Saturday Runaround – We Make It Harder

TypoWatch: We did enjoy this panel from Teen Titans #83. "Makes it harder" wasn't it meant to be?

Saturday Runaround – We Make It Harder

PecWatch: The Daily Mail drool over a photo of James MacAvoy from X-Men: First Class – without actually realising the movie hasn't started filming yet. Isn't that a still from Wanted?

HarassmentWatch: Valerie D'Orazio recently quit her Occasional Superheroine blog that brought her both fame and infamy in comics, detailing as it did an experience of severe sexual harassment from one senior employee while working at DC Comics. However, it's still referenced in her site. She writes;

I would still like to write comic books, but I certainly do not want Comics to be the overarching symbol of my life. I used to always envision myself as the "problem" in Comics — a flawed viewpoint regarding which there were just too many people out there willing to take advantage of. But really, it is Comics that has the problem. My former harasser has sought over and over again to put the "black mark" on me and ruin my career. But the black mark is ultimately on him and the publisher who continues to employ him. The black mark is on every person who collaborated to cover up for him and/or defame me — whether it was personal to you or "just a job". The black mark is on every person who consciously or unconsciously hated/condemned me for reporting my abuse. That is where the burden lies, my friends.

And she also writes;

To Mr. Obscene CyberStalker who seems to know me and comic industry politics so very well — if I ever hear from you again in an email or a comment on this blog, I have a document I'm set to email Mr. Rich Johnston. I NEVER want you to contact me again, and you won't.

The intimation is  that this person and the harasser may be the same person. Either way, just to add that yes, I'll run it. So, you know.

PirateWatch: More details on the HTMLComics case – with a few blatant lies and misdirection to boot. received between 400,000 and 500,000 hits per day.

No it didn't. And all this fuss still ignores the real pirating problem, those of same day direct download scans being hosted by filesharing services and listed on sites, often non-US based ones. And then being torrented around the place a few days later. Attacking HTMLcomics is like busting the local pot dealer next to several crack dens.

SpoilerWatch: The full synopsis to the Green Lantern movie leaks. Go here for full shout sheet. Until then, let me white out the following text… in case, you know, you've never read a Green Lantern comic before.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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