I’ve posted it before and I’ll post it again-
The king of the north, ladies and gentlemen. *And specific others*
Protip: This is a really bad question to ask when visiting the National Mall. We have 8 buildings surrounding the Mall, and a total of 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. A S.H.I.E.L.D agent should know better!
(We think she means the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in this case.)
I love that this is on the Smithsonian’s tumblr
Whoever does social media for the Smithsonian is awesome.
So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?
ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading
Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.
for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:
this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit
Because no matter what we do there will always be unevolved cowards among us. and the anonymity of the Internet brings out some people’s worst instincts.
please read my words carefully… I said some people. and its only some people. but those people seem really awful.
truthfully, it is not just female creators. a lot of people take weird, hateful shit from weird people. truthfully, honestly, a lot of us get showered with lovely thoughts all day as well but the sickening stuff stands out because… it just does.
but I think that all of us would hope that we would have gotten to a place as a society where our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives could go on the Internet without having to worry about being called a whore for having an opinion.
I think what rattles most of us in the comic book community is the fact that someone could read a bunch of comic books, with very specific, simple moral themes with highly moral characters, fighting the fight for good, and COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT.
you know what Capt. America would never do? he would never go on the Internet anonymously and slam anyone.
the point of the stories, the good ones :-), is to show us what we could be. not to waddle around in the minutia of comic book science but to enjoy a world were someone is fighting the good fight. a world we hope we could live in one day.
just because you are posting anonymously doesn’t mean that those thoughts are not yours. it is not role-play, it is not a character, that is who you really are. that is the energy you are putting out in the world. this isn’t some mask you are hiding behind… this is who you REALLY ARE.
and if who you really are is a bully, anonymous or not, I truly feel bad for you. I really do. I feel bad that you’re hurting so badly that you think you need to do this.
but there is NO excuse to attempt to punish others under the cloak of anonymous. none.
I’m tired of the Big Two getting crapped on by indie readers. Indie readers claim that creator-owned series published through Image are an oasis of originality and fresh concepts but take a closer look: Bounce by Joe Casey is a series about an average working class teen hero who faces social problems relevant to the time in which he was created. Just like Spider-Man. The Revenger by Ian Churchill is about a character called Griffin Franks who becomes a lethal vigilante after his life is stolen from him. Where have I heard that before? All of the many indie comics by Robert Kirkman and Mark Millar borrow heavily from Marvel and so do Dynamo 5, Morning Glories, Hell Yeah, America’s Got Powers and Umbrella Academy, albeit with aesthetic modifications. Sex is taking the classic DC style from the 80’s and doing an NC-17 version of it. Sex Criminals is about criminals who have superpowers through sex. Are these really bold, visionary concepts? The whole point of Image is so that creators can take existing DC and Marvel paradigms and re-work them into slightly askew but still largely plagiarized facsimilies and pocket the entirety of the profits themselves and if you don’t believe me, just go back and look at the original lineup in 1992. WildCATS was Jim Lee wanting to make an X-Men that was 100% his own. Youngblood was Rob Liefeld wanting to make a Teen Titans that was 100% his own. Cyber Force = X-Force. Spawn was Spider-Man times Batman on Halloween and McFarlane laughed the whole way to the bank. These are NOT big concept ideas, need I show you Liefeld’s Captain America clone? DC and Marvel characters have withstood the test of time because those ideas have legs and, to this day, the best most creators can do is steal those great concepts, tweak them 10% (or mix and match them with the following styles: zombie, wild west, post-apocalypse, in space) and then get on their high horse about how much better they are than work-for-hire. Even worse are Image fans who act like it’s such an act of intellectual bravery to “think outside the box” when all they’re doing is picking up watered-down rehashes of a briliant, unprecedented and culture-defining original concept that I’m not ashamed to admit I fucking love, even if the logo is owned by Warner Bros or Disney. And why am I not discussing “art comix” right now? Because they are such a boring, infinitesimal and culturally insignficant niche, no one on the planet remembers they exist unless they’re making one themselves. I’m out. *mic drop*
I didn’t read all of this because long.
But you picked out the small amount of “indie” books that happen to be about super powered people in order to make your argument work.
Pick something else from Image. Walking Dead. East of West. Manhattan Projects. Hack/Slash. Prophet.
Hell, go Vertigo. Scalped. Transmetropolitan. Sweet Tooth. Y: The Last Man. DMZ. 100 Bullets.
All of these books do exactly what you’re arguing. If you picked books that don’t solely support your argument, I.E. every other book in their stable, then you’d see there is some amazing original stuff out there and not all of it basically involves superheroes.
And I don’t even begin to mention the true indie publishers. A whole lot of original work there. But you’d probably discredit that because there’s probably one indie book that involves a super human, therefore all indies un-original.
ok i’ve been staring at the one with Goofy and Pluto for like 10 minutes now and still don’t get it. Someone more clever or less innocent explain?
Goofy is holding peanut butter, and dogs like to lick peanut butter.