Darwyn Cooke’s December DC Variant Covers
I love this art.
More of Darwyn Cooke’s work please. Thank you.
"…Negative feedback leads to significant behavioral changes that are detrimental to the community. Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to subsequently evaluate their fellow users negatively, percolating these effects through the community."
Feeding the trolls and downvoting starts a death spiral for commenting. Better to just ignore ‘em. Or ban ‘em if you gotta.
"Use what ever is around you, and use your lack of funds to your advantage. Start with an idea, write a movie that’s simple to shoot, and shoot it. Then you’ll have a movie people can see, and if you’ve done your job you won’t need to break into the biz, the biz will come looking for you."
Also true for comics, punk rock, hockey writing, and technology.
DIY ‘til I die.
Despite having limited input in the creation of “Blurred Lines,” Thicke was given a co-writer credit, which he says entitles him to about 18-22 percent of publishing royalties. Why would Williams be so generous?
"This is what happens every day in our industry," said Williams during his own deposition. "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that’s where the embellishment comes in.""
I’m not sure when it started, but there’s this ongoing soft fraud about song authorship in the music business. Maybe it started when The Matrix gave Avril Lavigne co-writer credit on “Complicated” (which even Avril admitted was for changing a single line). Maybe it was Taylor Swift, who has a curiously small number of unshared writing credits— even for someone who came out of the Nashville system. Regardless, professional songwriters now routinely share writing credit (perhaps in exchange for a bigger chunk of cash up front?)
The result is a murkier idea of authorship in music, and a default assumption that some/most pop performers are also composers. It makes sense from a marketing standpoint— I’d argue Ashlee Simpson’s fleeting success was owed to the concomitant reality series that positioned her, fictionally, as a solo songwriter. They sold her as much as her songs, and her songs were supposedly a reflection of her. Music-as-product is a vector for selling identity as much as anything else, so it follows that the self-expression of writing music would and should be wrapped up in the performer’s marketed identity.
It’s an illusion that we’re all sorta okay with now, I guess? It’s the kayfabe era of singer/songwriters.
Christina Hendricks in her 90s teen goth daysI know there’s plenty of people who want to smooch Joan Holloway, but I just wanna grab a coffee with Christina Hendricks and listen to some Sisters of Mercy.
i literally just yelled “i know you’re doing something but this is important” to get my housemate over to the computer so we could sit in front of this together and go “oh SHIT. what a look WHAT A LOOK STRONG YES STRONG LOOK YES”
I wanna take her to see Bauhaus and smoke cloves omg
Oh JESUS CHRIST Christina Hendricks, are you kidding me with this? Could you BE more perfect? Sigh.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lost In Alphaville is out today (a day early)! The CD is available in stores now & the album is available digitally through all digital retailers. The vinyl will hit shelves at your favorite local record shop on Sept. 9.
Order through Polyvinyl (CD, LP, Tape, Digital) - http://bit.ly/1BVlpgK
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/lostinalphaville
Amazon Music - http://amzn.to/1p9cowv
Spotify - http://spoti.fi/1p9cxji
Rdio - http://rd.io/x/QHLEPgu1vg/
Lost In Alphaville features Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius- vocals), Ryen Slegr (Ozma - guitars), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet - strings) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys - drums).
"First of all, don’t worry about the money. Love the process. You don’t know when it’s gonna happen. Louis C.K. started hitting in his 40s; he’d been doing it for 20 years. And don’t settle. I don’t want to ever hear, “It’s good enough.” Then it’s not good enough. Don’t ever underestimate your audience. They can tell when it isn’t true. Also: Ignore your competition. A Mafia guy in Vegas gave me this advice: “Run your own race, put on your blinders.” Don’t worry about how others are doing. Something better will come."
What does Batgirl Futures End really translate into, to me? The story behind the story (My opinion)
While every review is right, it’s a brilliant way to end Gail Simone’s run on Batgirl, what does it really mean to me?
It’s a giant metaphor for how editorial viewed Batgirl, but also, what she means to fans.
Let me elaborate: we start of with a happy Barbara, she’s getting married. Just when you think hey all is well for Babs finally, James pops out and holds her at gun point. Now the way I see this is editorial at DC Comics, putting out that mandate that BatFam people can’t have happy lives away from the mask, there has to be drama and sorrow. This is pushed further to other factions of the DCU families, where they can’t lead lives away from symbols and masks. They have to be said hero all the time. They can’t possibly have down time to relax and do normal things, oh no! This is absurd. They put on that symbol, that mask, they have to be that version 24/7/365.
Further on, James forces Barbara down a dark path. This again translates into editorial at DC demanding everyone be dark, brooding, gritty and complex. Heaven forbid, that a hero be happy. They’re dedicating their lives to saving the world, so they should be miserable and dark characters. In the New52, no one can be joyful and complex. Have bad times and good. Have a light at the end of the tunnel. Have a home to come back to. No. The mandate for the new52 is dark, darker, darkest. What DC don’t understand is that while this works for Batman specifically, I does not and will not work for everyone. Even members of the BatFamily need a break from the darkness. Dick Grayson is not Bruce, it’s why he’s so beloved, and why his break-away series is doing so well. Barbara Gordon likewise is not Bruce, she too needs a break to just be Barbara, not Batgirl. It’s why there is a secret identity portion to each hero.
Down this dark path, Barbara looses herself, and thus down this road of 30+ issues of Batgirl, Barbara was lost in the mist of darkness demanded by editorial. I mean, I picked up issues of Batgirl and wondered who the heck was this? Barbara’s metamorphosis was literally into a Bane-Batgirl, or as she liked to call herself, The Black Beast. Let’s break that down: Black, darkness, opposite to white and light, and hopeful. Beast, an animal, wild, untamed, no heart, no control. And that’s what Batgirl was turned into, and many heroes were turned into. Mindless killing machines. No hope.
But, these characters have not survived for so long, without the ability to fight through. And love, hope, and the realization of not all is lost, I can still persevere and overcome this shines through. Hope, is symbolized by Stephanie. Perseverance is symbolized by Cass. Love is symbolized by Tiffinay. But more so, they symbolize the hope, love and perseverance of the fans. These three things save Barbara and help her climb out of the abyss of darkness. But what else does the League of Batgirls mean?
Let’s see, women and girls of different ages, cultures, backgrounds, color, and skill. They symbolize the changing of the guard. No longer are fans what DC thinks they are. That target group, moved on from 1890 that DC is stuck in. Comics are expanding beyond the boys only club, and include women, girls, boys, and men, of all ages, of all nationalities, of all colors, of all backgrounds. Because in the search for heroes and beacons of inspiration, we have found comics. And the stories better evolve with the growing audience, away from all gloom and doom, to include all sorts of stories.
This is a wake up call to DC Comics. In my humble opinion.
This is…very, very interesting.
Right on, Gail. Right the fuck on.
don’t allow yourself to be re-victimized today unless it helps you grieve
(that’s advice to me, but if works for you too, awesome)