LadiesCon Guest Spotlight: Erica Henderson

The word is out about LadiesCon and the buzz around this little event is deafening.  Happily, we have our amazing guests to thank for a large part of that.  This week, I am not only hoping to keep the momentum going, but to also take the chance to highlight one of guests – The Unbeatable Erica Henderson.

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Nowadays Erica’s name is pretty much synonymous with Squirrel Girl.

At first my intention when creating this Spotlight Post was to provide as much information I could find about the woman herself.  I would write about how she grew up in New York, attended RISD, and was pretty much destined for greatness.  The problem is that I kept getting distracted.  I found myself poring through her Tumblr and Twitter posts just taking in her art as much as possible.  You see, I’m not much of an artist myself.  So when I try to explain how incredible it is to have Erica as a guest at LadiesCon, it is not because I can tell you that her style is influenced by this or that artist or that her line work is a marvel.  Instead, I can tell you that I am sitting at my kitchen table, literally surrounded by my own collection of her books, and damn…it has been quite a year for her –  drawing Squirrel Girl and Jughead, attending San Diego Comicon, receiving an Eisner Nomination, curating an astounding collection of squirrel-related collectibles, and even dead lifting over 175 lbs.  Erica Henderson is a star.

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In terms of artistic style, there is no one out there like Erica. Her style is unique, light, and often feels both kinetic and bouncy.  She is a perfect match for Squirrel Girl’s enthusiasm, drive, and moxie.  The facial expressions Erica uses are open, expressive, and hilarious.  Nothing is held back.  And it is just so much fun to look at.

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Yes, there have been several times when I have quite literally LOL’ed while reading this series.

In addition to just being fun, Erica’s style is pro-women in a way that is subtle and empowering.  She uses a variety of facial and body types, creating characters that are easily recognizable and relatable.  Not every character is the same kind of conventionally pretty and I find that refreshing.

Also refreshing and exciting is Erica’s grasp of fashion.  I feel that in many comic books that I’ve read, the clothing choices of the characters can often be an afterthought, especially in the case of stories that take place in present day.  When not in their hero costumes, the guys are often in plain shirts and some jeans.  The ladies are given the same plain treatment with the exception of when they are in something impractical and sexy.   Erica’s characters are not only dressed in outfits that real people wear, but their fashion and style choices often match the personality of the character.  Squirrel Girl can be seen in baggy tops and leggings (comfortable, in-style, but also ready to spring into action) and the teens in Jughead dress like real teenagers spanning from trendy to classic.

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Jumpers, Leggings, and Layers!  Oh My!

If you are able to join us at LadiesCon, make sure you stop by Erica’s table to say hi, get a signature, or purchase some of her work.  If you won’t be able to make it to our event, you should make it a point to check out Squirrel Girl, Jughead, and her other work if you haven’t already.  For those of you already Squirrel Girl fans, don’t forget to grab a copy of Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe in October!

 

Comments Time!  If you are excited about LadiesCon, have questions for the Ladies, or just want to add to the Erica Henderson Bandwagon of praise, you know what to do – use that comments section below!

Food and Fandom Follow-Up

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The Ladies- and our food puns – at Boston ComicCon. Photo credit: Eric Yu.

Did you catch the Ladies’ first panel at Boston ComicCon this year? We had a great time discussing how food is one of the newest way that peopl are expressing their fandom. Judging from the turnout and reaction, convention-goers enjoyed hearing what we had to say too.  We’d like to thank everyone who came for all the support and the great questions.

But maybe you didn’t make it to Boston ComicCon. Maybe you were there, but scheduling conflicts kept you from coming to see us. Or maybe you did go and our discussion got you excited about the possibilities of creating food based on your favorite films, TV shows, books, comics, or other fictions. If you were at the panel, you know we promised you a post with some helpful links to get you started on your own food and fandom journey. So here we go! Continue reading

Boston Comic Con: Food and Fandom with the Ladies of Comicazi

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If you’ve enjoyed dining on delicious snacks at our events, thrilled to our tales of the super hero cookbooks of yore, or enjoyed any of our posts on how geekiness makes its way into the kitchen, you’ll want to check out our Food and Fandom panel at Boston ComicConJoin us tomorrow, August 14 at 1PM as we discuss how we and other fans have brought the fiction we love to the dining table.

Ghostbusters 2016- Here’s what I thought

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A few weeks ago, amidst scrutiny, criticism, excitement, and in some cases, actual fear, the 2016 all-female Ghostbusters movie came out. And the world still spins.  I am also going to assume childhoods remain intact, but if yours was in fact ruined, please accept my sincere apologies.  So, was it the best movie I have seen this year? Nah. Will it stand the test of time in the way the original does? Who knows.  But did I have fun watching it in the movie theater?  You betcha.

I processed this as neither a sequel nor even a reboot.  Frankly, I’m tired of the reboot term.  I don’t even know what it means anymore, and the implication that it overwrites the original source material is a big reason that we get into so much of the angst about ruined childhoods and into internet flame wars.  I saw this as more AU story with callbacks to the source material, and that’s how I liked imagining it.

While I wish there was a bit more character development (and I almost always wish that), I felt like generally, the lazy go-to tropes that are used to establish women characters were avoided.  I say “generally” because I got a little twitchy at the ladies dance scene that happens, but frankly, lady impromptu dance parties are not made up.  Plus in this one stuff gets lit on fire so it felt a little less Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (disclosure: I have not seen that movie and never will, but it feels like the kind of movie that would have a scene like that, and if I’m wrong feel free to tell me off).

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Yes, you can get that necklace on Esty

The Ghostbusters themselves seem to follow a more amped-up characterization of the source material.  A dreamer, a realist, and a “local expert.” Though for sure Patty’s historical expertise could have been explored much more.  And then there is Dr. Jillian Holtzmann, who besides being the fashion icon we deserve (this move is second to Fury Road in goggles-chic), is hilariously weird.  Like a real lady.  Yes, ladies are hilariously weird.  I am, lots of other ladies I know are.  It’s nice to see a lady being portrayed as weird without her being the subject of a Pygmalion-like plot to change her.  She’s just weird, and sort of sexually aggressive towards science, and smart, and all that has value, rather than it being the plot point to change her or make her attractive to a guy looking to get his quirk on.  Brava.

Watch the original through today’s socio-political lens and there are problems  But frankly, it holds such a special place in so many hearts, my own included, that we are willing to overlook some of the issues by simply saying “it was the 80’s.”  So if anything, this new telling is held to much higher and harsher standard.  Lots of talk about if it’s feminist and blah blah blah.  I’m not sure I feel the need to measure every women lead movie by a feminism standard.  Sometimes we just want to be entertained, in fact, that’s what runs the entertainment industry.  So political statement or not, the better the lady-centric or created movie, or book, the more attention women get.  So on that note, I would love to see more women creators involved in any future Ghostbusters movies.

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So ultimately was this a good movie?  Sure, I would say good, not great.  There were some very genuine laughs.  Many of them coming from Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal of the “himbo” secretary.  Tight clothes, eye candy, there for comedic relief at his expense….Does that make it feminist?  I’m not sure, but it does reverse typical gender roles in a hilarious way.  Will I watch it again when it comes out on DVD/streaming?  Yes.  Will I buy it?  Not sure.  For all the fun, the narrative is a little garbled, it’s a weird combo of assuming you know the background, but also not using it to ground the story.  However  it still assumed you knew the source material enough to get the jokes, callbacks, and the hint to a sequel in the after credit scene.  Here’s hoping the next movie can stand on its own feet with a stronger narrative while creating some lore of its own.

 

Rotten Roots Review & Ladies at Boston Comic Con 2016

Once again the Ladies of Comicazi will be joining the talented crew of Bad Kids Press at their table at Boston Comic Con this year. We’ll be helping to sell books prints, and other fun goodies, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and consider picking up a few excellent independent comics. Not sure what to pick up? Well, they’re all great! We’ve reviewed The Adventures of the GWF  and Rapid City: Below Zero on the site in the past (hint, click the links to refresh your memories), and today I’ll tell you all about Rotten Roots.

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I always feel like, somebody’s watching me…

Written by Paul Axel and with art by Renee Majkut, Rotten Roots is the tale of the prominent Wood family of Osprey City, Massachusetts and the tragedy that hangs over them.

Part historical fiction, part police procedural, the story follows Detective Mark Robles, who’s recently transferred to Osprey City from Chicago. He catches a pretty unusual case – Harold Wood, captain of industry and patriarch of one of the founding families of Osprey City, is found dead with rope burns around his neck and the diary of his ancestor, Daniel Wood, open before him. Also found at the scene is a note inscribed “Rotten roots bear rotten fruit.” Robles quickly figures out that someone has it out for the Wood family – and wants to use their shady history to wreak vengeance on the entire extended Wood clan.

The story moves between past and present, weaving the modern mystery deftly into the tales of the Wood family’s historical misdeeds. Along with the main mystery are hints that there are other secrets to uncover in Osprey City: Why did Detective Robles transfer there? What happened to his family? And why does the Lieutenant hate him so much? It’s clear that these other outlying mysteries will come into play as the drama unfolds.

Majkut’s dreamy watercolors suit the story well, particularly in the gorgeous maps of the city found in the backs of each book. The maps progress as the tale does, beginning with the Puritan settlement and presumably moving into the present day. It’s clear that careful thought has been put into the world-building by the creative team. Majkut’s backgrounds and detail work are also top notch, as evidenced by the final shot of book two, a real stunner.

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See? Chills.

My review is of the first 3 books of a planned 6 issue series, and it ended on a major cliffhanger, so I’m looking forward to seeing where it all leads (I have my suspects, of course, as any true mystery fan does.) Overall, this is a strong start to a series, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Recommended for: History buffs, mystery buffs, anyone who wants to see what comics can do outside of superheroes and sci fi

The majestic osprey himself.

The majestic osprey himself.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – a chance to win tickets to Boston Comic Con. The lucky winner will get a pair of day passes – we recommend coming on Sunday, for our panel on Food and Fandom at 1 pm! Whatever day you choose, come find us at the Bad Kids Press tables, E1000-1003 in Artists Alley.

Speaking of Bad Kids Press, take a gander at their shop. Tell us which title you’re most interested in checking out or artist you’d like to meet in the comments below, and we’ll pick our lucky winner. Good luck!

Oh, and hey, are you watching the “Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con” webseries? It features some familiar faces, places, and a great host in Wes Hazard. Don’t miss it!

 

 

LadyCentric Reviews: The Killing Joke (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my review of the new DC animated film of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.  If you are looking for part one, you can find it here.

 

Part 2: Mark Hamill is a National Treasure

If you read the first half of my Killing Joke review, you will have learned that I am not a huge fan of the original comic.  I am, however, an INSANE fan of Mark Hamill’s performance as the Joker.  No seriously, if I had the means, I would hire him to sit at my desk and read selected emails from my work clients aloud.  I just know that those automatic system reminders and employment verification requests could be so much more nuanced with the right delivery and some maniacal laughter thrown in.  But I digress.  Back to the film.

We last left off with Barbara hanging up her cowl and the movie has now switched its focus to the actual source material for which it is named.  Or at least it will once it pushes through a rather clunky transition where Batman is brought in to investigate some bodies that turned out to be victims of the Joker a couple years earlier.  For some strange reason, these few bodies drives Batman to ask Gordon for access to visit Arkham and confront Joker face to face.  Now this might sound nit-picky, but I always believed that the comic took place later in Batman’s career.  And that he is tired, worn, and that this was a long time coming.  However, in the film it doesn’t feel that way at all.  We were so focused on Barbara that this sudden need for Batman to have a heart to heart with the Joker kinda comes out of left field.  Why now?  I mean sure, we get a lot of “this can only end in us killing each other” and all that stuff, but without a prior knowledge of Batman in general, it feels forced and almost jarring.  For a guy who had little to say to Barbara after sleeping with her, he sure is chatty now.

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Because I love me some side-by-side comparisons!

From this point forward, I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to hash through the plot.  Most of us are pretty familiar with it anyway.  The screenplay doesn’t add much additional filler from this point on.  In fact, it is one of the most faithful adaptations of a graphic novel I have seen perhaps since the original Sin City film.  I do have to give credit where credit is due because this is where the film truly delivers.

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It is also in the second half of the film that we finally hit some emotional notes.  Aside from the fact that no one (and I mean no one) can Joker monologue like he does, Hamill’s portrayal of the Joker’s life before he hit that tank of acid is compelling to watch.  The characterization Hamill gives us is a complicated one.  While we feel for this unnamed struggling comedian, you can’t help but see moments that make us a little uneasy.  His voice is softer and almost meek at times but builds and becomes more familiar as he struggles with his own feelings of failure.  Is this guy all there?  Does he really have his family’s best interest at heart? Or is there something darker lurking under the surface?  And just what needs to happen to finally push a person over the edge of reason and humanity?  Here in the film is where we really start to see the examination of what madness is.  And that is what The Killing Joke is famous for.  This is worth a watch, if nothing else.

As I try to sum up this review, I really find myself torn.  The easy answer for me would be to suggest that everyone skip the first half and just watch the second, but that feels unfair and frustrating.  I wanted Barbara to have her chance to be more than a object to drive the story line, more than a woman whose fate it determined by the men around her.  I didn’t get that at all.  But the second half of the film still managed to pull me in.  The animation and the performances are just that solid.  And you can’t deny that no matter how you feel about this story, it is iconic and will continue to be included in conversations about Batman’s mythos for years to come.

So I guess this is when I turn things over to you guys.  Did you see it?  If so, what did you think?  Not going to see it, why not?

 

 

LadyCentric Reviews: The Killing Joke

Due to the length of this review and how the film is so clearly broken into two parts, I will be posting part one today with part 2 to follow up in a few days.

Part One: Batgirl and her Insufferable Feelings!

 

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I think Batgirl might have found a Squirtle right on top of that pigeon.

I was never a huge fan of The Killing Joke.  It was sold to me as “the ultimate Joker story” back when I was only just starting to read mainstream comics.  I found it disturbing, and confusing.  Fans of the book might argue that I wasn’t ready to read it, that I wasn’t knowledgeable enough about the DC universe to “get” it.  Well, I simply decided that I liked my Joker animated and went back in search of other stories that I would find were more to my taste.  

Fast forward several years.  I discovered that not only would DC Animation be releasing a film version of The Killing Joke, but they would also casting Mark Hamill as the Joker.  This is my Achilles heel.  I made it a point to watch it and see how I would feel about it so many years after reading the original story.

I’ve read that there are people out there who have found the film to be a complete failure.  And while I will agree that there are some very serious problems with the narrative, characterizations, and even style choices, I am reluctant to throw it out the window.  I think that there is a lesson to be learned here and if we take the time to talk (rather than yell) about what those issues are, perhaps this can be seen as more of a teaching moment about what happens when intentions are good, but understanding of the real issues is flawed.

Before I go any further, I am going to put a spoiler alert right here.  Not only am I going to talk about the part of the film that is directly lifted from the comic book, but I am also going to talk about the prologue featuring Batgirl.  Strap yourselves in my friends, this is going to take a while.

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My feelings exactly, girl!

When producer Bruce Timm had his often quoted interview with Empire , he stated that expanding Barbara Gordon’s story in this film adaptation would add to the emotional hit of her arc.  We would like her, and then when she is shot, we would feel more deeply for her because they were going to flesh her out as a character.  Here is my main gripe about this idea: when we are talking about a story that is so clearly focused on Batman and Joker, how does making us like Barbara add more to the story?  How can or would this prevent her from simply being a tool or catalyst to drive Batman to his confrontation with Joker?

Simple answer: it doesn’t.  Oh, and to make matters worse, it makes for poor narrative.

Barbara’s story feels like we have seen it before.  She is working with Batman and in his typical MO, Batman/Bruce is overprotective, tells her what her own limits are, and is about emotionally available as a cheese sandwich.  This feels familiar because Batman has this dynamic with pretty much everyone.  The story hits on new territory when bad guy Paris Franz takes a particular interest in Batgirl.  This interest quickly reveals itself to be a dark obsession as we see Paris hire a red-haired prostitute he asks to dress as Batgirl. He then leads Batgirl on a potentially life threatening scavenger hunt when he tells her that he has a special “gift” for her.  Not only does Barbara mention that this is flattering, she knowingly walks right into Paris’s trap…thus proving Bruce’s earlier man-splaining about how Paris is objectifying Barbara to be woefully accurate.  *audible sigh*

Barbara’s frustration with Bruce continues.  Using an odd yoga teacher and student analogy, she complains to her friends that she is the best student Batman/Yoga teacher has ever had and yet he still pushes her away.  When she finally confronts Bruce about his behavior and her feelings about her role as Batgirl, rather than reaching any resolution, the two of them have sex on a rooftop.  That ends about as well as we can expect.  So rather than taking this as an opportunity to explore both Barbara’s and Bruces’s feelings about what happened, and I dunno…develop them both as characters, they continue to focus on Paris instead.

Finally in a scene that could have redeemed Barbara and shown her as a woman driven by something other than her emotions, Batgirl helps Batman confront Paris. Sadly, she is too overpowered by Feelings.  Rather than proving to the men around her that female empowerment is more than yelling and making demands, she instead pounds Paris’s face into ground hamburg before walking away from her role as Batgirl.

A few days later, Joker shows up at her place and shoots her in the abdomen.  Fade to black on Barbara’s story and the film abruptly switches over to the main action in the Killing Joke.  Batgirl is back on the sidelines and we have nothing to show for her having been around at all.  Except now (maybe?) Batman is extra angry at Joker for shooting the woman that he turned away.

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Oh, I see that you did there!

Before I talk about how the Joker/Batman dynamic was handled in the second half of the film, there is a lot that I want to talk about with Barbara still.  Barbara’s story-line is not new, and while I honestly think that the writer might have thought that he was writing a strong woman character, I am flummoxed over how we are going to get people to understand that creating a well-rounded and strong female character is not simply checking off boxes for things like – enjoys sex, talks about what she wants, punches guys in the face, and has awesome fighting skills.  None of these things work without proper context.  And they certainly won’t work if the character is inconsistent.  It would have been possible for Barbara to show her worth through her actions.  For her to outsmart Paris and use his obsession against him.  For her to match or even surpass Batman in certain skill sets.  Heck, they could have just made her try to pull Bruce out of his shell more gradually, because you don’t get much of a sense that they had any relationship to begin with anyway.  So where does her attraction to him come from?  I mean, remember that cheese sandwich I mentioned earlier?  Is it because he opened her eyes to the thrills and the action of crime fighting?  Seriously writers, pick one.  I could keep throwing out ideas.  All I ask is for the follow through.

Whenever I write these pieces, I worry that my arguments come off as too fragmented and too ranty.  I think that might be a sign that while I insist on writing about these things and talking about how women are written, I’m also tired of having to do so.  This is especially true when the solution is such a simple one.  Companies need to hire better writers and those who are doing the hiring need to be able to identify the good portrayals from the bad ones.  I am not demanding that every female character be perfect, nor am I saying that only females can write well-rounded female characters.  What I am asking is that companies, publishers, and writers need to start a dialogue.  Read what the fans are writing about your work, listen to what they are saying, and maybe start a discussion rather than a confrontation (see Comicon panel).  Believe me, I get it.  You want my money, and I would be happy to give it to you.  All I ask is that you provide me with a quality product…and maybe something a bit more substance than a stale cheese sandwich.


Next Time: Part 2, the Actual Killing Joke

Questions and Upcoming Happenings

Hi all!

So normally this would be Cartoon Sara’s week to lay down some thoughts and musings, but family matters have have made that difficult.  So you get me…again.  You’re welcome, and/or I’m sorry, choose which ever best suits your needs.  As I didn’t really have post planned I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you what’s been going on with us Ladies, and most importantly, what’s coming up in the near future.  We would also love to have a chance to hear from you about what you would like to see some us, so please don’t leave without answering the poll questions below.

What’s coming up-

The summer has been super exciting for us.  As often happens, a lot of stuff has come up in a short period of time and we are working hard to make things happen!
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First off– The Red Menace and I had a chance to interview Caitlin Kittredge about her work on the new Boom! Studios comic Lucas Stand.  She’s co-writing it with Kurt Sutter…yeah, that Kurt Sutter, did a little show called Sons of Anarchy.  Anyway, I had a chance to read this title before we spoke with Caitlin and if you like anti-heroes, and the possibility of angels and demons duking it out, then this will be right in your wheelhouse.

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Next– After we interviewed Caitlin, all of the Ladies were interviewed by WBZ-TV, our local CBS affiliate for a web series called The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con.  This series will start today on CBSBoston.com and will give a look inside Boston’s thriving geek culture.  Rumor has it we will be in the first episode a little, but more so in the second.  Watch to see how red my face can get when faced with public speaking, an expensive camera, and a boom mic (fun fact: 3 of us Ladies are introverts, 2 of us secret ones).

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Also–  You guys….WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A PANEL AT BOSTON COMIC CON!

I know, right?  Join us on Sunday, August 14th at 1pm!

Food & Fandom: Celebrating the Delicious Side of Pop Culture: Food and fandom go together like The Hound and all of the chicken – join the Ladies of Comicazi for a discussion of the many ways they intersect!

Last– Here are those polls I mentioned.

 

Yeah, I’m Watching Preacher, Because of Course I Am

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As the Ladies’ resident expert in shows with blood splatter, AMC’s Preacher was almost certainly on my watch list this summer.

I was first introduced to the Preacher comic by The Goog in our early stages of dating (now almost some 15 years ago). Many of our early dates involved me swinging by his place, grabbing a Preacher trade paperback, and proceeding to ignore him for an hour (sorry fellas, I’m taken).  So, when I heard about the AMC series I was cautiously optimistic, though also mentally preparing for heartbreak – I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead.  Preacher is now 7 episodes in and I am still enjoying it.  Here’s why:

Twitter version of a story summary…Preacher Jesse Custer searches for God with the sort of help of his friend and ex Tulip (a hitwoman), and Cassidy (an Irish Vampire).  There is a lot more going on but I am going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

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Sass, thy name is Tulip.

Commitment to the characters –
One of the reasons I stopped watching The Walking Dead oh so long ago is that I didn’t like the changes made to the characters, particularly when a character who was so well formed in the comic was reduced to a harpy of a plot device…but I digress.  Thus far with Preacher I am not having that problem at all.  The TV characters remain true to their literary counterparts often in appearance and always in spirit.  Yes, Tulip looks different, she’s no longer white and blonde, but who cares!  Ruth Negga is absolutely killing it!  Seriously, I dare you not to crack a smile as she portrays a psychopath with a heart of gold. I actually I think I am enjoying her portrayal of Tulip more than I did comic Tulip.

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#notallvampires? #yesCassidy

Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy looks like he walked off the page, which is frankly a terrifying prospect. I think the only complaint around House New Googington is that he should wear his sunglasses more, but that’s really only if I feel I need to complain. Cassidy is a complex character, as anyone who has read the comics knows.  As a reader/viewer your relationship with him is bound to get complicated, never mind how complicated it can get for Jesse and Tulip.

And then of course Jesse.  He’s your quintessential not so good guy trying to be a mostly good guy.  His moral compass is guided by John Wayne and his daddy (who was also a preacher).  Dominic Cooper is able to go from caring small town preacher to destructive force of nature in the literal blink of an eye.  It’s part of what makes Jesse so unsettling and unpredictable.

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Note to self: DO NOT make that hot for Preacher joke that you totally want to

The Spirit of the Story-
The story itself is a bit different but for me, the tone remains the same.  In the comic Preacher is very much a road trip story.  But in this first season of the show we have seen Jesse stationary, desperately trying to put down roots, and save his flock.  But as we learn more about him, we find that Jesse is probably the most lost. Episode 6 starts to really hone in on actions that are going to push him out of the town and onto the road as the gravity of his situation becomes more apparent to him

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I don’t think me saying “chainsaw fight in a church” is much of a spoiler, plus I never thought I would get to say/type such a thing so give me my moment here.  Additionally there is scene in the beginning of episode 6…a fight scene that is just sublimely ridiculous.  In many ways part of what made the Preacher comic so great was how extreme it was.  If you have read it, or anything else by Garth Ennis, you know what I am saying here.  It’s not for the faint of heart, and be sure to warn anyone who tells you they want to start reading it because they heard about the show.  Let’s not have a repeat of that Deadpool incident, ok?

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Good News Everybody! Preacher has been picked up for a second, longer season.

So…have you read?  Are you watching?  What do you think?

 

Fashion Raptors: Early Summer Edition

Ah, summer! A time for sun, surf, and outrageous betrayal by loved ones. This month all three of our questions come from J.O., a charming young man we met at a fun shindig the Ladies brought us to, Kyle Coston Tonight! This live chat show was a real hoot to do. Don’t worry if you missed our fabulousness – the whole show is available here for your viewing pleasure. You’ll probably notice that we had to share the stage with the Ladies, which we’re sure was a misunderstanding that will no doubt be rectified in our future appearances.

J.O. had three questions. He began:
Dear Fashion Raptors, It was great meeting you ladies at the Kyle Coston show – thanks for the fashion tips and not eviscerating anyone! Yay! I was curious if you ever worry about sudden yet inevitable betrayals?

Dear J.O.:

Thank you for writing in to us after the show! It was one of our first public appearances since Bosoton Comicon, but we guarantee that it won’t be our last. While you ask about sudden yet inevitable betrayal, you didn’t quite indicate by whom we might be betrayed. If you are referring to the Ladies, we are not too concerned. For one thing, have you seen them? They are weoefully inadequate in a fight to death, what with their pitiful (though brightly colored) claws, distressingly blunt teeth, soft, rendable skin, and laughable running speeds. Honestly, 7 miles per hour is the best they can do? If they betrayed us, we could easily be bathing in their viscera before they even knew what happened. For another thing, what possible motive could they have to betray us? This blog needs us – we are clearly the star attraction, here.

Now, if you are asking whether we might betray each other, we remind you that raptors are pack hunters – we’re better together. Though…now that you mention it, there’s very little evidence for that in the fossil record. Way more raptors seem to be loners. Huh. Guess we’ll both be sleeping with one eye open from now on. Thanks for that, J.O.

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Green uses her camouflage to get the drop on Orange in her sudden, but inevitable, betrayal.

J.O. went on to ask, “Also, what is your position on Luau / Hawaiian shirts? I enjoy the sense of “bringing the party with me” but is there every a time when a Luau shirt might be the wrong answer?”

Ah, the Hawaiian, or as it’s known in Hawaii, the Aloha shirt, that brilliantly colored piece of kitschy comfort. We think they’re great! Besides indicating a willingness to relax and enjoy a party atmosphere (possibly with excellent cocktails), the tropical patterns can provide excellent camouflage in the right environment. They also do a bang-up job of obscuring those unsightly blood stains, an all-too common occurrence after a long day of stalking and disemboweling your prey.

You ask if they’re appropriate for every occasion – this is one of those situations that is all about context. On the islands of Hawaii, the answer is nearly always yes, particularly if the occasion is semi-formal, such as a wedding. The culture is such that more formal attire might even be considered inappropriate. Additionally, tropical places will be where you will get the most out of that camouflage effect. Bright flowers and parrots blend in poorly on the gray streets of Boston in winter, and are not recommended.

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Use your best judgment when selecting your Aloha attire.

 

Then too, if one is presented with a somber occasion, such as a funeral, more context may be needed. If your deceased loved one wants a “celebration of life” type send-off, go for it! For other folks, a touch more gravitas might be required. Luckily, black offers many of the same stain-hiding and stealth advantages of aloha prints – and has the added bonus of being quite slimming!

Finally, J.O. wanted to know: Also, while it clearly is possible to pay too much for one (T. Bahama!) is it ever possible to pay too little (Going to the Thrift Shop with Macklemore!) Thanks! Have a great one!

Once again, J.O., it is important to consider context. For the most part, we raptors find saving money to be extremely fashionable. It’s all well and good to splurge on a Coach purse or Max Gengos dress, but so much better to unearth a 60’s Emilio Pucci dress at the local thrift shop for a song? Thrift shopping is all about the thrill of the hunt, chasing your treasure and taking it down in a frenzy of savage beauty, blood, and fine leather goods. Even when the big scores don’t hit, there’s joy to be had in finding out how much you can acquire for less.

But – we caution you not to be hasty in your purchases – don’t buy something just because it’s cheap! If it’s not well-made, or doesn’t really fit you well, is it even worth the few dollars you spent? Take it from us – mistakes can be made.

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Was it worth it?

Thanks to J.O. for all of the great questions! If you want to ask us questions, email the Ladies at ladiesofcomicazi@gmail.com – they’ll pass them along. And tune in for end of summer update, when we finally address the burning question of white after Labor Day!

You can find the previous FRaptor posts here and here.