Snowpiercer is finally being released here in Oz Tuesday, 29th July, but don’t get too excited. There has been almost no marketing and it’s going to be showed at ONLY TWO CINEMAS here in the entire country.
Sydney - Dendy Cinemas, Newtown
Melbourne - Cinema Nova, Melbourne
C’mon Aussies (well, mostly Sydneysiders and Melbournians). I know you’ve been waiting for this as long as I have. And if there is a huge demand to see this film, it may (possibly) get onto more screens.
Do yourself a favour, get some mates together and go see this wonderful film.
Snowpiercer is now also showing at -
Brisbane - Dendy Portside
Hobart - State Cinema
Still no news for Adelaide, Perth or Darwin.
The two Dendy cinemas in Sydney (Newtown AND Opera Quays) have their final Snowpiercer sessions this Wednesday. As an added incentive to see it, Snowpiercer tickets at Dendy Newtown are now only $6!
Of course, if getting to the cinema isn’t convenient because of timing and/or location, it’s also apparently being released on DVD and Blu-Ray here on November 26. (I hope they have options with bonus features because I’ve been quite tempted by previous posts displaying Korean boxed sets and their contents.)
is anyone else finding marvel’s anti-bullying campaign kind of ironic?
i mean, this is the company that was calling female fans idiots for finding one of their creators’ works problematic just a month or so ago. this is also the company that endorses their films’ writers, who keep insisting on having their actors call the only female characters in their films “whores” (it doesn’t matter how creative whedon was about it-he did it, it happened and i won’t even get into guardians. if i even think about drax’s ooc behavior towards gamora, i might scream) and i’s praised as “great writing”.
this company refuses to have a poc as a main character in a film. this company refuses to have a female led film. despite the many amazing poc characters and female superheroes they always manage to fridge. this company keeps insisting on having porno artists draw a book about a woman who has constantly been sexualized, abused by her compatriots, and ridiculed by the very fans they so cherish.
this company is sitting on a pedestal it by no means deserves and its constant jerking off to it’s supposed “excellence” and “forward-thinking” is getting tiring.
Yes. Very much so.
Let’s talk about this?
The covers themselves are eyerollingly mawkish (Star-Lord decrying bullies is hilarious considering his original origin) but yeah—not even going into the MCU, Marvel doesn’t really have much ground to stand on when they employ creators who tell their fans to “drink hobo piss,” weaselly toe the company line when people ask them about misogyny and sexualized images in superhero comics, and hire dudes who have sexually harassed women in the industry. (Pretty much any time someone comes up with those “MARVEL IS SO PROGRESSIVE *CLAP CLAP* posts I want to jump in with “They STILL pay Brian Wood to write for them.”)
The artists who drew these are probably coming from a sincere place—I’m not entirely a cynical old crone—but overall it’s also very self-aggrandizing, like how you see a bunch of white male creators answer sexist & racist asks/formsprings with funny gifs so they can be reblogged as “good allies” but don’t actually do anything to change the systematic racism & misogyny in the industry.
So I don’t actually know much about this event, except for seeing a pretty awesome Stephanie Hans cover, but here is my initial reaction because I’m on the internet and assume everyone wants to hear what I think.
Personally, I think this is a great thing for two reasons.
First, it’s an opportunity to more explicitly include anti-bullying narratives in mainstream titles, which could potentially go some way toward fixing some of the bullying aspects of comic culture. (Though I’m hesitant to think this will foster much of a difference in the community, as mainstream comics regularly feature bullying narratives already and yet many readers are still arseholes who display gatekeeping behaviour to presumed newcomers looking for a supportive medium.) At the least, it will lead to the creation of a few new stories that are (hopefully) of some positive social benefit for individuals looking for support and escapism.
The second reason is that all of the criticisms others have stated above are totally valid and incredibly important for us to talk about. I want this event to spark more discussions about bullying practices that come from Marvel itself and from those working for Marvel in some capacity. I want these instances of hypocrisy to be amplified. Whether this is Marvel’s intention or not (probably not) it’s a great opportunity for them to face and carefully consider these and other critiques and make a change for the better.
Okay, so maybe that last sentence is a little too optimistic.
I’m considering maybe reviewing some of these comics as they come out and discussing their narratives in comparison to real world examples in the comics industry and fan communities. And maybe even using the opportunity to highlight other titles by other publishers that have also, and possibly better, used the comics medium to discuss bullying.
I’d totally encourage anyone else to join in. Any suggestions for a good tag? ‘support comics’?
ETA: So I actually went to read about it and it appears this is not actually going to alter existing stories at all and it’s just a series of variant covers. That’s a little disappointing compared to what I assumed it was going to be, and largely diffuses my first point above. But I’m still going to use it as an opportunity to have a broader discussion about Marvel and comics in general in relation to bullying and other horrible behaviour.
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