Funnybook Babylon

April 7, 2009

FBBP #96 – Comics about Teenagers

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:42 pm

Teen Titans! Runaways! Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane! At least one of these books is readable these days! Find out which one, this week on the podcast!

The show kicks off with an Evening at the Improv, followed by a brief discussion of Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart’s Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye (Yay, It’s [Finally] Being Published!) before casting a wary eye on Teen Titans, its treatment of Static, its lack of heroics, and its Sensational Character Find of 2009, The Face.

The bulk of this week’s show examines two recent Terry Moore efforts at Marvel, Runaways: Dead Wrong and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane: Sophomore Jinx. Can Moore live up to the pedigree of these titles, or for that matter his own bibliography? Listen and find out!

August 5, 2008

Relax, Internet: Runaways’ Karolina Still a Lesbian

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 12:00 pm

Recently there was some controversy over new Runaways writer Terry Moore’s choice of words when discussing his view of the team. Moore repeatedly used the pronoun “he” to describe gender-bending Skrull Xavin, and new artist Humberto Ramos mentioned in his blog comments that he was “told” to redraw Xavin as a male. This led to speculation as to what this might mean for the nature of Xavin’s relationship to fellow Runaway Karolina Dean and what this said about Moore’s handling of Karolina and Xavin’s respective sexual preferences.

AfterEllen feared that the switch in Xavin’s gender was a move to “heterosexualize” Karolina, while some fans remained hopeful that even if Xavin is rendered fully male, the plot development would eventually rekindle a teased relationship between a still-lesbian Karolina and teammate Nico Minoru. In response to the controversy, Humberto Ramos posted clarification on his comments. Ramos attributes the controversy to “language difficulties”. (more…)

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