Codeword Manga: Female Gaze, Robo Legs, and a Better, Brighter Day in Comics

Okay! The above is actually the title for my proposed panel presentation for Comics Arts Conference – Wondercon 2015, but I figured it’s about as good a title as any for what I’m about to do … which is basically blab on about Sarah Stone’s art for IDW’s Transformers comics and the worldbuilding and character handling James Roberts is doing for the same property with the Transformers: More than Meets the Eye ongoing ‘and’ explain gender and relationships using Loki and penguins. Largely to help myself hash things out more so I can try to fit all of that into a little proposal that will still hold up five months from now (the abstract on the proposal is what the panel description is taken from for the program – usually with some degree of mangling in between) and which fits into an even smaller twenty minute presentation. And also because my personal circumstances are horrible and terrifying right now and I don’t know what the outcome will be, so ‘someone’ is going to hear me talk about robots being penguins and about how awesome Starscream’s legs are. ;P

Note: Oh gosh, this is already getting long. Apparently I mustered enough Nautica-ness for an opening sub-lecture where I demystify/totally ruin what comics scholarship and being a professional comics scholar are like. Sorry not sorry.

The briefcase though. The briefcase and its owner. Damn you [spoiler].

I promise this post will be full of text. Text you can actually see. And this was going to be Nautica playing professor but this was too cute not to use.

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Review: The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #33

Normally this would have some kind of really clever title, but I think I’m getting sick (again!) and this is an honest to goodness review, not one of my discussion posts (not that the two are really that separate?). Plus, “Starscream’s Legs” is probably not the most illustrative title this could have. But, below the cut, find a rather spoiler-laden review of an awesome issue of, and good jumping on and/or catch-up point for, IDW’s current Transformers comics. 🙂

Note: Oh, wow. This turned into kind of a lot about Starscream. Densely packed, well done issue though, so it makes sense. Extra kudos to John Barber and Sarah Stone. 🙂

Did I seriously have to clarify twice that it's not just plotting and scheming feelings being expressed there? And, yes, that question is indeed rhetorical.

I think Starscream is as pleased with this issue as I am. Also, well, prepare to be punched in the feelings, because, knowing the contents of the issue, I take that smile partly as his very characteristic scheme-y smirk, but also an expression of him being genuinely excited and happy about who’s back. And not just for plot-y reasons.

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End of the Month Wrap-Up Post!

I think I should maybe make these a regular feature, since this is the second one with the same name, but for now I wanted to get one last post in before the end of the month. 🙂 Unfortunately, I did an inadvisable amount of work for my job today and yesterday and the post I had in progress is turning out to be too involved to finish quickly, so head below the cut for a run down of what might be showing up on the blog for October. 🙂

Also, look at his widdle fingers!!

I’m exhausted and season one Beast Wars Megatron is way too much fun not to put here. Plus, he is actually relevant. 😉

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