Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I love stories like this!
This is also a perfect example of why licenses, particularly of all ages and kids properties, are so important to growing the comics industry.
“I love that she’s unapologetically badass. There’s no back-story trying to explain something horrible that happened to her that explains who she is. No, that’s just who she is. She just is this person; no explanation needed. Just like men—when a male character comes on screen and is a badass, you just accept it. And I’m hoping that’s what fans do with Rosa. She is who she is and she just doesn’t give a shit.”- Stephanie Beatriz on her character, Rosa Diaz, in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
So much win. Although Petey’s inability to understand that Idina is ELPHABA and MAUREEN breaks my heart.
Have had saved in a tab for a few days now. Am now glad I did so.
So, unexpectedly, a play i thought I had more time to develop needs to be done and awesome by next Wednesday. The play is about football (the American kind), so I am unexpectedly in the RED ZONE on this thing. It is CRUNCH TIME.
As you might have guessed from that last paragraph, I’m now trying to immerse myself in football language and lore (despite, at best, an intermediate level of understanding the sport). Literally, last night I was writing at a bar, and I asked the bartender which defensive position would be most likely to tackle a wide receiver. (The answer he gave me was corner back. I ran with it.)
What’s interesting about this, to me, is that the skills I’m applying to my deep dive into football culture feel very familiar, if slightly forced. That’s because they’re the exact same skills I’ve been developing since I was old enough to obsess over She-Ra: Princess of Power. Absorb media. Ask questions. Research. Absorb more media. Ask questions. Research. Repeat. This is when being a giant nerd comes in handy. I am harnessing my NERD POWER.
Hopefully, this play will work thanks to the fact that I’m coming to the subject matter as something of an outsider. Also, hopefully, the decision to write a play about football will actually be interesting to people, and not a keen misunderstanding of the audience that appreciates black box theater.
Get out of your head. Get back in the game. What did Michael Jordan think about when he made The Shot? “Nothing.”
(Yes. I know that Jordan was playing basketball.)
The trend toward greater dependence on fewer crops continues, Khoury says. And so do the risks. It’s dangerous to depend on just a few crops because any one of them could be hit by some disaster, such as disease.
Irish Potato Famine part 2, here we come!(via turnabout)
Elisabeth adds some very important historical context to this issue that I hadn’t considered before.
This year’s host, Ellen Degeneres, is known for more family-friendly jokes and might help the Academy Awards garner the social-media cool factor that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attracted with the Golden Globes, experts say.
You know, I like all three of these women in their own individual ways, but I still want to know who, exactly, these experts are.