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Maddy Beaupre made this amazing poster for our upcoming Lois carnival. As always, please reblog and share widely!
And of course, give the artist your compliments. http://mcbeaupre.com/
Call for submissions: The history of Lois Lane
Looking for a few good guest posts.
As part of 75 Years of Lois Lane (Lois 75, for convenience), we’re putting together a series of posts on the history of Lois Lane, but there’s so much history that we can’t cover it all! We’re calling out to all you Lois experts, to make sure Lois is celebrated as she deserves to be: thoroughly, provocatively… and only after fact checking.
- Subject: Overview of a specific era or adaptation, thematic essays, comparative essays, or a spotlight on a particular relationship or aspect of the character. Or something else amazing.
- Length: 1500-3000 words (but it’s negotiable).
- Deadline: May 13.
Get in touch with WWAC editor Megan Purdy for more details.
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Blog Carnival: 75 Years of Lois Lane
Celebrating 75 Years of Lois Lane (in May)
Action Comics #1 was released in June of 1938. It featured the debut of not only Clark Kent and Superman, but plucky, independent reporter Lois Lane. Love interest, competitor, sometime thorn in Clark’s side, and full time journalistic superhero, Lois has been an integral part of Action Comics, Superman, and the superhero mythos ever since.
In honour of the property’s 75th anniversary, Women Write About Comics is dedicating May 19-25 to a celebration of Lois Lane. 75 Years of Lois Lane will include essays, creator interviews, and a blog carnival featuring–we hope–you.
What’s a blog carnival, you ask? Basically it’s a giant blog crossover, where a bunch of people get together to share their views on a specific topic–in this case, a celebration and exploration of the long history of Lois Lane, and your relationship to the character. What we want to know is: what does Lois mean to you? The carnival is open to established bloggers and journalists, and especially to all fans. Just write, vlog, podcast, or comic, and get a link to us by the 19th. We’ll go live on WWAC with a master post on the 22nd, linking to all submissions.
It’s been awhile since we’ve run a blog carnival, and we hope you’re as excited about Lois 75 as we are!
Check out the carnival FAQ for more details on the mechanics, and our Back Issues for past carnivals.
Use #wwacomics and #lois75 to talk about the carnival on Twitter.
Girls pose by a jail that recalls the witch trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo taken in 1945.
Quick, someone pitch a comic based on this photo!
What is geek culture? What we talk about, when we talk about geek culture.
“Meanwhile, what’s going on with geek culture? It’s hard to tell if mass culture is getting geekier, geek culture is getting more mainstream, or both, but it’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between being a Star Wars fan, and not being one. The rules and rituals of being a geek are both more widely known, and less religiously practiced by fans as a whole. But what I’m describing, the Problem of Geek Culture, isn’t just cultural drift–it’s a lingual mishap, loaded up with territorial panic. There are two geek cultures obviously at play in the Problem of Geek Culture: old school geek culture, and this new geek mass culture. The Problem of Geek Culture is framed as invasion.”
Megan Purdy, in What is geek culture?
Our first podcast! Our SECOND interview with Hannah Chapman of Comic Book Slumber Party
Here at Women Write About Comics we’re unfailingly organised – mostly. Each moving through local comic connections Megan B and Claire both arranged interviews with Comic Book Slumber Party’s Hannah Chapman… and didn’t realise there was crossover until each were complete! Luckily we’re a gestalt of one thousand varied interests, and both interviews took different tacks, leaving WWAC with the hardest-hitting journalistic look at an up and coming comics event you would ever ask for. Check out Megan’s first foray here, or if you’ve already lapped that one up (good!) get your headphones out and prepare for: Women Write About Comics’ first ever podcast.
As much as I hated it at the beginning that I was playing a really controversial character people hated, I kind of like the way that Sansa comes into her own. She grows into this person that people like. I think she’s a really strong example of seeing someone grow up on screen, because you see her utterly transform.
Obviously, people don’t have the experiences that she goes through. But I can relate to her, definitely, because I was thrust into an acting world where I had no idea — I mean, it can be difficult at times, it’s a challenge. In a good way. But Sansa has difficulties and challenges in a bad way. She has the right intentions. And she’s so much in grief about her father’s death. She wants to be so much like her father was, but she knows that she can’t be, because that’s not what’s going to help her survive. That’s the heartbreaking thing about it; she wants to keep all these Stark traits, but in order to survive, she has to let them go.
The thing is, when people started to hate her was when she was confronted by the queen and the king, and they had Joffrey there, and she had to make a decision between her family and her future. She took a middle part and didn’t upset either of them. That resulted in Sansa having to sacrifice something that she loved. But people didn’t understand that. That frustrated me.
- Sophie Turner once again understanding her character better than anyone. (via fyeahsophieturner)
OH MY GOODNESS I WANT TO GIVE SOHPIE TURNER A HUG FOR UNDERSTANDING HER CHARACTER SO WELL.
For reals though I am so delighted to read this because it’s spot on and perfect and I’m glad she loves her character and I wanna tell her that I appreciate the amazing job she’s doing and not to let the haters get her down. (via notcuddles)
Mona and the Metal Men — Mark Bryan, 2006
Another piece based on the Mona Lisa, this one exemplifying a transformative use of Fair Use, recasting the Mona we’re all familiar with as a space helmeted protector of robots hellbent on invading a distant metropolis.
Tell me you wouldn’t watch this, and I’ll know you as a filthy liar.