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December 7, 2008

This Blog is Cancelled!

Torches? Check. Pitchforks? Check. Two-gallon drum of Haterade? Check. Looks like it’s time for Internet rage about comics getting cancelled again.

What’s up on the chopping block this time? One Marvel book (She-Hulk) and a whole lotta DC books (Nightwing, Robin, Birds of Prey, Manhunter and Blue Beetle). Why are they cancelled? Well, that’s a bit more complicated.

Conventional wisdom might tell you that these cancellations are due to today’s harsh economic realities. Other sectors might tell you that it’s about sexism, or subtle racism against minority characters, or a general unwillingness on the part of the publishers to give these books a shot. I’ve seen blame passed around, from the nature of the periodical medium to the willingness of the reader base to accept new characters, a lot of arguments from people who either weren’t reading the books or admitted they didn’t like them. What’s up with that?

Blue Beetle had an astounding 25-issue run that was a slow-starter and is forever kind of hurt by the fact that the opening stages are greatly affected by, and have to refer to, the events of Infinite Crisis where Jaime made his first appearance. As much as I hate to say it, this’ll always hurt its ability to sell in trades. Once you hit issue seven (which is, ironically enough, the most Infinite Crisis-linked of all the issues), it really kicks off, though, and Rogers turned it into what was probably one of DC’s strongest books during the time it was coming out. I’m sure somebody will comment about how that’s damning with faint praise, but this was during 52 and the start of Morrison’s Batman and back when Busiek/Pacheco Superman was cool and it looked like DC might actually keep its momentum.
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June 3, 2007

FBBP #14 – Girls! Girls! Girls! (part one)

This week’s podcast is getting split in half, with news and discussion now and the review later this week: we didn’t want to flood you with a seven hour podcast, but felt that the discussion was interesting and worth putting out there.

Topics include the continuing Heroes For Hire “tentacle porn” cover brouhaha, the Nymphet controversy, the end of Strangers in Paradise, the new Supergirl creative team.. you may notice a theme.

And if we didn’t discuss Gender Issues in Comics enough for you on this podcast, come Wednesday you’ll get our review of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls!

Here’s an example of Renato Guedes’s Supergirl concept art, as mentioned on the podcast:

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There’s more Guedes art accompanying this interview with new Supergirl writer Tony Bedard, too.

 

 

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