Dark Science #30 was meant to go up today, but my weekend was dominated by rushing my dog to the animal hospital because he was somehow poisoned, then subsequently making sure he didn’t die afterward when they couldn’t sort out the cause.
I never did such a thing before, espicially colouring is new to me, but I gave it a go and just tried my best. I used worbla, a material for prob-making, which is a thermoplast (plastic, craftable if heatend up) , to craft all the plates and the lower arm part and painted several layers on top of it.
The intentional use of it isn’t just to look good, it should be usable. That said, I had to use materials which don’t break as soon as it falls down. I will probably use it for larping (live action role play) afterwards, the triforce will be covered at these sort of events.
All in all, it took me about 120 hours to make (most of them used for colouring), about 30 $ worth material and paint, and an old glove.
I hope some of you enjoyed to see a real-life version of it and be sure to see my next post, where I explaine how it was made, step by step.
"Why Batman Can’t Be Black"- a great article dismantling many of the arguments people make against increasing diversity in superhero casting. I highly recommend reading it! Here’s an excerpt.
“But why do you have to force racial diversity on readers by changing an established hero’s race? Why can’t you just create a new character, and let them be their own thing?”
I don’t think efforts to create new heroes for readers should be minimized. They absolutely should be encouraged and championed. But I also think this question is slightly disingenuous. Because most readers know new heroes usually don’t gain much traction; new minority heroes even less. For a genre of fiction so chained to the past, introducing spandexed strongmen without any real legacy is a handicap. Unless your character is part of an existing crossover event, or is sidekicking for an already established superhero, any hypothetical Black Superguy or Black Batdude probably isn’t going to stick. So the question is really just a disguised statement:
“Look, just create a completely separate black superhero, and put them in their own book, because that way I can easily ignore them. You make Bruce Wayne black, now I have to pay attention to his black ass and I really don’t like that idea.”
When I did my Zelda pitch that cast her as the hero, I got a couple of “why don’t you make your own game” arguments. While it seems reasonable on the surface, it’s actually a coded way silence the person and not have to actually deal with non-white-dude protagonists. It’s another way of saying “if you make your own thing, I never have to see it again. Go away.” We can create new things and reinvent existing things, they’re not mutually exclusive, and both are beneficial.
These are fictional characters, and in most of these cases, they’re characters and settings that have been reinvented tons of times. In all the infinite possibilities of fantasy worlds, are we really going to draw the line at black hobbits, female Dr. Strange, or a Zelda game that actually stars Zelda?
Thanks, everybody, for sending me your Dark Science cast suggestions! It was good fun, and there were some great ideas. Here are my favorites:
Kim Ross - Min Hyo Rin (Sunny). This is an inherently tough cast, so most folks went with a visual similarity. Though I don’t know if she’s fluent in english, Min Hyo Rin’s got chops when it comes to dour/scrappy characters.
Vonnie Awning - Amber Heard (Zombieland, Drive Angry). Heard’s great at simultaneously glamorous and deranged characters, I think she’s a great choice for Vonnie.
Balthazar Bogan - Aidan Turner (Being Human, The Hobbit). Turner’s very good at being tossed around and not taken seriously, a necessary skill for Balthazar.
Kaito Kusanagi - Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer, Thor). I can’t think of a better actor to play the progressively unhinged Kusanagi.
Alisa Caspar - Vera Farminga (The Departed, Bates Motel). Farminga’s downright brilliant in everything she does. I think she can pull off the casual flair of Caspar.
Mathias Melchior - Matt Smith (Doctor Who). Matt Smith is very good at shifting from lighthearted to terrifying. He also has an amazing frown.
Just wanted to take a moment to post our policy on harassment on tumblr, it is also on our website, and will be in the program guide. The image attached is the sign we will have displayed throughout the convention.
Emerald City Comicon’s mission is to create a safe, awesome environment where geeks of all kinds can come together. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to race, gender, sexual orientation, body size, disability, appearance, and religion), overly sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
Exhibitors, sponsors and guests are subject to our anti-harassment policy as well and have also been informed. In particular, exhibitors should not use images or material that surpasses a PG-13 rating at their booths. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use over-sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, ECCC Directors and Department Heads may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from Emerald City Comicon (with no refund). If you are being harassed, witness someone else being harassed or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Emerald City Comicon staff immediately (identifiable by green Minion t-shirts or black polos/Staff badges). We are happy to contact our security or local law enforcement, provide escort, a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention.
All attendees, exhibitors and staff are subject to this anti-harassment policy and are expected to follow these rules at all Emerald City Comicon events.
This convention does so many things right. Here’s just another example.