While the comic book industry has been making great strides in its efforts to reflect the real world in its characters, the same has not always been true of their creators, who have typically been straight, white and male. But the ratio of representation continues to change. David F. Walker, who is black, is writing a new Luke Cage series for Marvel that begins in May; that same month introduces a superhero universe from Lion Forge, with a diverse team of creators and characters, including Noble, the flagship hero who is black; and this summer will see the return of Kim & Kim, from Black Mask Studios, about two bounty hunters, one a trans woman, the other bisexual, written by Magdalene Visaggio, who is transgender. They join the growing list of comic book series with diverse characters at the forefront.I miss the part where Macedonians and Peruvians get some emphasis. And curious how no mention is made of Ramona Fradon, the artist of Metamorpho, Trina Robbins, artist of Vampirella, or Carole Seuling, the writer of Shanna the She-Devil. Nor do they mention that George Perez is of Latino background. And Walker's awful personality and politics go throughly without comment.
For a long time, “the American comic book industry has marginalized and excluded the voices of writers of color,” said Joseph Phillip Illidge, a senior editor at Lion Forge Comics. That has caused some fans to ask that characters of color have their stories done by creators of color.This is extremely ambiguous, and obscures what's become the real picture at Marvel for starters: instead of offering a creator of color the chance to write a book starring a white protagonist like Spider-Man, they just seem to assign them to script those characters who're already of different racial background like Black Panther. Indeed, I don't think there's ever been a black writer assigned to Spidey since Jim Owsley (Christopher Priest) wrote a number of issues in the mid-80s, but if there's any black writer who did get assignments involving white protagonists, it's him (and if memory serves, he was the co-creator of Quantum & Woody). So what are they driving at?
When characters and creators share a special bond, there is an increased chance of authenticity. That seems to be the case in Ms. Rivera’s work on America, judging by the early reviews. [...]Here, I'd say the mistake they're making is dragging race and sexual orientation into the whole mess. Why must racial issues be such a big deal? And if they are, who says somebody who's not of color can't pull it off? If Stan Lee and Jack Kirby could do it with Black Panther, Tony Isabella with Black Lightning, and Archie Goodwin with Luke Cage, then I think it's assured the same could be done even today. Especially if, let us consider, race doesn't have to factor into in everything at all costs. Point: racial issues alone do not a talented story make.
While having diversity among creators and characters is a step forward, more needs to be done, said Mr. Illidge, who also writes for Comic Book Resources (cbr.com), where he spotlights diversity in comics and popular entertainment. “The ultimate answer cannot be that people can only write characters that reflect their experience,” he said. “Part of the answer should be that companies that publish books that contain a significant number of characters of color should have a significant number of writers of color in their talent pool.” Ultimately, “the more diverse voices you have in the room, the greater the worldview you’ll get in your fiction.”But does that guarantee an entertaining story? Hardly. And this still doesn't answer any queries about why the diversity-advocates in the mainstream seem more concerned about introducing superheroes of color than civilian co-stars. Nor does it answer any questions about why only skin color matters, and not nationalities like Kenyans, Argentinians, Columbians, French, Romanians and Georgians. Hence, this is not an issue of "diversity" at all. It's just more of the same limited cliches.
Young, queer, Latina … and strong enough to punch star-shaped holes in reality. America Chavez – AKA unmasked avenger Miss America – is a welcome departure from outdated superhero archetypes. Since 2015, she has enlivened Marvel’s heavyweight super-team the Ultimates with her determined, no-bull attitude and unparalleled street style (instead of the usual unchanging crimefighting costume, Chavez favours a freewheeling wardrobe of covetable shorts, hoodies and jackets united by red, white, blue, stars and stripes). Marvel has finally realised her potential as a standalone hero: this month’s America #1 launches Chavez as the headliner of her own ongoing comic series. Taking time out from team-ups, she has enrolled at Sotomayor University, an advanced campus that includes a Department of Radical Women & Intergalactic Indigenous Peoples and a Fifth Element-obsessed sorority called the Leelumultipass Phi Theta Betas. Before long, she is teleporting through time and space to ace a tricky homework paper, in the process offering a fairly definitive position on the morality of punching Nazis.Which, in the minds of moonbats like the Guardian's contributors, is a thinly veiled code for punching conservatives. It may be one thing to make the new Miss America Latina, but making her a lesbian as well is only stuffing in far too much ultra-leftism, and makes the political leanings far too obvious. Which the paper is already doing when they talk about "outdated archetypes". Well if that's what they think, then there's no need for them to read any superhero comics; they can go right back to reading Judge Dredd with its bizarre depictions of the USA as a colossal totalitarian police state in the far future.
If that all sounds rather more exuberant than the usual superhero fare, it might be because of the atypical creative team behind the project. Artist Joe Quinones has previously explored some of the more absurd corners of the Marvel universe while working on the irreverent Howard the Duck series. Writer Gabby Rivera, on the other hand, is making a very high-profile comics debut. But as the young, queer Latina author of YA novel Juliet Takes a Breath, she seems indisputably qualified to plot the reality-hopping adventures of Miss America. (“I’ve always dreamt up wild, powerful and carefree superheroes that look like me and my family,” Rivera recently told the Washington Post: “Thick, brown, goofy, beautiful.”) And if there was any doubt about the fierce direction of the series, Quinones’s cover for April’s second issue is a righteous tribute to Beyoncé’s Formation video.Well at least we know where the writer's coming from. But which doesn't make this new take on one of Marvel's early superheroine creations from 1943 (Madeline Joyce) any better. All it does is give strong hints the writer's using this as a platform for her leftist politics. It should also serve to remind everyone how ill-advised it is to think Marvel's moving away from leftist politics so easily.
This March, Aqualad Jackson Hyde will join the ranks of DC's most powerful young heroes in Teen Titans #6.It's more like Aqualad sinking...into a quagmire of SJW balderdash. Say, if the mother's being made out to look bad, what are the chances they've brewed up an attack on parents, conservative-leaning or otherwise? This is no different from the time when Scott Lobdell wrote up a gay teenager in the Titans called Bunker. It's just an excuse to shoehorn a gay character into almost every series produced by a mainstream publisher, and shove the agenda down the audience's throats.
Writer Benjamin Percy will bring back the character -- last seen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 being berated by his mother for being gay -- into the series in a story fittingly titled "Aqualad Rising."
Jones, who stars as billionaire New York businessman Danny Rand — who becomes the titular hero “Iron Fist” — has previously addressed critics’ complaints with the series, but offered up a new theory in an interview this week with RadioTimes.Why does that sound an awful lot like anti-Trump rhetoric? And what good does it do for Jones to say that when earlier, he claimed critics don't get the series because it's "made for fans" and not critics?
The 28-year-old actor noted that the profile of his “white American billionaire superhero” character is too similar to that of Donald Trump, and that has been off-putting for liberal, Trump-hating television critics.
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show,” Jones said. “I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US.”
“We filmed the show way before Trump’s election, and I think it’s very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump’s in power, how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege when that archetype is public enemy number one,” the actor insisted.
You mentioned before all of the whitewashing controversy that’s been swirling around Iron Fist. Could you expand on that a bit?While he's correct that the SJWs are all making a huge fuss over nothing, I'd like to just quibble with his claim it wouldn't have bothered him if Danny Rand were killed off. It depends. If Danny died a hero, and not as part of some publicity stunt and crossover, I suppose that would work well enough. But if it did turn out to be part of a sensationalized stunt - one that might even turn Danny into a villain for the sake of it, which is arguably worse - then that would be objectionable. In any case, I'm still disappointed if Roy buys into the disposability mindset that saw even some of his own creations for DC killed off in the early 1990s, during the Eclipso: The Darkness Within crossover. And the irony is that some of the biggest victims at the time were a black girl and a Latina, Beth Chapel and Yolanda Montez from Infinity Inc, protegees of the original Dr. Mid-Nite and Wildcat. Something the SJWs attacking him now don't seem to mind, I notice. Why some characters can't just be written into retirement or quietly dropped from the book casts I just don't understand.
Yeah, someone made me vaguely aware of that. I try not to think about it too much. I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have. I mean, I understand where it’s coming from. You know, cultural appropriation, my god. It’s just an adventure story. Don’t these people have something better to do than to worry about the fact that Iron Fist isn’t Oriental, or whatever word? I know Oriental isn’t the right word now, either.
He was a character for a comic book at a different time. It’s very easy to second-guess anything. You can argue about Tarzan, you can argue about almost any character who came up then is bound to be not quite PC by some later standard or other. Okay, so you can make some adjustments. If they wanted to kill off white Iron Fist and come up with one who wasn’t Caucasian, that wouldn’t have bothered me, but neither am I ashamed for having made up one who was. He wasn’t intended to stand for any race. He was just a man who was indoctrinated into a certain thing.
I just think some people have too much time on their hands, I guess. They have an infinite capacity for righteous indignation. By and large, that tends to be misplaced quite often because if you’re becoming all upset over things that are just stories, and if you don’t like it, instead of trying to change somebody else’s story, go out and make up your own character and do a good job of it. That’s just fine, but why waste time trying to run down other people’s characters simply because they weren’t created with your standards in mind?And he's right. But these are just the very whiners he acknowledged they are, talentless people who have no interest in impressing upon anybody but their overblown egos.
Now if something is really racist or degrading to a sex or race, an ethnic group or something like that, that’s something else, but Iron Fist isn’t that and never has been. It’s all about a fictitious race, a fictitious place like a Shangri-La, and one person who happens to be its emissary. There’s no reason why he can’t be Caucasian.
Because I did want to reach out to all races. Marvel has always pioneered — for years — in having people of other races in the comics, from Black Panther through Luke Cage and a few others. I made up the concept for another group a little later, I think it was in one of the kung fu magazines we had, “magazines” being the black and white comics, as we called them. I made up a concept — I forget if I made up the name — called the Sons of the Tiger. It was three people: one white, one black, one Asian. I turned that over to other people and let them handle it. I figured if that doesn’t hold, people are just too damn particular, they’re just too damn sensitive for their own good or anybody else’s. But then I really don’t have much sympathy at all to trigger warnings or any of that crap. I think it’s overdone and nobody but a baby needs it, an intellectual baby.
On the other hand, if they had decided to make Iron Fist an Asian, that would have been fine with me, too. I wouldn’t have cared. I didn’t consider myself the safeguard of some kind of Caucasian literary standard or anything like that. But I would have found it easier to write about a Caucasian, so that’s one reason I probably did it. If somebody had suggested, “You want to make it so he’s Asian?” Well, we could have done that too.
He could have a buddy who was Asian. It could have been a trio, like that group I just mentioned. You know, just make up a new character. Don’t worry about trashing another one. Just make up a new one. There’s always room for one, and it’s always better to be creative than to be a critic. I’ve been both. It’s better to be creative. There’s nothing wrong with being a critic, but after a while, you’re basically talking about other people’s work. That’s perfectly okay. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a perfectly respectable thing, but I think you should try to put yourself in their shoes instead of constantly complaining because they didn’t do exactly what you think they should have done. Rather than having that, you should go out and do it yourself.
...Look, we all know that there are a lot of people who just don’t “get” geek parenting. They think that board gaming is fine, but really, all those video games are just rotting kids’ brains. They report back to us about research that is outdated and biased. Yes, even scientific research comes with a bias. Just read Killing Monsters by Gerard Jones.Looks like somebody didn't get the memo, or she's just plain ignorant. Hey lady, haven't you heard? Jones was arrested last December 29 for trafficking child porn on his computer, and is suspected of child molestation in Britain. Some recently planned trades collecting his past work from the early 1990s have been canceled or put on hold till who knows when. That's not somebody whose "research" I'd want to recommend. Talk about outdated indeed! Because that's where it's headed, and I wouldn't be shocked if there was some kind of bias in Jones' book to boot. The topic itself of whether or not video game violence has a negative effect on kids may be valid, but Jones is not qualified to argue it.
To be honest, before researching for the panel, I knew video games weren’t bad for kids. We all do, right? What I didn’t realize was just how good they could be. From my perspective, the most interesting part of the research turned out to be how kids use gaming. For kids, much as Jones noted, gaming is something they choose to do not something done to them. Kids want to be in control and often don’t feel they are. [...]
Ever since Flashpoint, DC Comics has tried not to stray too far into roster-wide comic book event series. That’s going to change this year with Dark Days—a big new project being pitched as what could be an over-the-top sendoff to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on the Dark Knight.What a joke to say they've tried not to go too far into the muck. Why, the Rebirth crossover itself was basically that. The word "dark" alone is a sound giveaway that this likely to be just another excuse to wallow in grisly angles that became alienating long ago. Why, there have been far too many Bat-crossovers over the past 2 decades, now that I think of it, starting with Knightfall and later getting worse with Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive, and more recently, Batman: Night of the Owls. Sometimes, I wonder if there's far more crossovers spreading over the Batbooks than any other franchise with additional titles DC publishes.
Today DC announced that Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr. are teaming up for two one-shot comics called Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting that promise to “reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe” before heading into a new line-wide event series.
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