Ross Campbell: Kind of a big deal

Attention: These items were originally described as prints when in fact many of them are originals.  Prices and lots have been adjusted accordingly.

Ross Campbell is one of those artists whose work I’ve been gaping at for years–first, when he started illustrating for WhiteWolf games, and later as he brought his exquisite painted figure work to comics–Hopeless SavagesWet Moon, and his upcoming Minx book, Water Baby. He draws some of the most interesting, sexiest, strongest, and most all-around-awesome women I’ve ever seen, and the scope of his work–from superheroes, to college students, to monsters–never ceases to impress me: I won’t be the least bit surprised if someday he’s generally accepted as one of the modern masters of dynamic pin-up art. If you haven’t checked out his art before, now is a great chance, as Ross has given us a small army’s worth of both original pieces and prints.

The following are pieces of Ross Cambell original art:

From Wet Moon:

Cleo

Cleo

Audrey

Audrey

Myrtle

From The Abandoned:
Rylie

From X-Men:
Storm

U-Go-Girl

Penance

Marrow

Emma Frost

Angel II

From Exalted:
Demon of the Third Circle

Metal Storm

The starting bid for each of these original pieces will be U.S. $30.
The following are original prints. Because there are so many, these will be sold in sets of two.
Wet Moon Set 1: Cleo and Mara

Wet Moon Set 2: Cleo and Audrey

Wet Moon Set 3: Audrey and Fall

Wet Moon Set 4: Mara and Natalie

Mixed Set: Mara (Wet Moon) and Rylie (The Abandoned)
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The starting bid for each set of two prints will be U.S. $10.
You’ll be able to bid on these and other items in the Girl-Wonder Art Et Cetera Auction, from October 7-14, 2007.

Auction update

Due to technical difficulties, the girl-wonder benefit auction is postponed. Please be assured we’re doing everything in our power to deal with this issue. If you would like to subscribe to auction-notify@girl-wonder.org to receive an email when the auction is live, please enter your email here. It is our hope to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Apologies, the auction team.

Girl-Wonder.org Media Sightings

People say all press is good press, and Girl-Wonder.org and the blog Girls Read Comics have popped up several times in the media recently.

Girl-Wonder.org’s efforts to have Batman memorialze Stephanie Brown were mentioned in the Mother Jones article Supergirls Gone Wild: Gender Bias In Comics Shortchanges Superwomen. Taken from their website: Mother Jones is “an independent nonprofit whose roots lie in a commitment to social justice implemented through first rate investigative reporting.”

Also, the impact of Girls Read Comics (And They’re Pissed) on discussions of female characters in comics was included in the Guardian book blog post Superheroes need rescuing from sexism.

Girl Wonder Unveils Its Latest Blog

The Girl-Wonder family of blogs welcomes its the newest member: GWOG. The house for that awesome link found at 1 a.m., GWOG gives readers a chance to interact with the Girl Wonder staffers in a relaxed environment outside of the forum. Commenting has been interfaced with the forum, so all forum members can comment at GWOG with ease.

Nice Things

I’m back on my feet (if a bit wobbly), so Inside Out will shortly return to regularly scheduled programming.

Every once in a while, you get a chance to see first-hand how awesome people can be. I’ve had plenty in the last couple months, but none so incredible as organizing the Girl-Wonder Art Et Cetera Auction.

Girl-Wonder.org is a labor of love. The admins cover most of the operating expenses out of pocket, and everything we do, from site building and maintenance, to forum moderation, to columns, to convention presence, is done on donated time.

We’ve grown exponentially in both size and scope over the past year: what began as a small fan campaign dedicated to a single character is becoming a nexus for the feminist comics community. We’re dreaming big, too, making plans for projects far beyond anything we could have imagined a year ago. Eighteen months ago, we weren’t much more than a live-journal community; now, we’re about to incorporate as a nonprofit organization.

Which brings me to the story behind the auction.

When we started looking into incorporation, we were floored at how much it would cost. Girl-Wonder is a nickel-and-dime business: our operating budget-most of which goes to cover band width-pretty much consists of what admins can scrounge out of their pockets. This stuff was on a scale we could hardly conceive.

Around the same time, we got an email from Supergirl artist Renato Guedes. He was contacting us, Renato explained, to express his gratitude for the support for his work that he’d seen on the G-W forums and to ask if he could do a drawing for us, which he suggested that we might auction as a fund raiser.

Aha.

We did some cursory planning and began to solicit donations from everyone we knew, on the forums, on blogs, at conventions. Our starting goal was to raise enough money to cover incorporation costs, although we were pretty sure that we’d still be paying a hefty chunk out-of-pocket.

The response floored us.

Artists, writers, and fans came out of the woodwork to offer support. Many sent items to auction; many others shared time and connections to help us publicize our drive. As the auction has grown, so have our plans: as the line-up currently stands, if every item gets at least one bid, we’ll have enough not only to cover incorporation costs but to start an actual operating budget for future projects like scholarships, convention travel, and publications. The auction has also been the seed of a slew of ideas, from a Girl-Wonder calendar, to ongoing partnerships with craftspeople in the Girl-Wonder community, to a million and six other projects that we’ll soon have the capacity and capital to dive into.

But the most important thing we’ve gotten from organizing the auction is a sense of just how much support there really is for Girl-Wonder and our mission. The dialogues with both fans and professionals that have been born out of this give me a newfound sense of hope in the future of comics, and in the fact that, however slowly, we’re actually accomplishing something.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the artists and artisans who have donated items to the Art Et Cetera auction:

Ross Campbell
Guy Davis
Jennifer Estep
Robyn Fleming
Audrey Fox
Laura Fox
Austin Grossman
Renato Guedes
Katie Moody
Trina Robbins
Jim Rugg
Jessica Trevino
Dean Trippe
David Willis
Chris Wisinia
Pascalle
Kel McDonald

The fans and community members who’ve dug into their personal collections:

Mary Borsellino
Hannah Dame
Kate Fitzsimons
Valerie D’Orazio
Tommy Roddy
Melanie (whose last name I don’t know)

And finally, special thanks are due to Joshua Dysart, who has been instrumental in contacting artists, publishers, and other comics professionals on our behalf as well as helping us to publicize the auction.

The auction itself will take place from October 7-14. In the meantime, keep checking the preview page-there are still a few more items to be posted!

You can discuss this column-and the Art Et Cetera Auction-here.

2020 Most Popular Rolex Watches

Let’s face it that the 1980s were not a great time for watchmaking — or, in terms of design. That said, Rolex has never been one to reinvent the wheel or abandon past design norms, nor has it suffered nearly as much damage over the past decade. Many ’80s Rolex watches are not yet considered antique, so they are not as memorable as watches from the’ 60s and ’70s, or as modern as watches from the late’ 90s to the present.
What does this mean for collectors? Well, in other ways, it makes a full decade’s worth of watches easier to buy than their peers — even though they are destined to reach a similar level of long-term appreciation in the years to come. With that in mind, here we have a number of replica rolex models from the New Wave and Synth-Pop era of the 1980s.
In some respects, it’s the best of both worlds for an ‘older’ Submariner. This is the model that updated the line to the quick-set Cal. 3035, and that also added a sapphire crystal to the equation for the first time.
The ref. 16800 Submariner also falls into the window of use of Tritium lume, which ages with its own special feature. This combination of modern/retro makes for a great daily wearer, arguably more so than a ref. 5513 in some respects, plus you can still scoop up a good example.
Another option here, as the Coke bezel GMT-Master II was one of the very few interesting things to surface in the watch world in the ’80s. That’s correct, and this bad boy was launched in 1983, as the first of the GMT-Master II models featuring the then-new Cal. 3085 movement.
The ref. 16760 GMT-Master II was the dawn of the independently adjustable hour hands for fake rolex, and the reference that became famous as the ‘Fat Lady’ or the ‘Sophia Loren’ on account of the slightly thicker case needed to house the new, more-advanced caliber.
Even though the big and gaudy gold things were truly a product of the ’70s, a big statement piece equally had its place during the ’80s. For this occasion, there’s no bigger statement than a solid gold Rolex Day-Date, particularly one with a Presidential bracelet with bark textured center links, matching bark textured bezel, and a Tiger’s Eye dial. Submariner is one of many two-tone replica watches, which is somewhat surprising considering how much the brand likes to tap into its tool-table roots. In many ways, the move laid the groundwork for a submariner’s status, rather than a diving outfit.

Polly and the Pirates, by Ted Naifeh

Universally a favourite with test readers, Polly and the Pirates deals with prim and proper Polly’s unexpected and unwanted embroilment in the affairs of a charming and disreputable group of pirates. The art is clean and the layouts are intuitive to follow. Polly is sure to charm adults and children alike.

Violence: feats of daring are performed and death is threatened, but no blood is ever spilled.
Sexualized violence: There are some sexual overtones to some menacing encounters, but Polly extricates herself from them neatly on her own.
Gender: The story deals with Polly’s eventual rejection of the role of “lady” in favour of the values she believes in.
Bechdel’s law: Passes.
Parents may wish to be aware: Some offensive langauge is presented so euphemistically it may be unnoticeable. However, if “dog-botherer” or “bugger” will offend, be advised.

Episode 6: Tis the Season

In this episode we discuss crossovers, guest star syndrome, the stupidity of Gene Simmons, representation of religion in comics books, our favorite holiday specials (link to scans from the Warrior Christmas Special [NOTE: None of those on this podcast endorse the language used in this article; this is unfortunately the only source of scans currently available. Trigger warning for those sensitive to suggestions of rape.]) and answer CEOIII’s stupid question: “In a bar (not Warriors) are the following: Lobo, Wolverine, Guy Gardner.

The Punisher walks in, goes to the bar, starts pounding them back. (Say the aforementioned trio are at a table.)

After 30 minutes, they start looking at each other. Not saying anything, just some very dirty looks.

10 minutes after the looks start, the Wrecking Crew walks it.

The question: At what point do you call the cops? When the first 3 walk in, when Pun walks in, when the looks start, when the Crew walks in, or do you just check your insurance, then set up a video camera and hope for the best?”

This episode’s guest is Lisa Fortuner, also known as Ragnell of the Written World, and When Fangirls Attack!

Let us know how much you would charge pay-per-view!

Congratulations to Our Facebook Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Warren Newsom on winning the contest to design our new Facebook banner! You can see Warren’s fantastic work here. And check out more of his art, including costume redesigns of fan-favorite superheroines, at his DeviantArt page: http://heroid.deviantart.com/

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when we’ll be showing you all the other fantastic submissions we received. And remember, you can keep up-to-date on Girl-Wonder.Org’s latest news, recs, and blogposts by following us on Facebook or Twitter!

Superhero comics have come a long way

Superhero comics have come a long way. The range of female superheroes, vigilantes, and villains has broadened considerably since earlier times. There’s a lot more on offer for feminist fans of mainstream comics.

But today’s fans face a whole new set of stumbling blocks: objectifying, inappropriately sexualised art styles; gruesome deaths designed only to forward a male character’s story; and a generally held public opinion that superhero comics are the domain of boys and men and therefore have no need to be female-friendly.

movie downloadWe love comics. We want to see them remain a vital, energetic, engaging, popular art form enjoyed by a range of audience groups. If this objective is to remain viable, comics have to pick up their game. We’re here to see that they do.

One of Girl-Wonder.org’s primary aims is to get comics fans talking to each other in an environment where everyone feels equally free to express their opinions. Toward this end, visitors are strongly encouraged to make use of the forums.

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