Lots of Wakanda News Today…

I did a couple of articles for Capeless Crusader today discussing the relationship between the U.S. and Wakanda in light of President Trump’s comments on certain countries in Africa being “shithole countries” — or, according to other sources, “shithouse” countries. Either way, it was a racist thing, and comics fandom came for Trump the way they tend to: by breaking out the Black Panther merch and memes.

First, here’s a link to my coverage of SuperHeroStuff.com’s new “Wakanda is Not a Sh#thole Country” shirt.

And here is a link to my discussion of the challenge issued to the Press Pool to ask Trump about Wakanda, and what the consequences of someone responding to it might be.

Trump and T’Challa, because it’s never Actually gonna happen.

Happy 2018!

2017 was a really wild ride politically, but hopefully this year I can stay in the saddle with all my priorities and not get too distracted from the things I can do by the things I can’t.

Later today, I’ll be posting an essay on why X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) fundamentally broke the continuity of the X-Men film franchise, and how I think the fanchise could instead have achieved its major goal (bringing back Jean and Scott by making X-Men: The Last Stand not happen) without totally breaking its temporal continuity.

In the meantime, though, I finished writing up the interview I did with Dr. Sheena Howard about Superb, the book she and David Walker (Luke Cage) are writing for the Catalyst Prime line at Lion Forge.

Dr. Howard speaking to a reporter at NYCC 2017 (by Melissa Willhouse // Willhouse Media)

You can read the article here at Capeless Crusader, and you should: her writing process with Mr. Walker is really cool.

Anyway, see you all later today!

CAPELESS: My latest interview with Steve Orlando

I’m a huge nerd for Midnighter & Apollo by Steve Orlando, Fernando Blanco, and Romulo Fajardo Jr, and everyone knows it.  So I was really excited to chill with Steve at NYCC 2017 and ask him a few questions about that book and also his new book, The Unexpected.  You can check out my write-up here at Capeless Crusader.

So Bendis is at DC Now…

…And I’m not feeling it.  Like, I get he’s got major star power, and a reputation for diverse writing, but, like.  He’s still the guy who’s responsible for Wanda Maximoff getting nothing but shitty stories about her mental health for the last decade.  He outed Bobby by throwing bi folks under the bus.  

He also profits off of writing diverse stories that could’ve been told better by POC & queer writers.  There’s a tangible difference between a white guy writing diversity and someone writing #ownvoices; for example, Sina Grace’s Bobby feels distinctly more natural than Bendis’s or Hopeless’s, because Grace is gay and knows the score.

It’s good, I guess, that Bendis wants to write diverse stories, but his star power means that writers who could be doing #ownvoices books wind up shut out, because the big companies want to attract old readers with a writer they’re familiar with, rather than taking a risk and actually advertising and marketing for a new writer or #ownvoices book.  Black Panther & the Crew, the first time Storm’s ever been written by a black woman, got no marketing or press attention, and got cancelled after two issues.  You know Marvel wouldn’t gave treated a Bendis book that way.

It’s a systemic problem with the industry, and I feel like there’s not a lot we can do about it besides supporting writers and titles that are #ownvoices specifically, and talking about this stuff online.  As a result, Here’s a screenshot of my tweet thread of recs; all are #ownvoices, and all are fantastic:

So, to reiterate, it just means that if Bendis winds up on Action Comics, I won’t read that book anymore until he leaves.  I hope he doesn’t get the book, but I admit I’m a little nervous about it.  I don’t want to see him write my trashcan favorite, frankly, and don’t trust BMB in general.  

Overall, I’m concerned, but I’m not gonna waste much time getting angry about it.  Instead, buy #ownvoices books and write your own!  Make art, and support art you love and see yourself in.

CAPELESS CRUSADER: Box Office Predictions for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Okay, so this week, in anticipation of Thor: Ragnarok releasing in the U.S. on Friday, I crunched the numbers and figured out, pretty much, the way I anticipate this movie to gross, both on its opening weekend and for its whole run. I’ll probably do a follow up in about a month to fine tune my predictions with the help of its weekly drops, but for now, check out the article here on Capeless Crusader for my methods, math, and the prediction itself.

Tomorrow, I expect to finish my interview with Steve Orlando, so keep your eyes peeled for that!