hi guys! this is a comic i made for a final in my comics in literature class. we had to do a research paper on a topic we’d discussed in class and then accompany it with a comic with a relevant subject. my paper was about hyper-sexualization of women in comic books, but i decided to broaden it out here as well as personalize it and make myself the subject and discuss something i’ve been subjected to in the convention circuit and on the internet as well as thousands of other women, as well as give a cue to thought about how the comic book industry as well as the video game industry and even just media in general (all of which are male dominated) push such ridiculous pressures onto girls and women.
also, it feels kind of silly to have to add this since i hope it’s obvious, but i am very aware that there are men that don’t subscribe to this attitude, and am incredibly grateful that these issues are brought to light to people other than the ones that are subjected to it.
anyway haha i have literally been staring at this for 9 hours i don’t even know which direction is up anymore. thanks for reading!!!
I love this comic. Not like the gushing excited kind of love, but the same love I feel for works by Walt Whitman and Harlan Ellison, when I feel a deep truth in one page, one paragraph, one line.
My sincere sympathies and encouragement goes out to all ladies AND fellas who don’t “fit” people’s screwed up expectations. If you’re a fan, doesn’t matter what you look like or sound like, if you wanna cosplay, DO IT. Do what YOU want, fuck the rest. You don’t need to worry yourselves about the opinions of asshats.
…While it may not be as immediately gratifying, there are those of us who haven’t got the balls to cosplay or put ourselves out there, and we see you do so and admire you for it. You have our respect.
With Louis CK selling his stand-up specials directly to customers from his own website for five bucks a pop, we’re starting to see ways that the last panel can really come to be the norm.
The book industry is going in a similar direction. Just as middle-men are getting removed from the relationship between the musician and their audience, the same is happening for writers and their readers. Now, writers will always need editors, the unsung heros of literature, and unless they want to spend a lot of time on social networks, they will need people to spend energy publicizing their work. So while it doesn’t seem like books will become a one-man or one-woman operation in most cases, the process probably will start to slim down, which means writers will take a larger cut of the profit. And that’s totally okay with this publisher, because they deserve it.
I’m excited to live in the future, for this reason (among a few others).