-Manuel A. Carmona
Today we celebrated Tabernacle Church's Harvest Festival 2013 and I can only described it by saying... it ROCKED! There were plenty of kids from all over Norfolk, dressed in their Halloween costumes and having a grand ol' time. There were tons of games for the kids to play, there were clowns, balloon animals, tons of candy and of course; FREE COMIC BOOKS!!! That's where we come in. Through our non-profit organization Comics For Christmas, we gave away more than 400 comic books to at least 80 kids; completely FREE of charge!
We had an absolute blast handing out those comic books and what a reward it was to see all those kids' smiles when we handed those comics to them... priceless! There were a few kids that we've come to know because they follow us from event to event, which makes us feel good for two reasons: 1.They know what were about and 2. They like comic books and in some way it's because we gave them their first comics; which makes me feel pretty darn good! As if handing out free comic books wasn't enough, we also handed out candy to the kids so everyone left our table with a big smile; and that makes me very happy.
We want to help Tabernacle Church of Norfolk for organizing such a wonderful event for the kids around the community and for allowing us to be a part of it for the second straight year, we hope to be there next year and every year after that. It was truly a blessing!
-Manuel A. Carmona
If you recall, last week I wrote a blog entry here on the website regarding the importance of strong female characters in comic books (http://www.truthfulcomics.com/1/post/2013/07/the-importance-of-strong-female-lead-characters-in-comics.html), the importance of good role models in movies and comics for young ladies and I wanted to hear feedback from as many people as possible. So far I've received good feedback on that last blog, I've seen many people sharing the link on Facebook and I've also seen a very positive reaction to the blog entry which means I might be unto something.
One of the many who gave me feedback on the blog was our
good friend Mr. Tom Harris, host of the Radio Free Asgard Podcast. He actually dedicated the first half of his latest episode to our blog and gave us his honest opinions on the matter and I couldn't be more happy about it. Here's the link to the latest Radio Free Asgard Podcast episode: http://www.comicspodcasts.com/2013/07/18/radio-free-asgard-112/
Tom had some good points regarding my article and he mentioned that at least two of the characters I mentioned as good role models (Power Girl and Witchblade) are very much in the "T&A" style of making comics. While that is a valid point, Sara Pezzini (Witchblade) was a police officer and is now a detective and a single mother; which makes her a compelling character and in my opinion, a good role model. Kara (Power Girl) has a running joke about her ginormous boobs, but besides that, she's a self-made multi-millionaire business owner/entrepreneur, she's a single woman and she's powerful, beautiful and fun; all great qualities to find in any woman. The big boobs is something that's made to attract male readers, but many women have big breasts too, so as long as the characters are well written, big boobs shouldn't come into the equation. Regardless, I'd like to thank Mr. Tom Harris for dedicating half the episode to my blog and hopefully in the future we can do another episode of Radio Free Asgard and talk about my favorite character: The Mighty Thor! FOR ASGARD!!!!!!!!!
With all this buzz around the upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman book being published by DC Comics and the Man of Steel's Superman/Lois Lane "relationship" made me think about the comic book relationships I consider "the best". Now let me be clear, there might be others that are just as valid, but this is just a list of the relationships that I can think of without having to investigate too much, these are the most relevant in my mind. If you have other choices feel free to post them on the comments section. Enjoy!
Kal-El (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman and Superman have long seemed like they’d make a nice match — they both have blue eyes and blue-black hair, they’re both superheroes with similar powers, they wear matching costumes. But maybe they look a little toomuch alike to work? In any case, since one or both of them are usually romantically entangled elsewhere, any dalliances between Superman and Wonder Woman have been very brief and occurred in their pasts or in alternate timelines where Lois Lane is dead. These include Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder (with Jim Lee), and Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ influential Kingdom Come, in which the pair actually have a child together. Superman and Wonder Woman have always remained just really good friends, even when put in the most dire and tempting circumstances.
As previously mentioned, romances between Kal-El of Krypton and Diana of Themyscira have until recently been non-canonical, but they have happened. In 1998′s Superman: Distant Fires, Howard Chaykin, Gil Kane and Kevin Nowlan depicted a post-apocalyptic Earth where Superman and Wonder Woman were among the only survivors, and where they had a son who, like Kal-El, was eventually rocketed to another planet to save him from his homeworld’s destruction. In Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, which also takes place in the future, Clark and Diana had a superpowered daughter called Lara, after Superman’s Kryptonian mother, whom they protected from the government. In typical Miller style, the relationship was memorably… intense. Perhaps most famously, the Kingdom Come graphic novel by Mark Waid and Alex Ross introduced a reality where Superman and Wonder Woman coupled after Lois was killed by the Joker, and where Kal-El and Diana eventually started a family. Indeed, there have been quite a few occurrences of this match, but October’s Justice League #12 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee will be the first time the love between Superman and Wonder Woman will be presented as canon. In honor of the event, DC partnered with popular online dating site Match.com to create profiles for both superheroes. Here’s Superman’s, along with an analysis by Dr. Helen Fisher, Chief Scientific Officer for Match:
Superman and Wonder Woman are a classic match, as a very high testosterone male and a very high estrogen female. They also have many cultural and biological traits that will fuel their romance. People also tend to fall in love with those of the same background. Although Superman comes from a different planet, while Wonder Woman harks from an isolated island, both are aliens to our modern world. More important, Superman and Wonder Woman share the same values and goals: They are both dedicated to truth and justice and both fight evil to save the good — traits shared by both the high testosterone and high estrogen type. Lastly, both value independence.
The Joker and Harley Quinn
The 1994 graphic novel Mad Love recounts Harley's origin, told in the style and continuity of Batman: The Animated Series and written and drawn by Dini and Timm, the comic book describes Dr. Harleen Quinzel, M.D. (her real name) as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who falls for the Joker and becomes his accomplice and on-off sidekick. The story received wide praise and won the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue Comic of the Year. The New Batman Adventures series adapted Mad Love as the episode of the same name in 1999, making it the second "animated style" comic book adapted for the series. (The other was Holiday Knights.) She becomes fascinated with the Joker while interning at Arkham, and volunteers to analyze him. She falls hopelessly in love nearly instantly with the Joker during their sessions, and she helps him escape from the asylum more than once. When the Joker is returned to Arkham after a battle with Batman, the sight of her badly injured patient drives Harleen insane, leading her to quit her psychiatrist job and don a jester costume to become Harley Quinn, the Joker's sidekick. She later becomes fast friends with Poison Ivy, who injects her with an antitoxin which gives her super-normal strength, agility, and immunity to toxins.
In The New 52 event, Harley Quinn's costume and appearance is fully revamped, with a skimpier costume, bleached skin and altered hair color, consistent with her new origin. After a falling out with the Joker, she goes into a murderous frenzy, directed towards people responsible for the Joker's imprisonment. Captured by Black Canary, she is forcibly inducted into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller. However, when she discovers that the Joker is rumored to be dead, it takes a further toll in her already addled mind, and betraying the Suicide Squad, she puts their safety and secrecy at risk by turning herself into the Gotham Police Department in a plot to gain access to the skinned face of the Joker. Her plan apparently pays off, and she manages to recover the face, though in a further psychotic episode, Harley captures and ties up Deadshot and places the skinned face of the Joker over Deadshot's face, so that she can carry on a "conversation" with her dead lover. Deadshot lures Harley in close, shooting and severely injuring her during the conversation. After the Joker returns to Gotham, he forces her to disguise herself in his old Red Hood costume and trick Batman into coming to the chemical plant where they first met. Batman then falls into a tank and demands Harley to tell him where Joker is. But she only replies, in tears, that he's not "her Joker" anymore. Since then, Quinn has seemingly entered a relationship with her fellow Suicide Squad member, Deadshot.
Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Woman)
While living with her aunt, Susan, at the young age of 17, met her future husband, Reed Richards, a house guest who was attending college. When she graduated from high school she moved to California to attend college, where she pursued an acting career and encountered Richards again. They became romantically involved with each other. Reed Richards, was designing a spacecraft for interstellar travel. Everything was going well until the government stopped the funding of his project. Richards, wanting to see his project through, decided to make an unscheduled test flight. Originally, it was only going to be Reed and his best friend, Ben Grimm, involved, but Susan was instrumental in persuading Reed in letting her brother and herself join them on the dangerous space mission. In space, the quartet was exposed to massive amounts of cosmic radiation. As a result, they had to abort the mission and return to Earth. After the crash landing, they realized that they gained superhuman powers; hers was the ability to become invisible at will. Realizing the potential use of their abilities, the four of them became the Fantastic Four, for the benefit of mankind. Susan adopted the code name "Invisible Girl".
Reed and Sue's relationship progressed, with the two of them deciding to get married. The wedding was the event of the century, with several of New York City's preeminent superheroes in attendance. Not long after that, Susan and the Fantastic Four encountered Galactus and the Silver Surfer for the first time. Sue later became pregnant with her first child. As a result, she took time off as an active member of the team. Johnny's then-girlfriend, the Inhuman elementalist known simply as Crystal, joined the team, taking over Susan's roster spot. Susan's cosmic ray irradiated blood cells served as an obstacle for her in carrying the unborn child to term. Knowing this, Reed, Johnny, and Ben journeyed into the Negative Zone to acquire the Cosmic Control Rod from Annihilus. Effectively utilizing the device, the baby was safely delivered and was named Franklin, in memory of Susan's father. Due to the genetically altered structure of his parents, Franklin was born a mutant, possessing vast powers of the highest possible potential. Seeking to use the boy's talents for his own sadistic purposes, Annihilus returned and successfully triggered a premature full release of Franklin's latent abilities, which were already in the process of gradual emergence. Fearing that his son could very well release enough psionic energy to eliminate all life on Earth, Reed was forced to shut Franklin's mind down, feeling there was no immediate alternative. Angry with Reed for not seeking her input in the matter, Susan left the Fantastic Four and had a marital separation from Reed.
Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) and Dayna Laurel Lance (Black Canary)
When Dinah met Green Arrow (Oliver Queen). While Dinah at first detested him, they later became romantically involved, despite the difference in their ages. (In the Modern Age Oliver was substantially older than Dinah, the reverse of the earlier depiction. However, the character later died, and later still was resurrected, at which point he was de-aged by an unspecified amount.) Dinah remained a member of the League for roughly six years, including a brief stint with Justice League International (JLI), of which she was a founding member. During that time her mother died due to radiation poisoning experienced during a battle with the villain Aquarius. Her mother's death affected Dinah deeply, and led her to accept that her time in the JLA was over. After the breakup of the Justice League, Dinah moved to Seattle with Green Arrow, opening her own florist shop named "Sherwood Florist". The move to Seattle brought a string of bad luck for her.
During this period, she took part in a failed operation to bust a drug ring. Kidnapped, Black Canary was tortured before being rescued by Green Arrow. The effect was severe: Dinah's vocal cords were mutilated, she lost her Canary Cry, and she became unable to bear children. She required extensive counseling afterward, as did Oliver Queen. Simultaneously, she and Green Arrow had major conflicts in their relationship. She learned that Green Arrow had fathered a son, Robert, with the villainess Shado (albeit against his will), and was taking money from the florist business (Black Canary #1). The relationship ended when Dinah walked in on Green Arrow kissing her shop assistant, Marianne. Later, she learned from Connor Hawke that Oliver had been killed (Green Arrow #101), and that Connor was yet another of his offspring. Although Dinah and Connor later developed a close friendship, the knowledge that Oliver had kept his existence from her remained painful. Though Black Canary continued to fight crime off and on (she became a pen friend of the youthful hero The Ray, who had a crush on her, participating in some of his adventures and even having a brief romance), the effects of her misfortunes took their toll.
The Mighty Thor and Lady Sif
As an Asgardian warrior and lover of Thor, Sif often accompanies Thor into battle and spends much of her time worrying about and searching for him. She has also battled alongside Balder, who has developed an unrequited attraction to her, as she never shows affection for anyone but Thor and certain individuals who have proved worthy to wield his hammer, Mjolnir, such as the noble alien warrior, Beta Ray Bill and the mortal Eric Masterson. Sif and Thor are separated when he is banished from Asgard by his father Odin and begins a life as a superhero on Earth. Many years later Thor becomes romantically involved with Jane Foster. Thor brings Jane to Asgard to be wed, where she is granted immortality but after she fails a final test Odin sends her back to Earth, stripped of her newly acquired powers and without memories of the event. Odin then arranges an encounter with Sif while Thor is battling the monstrous super-strong Unknown, and the two fall in love again.
Reunited with Thor, Sif accompanies him into battle against many of his most formidable enemies. After Hogun the Grim attempts a physical attack, Sif puts herself in the line of fire and convinces Loki if he dies, he would have to kill her too. Loki declines to murder anyone at that point. Thor's attachment for Earth frequently came between them. Sif much preferred the world of the gods to the mundane world of mortals, and, after attempting to adjust to Earth life on more than one occasion, returned to Asgard to live without Thor. Once, when Thor's mortal paramour Jane Foster was dying, Sif lent her, life force to revive the woman, "merging" with her in the process. She did this apparently in an attempt to understand Thor's attraction for this mortal. Jane Foster was separated from Sif shortly thereafter, and sent to the limbo realm of the Runestaff of the Possessor. Sif and Thor have since rescued Foster. Sif and Beta Ray Bill found themselves increasingly drawn to each other emotionally. Sif's relationship with Thor was greatly worsened when Thor, who was forced by enchantment to fall in love with the Asgardian Lorelei, struck Sif in anger. Sif even decided to leave Asgard and accompany Beta Ray Bill back to his people. However, Sif came to realize how deeply sorry Thor, who had been freed of Lorelei's enchantment, was for having struck her. Moreover, Sif finally fully realized that Lorelei was really to blame for Thor's striking her and Sif was also greatly impressed by Thor's heroism in descending into the realm of the death goddess Hela to rescue the souls of Earth mortals. As a result, Sif finally accepted Thor's role as guardian of both Asgard and Earth, and decided to stay behind in Asgard. Sif and Thor once again linked by strong bonds of affection, but what path their relationship will next take remains to be seen.
Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle)
Babara Gordon first outing in Detective Comics 359. She was introduced as Dr. Barbara Gordon PhD holder... and later became a Congresswoman... yet DC keeps on trying to de-age her and taking away the awesomeness stuff like a Doctorate and former Congress status. Dick Grayson shows some affection but we don't really see too many hints as the age different was thought to be much bigger at the time.
Moving into the 70's Babara went to Washington, became a Congresswoman and she and Dick had a starring feature in the "Batman Family" title. DC came out and said a few times that it was meant as a joke and way to shut Robin up, but lots of fans hated it....then they got some letters from fans who loved it....and Batman Family continued with the slight flirtations over time. It's worth noting that at the time Dick was in an on again off again relationship with Lori Eton. Hmmm maybe all his adultry isn't out of character after all. Many fans suspected Babs was faking and it took them Nightwing Annual 2 (shudder) to be proved right.
After the Batman Family title ended the Dick/Babs romantic stuff cooled it somewhat. We didn't really see much hints of it and Babs was busy with her on again off again Jason Bard and Dick had Dala the vampire to contend with. It was in the 90's when it all came together... Dick and Babs were shown as a couple in "Subzero" and the Batman Animated series, the comics then followed suit. The Dixon/Mcdaniel run on Nightwing is classic and a half and every comic book reader should read those at least once in your life.
Clark Kent (Superman) and Lois Lane
Clark Kent and Lois Lane are among the best known fictional couples. The characters—including Clark's alter ego, Superman—debuted in the DC Comics publication Action Comics #1 (June 1938), and have remained in a complicated relationship ever since. The couple's relationship was based for a long time in a love triangle, in which Clark was interested in Lois, who was taken with Superman. Clark, unable to reveal to Lois that his mild-mannered demeanor was a ruse, was unable to compete for Lois' affection, the irony being he was his own rival seeing that Clark and Superman are the same person.
Following John Byrne's The Man of Steel re-boot, Clark's character became not only the more dominant personality of the Clark Kent/Superman character, but also more outgoing, aggressive, and assertive (more in line with George Reeves' portrayal on Adventures of Superman). This allowed a more natural romance to develop between Lois and Clark. Finally, Clark proposes to Lois and decides to reveal his identity as Superman to Lois, and so they began a long engagement which was complicated by the death of Superman, a breakup and several problems. At last, in 1996 Lois and Clark got married and Superman: The Wedding Album was released. The event was also made to coincide with the wedding of Clark and Lois on the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
In 2011, DC Comics main continuity was rebooted for The New 52 initiative. In the relaunch, it is revealed that Clark and Lois are not married. Lois views Clark as a friend and respects him as a journalist, but regards him as a loner who has difficulty letting people get close to him, and displays no existing knowledge of his dual identity. Clark and Lois' friendship becomes strained after Clark quits the Daily Planet. Superman Unchained, the new book by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, will explore Clark's connection with Lois in the new DC Universe.
Tim Drake (Robin/Red Robin) and Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/Batgirl)
Stephanie Brown is the love interest of Tim Drake, the third Robin, the third Batman and later, Red Robin from the Batman comics. She started out as Spoiler. She first met Robin in the Batman comics from the 90s. She later becomes the new Robin, and then Batgirl until the New 52 era where Barbara Gordon finally went back to walking and became Batgirl once again. Sigh... yep. During the No Man's Land event, following Gotham's destruction during the earthquake, Tim begins to realize his growing feelings for Stephanie Brown. This causes him to to break up with his girlfriend Ari, and begin a relationship with Stephanie. Tim began a romantic relationship as Robin with the daughter of a criminal named Cluemaster. Stephanie was secretly "Spoiler". This was quite complicated for Tim by not being able to reveal his true identity to her.
Batman would not allow Robin to reveal his identity to Stephanie. During this time, he and Spoiler frequently work together on cases, until she reveals her pregnancy which spurs him to forbid her to be Spoiler as he assumes the alias Alvin Drapper to take her to Lamaze classes.
However, Jack Drake decides it's time for his family to leave Gotham, forcing Tim to move to Keystone city, during which he works with the The Flash to battle The Riddler and Captain Boomerang. While in Keystone, Stephanie goes into labor while Tim is rushed back to Gotham by The Flash in time for the delivery. Tim helps her through childbirth but eventually the child was given up for adoption.
Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Mary Jane Watson
Peter meeting MJ or Anna Watson's niece was an ongoing gag in the early Lee stories with Peter looking for excuses not to meet her. He meets Gwen in college and she becomes his first girlfriend although he also eventually meets MJ and goes out on a date with her. MJ was originally supposed to be the third wheel and a rival for Peter's affection in order to create drama with Gwen being the primary love interest because of how well the fans took to her. Howvever, Gwen is killed by the Green Goblin in 1973 and he marries MJ in 1987 and has since become Peter's "Lois Lane" although Gwen was originally supposed to take up that mantle according to Stan Lee (his accounts have changed over the years). Because of MJ being much more synonomous with Spider-Man than Gwen, in the movies they made her the primary love interest with Gwen taking MJ's original place in the comics in SM3. I kind of wished that they acknowledged that Peter had another love besides MJ in Gwen, he also dated Betty Brant before Gwen. For his first three years, Peter dealt with other problems besides love and relationships. He was pretty much a loner with zero confidence and trying to help his Aunt make ends meet while also balancing school with his superhero activities. It'd be awesome to see that on the big screen for at least one movie.
In spite of Peter and Mary Jane's mutual worry that they were marrying too early, Peter's concern for her safety, and her unwillingness to give up her "party girl" lifestyle, they married. She attached Peter's surname to her own, making her Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Spider-Man wore his black costume around this time, but after Mary Jane was frightened by a stalking Venom, she convinced him to change back to his old costume. Due to this stress, the recent death of Harry Osborn, and the seeming return of her husband's parents, Mary Jane began smoking (a habit she had quit in high school), only increasing the tension between her and Peter. Peter ultimately convinced her to stop smoking when he tricked her into visiting Nick Katzenberg suffering heavily from lung cancer (he presumably died; Peter encountered his ghost in an out-of-body experience). When his parents were discovered to be fakes, Peter was unable to cope with the knowledge and disappeared for a time. Mary Jane visited her sister Gayle and her father for the first time in years, and finally reconciled with them. Meanwhile, Peter overcame his problems on his own. When she and Peter reunited, both were happier than they had been in a long time.
Cliff Secord (The Rocketeer) and Betty (Page)
The Rocketeer is Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a mysterious jetpack that allows him to fly. His adventures are set in 1938 Los Angeles and New York, and Stevens gives them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the King of the Rocket Men movie serial, the syndicated Commando Cody TV series (both from Republic Pictures), and pinup diva Bettie Page. With the aid of his airplane mechanic buddy Peavy, he debuts an air show stunt act as the Rocketeer to make enough money to keep his bombshell "art model" girlfriend Betty (as in Betty Page!) happy, but soon runs afoul of mobsters and Nazi agents who want to steal the rocket pack. Oh, the Feds and Doc Savage (along with Savage's assistant Monk and Ham) want the rocket pack, too. Cliff, headstrong and passionate, doesn't always make the wisest of choices. Mayhem ensues. And that's just the first story arc. The second, "Cliff's New York Adventure," follows up immediately on the first with Cliff chasing his now-estranged girlfriend to New York City, where he runs into that other great pulp character, the Shadow, who enlists Cliff's
help in thwarting a serial killer.
Stevens was careful never to name or overtly identify any of these trademarked characters, but the homage is clear enough to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the genre. In 1991 a well-regarded movie version was put out by Disney, which combined elements of both storylines to craft a more cohesive plot. The "Betty" character was changed to "Jenny" and her overt sexuality toned down, while Cliff was somewhat less of a lunkhead in the film, but other than that, the spirit of the film is remarkably faithful to the comic, evidence of Stevens' close involvement with the project (one thing that surprised me is that there is not Neville Sinclair/Errol Flynn analogue in the comics. I'd heard the Errol Flynn connection for years, obviously from people who'd never actually read Stevens' original).
Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman)
Batman and Catwoman became strongly romantically involved during the Batman: Hush story arc. Batman ended their romantic relationship because he was unsure if Catwoman had been a willing participant in Hush's plot. Even when their romance rekindled later, Batman still suspected that Selina's reformation could be a result of a personality-altering mindwipe by Zatanna. In pre-Crisis continuity, the Earth-Two versions of Batman and Catwoman were shown to have married in the 1950s, and later Selina gave birth to a daughter, Helena Wayne (Huntress) in 1957. In Batman: The Animated Series, Bruce Wayne regularly dates Selina Kyle. In Batman Beyond, Bruce hints at a relationship with Selina in his past, as well as comparing that relationship with Terry's and the current 10 of the Royal Flush Gang.
As in the comic books, sexual tension between their costumed characters is a major story point in Batman: The Animated Series. In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the two regularly flirt, which others notice. Alfred even goes so far as writing a story about them where they marry.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina (played by Anne Hathaway) does not develop a romantic interest in Bruce until later on in the film. In the end the two are shown to have developed a relationship when Alfred sees them sitting at a table nearby him at a cafe in Florence. -__-
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Hawkman and Hawkgirl are cursed to find each other, fall in love, and then get murdered or killed. Rinse and repeat every generation via reincarnation or something. Thousands of years of this nonsense. As we reach modern day, Hawkman lies dead. Hawkgirl, now Kendra Saunders, has recently taken over the superhero mantle from her great-aunt. It's the love without end, although that's part of the problem. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are a couple of superheroes in a state of permanent rebirth. But knowing that's your destiny is one thing, and feeling it is another, especially when you don't necessarily like the other person. DC's most recent incarnation of Hawkman and Hawkgirl ignored the pressure and expectations of fate and brought new meaning to "on-again, off-again" romances (Mostly by ignoring that "on-again" part), only managing to admit their love seconds before being killed in Blackest Night. Ouch..
Aliens from Thanagar (the planet where their wings and maces come from) figures now’s as good as time as any to bring back Hawkman. This is love at it's most insanely passionate and indescribable, they know they'll die and be born again, and yet they still run towards each other with a passion unparalleled. Sometimes superheroes show us how we should do things and I think that Hawkman and Hawkgirl are showing us how we should love our partners... passionately!
The X-Men's dream couple are proof that sometimes love isn't enough. Teenage sweethearts, Scott Summers and Jean Grey kept getting separated for various reasons that included her being replaced by a cosmic entity, his getting married to someone who turned out to be a clone of her, his having a telepathic affair with another woman and her death. Even in alternate realities, it doesn't work out; parallel reality series X-Men Forever showed that Grey cheated on Summers with Wolverine and, following Wolverine's death, then hooked up with the Beast. Maybe they simply got together too young. The relationship between Scott Summers and Jean Grey was complicated and caring. In the beginning the two truly cared for the other, and it all started to unravel when James Logan (Wolverine) joined the X-Men, Jean had an immediate attraction to him, which caused big problems for her and Scott, they eventually reconciled, but that didn't last long. Jean's powers started going out of control, and during this period, she gradually drifted away from Scott, leaning to Logan more often than Scott, while dealing with her problems.
And things continued to get worse, when former Hellions leader Emma Frost was taken into the X-Men, and was appointed to help Scott better control his powers, and in the process the two began having an affair. Shortly after the two ended their relationship. Though the breakup was messy, the two acknowledged they were both drifting apart, and were better off as friends..
For those who interact with me on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is common knowledge that I'm the president of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas and that we had scheduled an event for this weekend. It was called The Comics For Christmas Free Comic Book Giveaway at The Book and Movie Exchange and we were going to give away at least 2,000 comics and candy to every kid that stopped by the store. But, what ended up happening was far from what we've expected and to be honest, it was quite upsetting to say the least.
The thing is, we do this because we care about kids, we want to encourage kids to read and we put a lot of effort behind this events, we invest our money and time trying to make this events as successful as humanly possible, but we need the support of the people involved with the events as well. We make the flyers, print them and provide the store owners with enough flyers to pass along to their customers and of course, we expect them to pass them along.
But how upsetting it is to stop by on the day of the event, have the store owner pull you aside and tell you: "I went on the website on the flyer and found photos that made me not pass the flyers". The photo in question was the one I posted to the right ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------>
Pretty much every comic book fan knows that the character being portrayed by the model is none other than Sara Pezzini (aka Witchblade) and that Cosplay is in no way, shape or form pornography. I mean, if we want to get technical, there's far more offensive material in a DVD/Blue Ray store than on any Witchblade comic book, but regardless, because of our last Truthful Comics Spotlight the store owner didn't promote our Comics For Christmas event; AT ALL!!! As you might imagine I'm beyond upset and because of this we won't be visiting The Book and Movie Exchange tomorrow or ever again because we feel that it was totally unncesary and rude to have us pay for flyers and then basically throw them in the trash because you didn't bother to either contact me or do your research into who the character is or what the model is doing. This could've easily been avoided by giving us a call, e-mailing us or even massaged us through Facebook but to wait until we arrive at your store, after we've been promoting your store non-stop everywhere we go and we're ready for the event, and then you basically tell me that you don't know how many people will come because you didn't like a picture on my website and it made you not pass the flyers to the parents; that's unforgivable.
Regardless, kids did showed up and we handed out a few hundred books, candy, we had some great interactions with the parents and the kids who attended and we even left a few dozen comic books in case some kids show up tomorrow. I have to admit that I'm so disappointed with this whole situation that if it wasn't for the kids, I'd stop doing it but we have a mission and making kids happy is more important than wasting a few bucks and a few hours because of some people who lack vision.
I hope that we can find other establishments who are willing to open their doors to us and believe in our cause which I believe is so important. Kids need to learn to read, they need to love reading and what better way to instill that love of reading than to provide them with books filled with stories about their favorite characters. They'll follow their favorite superheroes on numerous adventures and hopefully they'll graduate into novels and so on. I want to help light that spark of imagination in their young minds and I'll use comic books to do the trick.
As we promised, we're going to be doing a series of Cosplayer Spotlights and were going to give a fun interview to those Cosplayers whom we are fans of. This week we're spotlighting the lovely Ami Sonia!
Truthful Comics- So Sonia, let's start by asking you how long have you been Cosplaying?.
Ami Sonia- Actually I just started cosplaying this year... I've never done it before so I'm still a big newbie! Lol
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
Ami Sonia- Cosplay. Crossplay takes an immense amount of talent and ingenuity and I dont think I would do many male characters much justice.
Truthful Comics- Why do you Cosplay?
Ami Sonia- I cosplay for three reasons: its fun and it provides a great way to meet awesome new people who have the same interests and likes as I do, the feeling of seeing how much of a positive impact you make with kids and seeing them light up is just overwhelming, but mostly because everytime I look at my six year old son's face as he watches other kids run to me and are excited about the character I'm playing, all I see is pride. It's awesome knowing that your kid is proud of you... sappy I know. lol
Truthful Comics- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
Ami Sonia- Honestly, the more involved I get with cosplaying, the more excitement and ideas consume me. Yeah, I know its something I'm going to be enjoying for a long time to come.
Truthful Comics- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay?
Ami Sonia- So far, bought cosplay. Eventually I would like to commission my own ideas to life but I lack skill at constructing anything so I doubt I will ever make one handmade... but then again, one should never say never!
Truthful Comics- Do you have a current Cosplay fav?
Ami Sonia- My most expensive, favorite and attention getting cosplay has to be Wonder Woman... its the only one I've done! lol
Truthful Comics- What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?
Ami Sonia- I'm too new at this to have a pet peeve... I'm just still star struck and excited about the whole lot of it.
Truthful Comics- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
Ami Sonia- I was asked to go to a toy and comic con in Orlando, FL earlier in the year and couldn't believe how many people were excited and eager to get a photo with me (Wonder Woman).
Truthful Comics- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
Ami Sonia- So far un-Photoshopped... I'm praying to have the ability to work with people who are talented and creative with the whole Photoshop thing!
Truthful Comics- How do you pay for your cosplays?
Ami Sonia- Out of pocket. Im a single mom and often life has a way of sucking you back to reality, but little by little I save what I need to fund the costumes.
Truthful Comics- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
Ami Sonia- So far only a mini con and at my favorite comic book store ( colissium of comics sanford, fl) for free comic book day.
Truthful Comics- What got you into Cosplaying?
Ami Sonia- My son Justice. He showed an interest in comic book heroes and it kind of developed from there.
TC- Well, thank you for your time and continued success in all your endeavors. We definitely look forward to your next Cosplays and who knows, maybe you'll be Cosplaying as one of Truthful Comics' characters in the near future!
For the past two months me and two of my internet buddies have been doing a podcast delving into the world of comic books, movies, video games and everything else pertaining our geek culture. I've decided to announce it here on the blog now because I wanted to make sure we were going to stick with it and also, see if it would even work and so far; it has! We still got a lot to learn in the world of podcasting but we'll have fun getting there and hopefully you'll join us along for the ride. I'd like to introduce the Truthful Comics Podcast crew to everyone and the reasoning why we decided to do this.
First off we have the man with the most podcasting knowledge, the mastermind if you will, Aaron Hoover (a.k.a. Uncool Aaron). This is the man responsible for the recording and editing the podcast as well as being the master of ceremony if you will. But that's not all he does, Aaron is the co-host of another podcast called confessions of a Movie Snob and he recently launched the Nerdvana Network, a website dedicated to all things geek that also serves as homebase to his podcast as well as his blog. If you like movies, comic books and everything else geek, you should check it out: http://nerdvananetwork.com/
Then there's our young ward, Nolan's Batman #1 fan and Truthful Comics Podcast's boy wonder himself: Cory A. Gaitan! This dude has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Nolan Batman Universe as well as anything related to the Dark Knight. This self proclaimed DC fanboy is also writing his own comic book as well, so pretty soon we'll all be reading his work alongside our regular comic books. Cory is also an avid gamer and DC Comics connoisseur, so if you're thinking about picking up any DC book or maybe jumping into the New 52, it might do you a lot of good to listen to this young man.
And last but not least is me, Manuel A. Carmona. As you might or might not know, I'm the co-founder of Truthful Comics as well as President of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas (http://www.truthfulcomics.com/comics-for-christmas.html) and I'm also a comic book artist (Captain Action, Phazer, Project: New Wave). I'm a huge Star Wars fan as well as a longtime comic book fan. I read comic books on many genres and companies from Marvel to DC to Image to Dynamite and I'm a self proclaimed crusader of Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales), The Mighty Thor and Stephanie Brown (Batgirl) LOL!
Listen to the Truthful Comics Podcast HERE: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
I hope you join us on this crazy ride and enjoy our podcasting shenanigans. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them on our comments section, we'd really appreciate it!
The other night I was reminded why I love the internet so much! I've been a comic book fan since the early 90's and I've loved every minute of it. Of course I always follow artists since I'm an artist myself, and there have been a few that have always stayed at the top of my list in terms of the greats in my book. Jack Kirby is the first to pop in my head because of his importance to the comic book medium itself, but one of the most influential artists in the history of comics has to be the one I'm talking about today; Mr. George Perez!
His style is one of the most recognizable in the comics industry and I'd describe it as very "busy", because Mr. Perez has the gift of being able to put 10-15 characters in a page/panel and, not only make it work; but make it look amazing! Now, in the back of my mind I've always thought that Mr. Perez was from Puerto Rico not only because of his last name (Perez) but also for the fact that it'd be amazing if he was from the place I was born in. For those of you who don't know, Perez is a very Puertorican last name, it's almost like Smith or Johnson to the United States, so I had very hopes that this was the case. So, after all the years I've thought about this, only recently was I bold enough to apprach Mr. George Perez with my inquiry. Here's how the conversation went down...
Me- Mr. Perez, I'm a longtime fan of yours and I'm also a omic book artist. I'm currently working on my own book and I have a small indy label called Truthful Comics. But that's not why Im writing you, the reason for my email is to find something out that's been in my head for quite a while. My question is this, are you of Puertorican descent? I ask because I'm Puertorican and Perez is a very Puertorican last name. I could be wrong. Thank you for your time sir.
In case you don't know who George Perez is, here's a list of the books he's worked on throughout the years:
I wanted to share this with all my friends because I was so excited, I felt I was about to explode! Now, I can tell my son "You see these comic books, how amazing they look, well they were drawn by one of the greats. And guess what? He's a Boricua just like you and me. He made it, he became a legend, and if he did... so can you".
This blog entry was copied from the Geek Girls website and it was done in order to help a friend in need. We hope this will bring another spotlight on the gravity of Leah's situation and if there's anything else that we can help with, please let us know. Our prayers go out to Leah and her family.
When I became a Geek Girl I did not even dream that it would be anything more than just a fun little side hobby, I figured I would cosplay a little and write some cool articles and that would be that. Wow was I ignorant. I now have come to know that being a part of this site, this team, this family has been one of the greatest things to of happened to me in a long time. I never had a lot of friends, let alone girl friends that I could relate to. I never thought for a million years I would come to have all of these amazing women on my side cheering me on, and being there to talk to when I needed them.
Callie is very sick. And I had known for a while that she was but did not know the extent of it. But now I do. She messaged me and confided in me about it and I could tell she was feeling completely defeated, and that wasn’t like the girl I had met before, so I was worried. And what can we do? What can we do as friends but to be there with an open ear and a shoulder to cry on, especially when living across the world from one another. I felt helpless. So I thought to do the one thing I knew I could. Reach out. I know Geek girls has a large platform of fans and I decided to use it to help as best as I could. So I teamed up with Dana (Our Geek Girls co creator) to make this post. Callie is well aware of it, but at the same time I know she does not want to be pitied as she is such a strong woman, but I tell her sometimes it is ok to ask for help.
We ask everyone who reads this blog to please help Leah in any way you can, it'll be greatly appreciated! We wish Leah all the best in the world and we'll be praying for her. From the Truthful Comics Family to yours, God Bless you Leah!
-Manuel A. Carmona
By Aaron Hoover | March 22, 2013 |
We are joined by Cory Gaitan and Manuel Carmona wherein we are tasked with the hypothetical job of producing and creating a Justice League movie by Christopher Nolan.
There are a lot of rumors flying around about the now-back-in-development Justice League movie from Warner Brothers, and we take a crack at what we’d like to see, and what we’d like to do with this superhero franchise that seems to be teetering on the edge of a knife, one step away from being amazing, and one step away from falling into colossal failure.
Click this link to listen to the episode: http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/
//About the Justice League
The Justice League, also called the Justice League of America or JLA, is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in The Brave and the Bold #28 (February/March 1960), the Justice League originally featured Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. The team roster has been rotated throughout the years with characters such as Green Arrow, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna, Hawkgirl, Cyborg and dozens of others. The team received its own comic book title in October 1960, when the first issue was published. It would continue to #261 in April 1987, which was the final issue. Throughout the years, various incarnations or subsections of the team have operated as Justice League America, Justice League Europe, Justice League International, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Elite and Extreme Justice.//
Well, last weekend we, meaning most people who love comics, celebrated our annual Free Comic Book Day event and as always, it was a joyous occasion! Let me explain what FCBD is for those of you who don't know. Free Comic Book Day is a single day (the first Saturday in May each year) when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local comic book shop for their participation rules. My family and I went, as we have been for the past three years, to Local Heroes, our local comic shop and as always, it was awesome! Greg Thompson and his wife Meredith go all out trying to give the customers and experience like no other. As if free comics wasn't enough, they had free drinks, pizza, bagels, coffee... the works! all in all, it was a wonderful day and if you havent been to a Free Comic Book Day event and live around the Norfolk, VA area, I encourage you to visit Local Heroes. Here's their web site: http://localheroescomics.com/ You'll be glad you did!
Now, on top of that, we decided to do our own version of FCBD in conjunction with The Book Exchange http://www.bookexchangenorfolk.com/, and so we did! This event will be held tomorrow starting at 10:00 am and we'll be giving away 5 comics to each kid in attendance absolutely FREE!!! This is our first event alongside be good folks at the Book Exchange and hopefully it won't be the last. If you ever wanted your kids to learn how to read, or maybe to focus on other activities besides watching TV or playing video games, here's your chance to introduce them to the magical world of superheroes!
I hear so often parents who claim that their kids aren't interested in reading, but what if you give them something that's not boring to them? What if you give them an option to read a comic book and enjoy themselves while still learning? Comics are more than violence and flash, they teach kids and/or teenagers important values that will eventually shape them into productive citizens. Let an important kid in your life know the magic of comics and discover a whole new world of wonder.
Remember that the Comics For Christmas/Book Exchange Free Comic Book Day will be held tomorrow at 116 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA 23505 starting at 10:00am and each kid will recieve 5 Free Comics! I hope to see you all there!
Manuel A. Carmona
This is the Blog about all things Truthful Comics. Looking forward to reading your posts!