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!
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
Whoever said, "The truth shall set you free," obviously didn't tell Paula Deen to never, ever say the N-word (Even the term "the N-word makes my skin crawl!) and then admit to it at a later date. When I was little my mom told me to never, ever use the N-word. Of course, she also told me to watch my money around black people. What can I tell you? Her grandparents were from Kentucky.
When I talked to my mom last week, I told her I hoped to see Man of Steel this weekend. She said, "You always did love Superman." And, I did. And, I do. It's hard to believe the last son of Krypton is 75. Harder still to believe the movie that made me fall in love with him is 30 odd years old.
We have gays in the military, gays wanting to get married . . . do we really need gays in comics? Of course, we do!
June is national Gay Pride Month, so happy pride, EVERYONE. And, let's take a look at the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer, phew!) situation in comic books. Comic books have historically reflected current trends, politics, and issues. Sometimes to serve the story, sometimes to serve a purpose, and a lot of times simply for the fanfare. It makes sense that there is a large faction of GLBTQ comic fans. An outsider form of entertainment for an outsider subculture? The plight of the mutants in The X-Men forced to painfully co-exist in a society that shuns, if not fears and hates, them is an all too identifiable situation. When John Byrne introduced Northstar of Alpha Flight, he always intended him to be gay. Of course, things were different back then, and they had to pussyfoot around the issue. It wasn't until Issue #107 of Alpha Flight under a different writer that Northstar would scream and shout and let it all out that not only was he a mutant, he was homosexual (AND Canadian!). To Marvel Comics' discredit, Northstar was quickly ushered back into the closet after much negative feedback. It wasn't until years later, when gay rights become white hot and super trendy, that Marvel would reintroduce Northstar into their best-selling X-Men comic, give him a boyfriend, and a publicity-filled wedding. Too little, too late? Nah, it's better than nothing.
Let's face it. DC Comics' animated features kick major booty! (Wonder Woman was awesome! We need a Cheetah sequel, though!) So, will the legendary "Judas Contract" storyline from Marv Wolfman and George Perez's New Teen Titans run be the next DC animated movie? If Jarrid Steel has anything to say about it.