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    My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

    And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

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    Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

    whoo boy am I sick of this, yuuuup

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    I never thought about it like this before, not in conscious terms, but yeah, I’ve noticed this, too. This is really crappy!

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  3. twentypercentcooler:

    RADICAL GUARDIAN SKATER X #1 IS ON SALE NOW!

    That’s right, everyone: the first installment of the Skater X saga by me, joebloodyhunter and twobitjusticeleague (with a logo design by bigredrobot) begins today, and it can be yours on Comixology for only 99¢! It’s our riff on tokusatsu and teen drama, with all the McTwisting, rail grinding and nose manuals that you need to make your life a little more rad. Here’s what you need to know:

    Written by:Chris Sims
    Art by:Joe Hunter
    Lettered by:Josh Krach
    By:Dylan Todd
    Price: $0.99
    Available: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Sequence 01:The Break-Fist Club
    KICKFLIP INTO ACTION! Ramp City High School has a big problem: students are turning into monsters whenever they’re faced with stress — and for teenagers, there’s stress around every corner. Good thing skateboard champ Theo and tech whiz Ria are there to stop them, but when the mid-term menace of Testor tears up the library, will they be thrashed before they even start?

    Grab it right now and spread the word!

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  4. Anonymous said: What is the one piece of advice you give to people who want to write?

    kevinchurch:

    1) Always be writing. Carry a notebook or two or three and use it. Even offhanded little bits can get salvaged.

    2) Don’t talk too much about what you’re writing. Write what you’re writing.

    TWO PIECES OF ADVICE FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

     
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  6. bostoncomicsroundtable:

    BCR held its last regular meeting at the dear old Democracy Center last night, after six years.  We shared our favorite memories of the place, there was laughter, tears, loud noises from the improv group in the next room… and we did a jam comic!    Everyone should always support the Democracy Center, a bastion of ramshackle progressive independence in the now all-too-corporate Harvard Square.  But for BCR… on to the Cambridge Public Library!

     
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  8. kevinchurch:

    Next Monday is my birthday and, as I’ve done in previous years, I’m doing a fundraiser for classrooms and deserving charities. This year, since I’m turning FORTY on August 18, I’m going to go really big and offer up a piece of my personal comics art collection to one lucky donor, chosen randomly. That’s it up there.

    The rules are simple: if you give $5 or more, you’ll be entered to win this original Stuart Immonen/Josef Rubenstein Superman art. Yes, really. I will give this to one lucky winner. I’ll pay for the shipping (within the US — international people might have to kick in a few bucks) and everything.

    All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is forward your receipt to kevin.church@gmail.com after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.

    A winner will be chosen at noon on Tuesday, August 19th, giving you all through my birthday to give a few bucks to help kids.

    This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
    Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.

    I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
    Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be.

    Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves.

    More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be.

    Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books.

    Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world.

    Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at kevin.church@gmail.com. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.

     
  9. ericafailsatlife:

    #BostonComicCon commission: Elektra yearbook photo

     
  10. sansaspark:

    During the scene when Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, she decides to do it while sitting on the foot of the Great Stone Dragon. The image of the dragon looking over Mulan is repeated several times throughout the sequence, and the bolts of lightning strike at significant times whenever the dragon is in sight. When Mulan takes her father’s scroll and when she is praying to her ancestors, the Great Stone Dragon can be seen. It is also engraved on the sword Mulan uses to cut her hair and the handles of the wardrobe containing the armor are in the shape of the dragon’s head. The dragon’s eyes glowing in the temple symbolizes Mulan’s role as protector of her family awakening, instead of the actual dragon.

    The reason Mushu couldn’t wake the dragon is because the dragon was no longer there. Mulan is implied to be the Great Dragon that protects her family.

    (via etcillustration)