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It's Only the End if You Want it to Be

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Jul 27 '14

Anonymous asked:

I think I may have missed your fan cast for the Teen Titans, could you point me in it's direction?

Sure! You can see it here.

Bear in mind, it’s still only a tentative fancast (for example, I don’t think I’ve found my perfect Dick dreamcast yet - the fact that I’m determined to cast Romani for him makes it pretty challenging). But overall, I like my choices.

Jul 25 '14
renaroo:


The New Teen Titans (1980-1983) #16

"We learn communication through mutual acceptance of these rules. We build societies based on this mutual acceptance. But some of those ancient philosophies — their propaganda has not always been for the common good. Many philosophies preached intolerance. Some justify wanton violence — others compassionless pacifism such as the cult of Azar.”
*LE SIGH*
Okay, look. I was called out a while back for supposedly not taking as much issue with the way Indian culture was being reappropriated for Raven’s character in New Teen Titans as I did the whitewashing of Jinx in the animated show. Which is flat out wrong. I’ve just not had the opportunity to talk about this yet.
Yes. It is horribly awkward and terrible to read through a lot of appearances of Raven throughout the early Titans years because of the use of Indian dress and philosophies, the constant comparisons to Hinduism, and just general wrongness of having all of this presented with a distinctly white woman when all of her shown teachers, contacts, and friends are not Indian themselves.
This is even more unsettling when you realize that the only Indian representation throughout New Teen Titans (that I can think of) is in a very horribly represented villain, Jinx.
I don’t like this. It’s uncomfortable. But it’s also hard to nail down because it’s more difficult than the whitewashing scenario. Which is clear cut.
It’s possible that Raven could have been introduced to Hindu inspired pacifism and it have resonated deeply with her. It’s possible that her dress is in genuine acceptance and submersion in South Asian culture. But that is a difficult defense when she is not just a white woman with all of these earmarks of appropriating a culture that is not her own, but she is never shown as having direct contact with the people from the source culture.

Yeah, much as I love Wolfman/Perez’s run on New Teen Titans (and I think we all know I do), this is deeply problematic and deserves to be acknowledged as such.
For the record, this is also why I cast an Indian actress as Raven when I did my Titans fancast. I feel like the easiest and best solution to the problem would not be to remove the Hindu-inspired elements of her character (which is too fundamental to who she is to be changed), or to try to retcon in a backstory explaining her connection to South Asian culture, but simply to make her canonically Indian. There’s no reason Arella, and therefore Raven, couldn’t have been Indian, after all, and it would also add more PoC representation which is always a positive. It seems like the best answer to me.

renaroo:

The New Teen Titans (1980-1983) #16

"We learn communication through mutual acceptance of these rules. We build societies based on this mutual acceptance. But some of those ancient philosophies — their propaganda has not always been for the common good. Many philosophies preached intolerance. Some justify wanton violence — others compassionless pacifism such as the cult of Azar.”

*LE SIGH*

Okay, look. I was called out a while back for supposedly not taking as much issue with the way Indian culture was being reappropriated for Raven’s character in New Teen Titans as I did the whitewashing of Jinx in the animated show. Which is flat out wrong. I’ve just not had the opportunity to talk about this yet.

Yes. It is horribly awkward and terrible to read through a lot of appearances of Raven throughout the early Titans years because of the use of Indian dress and philosophies, the constant comparisons to Hinduism, and just general wrongness of having all of this presented with a distinctly white woman when all of her shown teachers, contacts, and friends are not Indian themselves.

This is even more unsettling when you realize that the only Indian representation throughout New Teen Titans (that I can think of) is in a very horribly represented villain, Jinx.

I don’t like this. It’s uncomfortable. But it’s also hard to nail down because it’s more difficult than the whitewashing scenario. Which is clear cut.

It’s possible that Raven could have been introduced to Hindu inspired pacifism and it have resonated deeply with her. It’s possible that her dress is in genuine acceptance and submersion in South Asian culture. But that is a difficult defense when she is not just a white woman with all of these earmarks of appropriating a culture that is not her own, but she is never shown as having direct contact with the people from the source culture.

Yeah, much as I love Wolfman/Perez’s run on New Teen Titans (and I think we all know I do), this is deeply problematic and deserves to be acknowledged as such.

For the record, this is also why I cast an Indian actress as Raven when I did my Titans fancast. I feel like the easiest and best solution to the problem would not be to remove the Hindu-inspired elements of her character (which is too fundamental to who she is to be changed), or to try to retcon in a backstory explaining her connection to South Asian culture, but simply to make her canonically Indian. There’s no reason Arella, and therefore Raven, couldn’t have been Indian, after all, and it would also add more PoC representation which is always a positive. It seems like the best answer to me.

Jul 25 '14
toalwaysbeme replied to your post:
Okay but what if there were a Team Batgirl book with Oracle calling the shots and Black Bat and Batgirl out in the field (or Nightwing!Steph and Batgirl!Nell yesplease)… that started out as a question but now I just really want that

I’ve spoken about wanting a book like that in the past, actually! Even had conversations with other fans about who should be the theoretical writer/artist for the book. A lot of people tend to go with either Bryan Q. Miller or Gail Simone for writing, but my personal belief tends to be that Cass is a lot harder to get right as a character than Babs or Steph, so I’d rather have a writer who’s proven they can write her well, which neither Miller nor Simone has (and in fact, Miller’s treatment of Cass was pretty dang problematic, though I’m willing to believe there was editorial interference involved.)

My personal choice would be Dylan Horrocks, who had a quite good run on Cass’s Batgirl series and wrote some absolutely fantastic scenes between the three:

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The choice of artist is less tricky as I can think of a bunch who’d do a great job… but as we were discussing the other day, Marcus To needs a project worthy of his talents, and he’s definitely shown he can draw all three of them fantastically:

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So that would be my dream team for the book. :-) Dylan Horrocks as the writer, Marcus To on art.

Jul 24 '14

Anonymous asked:

Bruce Wayne + Clark Kent

Platonic ship. I get why people would ship them romantically, I absolutely do, but Lois and Clark are Absolute OTP to me and I can’t imagine shipping either of them with anyone else. And Bruce and Selina are pretty high on the OTP list, too.

Bruce and Clark have the best friendship, however.

Jul 24 '14

Anonymous asked:

Stephanie Brown or Tim Drake

Steph, but only by the slimmest of margins. I love my Timmy a lot.

Jul 24 '14

writeroffates asked:

Dick Grayson or Clark Kent

Close, but as a rule Dick is gonna beat… almost any character you put him up against, really. There are a few exceptions to that, but not many. It’s not because I think Dick is objectively the best character in the world or anything, but he’s one of my most beloved fictional babies, you know?

Jul 24 '14

alleybat asked:

Barbara Gordon or Dick Grayson?

I have gotten this question before, actually, and you can read my answer here.

I stand by what I wrote back then, pretty much. (… Besides the fact that I wouldn’t throw the words “Sophie’s Choice”, “crazy”, and “insane” around so casually if I was writing today. *winces*)

Which basically comes down to: I have a stronger personal attachment to Dick as a character, but what Babs symbolizes to me might be more powerful.

However, it’s a tough call, because I also find Dick a tremendously inspiring character, and I also love Babs very much.

… Overall, I’d maaaaaybe go with Dick, just because he’s “my baby” in a way that Babs isn’t quite as much.

Not an easy choice, though. 

Jul 24 '14

Anonymous asked:

titans vs jla

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I’m just including that picture because I think it’s awesome. ;-)

That depends which incarnation of each team you’re talking about, but overall I think this would be a close one. The Titans probably have had more members overall, but many of them are (by definition) less experienced than their mentors on the JLA. However, there are some real powerhouses on both sides.

I’m going to give this one to the Titans for one simple reason: Leadership.

The JLA are consistently shown as not having a real leader. Clark is the one that they would probably all listen to, but Clark isn’t the type to take charge and tell people what to do. Bruce no doubt has some contingency plan stored away in case they ever need to go up against the Titans, but he’ll be such a bossy jerk about it that no one will want to listen to him. Diana will come up with an alternative plan which will probably be a very good one based on her military knowledge, but Bruce still won’t like it because it won’t be his plan. Bruce and Diana will begin to argue about whose plan they should go with, which will soon lead to the entire JLA pitching in their thoughts and an all-out argument breaking out.

Meanwhile, Dick will come up with a plan which objectively might actually be less good than Bruce or Diana’s, but which will have the advantage that all of the Titans will actually listen to it. When the two teams go up against each other, therefore, the Titans will be unified and organized, while the JLA will either not have found a plan everyone could agree on, or be carrying out a plan that half the team doesn’t like.

Therefore, the Titans win. 

Jul 24 '14

renaroo asked:

Wally West or Roy Harper?

Wally West. 

I like Roy a lot, too, but I think overall I prefer Wally.

Jul 24 '14

Anonymous asked:

Dick vs. Bruce

Bruce wins, no doubt. I think Dick would give Bruce a closer fight than 99% of humanity would be able to, but Bruce is simply the better fighter. Dick’s fighting skills are consistently described as being almost as good as Bruce’s, rivaling Bruce’s, but there’s always the implication that he’s just a smidge less good. 

Therefore, much as I love him, Dick would lose the fight.

Jul 24 '14

firefaerie81 asked:

Harry Potter vs Percy Jackson

This is a cool one because they have *completely* different kinds of magic.

I’d say it depends on what part of the series we’re talking about. Book 1 Percy would totally clean the floor with Book 1 Harry, because even when he couldn’t really control his powers we’re shown that Percy could still do some serious damage, while the only thing Harry showed immediate aptitude for was riding on a broom.

However, Harry by the end of the series, who is one of the most proficient if not THE most proficient in his class at Defense Against the Dark Arts and has fought against Death Eaters, would be MUCH more evenly matched against Percy.

To know who’d win later on, I’d say we look at the kind of magic they default to: Harry’s “signature movie” is disarming his opponent, which would do exactly zip against Percy who doesn’t fight with a wand in the first place and whose weapon comes back to him automatically. Likewise Percy’s go-to form of attack, his sword Riptide, would do absolutely nothing to Harry since it’s only effective against mythological monsters.

Percy would be likely to try some kind of water magic next, but Harry knows counterspells (such as the Shield Charm) which would block that, so unless Percy had the element of surprise that’s unlikely to work. Percy, on the other hand, has no way of blocking Harry’s spells, so he’d be completely vulnerable to something like Impedimenta (the Impediment Jinx) or Petrificus Totalus (the Body-Bind Curse), both of which we know Harry can pull off effectively by the end of the series.

Therefore, while early-series Percy would beat early-series Harry, Harry would win in a battle between their older selves, and most likely leave Percy frozen like a statue until the spell wore off.

Jul 23 '14

toalwaysbeme asked:

okay how 'bout NNT and Nightwing?

That one’s actually much easier. Still NTT.

I mean, there were some moments in the Nightwing series that were great, but I don’t love it nearly as much as NTT. And let’s be honest… burning every copy of the Nightwing series would be worth it just to wipe certain Devin Grayson moments off the face of the planet. Bonus points if I get to count Nightwing Annual #2 as part of the series. ;-P

Jul 23 '14

renaroo asked:

Alice in Wonderland or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

Alice is probably objectively the better book, but I’d go with The Wizard of Oz out of personal preference.

Jul 22 '14

toalwaysbeme asked:

can I play fahrenheit 451 with comics?? BoP or NNT?

This is a tough one, but I’d go with New Teen Titans. Out of personal preference, there’s practically nothing I love like NTT at its best. But I also feel like NTT had so many classic storylines, and classic moments… Who is Donna Troy?, Dick becoming Nightwing, Donna’s wedding, the Judas Contract… which had such a huge effect on comics as a whole. Overall, there’s just SO MUCH there I couldn’t stand to get rid of.

BoP was also an incredible series, and the amazing friendship between Babs and Dinah, the fact that it was an all-female team led by a disabled superheroine, the tremendous character growth that happened in that series… I’d hate to get rid of those things. BoP also had some *incredible* moments that I would hate the world to lose.

Not an easy decision at all, but NTT still wins for me.

Jul 22 '14

distractedbyshinyobjects asked:

The Wizard of Oz or Little Women - you can count the whole series or just the first book of each, whichever you prefer.

Ooh, tough.

If it’s the first book in each series, Little Women wins, although it’s a tough call. Both of these books are absolute classics that I love, and that I feel would be a big loss to literature.

If it’s the series as a whole… I’m still going with Little Woman, but only on the strength of that first book. To me, Ozma of Oz would be a bigger loss to the world than anything in the LW sequels.

(By the way, can Ozma count as a #womanwhoneedsamovie?)