Can Appearances Be This Misleading? IDW, Aubrey Sitterson, and the Cancellation of Scarlett’s Strike Force
Back in September, we reported on a situation involving comics publisher IDW, comics writer Aubrey Sitterson, and the right-wing harassment campaign responsible for putting Sitterson's work on the G.I. Joe line of comics in jeopardy. That situation seems to have carried over, affecting a female-led G.I. Joe book that is supposed to be coming out soon. One that's already been cancelled thanks to "poor sales."Read More
You know what's hilarious? People who argue that their racist, sexist, and homophobic views are "free speech" and should totally be tolerated, only to whine and complain when someone expresses an actual opinion (racism, sexism, and homophobia are not defensible "opinions," they are hatred) they don't like. Suddenly, it's okay to be offended. So long as you're not the member of an actually marginalized group.Read More
In 1993, a group of artists and activists vaulted into the media spotlight after they performed "operations" on dozens of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls, switching the voice boxes and returning the dolls to stores. Girls playing with their Teen Talk Barbies found the dolls saying phrases like "Vengeance is mine" and "Eat lead, Cobra!"Read More
Featuring Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, and Black Panther alums!
If you'd asked me yesterday for my thoughts on the Hasbro Cinematic Universe, Hasbro and Paramount's planned series of
feature-length ads films featuring the G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), and ROM: SpaceKnight brands, I probably would have been highly dubious.
OK, so they're not chenille, but these sure are Bat-tights from Hot Topic, and I can't resist a good textile pun. (via Fashion Tips From Comic Strips)Read More
Today in Awesome
Imaginary Britta is right, and only imaginary Britta.
Community was back this week after a one week hiatus, and it was worth the wait. They did another animated episode, and this one was an incredible G.I. Joe homage. It mixed hilarious, loving critique on classic cartoon shows (did Cobra really walk around saying "Cobra" like they're Pokémon?) with some pretty great metaphors for growing up.Read More
Wherein we really earn our iTunes "Explicit" label.
On this week's podcast, we try to carry on without Victoria to talk about RiffTrax, Fateful Findings, and we swear a bunch to talk about why people don't swear on The Walking Dead and most other television. Of course, we also have your Editors' Picks for this week.Read More
This charming series is the work of Jeff Victor, whose art we've featured previously. If you have young ones this might benefit -- or an empty spot on your grown-up wall -- he's got a poster print available for sale. The V, W, and X panel makes for an interesting discussion piece on the signature outfits of female characters, wouldn't you say?Read More
It's the first track off an entire Cobra album, and we're so happy right now.
Meet Wordburglar. He's put together an album of G.I. Joe/Cobra-themed rap songs called Welcome to Cobra Island. The first single is called "Rap Viper," and it's pretty great. It tells the story of Cobra's in-house rapper, because of course they have an in-house rapper. Well done, Wordburglar. We're looking forward to the album.Read More
General Hawk just got a lot less cooler.
Normally we love it when Movoto calculates where and how expensive our favorite fictional real estate will be. Except this time around, they're totally compromising government secrets -- don't publish the exact location of the G.I. Joe command center, guys! What if Cobra Commander finds out?Read More
The trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation doesn't exactly fill me with joy, but I suppose a G.I. Joe movie is better than no G.I. Joe movie. To make the world a better place to live in, if only for three minutes, YouTube user Kidd Jahmann recut the trailer to make it look like Retaliation is more like The Artist than the first G.I. Joe movie. It probably won't help the final product any, but at least it makes the trailer watchable.Read More
We haven't done a lot of coverage of G.I. Joe: Retaliation here, for a number of reasons. None of the editors are huge fans of G.I. Joe, so it's difficult to write about it with knowledge. The first movie... uh... was not considered to be that great. And while I found the trailer really amusing, with its transparent excitement over having Bruce Willis in the movie, it wasn't amusing enough to get me interested in the movie. But now G.I. Joe: Retaliation has done something really interesting, really inexplicable, and quite possibly really stupid. Yesterday, Retaliation was one month and five days from release. Today, it is ten months and four days from release.Read More
Consider the Following
Bruce Willis is negotiating to play the original G.I. Joe, Joe Colton in Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This courtship has been going on for about six weeks or more... Paramount was chasing [Willis] for the Colton role way back on July 1.I mean, it's not like anyone has regrets about being in the first G.I. Joe, right? Read More
This is just your friendly reminder to start planning, because Free Comic Book Day is in two weeks! If you don't know what Free Comic Book Day is, dwell in anguish no more:
Free Comic Book Day is the yearly date when you can show up at any participating store (usually one of the closest ones to you) and grab more than thirty comic issues for absolutely free. Yes, they're put out by a great swath of the industry's publishers. Yes, you can have as many as you want, as long as you don't take more than one of the same title. Yes, it is awesome.Read More