The most memorable moments in DC history for women: Nominee #8

dcwomenkickingass:

This memorable moment is written by Ragnell/Lisa Fortuner who is one of the best bloggers around about women and comics. In addition to her blog, Written World, she was was one of the co-founders of the link blog  "When Fangirls Attack" and its new companion, "Dispatches from the Fridge." Ragnell has a deep love for Golden Age Wonder Woman making her perfect for this moment.

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Sameface Syndrome and other stories

justacartoon:

turbomun:

In October of 2012, I was enrolled in one of my first serious animation classes, with a professor who I rather admired. I admired him so much, in fact, that I caught him outside of class time and asked him to review a few of my personal character designs. I was a very mediocre artist at that point (as opposed to now, where I’m a slightly less mediocre artist) and upon presenting my teacher with my designs, which were all intended to be different characters with different stories and different appearances, he barely had to scrutinize them before he delivered his verdict: “They all have the same face.”

And, I was dismayed to discover, he was right.

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Since then, I have studied long and hard, so that my female characters may no longer have the Exact Same Face. Huh…female characters. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

A few months after this incident, the official character designs for Disney’s Frozen were leaked.

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Up until then, all we had seen was concept art, which was so far removed from these that a lot of people thought they were faked, me among them. I seriously believed that someone with too much time on their hands had photomanipulated some screenshots of Rapunzel and tried to pass them off as the official Frozen designs. After all, there was no way that a major animation studio like Disney would knowingly, willfully produce three princesses with the Exact Same Face.

And again…princesses. Female characters. Exact Same Face. Something is amiss here.

Unfortunately, I overestimated Disney, and it was revealed that these were the real character designs indeed. Even though I will concede that, yes, there are some slight differences between the Frozen girls and Rapunzel, there are zero changes in the faces of Anna and Elsa. Zero. They have the same facial structure, the same eyes eyes, the same nose, the same mouth…and while we’re at it, the same body too, with the exception of Elsa being a little taller. The only differences are in skin tone and surface details, such as freckles and makeup (which, as I’ll cover in a moment, don’t fulfill even the most rudimentary basics of good character design — but we’ll get to that). So, how did this happen? How did a design mistake that would get you called out in a beginning animation class end up in a major Disney release?

In my opinion, the answer isn’t necessarily limited time, which was certainly a factor in Frozen, or laziness, or the fact that they’re all CG characters (sorry, 2D animation advocates, but lots of 3D girls do not look identical). To me, this speaks to a disturbing trend in Disney’s general approach towards designing female characters.

But first, some context…

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Editorial Special: Spoilers On The Rise 

Contains spoilers for Star Wars, The Sixth Sense, Gravity Falls, Harry Potter, How I Met Your Mother, New 52 Batman, Death Note, and Banjo-Kazooie. 

With the creation of DVR, Netflix, Redbox, Youtube, Reddit, streaming/pirating websites (which I don’t endorse: never steal!), Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, it is becoming increasingly easier to get left behind when it comes to cinema, video games, sports, cartoon shows, television series, literature, and even comic books. Those that lag behind the populous are subject to having her/his experiences ultimately tarnished. By spoilers!  

On the night that Breaking Bad concluded, someone posted every detail of the ending on Facebook via a comment on a Facebook photo unrelated to the show. This is a type of “trolling”, ugh. Don’t worry, I’m not typing the ending to Breaking Bad. 

Luckily, I wasn’t fazed in this particular instance because after the stupidity of the Season 1 episode “Gray Matter” along with its previous episodes, Breaking Bad hadn’t impressed me, one little bit. They made me equally furious and sleepy, all the damn time. I did, eventually, grudgingly slog my way indolently through the remainder of the first season, to no avail. 

In fact, after the episode “Gray Matter”, I longed for Walter White to suffer by dying slowly of his cancer as everything else important in his life completely abandoned him. Although the alternative of permanently losing his family as punishment for his actions before being put into jail forever with his cancer intact would of been fine too. I couldn’t stand any of the characters (especially Hank), minus Skylar: loathed by the majority of fans of the somehow acclaimed series. 

However, I knew that nearly anyone else that read this individual’s comment, would of been heartbroken and livid. “How dare you deprive me of something I’m immensely invested in!” Of course, I’m sure more, ahem, colorful language would be yelled, obviously. 

Whenever I’m chatting about a subject, I do my darnedest to always tread carefully. I also ask the friend I’m speaking with if she/he has read that young adult book becoming a film in the near future or has she/he seen the latest episode of insert the name of a currently running popular television series here. Based on this person’s replies, I’ll warily structure my thoughts and the following conversation accordingly. 

For instance, in May, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiered in theaters. At a graduation party I attended that month, most of the guests there had seen the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man already. A few hadn’t though. So, talks consisted of topics not about ASM 2. When anyone did speak about it, tiptoeing around major plot points while expressing her/his overall feelings regarding The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were kindly utilized. I just consider it a common courtesy such as opening doors for everybody. 

On the other hand, I have comrades that don’t care if I drop spoilers about something or not. Oddly, it doesn’t bother them in the slightest. Don’t ask me why…I don’t comprehend it. I do know with them that no filter is required during our conversations. I can vocalize that Darth Vader is Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker, Robin is the titular mom in How I Met Your Mother, Bruce Willis is the one that’s dead in The Sixth Sense, Grunkle Stan has all three journals, Snape killed Dumbledore, antagonist Gruntilda survives being crushed by debris from her Keep in Banjo-Kazooie, and New 52 Batman defeated Joker by threatening to tell the Clown Prince of Crime his true identity before his iconic plummet into a vat of chemical waste, all without the fear of repercussions. 

Sometimes, initially catching the newest released summer blockbuster, nabbing the next must-have dsytopian trilogy, an anticipated anime series everyone’s drooling over arriving on Netflix, or a tense World Cup Final match is difficult. Perhaps, the price is too expensive as well. There’s the possibility I cannot afford cable. Hey, squeezing in the time to can be a challenge in and of itself. Maybe I simply dislike binge-watching and prefer one episode a week/day format instead.

I don’t believe in pilfering anything from the web despite moronically partaking in it before. I’m still dealing with the guilt when I did it last year while taking an online course concerning Gender in Comics offered by Ball State University and instructor Christina Blanch. Excluding New 52 Batman #0 (which is incredibly difficult to find it would seem and stupidly not part of any trades yet), I’ve now paid for everything I read for free via download during the course. I was super excited when I discovered the class, but alas quite broke too. I did something extremely regrettable to the point where I was sobbing about what I had done.

While doing classwork. At night. Randomly.

The guilt consumed as if I had the displeasure of being possessed by my own personal alien symbiote that’s sole purposes for existing were terrorizing and haunting me. This must be a taste of hell, I thought. I don’t desire to experience it again the rest of my life. I’ve been righting that severe wrong I committed ever since.

I’m nearly free now. One comic remains. That’s it. 

Unfortunately, I recently idiotically posted on my personal Facebook that I finally began watching Shingeki no Kyojin a.k.a. Attack on Titan. Someone commented I was incorrect about what I had typed after observing the two-parter first episode. Thank you so much for doing that! Progression on the series has been stalled. I’ve had pals of mine recommend something then proceed to tell me everything from start to finish. The level of pointlessness for me to explore it now is very high.

The worst is when I was reading the manga Death Note as Viz brought the volumes out in America. Someone let it slip that Light kills L in the seventh volume. BLARGH! 

Also, whenever I’m told a spoiler, my brain, well, won’t forget 95% of the time. Years later, I could potentially forget. In severe cases, like an elephant, I’ll never forget. Hopefully it wasn’t something I seriously cared about seeing/reading/playing, eveeeeeeeeeeeer. 

In a nutshell, be mindful of what you say when it comes to cinema, video games, sports, cartoon shows, television series, literature, and even comic books. Realize that not everyone has had the privilege to indulge themselves in close to everything. Avoid the Internet: it isn’t called the “super-information highway” for nothing! 

I cannot believe this. What rotten luck, ha ha. As I’m about to edit and post this, a major plot point from Orphan Black Season 2 was bloody spoiled for me. 

Figures. *Sighs heavily* 

P.S. 

With what little cash I own, I picked up The Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits two days ago due to worrying about spoilers wrecking it for me.  

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laughterkey:

thehandbehindthepen:

la-belle-poubelle:

theclearlydope:

WORTH SEEING: Kacy Catanzaro becomes the first woman to make it to Mt. Midoriyama. She’s amazing. 

YAAAAAASSSSSSSS OH MY GOD

Okay this is honestly UNBELIEVABLE! Because of her height she’s had to exert SO MUCH MORE muscle in half of these obstacles and the agility at which she does it in is crazy! Mad props to her, holy crap.

Holy shit this woman is amazing. She makes it look easy!

Wooooooooow! Way to go Kacy Catanzaro! :D 

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I cannot begin to properly express how much I LOVE THESE! <3 <3 <3 <3 

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deansass:

deansass:

All the marvel art I did for the Draw Yourself Challenge so far! I thought I’d put them in one post c:

To clarify the art:

  • I am a muslim girl who wears the hijab and prefers to wear long/loose things that go below the butt

Individual posts: Steve, Bucky, Natasha, Hawkeye, Thor, Loki

Reblogging again because i just added Stark and Banner~

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tweenxqueen:

LET’S BE FRIENDS:  a mandy &amp;&amp; gaz fanmix.
( because everyone needs a gal-pal to paint their nails — and the town — red with, and they’ve just found theirs. )

01. let’s be friends // emily osment. 02.  this is what makes us girls // lana del rey. 03. glory and gore // lorde. 04. jenny // studio killers. 05. flawless // beyonce. 06. ribs (let’s have a sleepover remix) // lorde. 07. serial killer // lana del rey. 08. problem // natalia kills. 09. dark horse // katy perry. 10. controversy // natalia kills. 11. run the world ( girls ) // beyonce.

image credit: freakishfrollic.

tweenxqueen:

LET’S BE FRIENDS:  a mandy && gaz fanmix.

( because everyone needs a gal-pal to paint their nails — and the town — red with, and they’ve just found theirs. )

01. let’s be friends // emily osment. 02.  this is what makes us girls // lana del rey. 03. glory and gore // lorde. 04. jenny // studio killers. 05. flawless // beyonce. 06. ribs (let’s have a sleepover remix) // lorde. 07. serial killer // lana del rey. 08. problem // natalia kills. 09. dark horse // katy perry. 10. controversy // natalia kills. 11. run the world ( girls ) // beyonce.

image credit: freakishfrollic.

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Reblog this if you’ve ever cried, had a panic attack or an anxiety attack because of school stress

zeegaga6:

punkisdadd:

dauntlessardor:

zeldalovexd:

lordelgay:

I’m trying to prove a point to my mum and teachers

Literally had one three days ago

Yo, that’s what started my issues on Tuesday that I’m just getting over today.

i had to go to the nurse and have my dad pick me up it was so bad

always like school mornings,exams and teachers who call my parents

I’ve turned in a math test with torn pages while sobbing before…

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