Posts Tagged 'sociology in comics'

Stop Calling Paradise Island a Feminist Utopia

Wonder Woman's home of Paradise Island

Paradise Island first appeared with Wonder Woman in All Star Comics #8 in December of 1941. Since then, it has often been referred to as a “feminist utopia.”

Please stop doing this. Paradise Island is not a feminist utopia. Continue reading ‘Stop Calling Paradise Island a Feminist Utopia’

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‘Wonder Women!’ Documentary Explores Wonder Woman’s Impact on Feminism and Pop Culture

Wonder Women independent documentary title card I’ve been looking forward to seeing this independent documentary since I first saw the trailer last year. I finally got my chance earlier this week when Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. Continue reading ‘‘Wonder Women!’ Documentary Explores Wonder Woman’s Impact on Feminism and Pop Culture’

Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman #1 (summer of 1942)Today, the last day of Women’s History Month, I’d like to take a closer look at the most influential and recognizable superheroine in comics, Wonder Woman.

She may not be the the first comic book superheroine or even the first heroine to star in her own comic, but you can’t deny the impact that Wonder Woman has had on the history of comics and our culture as a whole.

As a character with strong feminist roots, Wonder Woman has certainly seen her share of ups and downs throughout her publication. Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Wonder Woman’

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’

My Favorite Four LGBTQ Couples in Marvel Comics

Variant cover to Astonishing X-men #51In case you haven’t heard, Northstar and Kyle Jinadu are getting married today in Astonishing X-Men #51!

Comic fans across the country are celebrating and there are even two same sex marriages scheduled to take place today at Midtown Comics in Downtown New York. I can honestly say that I haven’t been this excited about a comic book wedding since Jean Grey and Cyclops got married back in 1994.

To celebrate this Marvel milestone, I’ve decided to share my favorite four LGTBQ couples in Marvel Comics: Continue reading ‘My Favorite Four LGBTQ Couples in Marvel Comics’

Openly Gay X-Man Northstar to Wed his Boyfriend in Astonishing X-Men #51

Gay marrage of X-man Northstar and Kyle in Astonishing X-Men #51

It’s official, openly gay X-Man Northstar is getting married to his long time boyfriend Kyle Jinadu!

Written by Marjorie Liu (who previously wrote X-23) with art by Mike Perkins, the proposal took place yesterday in Astonishing X-Men #50 and the wedding with follow in next month’s Astonishing X-Men #51.

To say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. When I first expressed my excitement to see Lui write such a diverse team of heroes, not even I was expecting Marvel Comic’s first same sex marriage a mere 4 issues into the run. Continue reading ‘Openly Gay X-Man Northstar to Wed his Boyfriend in Astonishing X-Men #51’

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

still of Wonder Woman from WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of documentaries about the treatment of women in comics. That’s why I was excited to stumbled across an article about a new film called Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Continue reading ‘Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines’

Superheroes of Color: Why Does it Matter?

Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, 28, on 2/26/12

As you probably know, the treatment of minority characters in comics is very important to me. But why? Why should superheroes of color matter in a post-racial society?

Simply put, it matters because we’re not a post-racial society.

On Feb. 26, 2012, a 17-year-old young man named Trayvon Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman, 28. Martin’s only crime was walking home from the store with a pack of Skittles while black. Continue reading ‘Superheroes of Color: Why Does it Matter?’

An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 2

This is part 2 of my recent interview with filmmaker Tristan Nall regarding his most recent documentary entitled Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators. Continue reading ‘An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 2’

An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 1

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with filmmaker Tristan Nall, and talk to him about his upcoming documentary Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators. Continue reading ‘An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 1’


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