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Part three of this series was planned to go out last week, but I received a response that has dynamically shifted the conversation. Good friend and fellow comic artist, Shell Presto, has thrown her hat into the ring and offers a view that, quite frankly, a lot of people may disagree with. I’d like to address her thoughts. Please be respectful of her opinions and experiences. Above all else, civility. You can read her original response here.
Part III: A New Challenger Approaches! (The Other Side of the Crash)
Representation in comics is a very touchy subject. That rings true for Shell as well, but she is concerned that discussions like this may be “a matter of a squeaky wheel just getting grease.” I strongly disagree.
I’ve said before on my stream with @soulkarl, comics (and entertainment as a whole) is a reflection of who we are as a society. Although Shell has had nothing but pleasant experiences stepping into nerd space, there are plenty of women who have had nightmarish experiences and it is beyond me to belittle that.
I was at a Magic: the Gathering store in rural Connecticut and some guy called me “Two-Chains”, am I to ignore how racist that situation was. Should I have given him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he thought I world renown rapper Two-Chains?
Men who ignore a woman clerk in favor of a male clerk should not be given a pass because maybe he is uncomfortable speaking to females. What does that say about how we view women? What sequence of events led to this human’s inability to see a woman as an equal in this space. I refuse to sugar coat this reality, if you’re a male and you have difficulty speaking to women, you must ask yourself what “speaking to a woman” means.
Shell and I see things eye to eye when it comes to voting with your dollars. I draw the line when claims are made that things are fine the way they are because comics are intended for such and such an audience and that audience likes such and such a thing. This series is about the problem with representation in comics, at the heart of that problem is us. Remember that at one time “black-face” was an acceptable form of entertainment, try and get away with that today.
You have the right to freedom of speech, but not an exemption to the consequences of what you say. I personally would like to see change, I think that thought processes like these are stifling and detrimental to progress.
th+ink comics is an attempt to dynamically discuss the sociopolitical side of comics and sequential art. Feel free to engage.