Quietly and Clearly

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ealperin:

mynameismokthanksalot:

ealperin:

combonight:

quietlyandclearly:

Lois and Diana, protecting the mean streets of Metropolis as detectives in a 70s-style cop show. Best friends, partners, experts in high heeled martial arts, and exponents of fabulous free-flowing hair.

CAN WE GET THIS IN COMIC FORM

^I KNOW! I’D READ THE HELL OUT OF THIS!!!!!!!^

Needs Barda as a background character.

YES!!!
Imagine if they have different divisions with members of the JLA in their respective hometowns, too! :3

Heh. It writes itself!

ealperin:

mynameismokthanksalot:

ealperin:

combonight:

quietlyandclearly:

Lois and Diana, protecting the mean streets of Metropolis as detectives in a 70s-style cop show. Best friends, partners, experts in high heeled martial arts, and exponents of fabulous free-flowing hair.

CAN WE GET THIS IN COMIC FORM

^I KNOW! I’D READ THE HELL OUT OF THIS!!!!!!!^

Needs Barda as a background character.

YES!!!

Imagine if they have different divisions with members of the JLA in their respective hometowns, too! :3

Heh. It writes itself!

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Clois Editorials: Why Superman/Wonder Woman is the most patriarchal concept to ever exist at DC Comics

mayak46:

quietlyandclearly:

therearecertainshadesoflimelight:

I’ve had multiple requests from people to make this post rebloggable. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure I was going to bother because continuing to talk about this is just so darn exhausting at this point. It’s very easy to feel like, “What’s the point?” When…

The thing that concerns me about the SM/WW match up is this; as a simple thought experiment, take Diana, take everything that makes up her character- her beliefs, her history, her mythology, what makes her laugh/what makes her cry/what her feelings are on the latest season of Breaking Bad, and remove her from this narrative. Create a Diana-shaped hole. And, as a thought experiment, forget, for the moment, that Diana ever ever existed. Then re-insert a second character in her place, let’s call her …’Fiana’, and who knows what kind of person she is, who knows the inner-workings of her mind, what book is on her bedside table, what radio show she tunes into- that is beside the point. Because just as long as her costume kind of resembles Clark’s, and just as long as she has superpowers, and just as long as she is ‘hot’, I swear, there would be a subsection within the comic industry and without that would want to see that pairing together. There’s a willingness to subsume and to sublimate every other personality quirk and trait of Wonder Woman into her vital statistics and physical ability to answer Larry Niven’s joke-essay’s prayers. ‘Wonder Woman’ could literally be a blank slate. Just as long as she’s ‘Wonder Woman’, and if the other iconic and world-famous female in your company is thrown under the bus in the process than so be it. I’ve yet to read anything that supports a WW/SM romantic relationship that, fundamentally, suggests otherwise. And I find the implications of that disgusting.

It bothers me because it puts Diana back in to a traditional male/female model.

Men are traditionally physically stronger than women, so most relationships the male is the physical dominant and the relationships are many times defined by the “big strong” man who can open the jars and do the heavy lifting. 

The men are the traditional warriors, look at all the fuss that happens every time there are discussions over women fighting on the front line along side with men. 

When Wonder Woman is paired with a human male this traditional dynamic is turned upside down.   All of a sudden she is the physical dominant.  She will be the one to go fight Darkseid while her love interest stays back. 

How does this affect the relationship, how do gender roles work in this situation?  How does a human male handle a situation so outside what society tells us is the norm?  How do you write the relationship without falling back on the traditional roles? 

Putting her with Superman removes all this.  He’s stronger, he’s the alpha male.  It’s back to the same old dynamic with nothing new to say other than, oh look, they can make out in space, and they can have super sex. 

Exactly. It’s all so reductive, so backwards-thinking, so mind numbingly, tediously obvious. And it boggles my mind. Lois and Diana are two of the greatest, most extraordinary, compelling, subversive, genre-defying female characters ever created EVER! And the Nu52’s one great innovation is to rip off the love triangle in Twilight. That they are not affronted by this but pat themselves on the back for it is even more troubling/infuriating/depressing/take your pick. And I like Twilight. But come on. Congrats DC, you were given diamonds and handed us back coal. 

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Clois Editorials: Why Superman/Wonder Woman is the most patriarchal concept to ever exist at DC Comics

therearecertainshadesoflimelight:

I’ve had multiple requests from people to make this post rebloggable. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure I was going to bother because continuing to talk about this is just so darn exhausting at this point. It’s very easy to feel like, “What’s the point?” When…

The thing that concerns me about the SM/WW match up is this; as a simple thought experiment, take Diana, take everything that makes up her character- her beliefs, her history, her mythology, what makes her laugh/what makes her cry/what her feelings are on the latest season of Breaking Bad, and remove her from this narrative. Create a Diana-shaped hole. And, as a thought experiment, forget, for the moment, that Diana ever ever existed. Then re-insert a second character in her place, let’s call her …’Fiana’, and who knows what kind of person she is, who knows the inner-workings of her mind, what book is on her bedside table, what radio show she tunes into- that is beside the point. Because just as long as her costume kind of resembles Clark’s, and just as long as she has superpowers, and just as long as she is ‘hot’, I swear, there would be a subsection within the comic industry and without that would want to see that pairing together. There’s a willingness to subsume and to sublimate every other personality quirk and trait of Wonder Woman into her vital statistics and physical ability to answer Larry Niven’s joke-essay’s prayers. ‘Wonder Woman’ could literally be a blank slate. Just as long as she’s ‘Wonder Woman’, and if the other iconic and world-famous female in your company is thrown under the bus in the process than so be it. I’ve yet to read anything that supports a WW/SM romantic relationship that, fundamentally, suggests otherwise. And I find the implications of that disgusting.

Filed under misogyny sexism general gender politik cluelessness another day at DC comics

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lostboyqueen asked: I'm highly interested to know your thoughts on Man of Steel!

:) I watched it last night and I think I’m still filtering it all through to be honest! I’m so emotionally invested in the characters, there was such a level of expectation going in to the movie, and I’ve been waiting 7 long years to see this… this is all by way of saying that when ordering my thoughts it’s hard to be objective, but these are/were my immediate reactions, for whatever they’re worth;

Like Returns, I could’ve done with less crazy plot and more dialogue- specifically for Clark. Those are my main marks against. However, I recognize that a distaste for gratuitous action sequences is a personal preference and I will sacrifice my preferences for the character every time if it means fanboys (and girls!) go see this movie and ensure a sequel.

Having mentioned all the bish bash bosh stuff, I think I was surprised by just how serious and thoughtful the movie was- in that way, in a good way, along with the muted costume etc, it reminded me of Returns. And it was interesting to see an origin movie so far away from the Donnerverse, it was fun to recognize all the obvious Byrne and Waid influences- and from SV too!

The unapologetically strident feminist side of me was surprised, and delighted, by how ‘right on’ the movie was in some respects. Whilst undeniably the support players to the likes of Shannon and Costner I thought the female characters were unusually well-drawn and relevant to the piece! I applaud Snyder here and it makes up in no small way for the crime against humanity that was Suckerpunch.

And I have to say that I thought the cast were brilliant. Every. Single. One. My love for Lois Lane knows no bounds and, in light of the current general mistreatment of her by the comics, it was a joy to see a movie and an actress that does the character justice but I reserve special praise for Cavill. The role was kind of the reverse-Welling; he had to be recognizably Clark Kent but without the glasses or the Daily Planet or any of the familiar trappings… He was hunky, he was sexy, he was authorititive and powerful but careful and softly-spoken; I thought he captured all sides of the character so well.

Aside from all that, here are some of the small incidental things that I particularly loved;

the importance of Lois Lane and her general whiskey-slugging, Pulitzer-winning badassery.

the Bryne-inflected design and look of Krypton. And I loved that they kept that the high council is still populated by old, sunken cheek boned, rather grumpy English people.

That awesome Diego Rivera moving metallic montage thingy that illustrated the history of Krypton! Although I was not too sure about all the techno-Krypton stuff. Some of it reminded me strongly and suspiciously of those pin art pinscreen toy things. Krypton’s ‘Greatest living scientific mind’, eh, Jor El? A likely story.

I *loved* all the times Lois called Clark ‘Clark’ when he was firmly in Superman mode.

Richard Schiff and Alessandro Juliani sharing screen space! Surely yet another homage to add to the illustrious tradition of Superman actors crisscrossing different franchises. Liked also that Sullivan’s garage nod.

OMG though, the whole text/subtext of the movie with the references to lineage and heritage and bloodlines. AND THEN Jor El explicitly tells Clark that he can be the bridge between the two worlds while they both gaze after Lois! (I could have done without the perfunctory and visually-cliched Christ parallel that followed immediately after) but come on! It was like the shippiest thing evs; like the rest of fandom Grampy Jor El wants some CLOIS babies.

And that brings me to that final scene. UGH. So cruel. The glasses! The Planet! The double-identity! I have such a weakness for it all. And now with this entirely different reframing of the Lois/Clark dynamic… how that was all set up was particularly intriguing and reminded me of the Elseworld novel Last Family of Krypton when Lois is snitting to Jimmy about Clark in one panel and then the Super suit is draped over the back of a chair and they’re in bed together. Here, it was made clear a) that they were supposed to not already know each other and, b) they’d been at it like horny teenagers the night before. Given the fact Lois has established such a publicly intimate association with Superman I foresee lots of clandestine store room shenags in their future :). It had my fanfic whiskers a-twitching and left me with my overriding feeling from the movie- I want the next one- now!

 

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durancer asked: Hi there! My name is Beth, and I'm a huge fan of your work. I'm in school right now, and I'm working on a simple project for a class where I have to create a website for something, and I chose Lois Lane. I have a section where I showcase fan art, and I was wondering if I could use one of your creations just to show what the section should look like. I'll give you full credit and everything, and if you'd like to see it, the website is at loislaneday[.]weebly[.]com. Thanks for your time!

Hi Beth,

thanks very much! You are totally welcome to use and abuse any of my art work as you see fit. I’ve just taken a peek at the site (as an aside, an excellent choice of subject if I may say so), and it’s looking awesome- I love the header banner images! Good luck with the rest of the project :D

Amelia

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Anonymous asked: Hi! Your Lois/Clark fic/art/meta are among my favorites, so I was just curious: (1) do you have a particular favorite version of the Lois/Clark story--or, one version of the mythos that comes closest to what you picture for them and (2) what was your take on Smallville's version of the relationship? In your meta, you discuss the three stages of the traditional story, and SVClois do tend to skip over them...

Hi! And thankyou very much!

For me Superman is that rare and joyful thing where you can take each different version on its own merits, so in that sense there’s no 

one particular definitive version of Clois to which I’m partial- I’m a big fan of them all. Even Returns! X). 

Having said that there are certain core elements and storybeats that just get to me when it comes to Lois and Clark. Generally speaking, I like that there’s an instant connection. I like that where Clark is a goner from the moment they meet, Lois is looking the other way. I like that Lois has a visceral reaction to Superman. I like it that she’s this smart, savvy sophisticate who embodies a very modern kind of feminism and femininity and then this man lands in her life and he brings her up short and despite herself, despite everything- he makes her swoon. All of those things just broiling away between them creates an interesting dynamic to me, and fuels a tension that holds whenever Clark and Lois are in the same space together.

(On a side note, Lois and Clark/Superman’s first meet is such a great and defining moment- in any iteration- it’s such a crying shame that DC has, thus far, ignored it. I guess they’ve allowed themselves wiggle room to dip into the past and tell that story at some point. In a semi-onthebrightside way, it’s hard not to see the omission as deliberate and therefore significant.)

As for how the relationship unfolds from there, I can pretty much deal with anything as long as it’s well written and character-led. I definitely have quite a high threshold for double-identity stuff. Partly because I think that’s a terribly romantic part of their early narrative! Partly because I find the oft repeated truism that the triangle for two ‘makes Lois look stupid and Clark look bad’ not only too simplistic but false.

Where Smallville’s concerned I think any genuine Superman fan would say that SV’s version of the triangle, and the handling of it, was not only clever but pitched perfectly for that story. And I think that’s the thing I like most about SV’s version of Lois and Clark-  it had the courage of its own convictions to just go its own way and forge its own, unchartered, path. I guess it skips over or foreshortens some elements of a ‘traditional’ Superman story. But instead we were given the gift of a kind of pre-history to the relationship that allowed a real fleshing out of the Lois/Clark friendship. 

Of course in the same way that the kind of longform Lois/Clark story you can tell alters depending whether it’s the comic book or episodic tv, the confines of a movie will give us something else again. I’m excited for MoS and pretty much open to whatever stage of the relationship we get to witness (as long as the writing’s good). Here’s hoping for another addition to a distinguished body of Clois work :).

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Anonymous asked: Hi i am a New52/All-Star/Pre-Crisis Superman fan and Lois fan and i got a question for you how would you do new idea for new52 Lois and Kal-El romance maybe story like doctor who-ish adventure in Action or superman comics up to six issue ?

Hi there Anon,

apologies I’m late getting to this, I’ve been away.

Do you mean as if I was writing the comic for real? Or how I would approach it as fanfiction? I’ll try to answer broadly and hope that satisfies the question X).

My answer is this; in a perfect world, if I were given the keys to the new52 kingdom, from the start, from their first meet, I would establish that Lois, on sight, has a crush on Superman, Clark, on sight, is smitten with Lois, and, Lois, on sight, dismisses Clark as a viable romantic option only to keep bumping into these moments where she finds herself snagging on him and intrigued by him and inexplicably drawn to him for reasons that she just can’t pin down… if only he would take off those glasses… ie the rudiments of the traditional triangle for two- and the exact kind of dynamic used to great effect in Birthright, Secret Origin, and most recently issue 19 of Action.

Starting out, I would HAVE A BALL with the meta reality that in comics-time Lois and Clark were happily married and had been together for some twenty years before they were cruelly ripped apart just ONE ISSUE AGO. I would not feel the need to distance myself from that history. Instead, over a however-many chaptered story arc, I would embrace it. To be quite honest, there would probably be a totally gratuitous Lois-and-Clark-must-go-undercover-and-pose-as-a-married-couple style scenario in my story. It would be agonizing and heartrending and glorious! There would be meaningful looks and callbacks and call forwards and subtext and metatext and the wringing of every last drop of pathos, bathos, melodrama, and FUN from this once-in-a-crisis situation. The source material is just too rich to ignore.

I paraphase but Kurt Busiek said something back when the reboot hit along the lines of, are Lois and Clark so sancrosanct that the idea of other romances has to remain unexplored? WeellI, for me, yes and no; and it comes down to execution. If an editorial mandate insisted on new love interests, I hope I would write those love interests with care and attention but those love interests would be there to help signpost the fact that though it might not be their time yet it is Lois and Clark who belong together. It is their story. The Superman/Lois/Clark love story would continue to bubble away, constantly, in the background- the unresolved romantic tension inherent in the triangle left alone to do its work. For this reason, WW, as a love interest, would be ignored all together because I can’t tell you how much it offends me to see one of the medium’s finest female icons used as a honking great gimmick and shoe-horned in to what, for 75 years, has been the greatest starcrossed-lovers set-up in fiction.

It is a great sadness to me that DC continues to not only not share my views but to take them and crush them like Chris Reeve does with Zod’s hand at the end of SII.

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Favorite DC Couples Finals: The Case for Superman and Lois Lane

therearecertainshadesoflimelight:

mayak46:

dcwomenkickingass:

As usual during these tournaments, I requested guest posts to provide the case for why the finalists for in the matches to decide your favorite DC couple should win today. Here’s the post I received for Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman. I had no volunteers for Dick and Babs so I’ll link later to one written two years ago.

This essay is by reader Amelia Faulks. Her thoughts follow.

At its very heart, at its very core, this is a story about one of the greatest double acts in popular culture. It’s a story about friendship, loyalty, love. It’s a story about contrasts and similarities, and a relationship that while currently marginalized, sidelined, and largely absent from the New 52- in a way that fundamentally damages the Superman mythos- has stood the test of time. But enough yabbering about Jimmy and Perry; I’m here to talk about Lois and Clark.

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This is a must read.  Bravo Amelia Faulks, who has written a very thoughtful piece on the history and significance of this relationship. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, wake up DC Comics, there is a reason this relationship has endured for as long as it has (75 years).  Stop messing around with what was never broken and get back to basics.  

There is a huge difference between updating a story and destroying one.  I suggest DC figure this out sooner rather than later.

It’s a beautiful, sincere essay.  Really thoughtful and lovely.  Well done, Amelia!

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Also, all this was your idea so I’m sharing the blame love out equally X). 

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