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Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)

Ma Hunkel is comic's first crossdressing superheroineWhile Abigail Mathilda “Ma” Hunkel isn’t the first crossdressing superhero in comics (that distinction goes to Madam Fatal, a man who dresses as an elderly lady to fight crime), she is the first superheroine to dress as a man.

As a large, tough as nails, hardworking mother of two, Ma Hunkel is a very different kind of superheroine than is typically depicted in comics.

Created by Sheldon Mayer, Ma Hunkel first appeared in the pages of All-American Comics #3 (June 1939) in a feature entitled Scribbly. More than a year after her debut, she would create her Red Tornado persona in All-American Comics #20 (November 1940). Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)’

Super Lame Moving Delays

The Justice League International #88I’m sorry I didn’t deliver the promised post on Ma Hunkel last week. I’m currently moving and things have been going less than smoothly.

The last two posts for the Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight series are in the works and I’ll be publishing them both this week.

Stay tuned and thanks for understanding!

Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course

Taught by Christina Blanch of Ball State University with Mark WaidMark Waid (Kingdom ComeDaredevil, Irredeemable) has recently announced a free online college-level course called “Gender Through Comics” which will feature live weekly interviews from some of the comic industry’s top creators! Continue reading ‘Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course’

Transmetropolitan: The Best Comic About Politics and U.S. Elections

Transmetropolitan Vol 1 from VertigoIn case you live under a rock, the 2012 U.S. presidential election is just one week away.

But I’ve decided not to write a long and drawn out article as to why you should vote for a candidate who cares about women’s rightsLGBT rights, and who isn’t an advocate of enforcing draconian obscenity laws (while still accepting campaign donations from porn promoters). Instead, I’d like to share a little about my favorite comic about politics and U.S. elections:  Transmetropolitan (1997-2002). Continue reading ‘Transmetropolitan: The Best Comic About Politics and U.S. Elections’

On the Fan Reaction of the Attempted Gang-Rape in Amethyst

DC's New 52 AmethystIn case you haven’t heard, there’s an attempted gang-rape in Sword of Sorcery #0. While I’d warmly welcome an intelligent superhero comic that deals with rape, rape culture, and the treatment of women; this is not that comic.

Another ham-fisted inclusion of a sexual assault in a superhero comic shouldn’t surprise me, but for a second DC actually had me convinced that this book was targeted at bringing in new readers. I should have known that instead, they would just keep appealing to the same people who think that rape in comics make them edgy and mature. Continue reading ‘On the Fan Reaction of the Attempted Gang-Rape in Amethyst’

Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census)

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, CyborgAs you know, a couple of weeks ago I presented “A Superhero Census: Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men, Avengers, and Justice League” at Dragon*Con as part of the 5th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference.

Now that the lecture is over, I’d like to share my quantitative six months results, starting with the Justice League! Continue reading ‘Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census)’

Come See Me Speak About Diversity in Cape Comics at Dragon*Con 2012

Dragon*Con LogoIn case you missed it, I’m speaking at Dragon*Con 2012 as part of the Fifth Annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference!

Now that the official Comics Track schedule has been released, I can officially announce that I’ll be presenting this Friday, August 31st at 11:30 a.m. in the Hyatt (Hannover F). You’ll find my presentation listed under the Comics Track as “The Superhero as the Other.” Continue reading ‘Come See Me Speak About Diversity in Cape Comics at Dragon*Con 2012’

My Superhero Census Abstract for Dragon*Con 2012

Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, ColossusAs I mentioned in my last post, I’m ecstatic to be presenting “A Superhero Census: Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men, Avengers, and Justice League” at the 5th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference being held at Dragon*Con 2012.

Central themes of the X-Men comics include alienation, otherness, and being born different, but does the team actually practice what they preach? Are the X-Men really as diverse as they would like us to think? How do the demographics of the X-Men compare to that of  real world national averages and to other superhero teams such as The Avengers and the Justice League? Continue reading ‘My Superhero Census Abstract for Dragon*Con 2012’

Guess Who’s Speaking at Dragon*Con 2012

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I thoroughly enjoyed presenting at last year’s Comics & Popular Arts Conference  held annually at Dragon*Con and I’m happy to officially announce that I will be speaking again this year! Continue reading ‘Guess Who’s Speaking at Dragon*Con 2012’

We’re Getting Another Gaiman Sandman Story!

promo art for the new Neil Gaiman Sandman mini series by JH Williams III This past Thursday, Neil Gaiman  surprised the  hell out of everyone with news that he will be retuning to Vertigo to write another Sandman miniseries drawn by JH Williams III (BATWOMAN)!

In a pre-recorded video announcement at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Gaiman explained that the as of yet unnamed miniseries will be released in 2013, 25 years after the first issue of The Sandman hit store shelves back in November of 1988. Continue reading ‘We’re Getting Another Gaiman Sandman Story!’


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