NY City Councilman Ben Kallosgrew up collecting comics, watching anime and reading science fiction as a Manhattan kid. While most of his time is now spent passing progressive reform legislation, getting trashcans installed across his Upper East Side district or taking care of his daughter, he still loves comics and scifi for the powerful stories they tell about the world around us.
DC Comics has been teasing the upcoming The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child the latest chapter in Frank Miller‘s take on Batman. One image has apparently caused some issues.
Artwork by Rafael Grampá features Carrie Kelly as Batwoman throwing a Molotov cocktail with the text “The Future is Young.”
That imagery was seen as support to the Hong Kong protestors by some. Those angry took to the Chinese social media Weibo to voice their displeasure.
DC has deleted their posts featuring the image. This is the latest example of the “China” problem where major corporations bend to the will of the authoritarian nation. The NBA, Marvel Studios, and more have had to censure staff who have spoken out about in support of Hong Kong or in the case of Marvel Studios, change characters and add scenes.
Earlier today we brought you the story of the Captain America and superhero-inspired political email by New York City Council Member Ben Kallos who is running for Manhattan Borough President.
Marvel didn’t take too kindly to the political email and sent him an email telling him to stop using Marvel’s “intellectual property” in campaign material. Kallos Tweeted the letter saying he got a “kick out of it.”
In the letter, Deputy Chief Counsel Eli Bard asked that Marvel’s characters “not be used for political purposes or to support political campaigns.”
Today, his campaign for Manhattan Borough President sent out an email “Superhero Alert.” The fundraising pitch has a Captain America theme even quoting the iconic superhero stating “he can do this all day!” in the subject line. The quote comes from Captain America (or Steve Rogers) standing up to “bullies” numerous times in the film showing he’s a fighter no matter the odds.
It’s always fun to see politicians weave in comic culture into their campaign and fantastic to see many more wearing their fandom on their sleeves.
Check out the full email below (with email addresses removed):
From: Superhero Alert via Team Kallos Date: November 15, 2019 at 8:35:27 AM EST To: Subject: he can do this all day! Reply-To: Superhero Alert via Team Kallos
Yeah, sure, we could have said “not all heroes wear capes” but we thought it was important to get straight to the point.
In all seriousness, while Captain America was pretty busy fighting Hydra, sleeper agents, Loki, Ultron, and Thanos, Ben’s been fighting for everyday New Yorkers.
He’s taken on corruption by forcing politicians to give up outside income, won campaign finance reforms, and stood up to billionaires building supertalls for other billionaires that would leave the rest of us in their shadow. He’s been fighting for New Yorkers, making sure that everyone has equal opportunities to succeed all while opening more school seats and affordable housing, and improving commutes.
And while the real Captain America has super strength, Ben’s power comes from us.
This campaign won’t be funded by real-estate developers or corporations. That’s why we’re hoping we can count on you (and a few hundred boots on the ground!) so we have what it takes to shield him from whatever comes his way.
And like Captain America, he can do this all day, but we’ve got to make sure he’s got the resources to keep fighting.
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At New York Comic Con, IDW Publishing revealed Tiananmen 1989 from first-hand witness Lun Zhang, French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud, and artist Ameziane.
Slated for release in July 2020, Tiananmen 1989 is Zhang’s first-hand account of the June Fourth Incident, also known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens took to the streets demanding political reform not knowing what to expect. Chinese authorities fired on protestors and bystanders shattering the hopes of a generation. The announcement comes as protestors in Hong Kong raise their voices and head to the streets against the same authoritarian government and also are facing a brutal response.
Many voices and viewpoints are covered, not just Zhang’s. From Western journalists to Chinese administrators, they tell what happened and a key moment in modern China’s history.
Marvel has refused to publish Art Spiegelman‘s essay due to a dig within it at President Trump where he calls him “Orange Skull Trump.”
Spiegelman, the creator of the graphic novel Maus, says he was asked to remove a dig at President Trump from an upcoming book by Marvel and Folio Society. Spiegelman was asked to write the introduction to Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949 which is out in September and was announced this past week.
Spiegelman’s essay touched upon how the young Jewish creators of the first superheroes created mythic, godlike, secular saviors to address the issues of the time such as the Great Depression and World War II. Spiegelman ended the essay with:
In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America.
That was too much for Marvel who said they were trying to stay “apolitical,” and “is not allowing its publications to take a political stance.”
Spiegelman says he was asked to remove the sentence about the Red Skull or the essay would not be published. He chose to pull the essay. Marvel editor Roy Thomas will instead be writing the introduction.