“Talking about fans of Lara is an interesting thing, because she’s a whole new woman now, you know? She was an icon that was really useful for women to own in the nineties and later, even though she was very heavily geared toward a male audience at the time. But the audience evolves, the business evolves, and she’s a new person now. Fans of the game are invested in her heroics, they appreciate that she’s not hypersexualized, that she’s more sophisticated and human. And maybe you lose some of the dudes who didn’t want that, but I believe Square Enix made that choice to make a better character. You know, also with Buffy, things evolve. The version of feminism that’s presented through a fantasy character is different now than it was in 1998, when we first started doing the comics. There’ve been a couple things in the comics that I’ve had to steer the writers and artists away from, to which they’ve very legitimately responded, “But wasn’t that in the show?” And it was, but things change. This is the Buffy of 2014 (or whatever year it is in the comic itself, shhhh), and this is the Lara of 2014, and I’m proud of that. I like presenting these images of heroines, as opposed to some of the other ones in our industry.”—
Love also emailed Fan Expo and said the reply she received was “inadequate” and felt like a complete brush off. Pirko had a more worrying response:
They stated that their attendees and their team were adults, and it was all a bit of fun that people wouldn’t take seriously. A direct quote from the email ’We thought about clarifying that cuddles must come with consent, but we thought if we’re always putting the rules in front of the fun – well that hurts the spirit of Fan Expo as much as the people that try to abuse our rules.” They also stated that they hadn’t gotten around to putting their harassment policy up yet, but had made it a priority.
Reminding people not to harass other attendees only makes the convention less “fun” for those who were inclined to harass in the first place. For everyone else, it reassures them they can have real fun in a safe environment with fellow fans.
Speaking at TCA, this is what Fox’s Kevin Reillyhad to say when asked about casting Anna Gunn in their upcoming Broadchurch remake, Gracepoint.
Why did you cast Anna Gunn, instead of also going with the original British actress?
REILLY: You need a salt-of-the-earth quality in that role, and I think Anna really does have that. She’s a tall, elegant woman. That was her character, to a certain extent, on Breaking Bad. She is quite striking, but I think in a really approachable way, she’ll be costumed accordingly.
Not at current, no, though I have about 5 or 6 ideas on the backburner. I actually got sad while looking at that old cosplay pic I posted on instgram yesterday because with a full-time job I just don’t have as much time to work on cosplay these days.
Kevin Smith: (reading a fan question) At what age did you first see a Superman film? Amy Adams: The first time I saw it wasn’t in the theater, it was actually Superman 2, it was a gymnastics sleepover. Kevin Smith:…
Maybe the reason guys dont think girls want into geek culture is that so many were bitches to openly geeky kids in middle and highschool. I myself got called a faggot by girls because i wore super hero graphic tees and ONE TIME, ONE FUCKING TIME, i read a comic book at lunch during 7th grade. When the majority of girls think “comics are lame and nerds are fucking lame” you cant complain that these guys are fucking surprised when a girl is part of the culture genuinely and not mocking or belittling it.
Maybe the reason girls were rude to you in middle and high school is because you think it’s ok to call women “bitches.” Just a thought.
Here’s the truth - bullying of any kind is horrible and unacceptable. But if you’re holding something against an entire GENDER because of what some immature HUMAN BEINGS did to you as a teenager, you might want to think about that. Like, seriously think about it. You’ve had some bad experiences and you’re using it as an excuse to further an ingrained hatred of women. This speaks to a larger problem in the “geek community,” and something I’m constantly trying to fight against. It’s also just a problem in the world for all types of people, judging based on past experiences instead of one-on-one human interactions. It’s a hard thing to overcome, being judgmental is kind of human nature, but it’s something everyone should try and avoid.
You say the “majority of girls” think negatively of nerds but you can’t know that. You’ve had a small circle of experiences that have peppered your opinion. For all I know, you could be right, I haven’t met the majority of women either, but somehow I doubt it. If anything, I think most people would be ambivalent about you being a nerd.
And I can complain that Kevin Smith is surprised by Amy Adams superhero past (especially when there was zero implication of her mocking the culture with the story she was sharing). He’s married, he has a daughter growing-up-geek, I would hope at 43-years-old he’s moved passed the assumptions he held in middle/high school. Especially considering his chosen profession and what he’s seen in the world since then. Personally, I think he knows better and I was disappointed by his reaction.
“It all starts with members of The Avengers world with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk, along with Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Falcon and various S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents joining the fray.”—
- A quote from a press release about Marvel’s new MCU live show.
The omission of Black Widow from a name drop here is just transparent.
Hawkeye, the Avenger with the least screen time, gets a mention, the Falcon, whose movie has not even come out yet, gets a mention, but Black Widow, you know, she’s just one of “various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents,” I guess, it’s not like she’s an Avenger, so yeah just lump her in with Coulson, Hill, and that guy playing Galaga.