For those of you who loved Avatar: The Last Airbender (the animated series, NOT THE CRAPPY MOVIE) it was a bit hard to shift gears for The Legend of Korra – same world, same setting but moved almost a hundred years into the future and a whole new set of characters, different conflicts and a whole new twist on things…
… and the finale proved this series just moved beyond just a sequel into legendary territory.
First, the mandatory spoiler alert – do NOT read further if you haven’t seen the finale or am interested in not being spoiled for the series.
Okay. Enough. Let’s start with the final image, courtesy of a faboo article on Vanity Fair: How a NIckelodeon Cartoon became one of the Most Powerful, Subversive Shows of 2014.
For those of you who have been watching the series that is the final shot. Korra and Asami heading off together, holding hands, into the sunset.
Two women of color, strong tough believable and vulnerable women together.
It is a wonderful time to be alive and be able to see something like this. As a white straight woman I celebrate the fact that this is happening, has happened and hopefully will continue to keep on happening to keep the true love stories going.
And, for the record, I’d totally switch teams to be with either two of them.
A hundred, thousand years ago when I decided to write “Blaze of Glory”, I went back to my basic comic book roots.
Which, admittedly, were real old-school. Contrary to the current surge of violent comic books that seem to thrive on how many horrible images and shocking stories they can put out, I decided to go back to my past and write a story where the good guys were good guys and the bad guys… well, bad.
Now, don’t get me wrong – people die in “Blaze of Glory”. When I was growing up and saving up pennies to buy the current issues of “Alpha Flight” and “New Mutants”, people died. But it wasn’t the loud, gory and graphic stories that you see more and more of these days on the comic book racks. In fact, I find it horrible that retailers now have to have different racks for children than adults in the stores, labeled “All Ages” to make sure that little Jerry doesn’t pick up the latest title where heroine X is dismembered and eaten by villain Y in an attack on hero Z’s reputation. Or some such thing.
I firmly believe that you can write a story and get your point across without being crude or graphic. I know that comic books differ greatly from novels, since the graphics are a major selling point for the comic, but I still don’t agree with this current movement towards bigger and badder, faster and more graphic deaths and dismemberments. Death happens – but there’s no need to splatter their innards across three pages, including an ad for the next issue. Really.
In “Blaze of Glory” people do die. A lot of them. And there’s brawling. A lot of them. And supers die and civilians die and yet I don’t think you’ll find the book lacking in emotional content because I didn’t stretch a death scene out over ten pages with graphic descriptions of every torn muscle and broken bone. I like to think I can use words to a better purpose to evoke the emotion and I’m hoping for a good comic book future where artists return to that world where less is more.
Of course, I could be wrong. But I’d like to be able to pick up a comic and not have to worry about steeling myself against what’s inside.
Amazon.com removes buy buttons from Diamond’s Publishers
There’s a little bit of a backstory here – over the weekend, there was a huge sale on comic book trade paperbacks. For those of you who don’t know what those are, think “Watchmen” -type size novels. Graphic novels that basically contain an entire series, or a storyline. Most of us (mainly, my husband) delay buying a comic until the entire storyline has run its course and they release it in a nice, neat trade for your dining and dancing pleaure.
Unfortunately for those who raced to Amazon (and we did, however none of them were on our “want” list) there was a boo-boo in the pricing. Amazon didn’t put them on sale AT ALL. So there was a huge backtracking on Sunday when someone at Amazon freaked out at the number of books being sold, literally for pennies.
Needless to say, no one was too happy about this. Not Diamond, the distributors, who got nailed with having to sell a number of trades at ridiculously low prices. Not Amazon, who got nailed as well, though I don’t know if the difference came out of *their* pockets or not. And especially the customers, many of whom found out that their orders would NOT be honored, as it was an error.
So, in response to this great accident… Amazon has now suspended the Buy Button on Diamond products while they figure out the details and what/who screwed up where.