It’s parent-teacher conference week so yesterday afternoon Aeris was with me at work. She decided to reorganize my top drawer and I must say it’s the least cluttered it’s ever been. Prior to putting on her Pepper Potts hat (should I say heels?) we did her homework which entailed her reading a book…
If you are going to Emerald City Comicon, and you like mythic fiction, there is this thing happening on Sunday with a bunch of intimidatingly famous dudes and also me:
Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre? Room: 3AB Time: 12:00 - 1:00
From Mage, Sandman and Bone to Fables, Castle Waiting, Hellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating — and growing — presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.
It’s the only panel I’m on, but damn, what a panel.
“People will often cry gross over-intellectualisation when popular culture is critically addressed, as if it is somehow exempt from serious consideration because it is itself ‘non-serious’, just a bit of fun that doesn’t require or deserve dissection. I disagree; every expression of art is a product of its environment and as such will reflect the concerns, preoccupations and neuroses of the time. Mainstream entertainment particularly, by its very nature, has to reflect the dominant modes of thinking in order to qualify as mainstream, and in that respect, mass entertainment is even more fun to pick apart.”—Simon Pegg, ‘Nerd do well’ (via ninestories)
“Girls read comics, not just Manga either. Girls read superhero comics, indie comics, autobiographical comics, historical comics, literary comics, horror comics, romance comics and even just plain terrible comics. Girls are comic fans. They want comics aimed at them, or aimed not at them, or just comics that are good. They want all the same things male comic fans want. They want to be sold to, they want to buy the cold cast porcelain model of Rogue looking badass and put it on their shelf. They want Wonder Woman underwear sets and Wolverine stationery for the new term. Women are just as whimsical, gullible, romantic and fanciful as men. They are capable of grasping the finer points of all the weird freaky made up stuff that we all commonly know to be “ACCEPTED CONTINUITY.” They will talk about costume changes and characterisation.”—Leah Moore, writing over at Warren Ellis’s blog. Go read the rest of it; and if you’re a publisher, print out enough copies to wallpaper your office with it.
A while back, I asked for creators who identified as LGBTQ to announce themselves and promote their work in a massive thread right here on Tumblr. It got hundreds of responses and tons of links to some incredibly wonderful work, most of which has not yet received the exposure it deserves, quite a…
I’m an editor; not sure if that counts, or if you’re just looking for creators. Sometimes-writer, often on, but rarely of, comics.
I’m turning 30 in seven months and one day, and I’m pretty damn’ psyched about it.
I spent my teens being explosively fucked up; the major accomplishment of those years was figuring out how not to violently self-destruct (with “locating the clitoris” and “getting the fuck out of Florida” tying for a close second). I hit my 20s with my brain chemistry finally in some semblance of order, which meant I could spend this decade figuring out the basics of more complicated things like personhood and adulthood and flexible spending accounts and basic social skills and that not making everything as difficult as possible for myself doesn’t make me a bad person. And now I’m finally starting to get the hang ofthatstuff, I figure I can spend my 30s being a superhero rock star or some awesome shit like that.
Nah, not really. But I really am excited about turning 30. I haven’t accomplished anything spectacular, and I’m pretty cool with that.
That said, as arbitrary deadlines go, my 30th birthday seems like as good a one as any. So, here’s what I want to get done between now and October 13th:
1. I’m going to get in shape. Not, like, professional-athlete-caliber or anything—although longer-term I’d like to be able to lift small trucks and leap medium-height buildings in a single bound—but exercising smartly and habitually, and eating well. This is the most nebulous of my goals; I’m not quantifying it, but I’ve been there before, and I know what it feels like, and I’m pretty confident that I can get there again, and stay.
2. I’m going to finish a draft of a novel. Not necessarily a polished draft, or a good draft, or even a draft worth polishing. But a finished draft.
3. I’m going to beat Mega Man 2. Honestly, this is the one that worries me the most. I didn’t grow up playing video games; I don’t have any of those side-scroller reflexes the rest of my generation spent elementary school honing, and Mega Man 2 is notoriously brutal. Still, it seems like the sort of thing I ought to have done, so, gonna do it.
I’m saying this here, in public, because that makes it real and means I can’t duck out. And there you have it.
“Last year there was a brouhaha in the comics world due to the lack of female writers and artists included in the DC reboot. This became a conversation about the gender-inclusivity of the comics industry as a whole. It rapidly became clear that the guys in charge, many of whom I’ve met and all of whom are very nice, simply had not noticed the imbalance. They looked around the room and never thought it odd that all the people in it were men. They blamed women for failing to submit their work for consideration. Never mind that neither DC nor Marvel has had an open submissions policy for years. (I have written for the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly, the latter of which has some of the most intellectually rigorous standards in the periodical news industry, and I am here to tell you that that was easier than breaking into the comics industry. Easier by far.)”—G. Willow Wilson (via ladiesmakingcomics)