It’s Hero Week on BTR! For today’s Sew & Tell, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the world of superhero fashion: joining me is Alan Kistler, author, historian, and expert on comic book and sci fi character evolution. In addition to writing and contributing to several books, Alan delivers a weekly comic/sci-fi entertainment news podcast called Crazy Sexy Geeks, and writes “Agents of S.T.Y.L.E.,” a regular column featured on The Mary Sue that examines the fashion and design evolution of superheroes, villains, and sci fi characters. On today’s show, Alan shares his picks for Most Stylish Superheroes, some of the problems behind the industry’s lack of female protagonists, and his opinions on the recently-released, controversial new costume for Wonder Woman as portrayed in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie.
Plus, a funky playlist featuring a freak folk set with music from The Amazing Snakeheads, Castanets and Joel Jerome, along with new releases from Orenda Fink, Bishop Allen, and more. So tune in for a Friday of heroic fashion, here on BreakThru Radio!
Examples from the evolution of superhero style…
Flash Gordon, whose early costumes more closely resembled regular clothes
The Phantom paved the way for what we now think of as a “superhero costume” template
Superman was the next to make the cape + leotard formula famous
Grant Morrison’s Animal Man ushered in a 90’s trend of superheroes in jackets
Which the X-men & others were quick to adopt…
Some of Alan’s all-time favorite superhero costumes:
The original Spiderman
A more contemporary look
Two variations on the classic Batman costume
The original Dazzler, one of the X-Men, in all her roller-disco style
The Wasp, from The Avengers
The contemporary Captain Marvel
Examples of female costumes and representation in comics
Green Lantern’s Star Sapphire is the perfect example of oversexualization
Darwin Cook’s Catwoman is sexy without being hyper-sexual, a good balance
For more of Alan’s writing and projects…
*Be sure to check out more “Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.,” and the episodes of Crazy Sexy Geeks featuring Tim Gunn!
*Stay tuned to Alan’s Twitter feed for news & updates!
*Keep an eye on YouTube’s “Think About the Ink” in the coming weeks for guest appearances from Alan.
Odds & Ends
*Did you see Audrey Hepburn’s gorgeous granddaughter in Harper’s Bazaar? Those are some truly amazing genes…
*You can sample both the new Orenda Fink album “Blue Dream,” and the new Bishop Allen “Lights Out” on NPR’s First Listen – the full albums are streaming until their release on Tuesday.
*I just discovered the beautiful Bon Boutique based in Tucson, AZ – browse their webshop for a sample of their impeccably curated offerings. You will want everything.
*Planning a trip to Maine? It won’t be complete without a stop in the coastal Camden/Rockport/Rockland area, where you should…
– Shop at Sugar Tools, 412 Boutique, and Black Parrot for fine gifts, exquisite clothes, and timeless New England style.
– Stop for some tapas & wine at In Good Company, but save your appetite for dinner at Francine Bistro or Primo Restaurant.
– Try the cinnamon rolls at Home Kitchen Cafe – you won’t be disappointed!
– Take in a movie at Rockland’s historic Strand Theater, which showcases indie features.
– Enjoy breathtaking views from the Rockland Lighthouse breakwater, and don’t miss sunset from Beech Hill (photos don’t do it justice!)
The Amazing Snakeheads
(Photo by Gavin Watson)
Sept 4 – 5 – Bestival @ Robin Hill Country Park – Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Sept 6 – Ramsgate Music Hall – Ramsgate, United Kingdom
Oct 5 – The Caves – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Oct 6 – The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Oct 7 – Beat Generator Live! – Dundee, United Kingdom
Oct 8 – The Trades Club – Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
Oct 11 – Art School – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 12 – The Duchess – York, United Kingdom
Oct 13 – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 14 – Plug – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Oct 15 – Sound Control – Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 16 – The Sugarmill – Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
Oct 17 – The Musician Pub – Leicester, United Kingdom
Oct 19 – The Grand Social – Dublin, Ireland
Oct 21 – Wedgewood Rooms – Southsea, United Kingdom
Oct 22 – The Haunt – Brighton, United Kingdom
Oct 23 – Electric Ballroom – London, United Kingdom
Dec 12 – Le Marche Gare – Lyon, France
(Photo by Tony Bonacci)
Sept 19 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 23 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Sept 27 – Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 28 – The Federal Bar – North Hollywood, CA
Sept 30 – The Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
Oct 3 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Oct 4 – Mainsite Contemporary Art – Norman, OK
Oct 19 – Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
Oct 20 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Oct 21 – DC9 Nightclub – Washington, D.C.
Oct 22 – Side Chapel @ First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 27 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
Oct 28 – 529 – Atlanta, GA
Oct 30 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
(Photo by Matt Petricone)
Aug 20 – The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
Aug 21 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
Aug 22 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 23 – Black Cat – Washington, D.C.
Aug 24 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 25 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
Aug 26 – Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
Aug 28 – Beatnik – New Orleans, LA
Aug 29 – Mud and Water – Baton Rouge, LA
Aug 31 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
Sept 1 – Opolis – Norman, OK
Sept 2 – Czar Bar – Kansas City, MO
Sept 3 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
Sept 6 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
Sept 8 – Musica – Akron, OH
Sept 28 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Sept 29 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
Oct 4 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
Oct 5 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Oct 8 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Oct 10 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
Oct 14 – The Ballroom at the Outer Space – Hamden, CT
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