October 14, 2014 | Posted by: Lucky

I realize that Canadian Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I haven’t been well and there’s still too much seasonal poultry in my blood to feel normal. So, I’m declaring this a free day. Now, put your heads on your desks and sit quietly until the bell rings.

We’ll have an entry/update next week.

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October 7, 2014 | Posted by: Peter


Happy October, folks! I have this inkling that Lucky’s script for this month was inspired by two things.

The first and most obvious answer is that Halloween is soon to be among us, which I would say is one of my favourite days of the year. The second reason, which may be less obvious for some of our readers, is that we both got the game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, which has the character that Boom Boom is dressed as (Wario). Lizzie is dressed as Wario’s probably-not-as-popular (and not-in-game) brother Waluigi. So with that, Nintendo’s been on our minds for the past little while.

We’ve…played a lot of it, if that says anything.


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September 30, 2014 | Posted by: Lucky

Comic books aren’t impervious to work seasons, but back when I still collected them, they seemed fairly resilient. This is evident in my memories of trudging through snow and slush just to pick up the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men or as I dried out in Summer heat so I could have my copy of Spectacular Spiderman. Comic books seldom have a lull or a break season (at least the permanent running series) so it’s easy to forget that every issue takes a formidable amount of work.

However, it always feels like an end when Fall starts to roll around, the crisp smell in the air is overpowered by the sharp smell of poly bags and the rustle of leaves is the perfect harmony for the score of swishes from turning pages made of newsprint in comic books.

It’s been years since I collected comic books, but the turning of season makes me feel nostalgic for those days past.

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September 23, 2014 | Posted by: Peter

There’s been a bug going around the household, and it looks like Lucky’s the last one to catch it. I caught it sometime last week too, and it was a pretty bad cold. Lucky’s definitely not enjoying it, either.

So, to those who keep up with our blog, please wish him well as he continues to recover! (It’s a cold, though. He’ll recover.)

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September 16, 2014 | Posted by: Lucky
Spider Woman #1 Alternative cover

Milo Manara’s, now infamous, Spider Woman #1 variant cover

As I’ve stated before, I grew up reading comic books, both of the “mainstream” and “alternative” variety. The heroes I grew up with include a roster of famous Marvel superheroes like Spiderman, Wolverine and Thor. Those who read Marvel comics are starting to notice a new trend emerging. Marvel is now focusing on female protagonists to try and draw in female readers.

We here at Fancy Tuna Comics are delighted to see this. We endorse equal rights and privileges on all fronts, be it based on age, gender, race or religion. I like to consider myself an “equalist”, avoiding any specific nomenclature and their connotations. The only doubt I have about Marvel’s new movement is if they are doing things right. You see, the big comic book guys (Marvel and DC) run things differently than independent studios do. For example, here at FTC we have two writers and a single artist. Marvel employs dozens of in house artists, writers and editors, then go as far as to hire freelance contracts to add new story arcs or revamp a series. So where we try to keep up with two or three titles with everything we’ve got, Marvel will pick and choose from their staff and assign their talent depending on what title needs the most work.

This is where things get a little murky. Marvel is putting focus on female leads, so they’ll use their most talented to work on titles like Spider Woman, the new Ms. Marvel and the recently gender polarized Thor. As good as that idea sounds in the, now defunct Marvel Bullpen, the transition of focus seems to have missed the mark. For example, Marvel hired Milo Manara to make the alternative cover of Spider Woman #1. He chose to illustrate her in the classic (and anatomically incorrect) Spiderman wall crouch pose, where Spiderman is crouching on hands and knees against a wall or ledge. Unfortunately, due to fundamental physical differences between men and women that will never go away and how Spider Woman’s physique is portrayed, it made the pose look bizarre (as always) and overtly sexual. This put Marvel right in the center of controversy. They have since apologized for the cover.

Now, I usually have an opinion and ram it down your throats, but today, I don’t. On one hand I love the fact that the big companies are embracing a group usually ignored by the industry and written about by the indy comics (Like us), but I’m also a bit wary about where this is coming from and how it’s being handled. What do you think? Is Marvel doing a good job changing itself and moving forward, are their hearts in the right place with a lot left to be desired in execution or is this a cynically half baked idea to bring in more readers during lean times that’s being handled in a ham fisted manner?

In either case, let’s hope women are depicted in a much more respectful manner than they have been in the past by the comic industry and we see less air headed sexually starved minor characters that are just in the frames for the big muscly man to sweep up in his arms. (insert terrible Super Girl movie references here).

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