Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
Posted July 31, 2011
Fans are upset with DC’s drop from 12% female creators to just under 2%, or, well, 3 total. And fans, most notably the Batgirl of San Diego, asked about it at San Diego Comic Con. DC’s Dan DiDio responded by demanding of a male fan, “What do those numbers mean to you?” and “Who should we have hired?” The Beat has a firsthand account of the interaction. Comics Alliance‘s Laura Hudson wrote on what those numbers meant. Comic Book Grrrl has some thoughts, and a fan created a petition asking DC to hire more female creators and included a list. Now Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have written a joint letter saying they have heard fans and affirming their commitment to diversity. Bleeding Cool suggests no one wants “a repeat performance,” but I bet there will be a lot of Batgirls at New York Comic Con. And the petition is a good way to help DC keep listening.