Sunday, June 17, 2007

Yay! A promo picture of Black Canary that doesn't make me writhe in pain!

As you may or may not know there has been talk about how women are portrayed and/or drawn in comic books. A while ago, Tom Foss, (over at Fortress of Soliloquy,) posted this picture of Black Canary with his thoughts about it. I tended to agree with Mr. Foss about it; I didn't think it was an accurate portrayal of any plausible position a non-meta female superhero could take. I also thought about the recent portrayals of women in superhero comics and was upset that they seem to put in these awkward positions for the enjoyment of a mostly male fan-base.

I then stumbled across this image on the net:
and was far more pleased. Talk about awkward positions: this has Dinah and Ollie posing for their wedding cake and I couldn't be happier. Let's not dwell on the fact that Dinah is wearing an all-white, wedding version of her costume but the fact that she has Ollie hoisted over her shoulder with a very, very discontented look on his face.

It's nice to see an image of consensual marriage where it seems the woman is holding the overt upper-hand. While Ollie does have his suction arrow on her butt and still holding the string, it seems that Dinah had an altercation and decided to show Ollie who's going to be carrying whom across the threshold. Dinah looks like she is gleefully not caring about Ollie's brashness or his slight ill-temper about his current disposition. Above all however: this position looks plausible; Dinah would probably hoist GA over her shoulder to shut him up and Ollie would probably be slightly grumpy about it.

I'm deciding whether or not I want to put this on my as my background image.


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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Welcome to Panel One.

Welcome to Panel One, where I will attempt to look at comic books, its perceptions by fans and the outside media, and voice my own opinions about works. I should make the disclaimer now that I'm uber-busy and many of my projects fall by the waste-side but I will try to keep updating this on a semi-regular basis. That being said let's get to what exactly Panel One is.

Panel One is in reference to the first panel of a comic book, the opening or expository shot, that gives you a sense of the comic's tone and direction. Similarly with this blog I will be looking at various images and--if I have enough caffeine flowing through my system--analyzing what this says about the state of comics, its creators and contributors, and how that may attract some members of fandom but repel others. I will be linking to other blogs, referencing various sources, and trying my best to cover all points of the issue; not just the one's I'm interested in.

With all that said and done, welcome to Panel One; it'll be an exciting ride, let's see how long it lasts.

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