Off-Panel: June 1, 2015

Our daily round-up of news around the comics space, from the gutters and beyond.

“Since 2009, Disney has dominated summer blockbusters with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, their project isn’t the first to play with stories across television and film: television shows such as Star Trek and Stargate helped to pave the way for complicated worlds with multiple ongoing narratives.”

I love both Star Trek and Stargate, so of course I love this article.

“Marvel is really catching on to the whole “girls like superheroes too,” thing with a contest that offers teenage girls the chance to attend the premiere of Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, through a DIY engineering competition.”

So this is pretty great.

“Titled “Women In Comics—Creators And Characters,” the panel was an attempt by its planners to discuss the role of women in the early comics industry, both on the page and in the offices that produced them. And, like so many thoughtful, academic conversations about the role of women throughout history, this one was held entirely between men.”

This is a pretty great summing up of the Denver Comic-Con debacle. And most reports I’ve seen have the con coming up with the follow-up all-women panel, which doesn’t seem to be the case.


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