Posted 1 hour ago

One of those days…

Where I’m feeling like I’m in everyone else’s way. And no one gives a shit if they’re in mine.

Just a small day.

Posted 2 days ago

The Poverty of Culture | Jacobin

"Despite all evidence to the contrary, blaming black culture for racial inequality remains politically dominant. And not only on the Right."

Pull this out when someone hits you with the “black people don’t want to do anything, and it has nothing to do with racism or structural racism at all.”

Posted 2 days ago
Posted 3 days ago

Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test


Some choice passages:

had to understand that the audience only wanted white, straight, male leads. I was assured that as long as I made the white, straight men in my scripts prominent, I could still offer groundbreaking characters of other descriptions (fascinating, significant women, men of color, etc.) – as long as they didn’t distract the audience from the white men they really paid their money to see.

Only to learn there was still something wrong with my writing, something unanticipated by my professors.My scripts had multiple women with names. Talking to each other. About something other than men. That, they explained nervously, was not okay. I asked why. Well, it would be more accurate to say I politely demanded a thorough, logical explanation that made sense for a change (I’d found the “audience won’t watch women!” argument pretty questionable, with its ever-shifting reasons and parameters).

At first I got several tentative murmurings about how it distracted from the flow or point of the story. I went through this with more than one professor, more than one industry professional. Finally, I got one blessedly telling explanation from an industry pro: “The audience doesn’t want to listen to a bunch of women talking about whatever it is women talk about.”

According to Hollywood, if two women came on screen and started talking, the target male audience’s brain would glaze over and assume the women were talking about nail polish or shoes or something that didn’t pertain to the story. Only if they heard the name of a man in the story would they tune back in. By having women talk to each other about something other than men, I was “losing the audience.”

(Source: animal-colectivo)

Posted 4 days ago

The Greatest Black Women In Superhero Comics (Who Aren't Storm)




Now, think about how many of these have been written by black people for any length of time. and look into how many have ever been written by black women.
I haven’t done the full research, but I’m not sure anyone but Rocket and bumblebee have even appeared in a panel in a book written by a black woman. And as cool as these characters are (I have a lot of problems with martha washington though) think about how much better they would be if someone who was truly interested in the full humanity of these characters wrote them. Imagine the stories we could ever get if comics weren’t so interested in maintaining their all white mostly male writing base.

Truth indeed. I’m not up on a lot of these (I’ve heard of most, and have only read a few) but I wonder if these characters got to stretch and be something more than badasses who speak AAVE and big hoop earrings. 

Posted 4 days ago

The Greatest Black Women In Superhero Comics (Who Aren't Storm)


Posted 4 days ago

On “ordinary people making art”…

So, this has been in my head for a hot minute…

Here in Chicago, a lot has been made of Vivian Maier, a woman who lived in New York and Chicago after some time spent in France. She died in 2009, and someone found boxes and boxes of her photography, and critical acclaim followed. 

Her work is indeed a capsule of her time; she had a good eye, and wasn’t really even going for “artsy”; apparently, she took pictures of things she liked. Some of her stuff I like, some I could do without. Not the point here.

I think my surprise is in the “cultural elite”, who seemed…surprised. “Look at this woman!” they exclaimed. An ORDINARY woman, working a 9 to 5 and taking photos on her spare time! And so WELL! CAN YOU IMAGINE!

It’s almost as if they can’t fathom ordinary people doing great work. Or that someone can hold down a day job and still do art that’s worth their notice. It’s patronizing, it’s reductive, and it’s insulting. The subtext reeks, and I just had to get that off my chest. Fuck you, “cultural elites” and “tastemakers”. 

Posted 6 days ago


Awkward writing moments in American comic book history.

Words fail me.

Posted 1 week ago

The difference between DC and Marvel


How DC ends their movies:



How Marvel ends their movies:



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Posted 1 week ago
I am not my oppression.