22 7 / 2014

kateordie:

bevsi:

if-dementors-were-pink:

can we just take a moment to imagine little cute nine-year-old hermione reading matilda

and peering into this book about a smart, bookish girl who could move things with her mind

and then can you imagine her concentrating very hard on the books on the bookshelf and slowly, slowly, getting them to move

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Sometimes I get huffy about tumblr but then I see that 260,000 people got the same kind of chills I did reading this…

But what if there was another girl who read Roald Dahl’s The Witches instead and then got a letter from Hogwarts telling her she was actually a hideous demonic murderer of children?

22 7 / 2014

22 7 / 2014

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

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22 7 / 2014

gimpnelly:

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My dear, darling, sweet cat Chicken passed away last night at 10.5 years old. It was sudden and unexpected and completely awful. I’m devastated and so are Paul and Monkey, her littermate and brother who has never been apart from her for more than a few hours. I adopted her from the shelter…

Chicken was a lovely cat (as is her brother Monkey) and this is a great suggestion about how to help animals and support what you love at the same time.

21 7 / 2014

mikemaihack:

No one is more excited about Batgirl’s new costume than Kara.
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mikemaihack:

No one is more excited about Batgirl’s new costume than Kara.

Original available here
More BGSG comics

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19 7 / 2014

ealperin:

postcardsfromspace:

craziesunshine:

gailsimone:

Many of you have probably heard of Paul Dini’s interview on Kevin Smith’s Fatman On Batman podcast, where Dini comments that shows on Cartoon Network with large female followings were actually being canceled, because ‘girls don’t buy the toys.’ So the network wants shows that appeal primarily to boys, at least in the superhero genre.

This is incredibly ignorant on many levels. Girls don’t buy genre stuff? Are these people THAT out of touch? 

I have experienced some of this myself. A couple examples that spring to mind are:

1) The Wonder Woman animated film did not make as much money as some other DC animated films at first. However, over time, it outgrossed many of the other DC films. Keep in mind, it was competing with animated films that had major live action movies going at the same time…Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc. It outgrossed the Green Lantern animated films. But for inexplicable reasons, that is never mentioned…all that is ever mentioned is that it didn’t hit big right out of the gate. Neither did MOST of the animated films, but for some reason, only Wonder Woman is held accountable, despite making more money over time.

2) I also experienced some of this in talks with Disney right before they purchased Marvel. They asked me to develop tv ideas for them, interestingly NOT because I was female, not for a female audience, they wanted a BOY audience, and they felt I could help deliver that with good action stories. I bring this up because it’s interesting…people who are mad there’s no Black Widow film in the planning,(understandably) are upset. 

But my meeting with Disney tells an interesting picture. The executive I spoke with put it very bluntly, to his credit. He said that at one time, Disney OWNED the boys’ adventure market on television. But over time, they had more and more success with programming for girls. To the point where boys actively started avoiding the Disney brand. 

You think they bought Marvel and Star Wars for purely the intellectual properties, you would only be partially correct. They bought those properties to make Disney cool for boys again. To own the boys’ adventure market like they felt they already owned the market for girls’ progra… 

This idea that girls don’t buy toys is completely and totally ridiculous even now. The companies don’t even have to change anything!

I was working at Pixar when Disney bought them and brought John Lasseter in as Chief Creative Officer, and the rumor was that Disney said he could make any changes he wanted to … except to the Disney Princesses line, because selling those toys and merchandise basically paid for everything else

Girls already buy toys! I understand there’s this “Barbie” doll that’s pretty popular. But we’re not trained to look for them in the same way and the same places boys are.

I’ve heard in several places that Young Justice was cancelled because lack of toy sales, which producers blame on the female audience, but I never saw a single toy commercial when I watched the show (there’s a reason for this*). The only reason that I knew the toys existed at all was because my husband collects toys. Once I found out about them, though I was the reason we collected every single one.

And let’s be real, the YJ toys barely even “action figures” — the toys have less articulation than a Barbie doll, so if a girl buys a Barbie doll why wouldn’t she enjoy something along the same lines with these guys? (Not that I’ve ever heard anyone go “ew I can bend his knees.”) 

We just need to know they exist and that *gasp* they’re in the toy aisle that isn’t coated in pink.

*But what’s really unfortunate is that companies can’t advertise toys for a show while the show is airing - if YJ is the only show girls watch, it’s impossible for them to see toy commercials for YJ toys. What networks need is MORE shows that appeal to both boys and girls so that they can catch those eyes later and advertise, for example, YJ toys (they could have gotten us during Green Lantern, btw). 

Sorry, rant over. I just owned all the Turtles and She-Ra/He-Man stuff as a kid, and I’m pretty sure girls today would join me. :(

Oh. My. Fucking. God.

Networks, do you know why girls don’t buy the toys? It’s because NO ONE MAKES THEM. 

Mattel, as far as I know, still straight-up refuses to make action figures of non-movie-versions of the Avatar characters. Outside of custom sculpts and mods, you cannot find a non-movie Katara, nor Toph. I have looked. I have been looking for years.

Because it is trickier to completely omit the title character than just half the main cast, there are still no Legend of Korra action figures. None. Can you imagine how much they’re losing in revenue because of that? But they would rather completely skip the market than risk making a toy based on a female character.

Think about that. Do you know what A:TLA's viewership and subsequent readership stats were? Do you know what A:LoK's are? And they still refuse to make toys, because “female action figures don't sell.” And then they cancel shows because girls don't buy action figures that are designed, picked, and marketed to exclude them as thoroughly as possible.

Just like girls will read comics if the comics are worthwhile and well marketed, girls will buy toys if the toys are fun and engaging and linked to properties they care about. Fuck, boys will buy toys linked to those properties, too—look at My Little Pony. Look at the number of worn-out and beloved Princess Leia figures in shoeboxes in my peers’ parents’ attics.

Networks, IP owners, the reason girls don’t buy those toys is that your licensing partners are shitty at their jobs. Ditch them, not the shows. And certainly not the audience.

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19 7 / 2014

18 7 / 2014

"What’s wrong [with the comics industry]? … In the late ’70s, all the comic fans decided to get into the business. The problem is, it was a bunch of superhero fans. And an industry that had, up until that point, catered to almost every genre imaginable slowly and slowly was narrowed down and boiled down to a point where it was superhero comics, and that’s all there were. And then they all were writing these comics for each other — not for a mass market, not for young people. And then, as they aged, the content aged to suit their needs. And the idea is, when you’re an adult, you’re supposed to turn to other forms of entertainment, maybe, or appreciate comics for what they were. But that hasn’t been the case. So now we have superheroes that rape, we have heroin addicts, we have all this kind of bullshit that’s been heaped onto these characters that were meant to entertain kids and give them a little sense of right and wrong and adventure. I think it’s so sad. And you see what the strategy has done. … In 1972, Jimmy Olsen comics sold 200,000 copies a month, and it was canceled because that wasn’t enough to keep it going. These days, the best-selling book can barely scrape past 70,000 — never mind the worst-selling books. So let’s take a look at that strategy that’s been applied to this business. How’d it work out? Not too good. And the less people that read ‘em, the more expensive they have to be, and the more cryptic they have to be to cater to that tiny little market they’ve got. That’s what’s wrong."

Darwyn Cooke (via comicquotations)

Epic rant.

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Also applicable to miyazaki’s statement the other day

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18 7 / 2014

tamorapierce:

bishkebab:

storyduke:

Been watching Adventure Time in my spare time from work. Suddenly felt like doing fanart of Tamora Pierce’s Tortallan heroines in that style today :)
http://maseiya.deviantart.com/art/Adventure-Tortall-468856587

has anyone actually tagged tamorapierce?

I like it!!!!

tamorapierce:

bishkebab:

storyduke:

Been watching Adventure Time in my spare time from work. Suddenly felt like doing fanart of Tamora Pierce’s Tortallan heroines in that style today :)

http://maseiya.deviantart.com/art/Adventure-Tortall-468856587

has anyone actually tagged tamorapierce?

I like it!!!!

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18 7 / 2014

batgirlofburnside:

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The new Batgirl design has been often credited to Cameron Stewart OR Babs Tarr but rarely to the both of them. The design process was in fact a collaboration with both artists contributing to the final design.

Cameron: When DC first approached me about taking over Batgirl as…

18 7 / 2014

I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con for all four days next week! While I’m not on any panels this year, I do have several stints signing at the Womanthology table (Artist Alley EE-04).

  • THURSDAY - 9:30-11:30
  • SATURDAY - 1:30-3:30

I’ll make sure to tweet when I’m at the table and if there are any changes to the schedule (@Jody_Houser on Twitter). I have a few Cupcake POW! print sets left and may have a few surprises on hand so make sure to stop by and say hi!

17 7 / 2014

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17 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: Why do writers have to break into the comic business? Why can't it be like ever other job. You submit an application of whether you have the skills or not and then the interview. What makes the comicbook industry so special that people have to be picked by the big two to get to write for them. Wouldn't it be more practical and profitable to find experienced and educated people (this is not a knock on you but more on the writers that never held a degree) to writer comics for the big two?

brianmichaelbendis:

It’s a good question. It’s not just comics… it’s almost any form of entertainment occupation. movies, music, television…

 education never hurt anybody but all people who write the checks care about is how good the finished product is. nobody ever asked me for my diploma.  they read my comics and decided that I should make comics for them.

 the nonstop 10 years I spent making independent comics was my job application.  and whatever my last script that I handed in was is the job application for my next job.

 I know it’s frustrating, but anything worth having is, there is no right or wrong way to make these dreams come true but if you are not working towards your goal every day it’s not going to happen

17 7 / 2014

16 7 / 2014

200degreemrfahrenheit:

Series of paintings discovered in an abandon mental asylum in Italy.

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