In Search of the Happiness Max

tamorapierce:

toastyhat:

blacksupervillain:

leseanthomas:

It’s like Marvel is really trying to piss people off, lol. 

Source: http://io9.com/marvels-new-captain-america-will-be-black-1606409585

calling it, whoever the new iron man is they won’t be straight. marvel’s tryna go for the trifecta.

#god please bless us with an bi iron man#that would be a dream biron man

I think they’re just “changing” iconic figures so that when they get bored with the new forms they can frige them and return to the same old and tell the fans the new forms weren’t selling, and didn’t we see they tried?

In other words, I hate to get excited when Marvel’s pulled so many foolies in the past.

Another reason I wish they would give the time and attention they are devoting to this to build a new female superhero character, or poc superhero, or queer character.

I feel like this is showy and designed to cause controversy and then able to be neatly shelved again. Stop rehashing old patriarchal figures and give us something new and have faith that it can be the best thing and get the big movies. Because you put the money and time and energy and creative talent behind it to actually make that happen.

manfeels-park:

Am I Missing Something?
http://www.manfeels-park.com/comic/am-i-missing-something/

In addition to this week’s comic, just a reminder that readers who want to spoil the mystery for themselves could do worse than trotting over to Ross Wittenham’s blog History Mine, where he asked us if we’d like to chat to him a little about the comic:

More important than our rather presumptuous trumpet-blowing mind you, is that it’s a thoughtful blog that might be of interest to anyone who enjoys historical fiction/media.

FRIENDS! I HAVE A NEW COMIC FOR US ALL TO FOLLOW. IT IS CALLED MANFEELS PARK. MANFEELS PARK.

I am so happy right now.

stabbingcontest:

fanboy-news-network:

emeraldcitycomicon:

As you may remember, we asked Emerald City Comicon attendees to fill out a survey after this year’s show, to get a better idea of what worked, what didn’t, and who are attendees are. The majority of the data we received will remain private to our team, but we thought this piece of information was quite interesting and worth of sharing.
In response to the question, “what is your gender?”, with a blank text box to fill in, we received a wide variety of answers. When we compile the data, these are the results:
52% of respondents referred to themselves as female (examples of terminology include: “cis female”, “female”, “female identifying” “girlthing”, “lady”, “Wonder Woman”)
46% of respondents referred to themselves as male (examples of terminology include: “cis male”, “boy”, “dood”, “I’m a MAN!”, “male”, “man?”)
2% of respondents referred to themselves in non-binary terms (examples of terminology include: “agender”, “genderfluid”, “genderqueer”, “non-binary”, “Is Bad-Ass a gender?”, “Cthulhu”, “a nebulous glow cloud”)
We can’t break down the responses further without risking a breach of privacy, but the responses we did receive were quite illuminating, and helpful in providing us with a more accurate view of our attendees.
So thank you for filling out the survey, and being honest with us about how you identify your gender. We will do our best to make sure every Emerald City Comicon attendee feels welcome at our convention, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

I think these results are awesome.

Please tell me again how comics are just gonna be sexist because it’s a male dominated fanbase. SAY THAT STUPID SHIT ONE MORE TIME TO ME, MOTHERFUCKER!

It would really be nice if this reflected the sex/gender distinction such that someone like myself could be recorded as both a woman and ‘non-binary’. But I guess it’s nice they gave a free space, even if the interpretation of answers considered only three options.

stabbingcontest:

fanboy-news-network:

emeraldcitycomicon:

As you may remember, we asked Emerald City Comicon attendees to fill out a survey after this year’s show, to get a better idea of what worked, what didn’t, and who are attendees are. The majority of the data we received will remain private to our team, but we thought this piece of information was quite interesting and worth of sharing.

In response to the question, “what is your gender?”, with a blank text box to fill in, we received a wide variety of answers. When we compile the data, these are the results:

  • 52% of respondents referred to themselves as female (examples of terminology include: “cis female”, “female”, “female identifying” “girlthing”, “lady”, “Wonder Woman”)
  • 46% of respondents referred to themselves as male (examples of terminology include: “cis male”, “boy”, “dood”, “I’m a MAN!”, “male”, “man?”)
  • 2% of respondents referred to themselves in non-binary terms (examples of terminology include: “agender”, “genderfluid”, “genderqueer”, “non-binary”, “Is Bad-Ass a gender?”, “Cthulhu”, “a nebulous glow cloud”)

We can’t break down the responses further without risking a breach of privacy, but the responses we did receive were quite illuminating, and helpful in providing us with a more accurate view of our attendees.

So thank you for filling out the survey, and being honest with us about how you identify your gender. We will do our best to make sure every Emerald City Comicon attendee feels welcome at our convention, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

I think these results are awesome.

Please tell me again how comics are just gonna be sexist because it’s a male dominated fanbase. SAY THAT STUPID SHIT ONE MORE TIME TO ME, MOTHERFUCKER!

It would really be nice if this reflected the sex/gender distinction such that someone like myself could be recorded as both a woman and ‘non-binary’. But I guess it’s nice they gave a free space, even if the interpretation of answers considered only three options.

eschergirls:

This might honestly be the worst one that’s ever been on this blog.

I’m impressed. That is definitely a front bottom merging seamlessly into a bottom bottom with a belly-button in the middle of her back being penetrated by a gun held by a hand as large as her waist is wide. Oh, and the back merges into her side so that both boobs can be on display at once!
Bravo! The boob-bum-and-vag shot has been achieved! And THEN SOME.

eschergirls:

This might honestly be the worst one that’s ever been on this blog.

I’m impressed. That is definitely a front bottom merging seamlessly into a bottom bottom with a belly-button in the middle of her back being penetrated by a gun held by a hand as large as her waist is wide. Oh, and the back merges into her side so that both boobs can be on display at once!

Bravo! The boob-bum-and-vag shot has been achieved! And THEN SOME.

kanthara:

kevindrakewriter:

bluedogeyes:

SYAC - Male Perspective by Andrew Dobson

Artist website / deviantart / facebook / alexzepirate.com 

I like them too.

comics!

The X on Cyclops’s pants, tho.

Everyday Misogyny Example #43571

neverrwhere:

Today some arsehole from an energy company called the shop and, after calling me ‘sweetheart’, started harassing me because I said I didn’t have time to discuss whatever nonsense he was trying to sell. It’s New Comic Day, with about a thousand comics to organize,  plus our delivery arrived late because of the bank holiday on Monday so I was officially Not In The Mood.

I passed the phone to my male co-worker as the guy kept insisting there was a problem and we needed to check our electrical breaker or something, who knows,  just in case he was telling the truth but just being a dick because I was a woman. I really wish I had just hung up on him. What does he says to my colleague?

'You fucking wankers, what kind of comic shop are you, letting a female work there, and even answering the phone? You’re pathetic’

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Yeahhhhhh. Some days you just really want to punch people in the fucking face.

Bloody Hell. And people think this kind of shit isn’t a real, genuine problem.

Someone telling the place you work you shouldn’t be able to work there because you’re a woman. I think we could all do with stepping back and thinking about that for a moment.

Really sorry you had to deal with this.

I cried, yesterday, because of street harassment.

These are our lives.

This is our normal.

It’s not OK.

I’ve been reblogging some sexual-harassment-related stuff lately…

alewing:

…But I don’t say much myself on the massive amount of harassment going on right now - and pretty much always - against women in comics. Fans, creators, critics, everybody, you name it. Rape threats, misogynist T-shirts, sexual harassment at cons, and worse. It’s constant background radiation aimed at women in an active way by horrible little fucked-up men with dead, shriveled morals and a cloak of anonymity, and in a passive way by the culture in general.

And like I said, I’ve been reblogging bits and pieces that have popped up on my dash, so if you follow me you’ll have seen people affected talking about it in their own words. But I don’t say much about it with my own words, and that’s not really good enough. It’s not like anyone’s going to threaten me in the same way, after all. I’ve no excuses.

Part of it is probably the shame. It is absolutely shameful. It makes me ashamed to be in comics. It makes me feel like the whole thing is tainted, because it is. That this is going on taints everything we do. I’m ashamed to be in comics, and I’m ashamed it’s taken me this long to write something like this. and I’m ashamed that it needs to be written, that the systematic abuse of women has been normalised in this subculture to the extent that opposition to it cannot be taken as read.

If you are one of the toxic men who belittles, harasses, threatens, makes uncomfortable or otherwise attacks women on the internet or anywhere else, I don’t want you. I don’t want you reading my stuff, it’s not for you. I don’t want you reading comics at all, ideally, or being part of culture in any way. I want to replace you with people who don’t make me want to be sick and just keep on being sick until there’s nothing left.

You fill me with shame and nausea and you are not wanted.

Anyway, I’m sorry for not saying anything about this before. I’ll try to do better.

I’ve been reblogging a fair bit of what Al Ewing’s been reblogging, lately. FWIW, I really appreciate that he’s been amplifying the voices of women talking about this first. And I also really appreciate him speaking up himself and telling sexist wee-brains that they are not welcome, and for doing so without loading his words with language that implies women need male protection.

I noticed a real shift in the water last year. It was a shift towards women and other marginalised people either demanding that spaces be safe and suitable for them or (especially in the case of the very successful Nine Worlds) making there own. And I wrote a post about The Clubhouse, and how I grew up assuming that the clubhouse was mine, somewhere I was welcome just by virtue of liking the things I liked, and was confused to find as an adult that male geeks kept testing me, as though they were gake-keepers, or outright tried to bar my entry. And I expressed my feelings about the shift in the water as being a recognition that we already have a clubhouse, and if certain male geeks want to wall off their own little space as a clubhouse, they are welcome to do so, because our clubhouse is bigger and better and older.

What I was talking about was a reclaiming of space and a sense of ownership for geekery and geek product that was always ours by right, and a ceasing to grant value to misogynist/racist/homophobic/transphobic/ableist/heteronormative jerkbags and their products. There are plenty of things out there for us to geek over without them. Better things.

What I did not anticipate is that the shift in the water last year - the demand and creation of positive change, the reclaimation of areas of geek space - would be followed by voices of men (cismen). And not what we have seen before - men speaking up to try and dominate the conversation and find a new place of control (well-meaning men, but men who cannot let go of their privilege, nonetheless) - but rather, men who are turning towards the mysogynists in their midst, and telling them they are not welcome. Men who are saying that the little mysogynist corner of the clubhouse has negative value, and should leave. Men who would rather be in the better clubhouse women (and other and overlapping marginalised groups) have envisioned. Men who would rather be with us than with them.

Granted, this stand against misogyny isn’t always as intersectional as it could be. Disdain for misogynist harassers could be more often extended to transmisogynists, cissexists, racists, albeists, and so on. These are narrow issues that are currently drawing attention and raising awareness such that men are taking a stand against them. I hope that recognition of the harassment and abuse received by ciswomen is just a starting point for these men, much as feminism has been just a starting point for those of us who have realised that our feminism needs to be intersectional or be bullshit. I’m not saying this to shit on the efforts of the men who have been speaking up, lately - far from it! I’m saying this as a woman who doesn’t want to just be grateful for the change she sees that benefits her and forgets the other people she said she would stand with. If the issue that is current is currently narrow, we need to make it broader.

So many of the well-meaning men of my acquaintance are simply unaware of the complexity and discussions I see going on around me. Talking to them about sexism is like having to rewind ten years. And I know that in writign this on Tumblr, the men who will see this are not likely to be the men who are completely oblivious of these conversations. I think Tumblr has been an eye-opener for intersectionality for anyone who has engaged with it (even if some of those people have only learned of its existence to rail at it and call it ‘social justice’ as if that were a bad thing). But hey, we write what we can write, where we can write it, and I’ll link to this from Twitter, and you never know, a non-Tumblrite may read it.

Anyway. Thanks to Al Ewing for joining his voice to ours in telling the undesirables to buzz off. It matters and it helps.

alewing:

bevismusson:

alewing:

not enough hair

I dunno, maybe Power Boy prefers a shaven haven.

"On my world, it means hope"


#what are you going to do when you’re not saving the world#get waxed presumably

Not enough abs in that dick-window.

alewing:

bevismusson:

alewing:

not enough hair

I dunno, maybe Power Boy prefers a shaven haven.

"On my world, it means hope"

Subway Sandwich Thighs: A Blight Upon Women’s Legs in Comics

eschergirls:

comicartcorrections:

Please, No More Subway-Sandwich Thighs!

I want to talk about a comic art convention I see from time to time that really gets up my nose.  Now, when I say convention, I mean an accepted technique or practice in the field rather than a gathering of gloriously enthusiastic nerds in costume.  In this instance, I am talking about a particular drawing shortcut that is accepted as “solid” and “professional” in the industry that I find teeth-grindingly lazy and bizarre.  I call it “Subway Sandwich Thighs”. As illustrated below:

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As you can see, the thigh and the calf are sandwiched together, mid-air, without anything pressing against the underside of the calf to make it that way. Legs do not work that way, not even in bendy women. We cannot bend our legs and make them do that in mid-air. For that to happen, we need to put our weight on our bent legs, kneeling on the ground. It is the weight of our bodies that pushes the two parts of the legs together. Usually, the legs splay to the side, so that they aren’t pushed together too hard. We often sit on the side of our butts after about three or four minutes, cause that shit is uncomfortable.

As an experiment, go in front of a mirror, and try to bend your leg as much as you can, pressing your heel to your buttock. Do not use your hands to press the foot and buttock together – just check how close you can get naturally. If you’re a guy, I really want you to try this.

Now, stand there and imagine flying for more than ten minutes in that position. It fucking hurts, doesn’t it? It’s tight, it’s unnatural. It’s the sort of thing a dancer does for two seconds before leaping away into another pose. It is not a natural position to take.

I half-jokingly wonder if artists employ it because it evokes the mental imagery of a woman splaying on top of a man during intercourse, straddling him. It can display the buttocks in a pleasing way, and it also makes much of the crotch. But it’s the most ridiculous bloody drawing convention outside of the Rubber Spine thing, and I’d be more than happy if it died a quiet death.

Here are some gymnasts, naturally flexible people, bending their legs in the middle of routines. Notice their aren’t squishing the two halves of their legs together:

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Here are some women kneeling. Just for reference for later corrections:

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And now, some corrections:

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Okay, enough of me picking on JSC.  Here’s the nitty gritty of the matter, and a hat-tip to stylistic choices:

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Thanks to tumblr’s downscaling, the red text is: Leg too long, No pelvis all butt, heel goes where? and Where leg go? as well as “This looks odd but my body is really like this”.

The anatomy I’ve done isn’t perfect, but I think I illustrate my point.

The Anatomy of a Fuck Up:

So what’s happening here? Why are people making this mistake over and over? The reason is twofold.

One: Mistaken anatomy.

When these artists draw their stuff to arse-up, face-down, no-time-to-fart deadlines, they don’t have the leisure I do to stop and think about how a woman looks when doing these poses. So when they have to think about a woman flying mid-air, they think about a woman kneeling, rather than an actual woman with her leg in the air. They just transfer the kneeling leg position to the upright position, even though the human muscles, tendons and body mass DO NOT ALLOW for that to happen.  With kneeling positions, they just go ahead and trundle out the shortcuts they learnt earlier in the piece, without thought to how heels and butt-cracks work.

Two: It’s Not Important.

In most situations, accuracy of a woman’s anatomy is not important in a comic book or graphic novel. A female character must be alluring above all, so certain anatomically impossible conventions get the wave and are never fixed. Other people learn these “shortcuts” and that it’s okay to draw like that, and it keeps on happening. FOREVER.

I’m not saying don’t use sweeping lines for style.  I’m just saying let’s not have utterly ridiculous anatomy going on.  These women characters take up so little space already.  Draw them as the leg is supposed to look and suddenly they have legs and tendons and physical signs of strength.  I guess that isn’t sexy enough?

One of my favourite blogs highlights and explains something about how women are drawn in superhero comics that has bugged me for a while but I couldn’t put it into exact words.  Almost all of these pictures have also been on this blog before.  Artists do this with a lot of other stuff with women too, such as with breasts, where they create cleavage with clothing or poses where there should be none because their references are from pictures in a different context from what they’re drawing (and they seem to hate having characters wear bras).

This is a really good point. What’s more, I have a striking comparison for you.

One of my better paintings (and hence one that you’ve probably seen before, as I use it everywhere shamelessly) is of a male falling angel. It is meant to symbolise the often painful and hurtling processes of sexual desire. So, yes, the man/angel is supposed to look sexy. Let’s take a look at his legs:

Now, I had never drawn or painted a man in this position before, so I looked at a bunch of references when it came to doing his legs. They are not perfect, especially around the feet, but I am an amateur. I did this for fun - no one was paying me. And you know what I didn’t end up with, when I decided to do this whole one-bent-leg thing? Subway sandwich thighs. Because I actually checked what people’s legs looked like when they do this pose before I tried to paint it.

It’s not the artistic equivalent of rocket science, and it’s certainly not too much to expect.

jessfink:

A new page of Chester 5000: Isabelle and George.

Guys, if you don’t read Chester 5000, you are missing our on the cutest, most poignant steam-punk erotica ever.
*flials about Isabelle and George*

jessfink:

A new page of Chester 5000: Isabelle and George.

Guys, if you don’t read Chester 5000, you are missing our on the cutest, most poignant steam-punk erotica ever.

*flials about Isabelle and George*