Are We There Yet? by Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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13 Responses

  1. Rick Taylor says:

    I fear the DC 'events' will drag on much longer than the primaries.At least by the end of the election we'll know who is president.At the end of each DC event we just get another plodding DC event.This is better?

    • Mike Gold says:

      VERY good, Rick. I'll be quoting you on that "DC 'events' drag on much longer than the primaries" line.

      • Rick Taylor says:

        God knows their 'events' will drag on forever.They will out-bore us way more than the primaries OR the election.And we thought the election had nothing new to say!He's back from the dead, now HE's dead, she's back and a lesbian but we can't do anything about that until the movie buzz is over. Give me a bat purseg with a hair-net or a powder puff any day!This is NEW?Talk about BORING!

  2. Alan Coil says:

    Why, indeed, is there talk about Hillary Clinton's pantsuits? What else would we expect a female candidate for President to wear, mini-skirts? I'd venture that it is veiled commentary on the size of her thighs. Yeah, she has fat thighs. She has a fat butt, too, and a fat neck, and probably other fat things, too. I have fat thighs, a fat neck, a fat stomach, and a fat head, too. I haven't worn shorts in decades because I have ugly legs in addition to the fat. This ain't a fashion show. It's a political campaign. There's no need to comment on what a candidate is wearing unless it is out of the ordinary.

    • Martha Thomases says:

      Actually, Hillary is probably less fat than most of the country. She's round, but then again, she's 60. When I've seen her in person, wearing skirts, it seems to me that her ankles are on the thick side, but only in comparison to the rest of her.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        You've noticed how thick Hilary's ankles are? Wow. That kind of scrutiny would keep me in pantsuits 24/7. As it is, my pasty white legs hardly ever see the sun.Obama has been photographed frolicking in the waves. John Kerry was photographed windsurfing. I doubt Hilary could go swimming in an indoor, private pool without some media analyst commenting on the state of her cellulite. This is one area where the media are VERY sexist. Jennifer Love Hewitt has never been fat. Sarah Jessica Parker does not have man-hands. I'm so exceedingly tired of the media's constant vigilance and gnit-picking on fashion and appearance. And women tend to get the brunt of this silly scrutiny. No doubt, it's sexist. From Abigail Breslin to Hilary Clinton, no female is safe from the critical eye, not for one moment. Paparazzi literally lie in the gutters, praying to get a shot of some starlet's hoohah as she exits her car. I have a subscription to AOL. I used to actually enjoy their content. But AOL has been invaded by TMZ and Celeb TV. It's become an outlet for the Enquirer! And, God Help ME, I end up clicking on these links and wasting precious moments of my life, filling my brain with the most useless innuendo-gossip-porn. Stuff that just makes me feel UNclean to ponder. I don't care if George Clooney had a $35,000 "smile lift" or if he just got his teeth whitened! I just feel cheap for knowing this.

        • Martha Thomases says:

          I'm female, raised as a girl. As a result, I notice how I stack up (you should pardon the expression) next to every other female in the room. Then, because I aspire to be a good feminist, I try to ignore my own observations. Still, I can name every person who has a bigger belly (or thighs, or upper arms) than I do.At the same time, it should be noted, I'm also comparing all the men in the room to each other. Yes, I'm noticing your feet.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Most of the commentary I've heard (as opposed to late-night talk show jokes) about Sen. Clinton's fashions come from women. And I thought it was legitimate: many women are interested in fashion, and since we've never had a woman candidate get this close to a presidential nomination before it seems like something worthy of note. I mean, I hadn't heard anybody say: "Yellow pantsuit? Hell, I ain't voting for HER!"However, I have heard people say that if she isn't handed the nomination, they won't vote Democratic. THAT'S stupid. We already had a candidate who didn't play by the rules and who came in second but was given the job over the one who did play by the rules and came in first. We don't need another one eight years later.

  3. Elayne Riggs says:

    I wish that every time Hillary Clinton correctly pointed out that primaries do tend to last until the summer, she also pointed out that this one began WAY too early, and it probably shouldn't have. Yes, Bobby Kennedy was murdered in June of '68, but I believe he didn't even enter the race until March of that year, which was after the first primary contest anyway. Nowadays both Republicans and Democrats run on a "perpetual campaign" mentality, where you start gearing up for the next contest as soon as the last one has been decided. It's ridiculous.

  4. John Tebbel says:

    I just keep in mind that old speech class trick and try to imagine the Congress in their underlings.

  5. Joe in Philly says:

    Seeing as how presidential campaigns seem to start about a week after the previous presidential election ends, clearly it's an Infinite Crisis.