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An updated Christmas song…

(With thanks to @JosephScrimshaw & @lartist for the inspiration…)

You’d better not post mean things on your wall!
Better not make no nasty Skype call!
Santa Claus is hacking your feed!

His bots will be tracking all that you say!
The elves have got skillz envied by NSA!
Santa Claus is hacking your feed!

He knows your stupid Klout score. He doesn’t really care!
That’s not what he keeps lists for,
so it won’t help you out there!

Your wi-fi is pwned! Your passwords are known!
Even Anonymous leaves him alone.
Santa Claus is hacking your feed!

He’s reading all your email! He’ll know it if you troll!
He’ll might block your Warcraft account,
and fill your inbox up with coal!


You better not Tweet or Tumbl or Vine,
unless it’s a wish for a happy Yuletime!
Santa Claus is hacking your feed!

If Wonder Woman HAD Been in the Beyond Universe, Here’s What Derek Fridolfs Wanted to Have Happen


Earlier this evening I posted about how writer Mike Barr pitched a Wonder Woman Beyond digital comic to DC Comics but “nobody had any interest.”

Since then I was told by DC Comics PR that there might be something on the horizon for Wonder Woman in digital:

But while Mike Barr never got any interest - Derek Fridolfs did get some interest in bringing Wonder Woman into the Beyond Universe. And his pitch is very interesting.

Especially if you like this.

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What might have been…

The Ebert Connection

Forgive me for sounding like a squealing little girl (which is what I *do* sound like right now), but OMGOMGOMGOMG!

I am a big fan of the immortal (I don’t want to hear anything else) Roger Ebert and of Chaz Ebert and the crew that are carrying on for him in his unfortunate absence. Some time back, Chaz posted the beginning of “The Thinking Molecules of Titan”, a science fiction story that Ebert began and did not complete. She challenged his fans to write an ending for the story.

Ebert’s writing always inspires me, but this story I found resonating in my head as soon as I read it. Though I know such thoughts are hubris in the most extreme fashion, I could not resist seeing if I could get the ending that immediately presented itself in the back of my mind onto paper. What resulted was something I desperately hoped was something I would not be totally ashamed to appear with both my and Roger Ebert’s name on it, so I submitted it.

This morning, I found out that my story ending has been selected as one of the finalists in the competition! (Thus, the squealing like a little girl.)

You can find Roger’s incomplete story here:

and links to all of the eight finalists here:

with my ending here:

“Collaborating” with Roger Ebert… Man, is that ever one checked off my bucket list in a most unexpected way! The thought that this might have been something Ebert would have liked — well, that will sustain my ego for a long while!

If you like my ending, won’t you please vote for it?

I’d be very grateful!

Meanwhile, back to squealing!

Screw Truth, Justice & the American Way, Superman! Just Save My Ass!

The always-funny, always-insightful Ty Templeton (@tytempleton), a long-time favorite creator in CouchGuy’s Pantheon of Heroes, had a Bun Toons offering this week that gave me the usual laugh — and then caused me to pause to think. Check out the ‘toon before I continue. (Hint: If you haven’t read Ty before you read me, you are doing it in the wrong order.)

Bun Toons: Other Comics Get The Man of Steel Makeover

Like Ty, I enjoyed Man of Steel but like Ty I do see a trend toward making our heroes just a little less caring and concerned about the civilians around them. The “code against killing” that was once the staple of the four-color superheroic genre has been slip sliding for a long time. DC certainly don’t start the trend. (Marvel’s most popular character by far, for decades, has been Wolverine. Need I say more?) But the level of destruction shown in Man of Steel brings a sharper focus on it because Superman has always been the very paragon of the kinder, gentler superhero trope.

I point back at the popularity of Wolverine as being an important indicator of this sea change. Frank Miller’s Dark Knight refocused Batman in a similar direction after the TV series had made him a total goody-goody. Another DC favorite anti-hero, Lobo, is all about desensitizing us toward random violence.

But when Superman himself has to escalate the mindless destruction to get a decent movie made, I suppose we have to pay attention. But it isn’t comics that is promoting caring less and punching more. It’s us.

This is where Wertham and his ilk always got it wrong. Comics don’t shape the readers nearly as much as readers shape the comics. Our comic heroes promote our ideals, and those ideals shift over time.

During WW2, the primary ideals were patriotism and personal sacrifice for the freedom of our own nation and others. During the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s comics reflected our optimism for the future and a desire to create a better society through organized efforts within and between nations. Into the 80’s and 90’s, people lost faith in their government as an agent for change, and more and more often saw political and religious organization as an anchor rather than a lever. Comics reflected these changes, lagging behind the universal shifts just enough to never be seen as anything more than a conservative view-from-behind of change already occurring.

As we moved into the more self-centered ideals embraced by our culture during the late ’90s and into the 2000s, so did our comic heroes focus more on their internal dilemmas and less on solving the big problems we, as readers, used to care about. Superheroes are wish-fulfillment fantasies, and mostly we wished to preserve and perhaps improve our own personal status quo.

A change in the attitudes toward Superman indicates how far this has gone. Remember, superheroes are a time-delayed reflection of our own mass mind. Today, to be successful with a mass audience, even Superman must choose between abstract ideals and today’s survival. Once he stood for abstract concepts — Truth, Justice and The American Way. Even as he became more conflicted (reflecting our own conflicts between ideals and reality) we wanted him to stand up as the Best of Us.

I think some of the compromises Superman makes in Man of Steel, however, scared us all just a little bit. He reflects our mass mind as viewed from behind. I don’t think some of us were ready to realize how far we have fallen.

Today, have we come to the conclusion that we don’t care so much about his ideals, his commitment to the common good, or his restraint in the exercise of his power? Are we already too comfortable with the exercise of unlimited power — as long as it doesn’t step directly on our house?

We used to want Superman to save the world. Are we now ready to say, “Screw saving the world, Superman! Save my ass!”? We’re comfortable saying that to others around us to whom we have given power. “I don’t care what you do,” we tell them. “Steal what you need, break the law, bind our freedoms, destroy anything you need to destroy and kill if you must — just protect me and mine!”

As I said, I enjoyed Man of Steel and I’m glad it has been so successful. But like many of my fellow fans who grew up as Superman fans, I’m a little uncomfortable with what that success says about us — about me.

Maybe we should be uncomfortable. Maybe that discomfort is the way Superman — the inner Superman in us all — is telling us to turn around before it is too late.



This is my friend ThePrettiestBird cosplaying Black Canary. I think she looks great!

It saddens me to say that when she posted these pictures, she got some very rude comments about her body type, and even some death threats. I will not re-post what they said specifically because that kind of ugly language has no place in cosplay. 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I support all cosplayers regardless of race, age, gender, ability or body type. I’m touched by the enthusiasm of the fans and their love for the material being so strong that they literally want to become part of it. That is just awesome. ThePrettiestBird is awesome.

I think she’s done a marvelous job re-creating the essence of the character, and I’d ask everyone else who thinks she makes a great Black Canary to please reblog this post. 

Coming this fall…

Lar deSouza (@lartist on Twitter — Tumblr at recently did several pieces of Saturday Morning Heroes artwork that got me nostalgic for the days when we waited impatiently to see what the new season of Saturday shows would be from each network. You could always count on a two-page ad spread In the monthly comics from each network, coming out just before the shows premiered.

Every year you could expect at least one show based on a popular comic book hero or group (often with teen sidekicks added), a “dramatic” series featuring a heroic adventuring family, a live-action romp with costumed actors introducing short cartoon features, a “cute” cartoon about a group of sweet little characters, and a show designed entirely to promote a toy line.

I watched them all, and I’m familiar enough with the tropes that I thought it might be fun to create a plausible set of show promos. How do you think I did?

Guy “Couchguy” McLimore


Saturday Morning Super-Science Heroes on NBS!

Kids of all ages will thrill to the all-new NBS Saturday morning line-up, with animated and live-action shows featuring NBS Heroes of Super-Science!

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents — Straight from Tower Comics, The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves use one of a kind devices to equip their agents with incredible abilities to protect humanity from the forces of SPIDER! Join Dynamo, Lightning, NoMan and the Thunder Squad against deadly foes like Demo, Menthor, and the Iron Maiden! Now featuring the Thunder Teens, heroes in training — Dynamo Jr, Lightning Girl and their canine android pal NoDog!

Astro Defenders — It is the year 2000, and the American space program has carried brave astronauts and colonists to the moon, Mars, and throughout our solar system. But when danger in space threatens, ex-astronaut Lance Sterling and his amazing family of space travelers protect our planetary colonies as the Astro Defenders! Meet his brilliant wife Dr. Madeline Sterling and their genius children Grant, Lisa, Jimmy and Beth as they perform daring rescues and fight the evil Plutonian League from aboard their amazing ship, the Silver Defender!

The Animaltronics — They’re furry, funny and fantastic! This music-filled live-action series features four fuzzy friends who are a rock band by night, and a crew of bionically-enhanced animal superheroes by day! Powerdog, Armorcat, Electromonk and Roboroo will entertain you with their songs and have you in stitches with their bumbling super-antics! See each hero in superpowered animated cartoon adventures shown between their live-action comedy sequences!

Dust Bunnies — DeeDee Davis discovers the entrance to an entire magical world lies under her own bed in this charmingly funny cartoon series. The Dust Bunnies “borrow” lost items from our world to build their hidden village in their desert-like Dust Bowl home! Clever Gramma Bunny leads her cute (but dusty) family to teach them that being smart and fast is better than being big and mean by outwitting their giant neighbors, the Clutter Clan!

The Adventures of Blokbot — Davey Dudley is given a special BlokBuilder construction set by his Uncle Dan. When Uncle Dan mysteriously disappears, Davey’s colorful Blokbot buddy amazingly grows to giant size and takes Davey on adventure after adventure in search of his uncle. Blokbot can do almost anything with the clever attachments constructed by Davey, limited only by his imagination.


Frankenstein Jr!: I should draw like this all the time. So much fun :) Hope you enjoy :)

Lar deSouza (@lartist on Twitter) recently posted a series of pieces on his Tumblr inspired by old Saturday morning cartoons. I remember these so very well…


Frankenstein Jr!: I should draw like this all the time. So much fun :) Hope you enjoy :)

Lar deSouza (@lartist on Twitter) recently posted a series of pieces on his Tumblr inspired by old Saturday morning cartoons. I remember these so very well…

Revealed for the First Time: The Early Shuster and Siegel Comics that Led to Lois Lane


Do I have a treat for you today. As you know, this year is the 75th anniversary of Superman and Lois Lane. In April I ran a series of posts from some of the creators who wrote Lois to celebrate the character. Brad Ricca is a well known authority on the history of the creation of Superman and Lois and we discussed his doing a guest post for the series. The result is this post which discusses and shows for the first time in many decades some some of the early, non-Superman comics by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel that led to the creation of Lois Lane. 

Brad Ricca (shown below) takes it from here.


So when Sue approached me about writing a guest post for the 75th anniversary of Lois Lane, I jumped at the chance. I love the character, like DC Women Kicking Ass (especially on Twitter), and oh yeah, I have a book coming out called Super Boys (June 4, St. Martin’s Press) that is all about the creation of Superman. But I had one request: I didn’t want to write about Lois.

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I woke up this morning to find many messages from readers telling me to check out the Gutters. Today’s comic, written by the always amazing Jill Pantozzi with art by Amy Mebberson, addresses an issue pretty near to my heart. And, of course, the comments have the usual…

Call your legislators to let them know how you feel about their vote on #CISPA!

Call your legislators to let them know how you feel about their vote on #CISPA!