My name’s Michael Hartney. I’m as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet. I have bought Superman comics every Wednesday since I learned to read, which was nearly 30 years ago. Superman was the subject of my blog and my one-man show. My name is tattooed on my arm in Kryptonian, for Zod’s sake. Oh, and I’m super-gay.
I can’t and won’t support the hiring of Orson Scott Card on Adventures of Superman. There’s a difference between having conservative political beliefs and being an active force of bigotry and hatred. Card is the latter. So draw away, Ethan Van Sciver, you fabulous Republican! Fine with me! Orson Scott Card, however, is in an entirely different, unjust league.
If this was a holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC. This is the same. The LGBTQ community will no longer take this lying down. Our civil rights are no longer up for debate or discussion.
Ugh. And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t.
What can you do to keep my business, and the business of other LBGTQ readers (and their straight allies) who feel utterly betrayed by this thoughtless, illogical decision? Great question, DC. Yank the story. Don’t publish it. You don’t have to fire Card. Pay him, thank him for his time, and run something else. Say, by Phil Jimenez, or one of the other incredible LGBTQ talents you have in your stable that have been alienated by this colossal blunder. Then, publish an It Gets Better comic. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Trevor Project. Stories starring Batwoman, Bunker, Alan Scott, and straight heroes too. I’ll do you a favor: I’ll write the Superman story, free of charge. I’ve got more than thirty years of Superman research under my belt, so I think I know him pretty well.
I wish you did too.
This is a perfect letter. What an absolute bone-headed decision by DC Comics to hire OSC to write anything for them, let alone a Superman story. This decision has forced me to ask, as I have been doing for the last year or so, what exactly is going on over there?Source: michaelhartney
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Josie and the Pussycats Rock Out with Fiona Staples
By Andy Khouri
It doesn’t go on sale until October, but Life With Archie #24 comes with a variant cover so cool that we had to show it to you at once. Illustrated by the great Fiona Staples (Saga), we see here the introduction of Archie Comics’ iconic girl group Josie and the Pussycats into the ceaselessly surprising possible-future reality in which Life With Archie takes place, which has included events such as Archie marrying both Betty and Veronica in separate timelines (constituting an Archie Comics multiverse), the marriage of U.S. soldier Kevin Keller to a male partner, and Cheryl Blossom suffering from breast cancer. Staples’ punkier Pussycats join Francesco Francavilla’s Riverdale Zombies and KISS crossovers as some of Archie Comics’ more memorable covers in recent years, which have helped make these artifacts of Americana comics relevant not just to today’s younger readers, but really fun for an older generation who’d once enjoyed them as children.
Staples provided some commentary for this image on her blog, writing, “This storyline take place about ten years into the future, so I did a grown-up version of the band! It was inspired in part by the 2001 Pussycats movie, and Alison Mosshart from The Kills, who wears a lot of animal print.”
Incidentally, ComicsAlliance Senior Writer Chris Sims remarked during the preparation of this post that the film Staples referenced, 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, is the “best comic book film of all time.”
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2001’s Josie and the Pussycats really is one of the best comic-book films of all time. Misunderstood and underrated when it came out, it’s a humorous commentary on the over-commercializing of art in modern society. And the music rocks!Source: comicsalliance.com