I appreciate that LoLifes think to flyer my local Rite Aid.
It was after drop-in tutoring and two kids around ten years old hadn’t yet been fetched by their parents. One was an 826 lifer who’s been involved with countless workshops and projects. The other was dragged in sporadically by his parents for maybe a year before his sullen eye-rolling brought an end to the experiment. Maybe it’s not important which was which.
The first kid mentions his hopes of getting a dog for his birthday. Or maybe a cat. Definitely a pet. He would LOVE a pet and turns to the second to ask if he has any pets. Second Kid says no, and when pressed on the issue explains because his mother is allergic to dogs.
The first kid is gobstruck. “WHAT? She’s allergic to DOGS? I’m sorry, but that is STUPID. Dogs are awesome. What kind of messed up person would be ALLERGIC to something so awesome? I don’t know man, your mom is DUMB.”
Second kid has absolutely no response to this, and looks at me pleadingly. I attempt to intervene: “Look First Kid, being allergic to dogs has nothing to do with liking dogs. My mother loves all animals, but she’s allergic to cats and a lot of dogs. She can’t help it, it’s just something that happens.”
First kid is deep in thought. “So like you’re born with allergies?”
"There are people in our community who are… I don’t want to say the word… it’s like when a boy likes a boy or a girl likes a girl."
"You mean people who are gay?"
"YES! Now… I know that being G-A-Y isn’t a big deal, it’s just how some people are born, and it’s not weird, and no one should ever make fun of them for it. I shouldn’t get in trouble for saying this!"
"You haven’t said anything that will get you in trouble, First Kid. And if you’re just stating a fact it’s okay to say gay."
"I don’t want to get in trouble. But like… Second Kid’s mom was just BORN allergic to dogs?"
"Okay, so being allergic to dogs is the same thing as being gay?"
"I mean… yes?"
"Second Kid, I’m sorry I made fun of your Mom for being allergic to dogs. It’s just like she’s gay or something, she’s not stupid."
Second kid begrudgingly accepted the apology, and seconds later his mother came in to pick him up. First kid felt a little bad for being prejudiced against allergic people, but I told him he’s fine. And he is.Beyond watching sullen eight year olds who hate homework growing into high-achieving teenagers who will patiently walk a second grader they barely know through multiplication even if it interrupts their own studies, beyond watching kids discover their hidden love of acting, poetry, claymation, or fashion design, beyond even getting to walk through A SECRET PASSAGE HIDDEN BEHIND A BOOKSHELF multiple times a week, this is why I volunteer at 826NYC and want it to continue to flourish. It’s a safe space for people to ask questions, explore topics, and learn tolerance for people with dog allergies.
Why Image Comics and Creators Need to Stop Demonizing Editors Now -
Embracing the red pen.
I think this article could have used some revising to reflect there are at least four levels of “editorial involvement” at the Marvel/DC level:
I am reasonably certain every single Image book (and indeed, every book published in the world, even self-published ones) have people doing Jobs One and Two. You might have a few hardcore auteurs bristle against Job Two, but they’re few and far between.
Job Three is a necessary task — I wouldn’t even call it a necessary evil, though some might and I can see where they’re coming from — but I honestly don’t see a lot of it evident from most Big Two books, and where I do it’s usually something silly like the Batman Doesn’t Sit business.
Job Four is probably seen as a necessary evil, and is almost certainly where 90% of complaints about editors originate. I think a lot of times this involves shooting the messenger, since the assistant editor on Doctor Strange or Doom Patrol isn’t deciding when a marquee character turns into a [black person/woman/corpse/talking horse]. It’s frustrating as a reader to see stories you enjoy get derailed, so I can only imagine how it feels to the creators. It may be the cost of doing business, but it’s also a completely valid motivation for someone to want to stop doing that business, and to call it “demonizing editors” is wack.
Well I mean, her name is Scarlett Johannson, not Lucy. Right there we’re starting on some faulty scientific principles. Birth certificates are signed by doctors, who are scientists.
Anonymous said: Just curious: You mention "every time" you announce Greg Land is drawing a book, you get the same types of passive aggressive "I don't want to support" messages. Do you get these messages with any other artists?
To clarify, I get the same type of passive-aggressive message from the same small group of fans who don’t like Greg’s work. But that’s not indicative of the opinions of the audience as a whole. It’s just the same guys who have an axe to grind writing the same things regardless of what assignment Greg happens to have. Just one step short of #FIREGREGLAND territory.
I’m not someone who goes around writing to editors about what books I’m not going to buy, but I’m definitely someone who isn’t going to buy a book that has Greg Land art. I’m not sure if that means I have an axe to grind or I’m in borderline #FIREGREGLAND territory, but when did it become inappropriate to express negative opinions about creators you’re not a fan of?
Especially in a collaborative medium like superhero comics. I enjoy Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing as writers, but if their work is going to be drawn by someone I feel misses the essential points of storytelling, I would just as soon read their scripts and not have them misdirected and ruined by bad art. That’s just an opinion, of course, but I think it’s a valid one.
I may like The Rock as an action movie star, but if I don’t like Brett Ratner I’m not going to see his new movie. If Brian Eno announced he was producing the new Limp Bizkit album, I wouldn’t want to buy that. If this means I’m some passive-aggressive malcontent trying to take money out of Limp Bizkit’s kid’z mouthz, so be it.
For years now, comics have gotten lost in the noise of Comic-Con — but this year felt like the worst example of that. The comic-book companies seemed to have a harder time than ever breaking through the clutter, and there weren’t really a lot of big announcements. We got more details about Spiderverse and Grant Morrison’s Multiversity, but a glut of alternate universe stories didn’t feel especially fresh at this point. —
The Biggest Winners And Losers Of Comic-Con 2014!
I wish I knew which staffer wrote this paragraph, because I’d love to sit them down and tell them why they’re wrong. I was at the show this year and all I saw were people excited as HECK for comics. I spoke to several rooms packed FULL of people, with lines around the corner, who wanted to see Image creators. I was on a manga panel where a crowd of people cheered or gasped or laughed at our choices for best and worst manga. I personally spoke to several dozen of people a day who wanted to read Rocket Girl or Lazarus or Deadly Class or Kung Fu Bible Stories. I watched Jasons Aaron and Latour blow through their signing lines. I watched Scott Snyder hustle to make sure the fans were right. I watched Kelly Sue DeConnick do her thing with aplomb at what seemed like every single moment of the show, and I watched Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction make a couple hundred people a day smile goofily. People kept telling me how good the panels were and how it made them fans of authors they’d never heard of before. One cosplayer said that sneaking her into the Saga signing made her whole weekend.
And that was just the experience of one man working one booth. Boom! was hopping. Fantagraphics looked great. Vertical had some of the best books at the show.
If you were at SDCC and you don’t think comics had a fantastic presence, if you’re judging the significance of comics through whatever announcements to buy things that aren’t out yet came through, you need to adjust your sights. You’re aiming in the wrong direction.
Judge it by the smiles, not the capitalism.
Speaking as someone who didn’t attend SDCC and just half-followed along from the Internet, but I see where someone paid to write about THE SCOOPS from SDCC would find it lacking.
The stuff that drives attention and conversations and hits is obviously [SUPERHERO] DIES! [SUPERHERO] IS A LADY/BLACK MAN/HORSE NOW! [CREATOR] SAYS DC RULES AND MARVEL DROOLS, IS REVAMPING GUNFIRE!
There were a bunch of cool sounding books announced at SDCC and probably a lot of cool books for sale there and eventually I will buy them and enjoy them. But you’re not going to be able to write three thinkpieces and a “the fans react!” post about there being a new Gilbert Hernandez OGN or a Image putting out From Under Mountains or there being a charming Louise & Walt Simonson panel.
Ugh, townie trash cans moving into Gowanus and not even TRYING to blend in…
The moves Marvel is making now will have a greater impact on race and gender relations in this country than any politician or activist.— Dan Hevia (@DanHevia)July 17, 2014I quit.
One day African American households all over the country will add a photo of Marvel’s executive management team to photos of Mandela, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Obama on their mantle. Elders will regale youth with stories of an African American character who briefly replaced Captain America and a single title featuring an African American female character. Why, a black man even led a third (or fourth) tier Avengers team! If we’re really lucky, one day they might even hire an African American to tell these stories! Or any story!
Just to play devil’s advocate, if his definition of “relations” involves social media trending and hashtags, Marvel has a pretty good marketing department and on the flipside people are way more willing to flip out in public and argue that we shouldn’t have a She-Thor/Blacktain Blamerica than they are claiming only white dudes can be President/CEO/etc.
So it’s going to have a bigger impact on Internet arguments in 3Q 2014, I almost certainly believe that.
I will tell you right now, if the Bingo King was alive today, he wouldn’t brook any of this Neo Nazi free space bullshit. (at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club)
RIP The Bingo King, crushed to death by his own greatness and also an enormous bingo card. (at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club)