Via @DavidUzumeri, an internal memo proposal by Dwayne McDuffie to Marvel to highlight stereotypes of black characters. The proposal was called Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers. He wrote the proposal in 1989.
Thank you, Dwayne, for challenging those around you and never giving up.
I may have to reblog every great Dwayne McDuffie moment…
I’m really not sure if that’s true! I always feel like I’m glaringly obvious with them, like a bull in a china shop or something. But then I never directly mention them because I’m shy and awkward so I really never know!
basically the only way i could know if i’m obvious or not is if people told me who they thought i had a crush on and i could see how many if any got the answer right
DC Comics and MAC Cosmetics have partnered to produce a line of Wonder Woman themed cosmetics. This is the true face of Wonder Woman in 2011.
Forget the comics. Her title has been twice rebooted in the last five years. Secret agent. Super-powered street fighter on a quest for vengeance. Warrior-turned hero—thanks to Superman’s ever-shining example. It’s clear that DC Comics has no idea what to do with the character.
Forget movies. We had the cartoon: an eclectic origin story that drew on Perez yes, but even more strongly on the shallowest of sexy battle of the sexes tropes. This was followed by the news that the direct-to-dvd movie sold too slowly and there would be no further Wonder Woman movies. Instead, Green Lantern, Green Lantern, Green Lantern, and a Supergirl origin story, absurdly shoehorned into the Superman/Batman banner. A live action movie is an impossibility. With Joss Whedon off the project—the only guy we can trust with a girl story—and studios less and less interested in making action movies with female leads, well. Of course not.
Forget tv. Kelley’s pilot—career girl and urban crime fighter—has nothing to do with Wonder Woman. It’s impossibly far from even the twirling Lynda Carter version of the character. It is not in fact a Wonder Woman story at all. It is plainly, a generic action soap with a female lead and a brand-conscious nod to superheroics.
Wonder Woman was born of the clay-heavy soil of Themyscira, a mother’s love, and the blessing of their gods. She fought to become the champion of her people, and their ambassador of the outside world. She took up the mantle of hero, because it was needed, and became a hero to all peoples, without discrimination. It seems this complicated character is best represented by… branded cosmetics.
The most positive Wonder Woman news we’ve seen so far this year is WonderMac. But even this development has a far from silver lining. Lipstick, mascara, cover up—products designed to appeal to a particular subset of a subset of Wonder Woman’s diverse fans. Femmes only. Fans with plenty of disposable income only. WonderFemmes of two shades only. We’re not on shaky ground with this Wonder Woman. DC and MAC know exactly who this Diana is, and who wants to buy her image. This Diana is marketable. This Diana can generate the uncomplicated kind of buzz that speaks to the dollars and cents logic of big business. WonderMac is ideal. Buy the makeup, the t-shirts, maybe some jewelry and a Halloween costume. Buy this most boiled down shell of the character, and buy too the various ways we choose to fill it: Kelley’s Wonder Woman, JMS’ Wonder Woman, some other dude’s exciting new way to make the character accessible.
No slight to the femme-identified, or anyone excited about the products. I love makeup and damn straight MAC makes the good stuff. This isn’t about shaming people who buy WonderMac, or people who have enjoyed the many and varied reboots of the character. This is about the branding of Wonder Woman and her fans. This is about the shambling, stumbling, too-often disastrous state of the character in every medium except makeup. But here, finally, is an uncontentious Wonder Woman.
The thing is, for the most part I like the line. Slick packaging, bright colours. It’s great to see Wonder Woman getting more exposure. And yet:
No one has a clue who the character is, and hell, they aren’t even sure she’s an icon until they slap her image on a tube of lipstick and sell it for $15.50 US.
Slick packaging, bright colours. This instead of consistent storytelling. This instead of the character being treated as equal in fact, to those she is equal in name. This instead of good comics, good cartoons. This instead of all the things that got us interested in the character in the first place. WonderMac, junior player to the booming Superman/Batman franchise, which together make obvious the lie of DC’s Trinity. WonderMac, making clear that lady comics are best dealt with outside of comics proper, through lady things.
WonderMac is the only bit of news lately that hasn’t undercut her fanbase, that hasn’t told us we are wrong to like her as is—just a few adjustments, a nip here, a tuck here, maybe a new career and a little sexy girl power—and it is not good enough.
That was the only time I found him handsome! Didn’t think he was that old. I’m terrible with understanding comic book time.
That’s because Butch Guice draws everyone kind of reeeaaalllyy pretty, no matter what they look like. It was just something, idk, alive about them? He might’ve been a bit better back then compared to his current work on Captain America, though.
fannybaws replied to your post:fuckyeahlongbox replied to your post:#joss whedon…
What was best about Buffy was that they didn’t make a big deal out of her gender. It was inherently feminist, not overtly so. When Joss realized he was getting cred for it, he started semi-bragging in the worst way without backing his claims.
I haven’t seen enough of either of these shows to properly judge, but i’m gonna go ahead and paste these to continue the discussion for everyone else! :o
I guess I didn't read your Bio before because I didn't know you ran fuckyeahbluemutants or that it even existed. The fact that someone else loves mutants based on their blueness makes me super happy. :']
THEY ARE THE BEST ONES OKAY HANK IS FAB KURT IS FLAWLESS MYSTIQUE IS FIERCE EDIE JDGAF DEAD GIRL IS TROLLSOME and bobby’s kind of awkward sometimes and i don’t know him as well as i should
and warren is pretty but i honestly have trouble caring about him ever
I just remember my brother and I having a conversation about Wolverine: Origins way back, and he was laughing about Liev Schreiber being cast as Sabretooth. At the time I had no idea who Lieve Schreiber was by name, so any time I hear it now I always think of that conversation. idk
I sort of hate Joss Whedon but also sort of love things that he does as long as I don’t think about them too hard. Like, Firefly! So much fun! Until you think about the racism and the sexism and last time I watched it I hated Mal SO MUCH. /off-topic
I think that’s a fair thing to do! I mean, if you like it that’s fine if you’re not pretending it’s wholly unproblematic. I actually never got to Firefly proper, I only saw Serenity and honestly couldn’t get what all the buzz was about.