway.
And now from PRIDE to the prejudice! In less fun news, there was some serious gross transphobia/transmisogyny in a new Howard Chaykin comic released by Image. Mags Visaggio’s twitter thread breaks down the problems and solutions, so I’m going to defer to her:
It's not edgy. It's not original. It's not interesting. It's the same shit again and again and again.
— Merry Magdalene Visaggio (@MagsVisaggs) June 10, 2017
Read the whole thread here
The first teaser trailer for Black Panther just dropped, and it’s amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, run, don’t walk.
Speaking of trailers, you may have seen this one for the movie Atomic Blonde if you went to see Wonder Woman. Check out the unedited trailer below to see what they cut.
I know that this movie is based off of a graphic novel by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart published by Oni Press called The Coldest City, but does it strike anyone else as a “How Clint and Natasha met” story? No? Just me? Okay. (Also that scene between Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella, um, wow??)
Speaking of Wonder Woman, there’s been a ton of articles since its debut, (some of which we covered in the most recent WWAC newsletter!), but here are some of my faves that weren’t mentioned:
Behind the Scenes Stories
- Wonder Woman’s Most Fantastic Scene Nearly Didn’t Get Made at All by James Whitbrook at i09. Patty Jenkins apparently had to fight to keep the No Man’s Land scene.
- Film Review: Eugene Brave Rock Speaks Blackfoot to Wonder Woman in DC’s Best Film Ever by Vincent Schilling at Indian Country Today. A general review, but focused on the character of “Chief,” played by Eugene Brave Rock. (P.S. Click here to find out the character’s real name!)
- Wonder Woman: How real-life athletes united to populate the film’s badass Amazon nation by Devan Coggin at EW. More details about how the Amazons were created and trained.
- Lucy Davis on The Office, body image and her new role in Wonder Woman by Jonathan Holmes on Radio Times. Yes, that’s her real body, not a fatsuit. Lucy Davis talks about body image and empowerment via Etta Candy.
- Wonder Woman’s Unwinnable War by Jill Lepore on The New Yorker. You might remember Dr. Lepore as the author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
- Why I cried through the fight scenes in ‘Wonder Woman’ by Meredith Woerner on The LA Times. Me too, Meredith. Me too.
- How Wonder Woman’s No Man’s Land Tells a Radical Story About Trust by Alicia Lutes on The Nerdist. The No Man’s Land scene is so much more than just a fight scene.
- My Soul Looks Back and Wonders: A Critical Examination of the Wonder Woman Movie A conversation between Valerie Complex and Robert Jones, Jr. on Medium. On intersectionality and representation in Wonder Woman, and what it means to talk about it.
- Unfortunately not all women can see Wonder Woman as their feminist hero by Ruby Hamad on the Sydney Morning Herald. There’s more to the story of the Wonder Woman boycott than you may have heard, and more to think about.
Just a couple more short things to share!
- Check out this story about a new comic book store in Albuquerque. Red Planet Books & Comics is the first indigenous comic book store.
- There’s a gorgeous new mural of La Borinqueña in The Bronx.
- If you ever wanted gorgeous con-quality prints from your favorite artists without having to travel to cons to get them, check out The Pushpin, which just launched. Find out more about the project and how it came to be here.
- I just remembered that it’s CAKE this weekend! Enjoy Chicago, zinesters.
And one final thing– RIP Adam West. You will always be my favorite Batman.