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via Occasional Superheroine

via Occasional Superheroine

Wonder Woman is a favored topic of mine because she is this icon of pop culture and yet her comic book is often maybe always one of the lowest selling books in the industry. I am inspired to rant after coming across this post on Occasional Superheroine where this blogger tries to wrap her head around why Wonder Woman does not fly off the shelves.

Essentially there are a lot of problems but most of it stems from Wonder Woman having the worst enemies ever. I mean who is her nemisis? The fucking Cheetah? Wonder Woman can go toe-to-toe with Superman and the best she gets is the Cheetah? Is she a Lex Luthor or a Joker level of douchebag? No? She’s a furry? Wow. Ok…

More to the point what is Wonder Woman’s backstory? Ask the average person and they can tell you a suprising amount regarding Superman and Batman (especially after The Dark Knight) because they have memorable origins. Even if you do know that she is a clay princess from hot, acnient Greek, warrior woman island, how in the hell does it make any sense that she is some ambassador/superhero.

It makes no sense and sure as hell does not stick as a digestable origin.

One could ignore that and just have her be a mystery, so let’s talks stories. What does she do all day? Who does she fight? What major life-changing event has transformed her character.

The answer to all these questions is “nothing.”

No good villians, no good back story and no life.

Wonder Woman indeed.

Fear not because the badass Amazon, Greek origins and mythos were alive and thriving in a little show called, Xena: Warrior Princess. It was the tale of a brunette, Amazon princess and her spunky blond sidekick traveling the world fighting Greek gods and monsters… How hard is this people? The show ran for SIX fucking seasons!

Wonder Woman should fight Greek myths and flirt with her sexuality. I mean it writes itself. She grew up on an island of chicks, man! I mean, God of War sold a shitload of game. Why is this so hard?

So there you have it. I just blogged a great idea. Hopefully, this is not the first time that you’ve heard it, but if it is and this ends up being the new direction of the book then it is sad that the idea had to be stolen from a blogger who wants to write comics.

PS
Gays love Wonder Woman. LOVE. HER. Who’s your fanbase?

My Psyche Screams

My Psyche Screams

Let’s just be honest and Frank Miller here for a moment, in the world of comic book superheroes, The Spirit is a poor man’s Shadow and no more intriguing than The Phantom.

Do I really need to drive it home after that because if memory serves me, blockbuster movies based on those old-timey heroes did not do particularly well either. At a time when comic movies are rampant and fans are aching for a decent Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash or Green Lantern film, we get The Spirit.

Will Eisner wrote damned good comics, but in the modern mainstream mind The Spirit does not register as a notable hero, super or otherwise. I am sorry fellow nerds, but it is the truth. Buy all the trades you want The Spirit will never mean anything more to the mainstream consumer than a hope to see Scarlett Johansson get banged on screen again. Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t help either despite being one of my favorite personalities, it is not like his presence makes for good films all the time.

I will not list.

Add in the fact that Frank Miller is projecting the same hard-boiled nonsense from Sin City into The Spirit enough to have it compared to the travesty that is All-Star Batman and Robin and the formula is just bad. There is a time for editing and saying no, even to big dick swingers like Frank Miller.

Back to the point on notability, what are The Spirit’s orgin and powers? Is he a slick detective with gadgets? Oh, he just wears a mask, red tie and bangs chicks… let’s sell people on the banging chicks power.

No. Boring. Dull. What is the point? Who? Is The Punisher playing across the hall? Yeah, I get that guy. Mobster slays his wife and kids so now he kills mobsters because he is a badass Navy Seal.

Gun fights or CGI necktie. Hmm.

The one thing that I have not alluded to has been in my posts is that I fully expected to get rejected, for a number of reasons. The most reliable being that I am an “unknown” writer. Do not take the quotes as sarcasim as much as my interpretation of what unknown means. The majority of writers are unknown outside of their fans or unless they are the upper echelon of scribes.

Either way, not my favorite excuse in comics when the credits of even mainstream publications showcase a gaggle of writers whom the general reader is not aware of. Writers are often the unsung heroes in comics until you reach rock star status and you are often told that he path to that is through “getting published elsewhere.” Which is fine and understandable, if you ignore the previous points.

Anyway, I am not discourage as the other factor was the impending doom of the economy, so taking on a new project is a gamble. Still it sucks to know that under other circumstance, it is good enough.

I recieved a quick note from the editor that I submitted to regarding some artwork that I sent alongside my pitch and he thought it was awesome.

It is always good to hear positives from an editor, but I hope that he likes the story as well. I am really proud of the concept and think that it will be a huge move for me if I can get it published.

Fingers and toes are crossed.

Page 21 from Bakuman

Page 21 from Bakuman

Holy shit!

Emily the Strange is the icon of goth comic nerds worldwide…

and she might be a total rip off.

According to You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice But We Did, little old Em is the much prettier cousin of Rosamond. Apparently when she was visiting cousin Rosie, she found her really weird and repling to boys. With the onset of puberty and her good looks she reckoned it best to ape this persona when she got home so that no one at school would notice her developing rack.

The things is, many children read Nate the Great, so I am surprised this did not surface sooner. Mostly because it is so BLATANT. Emily creator, Rob Reger, has responded with the spin and if he is not being sued yet I guess all is cool, but… this is fuc-king bla-tant. Get all the PR people you want to “explain” but the Rosamond page proceeds the existance of Emily, ergo – rip off.

Hey, whateves, Reger caught it a while back and stopped using the similar imagery, but his response is as though it was not copied and I mean damn, it is the same text too.

I only point this out because as a writer, your greatest fear is that your ideas will be stolen and someone gets rich from them. It may sound paranoid, but it is a real issue.

There are far too many times that I find myself with no time to write. Most aspiring comic book writers have day jobs and I am unfortunately, no different. Mustering up the motivation to write after a hard days work is something that makes me wonder if I am cut out for this… ok, I am totally cut out for this, but when I do not get to write I get a little depressed.

Take into consideration the late time of this here post and you can sort of figure out what the deal is.

*Yawn*

Guess I’ll hit the hay.

Oh, and I heard back from the editor I submitted to and should be getting some feedback next week.