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“I like fangirls how I like my coffee. I hate coffee.” Three days after being spotted on a T-shrt for sale at WonderCon, this idiotic slogan is still making waves in the geek community.

Why? Well, for one thing, it seems like a perfect example of the hostile environment women have to deal with when they attend conventions. However, the T-shirt’s manufacturer, Tankhead Custom Tees, has just come forward to explain why the shirt isn’t sexist.

“the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it’s creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love.

No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad.”

So, just to be clear here, the shirt isn’t insulting toward all women, just the ones who are the wrong kind of fan. And that’s totally not a gendered insult because bronies (i.e. male fans of a media source that’s traditionally aimed at girls) are repulsive as well. Right?

The idea that it’s OK to be disgusted by certain types of fan is pretty widespread in geek culture, and it’s ridiculous to suggest that this habit isn’t connected to sexist prejudice. In the nonsensical social strata of geekdom, “serious” sci-fi literature fans are somewhere at the top, Trekkies and comic book nerds are somewhere around the middle, and anything women are interested in is invariably right down at the bottom. Popular examples: Supernatural, YA novels with female protagonists, fanfiction, shoujo anime, and pretty much anything that’s popular on Tumblr.

It’s no coincidence that “fangirl” is most commonly used to describe women who read and write fanfiction. By the logic of people who use fangirl as a pejorative term, fans who spend hours reading and collecting superhero comics are at the cool, respectable end of the geek scale, while “fangirls”  who write tens of thousands of words of superhero fanfic are embarrassing weirdos. In other words, if you conform to the old-fashioned, male-dominated form of fandom then you’re fine, but if you prefer to join the subculture that was primarily founded on the work of female fans, then it’s acceptable to publicly mock you at an event like WonderCon.

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SPOILER ALERT – Wally’s Appearance in Flash #30

After the jump we will have a major SPOILER to discuss regarding Wally West in FLASH #30 – do not go forward unless you’ve read the latest issue (or unless you don’t mind being spoiled)…

SPOILER AHEAD – YOU’VE BEEN WARNED

Wally West is the unidentified kid “five years from now” who doesn’t make it out of that wreck.  That’s why the Future Flash of twenty years from now comes back to the present day…to stop the events of five years from now and to save Wally West.  Thanks to golddragon71 at The Fastest Forum Alive for the following post (CLICK HERE) that includes some important pics.

Wally obviously is not meant to stay “dead” – he has already been noted to have a significant role in the Flash moving forward, and as we all know “dead” NEVER means “dead” in comics.  We should see more of a very-much-alive Wally soon.  The character design is a departure from the past, with dark hair instead of red, and with a look that at least creates the implication that Wally’s parents may have a different heritage than in past iterations of the character.  Still, this IS Wally – and without even taking a breath he has already had major implications for THE FLASH.  Overall, I’m glad to see his return and am ready to give the new team a chance to tell this New 52 Wally’s story.  What are your thoughts?  Happy, not-so-happy, reserving judgment…what do you think?

Ed Garrett.

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“Lost Time”…and a new team for THE FLASH (review of #30)

Flash #30After the events of FOREVER EVIL, Central City is a mess…in just about every way you can measure.  The reconstruction work has begun, and everyone is dealing with the consequences of the vicious attack on the Gem Cities by the Crime Syndicate.  Barry is feeling a particular level of guilt…after all, he IS the Fastest Man Alive.  The themes of devastation, recovery, regret, and lost time run strongly through this excellent debut from the new FLASH team of Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.  Oh, and did I mention….Wally?

LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY

We begin with a flash-forward to Iris being pulled from a wreck that Barry was unable to stop.  There is an unidentified (for now) young man who didn’t make it…but more on that later.  In the present day, every member of the Central City Police Department has been required to go through psychological evaluation in order to be cleared for duty.  Makes sense, given the utter devastation the city has faced.  Barry could use some counseling…he can’t stop moving, can’t stop running around the city, can’t stop trying to make up for the simple fact that he wasn’t there when they needed him.  Not that he could help that fact, as anyone who has been reading FOREVER EVIL can attest.  But still, there’s that guilt…that significant guilt.  Later on he receives a special gift from Patty that plays into this theme of lost time, and by the end of the issue you’ll find just how significant that truly is as we flast-forward once again, this time twenty years to find the Future Flash…and a startling revelation!  As for Wally…I’ll have to leave that to you to read.  All I will say is that we will obviously see a lot of him in this series.  Hang on to that thought, okay?

New writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen have done a great job in establishing their themes for THE FLASH, and I’m looking forward to their contributions to the great history of this franchise.  Many of you know the song “The Ballad of Barry Allen” by Jim’s Big Ego (Jim, by the way, is Jim Infantino, the nephew of Carmine Infantino).  I had that song running through my head throughout reading this issue.   Barry is absolutely the type of guy who would experience this type of guilt and his reaction here makes perfect sense.  As for the artwork…let me admit here that I’m VERY biased, as I’ve been a fan of Brett Booth for some time.  Lest anyone forget, this is the artist who gave us some great redesign ideas for Wally while we were all missing him at the start of the New 52.  He’s obviously a true fan along with being a fantastic talent.  His take on The Flash’s speed mixes in a little Infantino with a little bit of Manapul, and I like how he handles super-speed motion here.  His glowing lines on the Flash’s costume seams may get some notice in our comments section, but overall I like the look and style he brings, with great inks from Norm Rapmund (always a great job whenever he is inking) and excellent colors from Andrew Dalhouse.

A final thought – those very few of you who read my personal blog at the start of the New 52 (before I started reviews here at Speedforce.org) know that I was willing to give Manapul and Buccellato a chance at a time that others were questioning why DC gave such a great assignment to artists who didn’t have a track record in writing.  Not that I’m psychic, but that turned out really well…and I’m still a fan of M&B and am glad to follow them over to DETECTIVE for more of their excellent work.  With this change, I’m once again more than willing to give the new team a chance…but there is a difference.  That difference is I’ve already seen their work in writing and art elsewhere, and I already know what these excellent creators are capable of producing.  I’m certain we will see some differences in tone or plot or style from the new team, and that’s okay – I’m impressed with their first issue and am looking forward to more.

Ed Garrett.

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Torremitsu has added a photo to the pool:

Iightning FF 13

Amazing lightning cosplay by Puppetsfall : www.facebook.com/Puppetsfall

Photo by Me of Weneals www.facebook.com/weneals

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Today sees the release of The Flash #30, the first in the run from the new creative team. I got a chance to ask artist Brett Booth a few questions about getting into the job, Barry Allen and butts
How old were you when you decided “this is the job for me” and who were your biggest influences?
Ninth grade study hall. For some reason I had two everyday so I did most of my homework in the first and had nothing to do in the second. A friend of mine handed me a comic so I had something to do, I was already into art so I drew the cover. Classic X-men #1 by Art Adams. His work got me into comics. I later got into the work of John Byrne, Walt Simonson, Marc Silvestri, George Perez and a bit later Kevin Maguire, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio. There are numerous others but I won’t bore you with a massive list.
How did you make your dream a reality?
Lots of practice. I basically drew every chance I could until I graduated from college. There was an ad in the back of WildCats #2 about an Homage Studios Talent Search. I sent stuff in, got a call from Jim Lee a week later, and the rest is history.
How did you feel when you found out you were taking over The Flash and what’s it like taking over from Francis Manapul?
Hungry? It’s a standard thing, you almost always follow someone sometimes you get lucky and they aren’t a big name. Other times you’re unlucky and you follow Jim Lee, or Jae Lee and now Francis. You suck it up and do your best. I actually knew about the departure for a bit before most. The first time they mentioned it to me there were no Wally plans ;)
Can you talk us through the process of an issue going from idea to print?
Yes, but I’ll need a lot of room so I’ll sum up ;)
Writer pitches story ideas to the Editor. They say yay or nay. If yay, they do an outline and from that they do plot/script. That gets approved by the Editor and then they send me the script hopefully with all the reference I need. I draw it, turning in pages as I get them done. Once those pages are approved I send them to the inker where they get inked and then scanned and uploaded to the server. Then the production guys send those pages to the colorist who uses his/her magic box to color the pages up all pretty. Those get correction notes (I think this and the initial writing are the most corrected of the whole process.) Then the letterer does all the lettering, balloons and sound FX, all that gets pasted up. It gets a final approval from Editorial and any last minute corrections are done. It gets sent to the printer and 2-3 weeks later a comic is shipped! 
Tell us a bit about what’s in store for THE FLASH and who we’ll be seeing in the comic book series
Well there’s the Flash…. and Iris…. and Wally… and then some bad guys… One of them is a Gorilla… Another has some cool goggles. And then Captain Cold is in there…. a dinosaur or two. Oh, and lots of cops. 
I know you watch Arrow, what did you think of Barry Allen’s introduction?
A lot of fun! Sort of keeps you you guessing with the particle accelerator and the lightning… did they both contribute to the ‘birth’ of the Flash or is one a red herring? I had a hard time getting a hold of Barry’s personality until I saw the show. Arrow is great at getting to the core of characters. They actually officially offered me the Flash right before that arc. It sort of help solidify the whole thing for me :)
and finally… If you could draw yourself into an issue of The Flash as a main character, who would you be? 
Another speedster. I love those characters! Speedforce forever!!!! But I’d have to give myself the best buttshot, sorry Barry!
Brett Booth can be found on Twitter here. Flash Fans can be found on Twitter here
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c
The Flash #30 can be purchased online from DC Comics and Comixology or from all good comic book stores
Please do not repost any part of this interview without expressed permission. Thank you

flashfans:

Today sees the release of The Flash #30, the first in the run from the new creative team. I got a chance to ask artist Brett Booth a few questions about getting into the job, Barry Allen and butts

How old were you when you decided “this is the job for me” and who were your biggest influences?

Ninth grade study hall. For some reason I had two everyday so I did most of my homework in the first and had nothing to do in the second. A friend of mine handed me a comic so I had something to do, I was already into art so I drew the cover. Classic X-men #1 by Art Adams. His work got me into comics. I later got into the work of John Byrne, Walt Simonson, Marc Silvestri, George Perez and a bit later Kevin Maguire, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio. There are numerous others but I won’t bore you with a massive list.

How did you make your dream a reality?

Lots of practice. I basically drew every chance I could until I graduated from college. There was an ad in the back of WildCats #2 about an Homage Studios Talent Search. I sent stuff in, got a call from Jim Lee a week later, and the rest is history.

How did you feel when you found out you were taking over The Flash and what’s it like taking over from Francis Manapul?

Hungry? It’s a standard thing, you almost always follow someone sometimes you get lucky and they aren’t a big name. Other times you’re unlucky and you follow Jim Lee, or Jae Lee and now Francis. You suck it up and do your best. I actually knew about the departure for a bit before most. The first time they mentioned it to me there were no Wally plans ;)

Can you talk us through the process of an issue going from idea to print?

Yes, but I’ll need a lot of room so I’ll sum up ;)

Writer pitches story ideas to the Editor. They say yay or nay. If yay, they do an outline and from that they do plot/script. That gets approved by the Editor and then they send me the script hopefully with all the reference I need. I draw it, turning in pages as I get them done. Once those pages are approved I send them to the inker where they get inked and then scanned and uploaded to the server. Then the production guys send those pages to the colorist who uses his/her magic box to color the pages up all pretty. Those get correction notes (I think this and the initial writing are the most corrected of the whole process.) Then the letterer does all the lettering, balloons and sound FX, all that gets pasted up. It gets a final approval from Editorial and any last minute corrections are done. It gets sent to the printer and 2-3 weeks later a comic is shipped!

Tell us a bit about what’s in store for THE FLASH and who we’ll be seeing in the comic book series

Well there’s the Flash…. and Iris…. and Wally… and then some bad guys… One of them is a Gorilla… Another has some cool goggles. And then Captain Cold is in there…. a dinosaur or two. Oh, and lots of cops.

I know you watch Arrow, what did you think of Barry Allen’s introduction?

A lot of fun! Sort of keeps you you guessing with the particle accelerator and the lightning… did they both contribute to the ‘birth’ of the Flash or is one a red herring? I had a hard time getting a hold of Barry’s personality until I saw the show. Arrow is great at getting to the core of characters. They actually officially offered me the Flash right before that arc. It sort of help solidify the whole thing for me :)

and finally… If you could draw yourself into an issue of The Flash as a main character, who would you be?

Another speedster. I love those characters! Speedforce forever!!!! But I’d have to give myself the best buttshot, sorry Barry!

Brett Booth can be found on Twitter here. Flash Fans can be found on Twitter here

Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c

The Flash #30 can be purchased online from DC Comics and Comixology or from all good comic book stores

Please do not repost any part of this interview without expressed permission. Thank you

Contents Under Pressure

ruckawriter:

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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I saw that t-shirt at WonderCon and it pissed me off too. I actually feel bad that I didn’t write something about it, but Greg Rucka makes the point more eloquently than I would have.

TLDR: Geek culture/fandom is a community, not an excuse for you to turn around and exclude someone else. This gatekeeping BS has to stop.

-K

Wizkids Announces Flash-themed HeroClix Set!

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Hey Speed Readers,

So a couple days ago Wizkids announced via ICV2 their very first exclusively Flash-themed HeroClix set. The Flash is scheduled for release in the Fall and Wizkids is going all out for this set. Not only will we be getting a standard 68 piece set, we can also look forward to a 24 piece Primer Gravity Feed set featuring rare and unique sculpts (kind of a sneak peek/sampler) and a 6 piece Fast Forces set spotlighting the Rogues to kick things off. Take a look after the jump.

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Booster packs come with five figures at a time and retail for $12.99. They will overall contain 68 figures from all eras of the Flash’s history, including the Harley Quinn HeroClix World Champion Piece, and the 2013 DC Fan Vote Winner, Etrigan the Demon.  Sub-themes include the Rogues, the Flash’s allies, and the Authority among others. MSRP for an actual ‘Clix Brick (essentially a case) is $129.90.

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The Flash Primer Gravity Feed features 10 figures with flat rarity and all-new dial designs. Each single figure foil pack contains one Heroclix figure and character card. Play as Max Mercury, Golden Glider, and more as you encounter the mysterious Gorilla City Soldiers and authoritative Central City Police! MSRP is $2.99

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“The Rogues” Fast Forces Pack will include 6 figures from the Flash’s most persistent and famous foes (Captains Cold, Boomerang, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and the Pied Piper), as well as two exclusive maps.  MSRP is $16.99.

Now for those not completely familiar with HeroClix and the lingo. HeroClix themselves are little miniature figures similar to Warhammer 3000 or any popular tabletop miniature hobby shop game. While at first they would simply issue a set of 60 or so they began to try and make the hobby more accessible by offering starter sets called Fast Forces: packs of 6 or so different popular ‘Clix characters packed together to get one started. The 24 pack Primer Gravity Feed was also created to kind of build hype for the forthcoming full set and can be more appealing to the impulse purchaser by offering better chances to get more popular characters and dials.

For example, purchasing a booster pack will give you a choice of 5 random characters from the main 68 character set. Gravity Feeds are basically Counter Top Displays that enable people who just want a clix of the main characters of the pack to have a better chance to avoid picking up any random ancillary characters.  Typically the 24 characters in the Gravity Feed pack are figures with slightly different sculpts/stats than the main set and are generally more fan-favorites.

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Golden Age Flash, Captain Boomerang II (Owen Mercer), more Gorilla City warriors (we received two a few sets back), Ragdoll I (Peter Merkel Sr.), Harley Quinn, Midnighter, Etrigan the Demon, and New 52 versions of Barry, Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, Mirror Master and Heat Wave were the first figures previewed with Max Mercury, and Golden Glider also mentioned.

I used to be a pretty big Flash and Flash-related ‘Clix collector but I’ve slowed down quite a bit in the last year or so as I’ve expanded my focus to DC Direct/DC Collectibles/DC Universe Classics 6-7 inch figures. Not that I don’t dig these guys as well but some of the rarer pieces from a set can go as high as 50 or 60 bucks. That is not an easy pill to swallow for a figurine that looks right at home in a vending machine. In fact the ‘Clix figurine that finally got me to take a break from collecting was the Super-Rare Flash 050 from last year’s Teen Titans set. It currently goes for about 20 bucks or so on eBay. For that same price I could have an articulated action figure that will further flesh out my main collection. Or to be a bit more practical that could easily get me a week’s worth of meals. Honestly the best thing about collecting ‘Clix was getting characters that I knew didn’t really have a golden snowballs chance in hell of getting created in 6 inch form. If one were attempting to collect any semblance of a complete DC Universe of characters HeroClix would be the place to begin, with the Justice League Unlimited toyline a very distant second. I’ve had a nearly complete team of Rogues for years in HeroClix form. I don’t know if I will ever be able to say the same about DC Collectibles or Mattel. 

While I’m super-excited for this set and that the Flash is finally getting to be a headliner, the amount of money it would take for me to round up this whole collection is something that I’m not prepared to really think about yet. Then again I’m sure I won’t be able to resist cherry-picking updated dials of Max Mercury, the first of Golden Glider (who is crossing their fingers for a classic version as well?) and updates for just about every Rogue. I think the last Captain Cold we got was like 5 years or something ago.

You can look for the Primer Gravity Feed set on October 15, 2014 and the official release of the full set and Fast Forces will follow close behind on November 5, 2014. 

So who will be taking the plunge and attempting to pick up all 68 of the official Flash pack, the 24 Gravity Feed figurines and the Fast Forces 6-pack? Anyone else who will be off to the side sadly cherry-picking what looks to be an awesome set?

Please let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading,

-Devin

Devin.

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This Week: New Flash Creative Team in Flash #30, Rogues meet Catwoman, Digital Crossfire

New Flash-related comics this week:

THE FLASH #30

An all-new creative team makes its debut to show the deadly consequences of The Flash’s speed powers. During the traumatic events of FOREVER EVIL, Central City suffered the worst that the Crime Syndicate could dish out. Now The Flash has returned to make things right, but there are limits to what even the Fastest Man Alive can do!

Written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen, art and cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.

Flash #30Catwoman #30

CATWOMAN #30

“The Race of Outlaws” begins! Despite her best efforts, Selina Kyle just can’t stop being Catwoman. What’s dragged her back into the catsuit? A globe-trotting contest that will have her competing to earn the prize for being the best thief in the world. But watch out, Catwoman – there’s no honor among thieves!

Written by Ann Nocenti, art by Patrick Ollife, cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson.

Note the presence of Rogues Mirror Master and Glider on the cover.

And in digital back issues, we have The Flash #186: Part 3 of Crossfire. The Thinker has assimilated everyone in Keystone City to create a giant human/cyborg supercomputer — including the Flash!

Written by Geoff Johns, art by Scott Kolins and Doug Hazlewood, cover by Brian Bolland

Flash #186

Kelson.

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Who is The Flash's greatest villain? 
Time to find out in the Flash TV Talk Rogues RumbleHow To Play:Fill out your bracket and send to FLASH@podastery.com by midnight CST April 26th 2014. Once all voting is closed, if your bracket is completely correct, you will be entered to win a digital copy of Flashpoint from ComixologyHow To Vote:Follow @FlashTVTalk on twitter3 Rounds of voting will take place each weekday via RT or Fav (click here for an example). Daily voting will close at approximately 9PM CST Rogues Rumble Bracket: http://bracketcloud.com/tournament/5523 Voting Schedule:#1 - Mon 4/28#2 - Tues 4/29#3 - Wed 4/30#4 - Thur 5/1#5 - Fri 5/2#6 - Mon 5/3#7 - Tues 5/6#8 - Wed 5/7#9 - Thur 5/8#10 - Fri 5/9#11 - Mon 5/12#12 - Tues 5/13#13 - Wed 5/14 (FINAL FOUR)#14 - Thur 5/15 (FINAL FOUR)#15 - Mon5/19 (CHAMPIONSHIP)Winner will be announced on the May 24th episode of Flash TV TalkGOOD LUCK!

flashfans:

Who is The Flash's greatest villain?

Time to find out in the Flash TV Talk Rogues Rumble

How To Play:
Fill out your bracket and send to FLASH@podastery.com by midnight CST April 26th 2014. Once all voting is closed, if your bracket is completely correct, you will be entered to win a digital copy of Flashpoint from Comixology

How To Vote:
Follow @FlashTVTalk on twitter
3 Rounds of voting will take place each weekday via RT or Fav (click here for an example). Daily voting will close at approximately 9PM CST 

Rogues Rumble Bracket: http://bracketcloud.com/tournament/5523 

Voting Schedule:
#1 - Mon 4/28
#2 - Tues 4/29
#3 - Wed 4/30
#4 - Thur 5/1
#5 - Fri 5/2
#6 - Mon 5/3
#7 - Tues 5/6
#8 - Wed 5/7
#9 - Thur 5/8
#10 - Fri 5/9
#11 - Mon 5/12
#12 - Tues 5/13
#13 - Wed 5/14 (FINAL FOUR)
#14 - Thur 5/15 (FINAL FOUR)
#15 - Mon5/19 (CHAMPIONSHIP)

Winner will be announced on the May 24th episode of Flash TV Talk

GOOD LUCK!

Two Flash Statues Coming in October

DC’s October 2014 collectibles have been announced.

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DC COMICS ICONS: THE FLASH STATUE
SCULPTED BY GENTLE GIANT STUDIOS
The Fastest Man Alive takes a split second to pose, joining the rest of his Justice League counterparts in the DC Comics Icon statue line.
Limited Edition of 5200
Measures Approximately 10″ Tall
$99.95 US * On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

DC COMICS SUPER HEROES THE FLASH BUST
DESIGNED BY JIM LEE
SCULPTED BY JAMES SHOOP
The Flash is captured mid-stride in the latest bust designed by legendary comic book artist Jim Lee.
Limited Edition of 2500
Measures Approximately 5.65″ Tall
$49.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

Flash Bust

Shiny.

Kelson.

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