Dazzling DC Ladies Month - Danica Williams | The Flash
Of course the dudebro division of DC wants to get rid of Dick Grayson. They haven’t done it, but only because they must grudgingly admit it would cause too much public outcry. Still, they’ve been trying it for years.
In 2010, Dan Didio and Brian Azzarello had this to say:
There was lots of applause for the Batman books, as DiDio continued to tease fans about his Dick Grayson deathwish. He revealed that “up until the eleventh hour, [Grayson] was gonna die in Infinite Crisis, and a lot after that had to be revised. But there turned out to be an outpour of trying to protect him, since he grew up with his fans. This is why we turned him into Batman.” Azzarello mockingly replied that “he’s not my Batman,” while Van Sciver observed that “every fangirl [he’s] ever met is in love with Dick Grayson. Women love that character.”
And that’s the crux of their problem with him, isn’t it? Women love him.
He was a queer icon from the start, a part of their history that DC hates to remember. Later, girls found they could explore their desires safely by crushing on him as Robin, a non-threatening, sweet, and fun character. God forbid anyone post-Miller be joyful.
He grew up into Nightwing, a character women lusted over, not because he was bursting with muscles and machismo (that’s mostly a male power fantasy) but because he was beautiful and displayed evocative emotions.
Dick has always been ambiguous in how he presents his gender, straddling the line between the traditionally feminine and traditionally masculine. Favoring bright and flamboyant clothing, being placed in the ‘damsel’ role consistently, dating women more powerful than him, stretching into gymnastic poses, even crossdressing full-stop.
Certain kinds of men (read: insecure assholes) don’t like that. They don’t like it when men are vulnerable, feminine, open. When they’re sexualized like female characters are. They don’t like it when those men are admired heroes. And they like it even less when women and queer people find them attractive. It’s threatening to them, as assertive sexuality from women and queer men always has been.
It’s okay to dislike Dick Grayson because you just don’t find him compelling, but the root of the most vitriolic hatred of Robin, especially Dick’s Robin, is usually homophobia and/or misogyny.
It doesn’t surprise me that Dan DiDio saw that women adored Dick Grayson and wanted to rip him right out of their hands like a toddler. He exudes anger and resentment for the people who call him on his bullshit. I think he enjoyed milking the possibility of killing Nightwing.
If Dick hadn’t been around since comics came into the zeitgeist, he’d probably be on the chopping block.
I’m open for commissions
I can do:
-Nsfw art including: m/m, f/f, m/f, ect. (though I’m not too skilled in any bdsm or most fetishes. Also humans/mostly humans only).
-Furries (these are excluded from nsfw though).
-Animals (also excluded from nsfw).
-Original Characters (I’ll need a few references).
-Fanart (I’ll need references).
-Ask if you’d like anything not listed here. I am not limited to this list.
-All commissions will emailed to the commissioner in their highest quality. Usually I’ll send a link to my stash.
-All commissions will be posted up onto my artblog (jpdraw.tumblr) watermarked and much lesser quality than the original.
-I ask that all commissioners refrain from posting the larger quality (which is not watermarked) image on the internet without my permission.
-Commissioners can ask me to not post commissions onto the internet.
-I may use commissions in portfolios, but will never sell a commission unless allowed to by the commissioner.
-Please be as specific as you can when describing your commission.
-I have the right to refuse any commission I recieve for any reason.
-Payment must be made before I begin the commission.
Nine More Webcomics Recs (Happy Holidays!)
Ava’s Demon - In a distant future, young Ava flees her alien-desolated planet but can’t shake the cruel demon who preys on her mind and body.
Cucumber Quest - Cucumber would rather go to magic school and leave the hero-ing up to his younger sister, but with the Nightmare Knight threatening his kingdom, he might have to take a gap year.
The Fox Sister - In 1968 Korea, a young woman hunts for the kumiho that stalks the streets for victims, wearing the form of her dead sister.
Knights-Errant - Wilfred the Heartless joins the famed mercenary company, the Errant Knights, and has to take care not to get killed by enemies, racists, or his own brutal captain, Oswald.
The Less-Than-Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal - After coming out to his family and getting promptly disowned, Amal meets TJ, with whom he made a drunken deal: to split the cost of driving cross-country to attend Amal’s sister’s graduation.
Nimona - When professional villain Ballister Blackheart gets a new sidekick, he gets more than he bargained for: Nimona, a shapeshifter with pink hair and a habit of taking evil a little too far for even Blackheart’s taste.
Oglaf! - Various comics set in fantasy worlds, usually erotic and always hilarious. WARNING: Many comics are NSFW, but the archive offers plenty of help on which are suitable to view in public.
Plume - Armed with an immortal bodyguard and a gun, Vesper Grey ventures into the wild west to avenge her father’s murder.
Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet - Petunia tries to be a good neighbor and gets swept up with a government conspiracy, a hitman, a serial bomber, and numerous mysterious and equally ill-mannered people for her troubles.
This is entirely my friend’s fault, who in the course of one of our endless hobbit natterings said “can you imagine if Bilbo woke up early one morning and caught them braiding each other’s hair?”
(and I know they just leave their braids in all the time but it was really funny ok just let me have this)
Hey kids! If you’re a filmmaker, animator, or storyboard artist and you don’t know what screen direction is, you might want to read this.
For the record, there are always exceptions to the rule in filmmaking, which is why I pointed out 3 examples here.
I’ve also found that comic books tend to NOT take screen direction as seriously as film does, but I’m still on the fence if this is wise or not. My favorite comics pay close attention to screen direction so as to not confuse the reader.
“That… that’s the first time anyone’s EVER called me that…”
From Uncanny X-force #35 by Rick Remender.
It’s Sock in a dress!
I don’t know, go look at my kickstarter.
The last stretch of promoting this thing will be me running out of ideas and making terrible choices. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS, TOMORROW I POST CHIBI-MAKER FILES.
Also hey if anyone uses Reddit, feel free to share there. I plan on doing that eventually but that’s like the one corner of the internet I don’t visit that might actually be interested.
GUYS DONAAATTEEEE PLEEEASSEEE WOOOO!!!! I’ma keep rebloggering this ‘till the end of time! ALSO I’LL DRAW YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT EVER!
Working on some new Adventure Time covers!
DAT LINEART! ugh. So jealous.
i think… i might have forgotten to set this up a while back…
WELL EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE ME PRINCESS.
Because it basically created me.
“Comics is a secret language all its own,” said Scott McCloud in Making Comics, the book that triggered my passion for the creation and appreciation of all visual media, “and mastering it poses challenges unlike any faced by prose writers, illustrators or any other creative professionals.” The virtues and defects of comics are entirely separate from any other medium – literature, poetry, stage, and even supposedly similar media like film and animation.
Before I stumbled across this book, I was the average consumer of media, subconsciously absorbing messages from everything and never consciously recognizing why they reached me so effectively, whether their efficiency was for better or for worse.
Where other “how-to” books on the subject of comics only skim the medium’s potential, Making Comics by Scott McCloud invites the audience to ponder the very nature of communication. Rather than stiffly instructing, it helps to shape creators’ perspectives on what, how, and why they want to communicate.
Making Comics was the catalyst that set most of my present being in motion. It taught me to inspect, to question, and to argue with myself and those around me. This newfound awareness not only tripled my interest in the arts, it also opened my eyes to other issues that are now hugely significant in my life.
To paraphrase my older sister’s rare but immensely touching expressions of pride in my personal growth, I have become increasingly conscious of how what I say and do affects other people. I have this book to thank for the passion I have discovered for Judaism and social justice. These issues further motivate me as an artist. I hope to more fairly represent marginalized groups in stories that might normally exclude them. I hope to achieve higher understanding, be it of something as contested as biblical texts, something as vast as the world at large, or something as small as myself.
I’m rambling but……
I have this book to thank for so much. And you should really read it.
Sorry tumblrs, I didn’t know you couldn’t reblog questions, and also it’s probably mean of me, exposing that girl’s question like that. So here’s the whole blog post in reblogging format.
Long story short, someone (politely) inquired if I would do character design for…