Archive for February, 2008

Roy Harper, Superman, Wonder Woman

Monday, February 25th, 2008

via Willow’s coverage of the cover and Racialicious, and Girls Read Comics

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Sanctuary Cover

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Vixen and Roy. The third person in the Sanctuary shot ain’t Vixen. Looked more like Roy to my first pass glance.
I’m going to attribute this to four things

1. Systemic failure to recognise ethnicity and preservation of the racial characteristics of a non-white character. aka “Not us, don’t care”. Consider it a decision to regard Vixen as a character not worth the same sort of duty of care you’d see applied to Batman or Superman.

2. Colour blindness at DC. The type of “We don’t see colour, we see everyone as white people” editing that means you wouldn’t notice Vixen’s radical change because Vixen’s basically coloured white here and isn’t the world white really? Which is a big problematic cluster of racial denial and racism and not a positive thing.
3. Racially motivated re-imaging of a black character into a white character (intentionally/unintentionally) largely in the same vein as the sexually motivated reimaging of WonderWoman’s costume into the wedgie inflicting WonderThong, and the masculinity motivated Superman’s discrete yet viably deniable crotch bulge (Kryptonians dress to the right?) alongside all of his lovingly detailed muscle structure.  The artist made deliberate decisions in the art, and so did the colourist, so did the editor who cleared it for publishing and didn’t send it back for repair because the colourist got the colouring on Vixen totally wrong.

4. Appallingly low quality editorial standards that permit options 1 and 3 to make it into print, and the willingness to willfully disregard the audience’s investment in Vixen as a character, which includes Vixen’s heritage and skin colour.

DC is intentionally or unintentionally sanctioning white washing a character. Either way, it’s wrong, and DC needs to fix that problem by examining how it happened, and taking steps to stop it happening again and again.

For those looking for a positive way of spinning this – DC is a poor quality publishing house with low levels of quality assurance who can’t guarantee the colour work on a character will be consistent.

Or in other words, there are problems at DC that need fixing.

DS

I maintain whoever the third character in the shot is, they bear a greater resemblance to Roy Harper than they do to Vixen.

Non Promising Signs

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

MMO Developer discovered 50% new content!

[Developer] posted a brief update on the current goings on in the [MMO] beta, including playable women, and PvP.

Wow. At least they noticed during the beta. I was imagining it would be a paid add-on you could download for Episode 2.

Links Round Up Friday

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Or, content that didn’t fit anywhere else, and a reason to queue up comments since I’m away for the weekend…

Any comics I should be reading this season? Or comics blogs I should pick up on the Google reader?

Post Case Analysis: Reflections on the Project Girl Wonder milestone

Friday, February 8th, 2008

I spent over $100 on a single DC comics buying spree after the case appeared. Plus, I put Robin and Batman onto Jen’s regular list (should really get my own, but she’s got the bigger regular comics order) to go with the Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. I may yet get the whole BatFranchise into the list. It’ll depend how they go in terms of building on the goodwill gained from the Steph case.

Do I think it’s over? I’m not even convinced Project Girl Wonder is over until the case is mainstream continuity (or what passes for continuity at DC). It’s a panel of hope, of optimism, of future promise and that’s the beginning. Maintaining the support for DC to encourage them to deliver on the promise is key here – walking away would be a fools gold victory.

Do I feel like gloating? Oh hell yeah. I do recall being told quite bluntly that Steph would never have a case, and should never have a case.

Batman 673 proved those people to be poor judges of the future, and even worse judges of the goal of Project Girl Wonder.

Do I think that the battle for decent gender portrayals in comic books has been won? No. There’s a long road to travel here, and there’s still much work to be done.

Batman 673 is a milestone.  It’s the first point where we can point to a mission objective (Case for Steph), and point to a real life comic book panel with the case.  It’s a result that’s tangible.

It’s worth celebrating as we step up once more to keep the momentum going. After all, we’ve had the validation that DC is willing to listen, and we’ve seen the proof, and from here, it’s a matter of continuing to move forwar.

It’s the 21st century. Anything’s possible.

DS

Quick marvel question:Skrulls

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Skrulls.  They can detect each other, right?