Archive for August, 2008

Is This Fair?

It has been a while since I posted here so I thought that I would do an update. The first thing I would like to bring up is the new sexism in society. We often think of women as being constantly discriminated against but what about the discrimination against men? What about all of the TV commercials that portray men as morons like the ad about the stir fry sauce where the mum has to tell her son not to put the sachet into the fry pan.

What about if you received a parking ticket, like I did, from Port Phillip City Council? I parked in a permit zone but there were extenuating circumstances as it was while working with people with disabilities. My colleague also made the same mistake, and parked one spot in front of me. We both wrote to Port Phillip Council and explained the situation, but only her ticket was withdrawn. I still have to pay, even though we both wrote a letter and our circumstances were the same. The only difference that there was in the two letters were the names on each of the letters. I feel that the only reason why her ticket was withdrawn but not mine is because I am a male. I don’t mind having to pay the ticket, as I did do the wrong thing, but why was only one of the tickets withdrawn and not the other. Does Port Phillip Council not think that we would actually communicate with each other about this?

Plastic Man – Origin Story

Jack Cole created Plastic Man in 1941. Unlike most superheroes his debut story also featured his origin. Cole was a brilliant cartoonist but quite a tortured soul. Like most comic book artists and writers of the time he dreamed of having his own newspaper comic strip, which he achieved just before he committed suicide in 1958. Cole also illustrated some ‘good girl’ art for Playboy magazine.

Plastic Man has been revived a number of times since DC Comics acquired the rights to the character in the 1960s, but none has been as successful as the original Cole stories were. In my opinion the reason for their lack of success is that they have focused too much on the humour of Cole’s original tales and not on the hero work. Cole’s stories not only featured great art, but had a sometimes dark sense of humour.