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…
Two days ago I finally found Buddha Volume 2 while I was browsing at Mt. Pleasant library in DC. For some reason V2 has been checked out again and again every time I go for it for the past 2 years!!! I guess I was meant to wait for greatness ;)
The author & artist Osamu Tezuka is a legendary Japanese storyteller who worked for Disney for a long time. (This can be evidenced in his cutesy drawings) This drawings actually push some folks away, but I really like them. As far as volume 2 compares to volume 1… I thought it was better! Many folks think that 2 isn’t as good. But in volume one you have to wait till page 268 before Siddartha is even born! The second book begins with stories from Siddartha’s young life. He questions death at an early age…
I appreciated Tezuka’s careful yet honest way of approaching these aspects of the human condition. Later Siddartha becomes a rabbit in order to experience death itself. After this he realizes he must experience life outside his castle and soon escapes with Tatta (from volume 1). Outside of the castle Siddartha observes for the first time all the suffering in the world. He can’t take it and returns to his castle only to realize his lover from his adventures outside is from a lower caste and cannot come in the castle with him. Soon he is forced into marriage with another but Siddartha still longs to return to the outside and understand suffering. His wife becomes pregnant and though Siddartha feels troubled about leaving he decides he must understand suffering even if he has to leave his wife and child. Bandaka seeks to take over Siddartha’s wife and his kingdom. He doesn’t succeed in taking the wife but does take the kingdom and a different wife. His wife bears a child; Devadatta. At the end of the volume it is said that Devatta & Siddartha will meet in 20 years. Can’t wait till I find Volume 3! :) Hope you enjoyed!
Have you read Buddha V2? What did you think of it??
By Cata, POCZP East Coast Intern
The Truth Tour consists of folks from the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota and allies, traveling to different cities in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic to tell their stories, advocating for a return to matriarchal leadership and raising…
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