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"We Need Diverse Books"

“We Need Diverse Books”

The Washington Post has a transcript of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints creator Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the 2014 National Book Festival Gala.  “We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say. This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our…

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Advice On Writing People Different From You

Advice On Writing People Different From You

At Midnight Breakfast, Mari Naomi shares a question from a white friend “Aside from doing research in order to make a believable character, in addition to leaving one’s personal (and media-learned) biases at the door, I don’t know the right answer to my friend’s question. How can she infuse [People of Color] into her story in a believable manner, when her experience has only ever been as a white…

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"Marguerite Sauvage’s Wonder Woman and the Slowly Changing Face of Comic Book Fashion"

“Marguerite Sauvage’s Wonder Woman and the Slowly Changing Face of Comic Book Fashion”

At Comics Alliance, Juliet Kahn writes about clothing and costumes in comics, getting Wonder Woman right and Marguerite Sauvage’s work in Sensation Comics #7. “The slightest hintof a damn given to the fashion featured in a comic book makes it immediately more immersive, more affecting, more resonant—because suddenly, its characters look more like real people. Suddenly, the reader has gained…

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BILL SIENKIEWICZ CORRECTS TERRIBLE ‘SUPERMAN DOES IT AGAIN’ SHIRT WITH APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF VIOLENCE
By Chris Sims
By now, you’ve probably heard all about the genuinely awful licensed t-shirt featuring Superman planting a seemingly unwelcome smooch on Wonder Woman and proclaiming “SCORE!” and that he’s “done it again.” It’s bad for a lot of reasons — blatant sexism, the awful lettering of the caption box — but, as an optimist, I’ve always taken the position that nothing is so bad that it can’t be improved in some way. And apparently, that’s Bill Sienkiewicz’s position as well.
After everyone got up in short-sleeved arms about the shirt, the legendary artist behind Elektra: Assassin, New Mutants and much much more  took to Facebook in order to provide his own version of the shirt, complete with a new piece of art for the back that solves its major problems in the way that all superheroes fix things: Violence!
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BILL SIENKIEWICZ CORRECTS TERRIBLE ‘SUPERMAN DOES IT AGAIN’ SHIRT WITH APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF VIOLENCE

By Chris Sims

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the genuinely awful licensed t-shirt featuring Superman planting a seemingly unwelcome smooch on Wonder Woman and proclaiming “SCORE!” and that he’s “done it again.” It’s bad for a lot of reasons — blatant sexism, the awful lettering of the caption box — but, as an optimist, I’ve always taken the position that nothing is so bad that it can’t be improved in some way. And apparently, that’s Bill Sienkiewicz’s position as well.

After everyone got up in short-sleeved arms about the shirt, the legendary artist behind Elektra: AssassinNew Mutants and much much more  took to Facebook in order to provide his own version of the shirt, complete with a new piece of art for the back that solves its major problems in the way that all superheroes fix things: Violence!

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"Confessions of a Former Internet Troll"

“Confessions of a Former Internet Troll”

“I want to tell you about when violent campaigns against harmless bloggers weren’t any halfway decent troll’s idea of a good time—even the then-malicious would’ve found it too easy to be fun. When the punches went up, not down. Before the best players quit or went criminal or were changed by too long a time being angry. When there was cruelty, yes, and palpable strains of sexism and racism and…

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"Too-ticky’s Guide To Live"

“Too-ticky’s Guide To Live”

Brain Pickings looks at the life and work of Tove Jansson and the wisdom of her character, Too-ticky. “Too-ticky, the sage of Moominvalley who solves even the most existential of problems with equal parts practicality and wisdom, was inspired by the love of Jansson’s life — the great Finnish sculptor and graphic arts pioneer Tuulikki “Tooti” Pietilä, Jansson’s spouse. The two women met in art…

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Suffragettes, Amazons and Wonder Woman

Suffragettes, Amazons and Wonder Woman

At the New Yorker, Jill Lepore considers the intertwining histories of women’s suffrage, feminism, Amazons and Wonder Woman. “It isn’t only that Wonder Woman’s backstory is taken from feminist utopian fiction. It’s that, in creating Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston was profoundly influenced by early-twentieth-century suffragists, feminists, and birth-control advocates and that, shockingly,…

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Interview with Alison Bechdel

Interview with Alison Bechdel

NPR interviews cartoonist Alison Bechdel on the occasion of her MacArthur Genius Grant. “I guess I’m proudest of just really sticking with this odd thing I loved and was good at — drawing comics about marginal people (lesbians) in a marginal format (comics). I never thought much about whether that was responsible, or respectable, or lucrative.”

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