The writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics has revealed that the character is gay.
Greg Rucka tells Comicosity that since Wonder Woman comes from the fictional all-female island nation of Themyscira, she “has been in love and had relationships with other women.”
Rucka isn’t ruling out the potential for a romantic relationship with Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s love interest in previous incarnations of the character.
Wonder Woman returned to the big screen this year in Batman v. Superman.
A standalone film starring Gal Gadot is set to hit theaters in June of next year.
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An interview with Greg Rucka on “Queer Narrative and Wonder Woman.”
Most art exhibitions show works from a movement or artist of the past, or perhaps a contemporary portrait of what’s going on in the world of art today. In comparison, the Racine Art Museum’s new exhibit is literally out of this world.
“A Whole Other World: Subculture Craft” is a show that orbits around fantastic fandoms in the realm of speculative fiction, like science fiction, superheroes and steampunk. The works included in “A Whole Other World,” by 26 artists (nine from Wisconsin and one international artist), re-envision pop-culture sci-fi icons or explore their own fantasy world.
Lena Vigna, the curator of the exhibition — herself a fan of Batman, Wonder Woman and “Doctor Who” — says, “I’m holding up a lens to the human condition, trying to provide a framework of art that doesn’t feel esoteric — rather more appealing to the general public.”
Science fiction is an important artistic genre, because its ripple effect can predict future innovations in science and engineering. At its best, science fiction forces us to ask, “How do we create a positive future by retro-engineering a social or technological future that hasn’t happened yet?”
Science fiction is always painted against a background of change, but the actions its protagonists take to change their world for the better can differ.
“Doctor Who” and “Star Wars” could fall on opposite ends of that. An action movie series at heart, Star Wars celebrates combat and strife as the way to vanquish evil. “Doctor Who” scripts believe in embracing the differences that make you unique, and emphasize intelligence over brute force to win the day.
A reimagining of familiar characters and artifacts from both franchises can be found at the museum. Jamie Kratz-Gullickson of Beaver Dam creates felted Star Wars characters from local sheep’s wool. Thomas Richner presents a new 5-foot long cardboard replica of the Millennium Falcon alongside an almost-to-scale papier-mâché R2-D2. Whovians will probably delight in Kristy Daum’s 6’ x 8’ stitched quilt, “The Tenth.” (If you have to ask, you’re obviously not a fan.)
Many have a love affair with superheroes — endowed with extraordinary powers, we may love them more than we love ourselves, for they are who we want to be.
They inhabit an emotional world and a destiny that only few can truly understand. Subtlety rarely enters the storyline. All that’s needed are lots of primary colors, bold type, love, fear, hate and a few explosions.
Artist Mark Newport flies against clichéd superhero concepts. He constructs full-body superhero costumes, both for traditional heroes and his own creations: the Sweatermen and friends like Argyleman.
Vigna says the suits pose the question of “Where do we look for heroes?” and ventures her own guess at an answer. “We look at superheroes as strong, but these (costumes) are saggy. He calls them real heroes and compares them to real people in his life. His Uberdad costume is an example that asks, ‘What does it mean to be a man? If I put this costume on would I feel like a hero?’”
Originating as a role-playing fantasy, “steampunk” is defined as a stylistic genre inspired simultaneously by Victorian England, the Wild West and futuristic technology. Steampunk outfits overflow with overly mechanized devices and feature intricate design aesthetics. Tesla coils, multiple gears and pressure relief valves that may or may not have some important function are common artistic choices.
Steampunk embraces a broad lifestyle and creative vision, occasionally mixing the digital with the handmade. It is a fashion and lifestyle movement — sustainable, gritty, analog and salvaged, a fantasy often imagined by artists to exist in a post-apocalyptic or dystopian world.
But steampunk is different for each individual creator. Steampunk-influenced fashion designer Silversärk (aka Stephanie Schultz) says that, “To me, (steampunk) is about taking inspiration from every resource imaginable, and making a tangible, wearable piece of art to reflect the time period or event, or encapsulate the designer’s thoughts and emotions, much like a painting.”
Milwaukee fiber artist and Project Runway alum Timothy Westbrook also will have work featured in the exhibition, although he is exploring “reverse steampunk” — re-contextualizing antiquated technology in a modern context. “I believe that regressing technologically will allow us to progress socially,” Westbrook says.
Westbrook’s contributions to the exhibit include four gowns created from re-purposed materials, three of which were recently on display at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. “What I’m suggesting is in 2220 we could be using items from the past to create a more sustainable present,” Westbrook says. “My work examines the expiration date of stuff. For example, I’m into using cassette tape, eight-track and reel-to-reel audio-tape as a woven fabric. I’m rescuing these abandoned memories to reincarnate them into elegant wearables.”
“A Whole Other World: Subculture Craft” at the Racine Art Museum runs May 24 through Sept. 6. RAM admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors and free for children under 12 and members. Guests who visit in cosplay (dressed in character) will receive free admission throughout the exhibit’s duration. Visit ramart.org for more information.
In the latest installment of DC Comics’ Batwoman series, the crimefighter proposes marriage to her secret girlfriend.
The 32-page comic, written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, with illustrations by Williams, went on sale Feb. 20.
The comic contains what DC describes as “the massive conclusion to the current storyline as Batwoman and Wonder Woman struggle to defeat Medusa and a horde of villains!”
The comic also, according to DC, contains “the start of a surprising new status quo for Batwoman!”
Could it be marriage for Batwoman aka Kathy Kane? Bleedingcool.com reports that “DC’s leading lesbian lady asks Maggie Sawyer, Captain Sawyer, her secret girlfriend to be her wife.”
Batwoman has appeared in a couple of comics – The Dark Knight and Batgirl. Batwoman the comic debuted in 2011.
DC’s website for the superhero of Gotham City says she has no superpowers but is a trained soldier and hand-to-hand combatant.
Her history: On her 12th birthday, Katherine “Kate” Rebecca Kane was taken hostage and held for ransom along with her twin sister and their mother. The rescue operation led by Kane’s father, Col. Jacob Kane, resulted in the death of her mother and sister. After her stint in the U.S. Army ended in scandal, a brief encounter with Batman inspired Kane to embark on a crime-fighting mission to clean up the streets using gear stolen from the military.
When confronted about her actions by her father, Kane agreed to let him train her, and she donned the Batman-inspired suit he created. She becomes known as Batwoman and brings her own brand of justice to Gotham City. Batwoman turned down an offer to join Batman, Incorporated, preferring to stay in control of her own mission to fight evil as she sees fit. Instead, she’s joined forces with the DEO in an effort to take down a growing contingent of supernatural criminals slithering their way into Gotham.
The city of New York is honoring Ms. Magazine today as the landmark publication celebrates its 40th anniversary.
The national feminist magazine was launched in New York in July 1972.
To celebrate, a city hall ceremony, “Born in New York,” is taking place at 1 p.m.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Gale A. Brewer will present a Proclamation to Ms. founders, staff and friends.
“For the generations of women who created 40 years of Ms. magazine, it’s especially moving to be honored by this city of its birth,” said Gloria Steinem, a founder and editor. “We thank Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Gale A. Brewer and all who made this happen and, I thank my beloved New York itself. As E. B. White wrote, ‘This city, this mischievous and marvelous monument which not to look upon would be like death.’”
Of the magazine’s name, Steinem has said, “We were going to call it ‘Sojourner’, after Sojourner Truth, but that was perceived as a travel magazine. Then we were going to call it ‘Sisters’, but that was seen as a religious magazine. We settled on ‘Ms.’ because it was symbolic and also it was short, which is good for a logo.”
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