Tag #48: Justice League Book Tag

Justice League Book Tag

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Thrice Read did it again!

Here’s the link to their post:


The Rules:

  • Copy these rules onto your post
  • Mention creators of the tag: Angelica and Rosie @TheBookCoverGirls and link to the original post
  • Mention and thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  • Answer all the questions
  • Since there were originally seven members in the Justice League, tag seven people
  • Also, you can use the images provided, but don’t have to if you don’t want to
  • Have fun with it!

Batman: Your favorite antihero

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Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

One of my all-time favorite books. Also, one that I re-read every year.

Aquaman: A book or character that turned out to be better than you expected (Because let’s be real, we did not expect Khal Drogo to make Aquaman cool)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston.

This was another assigned reading book, during our senior year in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. We were getting ready for our crucial exams, and everyone was super stressed out. I found this book to be especially pleasant to read during this difficult time, although my classmates likely disagree with me.

Wonder Woman: Most bad-ass female character (Not necessarily in a physical sense)

 

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter.

Easiest choice ever.

Cyborg: Favorite science fiction novel

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Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card.

I was not a big science fiction fan for a long time, especially in high school. So, I initially dreaded having to read this for summer reading. I think it was ninth or tenth grade?

I don’t know why I was worried. Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books now. I want to eventually read the whole series.

The Flash: A book you sped through

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The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks.

I know, I know. Cue the eye roll. But, I did my senior thesis in college on Nicholas Sparks’ books and the perceptions of love and romance. So, naturally, I’d read all the books published to that point!

I remember waiting what felt like forever for this book to be available through the library. It was the summer of 2009 (or maybe 2010), and I finally got my hands on a copy right before we trekked to Florida in the car. I remember burying my nose in it almost immediately, and hardly looking up while my parents were driving. It was good stuff.

Superman: Saddest character death (Although we all know there’s no way Superman is going to stay dead)

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SPOILER ALERT!

Alaska, from Looking for Alaska, John Green.

Looking for Alaska was the first John Green novel I ever read. It was for my Young Adult Literature class during the spring of 2011, my final semester of college. It gutted me, but it also made me want to read all of Green’s books after that.

I’ve done that, although I need to get my hands on Turtles All The Way Down, stat.


That’s it! I loved this tag!

Who’s your favorite member of the Justice League?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Commentary #61: “How To De-Objectify Women in Comics: A Guide”

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My good friend Michaela Leigh shared this with me several months ago!

Here’s the link to the original article:


This was a really interesting perspective on a common problem – Women and girls are objectified way too often.

Case in point: Consider the controversial dress codes that schools across the country have implemented or attempted to implement with tank tops, shorts, leggings, homecoming dresses, and prom dresses, among other things. That’s a whole other blog post to discuss, but I wanted to make that reference.

Here’s the breakdown of the above illustration, taken directly from the article:

  1. (Left) A common expression in comics. Eyes are lidded, mouth is pouty. It’s look to promote a sense of sexiness & lessens personality.
    (Right) Personality and uniqueness first. Think of distinct facial features outside the usual. Promote thought in eyes. What’s she thinking of?
  2. (Left) Commonly taught way to draw breasts (OR fully separated/circles/sticking out). The intent is to highlight sex appeal. It’s not realistic for a hero.
    (Right) What’s REALISTIC for your hero? Athletes need major support (i.e sports bra) which have a different look. Consider not ALL heroes have DD’s.
  3. Arms are closer to supermodel size on the left. What best fits your hero? If she’s strong, she’ll likely very built. Give her muscles!
  4. Hands on left are set in a way to promote the sense of softness, it lessens her power. Be sure hands are set in a way to promote strength
  5. (Left) It’s common to see “the arch n’ twist” in comics. A female arched and twisted to show both cheeks AND both boobs.
    (Right) Twists in the body are a powerful art tool but stick to what can realistically be done, and use arches w/o intent for “boob/butt perk.”
  6. One on left feels like she’s posing. The right feels like she’s standing heroically. Make her overall pose functional vs. sexually appealing.
  7. Heels! Modern heels are generally used to amplify stance & increase visual appeal. I like them, but if I were a hero, not too realistic.  Most important is what would your character choose? It’s very difficult to hero around in stilettos. Perhaps consider low/no heels.

I don’t consider myself a good artist, especially when it comes to faces and characters. I struggle with proportions, and I’m a crazy perfectionist! I get so frustrated. So, I’m far better with landscapes!

Anyway, reading this article was eye-opening to me. I’m not trying to give comic book artists a bad rap at all – Many of them are very talented, and those who draw the famous characters typically put their own spin on the character’s original likeness.

With that said, I found myself nodding my head with most of her points. Female superheroes should be showcased for their talents and abilities, not because they are female. But, at the same time, I can see how sex appeal has been ingrained for years. I’m sure the artists (and the publishers) want / wanted to maintain a certain audience with comic books and other media, so certain standards / techniques were established in terms of female superheroes.

However, there’s also a delicate balance. Sure, you want to keep the guys interested in the comic books, but you want to appeal to the girls, too. I think objectification has been a years-long issue, and comic books and female superheroes are just one part of the complicated jumble. There’s no simple solution, unfortunately.

The author brought up some interesting points. Here’s my thoughts.

If I were a superheroine, I would want the best sports bra or support available, because I certainly wouldn’t want my boobs to get in the way of saving someone’s life, fighting a monster, or saving the Earth from a gigantic threat.

If I were a superheroine, I would want to be portrayed as someone who is strong, courageous, determined, and brave. For me, I wouldn’t want a face full of makeup while on superheroine duty. I want to look put together, but not look like a clown. I want to look strong and active – Not necessarily super buff, but enough to be convincing. A six-pack would be nice! My hair should be up and out of my face, not in the way!

If I were a superheroine, I would want to be functional in my costume / outfit. I mean, I’m trying to save people’s lives, much less the entire Earth, among other things! I don’t think I would be comfortable in something leather, skin-tight, and anything with heels! I struggle in heels in my everyday life – Give me comfortable / functional boots!

If I were a superheroine, I would want to be recognized as a female, but lauded for my accomplishments instead of my looks! Sex appeal is great for photography, romantic movies, and a few other things, but not superheroines!


I admire several superheroines.

Jessica Jones

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I was first introduced to Jessica Jones with the Netflix series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. She’s a private investigator in Hell’s Kitchen, but she’s also a bad-ass. Plus, Krysten Ritter was an awesome casting choice.

Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore)

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I didn’t know much about Stargirl until Tidewater Comicon in 2015. Granted, I first saw a “bombshell” figurine rendition of her, but I actually prefer her original costume. I love how her personality was based on one of the creator’s sisters, also named Courtney, who died in the TWA Flight 800 explosion in 1996. She’s young and strong!

Wonder Woman

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I’ve always admired Wonder Woman. Now, I have a renewed interest and fascination since Gal Gadot debuted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She’s strong, courageous, and her outfit (at least in the most recent movies) is somewhat modest. She fights in boots, not heels!

I’m excited to see how she is portrayed in the upcoming Justice League movie, as well as the planned sequel to the box office smash Wonder Woman. Until then, I’ve greatly enjoyed researching how Lynda Carter portrayed her on TV, and others.


What about you? Do you have any favorite superheroines?

What are your thoughts on objectifying women, girls, and superheroines?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Adventure Time: Virginia Beach, VA Edition

One weekend last month contained a two-day event that I had been looking forward to for MONTHS.

Tidewater Comicon!


This was my first-ever comic convention, and I was determined to have the most fun possible!

I felt like such a nerd and geek, and it felt awesome!

Al and I went together. Al went for the first time in October, where he met my boss, Casey, and had a great time. They’ve had three of these shindigs already, and it’s just mushroomed into a huge thing. They doubled the space at the Virginia Beach Convention Center!

The coolest thing about this whole experience was that these people were in their element. These people I interacted with are some of the most passionate people I’ve met. Chatting with a group waiting in line to get in on Saturday morning was awesome, just learning about where they were from, what they do, what comics they love/hate, movie reviews and debates.

There was so much stuff for sale! Every comic book shop within 100 miles was there, plus people from outside of Virginia as well!

Al and I also enjoyed supporting several artists and authors. Check them out!

CD with PDFs of all their books, three paperbacks written by Cecilee

CD with PDFs of all their books, three paperbacks written by Cecilee, bookmarks 🙂

"The McGunnegal Chronicles" Books 1-3

“The McGunnegal Chronicles”
Books 1-3

Bottle cap magnets :) The Genie, Supergirl, The Avengers (Hawkeye, Cap, and Black Widow), The Millennium Falcon, and Galadriel

Bottle cap magnets 🙂
The Genie, Supergirl, The Avengers (Hawkeye, Cap, and Black Widow), The Millennium Falcon, and Galadriel

Learning their stories were fascinating as well – How they got started, their travels, and more!


I have a ton of pictures – Enjoy!

The Batmobile!!

The Batmobile!!

The Tardis

The Tardis and a mystery Ghostbuster 😉

Marty McFly!

Marty McFly!

Attack on Titan ... and an awesome Princess Leia :)

Attack on Titan … and an awesome Princess Leia 🙂

R2-D2 ... A young boy was inside this and drove it around!!

R2-D2 … A young boy was inside this and drove it around!!

Cap, Logan, Bane

Cap, Logan, Bane

Hawkgirl This chick, wow. She made the whole thing!

Hawkgirl
This chick, wow. She made the whole thing!

And those pictures were just from Saturday!


On Sunday, we went back and enjoyed Day 2:

Star-Lord & Groot

Star-Lord & Groot

SarahGrace and Ashley Custom Loki and Thor dresses.

SarahGrace and Ashley (Longwood peeps!) Custom Loki and Thor dresses.

Thor and Yellow Jacket

Thor and Yellow Jacket


Being a VIP for the weekend was amazing! If you have the money, it’s totally worth it. The people who have made this happen are AWESOME!

All the goodies from the VIP "swag bag."

All the goodies from the VIP “swag bag.”

I loved the drawing on the badge!

I loved the drawing on the badge!

I cannot wait for next year. I’m already thinking of an epic cosplay 🙂

For more information, check out their Facebook page and their website.

See you soon, Tidewater Comicon 2016!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂