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twitter.com/deantrippe:

    I talk about these rad variant cover redesigns from artist Karl Kerschl over at Project: Rooftop this afternoon:

    http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/2014/07/04/karl-kerschl-variant-cover-for-supermanwonder-woman-10/

    — 2 months ago with 524 notes
    #karl kerschl  #dc comics  #superman  #batman  #wonder woman  #trinity 
    As always, unvarnished thoughts.

    (NOTE: Below are excerpts from a conversation I was having today with some fellow creators about DC’s recent troubles.)

    I think they definitely need someone around who can see these landmines a little more clearly. And sadly, voices of opposition bucking violence against women seem to be too rare in the roster.

    The DC PR department needs to be handling a lot of this media stuff rather than Jim and Dan, who I don’t think mean to sound as dismissive and condescending as they come off in the responses to this kind of stuff. It just seems like they’re used to people agreeing with them, and they aren’t trained in public relations.

    That said, I’m far more concerned with the issues DC has with talent management and quality control. There are standout titles that keep me reading, but good grief, this feels like a weak, overly-repetitive time for the DC Universe, despite the constant message of being a fresh start. The villains covers looked great and sold well at my shop, but almost to a customer, everyone complained at the irrelevancy and poor quality of the actual issues (with some strong, high-quality exceptions, like Two-Face, Relic, and Zod.) If you look at the base quality level of Marvel titles and publicity versus DC’s, it’s astonishing to see how far the company whose initials I was born with, and whose near-mythic characters helped me through what might have been life-shattering tragedies, has fallen. I don’t even mind changes to continuity, if they ADD something, or make something BETTER. I’d argue Two-Face’s origin in The Dark Knight was an improvement, drawing from previous ones. Obviously, the Animated Series revisions of Mister Freeze and Clayface were phenomenal. Change can be good. Needless, poorly-thought-out change that makes the stories less powerful isn’t.

    I take no pleasure in pointing out mistakes by DC, and am the FIRST to celebrate their successes (Batman: Black & White’s lineup might well have been chosen by me, personally), but they need to step up their game if they want to be half as good as the DCU in fans’ hearts. There have been so many easily avoided own-goals in the last few years, it’s pointless to even bother keeping track.

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    I think the only problem with the Harley contest is that while those of us in the know (knowing the creators’ sensibilities, the character’s inherently slapstick nature) the script read as funny. But to those with just a little bit less info, IT HONESTLY LOOKED LIKE WHAT DC DOES TO THEIR FEMALE CHARACTERS EVERY MONTH. The lack of context was their fault, not the readers who were understandably outraged during an international month raising awareness and offering resources to combat suicide. I got it right away. But that’s because I love Jimmy and Amanda’s comics, and it read as a COMMENTARY on what DC does to their female characters. But if I didn’t know their work, what was I supposed to think?

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    …They keep doubling down on a smaller and smaller market of middle-aged, middle class, white dudes. Raise the price. Crossover all the titles. Variant covers for the ones with more money. Each of these actions is a stop gap to keep money coming in, not a long-term plan to raise readership, which would be better in the long run. Every reboot, restart, and price hike, is a jumping off point for a small percentage of readers, so we’re left with fewer and more extreme die-hards who just have to put another issue in their longboxes, rather than engaged, younger fans of the modern age. Again, I think Marvel is NAILING this with titles like Wolverine & the X-Men and Young Avengers, while DC keeps putting the Silver Age white dudes back in the books and making them deal with rape and dismemberment.

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    (Additional thought: I think Dan Didio gets blamed for WAAAAAAY more than he actually does wrong. Seems to me like he earned his reputation with how he handled the concerns of feminist fans during the Stephanie Brown/Girl Wonder debacle years ago. But man, people think he’s to blame for every single dumb thing DC does, and whenever I hear who actually was behind a blunder, I’m amazed. Especially when Didio was on the right side of a fight. He’s the co-publisher of a division of a multinational corporation, not a god-level dictator. Anyway, I typically choose to talk at the company, not the individuals. And some folks may disagree, but I have to say what I think, regardless of if I’m being “professional” enough to get work at the Big Two. Life is too fucking short, guys.)

    — 1 year ago with 101 notes
    #rant  #dc comics  #harley quinn  #batwoman 
    I Just Wrote This To DC Comics →

    michaelhartney:

    Hi, DC!

    My name’s Michael Hartney. I’m as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet. I have bought Superman comics every Wednesday since I learned to read, which was nearly 30 years ago. Superman was the subject of my blog and my one-man show. My name is tattooed on my arm in Kryptonian, for Zod’s sake. Oh, and I’m super-gay.

    I can’t and won’t support the hiring of Orson Scott Card on Adventures of Superman. There’s a difference between having conservative political beliefs and being an active force of bigotry and hatred. Card is the latter. So draw away, Ethan Van Sciver, you fabulous Republican! Fine with me! Orson Scott Card, however, is in an entirely different, unjust league.

    If this was a holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC. This is the same. The LGBTQ community will no longer take this lying down. Our civil rights are no longer up for debate or discussion.

    Ugh. And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t.

    What can you do to keep my business, and the business of other LBGTQ readers (and their straight allies) who feel utterly betrayed by this thoughtless, illogical decision? Great question, DC. Yank the story. Don’t publish it. You don’t have to fire Card. Pay him, thank him for his time, and run something else. Say, by Phil Jimenez, or one of the other incredible LGBTQ talents you have in your stable that have been alienated by this colossal blunder. Then, publish an It Gets Better comic. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Trevor Project. Stories starring Batwoman, Bunker, Alan Scott, and straight heroes too. I’ll do you a favor: I’ll write the Superman story, free of charge. I’ve got more than thirty years of Superman research under my belt, so I think I know him pretty well.

    I wish you did too.

    co-sign.

    — 1 year ago with 1888 notes
    #superman  #dc comics  #gay rights  #it gets better  #orson scott card 
    knightess-rouge:

Today I tried my Miss Martian costume for the first time completely. There are still a few things I’d like to change and we didn’t have much time to take more pictures.. but I’m happy for now. :) It was such a good feeling to wear it! I started that costume a loooong time ago and the ornament made me crazy sometimes. It’s great to wear and see it finally completely. Don’t mind the hair. :) It was windy today. (And the missing freckles, Ahhhhh!!! Next time it’ll be better. I promise!) I wish you all a wonderful day! See you soon! photography by Janet Drake

    knightess-rouge:

    Today I tried my Miss Martian costume for the first time completely. There are still a few things I’d like to change and we didn’t have much time to take more pictures.. but I’m happy for now. :) It was such a good feeling to wear it! I started that costume a loooong time ago and the ornament made me crazy sometimes. It’s great to wear and see it finally completely. Don’t mind the hair. :) It was windy today. (And the missing freckles, Ahhhhh!!! Next time it’ll be better. I promise!) I wish you all a wonderful day! See you soon!

    photography by Janet Drake

    — 1 year ago with 530 notes
    #Comics  #miss martian  #M'gann M'orzz  #Megan Morse  #Young Justice  #DC comics  #cosplay  #costume  #stealth  #S1 
    knightess-rouge:

What an amazing year. When I started planning my Batgirl costume at the beginning of this year I would’ve never thought I’d actually really finish that costume in near future. I’ve never worked on such a big project and while the process often made me mad and frustrated, it was also a lot of fun and a great journey for me. If I hadn’t started my Batgirl project I would’ve never met most of you. I wouldn’t know many friends I don’t want to be without anymore. It was a wonderful time and you really were a big part of it. I want to thank all of you. The ones, who helped me during the making of my costume. The ones I got to know through my costume. The ones who inspired me to work on my costume. The ones I share so many happy memories with now. I don’t want to miss a single one of you. A few month ago I would have never thought I’d ever be in a calendar, but Derek Fuego made it happen and now I am Miss May of the Women of Comicbook Cosplay 2013 calendar. It’s mindblowing for me! It was a fantastic journey and I can’t wait to continue in 2013. Please be a part of it! I’d really appreciate it. Thank you for putting up with me in all that time. I really enjoyed every single minute I got to talk to you and I can’t wait to really meet you in the future. I’d especially like to thank my fantastic and supporting family, my best friend and photographer Janet, Clay Rodery, Shawn Reeves, Laban & Jaz Boldero, Bob Mask, Bob Kieffer, Derek Fuego, Jwan Reber, Tony B., Lynn Barnett, Simon Williams, WoCC, Geekrest, Comics Xaminer, Girls of Cosplay, Uproxx, Cosplayer’s against Trolling, Gene and Siike, Dean Trippe and so many more. I wished I could name you all, but it would probably break the page. You really touched my heart. Without you all those wonderful things wouldn’t have happened. I’d also especially like to thank Gail Simone for being the best Batgirl writer ever and for being such a great support. Sometimes I can’t believe how blessed I am to talk to those people who inspire me every day.Thank you everyone for making my year so special and wonderful. Thank you for putting up with me and being the best friends someone could ever wish for. I am really looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you. If you ever need be, I’ll be here. Never hesitate to write me. I really wish to give you as much as you give me every day. You are wonderful and I am proud to know you. Thank you for everything. See you in 2013!I wish you all a Happy New Year! I love you all so much!

Hey y’all, I just got a shout-out from Batgirl. How was your year?

    knightess-rouge:

    What an amazing year. When I started planning my Batgirl costume at the beginning of this year I would’ve never thought I’d actually really finish that costume in near future. I’ve never worked on such a big project and while the process often made me mad and frustrated, it was also a lot of fun and a great journey for me. If I hadn’t started my Batgirl project I would’ve never met most of you. I wouldn’t know many friends I don’t want to be without anymore. It was a wonderful time and you really were a big part of it. I want to thank all of you. The ones, who helped me during the making of my costume. The ones I got to know through my costume. The ones who inspired me to work on my costume. The ones I share so many happy memories with now. I don’t want to miss a single one of you. A few month ago I would have never thought I’d ever be in a calendar, but Derek Fuego made it happen and now I am Miss May of the Women of Comicbook Cosplay 2013 calendar. It’s mindblowing for me! It was a fantastic journey and I can’t wait to continue in 2013. Please be a part of it! I’d really appreciate it. Thank you for putting up with me in all that time. I really enjoyed every single minute I got to talk to you and I can’t wait to really meet you in the future. I’d especially like to thank my fantastic and supporting family, my best friend and photographer Janet, Clay Rodery, Shawn Reeves, Laban & Jaz Boldero, Bob Mask, Bob Kieffer, Derek Fuego, Jwan Reber, Tony B., Lynn Barnett, Simon Williams, WoCC, Geekrest, Comics Xaminer, Girls of Cosplay, Uproxx, Cosplayer’s against Trolling, Gene and Siike, Dean Trippe and so many more. I wished I could name you all, but it would probably break the page. You really touched my heart. Without you all those wonderful things wouldn’t have happened.
    I’d also especially like to thank Gail Simone for being the best Batgirl writer ever and for being such a great support. Sometimes I can’t believe how blessed I am to talk to those people who inspire me every day.
    Thank you everyone for making my year so special and wonderful. Thank you for putting up with me and being the best friends someone could ever wish for. I am really looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you. If you ever need be, I’ll be here. Never hesitate to write me. I really wish to give you as much as you give me every day. You are wonderful and I am proud to know you. Thank you for everything. See you in 2013!

    I wish you all a Happy New Year! I love you all so much!

    Hey y’all, I just got a shout-out from Batgirl. How was your year?

    — 1 year ago with 60 notes
    #dc comics  #cosplay  #new year  #HAPPY NEW YEAR  #costumes  #2012 
    knightess-rouge:

Merry Christmas, my dears!This was a rather spontaneous idea. Janet wanted to do a little photo story and we spontaneously decided to give it a try for Christmas. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to work more on it.., but we’re still happy with it. It’s inspired by Batgirl Year One. <3 I know it’s not really a costume, but.. I hope you understand what it meant to me. <3I decided to upload it today, because it’s Christmas Eve and here in Germany we exchange presents on Christmas Eve and spend time with our most close ones. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful time with your beloved ones. I am so grateful for the wonderful year I had. My beloved ones are fine and I am able to celebrate another Christmas with them. Thank you to everyone who made my year so special. I had a wonderful time and I am extremely happy about having so many outstanding memories of this year.I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    knightess-rouge:

    Merry Christmas, my dears!

    This was a rather spontaneous idea. Janet wanted to do a little photo story and we spontaneously decided to give it a try for Christmas. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to work more on it.., but we’re still happy with it. It’s inspired by Batgirl Year One. <3 I know it’s not really a costume, but.. I hope you understand what it meant to me. <3


    I decided to upload it today, because it’s Christmas Eve and here in Germany we exchange presents on Christmas Eve and spend time with our most close ones. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful time with your beloved ones. I am so grateful for the wonderful year I had. My beloved ones are fine and I am able to celebrate another Christmas with them. Thank you to everyone who made my year so special. I had a wonderful time and I am extremely happy about having so many outstanding memories of this year.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    — 1 year ago with 59 notes
    #barbara gordon  #batgirl  #dick grayson  #robin  #dc comics  #cosplay  #costume  #babs gordon 
    alouettecosplay:

My favorite picture of my more intimate, personal, and very close-to-my-heart Batwoman/Kate Kane set &lt;3
“Unmasked”

    alouettecosplay:

    My favorite picture of my more intimate, personal, and very close-to-my-heart Batwoman/Kate Kane set <3

    “Unmasked”

    (via comicbookcosplay)

    — 1 year ago with 592 notes
    #kate kane  #Batwoman  #cosplay  #costume  #dc  #DC comics  #batwoman costume  #batwoman cosplay  #kate kane cosplay  #awesome  #mask  #batfam  #JH Williams III  #jhw3  #JH Williams  #Greg Rucka  #rucka  #new52  #alouette cosplay  #bat  #red 
    deantrippe:

Action Christmas #1, feat. No-El, the Super-Santa from Krypton, by Chris Sims &amp; me for Comics Alliance.

Christmas reblogging comes but once each year.

    deantrippe:

    Action Christmas #1, feat. No-El, the Super-Santa from Krypton, by Chris Sims & me for Comics Alliance.

    Christmas reblogging comes but once each year.

    — 1 year ago with 863 notes
    #superman  #santa claus  #superheroes  #krypton  #no-el  #santa  #action comics  #dc comics  #chris sims  #dean trippe 
    joequinones:

Batman and his Batarang. From New York Comic Con, 2012. Pen &amp; ink on 11x14” board.

    joequinones:

    Batman and his Batarang. From New York Comic Con, 2012. Pen & ink on 11x14” board.

    — 1 year ago with 100 notes
    #joe quinones  #new york comic con  #batman  #DC comics