I think it's fair to say that Batman is one of the most popular characters in pop culture history. It isn't too hard to dissect why. He looks cool, he has fun toys, and he has awesome powers. Oh, wait . . .
With the media blitz surrounding the return of Mother Monster after her agonizing six-month absence from the public eye, recuperating from a broken hip (Granny Gaga?), I simply had to weigh in with my two cents. Although quite a Gaga fan, I hardly consider myself one of her "Little Monsters" and see myself more as one of her peers. A bold statement? I'll explain.
I didn't realize Dynamite was rebooting Red Sonja under the helm of fan favorite writer Gail Simone until the week it came out. Simone is such a fan favorite, in fact, DC cracked under fan pressure to re-hire her after unceremoniously dumping Simone from writing duties on Batgirl.
Simone is known for her compelling stories and witty dialogue, having cut her teeth on Marvel's Deadpool and developed quite a following with DC's Birds of Prey, following creator Chuck Dixon in its pre-New 52 hullabaloo. Having worked on heavy hitters like Wonder Woman and Secret Six, Gail has earned her stripes and is well liked amongst fans and peers alike. Most associated with Barbara Gordon in her Oracle and Batgirl incarnations, it seemed fitting that Dynamite turned to Simone to breathe new life into another well known, red-headed heroine for a make-over/reboot. (Ironic, little-known fact: Gail herself is a beautician.) A fan turned pro, Gail quickly proved she was just as good with a pen as she was with a curling iron, rising quickly amongst the writers of a male-dominated field.
Welcome to Week 2 of Project Wonder Woman. The fantasy Project Runway/Wonder Woman mash-up. I am obsessed with Wonder Woman, and I can't miss an episode of Heidi Kluhm's hit Lifetime series, Project Runway.
Being the zen/hippy bulls--tter that I am, I often say, "Humanity has officially jumped the shark," which is usually when some grave injustice or unthinkable act of unconscionable evil takes place in society (i.e.: George Zimmerman, homophobia, new Twinkies, etc.). The term "jumping the shark" of course being a metaphor for the time Fonzie water skied and jumped over a shark on Happy Days. Apparently, it was all downstream after that.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Two great tastes that go great together. And, one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Project Runway, another of my favorite guilty pleasures, just kicked off its latest season. Hosted by supermodel and Elmer Fudd distant cousin Heidi Kluhm, a group of fashion designers are given a challenge each week to come up with the best look. The loser naturally gets kicked off the show. Because, as we all know, "In the world of fashion, one week you're in, the next week you're out." Fashion guru and unintentionally hilarious queen Tim Gunn plays mentor to the would-be fashion stars competing for half a million dollars worth of prizes. The winner is decided after the three remaining contestants show their collections at the coveted annual New York Fashion Week (a priceless prize in itself) at the end of the season. Each week the designers show their creations to a panel of judges that include Heidi, Marie Claire Magazine's acerbically dour Nina Garcia, and adorable fashion designer Zac Posen, who falls a little short on the acid-tongued critiques once spewed forth from Michael Kors.
This week's guest judge was Kate Bosworth. Surely you remember her coma-inducing portrayal of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer's ill-fated Superman Returns? Oh, looky! Finally a comic book connection! Which leads me to my other guilty pleasure, Wonder Woman. And, what does the daughter of Zeus have to do with fashion? Quite a bit, actually. Every time DC changes her costume it creates quite an uproar. So much so, that they nixed the much-lamented pants for the launch of the New 52. I always loved how they would give her different outfits for different occasions on the Lynda Carter television series. The most notable has to be the scuba outfit she wore. It doesn't get much fiercer than that!
Bluwater Productions is a comic book publisher that does not shy away from controversy, as is evidenced by their recent decision to move forward with the creation of their latest Female Force biography of TV personality Paula Deen. As detailed in Bluewater's official press release below, the publisher and the comic book's writer, Michael Troy, do not condone Deen's racial remarks; however, they hope to take the difficult path of forgiveness in their latest title.
We are lucky enough to have some very talented people that we call friends, and among them are the creators of a fabulous audio drama series, The Katniss Chronicles, which is based on The Hunger Games book trilogy.
Known for its extensive catalog of biographical titles, Bluewater Productions returns with its latest comic book, Political Power: Anderson Cooper. Telling the illustrated story of the political journalist are writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy and artist Jason Moser, with an alternate cover by David T. Cabrera (The Stonewall Riots). The comic is part of Bluewater's Political Power series, which focuses on the more well known personalities within the political arena.
WTF!? I believe were my first thoughts when I heard about the new gender-bending cartoon that features a superheroine whose secret identity has a penis. The Hub has recently revealed its new superhero cartoon sensation in the form of SheZow!