This is a short ethnographic documentary about crossplay produced for a class of completely non-videographer professionals. We wish we could have made it longer, but it was for a class, so restrictions meant making major cuts and leaving out a lot more to talk about cosplay and crossplay.
The Importance of Food In Quentin Tarantino Films
Whether it’s a five dollar milkshake, some pie, or a tasty burger, this video essay by Daniel Goodbaum combines a conversation between Tarantino and Elvis Mitchel on The Treatment with some of the more appetizing scenes from the director’s films that showcases how the ritualistic nature of sharing a meal can both advance plot and establish power roles between characters.
Now I know why I’ve got these weird gender confusions, must be because I was reading the wrong stories as a child! They should put a warning on these things! God forbid a girl starts reading tales of mystery, suspense, and adventure. Next thing, she’ll be getting ideas, and thinking…
Pinterest is, no offense to Tumblr, the hottest social media site around right now. And it is also one of the sites that is dominated by female users. That would be 82% of users.
So when DC announced it was on Pinterest yesterday I got excited. What? DC Comics is on Pinterest? Is this a…
I’ve received many, many, many notes asking my thoughts about the redesigns done by Michael Lee for several female comic characters. His pieces are the result of, as he says,
An exercise in character design, attempting to clothe the heroines nearly all the way and not making them painted-on, while still keeping the look of their original costumes in some way. Hopefully keeping them looking as iconic as the originally were. Just showing what can be done with a costume breaking outside the barrier of the norm.
He also notes that he’s not pushing a “moral code” with these designs.
The idea of redesigning costumes to reduce the amount of skin makes a lot of sense particularly with superheroes where exposed skin can mean an injury. And, of course, the fact that with the exception of the occassional costume, most male characters don’t flash much skin.
And they can give characters a new feel. For example, as of the best redesigns of any costume which also reduced exposed skin was done last year for DeConnick’s reboot of Carol Danvers into Captain Marvel. A year later and it already easily recognizable and makes the years that Marvel hung on to the old Ms. Marvel design seem silly.
You may have seen these redesigns already as they have been all over the net and Tumblr. I saw them awhile ago and honestly? They didn’t all work for me. I certainly admire his effort and do like some of his work and would appreciate seeing less skin and “painted on” costumes. (Although I’m a firm believer that the costume isn’t always the problem). That said some of his elements - longer jackets and tunics, loose pants and color choices - didn’t appeal to me. You may, however, differ in view. And again, this was a great and appreciated effort. Here’s a look at each of the designs and my thoughts.
I like idea of a suit but I’m not a lover of the long jacket and super wide pants. This would work better for me if the pants had about half the flare (or were tucked into boots) and the jacket was Tuxedo length. Love the pinstripes and the purple lining.
Wonder Women! Documentary to Air on PBS
The documentary Wonder Women! which looks at “the untold story of American Superheroines is finally coming to TV. The film, which has been playing a events around the country for the past year, will be shown beginning April 15. You can see a bit at the trailer above. This film was a labor of love for creator Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and many of you help fund it through Kickstarter. PBS recently aired a segment on Wonder Woman in their Pioneers of Television series.