"but we’re not dead yet" is a pretty good response to basically all situations, up until it ceases to be true and even then i think there are stil some situations where it’s usage would be appropriate
Squirrel Girl needs a movie.
LISTEN UP YOU MAGGOTS
THIS CHARACTER IS BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL, THE MOST INTERESTING, AND THE MOST WORTHY OF BEING YOUR ROLE MODEL EVER.
FIRST OFF SHE NEVER ONCE GOES GRIMDARK NOT ONCE AND WHEN SPEEDBALL WENT AND DID HIS STUPID CLIVE BARKER POINTS POINTED INWARD ARMOR THING SHE CALLED HIM OUT ON IT AND OUTRIGHT DECLARED SUCH A THING WAS CHILDISH AND MADE HIM INEFFECTIVE AS A HERO BECAUSE A HERO HAS TO BE APPROACHABLE.
ALSO LETS TALK ABOUT HER SUPERPOWER. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT HER AND THINK SHE’S JUST A LOSER RIGHT? WRONG. SQUIRREL GIRL HAS THE MUTANT POWER TO NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRREL TRAITS BUT CAN ALSO COMMAND THE ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF SQUIRRELS. HOW MANY SQUIRRELS? TRY EVERY SQUIRREL EVERY WHERE. FLYING SQUIRRELS, TREE SQUIRRELS, I BET YOU SOMEHOW SHE CAN EVEN COMMAND THE LOYALTY OF SOME SHITASTICALLY RARE POISON SQUIRRELS.
BECAUSE OF THIS POWER SHES MANAGED TO TAKE ON FOES THAT WOULD NORMALLY JUST INCINERATE HER ON THE SPOT. SHE TOOK ON DOCTOR VICTOR VON DOOM FOR PETE’S PATOOTS NOT A DOOM BOT THE ACTUAL DOCTOR DOOM AN ACTUAL SORTA ALIEN GOD CALLED THE WATCHER HAD TO ACTUALLY FACT CHECK THAT SHIT BECAUSE EVEN HE DIDNT BELIEVE IT AND THAT FUCKER NEVER INTERVENES FOR SHIT BUT HE HAD TO IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE SQUIRREL GIRL DEFEATED THE GENUINE DOCTOR DOOM HE WAS LIKE “OH HELL YEAH I HAVE TO COME DOWN AND FACT CHECK THIS SHIT THE UNIVERSE NEEDS THIS WHAT IM SURE GALACTUS CAN WAIT.”
ALSO HOLD ONTO YOUR PANTALOONS BEACUSE THIS LADY ACTUALLY TOOK ON GALACTUS AND WON.
GALACTUS YES THAT GALACTUS THE GIANT DUDE THAT EATS PLANETS SHE TOOK ON A SPACE GOD WITH NOTHIN GBUT MOTHERFUCKING SQUIRRELS.
SHE NEEDS A SERIES. A MOVIE, A FANBASE SHES JUST THAT AWESOME.
ALSO SHE’S PART OF A LOSER HERO TEAM CALLED THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS AND ITS STAFFED BY A DUDE WHO CAN COME BACK TO LIFE WHEN HE DIES LIKE KENNY FROM SOUTH PARK
IM DONE HERE JUST USE WIKIPEDIA ALREADY DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
No, seriously, it has become something of a running gag that Squirrel Girl can defeat any villain.
She is like “Instant Fun, just add Squirrel Girl”.
I strongly recommend reading her adventures, they are just super-great. ^__^
(Minor correction, it is actually the Great Lakes Champions, not Avengers.)
(She also has a healing factor and enhanced strength among some other squirrel-themed powers.)
Marvel set up a system of gauging superheroes powers and based it largely on which characters have defeated and lost to other characters to determine what those power levels are. Due to Squirrel Girl having defeated so many strong villains, they were forced to put every single power category at 7 out of 7.
She is the only Marvel character in history to achieve this.
The red are what fans think her power ratings should be.
Blue is canon ratings.
[source: http://marvel.com/universe/Squirrel_Girl ]
SQUIRREL GIRL FOREVER! :D
A while back, there was a justified kerfuffle when David Goyer, renowned human trashcan, ran his mouth off about how She-Hulk was created to be a kind of sex super-object, ownable only by the Hulk. This isn’t the case, of course, but I’ve found myself thinking about that attitude in regards to a lot of other things— most of all the issue of fridging.
"Fridging" is the term we use to talk about the killing-off of female characters for the sole purpose of creating drama for men. Lately I’ve idly wondered whether there ought to be an related term for the killing-off of children. This occurred to me in the context of Rick Remender’s Captain America, but it comes up in numerous other places; it seems to be less common and more dramatic than the killing-off of women. If killing a woman isn’t dramatic enough, you can step it up and kill a child.
I say that the word for killing off children would be related to the word for killing off women because both actions involve taking something from a man. When fridging happens, we aren’t meant to be sad for the woman— to feel that death is her loss, her suffering. Her suffering belongs to the man. We are meant to mourn not her, but rather the fact that a man has lost something he values. He has lost a cherished possession.
I took a couple of hours out of my day to be on a panel for Young Author’s Day, an event put on by the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I was invited to join by John Lustig, who I feel very lucky to call my friend and mentor. We answered the usual questions about the writing process and how we broke into comics, but I was even more intrigued by the audience. Notice something about them?
Yeah. GIRLS. Very. Young. Girls.
So I asked THEM some questions. “How many of you read comics?”
All hands went up.
"How many of you want to make comics some day?"
Most of the hands went up.
Here’s where it really got interesting. “How many of you BUY comics?”
Only one hand raised. I asked her where she buys her comics. She said, “At the comic book store.”
"Do you have a comic book store you like going to?" I asked.
She hesitated. “It’s complicated.”
That’s 10 year-old speak for “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.” The rest of them read webcomics. None of them had heard of Comixology before, but they knew all about it by the time the panel was over. What comic would they like to see most? Minecraft. Only Steve needs to be a girl.
It was a fascinating experience, especially in the wake of this article detailing why girls in the 1980s (like me and one of the moms nodding eagerly in the audience) stopped buying comics for 20 years.
The future of comics is bright indeed.
This is absolutely wonderful.
My old friend sent me a vintage Japanese members-only homosexual magazine 薔薇 Bara (rose), issue 13 (July 1965). I could find some marvelous drawings of 大川辰次 Tatsuji Ôkawa and 船山三四 Sanshi Funayama on it.
More drawings of these Japanese master gay artists who I deeply respect are included the book what I wrote and compiled in 2003, 日本のゲイ・エロティック・アート vol.1（ゲイ雑誌創生期の作家たち） Gay Erotic Art in Japan vol.1 (Artists From the Time of the Birth of Gay Magazines). More detail about the book, please see this page.
The incredibly rare private circulation magazine Bara (薔薇), July 1965
Photos by Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎)
Bara magazine was a successor to the “hentai zasshi" (perverse magazines) of the 1950s, and one of the forebears to the first mass-market gay magazine in Japan, 1971’s Barazoku (薔薇族), or “rose tribe.” It’s fascinating to see how Bara was so discreetly bound like an office file with no image on its cover.
An aside about the history of the term “bara”: Literally meaning “rose,” bara once held power as a pejorative term used primarily by heterosexuals to slander homosexuals. These magazines of the ’60s and ’70s radically co-opted the term in their titles. “It was very shocking and sensational to publish something in the jargon of the hetero sort of nomenclature for gays, exactly like the word ‘pansy’ in English,” Gengoroh Tagame told us when Anne and I interviewed him in Tokyo.
"Whereas gays probably don’t call each other ‘pansies’— it’s not a good thing— but to re-appropriate ‘bara’ was a big deal. But by the time I was getting bigger as an artist, that word was almost obsolete and we don’t use that word anymore. It was important for us to call ourselves ‘gays’ and ‘homosexual’ rather than ‘bara,’ which is just for hetero people to call us. Amongst ourselves, we don’t use that word, but people from outside will still use that word to call out gay people."
The Internet, as it tends to do, complicated matters. Just as the word was becoming obsolete in Japanese parlance in the early ’90s, “bara” found new life internationally through online message boards. “The organizers and the service providers and the people running these forums were straight, so they called the gay board the ‘bara’ board,” recalls Tagame. “A ‘bara’ chat room or a ‘bara’ board. The Internet conversations that were taking place about gay content were shaped by straight people, and then of course the Internet is how foreigners discovered our work. They saw that this whole section was called ‘bara,’ so that’s how I believe foreigners started to use and appropriate that word. And the word has come back to life, unfortunately, and I have to say personally, I’m sort of against it. I don’t call my own work ‘bara’ and I don’t like it being called ‘bara’ because it’s a very negative word that comes with bad connotations.”
The ever-shifting term means a variety of things to a variety of people these days, so I would say there’s no one right way to feel about “bara.” When we inquired with with the mangaka Kumada Poohsuke on the subject, he says he almost never hears the term used in Japan, but it doesn’t bother him if Americans use it. “Frankly, for Japanese people, if anything, you talk about ‘beefy’ manga or ‘big guys’ or ‘fat guy’ manga, or gay manga or homo manga—but not really ‘bara’ manga. On top of which: obviously my content is gay, but I don’t like to fix myself into [sexual] categories. You know, it’s not problematic really, it’s just that we don’t use the word. Americans can use it, and if it means something and immediately signifies something, that’s great. Keep using that word.”
Over the past two decades, a plethora of new meanings have been ascribed to “bara” online, as it’s come to describe the masculine aesthetic styles and bigger body types frequently found in gay manga. It has been used in various places by various people to refer not only to gay manga, but all kinds of “2D” erotica, sometimes including BL, furry art, Western gay cartoons, video game fan art, and even occasionally photographic gay erotica.
In today’s “bara” communities, images of gay manga circulate alongside artwork from populist online communities like Pixiv, DeviantArt, and FurAffinity. Wikipedia has a page for “bara" with a definition pieced together from various concepts mostly relating to the term’s Western useage as a synonym for gay manga. I’d like to improve that Wikipedia page some day, but I don’t even know where to start. The point is, "bara" is a charged, complex term that eludes simple definition. While I appreciate the way "bara" has unified Western fans of Japanese gay art in recent years, after speaking to a number of the artists on this subject, I personally avoid it out of respect for the artists’ agency and freedom to self-identify.
so of course im still obsessing over the scott/darla page from FF but as i was scanning over it trying to commit every word to memory, something bugged me
like if theyre on the moon..
why is there a fricking tree in the background??
because its not their in the first panel
but then it kind of…creeps up in the background of the next 3 (you can kind of see it down the bottom even though its strangely cut off)
but then it hit me
throughout the entire series scott has had recurring nightmares, always featuring this dead tree
it symbolises all his pain and loss and depression and terrible memories of his daughters death
but then when he finally comes together with darla…
the tree is in full bloom
well this is. not. what i was expecting. jim steranko. MAN.
(captain america #111)
Now who’s going to deal with the pop star having a mental breakdown in our bathroom?
Uncanny X-Men #23 by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Kris Anka
man, it was super fun to do two largely silent pages dealing with internal struggle, figuring out how to show whats going through her head just through acting and expressions. it was such a challenge, and i hope i showed it well enough.