Words of comfort for those lamenting you’re not at Comic-Con
All the cool news, people, and other exclusives you’re salivating over? If you were actually here, you wouldn’t be aware of 95% of it. I for one am not looking forward to a week or more of finding out about cool stuff I missed and whining, “But I was even there!”
When the size of the budget is held constant, films with female protagonists or prominent females in an ensemble cast earn similar box office grosses (domestic, international, opening weekend) and DVD sales as films with male protagonists. Because films featuring male protagonists have larger budgets, they earn larger box office grosses. However, the differences in box office grosses are not caused by the sex of the protagonist but by the size of the budget. Films with larger budgets generate larger grosses, regardless of the sex of the protagonist.
Speaking of pre-colonial Africa, it pisses me off to no end that in the discussion about Marvel making a Black Panther movie, people (mostly white) keep talking about how “unrealistic” it would be for there to be a remote advanced African civilization. Aside from how insulting it is to imply that the Norse gods are actual beings from another dimension is more realistic, it completely ignores the numerous prosperous African empires and kingdoms of the past
But these same people have no problem with the idea that, in the DC universe, the most advanced civilization in Africa is a nation of simians.
I said this before and it remains true: The more race, semiotic, feminist, and queer theory I read and digest, the less I enjoy mainstream comic books and the conventions/institutions behind them.
Here’s a thing that me and Son of Baldwin talked about.
I’m no grand expert on pre-colonial (sub-Saharan) African empires or anything, they were just mentioned in my high school world history class, and I suppose it was foolish of me to assume that they got mentioned in other people’s history classes too.
I ask you, what is the point of Wikipedia, or indeed the entire Internet, if people aren’t going to check their bold, sweeping statements against basic historical fact? If you Google “History of Africa”, the very first result is a Wikipedia article with that same title. Via the page’s Table of Contents, you can easily click down to 500-1800 CE, and get a nice overview of all sorts of thriving civilizations from that era.
Would it really require an impossible mental leap to present just one remote African civilization that had fended off foreign interlopers and continue to advance on their own? Moreso than asking the audience to believe that Norse gods are actually just aliens at the other end of a wormhole, and that some kind of super-steroids can keep a man from freezing to death for 70 years?
And of course, there is no logic to the idea that Black Panther isn’t “iconic” enough or a “core” part of the Marvel Universe. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He debuted in Fantastic Four. He was an Avenger way back in 1968. And are we forgetting where the vibranium of Cap’s shield comes from? Black Panther and Wakanda are an intrinsic part of the Marvel Universe. It’s a shame they’ve forgotten that.
If I could go to this, I absolutely would. The trailer blew me away the first time I saw it about six months ago, and I’m really excited to see how Marjane Satrapi (along with her Persepolis film partner Vincent Paronnaud) shifts to live-action directing. If you can, I urge you to take advantage of the of the opportunity!
Today seems to be a day all about ladies making comic book adaptations. From the Fun Home musical, the interview with Melissa Rosenberg about Jessica Jones, and I’m working on a piece about Julie Taymor’s lawsuit against the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Not to mention, I’m still pretty thrilled about Patty Jenkins directing Thor 2, and concerned that Jane Goldman won’t be involved in writing the sequel to X-Men: First Class. So I got to thinking, why shouldn’t these awesome ladies have their place in the Women in Comics Wiki? Since I run the damn thing, now they do!
None of these ladies have pages yet, but here is a preliminary list of the first ladies to come to mind:
Lexi Alexander - director, Punisher: War Zone
Shari Springer Berman - co-writer/director, American Splendor
Erica Gould - director, Reporter Girl (play about Dale Messick)
Lisa Kron - playwright, Fun Home musical
Jane Goldman - screenwriter, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class
Patty Jenkins - director, Thor 2
Laura Rohrman - playwright, Reporter Girl (Dale Messick’s granddaughter)
Melissa Rosenberg - screenwriter, Birds of Prey episodes, A.K.A. Jessica Jones pilot
Lauren Shuler Donner - producer, X-Men films
Crystal Skillman - playwright, Action Philosophers play
Julie Taymor - original director, co-writer, mask designer, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical