Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.
This is great. I love that there are so many comics for children (like Adventure Time) that are written and/or illustrated by women. I know it has encouraged my daughter to start drawing her own comics.
Anonymous asked: I apologize for being an easily triggered ask-box invader, but could you please, please tag your RDJ posts? He triggers me something terrible, I do not approve his turning of the Iron Man franchise into glorification of alcoholism and (female) slut-shaming :(
Sure, absolutely, I can do that. I’m really bad about actually tagging things as thoroughly as I could, but I try to make sure I at least put on tags I know that people want to filter out, so I can do that.
Are we sure that anon hasn’t confused “triggering” with “something that annoys me and I don’t like to see”? I can see the point of trigger warnings when it comes to a topic but rape or abuse, but for celebrities? Really?
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
so here is a thing that is happening in my life that I am really incredibly excited about
I can say from SECRET, PERSONAL EXPERIENCE that this novel is utterly magnificent.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that John D can write good like crazy good. But somehow I was still surprised, and moved, and amazed page after page after page.
I am talking about audible gasp type stuff, and also deeper, interior gasps of reflection and astonishment and gratitude.
Also, that book jacket is incredible, even thought I solved the maze in like, nine seconds, because of my powers.
But otherwise, this story is a hard and beautiful human puzzle that will be a pleasure to solve and resolve over many readings. And you can quote me on that. Every day.
That is all.
I have a lot of books I’m looking forward to reading this year, but this one I’m especially psyched for. Congrats, John.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my followers!
A valentine for the Rowsdower in your life.
If loving this is wrong then I don’t want to be right.
Vladimir Putin as every member of the Village People
A few people asked to see this although I believe Matty Knight was the first