My 2016 vote

ms-trump-600x856Click here to read how I’ll vote. Especially if you want California proposition advice. But if you have not made up your mind about president yet, regardless of your politics, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? It’s Hillary, Trump, third party, or write-in, you should know by now! This is not advice, but to paraphrase Squidward Tentacles, I would rather tear out my brain stem, drag it to the nearest four-way intersection, and skip rope with it, rather than vote for Donald Trump! I hope my Hillary vote will help make misogynists’ slimy, stinky, squirmy little brains explode the same way racist brains exploded with Obama.

P.S. Unlike Ms. Marvel, Super Holly Hansson would not talk it out. In my short story, The Dimensional Dollar (for an upcoming anthology for the South Bay Writer’s Club), Super Holly punches, wrestles, and head-butts my Trumpy supervillain Money Man in the most vicious fight scene I have ever written.

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A comfy superheroine and a jerk artist

Comic book artist Erik Larsen hates Ms. Marvel’s costume.  Evidently, he thinks it is ugly, bulky, and would get in her way. Not like the usual swimsuit that is what, 90 percent of superheroine costumes nowadays?
ms-marvel-happyTake a gander at it.
It looks practical and comfortable and Ms. Marvel looks happy. Maybe because her costume is not riding up her rear? Her power is being able to expand or contract her entire body, or any part of it. (I can hear Beavis and Butt-Head laughing. Stop it, she’s only fifteen!) It makes for punching and running art that is funhouse mirror fun. The costume expands and contracts with her (unstable molecules?), so the costume-getting-in-the-way excuse is no reason to stuff her into a swimsuit.
I have an eight year old girl character with cat superpowers: Kittygirl. I have not thought much about Kittygirl’s costume. She’s a little young to put on a uniform and go to superhero work. When it is time to do that, I will not hire Erik. Cats hate thongs.
P.S. Yeah, Holly does not wear pants. I will elaborate on that, having found a picture about the subject that I liked.

Little girls need superheroines!

Last week at the comic book shop, a tall handsome young man has his cute little daughter in tow. A polite, quiet girl with intelligent eyes. Her hater said she had gotten good grades, and was getting some comic books as a reward.

But it was not easy. He had thought about some Wonder Woman comics, but the ones on the shelves were not really for little girls. Yes, he did the peoper thing and screened the comics for his little girl. There were some My Little Pony comics on some shelves near the front (it seems she asked about those). Along with several other more kid-friendly comics. But the vast majority of the comics in the shop were aimed at old farts like me!

Ms._Marvel_Vol_3_2_Molina_Variant_TextlessI should have pointed out another comic book from Marvel: Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan is a teenage girl who gets superpowers and tries to deal with them while hiding them from her jovial father and strict mother. It is one of my fave comics: funny and very down-to-Earth. Also written by a woman. That helps.

We need more supers for kids; someday, old guys like me will kick the bucket and we will need younger comic buyers. I’ll do my part. My superheroine Holly might help, but Holly is all grown up at about 25. (No, Hollywood, I will NOT turn Holly into a teenager, so if you ever discover Holly, don’t ask!) I have another character, Kitty Girl, who is an adorable little girl with cat powers, and is the leader of Holly’s fan club. But my stories are not comics, they are just text. For now.

P.S. The man and the girl were African-American. I know of no African-American little girls in comics, maybe some grown-up ones in grown-up comics that her daddy would likely screen out, and he’d probably be right. My Kitty Girl is no particular color for now, although a couple lady writers suggested asian. I hear the latest Annie in the movies will be black, but she won’t have superpowers! I want little girls to have superheroines!