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The Business of Comics, New Gaming Gals, Con News

The Business of Comics

I’m assuming everybody already heard that Amazon bought Comixology. While there seemed to be a good deal of negative reaction towards this (at least on twitter) Jeff Gomez from Business Insider, has convinced me that this merger is good for people in my demographic: awesome ladies between the ages of 17-26.

Women 17 – 26 have risen to comprise over 20% of ComiXology’s users, and that’s certain to rise after Amazon’s acquisition. The books will now be exposed to millions of newcomers, so it will behoove major publishers to make their stories more female-friendly, streamlined, and accessible. 

For personal reasons (anxiety problems) I’ve been contemplating making the move to switch from floppies to digital, and this deal may finally be what pushes me over the edge. Maybe.

Many of the negative reactions towards Amazonlogy come from creators and comic enthusiasts who fear that Amazon will damage business for local comic shops. Heidi MacDonald from ComicsBeat reassures the general public that this will not happen in her comparison of indie shops and comics shops. To be honest, I don’t usually care about LCS because they make me feel unwelcome and lame, but since they are the bastion of the comics market, hopefully the goods ones will survive.

falcon In an interview with Geek Dad (and other bloggers) Anthony Mackie – the guy who brought Falcon to life in Captain America: Winter Soldier - became my hero for uttering these words when asked how he felt about being the first African-American superhero:

“When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” … Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.” (Bold is my emphasis)

So you know, I have a new hero in Anthony Mackie. Just for that, I may go watch Captain America: Winter Soldier again.

New Gaming Gals

So, there have been a few images and games announced this week that I would like to call your attention to. First off  is the new image of Jade from Beyond Good and Evil 2. During a Q&A session in a language I don’t speak, the creator, Michael Ancel, whipped out this beauty.

BeyondGoodAndEvil2 Yes, I agree – Ancel is a terrible person to tease us with this image in non-digital format. I can’t tell whether she’s wearing a skirt or pants, but either way it seems like Jade has been unnecessarily feminized. And I’m not sure what the point of the sword/staff is. Okay mainly this image just looks too serious to be a sequel of a game where I ran around with a pig-man as my bumbling assistant.

Fortunately for me, Drinkbox Games (creators of Guacamelee) have just announced a new game called Severed, which seems to capture some of the silliness of the original Beyond Good and Evil.  The trailer is weird, but just bear with me.

 

Severed is going to be a first-person, motion controlled game where you level up by adding monster parts to your body. Probably the most bizarre thing I’ve heard today – but it brought to mind postmodern feminist thoughts on the fetishization of body parts. There’s an academic paper somewhere in there – I know it!

YoungAvengersI’m really excited that this games features a woman of color as the protagonist, and I’m also excited to cut things up with a dragon sword. Clearly, I’m an easy to please customer.

Unfortunately this is just in conceptual stages currently and it hasn’t been announced what platform it’s coming to, nor has the release date been set so we’re going to be waiting for awhile to enjoy this madness.

So, the Young Avengers won a GLAAD award. This isn’t really related to any of the categories I set up today, but it’s important enough to sneak in. All hail Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, Clayton Cowles (and all the other important people I can’t remember off the top of my head). Now here’s your preview of McKelvie and Gillen’s upcoming The Wicked and The Divine.

Con News

GaymerX, the LGBTQA conference has announced that this is its last year. Despite the fact that I’ve never actually attended GaymerX, this still makes me feel a bit bummed. Apparently they grew too big for their britches before new britches could be made. Apparently I suck at metaphors.

CosplayThe Barcelona Comic Con is a thing, and it’s a thing looking to attract brunette ladies with large breasts. They basically put out an add with these requirements (bold is my emphasis):

  • Hours: May 16 : 4-7 pm; May  17: 11-14 am and 4-7 pm; May 18: 11-14 am
  • Net Salary: 140 EURO (US 194$, 116£)
  • Requirements: brunette girls, height over 170 cm (5’7″), minimum chest
  • size 95 (38D)
  • Interested send resume + 4 photos to:  javier@azafatasnsh.com
  • Specifying in the e-mail subject “comic + your height + your breast size
  • Requirements: Sex: female
  • Vehicle owner: yes
  • Age: At least 25″

The goods news: Americans aren’t the only ones who saw this and made a stink. The bad news: the pay isn’t worth it for me to travel to Barcelona. Maybe they were just looking for Lara Croft look-a-likes?

There were a few panels at PAX East 2014 that covered diversity issues. I already covered one here. Samit Sarkar covers another panel that specifically talks about gender and gamine here. The takeaway from both panels seems to be that everyone needs to speak up for themselves more, and it’s counterproductive to ignore trolls. I’ll get right on that once the Wonderful Wizard gives me some courage.

Another important bit of information revealed at PAX East is the creation of PAX South which will debut in San Antonio, Texas January 23-25. I’ll never regret being a southern girl again, the drive to San Antonio is only 7-8 ish hours!

And finally, the Indiana State Fair might not count as a Comic Con, but it had a llama dressed up as Batman…so I’m counting it. Here’s the picture (you’re welcome):

llama-batman

 

 

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