handdrawnhero asked: Hey Gail! I read online that it was in your run of Action Comics that brought Livewire into comics-canon. Is this true? After watching MoS with awesome Faora, I'd love to see Livewire in a MoS sequel.
Yes. I fought for a long time to bring Livewire into the comics, and we lucked out because I was friends with lots of the key players in the DC Animated departments, including Bruce Timm, who kindly gave his blessing.
I asked him if he wanted to draw the story, but he felt, correctly, I think, that it would blunt the message of bringing Livewire into the DCU continuity. He felt it would be considered non-canon, more like an animated universe homage.
I am very proud to be someone who has helped bring some of these fabulous female characters into the DCU, either from other media, like LiveWire, or from unbenching them, like Ice and the character at the end of THE MOVEMENT issue two.
It’s not always about creating a character, sometimes it’s a struggle just to make sure great characters don’t get buried or killed or forgotten. It was a lot of effort to get LiveWire for legal reasons, but the animated guys, especially Bruce Timm, could not have been nicer or more helpful.
Also, I tried to use her in Villains United, not sure if she actually made it in.
I remember there were some restrictions, she couldn’t have the origin from the animated show for some reason, and it had to be her first appearance…can’t remember the rest!
the22ndmysterium asked: Dear Gail, I consider you an expert on what makes for good cosplay. I'm a middle-aged 300 pound 6'8" guy who's looking to try his hand at cosplay. Are there any characters I could pull off besides, let's say, the Blob? I know your going to say "Anything you want." but I can't imagine I'd look okay as black Canary or Namor.
I appreciate the kind words, but I am not an expert on cosplay by any stretch of the imagination. I am simply an admirer.
And I suggest someone with your body shape could play Lobo. Or Batman. Or Spider-girl. Or Princess Leia. Or Ant-man.
BODY SHAPE DOESN’T MATTER.
Play Black Canary if you want. I will follow you around and bust anyone right in the face if they give you shit for it.
I know it’s a drop in the bucket. I know there are much larger issues with how Lgbtq people are denied their rights and dignity and safety.
But I still find it encouraging. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has become the third sitting US GOP senator to support marriage equality, and has announced it with a mix of pragmatism and idealism.
She said this on twitter, which, to me, is important because it makes it crystal clear how one can be a Conservative and support marriage equality:
“Americans should be able to love & marry whom they choose - gay or straight- & government should get out of the way.”
Now, to me, this plain statement exposes the weakness of the conservative position that lgbtq marriage is a bad thing. Their own principles should have them saying, “this is not the business of the government, to legislate who can marry.”
And here is a bit I found spot-on. Here she’s talking about the basic inequality afforded a lesbian couple that had adopted four kids in her state.
“Yet despite signing up and volunteering to give themselves fully to these four adorable children, our government does not meet this family halfway and allow them to be legally recognized as spouses. After their years of sleepless nights, after-school pickups and birthday cakes, if one of them gets sick or injured and needs critical care, the other would not be allowed to visit them in the emergency room – and the children could possibly be taken away from the healthy partner. They do not get considered for household health care benefit coverage like spouses nationwide. This first-class Alaskan family still lives a second-class existence.”
Lisa Murkowski, I don’t know your other positions but thank you for standing up on this one!
I’m curious about something.
How many of you came to the DC or Marvel universes initially through either the films, or animated series?
Did you fall in love with superheroes through comics, or was your first real exposure to them from other media?
And finally, specifically, does your love for a certain character or team stem in any way from film or animation, by which I mean, are you a Batman or X-men fan, for example, at least partially due to the films or cartoons?
This is for a reason…thanks!
At least three of the four items I ordered should be here by the end of the week! I’ll still have VM’s shirt and arm pieces to worry about, but those shouldn’t be any problem.
I can’t wait!
I’ma get a bunch of photos of you as Vengeance Moth!
I really enjoyed it. Some of it was magnificent.
In some ways, it’s a Superman movie for people who aren’t fans of Superman, and I do understand that. But some classic Superman elements are not included at all.
HOWEVER, there’s a lot that rocks. I am not a Russell Crowe fan and his Jor El scenes are a completely joy to watch and experience. A lot of the heart and brains of the early scenes are just purely Jor El.
Second, there’s a character on the bad guys side that I adore so much, they just did an amazing job. You will know who it is when you see the film. This person steals every scene they are in, even with very few lines. I want to write them IMMEDIATELY.
There are things that miss the mark. But I enjoyed the hell out of it.
And it has maybe the best soundtrack I have heard in years. I was in awe of the music.
Gonna see it again. I was very much worried, but I think they have produced a unique, complete vision. It’s not the comics Superman. If you go there expecting that, you may be disappointed. But I found it a really entertaining vision with some stealthy emotional moments that hit hard, even after the movie is over.
I saw it at the midnight premiere in my tiny town’s theater. LOT of people wearing Superman shirts, and they applauded at the end.
jonesinforjosie asked: the ask earlier. Someone corrected you for transvestites in it, so I corrected for transgendered
Ah, okay, thank you, I got confused.
Appreciate the clarification!