Archive for September, 2013

A new Low. DC wants naked Harley Quinn suicide in bathtub drawings.

September 10, 2013
  • PANEL 1
    Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy.

    PANEL 2 
    Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a suit of raw chicken on, rolling her eyes like once again, she cannot believe where she has found herself. We see the alligators ignoring her.

    PANEL 3
    Harley is sitting in an open whale mouth, tickling the inside of the whale’s mouth with a feather. She is ecstatic and happy, like this is the most fun ever.

    PANEL 4
    Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

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DC has a contest wanting insane subject drawn by fans
Here is cut and pasted the article and a link to it..

Harley Fans asked to draw her naked and suicidal

“DC Comics isn’t making any new fans this month: Last week, the editorial team responsible for Batwoman resigned after the comic book publisher refused to let them show their main character Kate Kane’s long-awaited same-sex marriage on panel. And on Friday, just a few days shy of National Suicide Prevention Week, DC initiated a talent search asking aspiring artists to submit drawings of villainess Harley Quinn, naked and taking her own life.

The obvious discrepancy is glaring to some fans: Same-sex marriage for a character who’s long been an out lesbian isn’t allowed, but objectifying a mentally ill female figure in a gratuitously naked death scene is a moment to be celebrated. 

The open contest invites the public to “Break Into Comics!” by submitting four panels depicting Harley Quinn in various suicide attempts, the last taking place while she’s naked in a bathtub surrounded by plugged-in appliances like toasters and blenders. The winner will have their work appear in an upcoming issue. 

The comments underneath the announcement on DC’s website are mixed. While some readers defend the publisher’s choice, messages that have received the most “Likes” include ones like the following:

“This is disgusting and you should feel disgusting. Suicide is not sexy and it’s not funny and it should NEVER, EVER be played as either and it should not be used in this manner. Anyone from DC that is voluntarily involved in this should feel like horrible people for it.

No, DC, you’ve *already won* Alienate Your Audience Bingo. You don’t have to keep playing! You can stop now!

I named my kid after Harley Quinn and you think that I’ll come even close to drawing this ****?”

Some Tumblr users are attempting to make the story go viral to not only launch a boycott of DC, but spam the company’s inbox with protest art. 

” In order to participate in DC’s latest talent search, you have to draw a female character committing suicide naked.

I’m gonna assume I don’t have to explain what’s****** up about this.

But guys, they left an open submission form on their page! They claim they will personally review every submission!

I see this as an opportunity to spam their box with a Hawkeye-Initiative style inversion of genders. Or just give them an angry letter. Whatever you want.

I say we make this viral and shame them out of this talent search.”



DC Forbids Batwoman’s Gay marriage, creative team walks.

September 6, 2013

J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman have announced they’ll be leaving as the editorial team on Batwoman, citing DC’s editorial interference and in particular, the publisher’s refusal to allow characters Kate Kane/Batwoman and her partner Gotham City police officer Maggie Sawyer marry each other.

That’s right, while Batwoman has proposed to Maggie twice — twice on panel — DC not only refused to let the wedding be depicted on panel, but refused to let them be married at all. “[We] were told emphatically no marriage can result,” said Williams on Twitter. He later added it was “was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage.” Although how refusing to let people marry — even fictional characters — is not anti-gay marriage is beyond me.

Williams and Blackman will leave the series after issue #26 in December; given that Batwoman is one of DC’s best titles — and arguably its best-looking comic period, thanks to Williams’ incredible art and panel experimentation — it’s a loss readers will feel keenly, even if DC doesn’t.

On the other hand, maybe it doesn’t matter if the creative team left, given the hassles DC was giving them. Here’s a list from Williams’ and Blackman’s official statement, detailing the editorial interference:

Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

Grading 9.8s

September 3, 2013

Overstreet volume 2 says flecks on a 9.8 are acceptable while a stress line is acceptable on a 9.2.

You will regularly see 9.4s with 5 small ticks. on a 9.6 not uncommon to see two or three.

Here are some photos to give you an idea what to avoid in slabs and raws if you want a 9,8.