I was on the toilet with that last ask I answered so I decided to actually sit and try to help the best way I can. Anon, I’m still in an art rut especially with anatomy and I’m totally not the best with it, but let me link all of you to some things I like to…
Am I tripping for having a vision? My prediction: Imma be on the top of the world. Walk your walk and don’t look back. Always do what you decide. Don’t let them control your life. That’s just how I feel.
Fight for yours and don’t let go, Don’t let them compare you, no. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. That’s just how we feel.
So, am I wrong for thinking that we could be something for real? Now, am I wrong for trying to reach the things that I can’t see? That’s just how I feel. Just trying to reach the things that I can’t see.
I’ve always hated that mentality when it comes to comic books. Why? Because it tells me that the person reading the comic has no idea what the fuck they’re talking about. They’re so stuck in their own little bubble, they haven’t even realized that the very first comic books were…
(I work the floor at an independently-owned menswear store. The owner, my boss, spends a lot of time at the shop, and tries to keep prices as low as possible to help our city’s large homeless population get good job interview clothes. A clearly homeless man is wandering around the store. The other patrons are giving him looks.)
Customer:“Excuse me, sir?”
Customer:“I think you may want to call security. That… bum over there, he keeps feeling the suits and muttering to himself. I’m just sure he’s planning to steal one.”
Me:“Well, ma’am, I think that’s quite unlikely.”
Customer:“Oh, come on, you know how they are! I mean, I’d keep an eye on him even if he wasn’t homeless!”
(The homeless man in question happens to be Hispanic.)
Me:“We don’t discriminate here, ma’am.”
Customer:“Well, I’m sure the owner would want to hear about this!”
(I give in and call him over. The customer explains her concerns. As a black man, my boss isn’t happy with her racism, but agrees to talk to the homeless man.)
Owner:“Excuse me, sir, are you finding what you need?”
Homeless Man:“Well, not really. I’m hoping for something versatile in a dark or navy wool, but most of the options in my size are cut American style instead of European, which fits me a little better. Not to mention they’re all pinstriped, which I really don’t have the build for, you know?”
Owner:“I… yes, I understand. I think we may have some options over here, if you’ll follow me. How did you know all that?”
Homeless Man:“Back before I lost my job, I used to be really into this stuff. I’m not looking for anything fancy, just something I can use to look good for a job interview later today.”
(My boss helps him find something he likes, and comes to the counter with him. The suit is priced at $87.)
Homeless Man:*digging in his pockets* “Hang on, I think I’ve got enough.”
Owner:*to me* “Take my card. I’m buying it for him.” *to the homeless man* “Here. The suit’s yours, on one condition. After your interview today, you come back and apply for a job here too. Got it?”
Homeless Man:“I… oh my God, thank you. Thank you so much.”
(Two years later, that formerly-homeless man is my manager, and has a little girl with his new wife—the owner’s sister.)
Gingerhaze is tired of the geek culture gatekeepers who’ve made her IRL comic shop experience a sexist one.
Noelle Stevenson, a.k.a. Gingerhaze, may be a Tumblr celebrity and one of the most well-known comic artists on the Internet, but she still can’t get fair service when she walks into a real life comic shop.
In a comic posted yesterday that quickly went viral on Tumblr, Stevenson sketched her frustrations with the many ways that geek culture’s rampant sexism manifests the moment a woman walks into a comics shop. In what will probably be a familiar refrain to other comics-loving geek girls, Stevenson ran down the list of uncomfortable moments she’d experienced when trying to buy comics in person. …
“I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics,” Stevenson said.
But soon after her comic blew up on Tumblr, Stevenson was treated to an online example of the kind of gatekeeping she, Leth, and countless other women in geek culture had experienced. Tumblr user callmeprofessor reacted to Stevenson’s comic with anger, questioning the knowledge of the women who came to comics stores and opining the loss of comics that functioned purely as “escapism” for male geeks:
The new Batgirl design has been often credited to Cameron Stewart OR Babs Tarr but rarely to the both of them. The design process was in fact a collaboration with both artists contributing to the final design.
Cameron: When DC first approached me about taking…