I Like This Chick, She Has Rage Issues

As y’all know, I get emotional at certain things. I can usually see it coming. I didn’t expect any tears during Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn, and they came in one moment. My heart skipped a beat and I burst right into tears when Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollet-Bell) finally let loose and we got a Canary Cry on the big screen.

That made me cry.

Anyway, on to the rest of the movie. It is an incredible triumph. It’s joyously funny, in a great silly way. Feminist without pandering or neutering itself. (Turns out just by centering women and making your villain a misogynist you can make a pretty feminist film even without posturing. Who knew? Oh, every woman ever, that’s right.)

Trying to explain the movie is beside the point for me, here, but it underperformed this weekend so GO SEE IT. Anyway, more thoughts, it’s framed around Harley Quinn trying to figure out what her life is going to look like post Joker. At first, she’s keeping the breakup on the DL, as she knows she’s crossed a lot of people in her career. But she finally snaps and blows up ACE Chemical (and then there’s a whole thing with a Bacon Egg And Cheese sandwich) and all hell breaks loose.

Harley finds herself in the crosshairs of Roman Sionus, AKA Black Mask, played deliciously by Ewan McGregor. Roman employs Dinah Lance AKA Black Canary (Jurnee Smollet-Bell, perfect) as a singer and enforcer, and Victor Szasz (Chris Messina) is his right hand man. She’s also being pursued by Detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) They’re all looking for young pick pocket Cassandra Caine (Ella Jay Basco) who’s gotten her hands on the priceless Bertenelli Diamond, which holds the key to the vast fortune of an executed mob family.

Gotham’s underworld is also being cleansed by a mysterious Cross Bow Killer, who prefers Huntress, thank you. (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and in the end, in order to survive, all the women band together to protect Cass.

There’s hijinks galore in between, fantastic action, plenty of swears. (The R rating is entirely for the use of the F word and some real bone crunching violence. It’s great) The movie is a brightly colored fever dream in places and totally perfect. Margot Robbie is a dream, the rest of the cast follows suits. (I have to admit hearing Rosie Perez’s actual Brooklyn accent next to Robbie’s exaggerated Quinn voice is hilarious.)

Seriously, this movie is so special. I’m thrilled with how DC movies have turned around in the past year. Aquaman was so fun! Shazam was miraculous, Joker uhhh, well Joaquin won an Oscar! And Birds Of Prey is so much fun. This gets me super psyched for Wonder Woman 1984, and also, as I realized Black Widow. 

All the super hero movies I’m looking forward to this year are about women. That’s incredible, given that a few years ago, no one even knew if Wonder Woman was going to ever happen.

Becoming Something Else

It’s kind of hard to believe that eight years ago I wrote this:

“I liked Arrow” 

It’s even harder to believe that eight years ago a show that was barely based on a comic book character, took great pains to be deeply grounded and playing by the rules of more conventional genre TV tropes, ended with a co lead getting a Green Lantern ring, after the funeral of it’s main character which was attended by several time travelers, including his own daughter, and two other superheroes.

Arrow birthed a universe, and it wasn’t always worthy of the shows that came after it, but it was always, always itself and partly that’s because it had a beating heart in Oliver Queen, and particularly Stephen Ammell as Oliver Queen.

The final episode of Arrow does a lot of things that I love, Felicity has a brief chat with her grown up daughter, and with Barry Allen and Kara Danvers. In his final act of rebuilding the world, Oliver brought back Moira, Tommy and Quentin. Tommy connects with Not-Laurel. The Al-Ghul sisters also showed up to the funeral and Sara and Nyssa got their reunion moment of closure. (I now fear for Ava.) Dinah is headed to the future to fight evil with Not-Laurel and Mia, Thea and Roy (YAY ROY!) got back together, Rene is elected mayor, and oh, right….

DIGG FINDS A GREEN LANTERN RING.

It’s not until the final moment that I got what I’ve spent maybe six seasons saying I wanted. (It’s not just me, it’s a lot of the fandom) Digg got a Green Lantern ring. Looks like our John is headed to HBO Max. And if he isn’t WE WILL HAVE WORDS Mr. Guggenheim. He also did the Salmon Ladder. The finale was very good for John Diggle.

I watched the pilot right after, which was fun, mostly because, BABIES! But also because I wanted to remember that I was kind of all in on this show from minute one, and watching it now, with everything that it’s built, the pilot is even more exciting and interesting.

Anyway, tonight we get the final episode of The Good Place, which means I’ll cry a whole lot and write about it.

Crisis Management:Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash & Black Lightning Weeks 1 & 2; Arrow Season 5

I remember back in the winter that I realized a new era was coming to The Fangirl’s Dilemma this year, as four very very big nerd culture moments were happening in 2019

Avengers: Endgame (I loved it!)

Game Of Thrones Season 8 (I did not love it!)

Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker (We shall see!)

And, last and probably least in the minds of the greater public.

CW’s Arrowverse taking on of Crisis On Infinite Earths. 

The Arrowverse, so named for it’s flagship show, which I haven’t watched in years, but is wrapping up this year, so I’m gonna do my darndest to catch up on it…is approaching critical mass. It has (at least) 3 mainstream universes where it’s shows take place. (I have my theories about Doom Patrol and Titans…) Not to mention the others that jump to on The Flash semi-regularly.

The crossover is promising to bring back almost every single actor to ever play a DC character on television. (There are a few conspicuous absences, MESSRS. ROSENBAUM AND CAIN.) Including things none of us ever thought we were going to see, like Brandon Routh as Superman again, or Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne.

Anyway, as I have a tendency to let myself get behind on these shows, I figured that a good way to keep up would be to give the Arrowverse the Monday slot for now. I may move it when The Mandolorian hits (to Thursday, likely) but for now, this most constant place in my schedule goes to The Arrowverse.

Batwoman: Season 1: Episodes 1 &2: Pilot & The Rabbit Hole

We, the CW superhero loving public met Kate Kane last year when Kara Danvers, Oliver Queen and Barry Allen (Body swapped at the time) wandered their heroic leather clad booties into her city in search of a secret book that would rewrite reality.

Kate, it was established was Bruce Wayne’s cousin, (Kara did not reveal the secret, partially I think because she finds it hilarious.) and that since Bruce left Gotham for oblique Bruce-ish reasons I’m sure, she’s taken up the mantle of Batwoman. The pilot brings us back to Kate’s earliest days as a vigilante.

After being kicked out of the army for homosexuality. (It was pointed out that this backstory for Kate would not be applicable if she were even 5 years younger. Which is INSANELY COOL AND GREAT!) Kate travelled the world training to join her father’s private security firm, The Crows, who are defending Gotham in Batman’s absence.

Kate resents the Caped Crusader, who she doesn’t know is her beloved cousin, as he saved her as a child but didn’t manage to save her mother and sister. OR SO SHE THOUGHT.

Kate teams up with Luke Fox (Dare I dream of Batwing on my TeeVee, Oh friends, I dream, I dream big time) and becomes Batwoman, evading her dad, and fighting the mysterious Alice, who it is revealed is in fact Beth Kane, Kate’s supposedly dead sister. Oh also, Kate’s ex girlfriend is working for her dad and is now married to a man, and also her dad is remarried to a scheming socialite type and her step sister Mary is a med student who’s running an illegal free clinic for Gotham’s downtrodden.

It seems like family and sisterhood are going to be major themes for this show and since these are both themes that these shows handle incredibly well.

The show is good so far. I like Ruby Rose far more than most as Kate Kane. She’s already got a pretty good supporting cast around her. (LUKE MOTHER FUCKING FOX CHILDREN!) I think the show could grow into something special.

Supergirl: Season 5: Episodes 1 & 2: Event Horizon & Stranger Beside Me

After exposing Lex Luthor and getting a Pulitzer Prize for her trouble, Kara Danvers is ready to take on the world, of course there’s all kinds complications. Lena knows her secret and is being made to feel like she was betrayed. (Because of course she sort of was.) Also Lena sold Catco to Andrea Rojas, who wants to paper to like, make money? Or something? Anyway, she’s very into getting clicks, so Jimmy quits in protest, and now might be running for senator.

OK, Jimmy, you go do that. (I know Mehcad Brooks is leaving the show, which I think is for the best. I think he’s gifted and quite good looking, but the writing’s never been there for James Olsen, dreamy boy photographer/late in life helmetted superhero, especially once Jeremy Jordan left the show.)

Alex, meanwhile continues to rock fabulous queer lady haircuts and is dating James’s cool sister Kelly, who is a scientist and a badass, and also works for Andrea. (If the Crisis does not net a queer lady power shot like the “She’s got help” moment where Alex, Sarah Lance, Kate Kane and Anissa Jefferson kick some butts, we will have WORDS BERLANTI) That’s twisted and also Alex is mega awkward and bad at relationships, but otherwise, this is a story I am enjoying.

J’onn’s evil brother M’al’a’falak is on the scene, transported in by The Monitor, presumably to test team Supergirl. This is not good for J’onn but is great for me, because I love Martian shit.

The Flash Season 6: Episodes 1 & 2: “Into The Void” & “A Flash Of Lightning”

The Flash is probably going to be doing most of the heavy lifting for pre Crisis prep which is a good call, since Barry’s going to die and all, plus they hop between universes on that show like the Arrow folks go through bar bells, or Jefferson Pierce does inspirational quotes.

Barry and Iris are morning Nora, who they know will be born. (Or not, since Barry is going to die) but they still miss her. Of course this is Barry and Iris, so they’re dealing with it by gazing soulfully at one another, and Barry working too much. But they’re dealing. Killer Frost has decided that she wants a life, and Ralph and Caitlin are determined to give it to her, which is completely adorable. Cisco is now power free and loving life with his new girlfriend, but I miss vibe, y’all, I miss him a lot.

Our villain this year is Bloodborne, who is being played by Sendhil Rammamurthy and all I can think of when he and Caitlin were talking was about how well Caitlin and Dr. Mohinder Suresh would have gotten along. Anyway, he turned himself into a cancer monster oh no! (Remember when he turned himself into a bug dude? Oh, you didn’t watch Heroes after season 2? Anyway that’s a thing he did. He stuck to the ceiling it was really gross.) 

The second episode, begins Barry’s inevitable march toward Crisis death. (Can’t have a Crisis without a dead Flash) with a visit to Jay Garrick of Earth 3. John Wesley Shipp is always a welcome presence on any show, but especially this one. He lets Barry know that his decision to look into what’s happening with The Monitor is legit is a good one, and introduces his wife Joan. I squeed and clapped at Joan’s inclusion.

Killer Frost’s attempt at a life is going OK, Cisco and Ray Palmer (RAY RAY! We’re not getting Legends until after post-Crisis, which is both sad and something we’re all going to have to deal with) created a way for her to modulate her voice and make her eyes more normal, so she can go around in normal society. Of course she’s still Killer Frost, so she’s pretty rude, but she wants to be an artist.

Cecile and Joe are on a meta case, and Cecile’s empathy powers are working overdrive on the young woman she’s supposed to be prosecuting. The girl is clearly terrified and has been failed by the system and Cecile wants to give her a chance. Joe wants to follow the book. (Once trained by Anita Van Buren, always so trained)  Anyway, turns out the meta girl was in fact framed by her former foster sister, who has become Ultra Violet, and attacks everyone. After the defeat, Joe and Cecile decide to commit themselves to making the justice system more fair to metas.

Flash is crucial to the Crisis. Especially since we’re not getting a Harrison Wells this year, with Tom Cavanaugh playing Pariah. I miss his energy on the show, but totally get it.

Black Lightning Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2: The Book Of Occupation: Chapters 1 & 2: Birth Of Blackbird & Maryam’s Tomash

A lot is happening on this, the most socially conscious of the Arrowverse, but the most important part to me, is that Anissa names her AI Shonda and gets ready for a night out of supeheroing by listening to Chaka Khan, because she is a grade A badass and the best character in possibly this whole universe. (Did I ever think I would love like I loved Sara again? No. But I love Anissa.) (And frankly Chaka Khan is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazingness that is the Black Lightning soundtrack)

Jeff and Lynn are being held by Agent Odell, as Jeff is Meta Patient 0, as it were, and the Markovians are looking for metas. (The fact that both Young Justice and Black Lightning the two best DC Adaptations of this century IMO use Markovia is to be noted) (Also can we talk about how much I love that Lynn is continued to be referred to as Doctor Stewart rather than Mrs. Pierce RULES) (Seriously, this show is so good. I can’t believe it took me two seasons to catch on) Jen has to hide her powers, as does Anissa, though Anissa cannot be contained, and as it turns out not using her powers causes Jen actual physical pain. (Also, Jen’s new haircut is a very good look for her. In later weeks, when I have less ground to cover, I may talk about how the fashion and styling of the women of The Arrowverse is incredible.) Anissa is living up to Jen’s nickname for her by spiriting metas out of Freeland to the woods, and while the city lives under lockdown things are just getting worse.

Markovia is getting ready to invade the US, and war won’t be good for this community.

Also, I’m so so worried about Khalil. I do not like him being used as a weapon.This show just makes me worry about it’s children. Which is why I both resent and am relieved that they haven’t scraped the budget and story together to introduce us to Virgil Hawkins. (I know it’s going to happen and I really cannot expend the emotional energy to worry about Static to the extent that I worry about Jen and Khalil each week.) (But also like, when are we going introduce him?)

Arrow: Season 5

I gave up on Arrow when they killed Laurel Lance and her last words were about how Oliver now had her full dead ex girlfriend permission to marry Felicity. But since I’m a crazy person, and kind of a masochist, I’ve decided to jump back in.

In season 5, Oliver is mayor! Yay? Thea isn’t Speedy any more! Definitely not yay! Diggle is back in the army. Interesting. Felicity has a new boyfriend. Eh? There’s a new team Arrow in town (I like them, but I recall from recaps, they are wildly unpopular.)

Also, the big bad is Prometheus, the son of one of the corrupt businessmen Oliver murdered in season 1. He’s out to show Oliver that his quest has A) failed and B) destroyed everyone he loves.

So, anyway, that’s the story. Also, Black Siren shows up a few times, so killing Laurel was even more pointless?

But it does lead to some fun stuff, flashbacks to Oliver’s time in the Russian mob, Thalia Al Ghul, and a thrilling finale where we get Nyssa, Malcolm Merlyn and Slade Wilson back into the fray! Overall I’m glad I decided to catch up. Next week we’ll talk about season 6. I need to push through quickly so that I don’t lose access to the first few episodes of season 8.

This post is very long. In the future they will be less long, as they’ll only cover one episode per show instead of 2!

I did consider giving this spot to Watchmen or His Dark Materials,but until I know for sure that those shows are going to be worth analyzing (this doesn’t mean good. Which is why I never handed the spot over to Westworld despite really liking the show.) that’s a no go. Also, still a few weeks before HDM and I needed something in the meantime. I will cover both shows, if they prove to be the worthy successors that HBO wants them to be. But Arrowverse is having it’s biggest year ever. So, that’s where we’re at.

Nerd Homework: Birds Of Prey (2002)

Sometimes, I do the nerd homework because it’s something good or essential, sometimes I do it because it’s fun, and sometimes I do it to remind myself that, nope, you made the right call back when you were 14 and this show about Batgirl premiered on The WB and you thought it was dumb.

Birds Of Prey is a bizarre artifact from it’s time period, full of pleather and reheated guitar pop and bad acting and some really muddled DC-verse mythology. If you’re a DC fan, you know The Birds, the all female Gotham-based team, usually lead by Barbara Gordon (Either as Batgirl or Oracle) and Black Canary. They’re fun, sassy and kick copious ass.

The Huntress has been on and off the team in both her iterations, as the alt-verse daughter of Batman and Catwoman, Helena Wayne (my preferred version) or the mob princess turned crime fighter Helena Bertenilli (Also great!).

I don’t think I need to outline my love for Babs and Dinah Lance, because you know, I’ve done that a lot.

Birds Of Prey, the TV show, presents us with Barbara Gordon, as Oracle, seven years since she was paralyzed after being shot by The Joker and Batman disappeared from the city. She’s about the only thing that the show gets right. Intelligent, empathetic, brilliant and driven, this is the Barbara Gordon I know and love.

She’s mentoring Helena Kyle (she refuses to claim the Wayne name) and Dinah Lance, a runaway.

This is where things get infuriating to a DC fan/Confusing to a Filthy Casual.

Helena is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. Good. OK. Batman’s disappeared from New Gotham (why New? This isn’t a far flung Batman Beyond style future, it hasn’t even been a decade! So weird…) Selina Kyle was killed by The Joker to get at Batman (I mean, fine?) And we’re going by the Batman Returns style Catwoman had cat like powers, which, Helena has inherited. (Ehhh, I like my Bat-characters without powers, for the most part, but again, at least consistent) Helena refers to herself as a Half-Meta. (THAT IS NOT HOW META HUMANS WORK IN ANY VERSION! YOU CAN’T BE HALF META) She also doesn’t wear a costume or mask of any kind. Which is just an exceptionally bad idea.

Then there’s Dinah.

Oh boy did I get screamy about this. Oh, but Dinah didn’t. Yes, rather than Dinah Lance’s actually fun power of emitting disabling sonic booms with her vocal cords, Birds Of Prey makes her a pre-cog.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF DC CHARACTERS WITH PSYCHIC ABILITIES, WHY WOULD YOU GRAFT THAT ON TO A BRAWLER LIKE CANARY?

Also, Alfred is around, because I guess with Bruce all disappeared he’s doesn’t have anything to do.

The big bad is Harley Quinn (An excellent call) except she’s still functioning as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and she’s like a criminal mastermind, mob boss type? Which is not Harley’s MO at all, and if she’s still practicing, she wouldn’t be Harley at all, you know? It’s confusing.

All of this deviation could be excused if Birds Of  Prey were any good, (Smallville, at least at it’s best is an example of that. Also the whole Arrowverse.) but it isn’t. It feels a little bit like some Charmed and Angel spec scripts had DC grafted on to them and then also you lost the charismatic cast that made Charmed work at all, and Joss Whedon and Tim Minear’s story sense that made Angel one of the greats.

It all feels cheap and dated and my god is it dull. Which is a bummer, because it has solid bones. Doing The Birds Of Prey is an excellent choice for a “Batman without Batman” show, the dynamic of Barbara Gordon in her 30’s, Helena Wayne in her 20’s and a teenage Dinah creates an interesting relationship model. And they really do get Barbara right, so that’s worth something.

But it also screams the Smallville “no tights, no flights,” ethos taken at it’s stupidest. No costumes for Huntress and Harley, in a city that’s already had Batman and Batgirl and the various Robins is a baffling choice. When Helena is considering quitting, which she does three times an episode, at one point, Barbara points out that heroing is an important legacy, carried on by people with potential, people like her, and Dick Grayson! And Tim Drake! And Jason Todd! ALL THOSE PEOPLE! But where are they? Bruce disappeared and the boys are just gone? I can handwave Dick ( In Bludhaven, maybe going through one of his “I work alone” phases) and Jason (Still dead? When was Under The Hood?) but Tim? Tim Drake wouldn’t quit after Barbara became Oracle and Bruce disappeared! Tim Drake would organize and then get all huffy when no one wanted to organize with him. He should be popping out of shadows telling Helena that she’s sloppy and to put a mask on for God’s sake every five minutes. Oh, that might be why he’s not a character on this show. Because that would actually be fun and entertaining, and this show seems allergic to both of those things.

Anyway, it’s nice to know that even as a teenaged girl, I could recognize that this show was shitty nonsense and I remain eternally grateful to Batman The Animated Series and Batman Beyond for exposing me to proper adaptations of this material early on. Also, I’m proud of nerd kind for rejecting it outright, even back in the dark ages when we thought that Brian Singer’s X-Men was the closest we’d get to the source material. (Though I can’t help but wonder if it’s forgotten for being both terrible and lady centric.)

I have a lot of affection for The WB, the network of my teen years. Both sides, what I call the Buffy side (Buffy, Angel, Charmed, Smallville, Supernatural) and the Dawson’s side (Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, also Smallville) (That Smallville straddles both is really the show’s greatest achievement.) but they, for the most part relied on a formula, and any half assing of a formula is going to be bleak.

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Smallville’s SECOND greatest achievement. Making me give a shit about Green Arrow(‘s abs)

The Nerd Homework feature has been all about challenging my preconceptions of stuff in my wheelhouse, that I’ve previously put off or ruled out. That is the Raison d’etre for these projects. Star Trek, Battlestar, Anime, the work of Stephen King. Which is why Birds Of Prey being on DC Universe felt like a blessing. I’d outright rejected the show twice before after watching the pilot (when it first aired and then after Arrow premiered when CW Seen was pushing it.) but maybe now I’d enjoy it.

I did not. It’s terrible. It deserves it’s fate of obscurity and mocking.

BIRDS OF PREY!!!!

It’s happening you guys.

Warner Brothers has officially green lit a Birds Of Prey movie.

I’ve spent the past 24 hours freaking the frak out about it.

The BOP lineup is apparently set. Margot Robbie is going to be producing as well as featuring as Harley Quinn, and apparently there’s going to be a villain, “we’ve never seen on the big screen before” (This is both exciting and kind of a bummer, because I was really hoping it would be the Birds VS Harley and Ivy)

I’ve wanted this for a very long time, but let’s get into the lineup:

The Huntress -Helena Bertinelli

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It appears they’re going Helena Bertinelli, which is fine? I like both versions of the character, but I prefer Helena Wayne. Her backstory is much more fun, and her relationship to both the vigilante world and the crime world a delight. (Bruce Wayne is her dad, Selina Kyle is her mom) But Bertinelli’s good too, and hey maybe they’ll go with her Grayson  spy backstory rather than her “mob kid decides to fight crime” one? That could be cool

Batgirl – Cassandra Caine

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YYYEEESSSSS! While Cassandra is the Batgirl I know the least about, this gives me a good excuse to dive into her stuff. What I do know? She’s a straight up BADASS. Raised by her league of assassin parents to be the perfect weapon, she was also kept from speech and verbal communication. This makes her a body language expert, and kind of weird about like, people.

Also, she’s Asian, which means it’s a representation win.

Renee Montoya

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We don’t know whether Renee will be Detective Renee Montoya of the GCPD or The Question but either way I’m on board. Renee’s a great character with some fun stories to tell and like Harley, I’m pretty sure she’s a BTAS original, which is fun.

AND OF COURSE!

Black Canary – Dinah Lance

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Look, y’all know how I feel about Black Canary. She’s my signature cosplay, a character who pushed me to look beyond the A-List to DC’s deep and fascinating B-List characters. Dinah’s a great fighter, has a really cool power, a distinct and fun costume look. (If they skip the fishnets a la Arrow, I’ma cut a bitch) Not to mention she’s been leading the Birds for most of their best iterations.

I’m very very excited about this movie. Like dance around my room excited. Pull out my platinum blonde wig and give a Canary call excited. I was already planning on bringing the costume back this year. (HOORAY FOR SIGNIFICANT AND CONSISTENT WEIGHT LOSS!) Of course DC has taught me to be cautious with said excitement, but I have faith in Margot Robbie as a producer. She has very good instincts.

Summer Time, And The Conning Is Easy

I was really disappointed that this year Reed Pop didn’t hold Special Edition, as it was one of my favorite cons last year. But I was saved, still getting a summer convention, because Heroes & Villains Fanfest, which had been swallowed in a Snowpacoplyse in January was rescheduled for this weekend.

So I drove all of twenty minutes to Seacaucus, NJ, and Juli and I met up to enjoy The Fanfest. As is the case with most smaller cons, it’s a matter of deciding if this one fits your interest. And as great as Fanfest was, it could have basically been renamed Arrow-fest, which was great for me, as I’ve seen every episode of Arrow, and really only continue watching because of how much I like the cast. (The show it’self is just, meh…)

I did get to create an awesome moment, in getting a photo op with Katie Cassidy and Caity Lotz, dressed as Black Canary. They both got really excited by my costume and I really like the picture that came out of it.

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But, that wasn’t the highlight. The highlight was (as usual) John Barrowman. I insisted that we attend his solo panel, where, as is his style, he took questions, told stories, sang and interacted with the fans.

Look, I’ve had a lot of fun fan engagement, between stage doors at Broadway shows and Comic Conventions. But, and I think it has something to do with him being from theatre, there’s nothing quite like Barrowman. His passion for his work, his fans and his general life (of which he admits he has quite an awesome one), is beyond compare and always worth checking out.

On Day 2, we saw him and his sister (and co writer) Carole together, and that was also exciting. Those were actually the only panels we attended, besides the Costume Contest.

We spent most of Saturday at the DC Cosplayers East Photoshoot, where my Black Canary fit right in, and Juli’s adorable take on Supergirl was a huge hit.

The second day we went Marvel, me as Captain America, and Juli as Wolverine. We had a lot of fun, although we were pretty hung over.

Overall though, I’m glad I did Fanfest, though if there hadn’t been a Living Social coupon, I don’t know that I would have laid out the full price ticket. It better fit my interest than Wintercon back in December, but it was still a little too small to be a full on trip

Cosplay Corner: Heroes And Villains Fanfest

I actually don’t have a lot to say in this cosplay corner, as I get ready for Heroes and Villains Fanfest this weekend.

I’m going to be wearing Black Canary and Captain America.

I’ve already spelled out my Captain America Costume, so rather than recount that, I’ll go into detail about Black Canary.


This is probably my favorite costume to wear, and it’s certainly the one I’ve worn the most. (Besides Cap!)

The thing that makes it tough is that if I gain even a pound I feel profoundly uncomfortable in it.

Anyway, the wig, which is a primary and important piece comes from Vogue Wigs. I love the site, and it’s actually the exact same wig as my Jessica Jones costume, just platinum blonde instead of black.

The leotard is an old dance leotard from god knows when, but this is important, I recommend wearing actual dance wear for leotards. The times when I haven’t, it’s nowhere near as comfortable, they don’t hold up and don’t peel off easily for bathroom breaks (this costume is surprisingly simple to pee in!)

I wear dance tights under everything because it makes my legs look smooth and prevents chafing, and I use Leg Avenue fishnets, because they’re sturdy and fit well.

The leather vest was a Forever 21 purchase, initially meant for a Shadowhunter costume, but got repurposed here. I wear combat boots, mostly for comfort but also because it apes the Annie Wu design, which I completely adore. If it’s cold (which it won’t be this weekend) I through on a black leather jacket too, but again, I seriously doubt that will be necessary this weekend. I also wear the black choker, which I bought from Claire’s.

Closet Cosplay – Green Arrow

Since I’m talking about Black Canary for Cons, I figured for closet cosplay, I’d channel her sometimes boyfriend/husband, The Green Arrow!


I have almost as many green pieces of clothing as I do black (green goes quite nicely with my eyes.)

But I landed on a pea green sundress, over a brown camisole, with my brown Frye Boots.

I’d recommend adding jewelery with arrows on it too. There’s plenty around, I just don’t own any!

Cosplay Plans & Goals for 2016

Hey All! So last year I sort of fell into doing more of a “Con Circuit” than ever before, and this year I’m actually planning it. I  missed Heroes & Villains last week, but I’m going to the reschedule in July. I already have my room in Atlantic City for ACBC, I’m planning on Special Edition again and I’m going out of my way to get to NYCC this year. There may be another small con or so tucked in there, but I’ll make those choices as they come up.

But the planned 4 Cons requires Cosplay galore. Obviously, the loss of Fanfest is a blow, but I’ll find more plans what I’m planning on working on for the next year or so (Repeats very possible)

  • Jessica Jones
    • Status: Finished
    • Comfort Level: Super High! Seriously, this costume is a tee shirt, jeans, a leather jacket and a black wig. It’s my new favorite costume!
  • Resistance X-Wing Pilot
    • Status: SOOO CLOSE to finished
    • Comfort level: OK. There are a lot of components to this costume. But I love it, and I’m really proud of it, it’s a for sure choice for ACBC
  • Original Victorian/Steampunk Character (I need a name for her, and MAYBE a back story)
    • Status: Finished! The origin of this costume is very fun. Juli is getting married (YAY!) and her bachelorette party is a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery weekend, and one of the nights she wants us to get dressed up. I literally only needed to order a corset to convert a couple of normal clothes and costume pieces I had to a decent Victorian look, so I did that. Switch the long skirt up to either a short skirt of leggings (I haven’t decided) and BOOM awesome Steampunk look.
    • Comfort level: As I lose weight I hope that this will be more comfortable, but as it is, it’s pretty damn comfy.
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      There’s also a bustle, but it’s stored and I didn’t feel like pulling it out…

  • Bombshell Supergirl
    • A Far off dream…
    • Comfort Level: Couldn’t tell you. Seriously, I badly want to do this costume. But it’s very contingent on how much weight I lose by August. (I need that much time to get it ready for NYCC)
  • Sailor Mars
    • I’ve been talking about this for almost two years now…so, yeah.
    • Comfort Level: Again so much depends on my weight loss. I want it to be clear, I’m not body shaming ANYONE who decides they can rock a costume when they’re carrying a few extra pounds. I admire that confidence. I do not have it. And because this would be a fully purchased costume that costs like, a good chunk of change…it’s more a motivating factor than anything else. “If I lose the weight, I’ll order and have tailored a Sailor Mars costume for NYCC”

So that’s what I’m thinking for now. I for sure think that I’m going bring Black Canary and Rose Tyler back around. Mostly because I didn’t wear Rose enough (and invested a lot in it.) and Black Canary is my reward for keeping on track weight loss wise. (Seriously, I can’t wear that costume unless I feel FIERCE and at my current weight, I DO NOT.) If I’m not comfortable enough for Canary than Ramona Flowers makes the cut.

New York Comic Con Day 3

OK, so 4 days is like a long time. I really didn’t realize how long 4 days was. It’s been great, and I’m super looking forward to today. Among other things, I’m going to another panel that features Kelly Sue, and also I’ll be wearing a crinoline (so much more comfortable than a leotard, right? Maybe, only if you’re me.) But let’s talk about today!

Today was mostly about Cosplay, because today Aless and I went as Black Canary and Zatanna and it was excessively epic.

I'm doing The Canary Call and Aless is doing magic OBVIOUSLY!

I’m doing The Canary Call and Aless is doing magic OBVIOUSLY!

A lot of people stopped to take our picture, I gave many of them cards. Seriously, if any of you are reading this, PLEASE email us those pictures. We were busy with other stuff and didn’t get many pics of just the two of us in costume and we loved these outfits. But a couple of other cool things happened too.

You know like meeting some guy named JIM LEE!

You know like meeting some guy named JIM LEE!

One of those cool things was the Batman 75th Anniversary Panel. Which was moderated by Brad from DC Unlimited (a seriously cool web series) and featured, Geoff Johns, Kevin Frickin Conroy (Aless’s words), Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. (Who I met. Did I mention that I MET JIM LEE?)

I tried to take notes during this panel. I really, really did. But I managed to scribble down a few things that happened. Everyone talked about their favorite villains. (Joker for everyone but Neal, who picked R’as BIG SHOCK). Kevin was the best because of course he had to talk about Mark Hamill and how that’s the reason he loves Joker, which is frankly adorable. He also came out and did, “I am the vengence, I am the night, I AM BATMAN” as soon as he got to the mic. Which satisfied many things. The other thing that was discussed was how Batman the TV show was pretty much everyone’s entry point, except Scott, who’s young enough for Batman: The Animated Series to have been his entry point. Neal briefly touched on working with Denny O’Neil, and talked about Batman: Odyssey in detail and I really do need to read that, Scott and Greg talked about being instantly iconic. (Namely the Talons and Death of The Family), Jim Lee talked about Hush, everyone talked about The Dark Knight Returns and then they showed the two Bruce Timm produced shorts, which I had seen and were excessively great.

But there was trouble, as the clips didn’t roll right away, and the lights were down and nothing was happening and Kevin Conroy just started singing “Am I blue,” out of nowhere. Now, this the second sexiest thing to happen at Comic Con this year. (#1 being Chris Hardwick interviewing Hugh Laurie and George Clooney, because, remember when that happened, and I was there?) It was a really great time.

After that was the Daredevil TV Panel, which was, um, good? The show looks good, and the cast seems really psyched and Jeff Loeb is superb and very passionate about his job and Vincent D’Onofrio will be the best actor on Netflix, because they showed one scene of his and it was insanely good.

Then we met up with a few of Aless’s friends, and then we went over to artist’s alley to hover around waiting for Gail Simone, where we then met Jim Lee. We sadly, both had left our copies of Hush at home. (We really didn’t think we’d get to see him) But then, then after waiting around for an hour, we met Gail.

I was giggling the WHOLE time we were talking to her.

I was giggling the WHOLE time we were talking to her.

It was a brief chat, but she complimented our costumes, AND our names. (Thanks Mommy and Daddy, for giving me an eternal conversation starter) She signed our Batgirl: The Darkest Mirror books, and here we are.

Then we hit a bar with Aless’s friends, who are great and I’m so happy to have in my life. Tomorrow is our final day, and it’s going to be pretty fun. We have a lot to do, several panels to check out and a couple of signings to hit. See you all on the other side!

DC Comics Wrap Up: 9/10/2014

More Future’s End this week, and I know it’s supposed to be a horrible dystopian future and all but well, I mean, it’s so depressing, I really can’t wait for September to be over so that we can have some fun, you know?

But this week was really, really great and cool, and we got some interesting stories that again, alternate future.

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Batgirl Future’s End #1: “Darker In The Soul”

I’m going to miss Gail Simone’s Batgirl so much, and this issue is just kind of proof positive why she really was the perfect person to bring Batgirl into The New 52. Two years in the future, Barbara married a cop named Steve but on their wedding night, James Jr. killed him, because, I mean, of course. Shattered, Babs went off the map, trained with Bane and returned to Gotham as The Bete Noir. She also founded The League of Batgirls which is ten kinds of awesome and is made up of Cassandra Caine, Stephanie Brown and Tiffany Fox. Then Bane comes and they fight him and beat him, because she’s the best. Now TO BURNSIDE!

Batman Future’s End #1: “Remains”

Lex Luthor is trying to clone Superman again. So Bruce steels it to clone himself because the world must always have a Batman, and he’s alienated all of his proteges, and he’s like 40 years from meeting Terry.

Birds of Prey Future’s End #1: “The Red League”

Black Canary took over The League of Shadows and made it into a gang of avenging women who free other women who have been sexually trafficked because in case you didn’t know, she’s the best. Dinah and her girls go after a mob boss, and they run into Bete Noire, and it turns out this gave Babs the idea for The League of Batgirls. So that’s pretty cool. The guy killed himself and one of his victims comes along and joins the team.

Justice League United Future’s End #1: “Home World Part 1 of 2”

Equinox saves a trucker from some robot polarbears, which is very Canadian of her. Then she gets a message from Martian Manhunter that he’s in trouble so she and Animal Man go to the current Justice League to go to Mars, where they’ve built a prison for supervillains. But it turns out that it was a trap set by Captain Atom? Who’s a bad guy now? Whatever, we’ll see what happens

World’s Finest Future’s End #1: “Breaking”

Karen breaks into the Cadmus facility in order to get Helena, who she’s pretty sure is being tortured, but she meets up with Deathstroke and Fifty Sue instead, and Fifty Sue is MAD at her, and gets her captured. Also the new Power Girl is there and Karen dies in Helena’s arms and it’s very sweet.

Future’s End #19

Terry and the B-Listers break into Terrifitech finally, and we find out why Plastique is so freaked out. The cyborg that Terry brought back with him was made of her. Billy tried to convince Lois to sit on the story but she won’t. Ray Palmer talks to a robot. A brainwashed Power Girl, being controlled by Brother Eye, attacked Lana and Deathstroke but turns out he cut a deal with Fifty Sue so they’re fine. Also, Tim read the story about Billy/Superman and I’m sure that will be significant.

Alright, so that’s what happened there. See you tomorrow for Marvel!