On June 10th, I propose Dark Phoenix Day, an international day of observance in which everyone should go about their business dressed as the evil, sexy versions of themselves.
Q: Why June 10?
A: June 10, 1980 was the publication date of X-Men #134, the first appearance of Dark Phoenix.
A: Dark Phoenix, the evil version of the character Jean Grey. After being seduced to the side of evil by Mastermind and the Hellfire Club, the release of her inhibitions transformed Jean into a genocidal psychopath with the power of a god.
The color scheme of her costume was nicer, though.
Q: What does that have to do with anything?
A: It demonstrates an important principle that is at the root of Dark Phoenix Day: the bad guys have the best clothes.
Q: Why do comics keep linking sex and evil? Sex isn’t evil / evil isn’t sexy!
A: Don’t underestimate the power of transgression on the erotic imagination. Also, hell hath no fury like an unrepressed superhero.
Q: I am already the sexy, evil version of myself.
A: You can either (i) turn it up to 11 or (ii) use your evil sexiness to seduce and corrupt others to the cause of Dark Phoenix Day.
Q: What’s the difference between this and the Rocky Horror Picture Show / any other masquerade event?
A: Subtlety. Dark Phoenix Day isn’t about parties (although you’re welcome to organize them!), it’s about going out and about on your every day business dressed as a sexy, evil version of yourself. Go to work in that identity, run errands, hang out with your friends. Feel the unease as people notice something… different about you.
[link above should go the the Facebook event page.]