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16 September 14

Anonymous said: Which do you prefer: Oracle or Batgirl?

Okay, people get mad at me, but to me, these are the same character on different points of their timeline. 

I talk about this a lot. The big iconic heroes, they have stories told at all points of their timeline; Jungle Tales of Tarzan and adult Tarzan, Young Conan and King Conan, Young Sherlock and mature Sherlock, etc.

I always think of Barbara as a character who starts as James Gordon’s daughter, becomes Batgirl, and eventually becomes Oracle. To me, it’s the same novel, different chapters. 

And both are fun to write, it’s fun to write Barbara as young and inexperienced, and wonderful to write her as controlling the world from a chair in a tower. 

I don’t really look at them as different.

Posted: 7:18 AM

Anonymous said: I'm really, really sorry if you've already answered this, but if someone was new to the DC universe, but really wanted to check out your Secret Six run when it debuts, what would you recommend reading to catch up?

You won’t need to read anything, it’s a start-from-the-starting-line thing, but if you want to read the previous run, there’s an omnibus edition of the first two miniseries coming out later in the year, I think? Not sure of the date, I will ask!

Thank you!

Posted: 7:17 AM

madnessdeathpool said: I haven't heard it yet, but I was curious as to what the story behind how Kulap V inspired the character Kartharsis?

Ah!

Well, this is kind of a short but fun story.  I don’t remember the exact order of some of the events, but basically…

…I became a huge fan of comedy podcasts, and I kept noticing how many of my favorite stand-up comedians who were podcasters were also huge fans of comics. I became email friends with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Paul Scheer, Eugene Mirman and more.

My favorite podcast was Comedy Death Ray, later called Comedy Bang Bang, hosted by Scott Aukerman, who used to write and act on my favorite comedy sketch show, Mr. Show. I later got to be ON that show, with Scott and Paul F., and had a blast, and those guys totally out-nerded me on silver age comics trivia, I mean they really knew their stuff.

That show mentioned another podcast, co-hosted by the hilarious Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack, WHO CHARTED?  I thought this show was hysterical and still do, it’s really funny. And listening one episode, they were listing their top five of something, and Kulap talked at some length about my Wonder Woman run and was really very nice about it. 

I dashed off a note of thanks and somewhere along this time, I think Kulap mentioned on the show that when Asians were shown in comics, they were almost uniformly Japanese, occasionally Chinese, and that was mostly it. Kulap is a huge comics fan and knows her comics like few celebrities, I mean she knows a lot of comics arcs far better than I do. And she  is Laotion. 

This stuff always sticks in my head, I get frustrated by these things and rather than just griping about it, I prefer to try to create some characters, you know?  I hope I am remembering this in the proper order…

So I came up with a character, Katharsis, as part of a supervillain team, she would be Laotian, but my thinking was that she would break away from the group and go anti-hero even back then. At this point, I had become friends with Kulap and her husband, Scott Aukerman, of Comedy Bang Bang, and I asked Scott if she would be cool with me naming the character after Kulap and giving her likeness to the artist to base the character on (we wanted to surprise her). Scott was very enthusiastic, and when the issue came out, Kulap was delighted, which made me very happy. She had the issue framed, it was fun.

The cool thing from there was that the character, Katharsis, was by far the most popular of the little group of villains I created, so when I started a new hero book, the Movement, I brought her over and made her a hero, as I had always hoped to do…still cranky and dangerous, but no longer working for the bad guys.

One of the coolest things is, Kulap let me use some of her own history in Katharsis’ origin story…the stuff in, I think issue four? Not about her being a cop, but coming to America with her mother, that’s all from Kulap’s real life, with her gracious permission. And I grew to really love the character…she was crackly and fiery. The real Kulap is nice and sweet and funny, so that part is very dissimilar. 

Now, the interesting thing is, Kulap Vilaysack, the real one, is working on a movie of her life, and it’s absolutely fascinating, and there’s a lot of comics stuff in it. She found out at age 14 that her father was not her real father, and that her real father still lived in Laos. 20 years later, she went back to meet him, and she’s making a movie about it. I’m actually in it, we recorded some stuff at Wonder Con in Anaheim earlier this year.

What I’ve seen of it looks amazing…she is looking to indigogo for a bit of funding to finish it. It’s called ORIGIN STORY.

http://www.originstorydoc.com/

I strongly urge people to check it out and see the trailers. I think it’s going to be something special.

Kulap is an amazing woman, a fantastic comedian and actress, and a huge comics nerd. I adore her, and I really want her to be able to finish her film…I think they have raised 60K of the 100K they need. 

Please check it out and spread the word, let’s get this film made!

Posted: 12:49 AM

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15 September 14

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Posted: 8:40 PM
marcussour:

SECRET SIX #1Written by GAIL SIMONEArt by KEN LASHLEYCover by DALE EAGLESHAMBlank variant cover1:25 Variant cover by KEN LASHLEYOn sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?”

Yay!

marcussour:

SECRET SIX #1
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
Blank variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?”

Yay!

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Posted: 3:38 PM

theimancameron:

You all should pick up LEAVING MEGAOPOLIS by gailsimone & Jim Calafiore on Wednesday, these two create such AMAZING stories together, it’d be a shame to miss this one! 

YAY!

It comes out this Wednesday!

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Posted: 11:24 AM

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Posted: 10:50 AM

A Dating Question

If you could go on ONE perfect date with a DC character, whom would you pick?

And then same question, with a Marvel character?

Not based on their powers, just who you find most attractive or appealing?

Posted: 10:35 AM

So, This Happened…

Weirdly, I was asked to give the keynote speech at the Harvey awards last week. This is  a huge honor, and I am not a great public speaker, so I was very nervous. 

I recently gave a speech at the White House and that was very nervous-making, but this was almost worse, because it was an audience of peers and many of my heroes in comics. 

On top of that, I was losing my voice, AND the con and travel were exhausting, and just overall I wanted to sneak back home and send a scarecrow to give my speech for me.

I wrote a nice speech about the power of art, and I was happy with it, but I was still very nervous, I actually got a bit misty the night before and couldn’t sleep.

Then I thought about it and thought about the recent gender stuff in comics, the backlash against female commentators like Janelle Asselin, and I threw my speech away and started over. 

I did a speech that was less flowery and polished, but was more truthful to me, it was about watching the changes (mostly positive) I have seen in the industry since I was a kid, and how you can love something and still want it to be better.

The Harveys are a lovely dinner followed by a ceremony (there’s a huge TARDIS gift bag of trade paperbacks and a DC superheroine shotglass…I got Wonder Woman!). I got more nervous and was working up my courage. Louise Simonson was in the audience, lots of publishers, it was a crowd of key people.

Michael Uslan, producer of the BATMAN films and a personal hero of mine, was the master of ceremonies and he comes up to start the ceremony and he’s just killing it, with stories of legends he’s met in comics, and he’s just funny and charming and great. The whole time, I am working up my courage and feel ready to go, my fists are clenched, I’ve got my newer speech sort-of learned…GOING TO BE FIERCE.

Then Michael Uslan introduces me, and says a bunch of unbelievably kind stuff, and I completely lose it. He mentions my name, I stand to get to the podium, and he says no, wait, hold it, and says a bunch of kind stuff, not about me, but about my WRITING, which is the quickest way to my heart anyway.

And all that mental preparedness just went out the window because one of my heroes said a bunch of nice things I was not ready for AT ALL. 

So I walked up to the podium and couldn’t even speak at first, I was totally choked up. For those that were there, it’s not just that I was nervous that made me falter a bit at the beginning, I was trying not to cry in front of a crowd of people I don’t know. :)  Because my hero said really, really kind things about my writing and man, alive, I did not have the emotional readiness for that, somehow.

I gave my speech (I called Batman a ‘cranky fart in a cape,’ and ended my speech with a loud raspberry), and when I walked off stage, Michael said, “Wonder Woman” and everyone applauded and Mark Waid gave me a big hug and Louise Simonson said she loved my speech and I had a hard time talking for a long while after. 

That was a lovely night and I am still verklempt about it a week later.

Sniff!

Posted: 10:05 AM

Anonymous said: What do you think of Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor?

I have not seem the new episodes yet because I am behind on last season, but I think he LOOKS amazing.

Posted: 9:50 AM
confessions123midi:

Red Sonja #18 cover by Jenny Frison

Holy god, I hadn’t seen that one yet. YIPES, it’s gorgeous.

confessions123midi:

Red Sonja #18 cover by Jenny Frison

Holy god, I hadn’t seen that one yet. YIPES, it’s gorgeous.

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Posted: 1:27 AM
toddwest:

mosiac-style batgirl selfie 
tiffany is so awesome 

I love this!

toddwest:

mosiac-style batgirl selfie 

tiffany is so awesome 

I love this!

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Posted: 1:05 AM

ittygittydiddynator:

Having one of those moments where I’m missing The Movement like whoa. Wondering if anyone’s pitching anything for any of them, or what the chances are of DC giving any of them another shot, after the original book didn’t sell well.

I know there are so many other characters who still need to be given their chances, to begin with, and I feel bad for the lack of them, too. That series really helped me to get through last year, though, and, yeah. =/

I don’t know that anyone is pitching anything, but I really hope they aren’t done. Maybe they can show up in Secret Six? Clearly Vengeance Moth and Black Alice would be swellpals. :)

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