Zamaron — A Green Lantern Femme-Site

{August 22, 2006}   This Week and November

November Solicits are up! All 3 books are solicited! I updated the Upcoming Comics page.

And for those of you who don’t check my regular blog, the JLA#1 cover has apparently been leaked.

In addition to that, there’s a Greatest Green Lantern Stories Ever Told collection coming out this Wednesday.

It includes —
From the Golden Age: Green Lantern (Vol I) #1; All-American Comics #89
From the Silver Age: Green Lantern (Vol II) #1, 9
From the Bronze Age: Green Lantern (Vol II) 87, 172; Superman #257, Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3
And from the Modern Age: Green Lantern (Vol III) #3, 0; Green Lantern: Mosaic #5; Green Lantern Gallery and Green Lantern Secret Files 2005.


{July 26, 2006}   Fanfic Archive

We’ve gotten a start on the fanfic archive project!

At the SDCC Big Three Panel:

Busiek joked that the Trinity is ruled by merchandising, and as soon as Green Lantern is on that level, he’ll be included too. “But right now, Wonder Woman is on more underwear around the world than Green Lantern.”

I’d been worried about Green Lantern since Rebirth. In Rebirth and Recharge we saw the return of every major male character in the franchise. And we saw the return of Brik, the leaving of Carol, and the creation of Soranik. The numbers were off. But I kept reading. I like the male characters, and Geoff Johns dropped teases that more old female characters would return, and while Patrick Gleason was skimpy on how many background women he drew, Ivan Reis was very generous in throwing in obviously female Lanterns in the background. I kept reading, and there was a payoff in Green Lantern #12. I’d expected only the return of Boodika and Laira. I got a grand surprise and the promise of more. It was fun and exciting and I joined all the fans at Comic-Bloc at heaping praise on Geoff. And I saw, among other things in the thread, that I hadn’t been the only female fan annoyed by the pattern at this point.

Meanwhile, everytime I was at, I glanced around for a thread on Green Lantern #12. I was tempted to create one, but I figured I’d see if there were any other Fanterns besides me and Soyoerika (who hadn’t seen the issue yet when I tried to gush over chat) hanging around. A while passed, and there wasn’t one.

In meantime, I heard another female Fantern express that it was getting hard to be a GL fan and a woman because all the female lanterns keep dying in such horrible ways.

So, I started to post a thread about the issue on the boards. And it slowly turned into a list of questions, designed to feel out the community for how Fantern-Friendly it was, and see if anyone else had seen the last issue as a step in the right direction. Halfway through, I decided to copy it and post it at Comic-Bloc Green Lantern Forum. It was up for maybe half a night when I realized I needed a “control” group and posted it at You’ll All Be Sorry (Gail Simone’s board).

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{July 22, 2006}   [Venting] Why the Hell–?

Green Lantern, as a franchise, doesn’t have the best reputation among female comic book fans. And its hard to bring up the issue of why with other GL fans without getting dismissed.

So, on one hand we get a fandom, subordinate of a much larger fandom (comics) that doesn’t want to improve, and on the other hand we have sympathetic members of a group in the larger fandom that doesn’t seem at all interested in Green Lantern or why we love certain writers, characters, or keep buying those books. I’ve been compelled to stop several discussions to explain that “No, the Zamarons were Not Evil when they started out and aren’t now”, “Yes, Carol Ferris was a damned progressive character”, “Yes, there have been Female Green Lanterns”, “Alex DeWitt did actually get to fight back, dammit”, “Kyle Rayner’s girlfriends have not all been sacrificed for his angst — Donna died long after the breakup in a storyline that had nothing to do with Kyle”…etc..

And I can’t find a site dedicated to the wonderful Female Green Lanterns we know (that are mostly forgotten about) and analyzing the positives and negatives of their storylines.

And well, there’s at least three of us, probably more, who’ve had this problem. While I don’t own a domain (and am reluctant to ask for one without a good setup of what’ll be going up there), I can at least set up a group blog for Female GL fans when we want to discuss our favorite characters, their butts, writing the sorts of stories we wish we could see in GL, plans for a future fansite — — rave about really great stories, rant about the bad ones, and vent over what happens in other fansites — GL and Feminist sites — when we try to bring up our concerns.

et cetera