“Though the majority of the villains are men, Orphan Black is not the story of women vs. men. (Even Helena, who represents the most radical form of feminism, sweetly dubs Felix “brother sestra.”) Instead, Orphan Black is about women vs. the system. While the men are nothing more than empty suits, the misogynist system they’re a part of gives them power. Leekie’s idea to reduce women to man-made synthetic wombs, Duncan’s project of creating an endless supply of “little girls,” Henrik’s religious rape — these ideas, not the men, are the real threats. And since the men who run these projects have wealth and institution on their side, they are able to provide real road blocks to the clones, even though the women are far more intelligent and proficient.”—TV’s Most Important Political Debate Is Happening Right Now on Orphan Black (X)
Please don't make Coulson gay because you can. He was created straight and written straight in Battle Scars.
Look, no-one said I was or wasn’t writing Coulson in Secret Avengers as gay. One beautiful thing about fiction is that we fill it with our own meanings. For example: was Coulson really created and written straight, instead of, let’s say, bisexual? How do you even do that unless you explicitly identify him as straight and choose to believe the character is telling the truth? You see my point? In case you don’t: fiction is infinitely malleable. There is no certainty, and there is no certainty in the universe, except perhaps change.
I sense a certain dose of entitlement in your request — which, by the way, says a lot about you and nothing about the fiction you consume. I don’t react to entitlement well, but I am transforming my initial reaction into something positive here, and perhaps you’ll use that as a guiding light for yourself, too. Perhaps the question you want to ask yourself is, “Why am I so hung up on my perception of a fictional character’s theoretically heterosexual identity, and does me being hung up on it have anything to do with my possible uncertainty regarding my own sexual identity?”
hello is this necromancy done cheap?? i’d like to lodge a complaint, i ordered the blade of woe and was delivered a blade of whoa. now my ritual sacrifices are smoking all my weed and getting super invested in keanu reeves movies
Sorry but I need some help. I work in a comic shop, which is great most of the time, except for one employee. A while ago he made a comment that made me feel unsafe working with him (about how he gets why men kill women who friend zone them) - (1/2)
(2/2) - after rejecting him myself. I told my bosses and they don’t schedule us together but also say they feel bad about not telling him WHY we can’t work together and want to explain why to him. And I don’t know how to tell them how gross that is
3/2) I love the shop I work at but I don’t know if I can continue there when the owners prioritize his (a long personal friend of theirs but shit employee) feelings over my safety.
Oh honey, I am so so sorry that you had to deal with that (and that it took me a few days to answer you, I’m so sorry!)
While it’s a good thing that your employers took your complaints and concerns seriously, enough to ensure you wouldn’t be around him anymore, that’s literally almost the least they can do, the least being nothing. If they haven’t talked to him about his behavior, and requested that he change it, and/or apologise, nothing is going to change. Any female he works with or talks to in the future runs the risk of hearing the same scary, threatening opinions.
If I were you, and I no longer felt safe in my place of work, I would leave. I understand that, given the current job market, leaving at will may not be an option for some people, and of course you may not want to leave a job that you otherwise enjoy.
One of the realities, for good points and bad, is that most comic book stores are independently owned and are therefore not subject to corporate anti-harassment rules and regulations. I’m not sure if there is a higher authority (store owner etc) that you can take this to in the hopes that something change.
If you feel like you have to leave, I would try to schedule a meeting with your employers/store owner, and explain to them why you have to leave. Explain to them that you feel threatened, you are concerned that they are not talking to him about his violent and misogynistic attitude, and you are worried that he will say something to future female employees/customers. The serious threat of your imminent departure may make them realize that he is a problem, and could cause them future prblems. If not, you can leave knowing that you have done everything you can.
I wish you the best of luck, my dear. This is a horrible situation and I am truly sorry you had to experience that. If you ever need to vent, or you just need some support, my ask box is always open.
So, I was looking forward to reading Bitter March, but it's recently come to my attention that it was written by Rick Remender. All things Winter Soldier make me want to jump up and down and fire confetti cannons etc but I know that Remender's writing can be highly questionable. So, in a nutshell, is Bitter March worth reading?
So Rick Remender has his problems. Some pretty major problems. I don’t take his killing of female characters too seriously because a) it’s a pathetic plot device that tbh shows lazy writing and b) no one stays dead in comics, but the fact that he IS killing a lot of them is the problem, and someone should maybe pull him aside and say PSSST REMENDER YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR MALE CHARACTERS WITH MOTIVATION IN WAYS OTHER THAN SACRIFICING WOMEN ON THE ALTAR OF UNORIGINALITY.
(tbh I’m also pissed off at him for ~reversing Steve’s Super Soldier Serum~ because that’s only been done two dozen times.)
But man, Bitter March is a phenomenal book.
I really, really enjoyed it. Everything from the story to the characterization to the art. The art especially. It’s a great mini-series that tells a lost story from Bucky’s past, with a handful of excellent moments*. It brings in some of the new mythology from the movie, as well as ALL OF THE EMOTIONAL TERRORISM. There is one part in particular, where Bucky is forced to briefly remember who he is, that had be sobbing big gross tears all over my comic. Be warned, there are some female characters in it that do not make it out alive, but if I remember correctly, they are not ‘fridged’, ie: killed to provide motivation to a male character. They are collateral damage, as well as a lot of male characters, because you’re dealing with the Winter Fucking Soldier.
So in a nutshell (A REALLY FUCKING BIG NUTSHELL SORRY), yeah you should read it. I read it, bought it, and loved it. My favorite Bucky store since he punched a bear in that Russian Gulag. Remender is guilty of some seriously poor writing a lot of the time, but he has some good stories in him. See also: X-Force Dark Angel Saga.
Buy it. I did!
*there’s a part where he beats the shit out of old boring white nick fury in the 60s and tbh it’s pretty fucking satisfying.
Flatbear, I want to start reading some Mighty Avengers, so I have gone to Amazon to look at trades and I don't even know where to begin. I am new to comics, live in a tiny little village with no comic shop anywhere remotely close and am at a loss at where to start. Please could I have some advice! Titles of books, anything, there seems to be so many to choose from I don't know where or which to start with first! Thank you in advance.
Oh my gosh, okay. Um. So Mighty Avengers. That’s a tough one to start off on! There are literally half a dozen different teams that go by that name (possibly more), and they all have NOTHING to do with eachother. I will tell you about the three versions that i am the most familiar with, and hopefully that will help!
The first one was a straight up Avengers team run by Carol Danvers and Tony Stark. The first book in that series is called The Ultron Inititive and it is GREAT. I have a big ol’ hardcover copy of it, and I ~love it.
The THIRD team is the newest, and it’s chock-full of non-white characters, which makes everybody (EXCEPT RACISTS!*) happy! Luke Cage, White Tiger, Monica Rambeau, Blade, Blue Marvel and MORE! The first book in THAT series is called No Single hero.
I hope that helps, I know how confusing it can be! They’re all GREAT books and I absolutely recommend all of them :)
*some racists might like that book idk what goes on in the mind of a racist.
is amazing!! She complimented my shirt the first time i went in there and I confesed it was a guys shirt and she went “why not? And mean guys shirts are awsome and girl shits dont get cool designs ” Staff super freindly and content. Amazing!! I LOVE this store. If any of my followers are in or visit western north carolina visit comic envy
AHHHH so many sweet things being said about my beloved store tonight! Ya’ll are too, too sweet.
(also I wear guys shirts all the time TO HELL WITH GENDERED SHIRT BIAS!)
listen mom my brother may be travelling the world with his fancy and lucrative banking job, but I literally just bit through my tongue while looking at pictures of Jon Hamm, so who is ~worried about your future~ now…?
So I’m in Asheville for the weekend, which meant I could stop in at Comic Envy and check it out, like I’ve wanted to do since I first heard of it, which was after I moved away from Asheville.
I also got to meet flatbear, who was running the register. She was just as super great and awesome as I thought she’d be from her tumblr. And like the dork that I am, I totally forgot to tell her that I love her art and art style, so hey! flatbear! I really love your artwork!
She was also totally super helpful with the man who checked out his comics before me while I was still somewhat dazedly browsing the shrine of geekery that is Comic Envy.
It was a super great five minute meeting and then my social anxiety kicked in and I gracefully fled the store with the comics that I spent over my budget on but they are so gonna be worth it.
I got Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel comics. They’re gonna be so worth it.)
Basically if you ever find yourself in Western North Carolina, take a side trip to Comic Envy. It was totally awesome and I got to pet a dog and see ALL THE COMICS and it’s basically just awesome okay?
Okay now that I typed this and ate lunch I have comics to read bye.
NO YOU’RE LOVELY It was wonderful to meet you and not a dork at all unless that’s your thing, in which case YOU’RE AN AWESOME DORK.
If you’re still in town tomorrow, I will be working from 11 until 7 (I usually have saturdays off but everyone is at Dragon*con) and you should TOTALLY come by and say hey :)
And that dog was the cutest, right? That’s Shaggy, my boss’s 3 month old rough collie pup. He’s an actual stuffed toy.
AND I AGREE IF YOU ARE IN WNC YOU SHOULD SHOP AT COMIC ENVY!
Did you see the rumor on Bleeding Cool that Invaders is on notice? I already have the book on my list, is there anything else I can do to help it?
I’m super not surprised. The story is good, but the art isn’t exactly inviting. TBH I think there are better books out there that could step up and fill its shoes…SORRY INVADERS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I JUST UGH YOU COULD BE SO MUCH BETTER.
“Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.”—