Re: Arrow 1.12 “Vertigo”

I thought the show had a cool, new portrayal of the Count Vertigo character. It was nice to see a villain who was actually sort of eccentric, and hopefully he will come back in later episodes.

Also, the actor that played him(Seth Gabel) was born and raised in Hollywood, Fl and graduated from Nova Southeastern University. That’s my city and I have strong ties to that university. He’s only a few years older than me, so now I’m wondering if we’ve ever crossed paths or if I know someone that knows him, lol!

Edit: Apparently he went to the University School:Nova Southeastern University, which is a grade school, not college.

From DCComics.com
They say crime doesn’t sleep, but in Gotham, it does enjoy the occasional holiday.
 Batman: Li’l Gotham is a brand new, digital first series from artist and author Dustin Nguyen and co-writer Derek Fridolfs. But if you’re expecting this to be a traditional take on Batman, you might want to think again. Batman: Li’l Gotham showcases Dustin’s stylized, watercolor take on the heroes and villains of Gotham, and each new installment will be set against the major holiday of each month. You can look for the debut installment tomorrow, just in time for Halloween.
 So what inspired such a different and fun approach to a Batman series? We figured it was best to let the creative team behind it answer that.
 “This has been a passion project of mine for some time now, and for anyone that’s followed my work, I’m sure it’s more of an ‘its about time!’ explained Dustin Nguyen. “The look and style is a slight departure from my usual (think the exact opposite of serious), but the idea has always been the same—to take our favorite existing Gotham characters, place them in fun scenarios without having to be tied to just one continuity or look and feel. It’s basically a Batman book for fans, by two huge fans.”
 Derek Fridolfs shares his collaborator’s sentiment. “At times in various platforms, Batman has been extremely dark and taken very seriously,” he elaborated. “So respectfully, we’re going in the opposite direction and having a bit of whimsical fun with a whole city of characters beloved by fans and especially ourselves. Li’l size…big enjoyment.”
 Equally unique is the choice to tie the series to holidays, but as editor Sarah Gaydos explains, it actually provides a wealth of opportunity. “Tying each story to that month’s holiday gives us a really fun opportunity to play with the themes and traditions of each holiday,” she said. “Dustin and Derek bring something special to each and every page. There are SO many ‘Easter eggs,’ so make sure to keep your eyes peeled!”
 You can expect Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s installments to follow up tomorrow’s Halloween debut. And whether you read it on your own or share it with the younger DC fans in your life, it really comes down celebrating these holidays and characters together in a fun way. As Sarah puts it, “I love Dustin and Derek’s take on Gotham, and I cannot wait for the readers to see what we have in store for them over the coming months.”

From DCComics.com

They say crime doesn’t sleep, but in Gotham, it does enjoy the occasional holiday.

 Batman: Li’l Gotham is a brand new, digital first series from artist and author Dustin Nguyen and co-writer Derek Fridolfs. But if you’re expecting this to be a traditional take on Batman, you might want to think again. Batman: Li’l Gotham showcases Dustin’s stylized, watercolor take on the heroes and villains of Gotham, and each new installment will be set against the major holiday of each month. You can look for the debut installment tomorrow, just in time for Halloween.

 So what inspired such a different and fun approach to a Batman series? We figured it was best to let the creative team behind it answer that.

 “This has been a passion project of mine for some time now, and for anyone that’s followed my work, I’m sure it’s more of an ‘its about time!’ explained Dustin Nguyen. “The look and style is a slight departure from my usual (think the exact opposite of serious), but the idea has always been the same—to take our favorite existing Gotham characters, place them in fun scenarios without having to be tied to just one continuity or look and feel. It’s basically a Batman book for fans, by two huge fans.”

 Derek Fridolfs shares his collaborator’s sentiment. “At times in various platforms, Batman has been extremely dark and taken very seriously,” he elaborated. “So respectfully, we’re going in the opposite direction and having a bit of whimsical fun with a whole city of characters beloved by fans and especially ourselves. Li’l size…big enjoyment.”

 Equally unique is the choice to tie the series to holidays, but as editor Sarah Gaydos explains, it actually provides a wealth of opportunity. “Tying each story to that month’s holiday gives us a really fun opportunity to play with the themes and traditions of each holiday,” she said. “Dustin and Derek bring something special to each and every page. There are SO many ‘Easter eggs,’ so make sure to keep your eyes peeled!”

 You can expect Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s installments to follow up tomorrow’s Halloween debut. And whether you read it on your own or share it with the younger DC fans in your life, it really comes down celebrating these holidays and characters together in a fun way. As Sarah puts it, “I love Dustin and Derek’s take on Gotham, and I cannot wait for the readers to see what we have in store for them over the coming months.”

So far I’ve liked all of the #0 issues that I’ve read. I haven’t ~loved~ any of them, but I liked them well enough. I think it helped that I changed my mindset before reading. I knew things were gonna be different, and in accepting that, I prepared myself to be open to what the writers/artists had to offer. And you know what? It wasn’t terrible. In fact, alot of it was interesting and can lead to more interesting characterization/stories.

Still missing the old continuity, but I can see good things coming from what’s happening now. Anyway, there isn’t anything I can change about there being a reboot, so I’m just going to make the best of what’s being offered now.

I’m getting kind of tired of people on Tumblr complaining about DC all the time. I know that I’ve posted my concerns and disapointments about things that they’ve been doing in the new 52, so I’m definitely not trying to say that everyone should just suck it up and take whatever is given to us. There comes a point though where you have to see things from DC’s point of view. We should remind ourselves that they’re not some evil organization that’s trying to ruin everything we love about comics; they’re just a company trying to sell their product in the best way they can. Picking apart every.single.thing that DC does and vilifying them as some supervillain that’s out to kill the fun in your life is just really pointless and false. I honestly feel that there are some people that will pick apart absolutely anything that DC does, just because they’re mad that DC decided not to bring back they’re character or something.

Of course, you’re entitled to your opinions and are allowed to complain about as many things as you want. I’m just sayin’ it’s annoying.

abbyromana
abbyromana:

holyismstogoddamn:

via herosandwich 

Born Yesterday?
So it looks like DC put a “Who’s Who” page in the back of this month’s Zero issues, as a way to re-introduce the rebooted characters to readers. Seems a bit of a foolish idea, since the creators should be introducing the characters in the regular issues, and if they can’t do that effectively, there are some bigger problems ahead.
The biographies for Power Girl and the Huntress in the back of this week’s Worlds’ Finest #0 (I hope to get to a review of that sometime next week, but I will say I thought it was a good comic) were… acceptable. Again, I think not really needed, since the title has only had four issues prior to this one. But it was mostly… acceptable.
But one thing really, really bugged me — something that I suspect is replicated across all of the “Who’s Who” features in the Zero issues:

No, DC Comics, I don’t care how much you want us to love the Reboot and accept that as ALL THERE EVER HAS BEEN, it just ain’t so. Power Girl’s first appearance was in All Star Comics #58 in 1976, and Huntress debuted in DC Super Stars #17 in 1977.
On one hand, I want to consider this a minor issue, but it does point up a certain tendency in the Nelson/DiDio/Johns/Lee era for the company to exhibit a lack of pride in their own long history, as well as a belief that the current leadership team is going to “fix” its comics by getting rid of the things the bigwigs are, for some reason, embarrassed about.
So please take some notes, Diane, Dan, Geoff, and Jim:
Your company’s previous 74 years of history are really not anything you need to retcon away.
Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Wally West, Lian Harper, Donna Troy, Misfit, and the original Justice Society were actually excellent characters who don’t deserve to be ashcanned.
Splitting up Clark Kent and Lois Lane is just plain stupid.
You should really stop treating Alan Moore like crap.
Barbara Gordon was a better character as Oracle.
Secret Six was better than nearly every comic you’re printing now.
Vertigo and Wildstorm characters really do not fit in the DC Universe.
Jim Lee’s costume design skills ain’t all that.
It genuinely will not make you look less manly if you hire more women to create your comics.
Beast Boy is actually green, not red…
…and nearly all of your characters were actually created prior to 2011.
Grow up, DC. You’re embarrassing us.


DC. I swear to God. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging your history and all the great people who came before you. 99% of comic fans will agree its 70 years of its ups and downs is much better than throwing it all away.
There are somethings that should have been erased, (<cough> Rise and Fall.) but using an iconic character as Barry Allen as a scapegoat was a bad move to begin with. There are people like myself who hate that his recklessness has not been answered for and apparently won’t be.
For the love of all things holy, grab your existing writers, weed out the duds, get in some new ones and get them to rescue you from the hole you’ve dug yourself in during this past year and try to reconfigure quickly.
Because cheap tricks, like putting Wondy and Supes together; or bringing back Thomas Wayne Jr. are going to get stale quick.

I’ll just end with a comment posted on the original site:

I’m not sure I’d put it past DiDio to show up at some future convention and start slagging Wally Wood and Julius Schwartz and Curt Swan. He knows it’d make everyone mad, and the only thing he seems to live for is making comic fans angry…


#Gettin’ real tired of your shit DC
^THIS




I don’t love everything DC has been doing, but I’m ok with this. I think sending new readers all the way back 30 years, to read about a character who’s personality and history are different from current continuity, is way too confusing. It makes sense to me that they would point people in the direction of what the company is producing now, to make it easier for the readers, and to help sell their books. I don’t think DC has some master plan to erase years of continuity, they just need to do what makes the most sense from a marketing point of view.  

abbyromana:

holyismstogoddamn:

via herosandwich

Born Yesterday?

So it looks like DC put a “Who’s Who” page in the back of this month’s Zero issues, as a way to re-introduce the rebooted characters to readers. Seems a bit of a foolish idea, since the creators should be introducing the characters in the regular issues, and if they can’t do that effectively, there are some bigger problems ahead.

The biographies for Power Girl and the Huntress in the back of this week’s Worlds’ Finest #0 (I hope to get to a review of that sometime next week, but I will say I thought it was a good comic) were… acceptable. Again, I think not really needed, since the title has only had four issues prior to this one. But it was mostly… acceptable.

But one thing really, really bugged me — something that I suspect is replicated across all of the “Who’s Who” features in the Zero issues:

No, DC Comics, I don’t care how much you want us to love the Reboot and accept that as ALL THERE EVER HAS BEEN, it just ain’t so. Power Girl’s first appearance was in All Star Comics #58 in 1976, and Huntress debuted in DC Super Stars #17 in 1977.

On one hand, I want to consider this a minor issue, but it does point up a certain tendency in the Nelson/DiDio/Johns/Lee era for the company to exhibit a lack of pride in their own long history, as well as a belief that the current leadership team is going to “fix” its comics by getting rid of the things the bigwigs are, for some reason, embarrassed about.

So please take some notes, Diane, Dan, Geoff, and Jim:

  • Your company’s previous 74 years of history are really not anything you need to retcon away.
  • Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Wally West, Lian Harper, Donna Troy, Misfit, and the original Justice Society were actually excellent characters who don’t deserve to be ashcanned.
  • Splitting up Clark Kent and Lois Lane is just plain stupid.
  • You should really stop treating Alan Moore like crap.
  • Barbara Gordon was a better character as Oracle.
  • Secret Six was better than nearly every comic you’re printing now.
  • Vertigo and Wildstorm characters really do not fit in the DC Universe.
  • Jim Lee’s costume design skills ain’t all that.
  • It genuinely will not make you look less manly if you hire more women to create your comics.
  • Beast Boy is actually green, not red…
  • …and nearly all of your characters were actually created prior to 2011.

Grow up, DC. You’re embarrassing us.

DC. I swear to God. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging your history and all the great people who came before you. 99% of comic fans will agree its 70 years of its ups and downs is much better than throwing it all away.

There are somethings that should have been erased, (<cough> Rise and Fall.) but using an iconic character as Barry Allen as a scapegoat was a bad move to begin with. There are people like myself who hate that his recklessness has not been answered for and apparently won’t be.

For the love of all things holy, grab your existing writers, weed out the duds, get in some new ones and get them to rescue you from the hole you’ve dug yourself in during this past year and try to reconfigure quickly.

Because cheap tricks, like putting Wondy and Supes together; or bringing back Thomas Wayne Jr. are going to get stale quick.

I’ll just end with a comment posted on the original site:

I’m not sure I’d put it past DiDio to show up at some future convention and start slagging Wally Wood and Julius Schwartz and Curt Swan. He knows it’d make everyone mad, and the only thing he seems to live for is making comic fans angry…

I don’t love everything DC has been doing, but I’m ok with this. I think sending new readers all the way back 30 years, to read about a character who’s personality and history are different from current continuity, is way too confusing. It makes sense to me that they would point people in the direction of what the company is producing now, to make it easier for the readers, and to help sell their books. I don’t think DC has some master plan to erase years of continuity, they just need to do what makes the most sense from a marketing point of view.  

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jl8comic:

JL8 #70 by Yale Stewart
Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.
Like the Facebook page here!
Don’t forget to come see me September 8-9 at Baltimore Comic-Con, Table 278!
Also, the next two weeks will only have one comic update. I’m moving back to St. Louis, and that process is going to eat up a lot of time. “JL8” will return to a twice-a-week update the week of 9/23.

FAME AT LAST!

neil-gaiman:

jl8comic:

JL8 #70 by Yale Stewart

Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.

Like the Facebook page here!

Don’t forget to come see me September 8-9 at Baltimore Comic-Con, Table 278!

Also, the next two weeks will only have one comic update. I’m moving back to St. Louis, and that process is going to eat up a lot of time. “JL8” will return to a twice-a-week update the week of 9/23.

FAME AT LAST!

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DC Announces New Justice League title

dcwomenkickingass:

DC Comics announced at Canada’s Fan Con today that a new Justice League of America title will debut in 2013. The book we will be written by current Justice League writer Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch.

The team is an ecletic mix of characters including at least one who would have seen to have been eradicated in the new 52, Stargirl who was created by Johns and appeared in his Justice Society of America. It’s not really a surprise though that Johns would bring back the character as she was based on his late sister. 

The rest of the team consists of a Santa’s bag of characters - Katana, Catwoman, Vibe of the much mocked Detroit years of the Justice League, Green Arrow, Hawkman Martian Manhunter and John’s newest creation Baz, the newest Green Lantern of Earth. Their leader? Steve Trevor. 

Below is a look at the art that was released. Looks like Stargirl’s costume made it into the new 52 as well. And while the flag floating behind them seems at full mast, Catwoman’s zipper is at half mast.

So what’s interesting here other than the patchwork of team members. What’s up with the Steve Trevor love? He’s in Team 7 and here. Jeesh I wish Lois Lane could get the same attention. What’s up for the Birds of Prey? Is Katana going to be doing double duty or is there a team change coming for that book given Poison Ivy has gone rogue. Two of Ann Nocenti’s characters, Catwoman and Green Arrow are in this book, will we see crossovers? Isn’t that like a LOT of green on one team? And finally, because you have to ask it, Vibe? Vibe? Vibe?

So which book is Johns giving up to write this one? Justice League or Aquaman. I’ve heard at least one very interesting name thrown at me for Aquaman but will Johns give up on that book so soon? 

I wish I could get more enthused about the artist tapped for this book as he has been challenged in drawing women on covers in the past. Just what is that pose on Catwoman? It kinda reminds me of that pose Wonder Woman had on a variant cover of Justice League that turned into a meme.

And once again, Vibe? Hey you know what bring back Gypsy and Vixen too and I’ll keep quiet. 

This seems like such a random assortment of characters. I’d be interested to read about Baz, but the rest I don’t really care for. Well, I like Selina, but I’m just not sure how’d she fit into this group. I never really saw her as much of a team player. Also, David Finch’s art…yuck.

dcwomenkickingass

DC Collectibles Offers New Set of Prints

dcwomenkickingass:

DC Collectibles has debuted some new prints for sale in its online stores and they are quite fun. With prices ranging from $19.95 to $34.95 the collection runs from travel posters, to posters signifying key moments in the history of DC characters to minimal graphic takes on character’s names.

I particularly like the Wonder Woman poster which on first glance looks like a faded logo but when examined closely is made up of worlds such as “assertive” “resilent” “equality” and “strong” among others.

There’s also a travel poster to Wonder Woman’s home: (embiggen)

The prints are light on characters except for, some reason that I can’t possibly imagine, Starfire:

And Duela Dent

I also like this one which warns of the most infamous alley in comics

It’s the pearls. They get me every time.

myvineshaveacrushonyou

myvineshaveacrushonyou:

To say I’m a fan of DC Steampunk would probably be an understatement by this point. Their pictures have been circulating ever since SDCC 2012 and the quality of their work in undeniable. I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves in that department. All of the above photos were taken by Mike Rollerson at SDCC, how flipping fantastic are these? And for convention photos at that? Blown away. You can check him out on his flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/mikerollerson

I was lucky enough to speak to J. Lance, (Scarecrow) about the group, his personal cosplay career and what’s in store for DC Steampunk, (Lance leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger, can’t wait to see the other members!) Hope you all enjoy this insight into a unique and talented group of cosplayers. x 


So! The cosplay community has gone crazy over the DC Steampunk group. These are the first pictures I’ve ever seen of the work, is this the first time you’ve all appeared in public together?

YES! San Diego Comic Con was our first reveal of the group. It was kept a secret for almost a year. Our Riddler and Catwoman came up with the group and around last October started recruiting members.

That must have driven you batty (pun not intended) keeping it a secret for so long!

Yeah, every once in a while someone would catch wind that there was a secret group being organized, especially when seeing friends working on things. But we wanted to make sure that when we first showed the group that there were no weak links. We added some people, lost some people, but kept the group moving forward.

And what a debut you had! So for those who don’t know, how many official members do you have now?

Well, we had 15 people show up for Comic Con. Currently we’re hovering around the 25-30 range. Different people are able to make different events, so it will be interesting to see if we ever truly get ALL of our members in the same place at the same time.

If you ever do… there better be A LOT of cameras. That’s certainly an impressive number for such a new group! What really makes the difference is the quality of each and every costume. These were certainly not thrown together the night before the con, am I right? How long were you working on Scarecrow?

I have been in the pre-convention crunch before so I tried to avoid that as much as possible with a design this complex. I think I did my first fabric shopping around last December or January and got started on pieces right away. Each month I’d start on something else, buying small pieces, fabric, buttons/buckles, I wanted to get as much done as I could as soon as possible.

I think there are a lot of last-minute cosplayers reading this envying your motivation.

I bet there are. We had a few members of our group scrambling to finish the days leading up to our reveal, but I couldn’t afford to do that.

We can all sympathise with them! Imagine the pressure of living up to the other phenomenal costumes in this group!

There were definitely a few people worried about if their costumes would be “steampunk enough”.
 

So, you mentioned you’ve felt the pre-con pressure previously. Tell us a little about your personal cosplay career. How long have you been in the game?

I’ve only been cosplaying for a little while. I’ve helped my roommate out with a few of her cosplays, but my first official cosplay wasn’t until wondercon in Anaheim, Ca this past March.

But I did go to school for fashion design so it’s not like I started with no background.

That we have in common! Your experience definitely shows in the details of Scarecrow.

Thank you! Wverall I think scarecrow has about 8 garments/accessories that I had to make. Only the boots, a puff tie, and a pair of suspenders are things I bought and didn’t modify.

You’ve got to have a favourite piece!

To be honest, almost every piece has something about it that would make it my favourite.

I’d say that’s the mark of a job well done! It’s easy to forget that all of these costumes are custom designs. How did you work on your design for Scarecrow? 

I looked at every version of scarecrow I could find.  Every comic book, tv show, movie, and video game. I drew 4-5 concept sketches and took my favorite elements from each

The vest and overcoat are very tailored pieces but have multiple straps and buckles on them because I was watching batman begins and Dr. Crane appears at the end riding a horse and the straight jacket that he was wearing was hanging off of him like a cloak. All the straps were dangling off of him so I decided to incorporate that straight jacket feel into it.

And thus a bad ass scarecrow was born! One of my favourite things about your costume is the fabric choice. The layers of different colours and textures gives it a great depth that is definitely screen-worthy. 

I’d pay a lot of money to see a DC Steampunk fan film! 

I had about 12 different fabrics in the whole costume. Almost every version of scarecrow also looks very patchwork in his costume design, so I made my pants completely patchwork.  I cut out every piece I needed and sewed them all together, topstitched them, and then did tight zig zag stitched across the seamlines to make it look like scarecrow had made the pants by hand.

Each section of the pants (2 front pieces, 2 back pieces) took about two hours to make, BEFORE turning them into pants.

Speaking as someone who has experienced the pain of patchwork… I know that feel, bro. What commitment! 

But of course the whole thing would be nothing without the mask.

The base of the mask (what you don’t see) started as just a blank plastic face mask. I then added an industrial gas mask and a single goggle, taped the pieces into place, then covered the whole thing with fiberglass and laminating resin before painting and adding the head cover.
Then my friend Johnny (the Riddler) constructed a respirator with a clock motor inside so the gears on it would move….we wrapped that piece in leather and added it to the mask with rivets and buttons.

An impressive result! I’m certain it’s a piece that will be coveted by many a Scarecrow cosplayer to come.

I’m actually interested to see how many people try and do this design… though I encourage any cosplayer out there to try and make a design that is more YOU.

That is certainly the most inspiring aspect of DC Steampunk in my opinion. The fact that you have all given parts of yourself to these timeless characters.  It makes me want to get designing!

Glad to hear. I actually chose Steampunk Scarecrow because nobody had ever tried it before, so I really had a blank canvas to work with.


Being a part of a cosplay group is a unique experience, making a commitment to others is totally different to finishing a costume for yourself. Clearly DC Steampunk is a shining example of a successful group effort. Do you have any advice for cosplayers wanting to work in a group?

Well, everyone has to be open to collaboration, in our group we encourage everyone to submit concept sketches and progress photos, and then it’s an open forum for other members to give suggestions. Also, make sure that you work well with the people you’re in a group with because one bad apple can split the entire group. We have established a three person “committee” in our group to handle any issues or disputes that come up within the group, some groups that have one leader or no leader tend to break apart or have drama because of one person’s opinion. Our leadership works together to come up with a best case scenario for the whole group.

An excellent idea, and the kind of professional approach that leads to success *and* happy little cosplayers.

Exactly.

Thanks so much for giving us an insight into your fantastic group! I think I speak for us all when I say I can’t wait to see more from you all in the future.

Well, we’re hoping to have a few new members join us at the Comikaze expo in Los Angeles in September. 

… Should be interesting to see what’s new in the group.  


Check DC Steampunk out on their Facebook: www.facebook.com/DCSteampunkCosplay
And J. Lance here: www.facebook.com/JLanceCosplay

fuckyeahheroesandheroines
Looking at the current Justice League, if Batman’s not your cup of tea, maybe Aquaman is, or Cyborg, or Green Lantern. But if Wonder Woman’s not really to your taste, you’re kind of out of luck as far as female characters go. Looking at the Bat family, you can love Bruce’s angstiness, or Dick’s cheerfulness and…flexibility, you can fall for Jason the anti-hero bad boy or Tim’s seriousness or Damian Wayne’s grumpy attitude. But if Barbara Gordon or Kate Kane don’t do it for you, there’s not much else to choose from anymore. Having a wider variety of characters populating their universes means giving fans a broader choice of characters to fall in love with and more reasons to stick with DC. Forcing every female ever to work directly with Batman to be Barbara Gordon and *only* Barbara Gordon is just plain short-sighted.