THIS IS WEIRD, HUH. Short answer: Bitch Planet comes out in December. I’m real fucking pumped about Bitch Planet. We’re gonna have a talk about it.
“Don’t punch me but what is the deal with Bitch Planet, exactly?”
No punching! Here’s how Kelly Sue describes the premise:
“It’s a future where the maintenance of peace and order is paramount and the powers-that-be have instituted ‘compliance standards’ that require strict adherence to narrowly-defined gender roles — not because they’re monsters, but because they genuinely believe compliance serves the best interests of the community. As might be obvious, we’re taking the position that they’re, well… wrong.”
They’re the familiar compliance standards that piss us off all the time, boiled down, intensified and government-mandated — know your place, basically. Women who don’t conform are labeled non-compliant and given a choice: change, or be shipped away to the off-Earth prison they call Bitch Planet.
So there’s some callback happening here to the Women in Prison (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GirlsBehindBars) trope. But it’s a trope with a history of being gross — take a “women in peril are super hot, hurr hurr” approach and then run with that in many creepy directions and that’s kind of a start. Look, Internet, do you know how much I love subversion of historically icky tropes?? A HECKTON. MAYBE LIKE TWO METRIC HECKTONS. It is, I think, the #1 thing I’m excited about from Bitch Planet — seeing a female empowerment story punch its way out through the guts of an exploitation trope. Don’t tell me that’s not promising.
“YEAH OKAY THAT DOES SOUND PRETTY SWEET. I’d like to check it out, but where do I start if I’m not used to the whole buying/reading comics process?”
The first option is the classic way: march to a comics store and buy the book!
I can’t stress this part enough: if you want to support Bitch Planet (or any other serial comic), pre-order it. Kelly Sue has an explanation of why this is important and how to do it here (http://kellysue.tumblr.com/preorderingcomics), but short version: it’s the loudest, clearest way to support the book.
If you’d rather read a whole story arc all at once (usually 5-8 issues), you can wait for “the trade” — a graphic novel pulling a story’s worth of issues together — to come out. This usually means waiting about six months to jump onto a title and no, it doesn’t have quite the same vote-with-your-dollars-message-sending power that pre-ordering singles does, but a lot of people prefer to read in trade and KS feels strongly that guilting people into buying a format that they don’t like is a step too far. Since this is her blog, we’ll defer to that viewpoint.
Either way, finding a comics store can be a little luck-of-the-draw. Most are cool (and a good many are excellent!), but to avoid the “am I going to wind up having enjoyable talks about what we’re reading every time I come pick up my comics, or is this a dungeon full of trolls who make uncomfortable comments every time a woman who walks in” coin toss, check out Hater Free Wednesdays (http://haterfreewednesdays.tumblr.com). You can find places close to you on comicshoplocator.com and compare notes with HFW (or if you’re not sure about stores in your area, throw a post out on tumblr! Someone nearby will usually jump in with suggestions).
The main difference here is that Comixology’s reading platform is online-based, which means you’ll need to have an internet connection if you want to use your laptop to read the comics you’ve bought. If you’re planning to read on an android/tablet/iphone, though, you can download and access your comics from the app.
Buying direct from Image, meanwhile, lets you download the comic DRM-free in several different formats to read any time, internet connection or not. You’ll need to download a comics reader — or, at the very least, Adobe Reader — to open and read your new comics. Image has a good list of free readers here (https://imagecomics.com/about/digital-comics). These also include iOS and Android apps.
That’s it — have fun! Can’t wait to talk about this book with you when it comes out!
Batman’s parents are dead, and he’s able to idealize them. Have you ever noticed how many stories there are about lonely, rich, orphaned men who have everything except loving and nurturing relationships? Men are only permitted to contemplate their emotional needs when all other desires have been exhausted. And like a kid who thinks he’s angry but is actually hungry, Batman needs love but wants revenge.