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It actually just occurred to me that if the main group in TWIYEH Ian is the only white guy.

I mean, there’s a bunch of them once you include the secondary characters, but of the main four.

I do sort of wonder sometimes if I should use the whole diversity angle as a marketing thing with my comics.

But it feels weird and bait-y for an indie comic that’s not explicitly about being queer and/or female and/or not white. IDK

Also I ain’t Marvel so nobody’s gonna interview me for TV because I wrote a comic with a girl main character.

georgetakei:

From Hookd-Guys Tumblr:

A fan sent me an invite to try this site, but to be honest I have no idea what a “grind” or a “woof” is. Someone explain?


I wonder if this thing will be trans guy friendly :|
It sounds like more the kind of thing I’d want than Grindr.

An Eternal Question

gailsimone:

Whenever a new character appears in mainstream comics, that is from a rarely represented, or poorly represented, marginalized group, there is a question of…

…do you do publicity mentioning it, or do you just present it as a story like any other?

I have gone back and forth on this a lot, and I don’t think any group has a real consensus. 

I used to think, hey, let’s make a big fuss, let’s let people know! Representation is important, let’s get the word out!

And now I am not so sure. It feels very weird to me to do a news story saying, “oh, this character is ______.” It feels like asking for cookies, like it does a disservice to the people being represented.

So, I don’t really do that. When Alysia Yeoh came out, I agreed to two interviews only. The media explosion that made it even to late night talk shows all came from just two stories. 

With the Movement, which had, I think, one of the most diverse casts of any mainstream comic ever, we didn’t ever do an interview about that. While books with much less diversity actually made headlines on that topic alone. And now, the Movement is canceled. ;)

But it still feels like the right choice to me. Treating those characters like any other characters still feels right. 


Am I wrong?  Is it better to get the word out?  The female Thor, Falcon as Cap, those are going to get huge sales, they got tons of media notice. And sales will be way up from where they would be if no one had said anything about it.

And sales is an important indicator, as much as we wish sometimes that it wasn’t. If female Thor and black Captain America do great business, that will very likely be a great thing for comics and representation.

To me, it still feels a little weird. But I want those books to be hits, I want books with representation to be hugely successful. 

The thing that gives me the most pause is, I know the vast majority of potential readers don’t follow comics on Tumblr, or news sites, or twitter. The only way they would ever know about a female Thor is if it gets huge publicity.  So is it better to talk about it like it’s huge news?

I had this discussion with a youth counselor in North Carolina, and he was absolutely ALL FOR doing publicity when new lgbtq characters were in mainstream comics. He used them as an aid when dealing with lgbtq kids who were struggling with acceptance. And he said the news stories of things like Kevin Keller at Archie and Alysia in Batgirl were a big deal to his kids.

So that gave me pause.

I still don’t know the answer. Big publicity can feel like exploitation, and even further marginalization.

But if it’s not mentioned at all, then the word doesn’t really get out, and the people who might most enjoy that representation may never get to see it.

I don’t have an answer for this at all, I’m just curious what you all think.

EDITED TO ADD: I don’t think The Movement failed for this reason, by the way. 

This is an issue I think about sometimes too.

I think I lean towards publicizing things, because even though it shouldn’t be a big deal, it’s rare enough that it kind of is.

And I think getting people talking about representation issues is a good thing.

You know, it just occurred to me that I’m not sure how to pronounce Kieran? I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it said out loud.

It’s like KEER-ANN.

Minor book update: all nine epilogue pages are inked and you can read them on Patreon if you’re backing me. the book is something like 30% formatted.

Chapter five will start on August 4.

Also it’s really weird having to present myself as my birth name now. When I first filled the script I was kind of half and half but now pretty much everybody calls me Kieran.

Saying “My name is Kerry…” at the pharmacy feels kind of wrong.

Goddamn it Target stop trying to run my  T script through my insurance, they are literally never going to cover it and you’re just delaying me getting my meds.

I have three weeks before I need the new vial and I swear to fuck if they don’t have it by then…

Shit I just wasted a huge chunk of time rewriting my OKC profile. I don’t know why I care. This isn’t a thing I usually care about.

Also random thought: I’ve had dating profiles on and off for years but no dude has ever sent me a random photo of his junk. I’ve been flashed a dong IRL but not online. I’m glad for this, but it seems pretty ubiquitous for straight girls and other gay boys.

And… why? Usually I can kind of guess the thought process for stupid shit but I really can’t figure that one out.

shankie replied to your post: shankie replied to your post:I guess w…

This reply box doesn’t have nearly enough characters for me to respond to this in any good way. You’re just plenty smart and capable and getting with someone doesn’t require anything special, no excuses, you just go for it and be honest.

The problem isn’t that I don’t think I’m good enough. There are plenty of awful people who manage to find love so that is apparently not a requirement.

The problem is that I don’t find anyone attractive enough to “go for”.

Apparently I just have impossible and undefinable standards IDK.

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