“I’m happy you like the Guide. He is probably my favorite as well. The personalities came somewhat naturally, based on each character’s role in the story. Developing characters is one the hardest things for me, which is probably why all the personalities are so exaggerated. The husband is so extremely pampered and entitled, the wife so adventurous and interested, and the guide is so very capable.”—onemillionmouths discussing character development for his koyamapress book, Safari Honeymoon, in my Talking Comics with Tim interview for robot6. (via comicswithtim)
“Perkins, a playwright, is the second female writer to join a DC series starring a high-profile female character in November — along with Meredith Finch, who’s taking over “Wonder Woman” with her husband David Finch. “Supergirl” #36 is slated to be illustrated by regular series artist Emanuela Lupacchino, also a female creator.”—
Kate Perkins joins Supergirl over at DC as co-writer in November. As the CBR quote above points out, Perkins is the second female writer to join a DC title in November alongside Meredith Finch — but that’s also following October’s addition of Genevieve Valentine as new Catwoman writer, and Becky Cloonan as co-writer on Gotham Academy.
Currently, the female writer/artist list with regular DC gigs goes Perkins, Finch, Valentine, Cloonan, Emanuela Lupacchino, Margueritte Bennett, Amanda Connor, Ann Nocenti, Babs Tarr, Caitlin Kittredge, Cat Staggs and Yuko Shimizu, right? Oh, and Sandra Hope, too. With Ming Doyle, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay on minis, Gail Simone on a secret project yet to be announced and a handful of fill-in/irregular creators on other books (Joelle Jones on He-Man in November was a nice surprise).
Worth pointing out that neither Perkins nor Valentine were comic book writers previous to their new gigs, too — so it’s expanding the overall talent pool as well as expanding DC’s female creator count. A nice counterpoint to commentary about “the big leagues” and “running a business” from other publishers out there, he writes, pointedly.
What is the deal with the superhero movie fans (specifically Marvel) who can't deal with any criticism of their favorite films? I've never seen any group so adamant for universal praise (even when they get it with the recent GotG film). It seems that it's never enough. If I look at any review that is remotely critical of these films its met with abuse toward the critic. If you are ambivalent and ignore the movie, you're chastised for not respecting the company "revolutionizing" the industry.
It’s the exact same phenomenon you see in every other fandom - people internalizing their entertainment choices so much that any criticism of it is a criticism of them, so they lash out. All you have to do is say “this movie seemed kinda bland/dull/samey/maybe a little sexist” and off they go, acting like you fucked their mother atop a pile of their comic books.
Marvel movieverse guys in particular treat it like a sports team they’re rooting for, and if you look at their behavior through that prism, it all kinda clicks. They’re part of a “team”, they have team spirit, and that team spirit turns into confrontational anger toward anyone who doesn’t match their level of insane enthusiastic cheering, especially if you’re a critical voice with an audience. They’re growing increasingly insular, as well; I’m hearing the “well if you don’t love Marvel movies, don’t go see them!” thing more and more, as though if you haven’t already decided you just love the living fuck out of Captain America 4: Cap Has A Gall Stone before laying eyes on the teaser trailer then you have absolutely no business even watching any of these films and you DEFINITELY are not allowed to have an opinion about any of them.
It’s dumb fan tribalism, as usual. The Marvel stuff was fun to watch and discuss before the fanboys decided NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY CRITICISMS WHATSOEVER OF ANY OF THIS STUFF. At this point I don’t see discussion of Marvel movies that isn’t 100% overrun with this stupid tribalism garbage.
It was nice while it lasted. Weird that a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy is the place where it turned into this oppressive fanboy anti-discussion horseshit though.
I'm an art teacher, and I like comics, but I have this fear about doing lessons involving superheroes, because... as of right now, I don't think all my different kinds of kids would have someone to identify with. plus all the sexualization and other no fun stuff that happens in comics is kind of unnerving. When I see characters like Falcon being Cap, and Lady Thor and Ms. Marvel, I almost start to think there is hope for minority readers to become future creators. How do we fix this?
Change the conversation away from Marvel and DC! We grew up with them dominating the comics discourse. No reason why that should hold true in 2014 when there are so many other options. Including them is a fine idea, but they can’t be everything any more.
The Falcon-as-Cap thing is cool, but what’s cooler than that is knowing you could be the cool cat creating the next hotness, knowing that you can express yourself through a medium you love. I’ve been blessed to have two careers—one in progress, one in the rear view. The first was in video games, and that was, and is, unfathomable to me on a certain level. If you asked me as a kid who worked in the video game industry, I would tell you white people and Japanese people, because that was the perception I had from devouring the magazines. Black people were in the games, generally as boxers and weird thugs and sometimes both, but I didn’t know they were allowed behind the scenes, too. Working in games never crossed my mind as a kid. So representation on the page is one thing, but it’s a candle to the sun of representation behind the page.
Instead of focusing on cape comics, find age-appropriate works from a diverse group of creators. I’m not sure which age range you’re working with, but I feel like you’re working with kids. I mostly know cuss words and violence comics, but find books like Miranda Mercury and Aya of Yop City, and make sure to emphasize the creator in addition to the work. Seek out small press people to talk to the class or provide an example in some way. If you’re lucky, you might find some folks willing to play mentor on a certain level, too.
But honestly, the only answer to your question is changing the way we look at, talk about, and mull over comics. The capes are in the news because they have billion dollar movies, and that’s valuable, but it’s only valuable up to a point. Comics are a worldwide artform at this point, created with hundred thousand dollar marketing budgets and just a pen and paper and everything in-between. Limiting yourself to just Marvel & DC is a mistake. You can use them as an entry point, but if you’re gonna be serious about fixing this, you’ve gotta broaden the horizons. Anyone can and will create comics. That’s the lesson to impart to the kids if you want to shape them into possible creators. “You can do this.”
noah, really sorry to hear you're having a hard time. i don't have $100 to put down at once (if i did i would! the pages are worth it!), what's the best way to contribute smaller amounts? will buying any of the books get you anything big enough to make a difference?