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Back after many, many years and finally producing something that wasn't a scrawl in pencil or pen, i'm now drawing directly digital, which i'm still getting to grips with.

I tend to draw a fair bit of fanart depending on my mood. At the moment my gallery has been somewhat dominated by Powergirl. I also draw other DC/Marvel/2000AD comic related images, anime or computer game fanart, my own original fantasy and sci-fi characters, and the occasional Transformer and Warhammer 40'000 image.

Favourite genre of music: Rock, Metal, Pop, J-Pop, Classical, pretty much anything that sounds good to me
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime, Invader Zimm, Brock Samson,
So the DC event story Convergence ended, the DC Multiverse is now in full effect again and all characters killed off/erased previously are now potentially available for future use by any writer who can cobble a story for them. So what is my opinion on the event story ?

Well it was a mess, it ignored its own universes logic and continuity, focused on characters i didn't care about ( i'm sure someone is a fan of the revised Earth 2 characters though ) and the dialogue was pretty poor at times. Yet the event story was among the best of the mainstream DC event stories for the last 5 years, purely because it almost felt like it had a conclusion. Not that this actually makes it any good.

The more interesting part and the real meat of the event was with the offshoot stories that played out during the main story. Sadly they were a mixed bag, with more of the titles i had a look at being wasted opportunities to really give a showcase of DC's huge roster of characters. Of the titles i had a look at, only Dan Jurgens written Superman felt true to the character, everything else felt mildly skewed at best, which was a shame since instead of being something rather special the result has been that this all felt largely like filler, and that farce that was Justice League International almost felt like an attempt to kill off any interest of that era among new readers.

But now we have a new DC Universe ( sort of ), a multiverse that ensures everything is canon and nothing is canon, and characters can now in theory be portrayed however a writer feels with little concern for even bothering with a sense of consistency with what came before. But since the New 52 was already doing that, who will really notice. On the upside it should mean that writers can bring back characters from before the 2011 reboot with less difficulty, so that is a positive.

On a final note, whatever did happen to the Pandora character ? The one that with Barry Allen/Flash brought about the merged New 52 Universe to confront a mysterious threat and then pretty much disappeared even though she was touted as being a very important character ?
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Well it seems :iconcallmepo: is now permanently banned, and his gallery of about 10 years worth of artwork is to be purged by Sunday ( and I'm sure someone, somewhere, is having warm feelings about bringing this about ). It feels frankly wrong given that as i once said before, CallMePo's DeviantArt posted artwork was cartoony, playful and at times cheekily risque, but never mean spirited or unpleasant.

Yet according to DA's rules on underage fictional characters being depicted as adults, a picture of DC comic character Raven was deemed out of bounds, with her being depicted as an adult in a mild cheesecake pose bending over in her costume.

As DA's rules put it, "Characters which have been portrayed as a range of ages in their original media will be classified as underage or not based upon their average age over the series. Attempts to "age" the characters in order to depict them in a manner which would otherwise be prohibited will not be granted any exception."

This is rather awkwardly worded really and seemingly means in the eyes of DA, fictional characters who have long since grown up in the source material still count as underage ( and can not be drawn in any pose that might be seen as provocative to someone ) if they have ever been depicted as teenagers, so presumably Ravens fellow Titans ( Starfire, Flash, Nightwing, Cyborg, Donna Troy and Beast 'Boy' ) who have been adults in the comics for over 20 years but teens in their early days ( from around 1980 to 1987 they were teens, from 1987 until DC's 2011 reboot, they were adults, the math in the original media speaks for itself ) fall under this.

Of course this also surely applies to Spiderman, who started off as a teenager. Or most of the X-men. Or characters from the animated Avatar the last Airbender or Legend of Korra. Or a huge number of anime characters and RPG characters. Or Gwen Stacy ( so clearly no Frank Cho style renditions allowed on DA ). And hasn't Catwoman been depicted at least once as an underage character in the Batman comics ? if so i guess the moderators may have to do a mass purge of artwork by professional and hobbyist artists alike since she is often depicted as an adult in sexualised or provocative poses.

I'm making this silly, but it does start to get silly, and obviously they wouldn't do anything like that, since they are not so draconian. Which makes the apparently offending artwork of CallMePo's seem rather peculiar as grounds for removing him from the site, and their actions seem harsh over something so mild.

Oh, I understand and respect that each moderator tries to act within their own judgement as best as they can, i just think they should collectively act with a more even handed judgement at times, since i presume more than one individual calls the shots on these things.

As it stands, this just feels wrong to me.
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Well, since the 'Convergence Superman' comic handled the title character so well, my hopes of writer Ron Marz actually putting in some effort and sorting out his story were raised, yet the second and final issue of 'Convergence Justice League International' disappoints almost entirely, with the title team being beaten with seemingly no other result ever being possible, and made to look quite ineffectual :facepalm:...

The good thing about the comic is that no one dies in the JLI, since the Kingdom Come squad spare them. The bad thing is that the writer really went out of his way to make it seem the JLI had no chance, with the Kingdom Come Wonder Woman pretty much stating from the start of the comic that the result was a forgone conclusion. Worse, the JLI don't even get a chance to look good in their own comic, with the actual battle occurring off panel, with only the opening fight scene and then later a scene of all 5 of the unconscious/beaten JLI members and no members of the Kingdom Come group looking even scratched.

This is kind of peculiar given the the JLI team while -barely- outnumbered, had Captain Atom and J'onn J'onzz, both of whom are Superman class beings who could arguably face off the featured Kingdom Come team between them, even taking into account that while some of the the older Kingdom Come team members might have more experience, the JLI were actually no less accustomed in combat or working out another way to resolve a problem.

Instead of giving the JLI team a decent look at for new readers, the comic decided to instead focus on Blue Beetle running around with the aged Kingdom Come Blue Beetle, having a conversation while avoiding deathbots until they return to find the JLI have been beaten. You would almost think the writer didn't really know much about the group that he was writing and decided to focus completely on the character he liked rather than bother to read up on the period or the other characters.

If he had, he would have known that the roster of the JLI in Metropolis during the Zero Hour story was heaving, with Wonder Woman pretty much leader of the group at that period ( yet who was curiously missing ) along with a lot of other characters. The funny thing is Air Elemental Red Tornado wasn't among the Superhero gathering in Metropolis during Zero Hour. Also and i didn't want to mention this previously but Ice was dead by Zero Hour.  I presume Ron Marz couldn't be bothered to have a glance through Zero Hour... or do some basic research... lord only knows J'onn never seems to use his telepathy to find out what the other side is up to, or use any of his other martian abilities, or behave in character ( why the level headed, philosophical Martian father figure of the JLI keeps talking about fighting in his dialogue is still never explained, even a throwaway line about the lack of Oreos making him behave that way would have sufficed ). It's almost as though Ron Marz never read the Justice League comics of the late 1980's and 1990's ( odd given he was writing Green Lantern for DC in the 1990's )

Then again i'm not sure Ron Marz has read 'Kingdom Come', given the appearance of a seemingly completely sane Captain Marvel, and Marz seems to think ALL of the heroes of Kingdom come are super powerful compared to the mainstream versions, which was not the case. Barring Superman ( who being in his 50's had absorbed so much solar radiation that even Kryptonite was on longer a true vulnerability ) and Captain Marvel ( made Supermans equal in spite of Supermans enhanced power level, purely for sake of the plot ), other than being older most of the DC characters were as they were in power.

But back to Convergence Justice League International. Yes, it was nice to see a nod to Blue Beetle and Booster's friendship at the conclusion of this Convergence comic, but the title of the comic was Justice League International, not Blue Beetle ( there is already one of those in the Convergence event ), and this comic is an absolute waste of a mine of potential, displaying the writers weaknesses with the material at hand.

And there is a lot that could have been tapped into or mentioned ( such as Power Girl and her child ), and i would have loved to see the sadly absent Maxima ( who was a JLI member at the time, and pushing a relationship with Captain Atom in the 1990's ) hammer the Kingdom Come Wonder Woman into the ground. But alas the comic features little of anything to do with the period this JLI branch comes from, and instead of displaying what made the characters cool, likeable, formidable, or heroic, winds up doing very little with any of them, choosing as i mentioned before to have the team beaten off panel, in their own comic. It is hard to imagine a new reader really wanting to read anything that features in this comic, but Ron Marz certainly focuses on Blue Beetle at the expense of his teammates ( which as far as i can work out, is the only reason Ted is leader in defiance of logic and the periods continuity ).

For Blue Beetle fans it is probably worth a look, for anyone else, less so, it neither harks back to the period it was meant to be using ( unless poor 1990's storytelling methods count ), nor provides a proper look at the characters and what makes them tic. It is a waste and not a particularly satisfying farewell for the group, which is a pity.
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Spoon02 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi!! Thanks for the fav'!! ^^
You can send me a commission request, now, i'm open! :)
pencilsandstrings Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Legion fave! Much appreciated :D
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Sure thing :nod:
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Thanks for the fave!
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You're welcome :)
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