Aug. 08, 2013 | 4:44 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE It’s been a rough week for women in comics. First, Wonder Woman was (once again) relegated to the back burner, while a TV series for the Flash is being fast-tracked in her place. Then, during Wednesday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the new PBS docu-series “Superheroes: The Never-Ending Battle,” several comics creators said of the dearth of women and people of color in their pages, that readers are “not interested” in those characters. Today comes a New Republic story that quotes “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar defending his comic book depictions of rape and sexual violence, saying “I don’t really think it matters.” Comics creators, journalists and others of the comics community took to Twitter to respond to what they saw as blatant sexism, both in the TCA panel and in Millar’s comments. Millar, the boundary-pushing comics writer […]
July 11, 2011 | 11:18 a.m.
Yoshiki, the drummer-pianist-rock star commonly referred to as “the Bono of Japan,” has a new alter ego — Blood Red Dragon, the title character in a new comic-book series from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. The first issue will be unveiled at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan talked to McFarlane about creating an alter ego for the rock star, how American and Asian comics differ and his thoughts on Comic-Con. RK: What went into the design of a character based around Yoshiki? TM: Yoshiki kind of flaunts his androgynousness. He was quick to point out that he didn’t want to be muscle-bound. You can tell he’s not American because then he would want to look like a bodybuilder. He wanted to make sure that when he was not in costume he […]