A bit half-assed this month. Maybe June’s media round-ups will be posted in a slightly more timely fashion?
I originally intended to write something here about the male gaze in comics art with regards to Steve Epting’s art during Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. Because it’s not as obviously sexist as the stuff that gets submitted to the Hawkeye Initiative or Escher Girls; it’s maybe not even sexist at all, but it does give me the feeling that it is Specifically For Men in a way that the art for, say, the current run of Daredevil does not. The characters’ faces are often in shadows, and when they’re not, the men’s faces are, like, the fucking grittiest, and the women’s faces are kind of bland and inconsistent from panel to panel, like, bro who cares about faces when you have boobs.
And the dudes are just terrifyingly muscular:
And the women, well:
Also, all of the non-spandex clothing is drawn with an absurd number of folds, which makes me wonder if everyone is secretly wearing satin or something? But that is not super relevant to Sexism in Comics.
Anyway, not really feeling the more in-depth analysis that I had originally planned to do. This Shortpacked! strip basically says anything I would have said, with the caveats that, right, not all women want the same thing, not all men want the same thing, let’s not be gender-normative or heteronormative, etc.
- Happy Sad Confused with Elizabeth Olsen: Happy Sad Confused tends to be solid, as far as celebrity interview podcasts go. To basically reiterate what I said about Chris Hardwick’s interviewing style last month, Josh Horowitz is good at making his interviews feel like a casual conversation and getting his guest to show some personality rather than just talk about the Art of Acting (although, again, there is some of that, because there will always be some of that). Obviously, some of that depends on the guest, and some actors just aren’t interesting people—I remember being surprised at how totally mediocre the Chris Messina interview was, given his charisma on The Mindy Project. But Elizabeth Olsen is a pretty great guest, and I’m not even saying that because I like her face, because, you know, podcasts.
- OMFG!: Undicking Your House: I have really mixed feelings about OMFG! in general. The premise of the podcast is that these two women in their 30s? 40s? bring in guests (comedians/actors/singers/etc.) in their teens or 20s to talk about youth culture. Which is fun, because I am a youth and I like hearing people talk about youth culture, but can also get a little infuriating, because the hosts have some sort of surprisingly regressive views that come through (like about how young women should dress, for example). This particular episode was pretty lackluster, probably because the guest wasn’t a comedian.
- Get Up On This with Alice Wetterlund: This is the first episode I’ve listened to of this particular podcast, and I’m not sure I can bear the premise—new pop culture recommendations every week that You Probably Haven’t Heard Of—although the banter is solid. This is a thing that someone said on this episode and it is great:
Like, you didn’t have a bar mitzvah, but when you took dramamine to watch me play Resident Evil 4, you became a man. You became a nice, Jewish man.
And Alice Wetterlund has an interesting comedic energy and I hope she blows up, mostly so that I can brag about having seen her perform for free that one time1 in college.
This glorious playlist:
Not super exciting from a style perspective, but, you know, useful outfit elements.
I guess this section isn’t happening this month either. Oops.
1 Not sure if this is a testament to the networking abilities of the president of my college’s stand-up comedy club or Wetterlund’s relative lack of status a few years ago. OR BOTH.