Off-Panel: January 23, 2015

Here’s your weekly round-up of comics news stories we found interesting, from the gutters and beyond.


I sat down and looked at every single live-action adaptation of an English-based comic book or graphic novel filmed after 1990.

What I found was occasionally encouraging, occasionally frustrating, and occasionally disturbing. Because there is a lot of ground to cover, I’m only going to be addressing the following tropes in this post: the Woman in the Refrigerator, the Euthanized Damsel, and the Mercy Killing.

Fabulous piece from The Mary Sue about the tropes used to kill off women in comic book movies.



That sound of happy squealing? That’s my anticipation for the new Scott Snyder / Jeff Lemire collaboration, which they discuss at length here.


However, with the announcement this morning of the nominees for the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards comes a couple of big surprises: Just one superhero series is singled out, and, for the first time since the comic book category debuted in 2003, there are no titles published by DC or its imprints.

This year, GLAAD has some interesting nominees for Outstanding Comic Book (I heart every title).




Melissa Benoist will be Supergirl on CBS, ladies and gentlemen.


Yet Cowan says that putting a character of color in a well-known, previously white mantle doesn’t hold the same impact as creating a new wave of heroes for an ever-diverse readership and new generations of fans.

Milestone Media is back, baby, and they’re planning to change the landscape, diversity-wise.


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