My name is Mike, I’m wearing the Iron Man mask, and that’s my son Henry in the Spider-Man mask. He’s 4 and I’m 37, and reading comics together is becoming a pretty important part of our relationship. I’ve been reading comics my whole life, and I think Henry will, too. It’s true, we’re just a couple of white guys, the ‘demographic’, if you will, but right now comics are full of characters and creators who don’t look like Henry, and that’s really important to me, too. I want him to live and love and create in a world where our differences make us stronger, closer, and better. When I look at the world of comics, I think maybe that’s possible. He’ll be a member of a generation who I pray will judge others less by looks, or sexual orientation, or gender. Maybe he, and his peers, will care more about integrity, compassion, inner strength. Maybe our new heroes and creators will contribute to that world view. For right now, he thinks he IS Spider-Man, and he already cares so much about the people he loves, and when he wears his Spidey costume to the grocery store, or Barnes and Noble, or to get ice cream, kids and grown-ups alike say, “Hey, Spider-Man!” and he waves, or goes to sit with them for a minute, and as a dad, it’s just so great to see your kid’s good nature brighten other people’s day. He is my hero. We are comics.
Superheroes Don’t Rape
just another guy with a laptop. gouache in pocket moleskine.
The guy in this painting looks just like my friend Ryan Warner!
Another daily Finnigan sketch. This one was inspired by an artist named Rod Guen, about whom I know little except that he is brilliant. The quote at the bottom is from an old Christian rock song I remembered from my church days, by a band called DeGarmo and Key (maybe?). I’ve always imagined Finnigan to be the best of me, and the best of humanity, like, he’s my version of Kermit the Frog, you know? I call him my bright idea.
Just one of several hundred daily Finnigan sketches i made between 2004 and 2007. The idea was to start every morning with a sketch before or during breakfast. I didn’t have any real kind of rule or routine, but I did try to use scrap paper instead of drawing in a sketchbook, and I often tried to use different media, just whatever was at hand. I once drew a Finnigan with puffy paint, for example. The drawings were a way to start my day in a creative mind frame during a time when I was both working a lot and a full time student.
I’ve never had my geek cred questioned. No one asks me if I “actually read this stuff” as I work behind the counter of my LCS. When I say how much I enjoy a book like Ms. Marvel or Wonder Woman, people take me on my word. When I check out a store in another town, I’m asked…
doomberrycupcake asked: Just FYI anon people are name dropping you in weird sexist shit on gingerhaze's blog.
Today was pretty weird.
At about 2pm this afternoon, I was in the middle of explaining Kafka’s Metamorphosis to a tenth grader of my acquaintance, when suddenly my phone started BLOWING THE FUCK UP. I took a second to look at my phone and saw that I was getting Twitter alert after Twitter alert in response to a tweet by Noelle Stevenson.
I check out her tweet and it’s a screencap of a blog comment calling her a feminazi (sidenote: hey, dudes, if you use the word “feminazi,” literally all you are doing is telling me two things: 1) you don’t know anything about feminists and b) you don’t know anything about Nazis), but also embedded in that comment is an oblique reference to me being really mad about how ladies used and abused my comic book knowledge?
Look, trying to understand this comment with zero context while at the same time answering questions about how Gregor Samsa’s physical condition reflect what was happening to him spiritually was not super easy. (Another sidenote: look, I’m not trying to grammarshame someone or whatever the fuck, but this comment would have been WAY easier to understand if this dude had had less ideas about how women should act and more ideas about where periods should go.)
Anyway, I finally got home about half an hour ago, and I’ve finally read the blog post on which the comment was made, and at last I understand that my name wasn’t pulled out of obscurity at random as an “internet person”; rather, I was mentioned in the post specifically because of my "Batman for the Uninitiated" post.
And so now I know the comment meant this: I would be mad that a woman used my advice on how to get into comics and then complained that it’s hard to get into comics.
If there is any ambiguity on the matter, allow me to clarify:
I do not in any way agree with that shitlord’s opinion.
The VERY REASON I wrote a “Batman for the Uninitiated” post (and a Superman one &c.) is because there are numerous barriers to entry in comics, not only within the continuity itself, but literally in the physical act of walking into a comic store and buying a book, especially if you are a woman. I feel like that is clear in the subtext—if not the text—of the post itself; there’s a reason I try to warn about books that feature sexual violence and talk about the ready availability of digital comics.
I WANT women reading comics. I WANT women making comics. I WANT women starring in comics. If you don’t, you’re a piece of shit, and I’m not sorry for saying that.
(Sidenote: so what if she got into Batman via the Christopher Nolan movies? There are, what—optimistically—500k regular comics readers? The Christopher Nolan movies made LITERAL BILLIONS of dollars. Statistically, they are going to be someone’s introduction to Batman. That’s mathematics, fake nerd.)
If I may borrow from Chris Sims, whose name also got invoked in this discussion: “keep my name out of your mouth, son.”
Don’t make me the arbiter of who’s a fake geek.
Changed my mind. DO make me the arbiter of who’s a real geek and who’s fake.
All right, all you adult women who are just getting into comics and like to cosplay, line up on the left. All you dudes who think these ladies should have to pass some kind of superhero LSAT to wear a cute Batman outfit, line up on the right. Now, everyone who’s a real geek, step forward.
Not so fast, guys on the right.
If you have, as this guy claims, “dedicated a lot of time and money and actual effort to study and dedicate [your]selves to comic books,” and the lesson you took away from a lifetime of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man comics is that it is a cool idea to make someone feel like shit, you don’t know ANYTHING about comic books.
This bro said it. Comics are for everybody. Every. Body.
Great Barrier Reef authorities have just said YES to coal port companies dumping dredge waste inside this World Heritage Area — all to make way a coal ship superhighway through our Reef. Reblog if this outrageous decision does not represent you. This is a massive disappointment, but we cannot give up hope. Sign up here to make our movement bigger than ever and keep up the fight to #SaveTheReef: http://www.SaveTheReef.org.au
Please Sign the petition guys. So many creatures will be decreased dramatically or even become endangered if we don’t stop it. Also watch the video. It really gave an insight into what would happen if this went ahead.
like dugongs. they’re mad important and live on the reef
Hey, so GetUp! is deciding to take legal action against this travesty, and you can donate to their kick starter here
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has caved to the pressure of the mining industry and the Federal Government. The agency charged with "the protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef in perpetuity" has allowed it to be sold out for short-term profits.
Late yesterday, they granted a permit to dump five million tonnes of dredge spoil inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
This destructive project is now allowed to go-ahead - unless we make a last ditch effort to challenge it in court. Click here to learn more, and help fund the legal challenge to save our Reef:
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WHY DOES THIS NOT HAVE MORE NOTES?? THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!
Damn the Man, save the Great Barrier Reef!