Are women and comics risky business?
"Has Boobs Reads Comics" blogger Jill Pantozzi.
October 24th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

Are women and comics risky business?

Editor's note: Christian Sager is the creator of "Think of the Children" and "Border Crossings." He has also written essays about the comics industry, punk subculture and national identity.

This summer, “Womanthology,” a hardcover comics anthology made entirely by female creators, raised a staggering $109,000 on the fundraising site Kickstarter.

Also this summer, the comics community argued ad nauseum about the lack of women creating mainstream comics. The accusations culminated at San Diego Comic-Con when several people, including a woman dressed as Batgirl, went to panels about DC’s re-launch and asked why only 1% of their creators were women.

In these events lie an incongruity between the support for women making comics and the gaping gender disparity between mainstream comics creators. FULL POST

October 24th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

The effects behind 'Captain America's' Red Skull

"Captain America: The First Avenger" did an impressive special effects job to help transform Chris Evans' heroic character from scrawny Steve Rogers into the massively muscular superhero.

But as a special feature on the Blu-ray/DVD release of the film shows, they didn't save all the effects for Captain America, and used some to properly bring the villain Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving) to the screen.

The exclusive clip above shows how they perfected what they call Red Skull's "negative nose space," which they did using a computer-generated model.

Considering it was one of the most anticipated parts of the film (after all, the Red Skull is the first supervillain in the Marvel Universe and the trailers hid his appearance), how well do you think they did crafting Red Skull's features?

"Captain America: The First Avenger" arrives on Blu-ray/DVD in 3-D and 2-D versions on October 25.

[Cross-posted with Marquee Blog.]

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Web Comic Spotlight: Onezumi and Harknell
From left: Onezumi, her familliar William, Harknell, his familliar the Demon Pickle, and Garthnell and Negazumi.
October 21st, 2011
10:23 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: Onezumi and Harknell

In Web comics, there's a niche for everyone. "Stupid & Insane Defenders Against Chaos" is the niche that mixes Lovecraftian monsters with Japanese-inspired art and a dash of nerdy humor concerning the most evil careers known to man: business management and finance.

It's a comic that started in 2003, involving two characters, Onezumi and Harknell, who have evil genius versions of themselves in another, horror-filled dimension. Through some shenanigans, these characters swap universes, and things get wickedly funny from there.

For example, there's a character called Mr. OctoPants, who in Onezumi and Harknell's universe is just a goofy octopus who collects really ugly pants from Macy's. A "beast with a thousand horrible pants," if you will. But in the evil universe, he's truly suspicious.

The creative team behind the comic, Onezumi Hartstein and her husband James Harknell, have a far more serious side (albeit still plenty nerdy) when it comes to their business. As early web comic purveyors, they rode the wild, untamed waves of the internet, gathering enough skills to start their own, informative convention for Web artists of all kinds. FULL POST

Fandom week in review
2008's "Punisher: War Zone."
October 21st, 2011
06:29 PM ET

Fandom week in review

Here's a look back at some of the stories that had superfans in the geek world buzzing this week:

Quite possibly headed to a theater near you: a live action version of "Akira" (more coverage of that to come) and a new take on "Battlestar Galactica." [Variety|Deadline]

George Romero revealed that he passed on directing "The Walking Dead." [CNN Marquee Blog]

The director of "Batman: Arkham City" defended the controversial Catwoman code. [Wired]

Fox is moving forward on a pilot for "The Punisher" TV series. [Deadline] FULL POST

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'X-Men' anime actor is an X-Fan
October 21st, 2011
05:11 PM ET

'X-Men' anime actor is an X-Fan

There have been several version of "X-Men" onscreen over the years, but nothing like this.

The popular comic book series was recently adapted into an anime series in Japan, and the show is set to make its U.S. debut Friday night on G4.

One of the American actors hired to dub the dialogue is Scott Porter ("Friday Night Lights," "Hart of Dixie"), an "X-Men" fan since childhood, who has taken on the role of Cyclops.

“I was excited to get on the ground floor and be the first to voice the 'X-Men' from this particular perspective for the English audience," he told CNN Geek Out. "“It was very cool to see a different artistic rendering of these well-known characters.”

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