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comicsalliance:

FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?
This.
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Andy fucking crushes it here. You owe it to yourself to read this.

comicsalliance:

FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

By Andy Khouri

“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”

That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?

Honest question, dudes.

That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.

So what do we do about it?

This.

READ MORE

Andy fucking crushes it here. You owe it to yourself to read this.

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calamityjon:

Wanna see a collaboration between comic master Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, whose dynamic, lovingly illustrated figurework is the stuff of legend, and Mike Royer, the bold brush best known for embellishing Kirby’s Fourth World work? Well, here it is, Adventure Comics vol.1 No.442, a Vigilante back-up which was part of an inventory Seven Solders of Victory story which was dug up, finally illustrated, and ran as a serialized backup across several issues (Howard Chaykin did an amazing job emulating Frazetta’s work on the Shining Knight chapter).

JLGL and Royer is a BEE. ZARR. combination, there are points when it almost works, but for the most part Garcia-Lopez’s subtlety and Royer’s boldness do not play well together. 

(The story was the work of Joe Samachson, co-creator of the Martian Manhunter and long-time journeyman writer at National - also a biochemist and a researcher into bone diseases! Amazing lives these fellas led…)

This is so awesome.

I love the Vigilante, too, for no real discernible reason.

Finally saw Captain America and...

seanhowe:

timetokvetch:

Everyone was right. It was a really decent movie. My brother goes to Bates College, so he asked me to wait to see it until he came down to Boston. We went to a matinee screening, so the theater was pretty empty and we could scream “Go, Joe!” as much as we wanted. We didn’t actually, but of course…

Joe Simon’s granddaughter weighs in on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Spoiler: she liked the movie, did not like the buried Simon & Kirby credit.)

Deep thoughts on “dumb” ideas

greg-pak:

Worth noting from time to time…

Every story idea can be made to sound really, really stupid. And sometimes when you tell someone your idea, he or she will immediately imagine the crappiest version of that story.

Your job as a writer is to always keep your nose pointed towards the very best version of your story, with all its freshness, excitement, emotional power, and nuance.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have partners in crime who understand what you do and also see that best version of your story in their heads and will help you (and sometimes push you) to achieve it.

But you’ll almost always have to work hard to explain your best version of the story again and again to folks who don’t quite get it — and to figure out how to phrase your description of the story in ways that these different audiences will understand.

In the best situations, explaining and reexamining your story like this will help you make it better. Sometimes, of course, it just leads you down rabbit holes.

I mention this not to complain — just to point out that this, too, is part of the practical job of writing.

Anonymous asked: After "Don't rape" and "Don't threaten rape" what's the best way for men to improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom?

postcardsfromspace:

Okay, look: “Don’t rape” and “don’t threaten rape” are pinpoint-specific parts of social compact, also known as “the bare minimum expectations for getting to be part of society.”

These are things that should be taken as a given. Don’t hold up ”don’t rape” and “don’t threaten rape” like they are gifts.

I mean, don’t do those things, and deter others from doing them, and talk about all of this, but, fuck, man.

Anyway.

The best way men can improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom is to do their damnedest to shift the balance of power. Geek dudes—especially white geek dudes—you have something the ladies do not: you have a platform from which to speak about issues of justice with relative impunity. Use it. Better yet, share it with or give it to someone who does not have that privilege.

Are you a pro on a panel that’s all white dudes? Give up your seat to a woman of color. Encourage other panelists to do the same. Straight-up refuse to be part of panels that do not work toward equal representation. Hold speaker and guest lists at cons to the same standard. And talk about what you are doing, and why.

If you are in a position that gives you hiring power, hire women—especially into positions where they will have power, not just low-level editorial and work-for-hire gigs. Actively seek and use the input of women, and go out of your way to make really damn sure they’re credited for those contributions

Seek and vocally advocate for works by and about women, for female-friendly and generally diversity-friendly publishers, retailers, and fan communities. When someone does shit right, vote with your dollars and spread the word. When someone fucks up, call them out, and—if there’s any real potential for it and you’ve got the capacity—offer them impetus for and tools to change.

Buy girl books. Buy books with pink covers, and read them in public. Break down the box of geek masculinity, and live the geek culture you want to see and be part of. Subvert everything.

Meanwhile: Hold other men accountable. Don’t tell rape jokes. Call out bullshit.

And respect the anger of those of us who have been consistently marginalized. If you want to be an ally in this fight, recognize that the fight is not about you: sometimes solidarity means giving other people space to be frustrated and angry at a system from which you directly benefit, and sometimes that means that they will, by extension, be angry at you—and that this, along with everything else, means *that system* is your common enemy.

Speaking of systems: Educate yourself. Read How to Suppress Women’s Writing and call that shit out. Understand that in this fight, your voice is generally considered to mean more than mine. Fight that inequality as hard as you can—but meanwhile, while you’ve got that platform, use it.

twentypercentcooler:

Here’s An Idea I Had About Batman 

So as you may already be aware, I like Batman a lot, which means I think about Batman all the time, and ever since I started writing comics, I’ve been thinking about what I would do if I could do a Batman story. That’s pretty common, right? I mean, surely everyone has a Batman pitch in their back pocket just in case it ever comes up. One of mine, the one that I think could actually work really well, was The Batman of the 30th Century.

The basic idea comes from two things: One, that the Legion of Superheroes is founded as a Superman spinoff, which means there’s a lot of Superman legacy stuff that shows up over the years, and there’s a lot of Flash stuff that shows up from XS, Impulse and the Tornado Twins, but there’s nothing in the Legion’s future that indicates a legacy for Batman. (There’s also nothing involving the Wonder Woman legacy, but, you know, that’s a discussion for another time.) And yet, if you skip ahead to the 853rd Century of DC One Million, the Batman legacy is definitely alive and well.

Second, and the reason it’s so weird that there’s no Batman tie-in for the Legion, is that there actually was a “Batman of the 30th Century.” His name’s Brane Taylor, and he appears in a one-shot story in 1954. It’s not all that obscure among people who read a lot of comics, and with creators’ love of tying things together, it seems mystifying to me that there was never a reintroduction of that character as part of the Legion’s future. Maybe it was the name? “Brane” is, to be honest, kind of awful. But it’s all there, and looking at it as a fan, it seemed natural that you could tie it together. The only thing that you’d really need would be to tweak Brane so that he’d fit in with the teenagers of the Legion, and when I saw (and bought the original art for) Cliff Chiang’s Gatchaman-inspired “Science Ninja Hero Batman,” it all seemed to fall into place. I really wanted it to have a strange feeling of the retrofuturism of the original Legion and its Silver Age roots along with Batman’s darker, more modern aesthetic (there’s a lot of the Morrison run in this, for instance).

So I thought about this for years, and I ended up mentioning it to J. Gonzo, the artist of La Mano Del Destino, and he really loved it and wanted to draw it, and came up with a few ideas his own along the way — Robin and Bat-Mite were his ideas, and I love ‘em. We ended up making a full pitch document with character designs and summaries that I think is really cool, but at the same time, I know that there’s a roughly zero percent chance that it will ever actually happen. So we showed it around to a few people, and now I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy!

robotmountain:

The Kickstarter for my 200 page OGN, SEXCASTLE, is now halfway through. 
Think about this:  a 200 page graphic novel in the vein of 80s Action Fims about personal redemption featuring nunchucks and bad-assery and explosions and fistfights and tough guy talk - and it’s completely done.
 So, right now, if you back my Kickstarter for $5 in 15 days you are going to get the book digitally.  Not six months from now, not maybe a year, not three months from now.  15 days.
200 pages for $5!
And listen, when I break $9,000 (I’m less than $200 away) I’m hooking everyone up with an anthology mini-comic of all the little comics I put together this year (including Special Agent Toddler In A Man’s Body, my Parable comic, my WCW/NWA Robopocalypse comic previously only available in the Atomic Elbow zine).  That includes you digital backers.  You’ll get a 18-20 page minicomic, along with the 200 page book now.
For $5. 
But you only got 15 days.
OH, and if you get the physical book (starting at $25 - that includes S&H)?  Right now you also get a bookmark, stickers, temporary tattoos, maybe a customized Assassin Union Membership Card and the mini-comic anthology.   And there are still commissions or add on tiers where you can get my previous Kickstarter-ed book, Legend of Ricky Thunder (called by some the Best Wrestling Comic Ever Made)
That’s a deal, folks.
And look at the nice things that have been said so far about it:
"Kyle Starks takes his action movie fetish,goes public with it, and abuses the hell out of it with comic book punches, kicks, and speed lines."
Michel Fiffe, creator of Copra
"200 page graphic novel called "The best OGN of the year" by ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims."
Chris Sims, Comicsalliance
"Starks has made a book that should decidedly put him on the map as this book has every potential to be a mainstream hit, and it would be a shame if you let this book pass you by."
Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics
That’s right, IT’S MICHEL FIFFE APPROVED. 
Also, the best comic news outlets in the world said it’s good.  It’s for real good, guys.  And for $5 you’re getting it digitally in 15 days.
Sweet nibs, guys.  That’s a ding dang deal!  
But you only have 15 days to get it.

Hey.
Hey.
You guys should get this.

robotmountain:

The Kickstarter for my 200 page OGN, SEXCASTLE, is now halfway through. 

Think about this:  a 200 page graphic novel in the vein of 80s Action Fims about personal redemption featuring nunchucks and bad-assery and explosions and fistfights and tough guy talk - and it’s completely done.

 So, right now, if you back my Kickstarter for $5 in 15 days you are going to get the book digitally.  Not six months from now, not maybe a year, not three months from now.  15 days.

200 pages for $5!

And listen, when I break $9,000 (I’m less than $200 away) I’m hooking everyone up with an anthology mini-comic of all the little comics I put together this year (including Special Agent Toddler In A Man’s Body, my Parable comic, my WCW/NWA Robopocalypse comic previously only available in the Atomic Elbow zine).  That includes you digital backers.  You’ll get a 18-20 page minicomic, along with the 200 page book now.

For $5. 

But you only got 15 days.

OH, and if you get the physical book (starting at $25 - that includes S&H)?  Right now you also get a bookmark, stickers, temporary tattoos, maybe a customized Assassin Union Membership Card and the mini-comic anthology.   And there are still commissions or add on tiers where you can get my previous Kickstarter-ed book, Legend of Ricky Thunder (called by some the Best Wrestling Comic Ever Made)

That’s a deal, folks.

And look at the nice things that have been said so far about it:

"Kyle Starks takes his action movie fetish,goes public with it, and abuses the hell out of it with comic book punches, kicks, and speed lines."

Michel Fiffe, creator of Copra

"200 page graphic novel called "The best OGN of the year" by ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims."

Chris Sims, Comicsalliance

"Starks has made a book that should decidedly put him on the map as this book has every potential to be a mainstream hit, and it would be a shame if you let this book pass you by."

Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics

That’s right, IT’S MICHEL FIFFE APPROVED. 

Also, the best comic news outlets in the world said it’s good.  It’s for real good, guys.  And for $5 you’re getting it digitally in 15 days.

Sweet nibs, guys.  That’s a ding dang deal!  

But you only have 15 days to get it.

Hey.

Hey.

You guys should get this.