BW’s Morning Video: Puppeteer Bart Roccoberton Interviewed

From Connecticut channel WTNH’s YouTube channel, reporter Ann Nyberg interviews Bart Roccoberton, puppeteer and teacher, about his career.


Sexualisation, Power Fantasy, And Barbarians

I was not planning a running theme but given yesterday’s commentary and tomorrow’s let’s just run with the ball I’ve been handed and there’s something in the “filler video” stack that fits this theme. We’ve heard that in superhero comics and fantasy stories (oddly not as much in science fiction, at least lately) that the male character designs are based on a male power fantasy and the female character designs are based on a male sexual fantasy. Admittedly there are times this is true and I’ll be exploring that more tomorrow. However, is it always true?

Shad (no connection) of Shadiversity, a YouTube channel dedicated to medieval weapons, castles, and general life, plus the fantasy stories that come from that setting, has discussed this. In the three videos below he starts asking if the “bikini” armor even makes sense, follows that up with a discussion about male power fantasy versus female sexualisation and whether the critique really holds up, and then goes into what armor for women should actually be like to actually protect a woman warrior.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Star Trek: Early Voyages #16

Way to spoil the reveal, cover.

Star Trek: Early Voyages #16

Marvel/Paramount Comics (May, 1998)


WRITERS: Ian Edginton & Dan Abnett

PENCILER: Javier Pulido

INKER: Steve Moncuse

COLORIST: Marie Javins

LETTERER: Janice Chiang

EDITOR: Bobbie Chase

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Tim Conway Passes Away

Dec 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019

Word came out yesterday that comic legend Tim Conway passed away. I can’t do justice to the laughter this man brought the world even in a full article. He knew how to make people laugh, including his co-stars on The Carol Burnett Show and in playing roles like Ensign Parker on McHale’s Navy or in movies for Disney. I bet he’s already looking to make long-time “target” Harvey Korman laugh his halo off.

The Positives And Negatives In A #MeToo James Bond

Created by Ian Fleming, the James Bond 007 novel series was popular enough to be made into a TV movie, the first incarnation of Casino Royale (one of many Bond movies named for a novel it doesn’t necessarily adapt well). From there the secret agent moved to the big screen and spawned many knockoffs and parodies with various levels of quality. While the movies dropped the cool disguised gadgets (this pen is actually a rocket launcher) it’s Bond’s way with the ladies that managed to have held on along with the shaken, not stirred martinis.

If rumors and current events are to be believed he may be losing the ladies too, at least as we know them. In light of the modern #MeToo movement brought on by the treatment of women in Hollywood finally being out in the open as if we didn’t know it was already happening and I’m surprised it took this long to finally be acted on, there are attempts to alter James Bond for more modern perspectives. At least the perspectives of the modern Hollywood types and certain ideologies that Hollywood wants to appease. Again, these are rumors but speculation is fun, and if this were to happen how much of it would be a good thing and how much would be stupid? Of course the good part is as usual somewhere in the middle. First, Robb of Midnight’s Edge sets up the situation.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Iron Man vol 3 #33

“I don’t care if I can afford it, why is it always my turn to pay the check?”

Iron Man volume 3 #33

Marvel Comics (October, 2000)

“Power” part 1: “Heroes”

WRITERS: Joe Quesada and Frank Tieri

ARTIST: Althia Martinez

INKERS: Hunter, Ramos, & Martinez (sounds like a law firm–maybe leave room for first names!)

COLORIST: Steve Oliff

LETTERER: Troy Peteri

EDITOR: Bobbie Chase

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BW’s Morning Video Link: A Comedy Led By A Woman

While I have no problem whatsoever with women as creators or the main star, “representation” has slowly become the “goal” rather than just making a good story. And if that’s your goal, fine. However, this video features a trio of popular female comedians (I guess “comedienne” has gone out of style) who make the case that a “female-led comedy” should just be called what it is…a comedy.