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The Industry taking notice of Women
“Lucy,” the new Scarlett Johansson R-rated action movie, is beating out The Rock’s “Hercules” reboot. Since we all know box-office statistics gained over a single weekend dictate how Hollywood organizes their films for the upcoming years, this seems to be once again another blow to the idea that women can’t be big picture draws.

This whole year movies have been coming out featuring strong female characters and lead actresses, and there CLEARLY is a market for that as all of those films have been box office blowouts. And that just makes me happy because it proves the industry WRONG on so many levels. Even the fact that some of the movies were reviewed pretty badly (such as “Maleficent”), the fact that the films are huge box office draws shows that there was a market ACHING for some new content just sitting there.

Here’s hoping they finally green light a “Black Widow” movie, as so many are expecting Marvel to do, now that “Lucy” proves Scarlett Johansson’s action movie chops minus the burly male sidekicks.

SDCC News
There’s a lot of news coming out of SDCC this year, and since I don’t wanna be here all day, I’m just gonna reduce them all to bullet points to get through it quicker. If ya wanna know more, google them.

Guardians of the Galaxy is already getting a sequel scheduled for 2017 and an animated TV show.

Ant-Man is going to be a heist film. Superhero heist film? Sounds awesome!

Wonder Woman’s new outfit shown here: oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/s…

During a Zombie Walk, the hoards of zombie cosplayers inadvertently frightened kids in a car they were swarming around, resulting in the father driving his car through the crowd and hitting a 64 year old woman who is now hospitalized for a broken arm.

Howard the Duck might be in Guardians of the Galaxy as a cameo.

Geeks for CONsent gathered 2,600 signatures for a petition to get SDCC to train workers in how to deal with sexual harassment complaints to make the convention safer for everyone: celebrity.yahoo.com/news/sexua…

The Shield spin-off series “Agent Carter” is being green lit as a 1 shot 8 episode season. If it does well, the show will then continue as vignettes into the growth of Shield through Agent Carter’s eyes.

Female comic fan representation was up in force this SDCC with many panels talking about the importance of strong female representation in comics, about which female writers are doing good jobs, companies are clearly starting to gear their attention towards attracting female members more. All in all, all the “whining” we’ve all been doing seems to be paying off in many positive ways for everyone! variety.com/2014/film/news/com…

About 5 minutes of the The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover was shown, one part depicting Stewie making rape jokes as a prank to Moe the bartender. Lovely...

New Mad Max trailer starts off by having the lead character step on a tiny mutated lizard... um... “manly?” Thanks but no thanks. If you gotta feature animal abuse in your trailer, i’m definitely not watching your shitty movie.

Godzilla 2 in production, will be featuring Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah.

Footage from Age of Ultron was shown to a closed room of attendees. In addition there was a massive poster for the movie released one character at a time. Expect a worldwide trailer release on YouTube soon.

Same goes for The Hobbit: The Battle of 5 Armies. New poster showcased and a new trailer will be going up tomorrow.

My Thoughts
On the one hand, it’s been pretty standard. Very little has stood out to me as being exceptional this year. A lot of the stuff announced was stuff we knew they were going to show anyway. And while there was a lot of progress, especially with the “women in comics” panels, it’s still frighteningly disappointing to see shows like Family Guy and Simpsons playing up rape jokes. Ha. Ha. Ha.

I dunno... I guess I was expecting more to come from the convention? More concrete release info from Marvel. Some big new movie we didn’t hear about being announced. Thus far it’s just been pretty standard. Oh, and to all those people saying “DC WON SDCC” can I just say that until DC/Warner Bros actually succeeds in fulfilling their many promises, announcements mean shit coming from them. The reason we give so many praises and passes to Marvel is because they’ve spent the greater half of a decade breeding good will and consumer loyalty through great products and entertainment. DC/Warner Bros, on the other hand, has failed again and again and again. So I’m sorry, but I can’t be an optimist yet. They haven’t earned any respect.... yet.

Sorry guys. Not all that excited about this years SDCC I guess. Sorry for being such a buzz-kill.
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animething7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I so cannot wait to go see Lucy. It seems soo awesome :D compared to Hercules which just seems like a lot of poopy special effects and thats all. I actually got excited to see Lucy. I never get excited to see new movie.
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CarmenFoolHeart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People are more upset about Lucy being scientifically inacurate than about the movie being grossly racist. Priorities.
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BlackCat248 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
The Wonder Woman costume is actually a LOT better than what I was expecting
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TAILS-FAN1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
AVENGERS! CARTER! HOWARD THE DUCK! I hate that Wonder Woman costume.... Bleh. Doesn't say "Wonder Woman" to me.
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hothead14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
while it is cool that lucy is doing well. i doubt we will see a black widow movie. and not for sexism reasons. this is gonna sound odd but i think the fact she doesn't have a mask kills that chance. Robert Downy Jr is a pretty big name, and his paycheck for the iron man movies has gotten bigger with each one, and surprise surprise. we see more of tony stark and less of the suit. Chris Pine and Chris hemesworth don't wear a mask, but both of them, before this, weren't huge name actors, and thus could be payed less then a huge name star would. 

Basically, with how big scarlett johansson is, she would need a big paycheck, and it would have to basically Always be her every time her character was on screen, and not able to be cgi or a stunt double in the costume. am i making any sense?
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Mnjooschji Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
MOTHRA!!!
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Sunu-chan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Speaking of Marvel things, August 2 is Marvel Day. I just wanted to give you that little fact.
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gimmebooksnow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yh lucy casually kills a bunch of ppl of colour bc they cant speak english so she considers them useless. AND it goes along the stereotype of when women gain power, they lose all emotion and stuff, which she does. and generally its just another white girl who shoots and punches. and hell, scarjos already proven herself as a worthy action hero, Lucy isnt needed to green light black widow
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GarurunBJ Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Lucy is super racist tho
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Wolframclaws Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't see the lizard thing as so bad. It's dumb, yes, but it's not like squashing a mosquito is animal abuse. And if the lizard was a mutant, who knows, it might have been dangerous. And it met a quick and painless death, which is always better than outright torturing it, in which case this definitely would have been idealizing animal abuse.

Rape jokes need to die, though. You may have to resort to violence or animal harming to protect someone or yourself, but there is no instance where rape can be a good thing.
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envy422 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I really really hate the concept of Lucy. They say she has been given the ability to use 100% of her brain. We use 100% of our brain everyday to live. They could say her brain has grown or has become more powerful. It just annoys me when there have been like 40 movies based on the same false premise.
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DisasterTheAbsol Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I doubt we use 100% of our brain at the same time, though. I think that would put our brains on overdrive. .-.
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envy422 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
subconscious, like bodily processes that we dont have to think about to do. 
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mew3aki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they meant using 100% of brain for knowledge not like other functions the brain uses. Though my friend, who actually studies medicine told me using 100% of brain would lead having a seizure
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envy422 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
but if we used 1005 of our brain for knowledge how would our systems that are in the subconscious but still controlled by the brain function? like blood flow or something?
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xsdob Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
So whats wrong with rape jokes and fake animal abuse?(Stepping on imaginary nonexistent lizards counts? Seriously? ('-_-) )
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rape jokes promote rape culture and normalize sexual assault.

Fake animal abuse is just gross.
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xsdob Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Do you feel the same way about violence in television and video games promoting actual violence, lyrics in songs promoting actual acts depicted in said songs, and fictional works in books influencing audience behavior?

Because I see no difference between those, and saying rape jokes promote rape or rape culture. In fact I see those as having more influence because most can actually directly show or describe the acts in question, rather then making a vague allusion to it.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The difference is that while violence in video games has no scientific link to violence in real life, there ARE a number of scientific studies that show that rape jokes promote and normalize rape culture. So no, I'm sorry, but I cannot agree that they are "the same thing."
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xsdob Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Could you point to them, and prove how exactly they were done impartially and with no bias or motive behind them to support an agenda? There were scientific studies used to try and justify banning violent video games as well, which turned out to be piles of unscientific turds.

And it didn't stop people who had a view or bias on the issue citing them anyway.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The difference is that those people were trying to use those studies to make LAWS to enforce the regulation of a medium. Which is wrong. However, trying to make a happier society where people understand things by pointing out a problem and asking that we actively try to change it... is not the same thing as outright legal censorship. I am not trying to "ban" rape jokes or take down Family Guy.

As for the links to the studies, so many people have brought up this issue in my journal that I am going to make a follow up with provided data. So just hang on for a bit.
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xsdob Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I don't see a difference because the spirit of your actions is the same. You still want to curtail people doing something you don't like. You still use "scientific evidence" as a shield to attempt some form of moral highground. You still are trying to dictate to people what they do or do not enjoy, by using peer pressure instead of leagl action.

This movement, and the movements of the anti-violence in media groups, are the same. The logic is the same. The desired end goal is the same.

You are them are the same, you just have a different ideal you want everyone else to follow.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On the contrary. I am not trying to censor anyone. I am not saying you can't make a rape joke if you want. I am simply saying that doing so shows a lack of EMPATHY to those around you and that you, as a person, aren't being considerate. Asking that people try to fix societal problems and be better people is not the same as Jack Thompson trying to outright ban video ALL games for having "too much violence." And the fact that you can't tell the difference is pretty sad.

Society changes based on what is or isn't considered normal. I don't think there's anything harmful in the idea that trying to NOT use rape jokes when you otherwise could. If anything it would improve society around us as a whole and bring attention to real life threatening issues involving rape and the consequences it has.
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GoblinDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
It's the implications. Comfortably talking about rape and torture isn't something to be taken lightly.
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Black comedy. 
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Garassi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Doesn't black comedy usually associate with death?  Rape  has nothing to do with death. :confused: 
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't know what black comedy is then.

"Black comedy, also known as black humor or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events that are usually treated seriously (death, mass murder, regular amounts of murder, suicide, domestic violence, disease, insanity, fear, child abuse, drug abuse, rape, castration, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, beastiality, child pornography, etc.) are treated in a satirical manner while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are"
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Garassi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Yeah....I usually associate black comedy with death, or in other words, gallows humor in which characters usually die in funny but tragic (and sometimes violent) ways. Rape isn't often associated with death, though, which is why I found it a bit odd that it is considered a black comedy whenever rape is mentioned in a humorous way.  But times are changing, I guess. 

Anyway....en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_co… explains it better for me, personally.  
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anything serious. Even abortion can be used in forms of black comedy.
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xsdob Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Right, because there are similarities it shouldn't be made lightly. Though there are little similarities between telling a joke and commiting the act of sexual violation.

Animal violence I can see, any depiction real or fictional should be frowned upon and probably removed, as its the next logical step. So pacific rim, star wars empire strikes back, indiana jones, lord of the rings, django, avengers and all of them should be heavily critiqued for their use of animal abuse at some point in their films. :P

Why stop there however? What about depictions of violence against people? That's a serious issue in the world, and I'm sure at some point a violent criminal has seen violence depicted to them in some media and that, and only that, was the biggest influence for their violent behavior. We should work to curtail all depictions of violence in every form, that means even showing people using violence to help save people should be wrong, and they should try to discuss things in a pacifistic and non-triggering way.

But going back to rape jokes, if implications are all that we need to say something is wrong, le'ts expand our crusade to other areas, such as the realm of music. All the songs we don't think have appropriate topics and possible bad implications should be altered or removed immediately, because this isn't something to be taken lightly.

And of course we can't forget the biggest offenders, the oldest media of written word. Removing references of violence and sexuality from books is a key to attaining a truely better world. After all, if there are no depictions, and no implications, surely that will solve the real world problems.

Now where have I heard all this before?
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Tjdavi Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The article says that the driver and his family are all deaf, and the small kids were quite frightened so the father had to roll forward to leave the area as soon as possible.  The zombies immediately surrounded the car and BEAT on it, even smashing the windowshield.  That created a serious hazard and the father had to get away from them as quickly as possibly for the safety of his children.  Here's the link.  www.deadline.com/2014/07/comic…

Seriously...the people and their mob mentality...it's just nuts.  :no:
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even more reason to side with the people in the car and not the people dressed as zombies.
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ChristinYou Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Not a big fan of the gritty WW (and that she has a very slim build- nothing against slim-built women. WW just isn't slim). 
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zombieducklings2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just saw Lucy. It looked way better than Hercules. It didn't get good reviews but I think critics missed the point and thought it was pretentious. I thought it was more fantasy than sci-fi. One critic even said Scarlett Johannson is wasting her talents by being in superhero movies because anyone with a costume can play that role. This person than said only sci-fi geeks would like this so clearly this "professional" critic just doesn't like the genre.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm enjoying watching old critics "deal" with the fact that superhero movies are popular right now.
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zombieducklings2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So do I. I hate when people act pretentious and claim that certain genres aren't "real" films. Big blockbusters with crazy special effects can be great movies too.
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Family Guy relies on black comedy, as in joking about serious matters, and toilet humor. Rape jokes shouldn't surprise anyone, considering this the same show thathad aborted babies singing in a dumpster.   
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not that they "surprise" anyone, it's the fact that they resort to those at all. Dark humor is funny, but there are just some topics you don't trivialize.
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The topics that you "don't trivialize" is what black comedy is meant to trivialize. Otherwise it wouldn't be black comedy. 
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I don't think you're using the term black comedy correctly, if that is indeed the definition then black comedy has no justification to exist period.
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like almost everything in this world, it doesn't need justification to be a thing. 

"Black comedy, also known as black humor or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events that are usually treated seriously (death, mass murder, regular amounts of murder, suicide, domestic violence, disease, insanity, fear, child abuse, drug abuse, rape, castration, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, beastiality, child pornography, etc.) are treated in a satirical manner while still being portrayed as the negative events that they are."
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's that last bit of your description that Family Guy, and a lot of rape jokes in general, don't do. That's kinda the problem. It's not making fun of them while acknowledging that they're bad. It's trivializing them to the point that people don't understand why they're bad.
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not supposed to directly acknowledge that it's bad, it's supposed to portray as it is (which is going to be negative regardless). Anyone with the littlest brain knows it's bad. that's kind of the point of satire. Not directly saying stuff. 
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you're over estimating the ability of people to comprehend stuff, and missing the point of the right way of using satire.

Satire: the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Key words being to mock and ridicule a person's belief, not just to shock people.
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Voidblade Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What's a heist movie?
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Mifune013 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Figured there was a Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon on the way after seeing the Disney Infinity toys. Those character designs are too cool to just limit it to a video game. Let's just hope the writing and dialogue is a bit better than what I've been seeing from Marvel cartoons as of late. (Funny how Marvel movies are cooler than DC movies but DC cartoons are cooler than Marvel cartoons.)

Heh. So the duck has returned. Hopefully if they make a movie featuring him, maybe some sort of stand alone side project, it'll be a lot better than the 80s one. Granted, not exactly sure a Howard the Duck movie could ever do well. Than again, no one predicted a talking raccoon was a good idea for a movie and GotG has gotten some pretty good reviews (ones I refuse to read due to "fuck you, spoilers").

Wonder Woman's costume is...actually I kind of like it. Bit of the classic design with something more modern. Definitely beats the Superman pajamas from Superman Returns. Gal Gadot could use a few more muscles though.

Not really surprising that Family Guy is making rape jokes. Quagmire is pretty much one big rape joke. Is it shocking? No. Is it right? Not even close.

I think the Mad Max animal cruelty is suppose to demonstrate that "life is not sacred here". They could have demonstrated it another way, or not demonstrate it at all, all the people getting offed in the trailer kind of shows "life is not sacred, people will die".
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Otterwillow Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its good to hear there trying to make comic conventions safer,
I'm planning to go to one as poison ivy,
and I'm a bit worried about those kind of people that don't respect others personal space and concent :-)

Is it as bad as it sounds there?

(And tea is awesome :-D )
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Bunnygirle26 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I don't like Wonder Womans outfit. I liked the comic looks for her. lol I prefer the costume with the skirt the most but I like the one in the new 52 to. Ill have to watch it to see if I like it though :) I'm a big fan of Wonder Woman.

Lucy looks like an awesome movie.

I'm not to sure about the Simpson family guy cross over though. Its just that both of the shows are so different with how they set up there humor. I watched the clip on youtube and I think I'd have to see the whole episode to really make up my mind but it just felt awkward. lol I wish they'd stop picking on bobs burgers though I like that one. I think they work best as their own show Some cross overs can fit but this one just feels strange to me. It is interesting to see the two styles side by side though.
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mastersamus117 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Writer
1. Yeah the Dull Colors(DC) movies aren't exciting me anymore. After as joyless as Supes felt, and since they think 'Oh the people want dark realism because Batman did well,' even though he lost to Avengers *insert Kermit drinking tea here* DC for the most part was supposed to be the fun f*** yeah heroic stuff and Marvel is supposed to be the realistic sometimes dark stuff, and yet the movies reversed that.
2. Never even heard about Lucy till like Yesterday haven't even seen a trailer.
3. Other than the comic book stuff I really don't care. All I know about Mad Max is there is this thing called Thunder Dome, whatever don't care. Godzilla oh a giant monster that we can't kill gets to destroy us yeah that makes peoples days so much better I think these dark movies are becoming the trend if so I think I'll stick to the joyful Marvel hell in Avengers everything was getting f***ed off but we were able to stop it. I mean I'm happy for Zilla fans but I'm not a big emo destruction porn guy. Hell the megazord fights are the parts of Power Rangers I hate (I think cause it signals the near end of the episode which could be the psychological reason I am not a fan of the big bots and monsters cause TV was my childhood friend.) Don't give a crap about anything involving Family Guy I outgrew it.(Funny since it is supposed to be an 'adult' show when I loved when I was 12) I would laugh if someone made the original American Zilla (which was a mutated lizard) stepping on the new Mad Max then.  About to read the women in comics stuff because that was something I wanted to learn about.

That is my rant. If you read it all here. :iconcokeplz:  
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CalumTraveler Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the summary, Tom. :)
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