Anonymous said: I saw Stephanie Buscema's tweet about doing her last Red Sonja cover. Since she's been part of the team since the book started, does this mean you're leaving too? I hope not :(
My last issue of the ongoing series is Red Sonja #18.
It’s killing me to leave, Dynamite has been wonderful and progressive, and I love Sonja like a cat loves attacking random stuff for no reason, but I just have too many other commitments that I had made prior.
But it went like this…
I was going to do just six issues. I was having a blast, so I agreed to do twelve issues. Then I agreed to do a zero issue. Then I came up with LEGENDS OF RED SONJA and did five issues of that (with some brilliant co-writers!) then I agreed to do six more issues. Then I agreed to do CONAN vs. RED SONJA.
Then I agreed to do the WOMEN OF DYNAMITE crossover, six issues PLUS lots of cool extra stuff.
ALL 100% because I fell in love with the She-Devil BAD. :)
So even though I am finishing up the ongoing book, it’s with a HUGE bang, there’s two more crossovers I am writing (Conan v Sonja and Women of Dynamite) where she is the star, and I honestly can’t imagine that that’s really the end. I am wild about that Hyrkanian and like Black Canary, I can’t seem to stay away from her!
Thank you for the kind thought, we’re not done yet!
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! ;( I DON’T WANT YOU TO LEAVE!! YOU WRITE SONJA AND ANEVA SO WONDERFULLY!! First The Movement, then Batgirl, now this…I”m gonna be sad for a little bit…sorry…*sob*…I understand…just sad is all…;(
This was my hair-raising post for READ A COMIC IN PUBLIC DAY a couple years ago.
It took a half an hour to get my hair to do that, and yet, this is what it looks like NATURALLY if I don’t want it to!
READ A COMIC IN PUBLIC DAY is good fun, show your photos, everyone!
DAMN IT! I got caught up in FanExpo, and didn’t take any pics of me reading a comic in public, BAD IAN, BAD!! ;(
ironbite4 said: So you've previously gone on record as being a hair stylist before becoming the living embodiment of awesome female comic writers. Have you ever been at a con and seen someone's hair and just thought, "If only I had a pair of scissors"?
Not really, it’s more likely the opposite, I see someone’s hair and it looks amazing and I just can’t stop looking at it.
I was, honestly, a really, really good stylist, but my salon was in a small town and I didn’t get the opportunity to be as creative as I might like. When someone wanted a cool cut, that was just a very happy thing.
I let my license lapse ages ago. I only do my family’s hair now, I have my own hair done by someone else.
The one time I mixed hairdressing with comics was AWFUL.
It was at a con in, I think Toronto, and this good looking guy agreed to have his head shaved for charity. I THINK for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
George Perez was going to shave his head in public, at the con. But the clippers they had were godawful, like they came over on the Mayflower, and the blades were dull. It was literally ripping the hair out of his scalp, and taking chunks of flesh with it.
So they called me over, and asked me to do it. And that was absolutely miserable…he was such a good sport but the clippers were so clearly hurting him. I tried them on him and I just had to stop, it was like performing surgery with a golf putter. I mean, the guy was bleeding, it was horrible. George Perez was lovely, he said it was our first collaboration.
ANYWAY, someone eventually got a set of cheap, but decent, clippers and I finished up, but I won’t do anything like that again. It was awful!
The very first con I went to, a female pro friend talked me into coloring her hair and cutting it in the hotel room, that was also a nightmare. Oh, and I’ve cut my husband’s hair after spending an hour in New Zealand looking for a workable pair of shears.
My own shears that I use are hideously expensive, it’s always a drag to try to do the same work with the stuff you buy at a drug store!
Short question, long answer, sorry. :)
That’s terrible!! Sorry that happened Gail, please don’t let that taint your opinions of Toronto, we’re lovely here! And we PROMISE, NO HAIR-STYLING!
I now own a shirt with a giant A on it. :D
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“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.”
wayward-pun said: Hey hey hey KS, wanna run a cosplay idea past you. My friend has a Hawkguy costume from a superhero party a month ago (because Portland) and we were thinking of getting together a group with matching track suits, chains and fake guns. Optional: namebadges. Bro-seidon. Bro-nado. Broseph Stallin. Bro-tato Chip. Literal tragedy: I don't know anyone who has a dog.
I think that’s fabulous. For anything in particular?
amethodistandason-of-a-bitch said: Hey Gail, I'm curious about the relation between writers and visual artists for comics. I've read a few comics for which I love the storyline/writing, but the art is just really not doing it for me. (This happens to me with Wonder Woman a lot where I love the writing but the drawings are so over sexualized it's distracting.) Does the writer collaborate closely with the artist? Would/could a writer ever send an artist back to the drawing board? Just curious, thanks!
This probably sounds a little cliche but it’s true, no two teams work the same way, and it often has a lot to do with the editor, but not always.
Some editors want to be the conduit through which all information flows, so the artist and writer don’t speak directly. I hate this method a lot. It works sometimes, sometimes it’s a huge pain.
Most editors just want a great book and whatever works is how they handle it. I prefer to speak to the artist directly, so I can ask them what they like to draw and hate to draw, for one thing.
We don’t always get a say as writers in who the artist will be but in general we are at least consulted. There’s a lot of stuff done in a panic in comics because the deadlines are so tight, or the writer (me!) is running behind, or the artist is ill and needs a fill-in.
If you have a bit of a name, you can ask for an artist, or you can make approval part of your agreement.
I generally put it right in the scripts if we are trying to avoid cheesecake, for example. Sometimes, you get it even if you ask NOT to have it. It happens.
Most artists want to do the best book they can, but some really love drawing their version of pretty women or ‘sexy’ shots or whatever. I don’t mind comics being a little unseemly, it just has to fit the scene and the character. Sometimes you WRITE a scene of Black Canary being badass, but you get BACK a bad scene of Black Canary’s ass.
I do feel that almost all publishers are being more aware of it, we are seeing some changes as we go.
I don’t object to cheesecake or sexy art or erotic art or whatever on its own merits at all. All of that is fine, and I don’t think people should feel bad for liking it. It’s just a question of fitting the scene and character, for me, anyway. If Tumblr didn’t have sexy images, there wouldn’t be much Tumblr left!
Oh, and I like it to be inclusive, I like there to be stuff for lots of people to like.
And I feel like you can still have sexy art where not just the women are sexy … or where the sexy women still have personality and it makes sense for the story and it’s not their only trait. And of course it helps if they have human spines.
Oh, yeah, absolutely.
A lot of times, when people discuss sexualized women in comics, it is done as if the image is in a vacuum, without context or history.
And that does make the argument a little unhelpful.
I have a high tolerance for cheesecake and beefcake in comics, if it can be made to fit…Huntress feels powerful when patrolling, that’s sexy in a way, Catman lounging is a different kind of sexy. So much of it is context and execution.
Anyway, I like comics to have all kinds of great stuff to look at. It’s not difficult to make a comic sexy without being creepy, it really isn’t.
Agreed! There’s actually some good Sinestro beefcake in his solo-tile courtesy of Dale Eaglesham!
I have been asking Kate Beaton to draw a Red Sonja cover for the monthly book since issue one. Since she hasn’t done a lot of covers, she was the ONLY female artist we asked who (reluctantly) turned us down.
I think she has agreed to do one if time permits, and she sent this on Twitter to hold us over and I just love it. Kate, you are awesome!
I hope she gets the chance to, that would be AMAZING!