I was going to write about my major writer's block (which is a shame because I was going to do a writing blitz and it fizzled!), or perhaps how modern American Conservatism and Superheros do not mix...but this pisses me off.
How sexist is that bullshit! It's slamming doors in the faces of women. Women who are already treated like shit way too much by the comics subculture. Not to mention these guys are making light of RAPE. That pisses me off as well; as high profile rape cases here in the States had the communities trying to heap the blame on the VICTIM.
These guys callously use rape and disregard the ramifications. Not to mention they just "mansplained" comics to women. As a man, and as a guy who wants to work in comics, these "Legends" disgust me! We got many more women writers coming in after women like Gail Simone broke down the barriers, and these "Our Gang"-esque aholes want to put the "No Girls Allowed" sign back up.
These assholes are giving fuel for the worst elements of our culture. Not to mention, these guys probably pay much more attention to their own brands than what is going on around them (when was the last time McFarland had a hit?).
On behalf of the men who love and respect women everywhere; I say "FUCK YOU" to Mark "Kickass" Millar and Todd "Spawn" McFarland!
Great post and I'm glad to have seen that io9 article. Did you ever write about American conservatism and superheroes not mixing? I would be interested in reading that, especially with some people claiming that the very concept of the superhero is conservative even when the writers are liberal.
Let me tell you go to marvel and try and give them your work, never going to happen marvel or dc or most top companies won't take walk in's you have to know someone or go to a comic con and show your work.
Thinking they don't accept women is somewhat true but if you suck then wither your a male or female won't matter most people pushing there stuff will not except that they need to work to get better just cause your family and friends say your great doesn't mean you are.
Sometimes women have to use male names if your work can be accepted without being present by sending your work or by email it's sad but the boys club is still around . but you can make your own book and don't need the big companies. I made a book just to prove this you just have to push yourself but like I said you better check to see if your as good as your told by people you know humble yourself and show it to professionals who will tell you if you need work. I stop myself by thinking and telling myself I need alot of work and thinking it's never perfect.
Mark Millar has been rewriting the same story over and over for years and after reading what he said I undersatand why he's shit and has the imagination of a concussed lobotomised zombie that's just had it's brains blow out with an ATR. I've never read a Mcfarland comic and now never will but unless their remarks have been really taken out of context they are vile odious swines who appear to want to piss off any one with half a braincell and a mere smudgen of humanity.
This is why we need people like you and me doing what we do here on DA for the love it to break through into the comic buisness if only to show there are people who think the emotional aspect of storytelling is more important than constantly trying to shock for shockings sake.
I can't handle it, I'm going into concept design and one-shot illustration. <:/
When I was little, and walking around my home town and into comic shops as a kid (5 year old, plus) a lot of the boys there were super nice to me. They would buy me comics (ones for younger kids) and tell me about the (less inappropriate) parts of other superheroes, and I loved to listen. They tried to really talk up Wonder Woman to me, since she was one of the only popular/strong females at the time who wasn't completely sexualized. As I got older, they'd give me comics to read since I was a broke kid. I was never made to feel weird, they were all amazingly nice or just didn't say anything. I grew up watching the Spiderman and X-men cartoons and they were such a huge part of me when I was growing up.
I collected Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and a whole slew of other comics growing up. I'm still collecting Spiderman, and now Deadpool, whenever I have extra money. It makes me sad that there are men who think girls just aren't into comic, and that comics are somehow not meant for them.
I've always looked up to superheroes, male or female. They stand up for what's right, they make tough decisions. They lose their tempers and make mistakes, but that's when friends are there for you. To think that becuase you're a woman you can't appreciate those struggles....I just don't understand.
Wow, as a woman and a fan of Mark Millar's work (always hated McFarlane, he's a mega-douche) I am saddened and ashamed of him. I'm ashamed I've spent money on his work no matter how good it is. I guess both of these a-holes are so self involved they've never picked up an X-Men comic to see an example of diversity or gender equality. Then again Marvel has always seemed much more balanced than other companies, it's my own opinion of course.
I'm honestly just really angry about this and disappointed in them and anyone that harolds them and people like them.
"On behalf of the men who love and respect women everywhere; I say "FUCK YOU" to Mark "Kickass" Millar and Todd "Spawn" McFarland!"
It's really scary that people don't even acknowledge when they are being sexist . Honestly, I can't believe in 2013 there are still people with such backward viewpoints. It's especially frustrating because I enjoyed the movie Kickass so to hear that one of the creators of it is a sexist asshole really pisses me off. Anyways, it's always good to find someone else who agrees that this is unfair.
Do you read the Escher girls blog? ----->eschergirls.tumblr.com/ because it deals with these kinds of issues as does ami's personal blog ----->ami-angelwings.tumblr.com/ if you aren't reading them I highly recommend you do because they make some awesome points on there and can be quite humorous as well .
Agreed completely! I recentaly came to the conclusion that no superhero would be as nuts as the GOP (with the possible exception of the Punisher for obvious reasons). Superman was always a social crusader from the start, and comics have dealt with powerful issues.
Then it would be all Liefeld all the time; and no one wants that.