SHE IS MY HERO.
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I will have to try this method
Because no matter what we do there will always be unevolved cowards among us. and the anonymity of the Internet brings out some people’s worst instincts.
please read my words carefully… I said some people. and its only some people. but those people seem really awful.
truthfully, it is not just female creators. a lot of people take weird, hateful shit from weird people. truthfully, honestly, a lot of us get showered with lovely thoughts all day as well but the sickening stuff stands out because… it just does.
but I think that all of us would hope that we would have gotten to a place as a society where our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives could go on the Internet without having to worry about being called a whore for having an opinion.
I think what rattles most of us in the comic book community is the fact that someone could read a bunch of comic books, with very specific, simple moral themes with highly moral characters, fighting the fight for good, and COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT.
you know what Capt. America would never do? he would never go on the Internet anonymously and slam anyone.
the point of the stories, the good ones :-), is to show us what we could be. not to waddle around in the minutia of comic book science but to enjoy a world were someone is fighting the good fight. a world we hope we could live in one day.
just because you are posting anonymously doesn’t mean that those thoughts are not yours. it is not role-play, it is not a character, that is who you really are. that is the energy you are putting out in the world. this isn’t some mask you are hiding behind… this is who you REALLY ARE.
and if who you really are is a bully, anonymous or not, I truly feel bad for you. I really do. I feel bad that you’re hurting so badly that you think you need to do this.
but there is NO excuse to attempt to punish others under the cloak of anonymous. none.
Last night I took my daughters to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, & they were dressed as Captain America and Director Fury. After the film my husband and I were discussing how, of the 6 main “good guys” in the film, only one was a Caucasian male (Captain America), and the remaining 5 were 2 African American men (Nick Fury, Falcon), and 3 women (Black Widow, Maria Hill, and Sharon/Agent 13 - who were, granted, all Caucasian).
My youngest daughter (dressed as Director Fury) turned to me and said “Come on, Mom, why are you always noticing stuff like that? It’s ok, everything is OK. We don’t have to worry about stuff like that anymore.” (by “stuff like that” she meant diversity & representation in media, the workplace, and society in general).
I just smiled at her, feeling both happy and sad at the same time.
I was happy because my daughter, who, until she was 9, grew up in a society in Mozambique that taught her that men rule, and a woman’s only value/purpose in life was to produce and care for children. The fact that she now, at the age of 14 thinks that women and men have equal footing & representation in this world truly speaks to all the wonderful women AND men in her life. From my husband/ her father, (who runs a publishing company from home so that he can also be a SAHD for her & treats me as not just an equal, but a partner in absolutely everything & supports me wholeheartedly in my chosen career path of United States Marine officer), to my close friends/her “aunties” who are all intelligent, sucessful, amazing women (among them a scientist, artist/expert costume designer, astronomer, SAHM, engineer, and so many others - some single, some married, some with kids, some without, but all living their lives to the fullest) who all take the time to be there for her & mentor her.
But I was sad because, as I told her in answer to her original question “why do I always notice ‘stuff like that’?” - well, once you see it, you can’t UN-SEE it. “It” being subersive gender and race discrimination (subversive because it’s generally not purposeful - it just is “generally accepted” - ie, with Divergent being so popular everyone’s calling it the “New Hunger Games” and how Shailene Woodley is going to be the new “it girl” because heaven forbid both she & Jennifer Lawrence are BOTH “it women.” Apparently there’s only room for ONE of them in Hollywood).
Does that mean I can’t enjoy my life or something as simple as a movie? Not at all! I adored Captain America. Do I think it would be nice to maybe see some more POC in leading roles in film? YES! So, that brings me back to my first point, I loved that among 6 leading good guys, 3 of them were women, BUT next time it would be pretty awesome if maybe one or two of those women were Hispanic, or Asian, or some other race. “But Sharon Carter is white in the comics!” Yeah, so was Nick Fury.
A few minutes after this conversation my girls were discussing how awesome Black Widow was, and I told them “They’re making a Black Widow movie!” Again, my youngest looked at me in askanse “What?! I thought there already was one!”
I shook my head. “No, not yet. The film industry apparently doesn’t think a film led by a woman will do well.”
Given that the last 3 films she saw in the theatre were Catching Fire, Frozen, and Divergent, this threw my daughter for a loop. “Well that’s just dumb.”
Yes, yes it is.
The Comics I Bought This Week
In alphabetical order only Magneto #2 (Bunn & Walta use the Erik: Nazi (mutie hater, in this case) Hunter premise to construct a beautiful character study with an intriguing plot), She Hulk #3 (Soule & Pulido put together a well crafted, unique superhero legal dramedy), & Trillium #8 (Lemire sticks the landing to his historical fiction/sci-fi love story) were my books of the week.
Starlight #2 & Ultimate Spider-Man #200 were both great, but the other three were excellent.
June Previews is out tomorrow, meaning our entirely-created-for-previews trailer story will be out in the world.
And now it’s here.
Mention it to the shop if you want more.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE
June 18th 2014
So there you go.
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John Layman (w)
Rob Guillory (a)
This series is the work horse of my pull. Consistently & excellently well written & drawn month in, month out. Tony trips balls to great comic effect, setting up storylines to come.
Matt Fraction (w)
David Aja (a)
A lot of hubbub was made about issue #16 coming out before #15. With Clint & Kate exchanging the spotlight, it doesn’t make much difference. I really like seeing Clint’s ex, Bobbi, show up. It seems the plot line involving the track suit mafia may be coming to an end. Killer last page will make you want the next issue immediately.
Guardians of the Galaxy #12
Brian Michael Bendis (w)
Sara Pichelli (a)
The Trial of Jean Grey continues in this issue. I’ve read online that this is a filler issue, but the layers of characterization advance the story. Young Cyclops meeting his father makes me consider picking up his upcoming Rucka written solo series. Pichelli’s art is top notch, & I love the facial features she gets out of Rocket Raccoon.
Regular Show #10
KC Green (w)
Allison Strejlau (a)
Backup Andrew Greenstone (w/a)
The main story features pogs. Yes, Rigby digs up his stuff from the 90s for a yard sale & pogs turn him evil. Do I need to say anything else? The backup story is entertaining, involving High Five Ghost getting drunk/high of grape soda, & attempting to marry a mop.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31
Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, & Bobby Curnow (w)
Ross Campell (a)
Wish Ross Campbell would draw the Turtles forever. Loved his work on Glory, but his love of the characters & property comes through in every line. I love the farm setting & somewhat quite interlude after City Fall. This issue will do nothing to dissuade the Raph/Alopex shippers & I’m okay with that.
The Wake #6*
Scott Snyder (w)
Sean Murphy (a)
Picking up 200 years after the first 5 issues should be a daunting task, but Snyder & Murphy make it look easy. The reader should feel fully immersed in this watery future after only a few pages. The last line will make you beg for the next issue.
*Book of the Week
Wolverine and the X-Men #42
Jason Aaron (w)
Nick Bradshaw, Pepe Larraz, Ramon Perez, Shawn Crystal, Steve Sanders, Nuno Alves, Tim Townsend, & Chris Bachalo (a)
Before All New Marvel Now, Marvel Now, hell, even before AvX, there was W&XM. Aaron did such a great job with this book for 42 issues it’s sad to see him leave. He’s in a difficult position here, writing his last issue of a book set to relaunch next week. An altogether satisfying ending of the run, but maybe it’s the bittersweet nature of the whole thing that made it difficult to fully enjoy.
Can’t get into the New 52 outside of Snyder’s Batman. Why they hired a failed Marvel E-I-C, who hasn’t held a similar position in damn near 20 years, as E-I-C is beyond me. Then he hires those who haven’t been in the industry for damn near 20 years. Trying to reboot and keep Morrison’s and Johns’ Batman & GL runs largely intact, is a classic example of not being able to shit or get off the pot. The pervasive editorial interference and constant creative turnover marks this as a failed endeavor, despite the initial sales spikes. And those sales spikes that didn’t come from Snyder or a new Batman book launching. And every Bat story Snyder does write, they manage to wedge the other Bat books into tie in issues for a month.
because comics are so close to pure expression of love of art, story, and character. from the readers and the creators. well, the good ones :)
and it’s nice to go somewhere for a little while where the good guy gets up, no matter what, and take down the bad guy. because it sure as shit doesn’t happen in the real world.
because it’s nice to go somewhere for a little while where someone you love might come back to life and make a big heroic return. because it sure as shit doesn’t happen in the real world.