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It’s 300 week here at SBM! In a very serious matter, ICv2checks in on Dark Horse’s stock levels. You’ll recall that copies of both HELLBOY and SIN CITY trades were in short supply when those respective movies opener. Happily, the situation with 300 is much healthier:

We checked in with Dark Horse on the in stock status of its 300 titles for the movie premiere weekend, and the news is good. Some 14,000 copies out of a recent shipment of 35,000 copies of the 300 graphic novel are still available, another 15,000 copies have just arrived, and a second 15,000 copy shipment is en route.

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THEN, FirstShowing’s Alex Billington examines Why Women Should Go See 300, and the answer is oh, so simple.

This entire list could just be “Gerard Butler” and thousands of women would still go. I really don’t know what it is, but this guy makes girls fall head over heels. Endless women have invaded Comic-Con (all of them representing GerardButler.net) multiple times just to stare and ask ridiculous questions. As Angelina Jolie is to guys, he is to girls – the very top of the line. Just the presence of him, either in a movie or real life (if that dream comes true for a few women) is exciting, I suppose. And heck, for all you ladies who love a hot hunk (did I just say that?) like Gerry, then you definitely will want to go see 300!

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  1. But the question is, “Do they have chest hair?” Hairless men scare me and pecs alone don’t cut it. I’ll only drool over a guy if there’s hair peeking up over the collar! ;)

    For having absolutely adored Sin City and the graphic novels as some of my all-time-favorite comics, am I alone in having no anticipation for 300 whatsoever? The overabundance of violence and pec flexing in the previews just leaves me well . . . bored! Is there at least a heaping helping of misogyny to go along with it? Where’s the blatantly sexualized female cast? ;_;

    *waits patiently for Sin City 2 to get back on track again*

  2. Wow…opposite end of the spec here. ^^; I tend to enjoy the notion of men fighting to the death, and all the posturing that goes along with it. 300 had all those things, and so I adored it. Sin City, on the other hand, irked me senseless because…I know women like that exist–and I know why… >.>

  3. Just about anything Miller has written has been blantantly on one end of the spectrum or another, taking the stereotypes and sexism and twisting and pulling them to fill an expanded form, leaving very little room for falling in the middle. I think a lovedSin City because I found it almost an . . . homage . . . to the female figure . . . in all it’s curvaceous, child-bearing, sexualized glory. As 300 feels like an homage to the male figure in all it’s pectoral flexing, man-grunting, sexualized glory. ;) It doesn’t surprise me the girls are screaming. Frank Miller has taken Pygmalion’s Galatea in both cases and perverted her in mind but never in body. What one may see as the perfect woman or perfect man in FORM . . . but oh so twisted inside, seeking only that basic animal need: survival.

    In fact, you could argue BOTH movies are about survival, but IMHO, I’d rather watch half naked women running around on the screen than half naked men. It’s all a matter of preference! ;)

  4. “For having absolutely adored Sin City and the graphic novels as some of my all-time-favorite comics, am I alone in having no anticipation for 300 whatsoever? The overabundance of violence and pec flexing in the previews just leaves me well . . . bored! Is there at least a heaping helping of misogyny to go along with it? Where’s the blatantly sexualized female cast? ;_;

    yes you are alone. THis will be great. I mean how many graphic novels have they sold of this. it was on amazon’s overall top 20 not just the graphic novel top 20. Also i think its high on the bookstore list. THis has been a huge success of a graphic novel for comics and the movie is a frame for frame representation. I wouldnt want to see some watered down movie where theres a heroic women soldier saving the day.

  5. Y’all can enjoy this bit from the Village Voice review:

    Delicacies of dismemberment aside, 300 is notable for its outrageous sexual confusion. Here stands the Spartan king Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 299 buddies in nothing but leather man-panties and oiled torsos, clutching a variety of phalluses they seek to thrust in the bodies of their foes by trapping them in a small, rectum-like mountain passage called the “gates of hell(o!)” Yonder rises the Persian menace, led by the slinky, mascara’d Xerxes. When he’s not flaring his nostrils at Leonidas and demanding he kneel down before his, uh, majesty, this flamboyantly pierced crypto-transsexual lounges on chinchilla throw pillows amidst a rump-shaking orgy of disfigured lesbians.