I entered Disney’s Frozen Norway Getaway for a chance to win a Frozen inspired trip for 4 to Norway!
I appreciate that, but…hmmm.
Well, the truth is, people will TRY to tokenize almost anyone from any marginalized or under-represented group. They can make it very difficult. If the culture is so hugely dominant of one gender or race or sexuality, or as is most likely, all three of those, then even unintentionally, there’re going to be people who feel discomfort at your simple existence in that space, and they pass it on to you.
Maybe they don’t even know they’re doing it.
And while I am female and definitely in the minority, there are at least a few other females writing monthly ongoing titles at the bigger publishers. I’m told there are NO black writers doing so at this moment (I would love to be wrong on this, tell me if I am). Let alone trans writers, just as another example (I only know of one recent monthly by a trans writer and I think that’s finished).
People can tokenize you in ways they think are positive, even, making a big fuss in news stories that you are from a marginalized group. It can give the impression that you are there to tick a box on some checklist, and there are people in the audience who are all-too-willing to believe that, even though that’s not how publishers work.
So people will try to stereotype, try to make you a token. You have to resist that, you have to stand up to it every time, you have to shine the floodlights in those shadows. You have to stand up.
Because they can CALL you a token, but they can’t actually MAKE you a token without your consent and participation.
So you work hard, you do good work, you gravitate towards people who value you for your accomplishments and skills, and the people who do not? You drop them from your orbit entirely.
You can compromise a lot in most creative fields, people ask you to compromise every day. You should not have to compromise who you are.
A very nice and articulate tumblr is taking me to task for having a lot of mentally ill villains in the first twenty issues of Batgirl.
It’s a fair point, one I’ve given quite a bit of thought to, but it made me start thinking.
Which major villains in the the Batbooks of the past couple decades…
It’s really good to be aware/ask the question. Then again, I tend to think Gotham itself is kind of a breeding ground for mental illness. With Arkham Asylum right around the corner, and The Joker being such a prominent villain, surrounded by all these other villains with clear issues… Whether intentional or not, over the years it almost seems to have become the norm for Gotham bad guys (and it’s even been argued that Batman is mentally ill…)
Then again, that’s as good a reason as any to try to break the mold. Although, really, when it comes to villains, at least a little off-ness usually makes them more interesting and believable. If they were well-adjusted members of society, why would they be villains? Hmm…
Well, I think I have to leave that to peoeple’s imaginations, actually.
We do know that Bane deliberately cut himself off from everyone he cared about in the Six, even Scandal, because he felt that they were keeping him from being the ruthless leader of Gotham he was meant to be. So he swore off of them.
Of course, he’d sworn off of VENOM, as well…
It is very intentional, she’s been suffering from PTSD-like symptoms and also some depression. I’ve been consulting with experts quite a bit on this to match her symptoms to her situation.
Gail Simone mentioned this afternoon that she had originally hoped to turn Alysia Yoeh, Barbara Gordon’s roommate, into a sidekick character named Mouse. I’m a firm believer that every medium needs more trans characters, especially as proactive character archetypes, so I took the liberty of a quick costume design.
Unfortunately (fortunately?) for poor Mouse, all my designs lately look like post-apocalyptic survival wear. I also pulled in some influences from Stephanie Brown Robin (my personal favorite) for Bat-tradition.
This is actually really nice!
See, this is what I was talking about.
Here is a very buxom, maybe overly sexualized Sonja. The art is very nice.
But the thing that makes it is, she is tied up, surrounded, and bound. It could be a submissive bullshitty thing.
But that look in her eye says those green dudes are asking for a world of HELL to be unleashed upon them. LOOK at her. They’re DOOMED, and that flips the whole thing for me.
The execution of the art makes all the difference.
"I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day." — Kurt Vonnegut (born 11/11/22) in Breakfast of Champions
THIS FRIDAY, Nov. 8, in Washington, D.C., you can meet Bender from “Futurama” / Jake the Dog from “Adventure Time,” a.k.a. John DiMaggio, at The National Press Club, at the East Coast premiere of DiMaggio’s documentary about voice actors, “I Know That Voice.”
"I Know That Voice" features over 150 of the top voice actors in Hollywood, including voices from Futurama, Animaniacs, Phineas & Ferb, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Family Guy, American Dad, Winnie the Pooh, Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, The Boondocks, South Park, Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tiny Toons, Robot Chicken, and many more!
Tickets are $10 and include an autograph from DiMaggio. If you like animation, cartoons, voice acting, or FUN, you won’t want to miss it! :D
This week on ComicMix: Lunar bunnies, geek purses, and comics, comics, comics - at Baltimore Comic Con. It was fun. :)
Wait… YOU WERE THERE??? We could have met??? *cries*
OH NO! WE DIDN’T KNOW!
…next year? OR I will be at NYCC! :) You?
I’ll be at Capclave instead of NYCCC. Do you go to any other DC area Cons like shoreleave or far point?
D’oh! I was going to go to both but decided it was too much in one weekend. Let me know how GRRM is! :) I haven’t, buuut I’d considered Farpoint as a maybe for this coming year?
I’m a guest at all 3 so just lmk. :)
Cool, will do! (And feel free to nudge me as Farpoint sneaks up on us!) :P