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Gotham Central Special Edition #1 (Comics Review)

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Gotham Central Special Edition #1 (Comics Review)

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In a few short weeks, comics fans will be treated to Gotham, a gritty noir-styled live-action show that deals in the early days and the origins of some of the greatest heroes and villains in Gotham City, the home of one of the world’s most well-known superhero vigilantes, Batman. After the success of Arrow, Warner Bros. is launching several new shows this Fall season and Gothamis one of them,…

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While yes, I’m excited for GOTHAM, I’m kind of bothered by this choice to re-release Central with the advertising banner smattered across the top.

Like my girlfriend said, it ruins an amazing Lark cover… And the banner features none of the characters that star in Gotham Central. Not even Gordon, who resigned.

While GOTHAM clearly is spiritually inspired by Central, they could have at least put Harvey, Renee, and Crispus up there—albeit Harvey only appears during a short arc.

But really, they shouldn’t have released this in this manner at all.

I am thrilled that new readers can pick up Central, though, so I guess I should be thankful, but the banner is a poor way to advertise the show as the cause of the re release. Not to mention that, unless things change, several of the GC trades are out of print.

That banner is just… So ugly.

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ruckawriter:

The second part of my three-part interview with Mr. Sims.

It gets bumpy.

These interviews are amazing and I’m glad they’re so long. The interviewer is fantastic and I’m realizing so much more about the Batman mythos and inside his head.

I have a confession, and that’s that I know the cops and not Batman himself. I don’t really care about Batman, nor do I really know his rogue’s gallery (I can generally keep up but not too well) and I don’t think too in depth regarding him or the Robins. So these have been like cliff notes to me.

Anyway, this is more great insight from Greg. I wish that I could have been around during the Denny O’Neil heyday, since his stories were also the strongest I’ve read and No Man’s Land is phenomenal, and I can only dream of how things may have gone with him at the helm longer. I can’t fathom actually going into the comic shop every single week rather than the once a month I’ve started doing now.

Denny’s Question stuff is great, too, for any of my followers who also read Renee. Lots of Tot and the same Vic, more or less, we see in 52—because Greg managed to stay true to their personalities in a way that really surprised me when I went back to read them.

Plus, Vic has a really ugly mullet at one point and Tot looks a little like a homeless man and it’s pretty glorious.

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ruckawriter:

Rose City Comic Con Location and Schedule

I mangled the floorplan map, but for the record:
I’m at Table A-11.
Jennifer Van Meter ( jenvanmeter )is at Table A-12.
Matthew Clark is at Table A-10.
Eric Trautmann ( erictrautmann ) is at Table P-06.
Matthew Southworth is at Table F-11.
And Justin Greenwood ( justingreenwood ) is at Table L-07.
Trautmann and I will — hopefully — have some bonus LAZARUS goodies for sale that we’re debuting at the show. In addition, I’ll have a smattering of novels — including BRAVO — and copies of LAZARUS Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for sale at the table.
Justin has an exclusive STUMPTOWN print he’ll be debuting, as well.
Schedule
I’m telling you right now that if you’re only attending Saturday and you’re hoping to get my signature on something, you want to come early. I am doing three panels on Saturday, and will not be at the table from 11:45 until 4:15 as a result.
Saturday
12:00PM - 12:50PM — Image Comics Presents I is for Immediate — Panel Room 2
Separately, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), and Greg Rucka (Lazarus) have written some of the most compelling and intensely relatable comics on the stands. Together, these three writers are part of a wave of creators creating stories that reflect life as live it and the world as we know it. Join them as they discuss writing comics and striving for more.
1:00PM - 1:50PM — Spotlight: Greg Rucka — Panel Room 7
Eisner award winning writer and novelist, Greg Rucka has made a name for himself by crafting powerfully complex and human stories that can make the most fantastical characters feel real. Sit in on a conversation with the writer of Lazarus, Stumptown, and Whiteout that gets to the heart of how he gives characters souls.
3:00PM - 3:50PM — Oni Press: Creator-Owned Comics for You — Panel Room 2
Join Oni Press Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones along with Stumptown’s Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, The Bunker’s Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari, I Was the Cat’s Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey, and Meteor Men’s Jeff Parker and Sandy Jarrell for a rousing roundtable discussion on just what it’s like for independent creators in today’s comics industry.
Sunday
2:00PM - 2:50PM — Secret Identity Politics with Ben Saunders — Panel Room 4
In recent years, superhero comics have started to reflect the cultural diversity of the United States in more inclusive and sensitive ways. But introducing themes of Gender, Sexuality and Race into superhero stories is not without risk. Some consider the genre too trivial to support such important themes; and others react negatively at the intrusion of political concerns into their favorite fantasies of power and glamour. How do creators approach the issue of “Secret Identity Politics?” Join Marc Andreyko, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Greg Rucka and G. Willow Wilson and learn how they balance the sometimes conflicting interests of commercial art and social justice.
Normal convention rules apply. If I’m at the table, I will be happy to sign and chat. I will sign just about anything. I will sign many, many books. I will sign novels and comics and DVDs and whatever.
If you bring many, many books and there are people waiting, I will ask you to allow to sign in batches of 10 or so, so people don’t end up waiting too long.
I do not charge for my signature.
Sometimes, I have a tip jar out for The Hero Initiative. You do not have to put money in this tip jar. But if you do, it’s going to a very good cause. (And I think highly of you for donating to charity.)
If you purchase something from me or my partner-in-crime Jennifer Van Meter ( jenvanmeter ), we are equipped to take credit cards as well as cash. If you purchase something, it is a given I shall sign it for you, unless you tell me you don’t want me to, in which case I’ll likely listen to you and not sign it. So there.
If you ask me to sign something, and you ask that I personalize it to you or someone else, be prepared to spell out the name, potentially multiple times. Conventions are noisy, and you don’t want me writing your name “Chris” if you spell it “Kris.”
As always, as ever, the Wheaton’s Law will be strictly enforced. Moreso perhaps than normal, because Mr. Wil Wheaton will be at the show. So he will totally find out if you were a dick.
Very much hope to see you there!

For those of you who live in Portland. Which, alas, does not include me.

ruckawriter:

Rose City Comic Con Location and Schedule

I mangled the floorplan map, but for the record:

  • I’m at Table A-11.
  • Jennifer Van Meter ( jenvanmeter )is at Table A-12.
  • Matthew Clark is at Table A-10.
  • Eric Trautmann ( erictrautmann ) is at Table P-06.
  • Matthew Southworth is at Table F-11.
  • And Justin Greenwood ( justingreenwood ) is at Table L-07.

Trautmann and I will — hopefully — have some bonus LAZARUS goodies for sale that we’re debuting at the show. In addition, I’ll have a smattering of novels — including BRAVO — and copies of LAZARUS Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for sale at the table.

Justin has an exclusive STUMPTOWN print he’ll be debuting, as well.

Schedule

I’m telling you right now that if you’re only attending Saturday and you’re hoping to get my signature on something, you want to come early. I am doing three panels on Saturday, and will not be at the table from 11:45 until 4:15 as a result.

Saturday

12:00PM - 12:50PMImage Comics Presents I is for Immediate — Panel Room 2

Separately, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), and Greg Rucka (Lazarus) have written some of the most compelling and intensely relatable comics on the stands. Together, these three writers are part of a wave of creators creating stories that reflect life as live it and the world as we know it. Join them as they discuss writing comics and striving for more.

1:00PM - 1:50PMSpotlight: Greg Rucka — Panel Room 7

Eisner award winning writer and novelist, Greg Rucka has made a name for himself by crafting powerfully complex and human stories that can make the most fantastical characters feel real. Sit in on a conversation with the writer of Lazarus, Stumptown, and Whiteout that gets to the heart of how he gives characters souls.

3:00PM - 3:50PMOni Press: Creator-Owned Comics for You — Panel Room 2

Join Oni Press Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones along with Stumptown’s Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, The Bunker’s Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari, I Was the Cat’s Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey, and Meteor Men’s Jeff Parker and Sandy Jarrell for a rousing roundtable discussion on just what it’s like for independent creators in today’s comics industry.

Sunday

2:00PM - 2:50PMSecret Identity Politics with Ben Saunders — Panel Room 4

In recent years, superhero comics have started to reflect the cultural diversity of the United States in more inclusive and sensitive ways. But introducing themes of Gender, Sexuality and Race into superhero stories is not without risk. Some consider the genre too trivial to support such important themes; and others react negatively at the intrusion of political concerns into their favorite fantasies of power and glamour. How do creators approach the issue of “Secret Identity Politics?” Join Marc Andreyko, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Greg Rucka and G. Willow Wilson and learn how they balance the sometimes conflicting interests of commercial art and social justice.

Normal convention rules apply. If I’m at the table, I will be happy to sign and chat. I will sign just about anything. I will sign many, many books. I will sign novels and comics and DVDs and whatever.

If you bring many, many books and there are people waiting, I will ask you to allow to sign in batches of 10 or so, so people don’t end up waiting too long.

I do not charge for my signature.

Sometimes, I have a tip jar out for The Hero Initiative. You do not have to put money in this tip jar. But if you do, it’s going to a very good cause. (And I think highly of you for donating to charity.)

If you purchase something from me or my partner-in-crime Jennifer Van Meter ( jenvanmeter ), we are equipped to take credit cards as well as cash. If you purchase something, it is a given I shall sign it for you, unless you tell me you don’t want me to, in which case I’ll likely listen to you and not sign it. So there.

If you ask me to sign something, and you ask that I personalize it to you or someone else, be prepared to spell out the name, potentially multiple times. Conventions are noisy, and you don’t want me writing your name “Chris” if you spell it “Kris.”

As always, as ever, the Wheaton’s Law will be strictly enforced. Moreso perhaps than normal, because Mr. Wil Wheaton will be at the show. So he will totally find out if you were a dick.

Very much hope to see you there!

For those of you who live in Portland. Which, alas, does not include me.

Link

neuralhandshake:

In honor of me missing Renee Montoya’s birthday by a week and a day, I wanted to post an interview I just found that Greg Rucka (@ruckawriter) gave at the end of July. It’s an amazing read for Renee fans, as it contains a lot of things Greg has said before to me (and others) in person at conventions and is a general ‘summary’ of his feelings altogether on Renee and an insight into his creative process with her.

I’ve spoken about in the past about how Greg treats Renee like she’s an old friend and not like a character in a comic book. I think this interview really gets that message across.

Here are some of the best quotes taken from the article regarding Renee. There’s still much more to read there and I encourage everyone to click through.

The first thing I ever wrote for DC was a Montoya story. I had read up, around, and in support of that. But I knew she was queer. There’s at least one person out there on the internet that accuses me of “making her gay.” As far as I am concerned, she is the most authentically queer character I have ever written, in the sense that I didn’t make her gay. That was in her genetics. She was queer.”

"Renee, for whatever reason, I knew certain things about before I literally ever put pen to paper. I knew that she was a second-generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic. I knew that her parents had immigrated to Gotham. I knew that the family was Roman Catholic, and I knew that she was gay and in the closet.

And I knew those things. I just knew them. I also knew she had a brother. There was no basis for this at all. And one can argue that — I think unconvincingly — the actual canon before I got my grubby little mitts on her was that she was actually straight. She was dating this guy, and so on and so forth. To which my response is, yes. It’s called bearding. Just because she was dating a guy, or even sleeping with a guy, doesn’t mean she wasn’t queer. We are fortunately in an era now where that kind of argument is holding less and less water.

So, yeah. I genuinely don’t know. There have been times when I’ve tried to decipher it. She was what she was. She wrote the way she wrote. These are the things I knew when I wrote the story “Two Down.” And that was the first time I wrote a story with her. I don’t think it was my first story published with her, though. I think there was a prose short that got published before that, but it was the second thing I wrote. I had reached these other conclusions prior.”

"Renee just means so much to me. I think she is such a remarkable creation, and I’ve loved writing her. There has not been a time where I have not adored writing stories for her. There are a lot more stories to tell. She’ll show up eventually in the new DC. I have no doubt about that.

As much as I adored writing Wonder Woman, if I have left any lasting mark, it was with Renee and with Kate.”

"I will say it’s a rare convention — even after all these years — where somebody doesn’t come up to me when I’m signing and want to talk about “Half a Life.” I guess that’s part of the reason I get so indignant at the reduction of and lack of such elements. There’s a responsibility, and nothing makes you more aware of the responsibility than when somebody comes to you and says, “This helped me. This saved me. It was there for me when I needed it.”

Words have power, and they need to be used responsibly.”

-Greg Rucka, “Game Changers: Greg Rucka on Renee Montoya”

July 31, 2014

(It also, interestingly enough, clarifies that Greg wrote Two Down first and then the piece of prose, yet they were published in reverse order. So I apologize to Greg for ‘correcting’ him at one point when he signed my Two Down was ‘where it all began’ ;) )

In regards to your tags and seemingly blaming Greg for the lack of Renee, Greg no longer has any control over when Renee will show up because he’s not currently working on anything at DC—instead he’s at Oni and Image and Dark Horse (with Stumptown, Lazarus, and Veil). His reasons for doing creator owned right now instead of the Big Two are very justified, so harbouring anger towards him and not DC editorial is unfair to Greg. Greg leaving DC may have delayed her return or may not have. We don’t know what his plans for Batwoman were, and frankly it doesn’t matter. Batwoman was initially not a part of the new 52 game plan and when Greg left, Renee was still ‘active’.

I asked the Batman crew currently working on the event that’s going on or whatever, including Scott Snyder and a bunch of dudes at C2E2, about where Renee is. The same dudes last year had said we’d see her soon. They told us she could have been in this event but wouldn’t be anything more than a background cop so they decided not to use her because it wouldn’t be fair to Renee. So they said she’s still on the table, but they personally had no plans.

They also said there were no bigger fans of Renee Montoya than they were, and hoo boy did I have to bite my tongue to not debate that one.

So by far it is not Greg’s fault. DC definitely wronged him and I don’t blame him for switching to creator owned for the time being.

Meanwhile, Renee is in Injustice, which is surprisingly well done and her character is very true to how she was during her days on the force with Bullock and Gordon. And, Greg is still writing the three I mentioned earlier and I wholeheartedly recommend Stumptown.

Personally? I think we’ll see Renee in a solicit before the end of the year. I have a feeling in my gut.

And it’s been too damn long.

(via thesearenthighlights)

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ealperin:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

ealperin:

ablipintime:

Answer the question.
These photos from SDCC turned out awesome. I can’t wait to share the rest of them once I get home!
Renee Montoya/The Question II @ SDCC 2011.



I would LOVE to know how to make that Question mask so I can do a cosplay like this! :D 

Cheesecloth, my dear.

;)

This is actually not cheesecloth. I wasn’t impressed with the texture of cheesecloth, since pseudoderm is supposed to be skinlike, so I used nude colored dance tights over a cloth ‘blank’ face mask. Using the cloth one is a huge necessity—it wicks your sweat way better than the typical plastic blank mask. Anyway, it’s one layer of dance tights, which are thick yet easy to see out of, and one to two outer layers of just pantyhose. The hose help so I don’t have to buy new dance tights and remake the whole thing whenever I get a snag. Visibility is probably 75-80%. I was able to navigate SDCC with no problems. It’s also held in place by the tension of the wig and hat, so I can pull it off to take a breather and stick it back on. I cut off the elastics to make it easier. I need to make a tutorial once I remake my mask. It’s not too difficult. I just wish the ‘lips’ weren’t as prominent, but that’s the base mask so I can’t do much.

ealperin:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

ealperin:

ablipintime:

Answer the question.

These photos from SDCC turned out awesome. I can’t wait to share the rest of them once I get home!

Renee Montoya/The Question II @ SDCC 2011.

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I would LOVE to know how to make that Question mask so I can do a cosplay like this! :D

Cheesecloth, my dear.

;)

This is actually not cheesecloth. I wasn’t impressed with the texture of cheesecloth, since pseudoderm is supposed to be skinlike, so I used nude colored dance tights over a cloth ‘blank’ face mask. Using the cloth one is a huge necessity—it wicks your sweat way better than the typical plastic blank mask.

Anyway, it’s one layer of dance tights, which are thick yet easy to see out of, and one to two outer layers of just pantyhose. The hose help so I don’t have to buy new dance tights and remake the whole thing whenever I get a snag.

Visibility is probably 75-80%. I was able to navigate SDCC with no problems.

It’s also held in place by the tension of the wig and hat, so I can pull it off to take a breather and stick it back on. I cut off the elastics to make it easier.

I need to make a tutorial once I remake my mask. It’s not too difficult. I just wish the ‘lips’ weren’t as prominent, but that’s the base mask so I can’t do much.

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STRAWBERRY CAKE KABOBS?!

STRAWBERRY CAKE KABOBS?!

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ruckawriter:

comicsalliance:

BORN IN A WORLD OF TRAGEDY: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART ONE [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.

Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.
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Had a lovely, long, and rambling chat with Chris Sims about my time in the Batman Universe. He’s easy to talk to. I’m not sure I’m that easy to listen to, but there you go….

More of Greg talking to people! Featuring one of my favorite cover images, from the No Man’s Land novel (which is a great read for Renee fans, since a good amount is told from her perspective).And, this marks the first interview I’ve read in a while where Greg doesn’t talk about Renee ;)

ruckawriter:

comicsalliance:

BORN IN A WORLD OF TRAGEDY: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART ONE [INTERVIEW]

By Chris Sims

To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.

Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.

READ MORE

Had a lovely, long, and rambling chat with Chris Sims about my time in the Batman Universe. He’s easy to talk to. I’m not sure I’m that easy to listen to, but there you go….

More of Greg talking to people!

Featuring one of my favorite cover images, from the No Man’s Land novel (which is a great read for Renee fans, since a good amount is told from her perspective).

And, this marks the first interview I’ve read in a while where Greg doesn’t talk about Renee ;)

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Not gonna lie. I kind of want to apply for this job. #FBI #CIA #topsecret

Not gonna lie. I kind of want to apply for this job. #FBI #CIA #topsecret

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Probably the last time I sit back here like this. @ut10news

Probably the last time I sit back here like this. @ut10news