SUPERGIRL RADIO: Catching You Up!

It seems that in all my Mary Sue-ing (I’ll fill you in on my first week in a second post), I’ve completely forgotten to catch you up on Supergirl Radio!

Well, it’s still a lot of fun to do and, in my opinion, our episodes have gotten progressively better! I couldn’t have asked for a better podcast co-host than Rebecca, and we’ve already had two really fun guests join in on the Supergirl conversation! The last episode I posted here at the blog was Episode 2 about Supergirl – The Movie. So, here are the episodes you may have missed since!

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 3 – “Little Girl Lost” (about Supergirl on Superman: The Animated Series)

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 4 – SMALLVILLE: “Kara”/”Fierce” (about Supergirl’s first appearance on Smallville; featuring special guest, Morgan Glennon from BuddyTV)

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 5 – MAN OF STEEL Prequel Comic (featuring special guest, Andy B of The Flash Podcast, and our fearless producer!)

In addition to that, we also announced some big news! Fearless Producer Andy has brought all the DCTV podcasts together to form a sort of “Justice League” of podcasts, and we announced DCTV Podcasts on March 6th! DCTV Podcasts includes Supergirl Radio, The Flash Podcast, Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast, and Legends of Gotham – so if you want to get your fix of talking The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, or Supergirl, DCTV podcasts will allow you to tap into all that sweet comic book show goodness all in one place! Follow DCTV Podcasts on Twitter, Like on Facebook, and show all of Supergirl Radio‘s brother podcasts some love, won’t you? And fear not! Two of those “brother podcasts” – Quiver and Legends of Gotham – also feature lady hosts! Because in this family, everyone gets a say!

I kinda love that my hosting Supergirl Radio falls so beautifully in line with my new position at The Mary Sue. I’m coming at female geeks from all angles, apparently, despite having “given up” pop culture writing not that long ago.

Just when I thought I was out, THEY PULLED ME BACK IN! 😉

 

CHECK OUT SUPERGIRL RADIO!

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Hey there, everyone! As you all know, I’ve recently become the co-host on an awesome new podcast called Supergirl Radio, which will be focusing on the upcoming CBS Supergirl show starring Melissa Benoist, but for now – in our Season Zero – will be exploring the character in her many incarnations.

We premiered last week with Episode 0, our Meet the Hosts episode, where you get to know me and my co-host, Rebecca Johnson, and we talk about our histories with Supergirl, as well as with geekery in general.

Today, we launched Episode 1: Supergirl’s Origins, where Rebecca and I take you to Supergirl School to learn all about the character in her many incarnations. It’s a perfect episode for Supergirl newbies, as well as for people who already love the character, but have a couple of holes in their Supergirl experience, and want to know what versions they’re missing. And as always, we’ve got the latest news items about the Supergirl TV show.

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On this week’s Supergirl Radio, your hosts Teresa Jusino and Rebecca Johnson cover news items about CBS’Supergirl TV series (including Stephen Amell’s speculations about a possible full-on DC TV Universe crossover!), and discuss the origins of the Supergirl character from her comics, animated, and live-action incarnations. Join in on the fun of celebrating and getting to know Kara Zor-el as Teresa and Rebecca prepare for CBS’ Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist!

To listen to the full episode, CLICK HERE. Or you can subscribe to Supergirl Radio on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!

SUPERGIRL RADIO IS COMING IN FEBRUARY! (and Pssst! I’m a Host!)

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So, I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I want to pull away from pop culture criticism and commentary and focus more exclusively on my fiction, and so far, I’ve been doing that. However, I was presented with an opportunity at the end of last year that was too good to pass up, and it’s my one exception in 2015 to my Fiction (and Creative Non-Fiction)-Only Focus in 2015 rule.

There is a new podcast joining the geeky podcast landscape, and I’m one of the hosts! It’s called Supergirl Radio, and it’s a fan podcast devoted to the character of Supergirl and the upcoming Supergirl TV show on CBS! So, why’d I make the exception?

1) We’ve got a mainstream super-powered female protagonist coming to TV! How could I not be down with talking about that? 🙂

2) I’ve always wanted to get into podcasting. When I was approached for this, I’d already been working on creating a podcast of my own. That podcast is still coming (stay tuned!), but in the meantime, I can learn so much from being a part of this. My producer, Andy Behbakht is an experienced podcast producer, having been helming The Flash Podcast for over a year, and my co-host, Rebecca Johnson, has hosted her own Once Upon a Time podcast in the past, so she knows her stuff, too!

3) We need more women in the geek space. I’m thrilled to be hosting this with another woman who’s ridiculously well-versed in Supergirl. I’m more of a newbie to the character, so I’m looking forward to delving deep and providing the newbie perspective that will be complimented by Rebecca’s geeky knowledge!

Anyway, here’s the official press release:

For Immediate Release

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THE FLASH PODCAST LAUNCHES

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TUESDAY, FEB 3!

New Fan Podcast Dedicated to the Upcoming Supergirl TV Show on CBS.

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Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 The Flash Podcast, which launched in December 2013 and was the first fan podcast for CW’s The Flash, is expanding its podcast circle with the launch of its first sister podcast Supergirl Radio, on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd!

Supergirl Radio is a fan podcast devoted to the upcoming Supergirl TV show on CBS, created by Arrow’s and The Flash’s Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler, and starring Glee’s Melissa Benoist as the titular superheroine.

Supergirl Radio will be helmed by female duo Teresa Jusino and Rebecca Johnson, both of whom have made names for themselves analyzing pop culture individually, and will now be joining forces to celebrate the arrival of Supergirl to television.

This fan podcast will begin with a “Season Zero” – as The Flash Podcast did – from February through September 2015, where listeners will get to join the journey and discover more about Kara Zor-El a.k.a. Supergirl, the last daughter of Krypton. Once Supergirl debuts on CBS, Supergirl Radio will become your one-stop shop for all things related to the series. Andy Behbakht, host of The Flash Podcast, is a producer on the show and will work behind the scenes with our hosts.

Supergirl Radio “Season Zero” will provide an in-depth exploration of Supergirl’s history in the DC Comics Universe, dissecting both past interpretations of the character and the current New 52 version throughout the season, with episodes dedicated to iconic storylines and big events that have involved Supergirl. There will also be focus on Supergirl in other media in which she’s appeared, from movies to television and much more!

Supergirl is an upcoming superhero drama by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (The New Normal, Glee, Chuck) that will be a new interpretation of Superman’s famous cousin as she discovers the heroine within her. Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) was cast on January 22 as the next person to take this iconic heroine to the skies.

CBS gave the Warner Bros. TV project a series commitment on September 19, 2014 and describes as following,“Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”

Site link: http://www.supergirlradio.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/supergirlradio

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/supergirlradio

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/supergirlradio

E-mail: supergirlradio@gmail.com

Supergirl Radio is a fan dedicated podcast and is not affiliated with DC Comics, Warner Bros. Television or CBS Television. Supergirl & all logos and artwork are trademark of DC Comics and DC Entertainment.  

I hope that you’ll share this with friends, and that you’ll be there listening when we debut our first episode on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD!

Getting Back In the Game (and GirlGamer Posts)

Me a month ago.

October and the beginning of November were a bit insane for me for a number of reasons. I experienced the beginning of my first “busy season” at my new day job, and had to prepare and work a networking event. I devoted October to volunteering for the Obama campaign (FOUR MORE YEARS!). Thankfully, that wasn’t a waste of time. 😉 I helped plan and hold callbacks for two lead characters on RETCON. I helped another boss find participants for a film shoot. And somewhere in all of that, I forgot to write things. Or rather, I didn’t forget, I just didn’t have any energy left.

I also let a lot fall through the cracks. I have a bad habit of taking on a lot, not knowing my own limitations, and not asking for help. I’m trying to be better about that. Lateness was also an issue, particularly for the day job, but not exclusively. It seems I am my Daddy’s girl, bad habits and all.

Last month (and the beginning of this one), I was reintroduced to my flaws. This isn’t me being self-deprecating or holding a pity party. It’s me acknowledging the things at which I could be better. Everyone’s got them. For me, it’s learning how to say “no,” how to ask for help when I do take on too much, how to be more forthcoming with information sooner so that people around me aren’t blindsided by sudden changes in my focus, momentum, or ability. Basically, as gung-ho and positive as I want to be, I have to remember that positive doesn’t mean invincible. I can ask for help and acknowledge my shortcomings, and still be a positive, enthusiastic person. They’re not mutually exclusive. Lately, I’ve been feeling like my brain’s been spinning as I’ve been stuck in one place. Now would be a great time for that to stop.

So, I’m taking steps to change things, and I’m getting my head back in the game. 🙂 I’m not going into the details here. I just hope that the result will be self-evident.

Art by Ron Chan, from the Husbands web comic. (Dark Horse Digital)

To get the ball rolling, let me catch you up on my most recent writing! Here are three pieces of mine from GirlGamer.com:

INKED: Dark Horse puts “Husbands” On the Web…Again – my piece on the new Husbands web comic, based on the hit web series created by Brad Bell and Jane Espenson.

INKED: “Real” Krypton Found in Action Comics #14 – my piece on the most recent issue of DC’s Action Comics, where Superman finds out where his home planet is with help from none other than famed astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson!

INKED: “Billy the Vampire Slayer” – my review of Part 1 of the “Billy the Vampire Slayer” story arc in Buffy Season Nine from Dark Horse,with a story by Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg that was scripted by Espenson.

And there’s more where that came from, Kids. Stay tuned!

And to those who were affected by my muddled, frantic brain last month, I’m sincerely sorry. You deserve better from me, and I’m going to try to be that – even if it means I have to say no to you sometimes.

The DC Reboot: Yet Another Pointless Exercise

There’s something I just don’t understand. If comics publishers want comics to be respected as a medium that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all socioeconomic backgrounds (not to mention, both genders!), why do they treat their stories so frivolously and hide them so effectively?

DC Comics recently announced that they’re resetting everything, and it’s apparently an attempt to encourage new readership. The thing is, who heard this announcement? That’s right. People who already read comic books. They’re the ones bandying this around and talking about it. Does Average Joe/Jane Schmoe Non-Comic Fan On the Street know or care this is happening? No.

So, where exactly does this leave the industry and DC Comics?

Well, for starters, it leaves them completely negating any of the storylines (like Return of Bruce Wayne/Batman Incorporated) that actually were innovative and actually took characters in new directions with lots of storytelling potential. And what are they replacing that with? A rebooted universe that will probably use the same, tired tropes to tell the same tired origin stories in a “new” way that will amount to nothing more than slightly altered costumes. What the hell is the point?

I didn’t start reading comics until I was in my mid-twenties. I didn’t grow up with them (except for maybe Archie comics), and when I was first given those copies of Sandman trades, I had no idea what to expect. So, you see, I started reading comics because of what Vertigo was offering. (thanks, DC)  For other people it’s different. Some people are wowed by the storytelling potential of superhero stories. Some like indie comics and slices of real life. Whatever it is, most new readers of comics aren’t troubled by backstory or history. They find something in comics that they are already drawn to and start there. They continue to explore. And most of the time, they’re quite capable of jumping on at the beginning of a new story arc and just getting what they need from context.

They understand something that the comics industry preaches, but doesn’t act like they believe: that comics are a medium, not a genre.

The publishing industry doesn’t encourage new readership by going back and rewriting classic novels. They COME OUT WITH NEW BOOKS THAT MIGHT APPEAL TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

The comics industry is suffering because of their history, but it’s not because that history is difficult to “jump onto.” It’s because they’re slaves to it. Because we’re still talking about the SAME superheroes doing the SAME kinds of things, and whenever they do anything “new” it’s not new so much as a reshuffling of what already exists. Whenever they DO try something new, or try to diversify, they immediately abandon it, more interested in short-term sales than they are in the long-term survival of the medium. See MINX for a prime example of this.

Look, I know very little about business. I’m not pretending I know what works. But I can see what doesn’t work as a consumer and as someone who has come to love this medium in her adult life. You want to increase readership? Diversify. Create new characters and different types of stories that will appeal to different types of people. We don’t need another Bat-Person in the Bat-Family. (or a new Spider-Person in the Spider-Family, for the Marvelites)  Why not go crazy and create a new superhero based around a new animal?

Diversify your marketing, too. It’s all very well and good to market to your already existing fanbase, but if you want to broaden your readership, how about letting them know you exist first, and letting them try your already existent product before you try to wow them with something “new.” Try something OTHER than Comic Con. You want more women to read your books? How about advertising in places where women can see it, and how about letting them know what you have that would appeal to them? You want more kids to pick up your books? Advertise where THEY’LL see it. Get stuff into the schools. Hell, the reason why my experience with comics in my youth was limited to Archie Comics and newspaper comic strips was because THOSE WERE THE COMICS THAT WERE IN THE STORES I WENT TO. I could go into a candy store w/my allowance and buy a copy of Betty and Veronica. Meanwhile, I didn’t know where the comic shops were. I didn’t know there WAS such a thing. I didn’t know where these elusive “comics” came from. And no one ever took me, or told me.

We already see that films inspire sales, and that’s already a step in the direction I’m talking about. Taking what already exists to Mainstream America.  Mainstream America will go see the Green Lantern movie (or the Avengers movie), and then will be inspired to check out the source material. And if they’re not, you’ve still made money off of the already existing property.

However, rebooting is a pointless exercise. Because “new readers” won’t be excited about a reboot of something they don’t know, or care, exists. And why should they be?

My Reviewing Ethos

When commenting on Paul Cornell’s blog the other day, I mentioned the fact that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way he ended his Batman & Robin storyline. While I love the new villain he created in The Absence, I thought that how she turned out in the end was a bit of a cop-out. I mean, I got the point, what with her name and all, but… Well, I’ll write a separate review here another time, as this wasn’t really meant to be a review post.

The point is that Paul thought I’d ended up reviewing the issue positively, despite my reservations about it, in this week’s Best Shots Rapid-Fire reviews at Newsarama, and he commented back to me concerned that I’d written a positive review against my better judgment, saying “I would encourage you to say what you really think, even if you know the author. Most of us don’t take negative reviews from friends badly.”

I appreciated him saying that, but I’ve since corrected him: first, by telling him that another reviewer wrote the positive review he mistakenly attributed to me.  Second, by telling him that I’m not afeared of him or anyone else, and that if he ever writes something I think is crap, the world will know, as my Reviewer Pen is ready to slay and demolish as much as it’s ready to caress and coddle. (I kind of want a huge Reviewer Pen now, a la Gorilla Grodd’s Battle Spoon, or The Absence’s Scissors!)

But what he said got me thinking about how I approach my reviews. There’s definitely a method to my madness, but it’s not something I’ve ever sat down to think about before, and I think it’s something worth thinking about. So, for those of you who are interested, here are my thoughts:

1) I am someone whose natural setting is to give the Benefit of the Doubt. I give people I meet The Benefit, why wouldn’t I give works of art The Benefit, too? The way I see it, someone was trying to accomplish something and worked hard (even if the end product doesn’t show it) to create something. That is a brave act, and so I will always look for something to like about it. I’ll talk about that first before delving into the work’s failures.

2) When I review, I consider that even if something isn’t “my cup of tea,” there are people out there who like what I don’t. So I keep that in mind, and often say “I’m not a fan of this particular thing, but if you like this character/kind of story, this will be right up your alley.” I try not to review based solely on my personal taste, but based on how effectively someone did something for their target audience, which I may or may not be a part of.

3) That said, if I think something is really bad, or it bored me to tears, I’ll say so with no hesitation. Sometimes, works are just unsuccessful at what the creator was trying to do, and that needs to be pointed out, both to warn the audience and to alert the creator that Hey, this shit was boring. Write something else. I’m a writer myself, and I know how much it stings when people don’t think that every single word you wrote was brilliant. I also know that I can handle criticism, constructive or otherwise, very well. Because even non-constructive criticism is coming from an honest place of I didn’t like this, and it’s up to me to figure out why and if I care.

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4) Given the choice, I would rather review something I feel strongly about than review something that elicits a “meh.” Of the two extremes, I would rather use my space as a reviewer to promote something I LOVE rather than tear down something I HATE. Why give something you hate extra press? 🙂

One of my proudest moments in reviewing was giving the comic American Vampire what was seemingly the one bad review it got. And do you know what? Scott Snyder saw that review, said he was sorry it wasn’t my cup of tea, but that he hoped I’d check out his other stuff, and then he friended me on Facebook. 🙂

So it’s clear to me that writers, whether I know them or not, can totally handle it. But excessive bad reviews are just as bad, to me, as overly-indulgent reviews. I don’t love everything I read, and I don’t pan everything I read either. Most of my reviews will highlight the good and mention the bad, if there is any. I try to be very balanced. This way, when I DO have an extreme reaction either way, it means something.

Comprende? 🙂

Buffy Reboot: The REALLY Big Bad

So, I’ve read that there’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot film in the works. Here is why I think this is a REALLY BAD IDEA:

1) TOO SOON

You don’t reboot a franchise that’s only been off the air SEVEN YEARS. You just don’t. It’s a stupid, stupid thing to do. Last year’s Star Trek reboot came OVER FORTY YEARS after Star Trek: The Original Series, and FIFTEEN YEARS after the last film that featured members of the original cast. Meanwhile, Buffy the Vampire Slayer hasn’t even been off the air for ten years, and the world of the show is being continued – BY Joss – in comic book form. The fandom is still alive and well with no “franchise fatigue” in sight!

The Buffy reboot’s writer, Whit Anderson (who doesn’t even have a picture up on her IMDB page, and who only has credits as an actress – the biggest of which is as a “Patron” in the film Yes Man), likens this reboot to that of the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Um, no.

First of all, Batman is OVER SEVENTY YEARS OLD and its creator is dead. It could STAND reimagining every now and again. Secondly, the films she cites weren’t “reboots” so much as adaptations of Frank Miller’s version of Batman. These films were basically created so that the film version of Batman would match what currently existed in the comics, just as previous Batman films and TV shows reflected the comics of their time. So, for her analogy to work, she’d either have to be adapting Buffy: Season Eight comics to film, or having her film match the show so that the film Buffyverse is updated from the Kristy Swanson/Luke Perry film. Either way, what she’s doing is redundant, and insulting, mostly because the CREATOR OF THE ORIGINAL SHOW IS STILL HERE AND WORKING. Which leads me to…

2) NO JOSS, NO BUFFY

Joss IS Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yes, he was even the less-than-stellar first film version. It’s Joss’ singular humor and take on life that made Buffy what it is. It’s what CONTINUES to make Buffy what it is in its comic incarnation. First of all, who is Whit Anderson, and why was she given the keys to ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FANTASY FRANCHISES EVER?! Secondly, with Joss still alive and kicking and Creator of the Buffyverse, anything Anderson comes up with will feel like fan fiction. Granted, it might be very good fan fiction. But it won’t feel genuine. It will, at best, feel like a really good imitation. If you’re a first-time screenwriter, why would you want your first project to be a ventriloquist act?

Meanwhile, Joss has responded to all of this with a wonderful mix of candor and humor. My favorite bit?

“I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film.  This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

It’s true. He IS doing a reboot. Thing is, THE AVENGERS IS OLD, TOO! And the movie has the blessing of the creator, Stan Lee, and is being PRODUCED BY THE PUBLISHER OF THE AVENGERS. Also, Joss has written for Marvel before, so he’s part of the family. So, it’s really nothing at ALL like what Anderson & Warner Bros. are doing.

I would get more up in arms about this, but the fact is this was a VERY early announcement and the script isn’t even written yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if we never heard about this project again, and it spent eternity in Development Hell.

It can keep Joss’ version of Wonder Woman company.