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25 July 2011 @ 07:26 am
Whine and cheese(cake) and writing but no WriterconUK
Ten days ago, I finally got all my ducks in a row, holiday okayed, finances healthy enough that I could decide, yes, I was going to writerconuk's meet in Coventry for the first weekend in August. Yay!

Seven days ago, I woke up with a tickle in my throat.

Having spent the whole of last week coughing and aching and living mostly on chicken soup, Tesco's own brand of medicated hot blackcurrant drinks, and way too many jelly sweets, I have had to scrub writerconuk from my agenda.

That sucks. A lot. It's great fun, and it's the only time I get to see most of the people there. I won't get to bitch about DC's 'reboot' with booster17! I had so much bitching to do about that, so here are a few excerpts. *g*

There is so much wrong with starting the DCU all over again with 52 new #1 books and only having two female creators out of over one hundred.

And it's not just the female creators that have disappeared, it's also way too many female characters that have either disappeared or been deaged and poured into obscenely tiny, cheese/cakey outfits.

Several male characters have been dropped because they were married and had kids and that's just not relatable to the audience DC is trying to attract. (The audience they've always marketed to, and who have been losing interest for years - young white males).

Superman and Lois (and at least one other couple) are no longer married. Apparently, according to Matt Idelson (DC editor), "Superman doesn't need a trophy wife".

I'll say that again: "Superman doesn't need a trophy wife".

There is so much wrong with that statement, I don't even know where to begin. I wish Lois was real so she could dickpunch him and the rest of the assholes in charge.

At San Diego Comicon this weekend, a female fan told Didio that she counted and out of the twenty-eight solo character titles only six were women and only two were not connected to older male superheroes. “How do you justify calling that diversity?” the fan asked as the audience cheered. Didio told her it was an industry problem and then dodged the question, calling on the next fan.


So, no fun fannish weekend. Which meant I suddenly had money to spare and a resentment of DC burning a hole in the pit of my stomach.

And then someone on my Twitterfeed (either @GailSimone or @dcwomenkicknass) linked to Womanthology, a startup large scale anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics, and their fundraising page, Womanthology@Kickstarter, and an hour later I was pledging $70 to the cause.

Instead of a WriterconUK goodie bag, I'll have a hand-numbered issue of Womanthology, my name mentioned as a benefactor inside the book, and a sketchbook full of Womanthology art, sketches and ideas, and extra unseen work & interviews separate from the book.

All that, plus I get to feel good about giving my money to people who don't spit on me for not being a 16-35 year old dick male.

While all this has been going on, I've been dipping my toe back into the waters of original writing, over at lj_scribe - a weekly prompt-based short-form writing comm with regular prizes of lj tokens.

My first entry, a haiku, was chosen for the final poll and seems likely to be a winner, and last week's prompt of "This will be our little secret", inspired a poem, "Little Man", that made my skin crawl as I was writing it, and has garnered some stunning comments. (If you click the link, please read the warning at the top of the post.)

The comm uses a +1 system to select the entries that go into the final voting poll, a system that is apparently still in beta after over a year and, dammit, I WANTS IT! I fell in love with the Kudos button over at AO3 and the fact that we almost have something here, but not quite, is making me sadface and grumpy. *pokes lj*

I'm still writing fic, and it's mostly still Inception, though the current effort is actually a Harry Potter/Inception crossover, with Eames as a squib Malfoy cousin, and a Draco who wants Harry incepted into realizing he has 'options' besides breeding more Weasleys. *g*

I'm sure I've forgotten a load of stuff I meant to share, but all the green goo is making it hard to remember. I need to update more often, and not just fic. (Hmmm, I think I said something similar just after the new year, and look how well that worked out...)

*smooches you all through a prophylactic* (NOT LIKE THAT! So I don't infect you all with my lurgy, you dirty buggers!)

katbcollkatbcoll on July 25th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have to miss Writercon.
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thanks.

There's always next year, if the apocalypse doesn't strike first. ;)
Karenkazzy_cee on July 25th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Awwwww - shame you can't come :(

I can't believe that comment (well, I can, but I cannot eyeroll enough!!).
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks. I shall miss you all (and the chairs of decadence!).

The 'trophy wife' comment made me see red, and, from what I've read and listened to on podcasts from the con, it wasn't even the worst of it. :/
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Sentimental yet sardonic: Head-desky [lurker32]booster17 on July 25th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Seriously, who's doing DC's character concept designs these days

Jim Bloody Lee. Who, incidentally, was the one who designed Huntress's ab window outfit in the first place.
darkhavens: dcu flash geekgasmdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Harley's outfit is atrocious. It doesn't just say 'hooker' it says 'cheap hooker'. How can they justify putting an acrobat into a pair of too short short shorts and a partially laced up basque?! *raeg*

As Booster says, Jim Lee is the man behind the porn.

I think women should be given equal fanservice:

For every comic that contains an impossibly pneumatically-enhanced pair of underclad tits, I want to see an un-armored, lovingly pencilled, carefully inked 10" cock. I don't care if it's covered in skintight lycra, latex or plain old tighty whities, but it's only fair, right?
Sentimental yet sardonicbooster17 on July 25th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Dammit! I was looking forward to company on the train again. :( And frankly, even as a male comic book reader, I'm not liking what I hear of certain parts of the reboot/not-a-reboot/desperate-publicity-ploy.

If you want to start the discussion anyway, I'll start! Batgirl is Barbara Gordon. Not Steph (*hearts Steph*), and much more importantly, Babs ain't Oracle anymore. Way to spit on all your disabled fans, guys.
darkhavens: dcu joker: love my jobdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I am not happy about having to cancel, but I know that even if I completely stopped coughing tomorrow, I'd still be too feeble to trainhop to Coventry without crashing for 24 hrs once I got there. And where's the fun in that? :(

Didn't you hear? They're not spitting on their disabled fans at aaaaaaaaall! There's a character called Horse Woman in the medieval book Demon Knights who never gets off her horse because she doesn't have the use of her legs (except when she's in her wheelchair...) And, according to the artwork that's come out so far, she's a redhead, so really, those fans still have their disabled redhead, she's just not cluttering up the Batverse any more, so it's all good right? And she's an archer and an inventor, so what's everyone moaning about?

*tears out hair*

"Look! We still have a cripple! And a black dude in the Justice League! And Wonderwoman has retractable pants! It's all about diversity, yo!"

(Except for how they've gone from 12 female creators to 2, and the percentage of featured female characters has also dropped.)


We would have had such a fun time on the trains, entertaining the rest of the passengers with comic rants. *g*
Mazthismaz on July 26th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you won't be there. I hope you feel better soon.

And I can't believe anybody could see Lois as a trophy wife *boggles*

The haiku is lovely. Congratulations on the win. But that poem... Wow! *shivers* Well done.
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks. I am feeling some better, but this is an (earlier than usual) annual thing, so I know from experience how long it takes me to stop feeling wiped after the smallest exertion. :/

The haiku won me 1000 lj tokens, and the poem has made the finals so that's at least another 500. (If only the real world paid so well: the haiku amounts to $10 for 12 words. Hee!)

The poem... I read the promnpt and that was the first place I went. I put off writing it for several days, thinking somoene else would go there, but nobody did, and the idea just kept eating at me. I am inordinately happy to have made one of the commenters feel ill after reading it. It creeped me out as I was writing it. *g*

Kristintxrabbit on July 26th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)

Sorry you're icky. Sorry about the dickishness of our world. Feel better!
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! Am feeling somewhat better, and relieved to see lj back up and running again.

*smishes and snuggles*
Ruricruric on July 26th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Ack! Sorry you're missing the fannish get together but at least there's Horbling. Hope you feel better soon.
darkhavens: alice - mad hatterdarkhavens on July 29th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D

I have all my hopes pinned on Horbling now. Must has!