The Daily Waffle: Episode One Hundred and Six

July 6, 2020

 

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TIME TO RE-CONSIDER A JUSTICE LEAGUE MUSICAL?

 

OK, but hear me out. Yesterday Bleeding Cool reminded the world of a genuine 1972 proposal from DC to produce a stage musical based on the Justice League. If you think that sounds absurd, consider that it was coming off the back of a 1966 Superman musical which, although well reviewed was at the time Broadway's biggest ever flop.

 

So yes. Stupid idea. 

 

Or is it? 

 

You might wonder whether people would want to see a musical about superheroes, but honestly - why wouldn't they. A few years ago if you told me that somebody was writing a musical about late eighteenth century American politics I'd have thought that was absurd too - but Hamilton has been an absolute runaway success. 

 

You might be thinking "shyeah, right - but a Batman musical number? That could never work!" To which I say, you've seen Lego Batman, right?

 

You don't even need a good story - the existence of Cats, which has no real storyline that anyone has been able to discern proves that - so long as the songs are good. And whether you like musicals or not, there are powerful reasons for DC to make one.

 

For a start, the world is in a pretty grim place. Escapism is very much needed and musicals are profoundly escapist by their nature. Superheroes are, at their core, bright, optimistic, and a little bit silly - they're perfect musical fodder.

 

And that is why DC should be the company to do it. Because DC needs to shake its obsession with "Grimdark" storytelling. When the likes of Alan Moore and Frank Miller started the company down that road it was a new and exciting departure to be sure. But it's pretty much been their go-to approach for the last thirty five years and while grim and gritty has its place sometimes you just want a little levity. A hit Justice League musical could be just what the doctor ordred.

 

 

WE'RE COMING BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Destination Venus will begin limited re-opening on Saturday 11th July. We still have to finalise times with the cinema, but for the time being we'll be open on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday afternoons.

 

These are baby steps, and we will continue to proceed with an abundance of caution. We will have to put some restrictions in place and again, these will be finalised over the next few days.

 

We understand that restricted opening hours will make it difficult for some of you to get in to the shop and so free delivery in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area will continue for the forseeable future.

 

But at long last, we're coming back folks. 

 

 

WOMEN TO FOLLOW

 

Here are some Twitter accounts to start with, in no particular order - we welcome suggestions:

 

Rachael Stott

@RachaelAtWork

Comic book artist. Clients: DC Marvel Titan Image IDW Boom Archie

 

Jody Houser

@Jody_Houser

Eisner-nom comics writer. Star Wars, Stranger Things, Doctor Who, Critical Role, Harley & Ivy, Black Widow, Supergirl, Spider-Man, Mother Panic

 

Heather Antos

@HeatherAntos

Senior Editor at Valiant & Image. Previously Marvel, Star Wars, Disney. Creator of #SignalBoostSunday. Mental Health advocate

 

✦ 𝕭𝖆𝖇(e)𝖘 𝕿𝖆𝖗𝖗 ✦

@babsdraws

LA based Eisner nominated and NY Times best selling comic artist + illustrator

 

Wine & Zine

@wineandzine

Following

Wine & Zine is a collective made up of 5 artistic ladies from all over the UK 

 

Shelly Bond, Editor-at-Large

@sxbond

Editor, former boss at Vertigo and Black Crown.

 

Natasha Alterici

@Alterici

Queer artist/writer. I created that one lesbian viking comic; Heathen.

 

LDComics

@Laydeezdocomics

Women making comics

 

Gail Simone

@GailSimone

Writer of comics and animation, greyhound owner, bear, superhero guru 

 

G. Willow Wilson

@GWillowWilson

Hugo, World Fantasy, and American Book Award-winning author of novels and comics. John Boyega stan account.

 

Rachael Smith

@rachael_

Creator of comics! She/Her Currently doing daily #QuarantineComix please check them out!

 

Magdalene Visaggio

@MagsVisaggs

live fast be trash - Expat Virginian - DEATH RATTLE - DC Comics

 

Kelly Sue DeConnick

@kellysue

Comic book & TV writer.

 

KELLY THOMPSON

@79SemiFinalist

Eisner Nominated Writer: BLACK WIDOW, DEADPOOL, CAPTAIN MARVEL, SABRINA, JESSICA JONES, STAR, HAWKEYE, STORYKILLER, TGWWBK. Co-Creator of JEFF THE LAND SHARK

 

Kate Leth

@kateleth

Writer/Cartoonist!

Valley Ghouls updates weekdays.

 

Alex de Campi

@alexdecampi

At the intersection of Rambo and Rimbaud

 

Karen Berger

@karenpberger

Editor of Berger Books from Dark Horse Comics, Vertigo Comics Founding Editor

 

maria llovet

@m_llovet

Comic author and illustrator. I love cinema and fashion. "Maria" sin acento.

 

Sarah Beattie

@nachosarah

writer. comedy person. I hate your ex boyfriend. Sorry I meant mine. I have big tits

 

This is clearly a far from exhausting list - and it's writer heavy because I tend to follow writers not artists. We'll be adding to it.

 

Go follow them, and find more women to follow, and listen. You don't have to agree, but it's high time that we listened to what women have to say.