So a couple of weeks ago, Marvel unveiled Phase Three, which looks like this:
Marvel Phase 3 (click to enlarge)
Add that to the pile already started by other studios (Sony, Fox, WB/DC), and we have this:
Superhero Movies (click to enlarge)
Christ, that looks like my planned publishing schedule for the next two years.
Well, that’s a doozy. I know I’ve referred to superhero fatigue in a past post, but you know what? Screw that. Life’s too short to bitch. Now that I’m getting a great view of how all this works out, I’m pretty excited over the prospects. Lots of films to lose yourself in if you’re like me – a superhero film nut – and you get to choose your poison.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know I have a pretty strong bias in favor of Marvel. They’ve earned my trust enough to guarantee them my wallet and my butt in theaters, regardless of what movie it is. I’m not an X-Men fan, and I never got into Spider Man. I’m grieving over the Fantastic Four film as I was really looking forward to its reboot. But it’s like every time someone from the cast talks about it, the movie sinks lower and lower in fans’ view, especially since the people behind this film are all determined to make this as un-superhero-like as possible.
I’m still waiting to see how DC’s new cinematic universe pans out. The superhero team up films – at least Batman v. Superman – are a definite no go. I’m still looking anxiously at the stand alone titles, crossing my fingers for them and hoping like hell that WB execs won’t screw things up. Well, not too much, anyway.
And speaking of superhero stuff, Malinda Lo posted a list of LGBT Young Adult books that aren’t all about gay angst:
Last week when I visited a high school in Seattle, a student asked me for recommendations of YA books about gay boys who didn’t have to struggle with a lot of coming-out angst. While coming out can certainly be a struggle (mine was!), I completely understand and sympathize with those who want to read books about gay main characters where they can simply be the main characters without facing a ton of homophobia. For a gay reader especially, encountering a large amount of homophobia in a novel might feel realistic and it might make them feel less alone in the world, but it can also feel like an assault on your own identity. Read more
And my Masks series is one of them. :) When I started writing books for gay teens, I was a lot more interested in writing them as heroes of whatever stories I wanted to tell. Their sexuality has very little to do with how their adventures unfold unless I’m writing a coming-out novel, which I always – always – write into a fantasy story (The Twilight Gods, Grave’s End, Benedict, The Weeping Willow, and some of the short stories in The Winter Garden and Other Stories).
Because why not? Why should teen issues be limited to contemporary realistic high school stories? I’ve always been preaching this, that if I wanted to make these kids feel good about themselves, I’m going to write them into as many different genres as I can in very much the same way that straight kids see themselves in historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and fantasy books that are being churned out by every publisher out there, big and small. It’s my way of reassuring them how normal and complicated they are – that they aren’t defined by only their sexual orientation – just like their straight counterparts.
And as a last note, I finally got myself a copy of The Shadow Hero, which is now on its way to me and my grubby little hands:
In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.
The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.
With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.
It’ll be my first ever comic book. XD I never got into comic books back in the day unless we’re looking at Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella, and those were rare indulgences that were dependent on my dad’s largesse. One of my co-workers brought in his copy of Thor #1, which I read during my lunch break, but I want my own collection, know what I mean? Here’s to hoping that we get more non-white and/or non-heteronormative superheroes in comic books. Those are the kinds I’d like to buy.