Brian why does it seem that there is such hostility towards woman creators in the comic industry?



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. 

Well said, Mr. Bendis. Well said.


"Octohandy" - Sculpture by Richard A. Moore III.

beinArt Collective:
— with Richard A. Moore III.




Like the Warrior Women of Olde (Whom We Will Provide Historical Evidence for Once We Find It), Camia Gamet struck down her penis wielding cishetmale boyfriend.

He had it coming, of course.

You know what, fuck it. I can’t even keep this up. She had a history of beating the shit out of her boyfriend until she finally killed him, at one point repeatedly assaulting him with a fucking hammer. Nobody intervened. Nobody helped. There was no shelter he could go to. He cried for help while she repeatedly stabbed him to death.

***And if we had gender-neutral laws and equal-access shelters, this would not have happened.*** This is one of thousands, tens of thousands of deaths that could be prevented. This blood is on the hands of feminist lobbyists and feminist policymakers. Tens of thousands of names like this, stories like this. There is a reason that this is important, there is a price of human lives until we get real equality, actual equality, and not the sham that feminism has been peddling.

(Asterisks and bold emphasis in the first sentence of the last paragraph added by me.)


I volunteer at a “family shelter” that until recently was exclusively reserved for women and children. The men’s shelter in our area received less than half of the public funding that ours does and eventually it was closed all together, leaving men with children no local options.

I saw men, literally battered and bloody, turned away. Sure, the center offered to keep their kids though… 'No, it's cool man. We'll take your kids and put them into the CPS system. You can figure out how to jump through all those hoops to get them back later. Go on back to that home where your wife poured scalding grease down your back and wait, ok? Everything will seem different in the morning.'

Sure, there are “men’s shelters” but those places are primarily used by addicted or mentally ill indigents and the services provided there are poorly suited to men suffering abuse or to children. Those places simply weren’t designed to meet those needs. They’re overcrowded, poorly funded and poorly managed, and often, the men we saw who went to those places were robbed, beaten and abused just badly as they were in the homes they were trying to escape.

Very recently though, our shelter opened a men’s wing. Since then every bed has been full, every single night. EVERY BED. EVERY NIGHT. We’ve already doubled legal and psychological support staff and there’s still more help needed. And more and more men keep coming. 

To be clear, ours is a crisis center. In order to qualify for residence there, one must be a guardian to at least one child, and there has to be physical abuse that has been documented by doctors AND police. These aren’t lazy or drama queening dudes who just want someplace to crash because they’ve been fighting with their partners. These are men who are being battered and their children harmed and who have absolutely no place left to run.

If you think that women are incapable of abusing men as profoundly as men abuse women…I can introduce you to some people who will change your mind. Like the guy who came in with glass in his scalp and cheek from where his wife ground a broken drinking glass into his face - for the second time. Or the one who was drugged to sleep and then raped with a zucchini by his girlfriend, who filmed the entire thing and shared it with her friends. Or the one who had his knee broken by a baseball bat when he came home and told his girlfriend he’d been fired. Or the one who set on fire because his wife thought he was cheating on him. Yeeahh, these guys should just man up and fight back right? Or maybe they deserved it somehow? (Pardon me while I puke.)

Regardless of what you think about the patriarchy, the domestic abuse suffered by men is real, and there is a very real deficit in social support resources for men who suffer that abuse.  

When there’s drama in fandoms you’re not a part of








Just remember. There is no such thing as a fake geek girl.
There are only fake geek boys.
Science fiction was invented by a woman.


Specifically a teenage girl. You know, someone who would be a part of the demographic that some of these boys are violently rejecting.

Isaac Asimov.

yo mary shelley wrote frankenstein in 1818 and isaac asimov was born in 1920 so you kinda get my point

I am going to actually SCREAM if I see this post one more time with people claiming that Mary Shelley invented science fiction. She did NOT create the DAMN genre.

She is credited with creating/codifying the Mad Scientist Archetype and writing, occasionally, the first English language science fiction novel. But go ahead. Some little white American teenage girl created the entire genre. It’s not like her work is ACTUALLY considered a Gothic piece of work that incorporated science as a plot device.

I just…. You all DO realize that science fiction has been around since humans were able to think about the future? That the roots can be traced be to most ancient civilizations? I just. STOP. Does that even SOUND right to you?

No no, history is very simple and all humans other than those I intimately know are always one-dimensional.

Labelling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as science fiction is completely anachronistic. While it pioneered certain elements that would later come to inform the genre, The Modern Prometheus was very firmly set in the genre of Victorian Gothic.

The science in Frankenstein was only capitalizing on the vague notion of science that excited the popular consciousness. Galvanism was mentioned all of once in the story, and Victor does not actually discuss what his method was. Considering the genre, it wouldn’t actually be surprising if he delved into the world of witchcraft and neglected to mention it.

Claiming Frankenstein as science fiction was an attempt by the science fiction community of the mid-20th century to lend their favored genre a respectable pedigree. 





The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.

People of Color are not an anachronism.




1. Don Miguel de Castro, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Kongo to Dutch Brazil (1637)

2. Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine), of the Uighur, in European Armor (1760)

3. Sir Morien, Black Knight of the Round Table (c. 1200s)

4. Manuel I Komnenos and his second wife Maria of Antioch (c. 1150)

5. Sancho I of Castile and Léon (c. 1129)

6. Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici (1537)

7. Mulay Ahmad portrait by Rubens (1609)

8. Adoration of the Magi by David (c. 1490)

9. special post about the Fayoum Mummy Portraits (c. 100 B.C.E.)

10. Miniature from a Psalter, Including a Calendar (c. 1240)

Medievalpoc does it again.
The notion that the fucking Komnenoi, of all people, were black, is mind-boggling. Like, seriously. Manuel I Komnenos was half-Greek, half-Magyar. Unless medieval Hungary was really black, I don’t think so.

It makes me sad because otherwise pretty solid blogs are lapping up more and more Afrocentrism, and people like medievalpoc are happily providing it.

Honestly as soon as I get my resources in order and some spare time on my hands I feel almost obligated now to do a series on actual African civilizations and culture because Afrocentrism devaluates the reality of African history.

I think it can be best summed up as “no, we aren’t happy with the cultural achievements of tangible and related-by-African-sources black African cultures, despite being so radically opposed to white academia we need to find *our* black!Greece, *our* black!Egypt, “our” black!Rome etc.”

African culture, civilization and history is fascinating enough and can stand on its own without misguided attempts to imitate and renegotiate past brown and white civilizations.

>Medieval period
>Imagery from post medieval period
>Imagery from China


Come one, come all, and read the story of Old Man Henderson. The only player character to ever win at Call of Cthulhu.

Might do well to include the link.


Come one, come all, and read the story of Old Man Henderson. The only player character to ever win at Call of Cthulhu.

Might do well to include the link.


Can I just say how cool it was that both of these superheroines’ personalities and powers were explored in this episode? And how well it was done?

Starfire was not shamed for being emotional. Her powers come from her emotions.

Raven was not shamed for suppressing her emotions. Her power requires amazing control.

They both. Work. They are both different kinds of strength, and they are both heroic and powerful and good. And they each learned from the other, and helped each other out by seeing from each others’ perspective, and finding the value in their differing approaches! Wow!

Fuck yes, this is how you write super-ladies, okay. There’s more than one way to be a “strong female character.” There’s all different kinds of strength. Why don’t more people GET this?

This remains my favorite episode of the series.

Content warning: Sexualized violence in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2



Scheduled for release this week, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 revives Dracula as a shell of his former self. Emerging from his crypt with a hunger for fresh blood, the vampire sets upon a modern family - killing the father, feeding on the mother (from a grotesque first-person perspective), and leaving the fate of a child to the player’s imagination. It’s a scene that defines Dracula’s character, contributes to the game’s grim tone, and deliberately evokes imagery associated with sexual assault.

Sexuality is a consistent theme in vampire fiction. Some of it is nuanced; some is blatant. Castlevania approaches it in terms of shock value:

"We’re doing a game about vampires so we want to do some nasty, vampiric things,” explains Konami producer Dave Cox. "The family at the beginning, we did that because up to that point you’d played as a bit of a badass and then we just give the player a gentle reminder that you’re actually a really nasty piece of work."

Dracula is the game’s protagonist, and the “family scene” is the developers’ way of showing off his dark side. However twisted and evil the vampire may be, the player is expected to sympathize with him over the course of the game. The people in the crypt are one-note entities, existing only to be victimized. Given that this scene is designed to evoke shades of real-world trauma, putting the player in the role of an assailant is downright distasteful.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Shows Its Dark Side.” (Stace Harman, IGN) 9 January 2014.

Yes, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Did Make Me Feel Uncomfortable.” (Kat Bailey, USGamer) 13 January 2014.

Okay, so I watched a playthrough, and there was no indication of sexual assault (unless you count all vampires drinking blood from their victims as “sexual assault”) in the scene altogether.

Good work making a big deal out of it again.

Since the Victorian era, Vampires have been tied to sex, lust, greed, and uninhibited, socially destructive desires. Our protagonist is cursed. Vampires aren’t broody emo fops all the time, sometimes they lose control and become ravenous sub-humans. It’s part of their curse. They’re monsters. Having the player do something like this, something that the protagonist themselves may find abhorrent, puts them in the place of being a monster with an uncontrollable thirst. It makes the player a monster. It’s kind of like how in Prototype you can’t not commit mass murder.