I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.
Warning. Contents under pressure.
File under “reasons I am pretty much always going to cheer for Greg Rucka/reasons that underlie why his work is consistently excellent.”
theimancameron asked: How was it working with Terry Dodson on Wonder Woman? Would you want to work with him again?
This is a weird thing. I love Terry’s work, I think he is brilliant, and Rachel is easily one of the best inkers in comics. Together they are unbeatable.
So here’s what’s weird. I was born in a TINY Oregon town in the middle of nowhere. We have no theater, no bookstore, two stoplights, for years, we didn’t even have Chinese food. It’s remote.
Terry is also from there. So is Rachel. So a town of 7000 produced the entire core team of Wonder Woman for a while. We all still live in the same town and see each other now and again. I just find it a mind-boggling coincidence.
Anyway, they are lovely people, very kind and soft-spoken, but MAN ARE THEY TALENTED. They both draw like bandits. Rachel only works on Terry’s pencils, but she is still one of the best there is, and Terry is famous for a reason. Working with them on Wonder Woman was a dream come true.
Clearly the mark of destiny.
As an Oregonian, I am SO curious which town.
so TERF was a term that was obviously coined by trans women and a lot of people know it as meaning “trans exclusionary radical feminist” (and i did too until just recently) but it originally stood for “trans exterminatory radical feminist” and TERFs changed the meaning of it to make it sound less horrible
so in case you needed more reason to hate TERFs there you go have some blatant silencing of trans women
Except, as I recall, it was actually proposed by cis radical feminists who wanted to distance themselves from the radical feminists who are obsessed with rooting out the evil trans women lurking behind every tree, and trans women embraced it. So that’s a thing, too: a term that was to some degree a collaboration between cis and trans women standing up against transmisogyny that’s been both watered down and further polemicized.
p.s. can trans women please reclaim ‘tender’ from those rly not-actually-that-tender trans boys who use “but I’m tender” as a cover story for their shitty dude behavior, like, yesterday?
if anything it’s at a point where when a faab trans person describes themselves as especially tender, I flinch, cause I know some emotional blow is coming soon after
I’m at the point where any time I hear “tenderqueer” my gorge rises.
As I discussed in an earlier post, pre-Comics Code comic books are full of fascinating women superheroes who’ve been more or less forgotten in the decades since WWII. Born in the era of Rosie the Riveter, when there was a national campaign to get women into workplaces, these costumed heroines were brassy, hard-assed, snarky, and sometimes just plain weird. They displayed remarkable grit and independence, and were portrayed as better crime-fighters than the inept, sexist cops that got in their way.
Even removed from their intriguing, important place in sociocultural history, these stories are compelling bits of pure comics nerdery - eg, the fact that 1941’s Spider Queen was almost certainly the unacknowledged inspiration for Spider-Man. These characters deserve to be better known. Happily, the astonishing www.digitalcomicmuseum.org hosts full-issue scans of scores of public domain pre-Code comics. Which means you can read these comics right now, for free!
Here are a few of my favorite lost superheroines from the 1940s. Click on a character’s name to access an archive of their adventures!
FANTOMAH - Arguably the first woman superhero, and to this day one of the strangest. Fantomah is a near-omniscient (blonde) jungle spirit with incredible magical/psionic powers. She is always threatening her enemies with “a jungle death!” and she turns into a green skull with beautiful hair when she’s angry.
LADY SATAN - Sometime Nazi-killer, sometime occult detective, Lady Satan roams the land in her stylish automobile, using gun, garrote, and fire magic to take out Reich agents and child-snatching werewolves.
MOTHER HUBBARD - Looking like a cartoon witch, speaking only in rhyme, Mother Hubbard uses her bizarre occult powers to battle everything from fifth column saboteurs to Disney-esque dwarves that steal kids’ eyeballs.
THE WOMAN IN RED - A gun-toting jujitsu expert, the Woman in Red is a sort of costumed private detective. She’s the bane of both criminals (especially those who prey on women) and inept male cops. But to the women she saves she’s quite…tender.
THE SPIDER QUEEN - A chemistry lab assistant becomes a wise-cracking costumed herowho uses wrist-strapped web shooters to swing around the city and tie up bad guys. But this is 1941, and our hero is a woman.
THE VEILED AVENGER - Although she’s the frilliest-looking of 40s superheroines, the Veiled Avenger might be the hardest. She uses her crop to make criminals shoot each other…and themselves. And in her civilian life as a District Attorney’s secretary, she scolds dumb cops who endanger witnesses.
Sadly, these heroines all disappeared by the 1950s. As the national project of getting women out of the workplace took hold, bold self-sufficient superheroines became scarce on the ground. Despite some great work by amazing artists over the years, comics still doesn’t have enough of them.
[And now, a plug: I’m working on a longer piece on these heroines, and on some other stuff you might find interesting. You can learn more about all that here.]
This is amazing!
Two women who previously appeared as contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race have commented on the controversy around the “Female vs. She-Male” mini challenge. Given that RPDR gave Carmen Carrera and Monica Beverly Hillz wider exposure and a larger platform, I hadn’t given much thought to either of these ladies commenting publicly, but they have, and I’m glad we finally have statements from people close to the issue.