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Lady Penelope & Parker - from Thunderbirds - star in the advert for Lyons Maid’s Fab - “The First Ice Lolly For Girls” - that appeared in 1967’s Penelope #80.

Ingredients: “frute” and “kreem”
I don’t remember the FAB being so explicitly gendered when I was a kid. Presumably before the torch of freedom provided by the FAB, girls had to ingest steins of boiling potassium during the summer months.
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Lady Penelope & Parker - from Thunderbirds - star in the advert for Lyons Maid’s Fab - “The First Ice Lolly For Girls” - that appeared in 1967’s Penelope #80.

Ingredients: “frute” and “kreem”

I don’t remember the FAB being so explicitly gendered when I was a kid. Presumably before the torch of freedom provided by the FAB, girls had to ingest steins of boiling potassium during the summer months.

This is not a review of Captain America: Winter Soldier


Because you probably don’t need another one. Though I will say I enjoyed the film a lot, and Ed (Brubaker) was amazing! I waved at him and felt super proud.

But this is not a review of that film.

Before the film, as is customary, we watched trailers (Omg how good does guardians of the galaxy look?), and among them was the trailer for Divergent. Now, I can’t say whether I’ll be heading to see it or not. It looks kind of cool, for sure. But, more importantly, when the trailer came on I was struck with an incredible feeling. If I’d been a young girl (I know, I know, I’m hardly old, but you know what I mean) and there on the screen, amongst the multitudes of man-with-a-gun(tm) films, I saw a trailer like that of Divergent, I think elements of my life would have been different…that’s not an exaggeration. I sat there, as a 34-year old woman, grinning at the screen. Because here was a trailer for a female-lead action sci-fi playing right alongside hero films of the like I’ve always loved; as if it belonged there! Which it does, of course.
I felt very happy. I felt like small steps were being achieved and that we were on a road forward.

…And then my husband leaned in and told me what the young chap behind us had said when the trailer came on. Something along the lines of:
“Oh, look. A film about a young girl. And she’s special. And she’s not following the rules. It’s just another hunger games.”

…well, sadly, as much as I enjoyed winter soldier, that comment haunted me throughout the entire film. Because it reminded me that we are still living in a world where, on a consumer level, there is apparently room in our lives for about a billion films about angry white men holding guns, but only one film featuring a young female lead who is more than a love interest or a princessbride-in-waiting. It doesn’t matter if the plots and worlds of such films are entirely different to each other, what matters is only that it has a young female lead in an action fantasy genre and, ergo, its spot in the oeuvre of live-action film for this decade is already taken. ‘The chosen one’ has been a young male lead more times than we can count (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Avatar: The last Airbender…and, yes, I enjoy those films too), but the female chosen one is apparently like the Highlander. There really can be only one (per decade).

We can watch two versions of the same story with Spider-Man within decades of each other (and again, I love Spider-Man), or we can watch sequel after sequel of one guy in a vest blowing shit up in different ways (again, awesome), but two different films, each featuring a young female lead who fights the system in some way: nope. They’re the same film. How unoriginal.

I don’t want to see limits on any kind of film production. Man-with-a-gun films have their place; are fun. Why limit them when we can enjoy them? Hell, I’ve watched films over the years which are practically carbon copies aside from the actors (“he’s an ex-cop, he’s angry, they hurt the woman he loves, he’s out for revenge, blah blah”), and I can still enjoy them and accept each on its own choices. It’s all about balance. Just make things equal. But somehow I get the sinking feeling that if someone pitched a film with a tough female lead who fought aliens, regardless of the plot, well - guess what? The answer would likely be: it’s been done.

I know it’s always easy in these cases to make sweeping statements that are unfair, because so much good IS being done, and I don’t want to detract from that. I’m not a film buff and I’m sure I’m missing a lot of progressive films out there. I’m sure there are some really valid counter-arguments that can be made to this post, and thank goodness for them. But as a member of a mainstream film audience - moments like that, sat in that cinema and feeling my emotional graph rise and plummet, remind me that we’ve a long way to go.

I twittered about this earlier, but sometimes it feels as though talking about misogyny in this industry is like dealing with Groundhog Day: there seems to be a continuous reset, a collective male amnesia around the issue. As if, when a woman speaks out, it’s for the first time and everyone is shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. Sexism exists? OH MY GOD.
Veteran writer Marjorie Liu on sexual harassment/misogny in the comics industry—and the collective amnesia that hits much of the industry every time the topic ever gets broached. (via robot6)

The Cost for Women Working in Comics




You need to help lower the price of women doing business in comics and in comics fandom to only the hard work. Not the hard work plus ducking threats online and off of violence, dodging groping, inappropriate advances, joking at the expense of the fat girl, the not “hot” girl, picking up and carrying around the short girl, creepshotting the cosplayer, stalking the professional. 

You know, sexism. Violence. Attacks intended to create doubt and fear.


CALL OUT OTHER GUYS. If women doing this for themselves really really worked, I wouldn’t have to be saying this. 
Start culling guys from your personal and professional circles that are bad citizens, that you have to apologize for.

CALL OUT MISOGYNY AND SEXISM. Intervene. Speak up. Vocally reject things like the “Big Cans” promotion at NYCC on your blogs, Twitter, tumblr, Facebook, right then and there when it happens.

THE COST FOR WOMEN IN COMICS OF DOING BUSINESS IS TOO DAMN HIGH. We’ve been paying and paying. I’ve paid with my health, self-esteem, and sense of safety. Other women have paid more.

Men, help us lower that cost so it’s the SAME AS YOURS: hard work.

(Please share the hell out of this>)

deathchrist2000 asked:

Are there any plans of you writing a character like Ralph Dibny again in either DW or Loki?

Ah, Ralph Dibny! That takes me back. If you’re looking for stuff in that vein then Zombo, the series I co-created with Henry Flint for 2000AD, is probably the closest - that’s where I really get to cut loose with my particular sense of humour.

But yeah, sooner or later I will end up writing someone just as manic and awful as Ralph was.

'Doctor Who' Comic Writers Discuss Plans for 'The Eleventh Doctor'


I had the honor/pleasure of talking to alewing and robwilliams71 about their upcoming Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor series from Titan Comics. There’s a bunch of stuff that didn’t make it into the finished piece, and I’ve been wondering whether to share it on Tumblr or not…

Don’t hold back on my account! I’ve already shared the long version of the ‘Doctor Who is everything’ bit, and my views on whether Golden Wonder crisp packets are canon. (They are.)

Comics, I kind of hate you right now



I haven’t read comics in about two months now. Aside from a few general pieces here and there, I haven’t written about comics in about a year. There are some things about the comics community that are pretty ugly. And those things are getting in the way of my enjoyment of comics. What’s killing it for me is the harassment former DC editor, current Comics Alliance writer, and all-around awesome lady Janelle Asselin is trying to dig into and, in the process, has become a target of.

For the time I was writing somewhat regularly about comics, I was discouraged from writing about “uncomfortable” topics like sexism or feminism. This wasn’t for all the sites I wrote for. But I did get the feeling I was allowed to hang out in the special tree house with the boys as long as I acted like one of the boys and didn’t turn into one of those uppity feminists. And I get wanting to keep the focus on comics and the great things about them. Trust me, I would love to go back to the days of unabashedly adoring comics.

But that’s not enough anymore.

It’s easy to say women should be able to do everything a man can do: they can be astronauts and writers and scientists and the President of the United States if they work for it, they should be paid the same wages as their male counterparts, they should have the right to vote and drive a car and do everyday people things without hinderance, etc.

But that’s not where gender equality ends. People should be allowed to express a dissenting opinion on the internet without being threatened with rape; people should be allowed to have consensual sex without being labeled a whore; people should be allowed to wear whatever they want without being groped or demeaned; people should be allowed to express themselves in ways that do not conform to narrow, antiquated definitions of “gender” without being disrespected or physically attacked. And come on, people. This is obvious stuff.

So when someone gets catcalled or threatened or browbeaten, you have to stand up and say NO. And look, I get that’s uncomfortable and confrontational and hard, honestly hard, to do. I’m guilty of not saying anything, of plowing along with my head in the sand and just gushing over my funny pages. But like I said, that’s not enough anymore. We need to have this conversation; we need to call this bullshit behavior out.

Because ignoring the harassment is condoning it. It undermines the severity of the situation. It tells the victims that we care more about their attackers than we do about them. Not to mention, the instances when people flat out tell victims of harassment that they’re exaggerating the facts, or “that’s not what he meant” or “get over it and stop being so emotional.”

And that is fucked up. Seriously fucked up. We need to do better, people. We need to do a lot better.

Ali is the. best. And she makes a lot of very valid points here.

Doctor Who is Lenny Henry making Margaret Thatcher jokes in a TARDIS. Doctor Who is Jon Pertwee yelling SPLINK! Doctor Who is any knitted scarf of a certain length or greater. Doctor Who is my nephews mesmerised by an old Peter Davison episode. Doctor Who is the KLF. Doctor Who is holding a sink plunger in one hand and an egg whisk in the other. Doctor Who is so deeply entrenched in the culture that you can’t actually dig it out or say what it is, because Doctor Who is everything.

Not all of that quote made it into this interview me and Rob WIlliams did for The Hollywood Reporter about our new Eleventh Doctor comic, but it’s how I feel.

(There was also a bit where I said that any packet of Golden Wonder with Colin Baker’s face on was canon. I stand by that.)

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