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The CW Makes History With First Transgender Superhero in ‘Supergirl’

At Comic Con last weekend, CW announced some exciting news for ‘Supergirl’ fans! They are welcoming their newest cast member to the team, Nicole Maines!

 

 

If Maines’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it should; in 2014, the then sixteen-year-old went head-to-head with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (and won) when she claimed that her high school was violating her rights under the Human Rights Act by not allowing her to use the restroom of her choosing. The court ruled in her favor, and Maines has been a leading figurehead in the fight for transgender rights ever since.

 

Maines went on to be featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List, along with playing a guest-starring role on the television series Royal Pains. And now, the twenty-year-old actress and activist will take on the role of the newest Supergirl heroine, Nia Nal.

 

The character is said to based on the DC Comics character Nura Nal, otherwise known as Dream Girl, who has the ability to foresee the deaths of others. 

 

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This announcement came just days after the CW and Warner Bros. announced their plans to make Batwoman openly gay in their new Batwoman television adaptation, much like she is in the original comics.

 

It’s so exciting to see companies as prominent as the CW and Warner Bros. openly speak out and take a stand for the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ community is rarely depicted in a real, raw, and normalized human way within film and television; it’s refreshing to see that begin to shift, especially after Scarlett Johansson’s Rub & Tug casting, in which Hollywood decided to cast yet another cis-actor as a trans-role. Johansson has since relinquished the role. Maines herself, spoke out against the casting (and you can read more trans-actors’ takes on it here):

 

We have straight people playing gay people all the time and that’s because there isn’t a larger conversation around—there’s not so much harmful rhetoric flying around that they are parading around, dressing up, pretending and so you have to think about context with that. And with trans folks, we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reason, and that’s not true. And so having trans people play trans roles shows that we are valid in our identity and we deserve to exist as we do. And so when we have cisgender actors play trans characters, it further that stereotype that we are playing dress up, which is not true.

 

The transgender community is the most-targeted community regarding hate crimes, acts of violence, and even homicide of any demographic. Researchers in 2017 discovered that one third of the transgender community has been the victim of a hate crime. And 53% of anti-LGBTQ+ murders are transgendered women. (If you’re looking for ways to get involved or more information on how you can help, click here.)

 

The hatred and oppression will only continue if we, as a society, continue to fail; we need to allow transpeople to share their stories, to be on television, to star in movies, to be so clearly, unashamedly visible and present and equal and here without the constant fear of being targeted because of it. We are one people and we need to uplift and protect each other; failure to bring equality to all is immoral and inhuman in the cruelest of ways.

 

The CW is leading the way towards visibility in the media with Supergirl and it’s time for the rest of Hollywood to follow their lead.

 

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‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’ and ‘Monstress’ Win Big in 2018 Eisner Awards

Congratulations to Emil Ferris, Marjorie Liu, and Sana Takeda for winning a lot in 2018 Eisner Awards. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards a.k.a The Eisner Awards is dominated by women, creators of color, and LGBTQ-themed works and aims to acknowledge for those who makes efforts in the American comic book industry.

 

This year, My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris ,and Liu and Takeda’s Monstress series won big. My Favorite Thing is Monsters won three Eisner awards including Best New Graphic Novel, while writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda’s Monstress won a total of five Eisner Awards, among them best writer, best multimedia artist, and best work for teens.

 

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Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of ten-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge (Amazon).

 

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Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both (Amazon).

 

I’m happy to hear this great news regarding the triumph of queerness. I think the victory of the monstrous theme suggests that stories about “Others” need more attention. The world of comic books provides a space for those considered abnormal in the linear reality. The theme of ‘monster’, for me, is not scary but powerful in the way that it celebrates the state of becoming unexpected, fantastic, strange, odd, peculiar, and eccentric.

 

Hey, let’s get copies of the awarded “monsters” and “monstress,” and enjoy the queer worlds!

 

 

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Neil Gaiman and Other Pop Culture Luminaries Pay Tribute to Spider Man Creator Steve Ditko

A who’s-who of pop culture creators have shared their memories and recollections of famed comics artist and writer Steve Ditko, who has passed away aged ninety. Among them is celebrated author Neil Gaiman. A comic book writer himself, Neil Gaiman spoke with The Washington Post‘s Comic Riffs about Ditko’s many influential contributions to the world of comics. “He drew things his own way. And he saw things his own way. I think we were so lucky to have him,” said Gaiman.

 

 

According to Publisher’s Weekly, much of Ditko’s art in the early issues of Spider-Man was highly innovative for its era. His drawings broke new ground by truly capturing the urban atmosphere of New York City, as well as realistic psychological and physical depictions on the page.

 

 

His early contribution’s to Spider-Man aside, much of Ditko’s work was weird or existed on the fringe. “What Steve brought was grandeur and a view to other dimensions,” said Gaiman regarding Ditko’s work on Doctor Strange books. Ditko was the creative spark behind a lineup of particularly quirky characters including the likes of Shade, the Question, and the Objectivism inspired Mr. A. 

 

 

Although much of his work reverberated with many readers and many of his characters cherished by generations of fans and other creators, unlike his colleague Stan Lee, Ditko shied away from the spotlight. Very much a reclusive figure, he was called the “the J.D. Salinger of comics.” Living in the same Manhattan apartment for many decades, Ditko refused most public appearances and interviews.

 

 

 

“I just remember him as so very, very gracious and at the same time so very private,” said Gaiman.

 

 

 

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5 Perfect Books for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, but you still have plenty of time to get Dad (or other father figures) the perfect book to celebrate them. Here are a list of some our top picks he’ll love. 

 

1. For the Dog Dad

 

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My Dog: The Paradox is the perfect illustrated explanation of man’s best friend, dogs. From the author of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, comes a new comic about his observations of Rambo the dog answering questions like “why do dogs like to chase animals four times their size?” and “why are dogs so excited all the time?”. While Inman may not have all the answers, this book certainly makes a great gift.

 

2. For the Film Aficionado  

 

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Universally recognized by most, if not all, by dads, Bill Murray is an iconic man when it comes to pop culture. He has played almost every character imaginable under the cinematic sun. Showcasing national treasure to film enthusiasts, Bill Murray, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray includes full color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography chronicling every Murray performance and milestone.

 

3. For the Outdoorsy Dad 

 

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Nick Offerman is the epitome of a hardcore dad. He’s got a mustache, likes meat, and enjoys woodworking. Known for his role as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Offerman details his childhood, becoming an actor, and how he got into woodworking in Paddle Your Own Canoe. The book offers readers a well-rounded summary of manliness, love, style, religion, woodwork, and outdoor recreation.

 

4. For the Detective Dad

 

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Named one of the best books of 2017 by the Wall Street Journal, GQ, NPR, and countless other, David Grann’s Killer of the Flower Moon details the shocking series of crimes that left dozens dead in Oklahoma in the 1920’s. The book, based off of years of research and evidence,  Flower Moon is a masterpiece of narrative non-fiction detailing the brutal murders and the beginning of the FBI. 

 

5. For the Fantasy Father

 

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One of Neil Gaiman’s latest works and inspired by ancient mythology, Norse Mythology is a new and refreshing rendition of the Norse gods and their world. Gaiman turns the ancient mythology into new and novelistic arcs that begin with nine worlds and dives into the lives of dieties, dwarfs, and giants. Perfect for any fantasy fan, Gaiman’s latest work is truly a piece of mythological art. 

 

 

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Joaquin Phoenix to Play Joker in Upcoming Movie of Villain’s Backstory

When it comes to comic book character portrayals, I still stand by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the two best Jokers. But now it seems we’re getting not only a new actor, but a new backstory for the eccentric villain. And this is all thanks to some of the best in show-biz.

 

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Paste Magazine reported that Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips are set to produce and direct an untitled movie about how the Joker became the Joker. The idea stems from a 1988 graphic novel called The Killing Joke, written by Watchmen author and graphic novel king Alan Moore.

 

The Killing Joke follows the Joker’s life as a regular guy trying to make a living as a stand-up comic. When the going gets tough, he snaps, leading him to live a life of crime in order to support his family. He soon falls deep into a life of crime and lives to torment Batman.
 
 
Don’t worry; this film won’t have any effect on Jared Leto’s appearance in Suicide Squad or the solo feature planned for him and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie.) It’s actually going to be a project connected to a not-yet-revealed Warner Bros / DC Films project.

 

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If you need an idea of what to expect,  you may want to check out Scorsese’s 1982 film The King of Comedy starring Robert De Niro. The storyline also follows a comedian who can’t reach success and there’s plenty of nods to it in the new Joker adaptation.
 
 
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So who will be filling the madman’s shoes this time? According to Paste’s source, Joaquin Phoenix is almost a done deal. Apparently Leo DiCaprio was in the running, but it was felt that Phoenix better fit the Joker’s image. No matter how evil the Joker is, I think we’re all going to be big fans after this one.
 
 
Production is set to begin mid to late 2018.

 

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