“[MI5 Officer] Mary Sherer met Phyllis McKenzie, who had worked for British intelligence in New York during the war, and the two women became inseparable. They lived together for the rest of their lives, ‘perfect foils for each other’. Within MI5 they were assumed to be lesbians or, rather, Lesbians [always capitalized in MI5 documents, possibly as a holdover of classical education]. Together they moved to Rome and opened the Lion Bookshop on Via del Babuino near the Spanish Steps. ‘Mary was a very fast runner and would think nothing of pursuing the rather numerous petty thieves that abounded in Rome during and after the war. She loved a challenge.’ This formidable pair of English ladies, known as ‘the Lionesses,’ spent their days surrounded by books and a large posse of dogs: Pekinese, French bulldogs, and pugs, ‘all of which Mary doted on’.”—
“For all that Remender tends to default to killing characters to make his books shocking and thus likely to get better sales numbers, he’s been doing an abysmal job with Captain America. Readership of the comic dropped by over 50 percent between issues 1 and 3 (form 123,667 sales of issue 1 to 59,836 sales of issue 3), and dropped nearly another 50 percent between issue 2’s 64,377 sales and issue 12’s 38,684 sales. That’s a drop in readership of almost 70 percent from issue 1 to issue 12. In October of 2013, Captain America sales were outsold by titles such as Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Kick-Ass, Hawkeye, Superior Spider-Man Team Up Special, and the interestingly named Afterlife with Archie. One of Marvel’s flagship titles was outsold by a comic about Deadpool killing alternate versions of himself and something named Afterlife with Archie. Clearly, whatever Rick Remender is trying to sell us in Captain America, fewer and fewer people are buying it.”—
I dropped Cap after issue 1 & Uncanny Avengers after about issue 3. Pretty much everyone else I know did the same - including other HARDCORE Cap fans. I don’t know ANYONE planning to read the new Winter Soldier book, despite all of our HUGE LESBIAN* CRUSHES on Bucky. I’m getting a fucking Winter Soldier TATTOO the moment I get the all-clear from my doctors, I have multiple pieces of Bucky art on my walls, I get a tingly feeling whenever I even THINK about Cap 2 & even I’M not going near that book with a 10-foot-pole. Why is Marvel still hiring him?! Surely they must see he’s not selling, even if they can’t tell he’s rubbish?
*please note: I am aware that people of other sexualities also have huge crushes on Bucky but seriously, lesbians fucking love that guy. (The only comics character dykes love more than Bucky is Stephen Strange, I swear to god. Also Namor. Lesbians are weird)
You know, I’m sure Remender is a great guy, but I haven’t picked up a single readable book by him since his X-Force, which was phenomenal. But that aside, I’m mostly reblogging for the lesbian commentary.
Here is why Torrid’s rebranding has put them on my shitlist.
This, right here, is the reason I’m looking for new employment. Because the things my store manager has told me are being backed up by corporate. Because I’ve been told shorts I was wearing to work shouldn’t be sold in all the sizes Torrid sells and I couldn’t wear them any more. Because I’ve been told that fat visibility is offensive to plus size women and gives them a bad name. Granted, these are things my store manager has told me, and they are her personal opinions. But I know she would be backed up by corporate if I said anything. I’m tired of being told what I should look like, especially by a company where I once felt comfortable being myself. As my other manager and I were saying yesterday, Torrid’s shrunk the size of the mannequins from a 16 to a 12. I have yet to meet a person from corporate who was actually plus size, and I think that’s the problem. I don’t feel like Torrid and I are on the same level anymore.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSE MY ARTICLE HAS GOTTEN.
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This is really important.
I’m definitely going to go spend the $60 I was planning on dropping on the one dress I really liked on Torrid’s website somewhere else. Somewhere more friendly to actual fat people, with actual fat models and actual fat mannequins. Fuck their bullshit.
Welp, good thing I haven’t touched their shit in years.
…right, place I never even had a chance with…
I have to say, as much as I liked some of Torrid’s stuff, I never once found something that I could (A) afford and (B) that fit me. Because everything that fit me was hideous and more like a tent and made me personally feel like shit.
But this rebranding thing makes me glad I never really shopped there.
I will say that while it’s not really alt fashion, Wet Seal has a ton of plus sizes online now and they have some really fabulous stuff. It’s not all mature and businesswear like a lot of plus size stores. They have some cute shit.
Yeah I’mma second that. Plus they just picked up licenses for Disney and Marvel, so you can get a lot of graphic tees and sweatshirts and things. I love Wet Seal, some of my favorite shit comes from there.
I would love to participate, but fair warning I JUST started crocheting last week. My first project is Tom Baker’s scarf from Doctor Who.
That’s the beauty of a project like this: it doesn’t matter what your skill level’s at. If you wanna garter stitch/single crochet your whole section, go nuts. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want.
I’mma hijack this and slap some crochet on it HO HO HO
The avengers ornaments are amazing! Would it be okay to use one for my icon? Totally understand if it's not, love them!
Go for it! Anyone can use them for whatever you like, as long as you’re not claiming the art as your own, or profiting from it. Use em for cards, gift tags, ornaments, garlands, icons, whatever you like!
Hello, I love that you're going to be writing a Pakistani Muslim Ms Marvel comic! I have one major concern and that is the representation of of my race and culture. In an interview you referred to being Pakistani having a lot of baggage. This made me take a step back and think, wait the writer who is going to representing my race thinks that it is baggage? I wrote a post on my blog going into more depth. We Pakistanis need a positive role model that are proud of their heritage and embrace it.
Thanks for writing in with such a thoughtful observation. In the NYT interview—which may not have been obvious from the selected quotes that made it into the final copy—when I was talking about baggage, I was referring to the baggage of stereotypes and the burden of representation. Kamala certainly doesn’t see being Pakistani as having baggage. What I was trying to say (perhaps not in the most eloquent fashion) is that she, like so many second-generation kids growing up in the US, feels like the child of two worlds—and not just two worlds, but two worlds that are portrayed in the media (and in global politics) as being somehow intrinsically opposed to one another. She wants to make her parents proud, and at the same time she wants to fit in with her mainstream American peers. That’s a lot for a sixteen year old to handle, especially at a time when there is so much scrutiny and suspicion surrounding the Muslim community in the US. That’s what I meant by “baggage.” This is a dilemma I think about a lot…my own children (who are still very small) are half Egyptian, and I worry about how they will manage growing up as Arab and American and Muslim at a time when the world is telling them they can’t—or shouldn’t—be proud of any of those identities, or that they have to choose one over the rest. It’s my hope that Kamala will—in some small, entirely symbolic way—help to right those wrongs.
Due to my situation, I order most of my regular comics through Comixology. While I know nothing beats a brick and mortar shop pull list for numbers, I was wondering if you knew anything about how digital sales affect a series and if that's ever something that's taken into account by publishers or shops when numbers for issues are put in.
Nah I’m afraid I don’t know. I know they are being taken into consideration more and more lately, but to which level, I’m not sure. Sorry hun!
(And don’t ever feel like the way you enjoy comics is less valid than someone else’s. In a perfect world, everyone would have a lovely local store that made them welcome, but what matters is that you read and enjoy the comics whichever way suits you best!)
Hey - I don't 'preorder' per se with my comic shop, but I do keep a pull-list updated with her, and I've told her what comics coming out that I'll want. Does that count for preorder numbers? I assume yes, but the way this system is set up it's hard to be sure.
Yeah you’re good! Pre-ordering isn’t really an OFFICIAL SIGN UP THING, it can be as easy as making sure that yeah, your store knows you want this book. Keeping a happy and healthy pull-list also helps! Our system gives us figures for how many books we sell and how many are on lists, so we can know who wants want :)
For those in the #KamalaCorps / #KamalaKorps new to comics game, this is the order form that you can take to your local comic store (Store Locator) to hopefully ensure that they will have an issue available for you when it is released on February 5, 2014. For the #Carol Corps this should be familiar by now.
If you strongly support the series and want to see it succeed, you’re going to have to preorder the book using this or similar forms.
What I’m linking to is the physical form you take to the store (or you can e-mail to them. It’s nearly 2014 FFS) for them to know how many issues to order themselves.
If the retailer gives you any shit whatsoever, let me and the entire Corps know.
Okay darlings listen to me. The pre-order system is very important. Yes, it is an antiquated piece of shit, and I wish to god publishers would base a book’s popularity on ITS SALES as opposed to however many people have already heard of it and decided to read it without any reviews (sigh). It basically guarantees the success of books that are already popular (avengers, batman, etc) while handing a disadvantage to small books right off the bat. Yes, sleeper hits will go back to second and third printings, but we want that initial push.
SO PLEASE. Pay attention to new books, pick up Previews if your local store carries it (come on it’s $5 for A MASSIVE TELEPHONE BOOK FULL OF LOVELY NEW COMICS AND SHIRTS AND TOYS THAT ARE COMING OUT), to see what’s coming. And when you see posts like this, pay attention and do the thing.
My boss and I will sit down now and then and try to work out how many copies of new books we should order. I will say A MILLION and he will say shut the fuck up Nicki, but hey it worked for Pretty Deadly. But basically, we have to guess. And sometimes we are wrong *cough*Superman/Wonder Woman*cough*. Please give us an idea of what to order, PLEASE TELL US if you are excited for a book. That way, we will have enough, one will be all snug and toasty warm in your folder, and everyone is happy.
The pre-order system sucks but right now it’s the best we have to work with. Do your part, my beloved nerds!
Hey, I'm starting a new group for women comics fans in Austin, TX, and I wondered if you could pass the word. The Austin Comics Ladies (ACL, because Austin) will have its first meeting on Sunday, Jan. 5th, at 1 pm. We'll be meeting at Tribe Comics and Games, corner of Manchaca & Lamar.
-No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.-
-I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.-
-There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.-