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Two licensed T-shirts featuring DC Comics’ Trinity have sparked accusations of sexism among online fans.
The first shirt, as reported at DC Women Kicking Ass and spotted by CBR contributor Tamara Brooks this past weekend at Long Beach Comic Con, depicts Superman and Wonder Woman in a passionate embrace with the caption, “Score! Superman Does It Again!” As takedowns of that shirt began to circulate on social media, another one, bearing the phrase “I’m Training to Be Batman’s Wife,” was brought into the discussion.
Both shirts present undeniably sexist messages: The former positions the most prominent female superhero as a prize to be won, stripping away the character’s 75 years of nuance and feminist themes. The latter would be perfectly acceptable if it had only stopped before that final word; the assumption that the goal of any woman’s training would be to become someone’s wife is antiquated at best.
Captain Marvel and Pretty Deadly writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has been “curating” T-shirts for the site WeLoveFine.com for awhile now, donating her commissions from each sale to the Girls Leadership Institute. This week she added two new shirts, which are most likely the first licensed merchandise for Kamala Khan, a.k.a. the new Ms. Marvel who will appear in her own book in February.
“We definitely wanted to get more Kamala Khan stuff up before her first issue hits,” said WeLoveFine’s Nicole Campos. “Excitement about her has been huge, and we think fans will be really stoked to represent!”
Conventions are always a great place to see creators and celebrities, but it’s rare that you’re given the opportunity to meet a Muppet. At New York Comic Con, Cookie Monster — and his “assistant” David Rudman — will appear Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon and from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the WeLoveFine booth (#1836), where you can also buy an exclusive NYCC steampunk Cookie Monster shirt.
Cookie Monster isn’t the only special guest appearing at their booth:
Axe Cop‘s journey toward world domination continues this week with the launch of a T-shirt line at WeLoveFine.com. You can now sport the webcomic-turned-animated series by brothers Malachai and Ethan Nicolle on your torso, mashed up with A Game of Thrones, Kool-Aid Man, Super Mario Bros. and various food items, like tacos and cereal.
Check out the shirts below.
WeLoveFine.com recently debuted a new Captain Marvel shirt featuring the heroine punching a dinosaur with the slogan “WWCMD?” — What Would Captain Marvel Do? — beneath it. But maybe it should have read, “WWKSDD?”
Captain Marvel and Pretty Deadly writer Kelly Sue DeConnick began curating a T-shirt collection at WeLoveFine.com a few months ago, bringing the world several Captain Marvel-themed shirts as well as those Fake Geek Girl tops for guys. She donated her commissions from each sale to the Girls Leadership Institute.
In the four or so months since DeConnick started doing this, not only has she become the top-selling partnership for the site, but her donations have enabled the institute to provide room and board for one summer camper. “I’m reeling, you guys,” she wrote on her blog. “I could not ask for a better birthday present. Thank you. I’m so proud of you I could pop.”
You can find an interview with DeConnick about the charity and her day job on the charity’s website. “Why did I want to support you work? Because … because I think you’re doing something special and I want as many girls as possible to have access to your programs. Because I want a more positive experience of coming into womanhood for my daughter than the one I had,” she told them. Much more at the link.
After Hawkeye #11, I fully expect to see a Pizza Dog miniseries, if not a monthly spinoff … and even a guest spot in an upcoming episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Heck, maybe Marvel is just waiting until Comic-Con International to tell us one of those 2016 film-release dates already claimed is going to the dogs …
That’s just speculation, of course, but what I do know is that Pizza Dog has made his way to a T-shirt. WeLoveFine.com has a new design featuring David Aja and Matt Hollingworth’s art from that issue, in both men’s and women’s sizes. Pizza is his business, and business is good … check ‘em out below.
WeLoveFine.com is offering discounts on its T-shirts and art prints all day Thursday. The sale includes all of its Marvel shirts like this one featuring Armor, or this one featuring Cable and Deadpool riding on a dinosaur that shoots lasers out of its eyes.
Here are the details on the sale:
If you’re looking for some T-shirt on the halfshell, Threadless has you covered, as they’ve released 15 shirts featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — as well as Shredder, Krang, Splinter and other characters from the comics and TV show. The Turtles join a growing number of shirts based on comics and/or cartoons at Threadless, which already include Marvel superheroes and various other Disney properties.
The above shirt, “Face Your Doom!!” by Matthew Skiff, is probably my favorite, and I’ve included a few more I liked below.
For one week after each episode airs, you can purchase a shirt based on that week’s story for $20, designed by Doc Hammer and/or Jackson Publick. Or, if you already know you want them all, you can subscribe and get all nine T-shirts (the season will run eight episodes, but the hour-long premiere gets two shirts) plus a bonus shirt for $165, saving yourself a little scratch in the process.
“You know the score. Opportunity has knocked twice,” Publick said on his blog. “You snooze, you lose. Venture fans, this is your proudest moment! You know that Official Venture T-shirts are as rare and beautiful as albinos, and ones created by the actual Venture brothers are even more rare, and like five times more beautiful … What are you going to do? Answer: SHIRT CLUB!”
You can check out the bonus shirt here, along with details on how the club works. If you decide to subscribe, make sure you do it before June 8.
Daredevil #28 is about “one man young Daredevil feared, and now Matt Murdock is representing him in court.” The cover sports a young bully wearing a T-shirt that claims, “I beat Daredevil,” and now thanks to the folks at WeLoveFine.com, you too can claim you got the best of Matt Murdock with a similar T-shirt.
The “I Beat Daredevil” is one of several new ones on the site; they’ve also got the “Fake Geek Girl” shirt Kevin linked to on Friday, as well as several Hawkeye-related shirts that were curated by Matt Fraction — including one that simply says “Bro.”
Check out the I Beat Daredevil shirt, as well as the Chris Samnee cover that inspired it, after the jump.
It’s been, oh, about six months since the last “fake geek girls” flare-up, but no matter when the next argument erupts, WeLoveFine.com has you covered.
Showcased in the T-shirt collection curated by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick are two designs made especially for (in her words) “Male-Type-Guy-Dudes.”
“Look. Here’s the deal: you’re not fooling anyone. We know you’re not Geek Girls. (Your unsightly stubble and Adam’s apples give you away.),” DeConnick writes. “It’s okay. We understand. Being a Geek Girl is a pretty fabulous thing. We get it and love you for your aspiration. But the thing is, you’re not a Geek Girl … because you’re a guy. So quit pretending and learn to love yourself for who you are.”
Marvel history is filled with grudges, the kind that aren’t settled with harsh words and tough love over warm tea. Nope, they’re settled with fists — or sometimes claws, hammers or psychic blasts. WeLoveFine celebrates three of these ongoing rivalries with some new shirts featuring playbills for the brawl-to-end-all: Professor X vs. Magneto, Thor vs. Loki and Wolverine vs. Sabretooth.
I have it on good authority that they’re hoping to do more of them, so who would you like to see next? Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus? Captain America vs. The Red Skull? Howard the Duck vs. Dr. Bong? Share your ideas in the comments section.
If you’re trying to decide what to wear to see Iron Man 3 on opening night later this week, Threadless has you covered — or at least your torso covered, anyway. A few months ago they had a “design an Iron Man” shirt contest, and the winners are now on sale on the site. I’ve posted a few of my favorites below.
CM Punk might have had a rough Sunday taking on the Undertaker and his unbeaten streak at Wrestlemania, but his week seems to be getting better: The WWE has released a new shirt for the former WWE champion designed by Beasts of Burden artist Jill Thompson.
Thompson is no stranger to the wrestling world, having designed gear for Daniel Bryan and having teamed with Mick Foley for a couple of wrestling-themed kids’ books. And Punk,a comics fan, recently penned the intro to the Avengers vs. X-Men hardcover. Now where’s that Marvel book they once talked about?
“The announcement of our ElfQuest line was originally planned for a Saturday panel announcement as part of WaRP’s presence at Emerald City Comic Con, but some very enthusiastic and cyber-savvy fans sleuthed out the team-up early and shared the news, so we’re hitting the web sooner than planned,” said WeLoveFine’s Nicole Campos.
The shirts are available now both online and at WeLoveFine’s ECCC booth, #838-839. Check some of them out below. And don’t forget that a new ElfQuest story is currently running over at BoingBoing each week.