Sunday lovin’ #kale #banana #pancakes and #vegan #jacksonheights …now that is sexy. 8-) @leigh_banks #queer
There is a phrase I have heard in English: to leave someone alone with their grief. Urdu has no equivalent phrase. It only understands the concept of gathering around and becoming ‘gham-khor’ - grief-eaters - who take in the mourner’s sorrow. Would you like me to be in English or Urdu right now?
Everyone who is anyone in the bottom feeding world of comics culture aka “comic forums and chatboards” knows that women (aka “bitches” aka “feminazis”) don’t belong anywhere in comics, particularly the ones in the genre known as “superhero” comics and their presence there is just another example…
New allegations of sexual harassment and inequality could help change a culture that routinely alienates female fans and cartoonists.
Of course in comics, because comics are part of everything else.
It has been a one-two punch for me and comics lately; it seems that I’ve been hit upside the head by a few well-placed speech bubbles.
Prodigy is bisexual. Comic books still have a problem with putting two black people in a relationship, though. I guess that feel they can kill two PC birds with one stone by making one participant…
This week I read “Wonder Struck”
by Brian Selznick. I had not hear of him before and so this was my introduction.
Facts before the run down: This GN is not by a POC; the characters are not POC. It was given to me to read by a co-worker. (I love recommended reads =D). The main characters come from two different moments in time (1977 and 1927) and both are hard of hearing/deaf.
Alright, yes I enjoyed it. Wonder Struck certainly taps my nerd-affinity for historical fiction (I read Galileo’s Daughter as 12 yr-old). Also, as a mixed-race child exposed to the nerdy side of mainstream 80/90s culture (think The Never Ending Story and Pagemaster).. well yes Wonder Struck gets me there too. Especially in the art… the drawings are beautiful. Gentle grey scale…what look like pencil sketches. There are two separate stories in the book and at the end they come together. The story line that most speaks to me is the one based in Hoboken, New Jersey 1927. The story opens with a little girl cutting out pictures from a magazine…and making a model city in her room.
I think this an experience of many shy/isolated children. We learn the character Rose experiences isolation because she a deaf child of hearing parents. Her hearing parents don’t understand the best way to support their deaf child and tell her often “It’s too dangerous for a deaf child to go outside”. This brings thoughts to the challenging path that parents of children with special needs and the children them selves walk in any era. I appreciate the characters having this depth to their life. This makes them more real.
Because real people have disabilities, real people are different colors and real communities represent folks from different eras/ages.
There are many reasons I liked this GN. And then, there’s the part of me that’s always excited for writers of all different persuasions (writers of color, writers of different abilities) to pen/voice their own stories. On the look out for us to share our stories. Till then…
I did enjoy Wonder Struck and I would take it up if you come upon it.
YES! Mi corazón, Chavela <3
[DESCRIPTION: Cover of ‘The Life and Times of Butch Dykes: Chavela Vargas,’ Issue 1 Vol. 1 (2009)]
TITLE: The Life and Times of Butch Dykes
AUTHOR: Eloisa Aquino
RELEASE: 2009 - present
ORIGIN: Montreal, Canada
DESCRIPTION FROM ELOISA: The Life and Times of Butch…