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Allegri has noted that Bee and Puppycat has several style and story influences, and the most obvious of them all may be Sailor Moon. In a 2013 Comics Alliance interview, Allegri stated “It’s all Sailor Moon, definitely.” Bee is a contemporary, 20-something Usagi Tsukino (or Serena for my dub watching peeps), but instead of struggling to keep up her grades like Usagi, Bee struggles to hold down a job. In the series pilot, Puppycat appears in a flash of light, knocking Bee to the ground as she walks home after being fired from her latest job, just as Usagi literally stumbles across Luna, the sagely feline guardian in Sailor Moon.”

—LB Royal, "She is the One: Bee and Puppycat (the Comic)!"

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#bee and puppycat  #sailor moon  #comics  #manga  #natasha allegri 

Q. Are you thinking that anthologies like Smut Peddler, being more sex positive, are a more natural way of learning about sex for those who don’t have anyone to talk about to about it, and are turning to the internet for experience or education?
CST: I have said before, and this sounds bizarre, that I hope somebody leaves SP in the woods. Because there’s this weird—I don’t know why—but there’s this weird thing that a lot of people can identify with, [where] the first porn they found was in the woods. And they were just walking around and they were maybe twelve or thirteen and there’s a soggy Playboy lying there and they have no idea why it’s out there but that’s the first porn they come in contact with. And when I say I hope that someone leaves Smut Peddler in the woods under a log one day for someone to find, [it’s] my way of saying that I hope that someone’s first exposure to sexuality, to, uh, adults sort of enjoying one another, for lack of a better term, is this sort of platform where people have all sorts of sex and it’s all sex where everybody’s happy. And everybody comes away from it, you know, completely satisfied and there’s no shame involved.
And while Smut Peddler is definitely 18+, I’m not going to sit here and say specifically “I hope children look at it.” You and I both know that stuff like this tends to show up and become the first thing someone sees, and, honestly, I wouldn’t have that big a problem with it.
—Interview with Smut Peddler’s editor C. Spike Trotman

Q. Are you thinking that anthologies like Smut Peddler, being more sex positive, are a more natural way of learning about sex for those who don’t have anyone to talk about to about it, and are turning to the internet for experience or education?

CST: I have said before, and this sounds bizarre, that I hope somebody leaves SP in the woods. Because there’s this weirdI don’t know whybut there’s this weird thing that a lot of people can identify with, [where] the first porn they found was in the woods. And they were just walking around and they were maybe twelve or thirteen and there’s a soggy Playboy lying there and they have no idea why it’s out there but that’s the first porn they come in contact with. And when I say I hope that someone leaves Smut Peddler in the woods under a log one day for someone to find, [it’s] my way of saying that I hope that someone’s first exposure to sexuality, to, uh, adults sort of enjoying one another, for lack of a better term, is this sort of platform where people have all sorts of sex and it’s all sex where everybody’s happy. And everybody comes away from it, you know, completely satisfied and there’s no shame involved.

And while Smut Peddler is definitely 18+, I’m not going to sit here and say specifically “I hope children look at it.” You and I both know that stuff like this tends to show up and become the first thing someone sees, and, honestly, I wouldn’t have that big a problem with it.

Interview with Smut Peddler’s editor C. Spike Trotman

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#smut peddler  #c. spike trotman  #comics  #erotica  #interview 

“Unfortunately, Lara falls asleep, and when she wakes, both Sam and Mathias are gone, though she does find several more members of the Endurance crew. They agree to split up to look for Sam, as well as Roth, another missing crew member who seems to be Lara’s mentor and has been encouraging her from time to time on the walkie talkie she found earlier at the camp site. Unfortunately, there is no choice on who to go with. Lara gets stuck with Whitman, the lead archaeologist who isn’t fond of that upstart Lara and her new-fangled ideas, but is very excited about their discoveries. Gameplay begins again and I got to do a bit more exploring. Someone keeps leaving quivers around, so Lara is never short on supply. I’d just as soon request infinite ammo in this case, as the constant supply of quivers, like Survival Instinct, makes the game feel too easy. In fact, I was playing on easy mode initially to allow for greater focus on the story and gameplay details for the sake of this journal, but have since upped the difficulty to normal, because I’d really like more of a challenge.”
—Wendy Browne, "Tomb Raider Diaries #2: It’s Way Better in Context"

Unfortunately, Lara falls asleep, and when she wakes, both Sam and Mathias are gone, though she does find several more members of the Endurance crew. They agree to split up to look for Sam, as well as Roth, another missing crew member who seems to be Lara’s mentor and has been encouraging her from time to time on the walkie talkie she found earlier at the camp site. Unfortunately, there is no choice on who to go with. Lara gets stuck with Whitman, the lead archaeologist who isn’t fond of that upstart Lara and her new-fangled ideas, but is very excited about their discoveries. Gameplay begins again and I got to do a bit more exploring. Someone keeps leaving quivers around, so Lara is never short on supply. I’d just as soon request infinite ammo in this case, as the constant supply of quivers, like Survival Instinct, makes the game feel too easy. In fact, I was playing on easy mode initially to allow for greater focus on the story and gameplay details for the sake of this journal, but have since upped the difficulty to normal, because I’d really like more of a challenge.”

—Wendy Browne, "Tomb Raider Diaries #2: It’s Way Better in Context"

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#tomb raider  #lara croft  #video games 

Twenty-five issues later, [the All-New X-Men] are still here. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and regular artist Stuart Immonen have created one of the most fun, gripping, and vital X-Men books on the stands. There have been stumbles along the way (“Battle of the Atom,” what the fuck?) but Bendis has totally sold me on the concept of the young X-Men staying in the present, determined to make a better future for themselves and mutantkind. I don’t want them to go back.

But All-New X-Men #25 isn’t about the time-traveling X-Men. Rather, it takes us back to the man who brought them into the present in the first place—Henry McCoy, aka Beast. This is a dark night of the soul for Beast, as he receives a mysterious visitor who rebukes him for meddling with the time stream. Beast convinced the X-Men to time travel with him by telling them that they needed to stop present-day Cyclops from committing mutant genocide—a claim that was, to put it politely, bullshit. Beast hoped to shame his former friend-turned-revolutionary from his current path by confronting him with his young, idealistic self and his teammates, but this plan backfired. Not only did the young X-Men refuse to go back to the past, they eventually joined Cyclops and his team. Beast knows he’s made a mistake, but can it be put right?

—Kayleigh Hearn, "Review: All-New X-Men #25"

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#all new xmen  #jean grey  #xmen  #beast  #bruce timm  #stuart immonen  #comics 
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Despite his apparent southern roots and his enthusiasm for the role, Tatum is just … well, he’s not sexy enough to pull off the smoldering Remy LeBeau, in my opinion.

This is the man that fandom loves with Rogue, the man who can keep up with Storm. (The less said about Fox’s casting of the latter, the better.) This is the suave, sexy thief with an angsty past. Not one of Tatum’s prior roles has pulled the sort of performance out of him that Gambit’s history with the Marauders and Morlocks will require. Nothing in his filmography indicates to me that he’ll be able to pull off the ninja-in-fuchsia, devil-may-care rapscallion I’ve been reading about since his debut in the 90s.

Fox is trying to capitalize on someone they see as a bankable star. And that works when your bankable star has more going for him than abs. Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are bankable because they’re incredible talents with marvelous presence. Even Hugh Jackman, who gets the lion’s share of the camera time, is a great talent (he’d even be able to pull off X-Men: The Musical if Fox was willing to try it). Chambit, on the other hand, has little else going for him than … well, except a nice six-pack.

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#gambit  #remy lebeau  #channing tatum  #xmen 

Hawkguy’s life is almost always in a sad state of affairs, but that hasn’t stopped Fraction from writing even lower lows for the character to endure. A particularly hard hitting moment came with the sudden death of a minor character, a character you didn’t even realize you cared for until they were snatched from the narrative. David Aja’s simplistic depiction brings the characters’ anguish into as much focus as when his fluid lines are applied to fast-paced action sequences.
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja is one of Megan Byrd’s “Top 10 Tearjerker Comics”—what else made the list?
Hawkguy’s life is almost always in a sad state of affairs, but that hasn’t stopped Fraction from writing even lower lows for the character to endure. A particularly hard hitting moment came with the sudden death of a minor character, a character you didn’t even realize you cared for until they were snatched from the narrative. David Aja’s simplistic depiction brings the characters’ anguish into as much focus as when his fluid lines are applied to fast-paced action sequences.

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja is one of Megan Byrd’s “Top 10 Tearjerker Comics”—what else made the list?

— 2 days ago with 46 notes
#hawkeye  #clint barton  #matt fraction  #david aja  #comics 

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Anya and Stella take Wondercon!

There is that surreal moment when Kelly Sue Deconnick recognizes your daughter from Tumblr and calls her and her sister to the front of the line to take a photo — but I’m ahead of myself.

We decided to take the girls to Wondercon for spring break this year. We haven’t gone since it left San Francisco, but as the girls’ fandom has grown we thought they would enjoy a “real” con.

As they walked the floor, they got a lot of nice complements on their costumes. Carol Corps members in particular sought out Stella and got their pictures taken with her, proving once again that they are the best fans in fandom.

We were in line to get some of our Captain Marvel / Pretty Deadly books signed when Kelly Sue spotted Stella and recognized her from her photos on the Internet. Stella ran over and gave her a high five. Kelly Sue gave both the girls Carol Corps dog tags and came around the table to take a photo with them.

In all she was every bit as cool and nice in person as she had appeared to be in print and on the Internet. The girls were super happy and I was so glad that I was able to share with them some of the best of what the comic book community has to offer. 

Thanks to everyone who politely asked to take my girls’ photos and also to those who stopped to allow the girls to take their photo.

They had a wonderful time, and as a result, so did I.

You done good, Mom and Dad!  They’re awesome girls and I am SO GLAD they had a positive introduction to the comics community. 

*w*

— 3 days ago with 1979 notes
#cosplay  #carol corps  #captain marvel  #squirrel girl