Greetings, fellow Amazons ! This week, we have a special treat, as iconic cartoonist and legendary Wonder Woman contributor Trina Robbins agreed to answer a few questions for Wonder Woman Wednesday! Trina has been a strong female voice in comics for decades and is in the middle of rolling out her fantastic story for the final arc of Sensation Comics starring Wonder Woman. It was a thrill and an honor to interview a woman whose work I have admired for years. Enjoy!
“There was a time when the mere mention of my race inspired fear. And now, we’re a beaten people. Afraid to fight back because we don’t want to lose what little is left . . . I am the only Cardassian left. And, if no one else will stand against the Klingons, I will.”
-- Gul Dukat
All of the best villains assume they are heroes. If they have to undertake actions others would find distasteful or even evil, it is the fault of even worse enemies laying in wait from the shadows. The extreme actions are necessary, and only the villain can truly understand them. This might sound strange when you apply it to a war criminal like Darth Vader or Thulsa Doom (or someone not played by James Earl Jones, I guess), but it’s also the reason that when you’re speeding through traffic, it’s because you’re late for an important meeting (with your toilet, because let’s be honest here), but when it’s someone else, it’s because they’re an uncaring maniac. This is called the fundamental attribution error, and it basically means any one of us could theoretically become a genocidal madman.
Welcome to another Wonder Woman Wednesday, my fellow Amazons! First, I'd like to congratulate myself on the title of this week's column. Pretty clever, eh? So, what the heck does it mean?
Possible spoilers and probable squeals of delight below.
Having written and drawn two Lady Gaga comics, you didn't expect me not to do a review of American Horror Story, did you? I'm practically contractually obligated to release a public exultation of Mother Monster's American Horror Story debut. And, what a debut it was! So, what did I think?
“Shakaar knows better than anyone, you can’t capitulate to terrorists. He used to be one, and the day the Cardassians started to negotiate with him was the day he knew they’d been beaten.”
-- Major Kira Nerys
There are times I identify with Odo more than perhaps I should. Maybe not me now, happily married and largely settled down, but the me back when this episode aired. Pining hopelessly after the pixie tomboy of my dreams and unable to express myself in anything more profound than mindless self-destruction and defeatist groans? Yeah, that sounds about right.
Yes, indeed . . . As evidenced by this week's column title, I am officially devoid of shame. But please, allow me to explain. There are certain responsibilities that go along with being a gay man in addition to being a Wonder Woman fan. One of those is a list of "required viewing" films usually of the "Old Hollywood Glamour Queen" or the "Bitchy Teen Dark Comedy" variety.
To the point, at the risk of foregoing my gay card (Yes, they give us a card. Being fabulous has privileges!), I have never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's. Well, I had never seen it until last month. I know. I know. Whatever! What can I tell you? I'm a gentleman whom prefers blondes. I've seen my fair share of Bette Davis flicks, but Marilyn Monroe is my home girl.
“In the end, it’s your fear that will destroy you.”
One of the downsides to having your most popular novel be about conspiracies is that, occasionally, you meet a true believer. Someone who mistakes my joy at the human race’s facility for endless and needlessly complex self-delusion for a sincere belief in the goings on of my comedy novel. It’s always a chilling moment, the confirmation coming when the person says things like “building seven,” and their eyes get the steeliness of Dennis Reynolds discussing “the implication.”
"Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short,
Wear shirts and boots
'Cause it's OK to be a boy.
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading
But, secretly, you'd love to know what it's like,
What it feels like for a girl"
Madonna used this quote from the film, The Cement Garden, to introduce her 2001 hit single, "What It Feels Like for a Girl," from her highly successful Music album. As we will be taking about gender equality and representation, it seemed an apropos way to introduce this week's #WonderBOYWednesday column. Yes, my dears, you read that correctly - just for the fun of it, this week, it's #WonderBOYWednesday. (We'll return to our regularly scheduled, gender-specific title next #WonderWomanWednesday!)
The highly anticipated new comedy/horror camp-fest creation by Ryan Murphy is finally upon us, and it's just swell. When I first heard about the new FOX series, I was totally excited. Take Glee minus the music and mash it up with American Horror Story "lite," and how could one go wrong? Well, one could and did on a few things, but overall it was a fun start and I'm more than willing to give it a chance. I did have to suffer through the last 3 seasons of Glee (thanks to my boyfriend!) and survived the experience none the worse for wear.
“It took centuries for Earth to evolve into the peaceful haven it is today. I would hate to be remembered as the Federation president who destroyed paradise.”
-- President Jaresh-Inyo
Occasionally, sci-fi gets it right. Not just right, but with witch-like accuracy that would cause Nostradamus to think there might be a little consorting with the devil happening around here. Science fiction is fundamentally about speculation, about what will happen a hundred, or two hundred, or ten thousand years from now. The genre has predicted things that have come true: personal computers; earbuds; hell Star Trek predicted the tablet. It’s also predicted things a lot of experts say are likely to come true: Isaac Asimov’s yeast vats are looking like a probable source of food as the population blooms on our dying planet.