BATGIRL #35 cover, 2014. I am taking over Batgirl starting in October! I’m co-writing with my friend Brenden Fletcher, doing covers and layouts for the amazing Babs Tarr, who will do finished art, and colours by the equally amazing Jordie Bellaire. New tone, new aesthetic, new costume, new everything. Really excited.
Cameron is my Comic Sensei!!! This comic is gunna be amazing!!!!
This is probably the best Batgirl costume ever designed, and up there with some of the best female superhero costumes in the modern era (this one’s currently warring with my present favorite, Captain Marvel).
They couldn’t have picked a better artist. Good luck, Babs, with your stint drawing Babs (lol). I’ll be buying the book religiously.
Helena Bertinelli is still Sicilian in the DCnU, same ethnicity that she's always been. She's not a new "color".
I’m not sure what prompted you do drop me this message. Clearly you are too chicken shit to put a name to it, but perhaps you anticipated that people might find issue with your comment.
I assume that you are referring to the new 52 Helena Bertinelli that appeared today in Nightwing #30:
I’m not sure what you mean by a new “color” when clearly if you compare her to the way that Helena Bertinelli has been drawn in comics for the past 25 years - she is.
I’m also not sure by what your comment that she “is still Sicilian” means? Do you mean that a woman of color can’t also be Sicilian? Do you mean that you take issue with the idea that Helena Bertinelli might be a women of color?
I’ve seen quite a few comments on Tumblr that have frankly made me sick. Things like:
I AM SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY PISSED OFF (IF IT’S EVEN TRUE SHE IS NO LONGER ITALIAN, I PERSONALLY DON’T SEE ANYTHING HERE THAT SUGGESTS SHE IS A “POC”) SHE WAS THE ONLY ITALIAN AND IT STUNG SO BAD THEY REPLACED HER WITH WAYNE. THIS IS THE SAME. FUCK DC.
"The New 52 made Helena a badass character, but destroyed her heritage and ethnicity and possibly her backstory too."
"There was no reason to race-bend her. She’s Italian and it seems they’re taking that away from her, too."
Seriously people, what the fuck is your problem? Are you really so small minded that you read a comic with a man, woman, hell a whole family who dresses up like bats to fight crime but you can’t deal with a WOC as a mafia princess?
Do not give me that “why don’t they just create new diverse characters” bullshit. Wally West and Helena and many others could have been characters that contributed towards diversity but they weren’t because when they were created most characters were white. And even today there are still a minority of characters in comics who aren’t white.
If you truly care about comics you should be happy there’s another badass woman in comics that doesn’t look like every honey blonde character in comics.
I dunno about you guys, but I like this version of her. When Huntress was outed as being Helena Wayne from Earth-2 and not Bertinelli from this Earth, I kept waiting for when the real Bertinelli would be revealed. I predicted it’d be a good opportunity to give us a different take on her, something that they should consider doing for every non-icon property. And they did. She looks awesome. And the fact that she’s likely to be Dick’s superior officer? Niiiice.
Spider-Man & Mary Jane by Ryan Stegman
Looking forward to seeing this in an actual comic book again someday.
Video Games Reimagined as Classic Children’s Books by Joebot [via]
Previously: Useful Children’s Books for People in Their Twenties
I would so buy each of these for my daughter.
Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.
I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures…
A list of links that folks can add to! This was requested as a follow-up to Writing Characters of Color. Please be forewarned: I apologize in advance if I link to something that turns out to be wrong, or unhelpful. I try to skim everything to make sure it’s a good resource, but I…
Very significant to what I’m writing at the moment.
Anonymous asked: do you have any tips for writing poc characters when you, yourself, are white?
The simple, honest answer is that you need to be very careful because you have never been a POC and therefore are in danger of portraying a group of people insensitively, unfairly,…
Great resource. Thanks guys!
Batman you lying fuck
YOU CANNOT FOOL US WITH YOUR CLAIMS OF HUG HATRED
Yep. You’re not fooling anyone, dude.
When I reviewed what I wrote from the day before, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had a female protagonist, who topped out at 5’ 8” and about 145 pounds, pull out a steam-powered rotary autocannon from her pack, brace it on a rock, and proceed to fire it with great zeal at an incoming horde. While the scene was quite awesome, I am now saddled with the burden of editing it to actually make what she was doing possible.
Or perhaps it’s just so good that I won’t bother changing it at all.
Regardless of what I end up doing with it, I think it was a successful first attempt at keeping my hands on the keyboard and not lifting them even to use the mouse. My being drowsy as all heck probably helped too.