Monthly Archives: May 2012

Introducing Bombshell Betties

I’d like to introduce you all to a new series of characters I’m doing called Bombshell Betties. Above is the lovely lady who started it all, Beachside Betty. Well, really, what started it all was waking up with a shape in my head.

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Legend of Korra – The Politics of Bending (Co-Written with Katie Schenkel, Originally for CliqueClack TV)

There was no new Korra this weekend because of Memorial Day (terrible, I know), but that shouldn’t stop us from having fun, should it? So this week, I’ve roped in fellow CliqueClack writer, Korra fan, and general excellent human being Katie to discuss the politics of bending, anti-bending sentiment, and to examine if Amon is really as bad as he appears.

Julia: So here’s something to debate — is Amon’s message necessarily bad?

I mean, to put it into real-world terms, being born a bender, in Republic City, is a massive privilege. The city is governed entirely by benders. Every seat of power is held by a bender. The supreme ruler of everything is that way because they can bend all four elements. Bending is fetishized and revered (think pro bending). Gangs of benders roam the streets keeping law and order based on their own whims.

And yet a good portion of the city are non-benders, and where does that leave them? What voice do they have? Sure, they can go the route of Hiroshi Sato, but even he isn’t safe from benders coming in and killing the ones he loves. The owner of Cabbage Corp (presumably also not a bender) is found suspicious and framed despite his wealth and prestige, because all it takes is a plant and the fact that he’s not a bender. And I’m sure making money is easier if you’re a bender than it is if you’re not.

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Chris Hayes, Bravery, and What It Means to Be A Hero

So it was a normal Sunday night, I was browsing on twitter, and I saw the hashtag #chrishayesbravery was trending, which  I totally didn’t understand. I mean, I don’t understand most trending topics on twitter  because I’m not fourteen, but this one was weird in that I both knew the person it was referring to and didn’t understand what it was about. But after some googling and poking around, I figured out that it was an angry backlash to a segment on his morning show in which he expresses discomfort with blanket referring to all military casualties as heroes. And instead of being angry, even watching the tiniest, most unfavorably-edited clip? I agreed with him.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been published

So remember when I wrote this piece a while back? It was intended as a submission to the hitRECorderly (which is something cool you should all check out) which just got published and the first batch of pre-orders got sent out. I was not among the pre-orders, but my friend Maura was, and she immediately e-mailed me this picture and IMed me “LOOK, YOU’RE PUBLISHED!!!!!” And yes, indeedy, there is an excerpt of my piece, printed in black and white! Or, well, red and white.

So yes, I’ve been published! And that honestly is not something I was expecting at all, which makes today officially count as A Good Day.

Legend of Korra – Let’s hear it for the girls (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

As a reviewer, I try not to write the same thing every week about whatever show I’m talking about. It’s boring for me, it’s boring for you, and it’s just plain lazy.  So honestly, I went into this week’s Legend of Korra being like, “Julia, you’re not going to write another review about feminism and strong female characters, okay, you’re going to write something different.” But yeah, that’s not gonna happen. (Sorry, Bolin. You and Pabu will get your day in the sun, promise.)

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A portrait of Lin Beifong

I actually loved Lin Beifong so much that I was not content to simply write a review slobbering over how great she was. “Nay!” thought I, “I must also immediately cease everything else and draw her!” And so I did.

I actually get that reaction a lot when I’m watching Legend of Korra. Korra herself got an honorary doodle because her profile was great and I thought she should feel great about that.

Though she did not get the full color treatment because sorry, Korra, you’re cool, but you are not a Beifong, and the Beifongs are my jam.

Legend of Korra – A love letter to Lin Beifong (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

Dear Lin Beifong,

So I really loved your mom, Toph, in the original Avatar series. Like,  a lot. I loved her so much that I often just don’t watch the first season of Avatar because she’s not in it, and everything seems kind of lame and subpar without her. And so when I doubted you would be nearly as cool as your mom was, it wasn’t personal so much as I doubted anyone could ever fill the place in my heart reserved for Toph Beifong.

I’m really sorry about how wrong I was.

Love, Me

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