Hi, I'm Kristen. 23, cis-female, Black. I cry a lot about dead sidekicks, children's shows, and comic books. And I draw sometimes.


Part of DC’s company line response to criticisms about the lack of women among their creative line-up is “we hire the best!”, with intermittent exhortations that if we want to see more women in comics, women need to apply.

Of course, the reason DC is having a "break into comics!" contest where “one talented artist” gets a shot at the big leagues is because they don’t have an open application/submissions process. They know who the pool of existing talent is and they recruit from within it. You can’t send them your spec script. You can’t send them your portfolio. The general rule is that they call you, you don’t call them.

And that’s what makes this “Draw Snuff Porn For Jim & Dan” contest even deeper, and maybe it’s even part of the point of it. I honestly think the biggest part is: Jim & Dan want snuff porn, and they want it to have been wrung out of the hands of amateur aspirants who are desperate enough for a break to do it. But the next time they are confronted on any of several related topics about women in comics… whether it’s at next year’s SDCC or whenever… they’ll have it covered.

"We actually had an open submissions process for a while, and wouldn’t you know it, 99% of the people who applied were male."

"We did this contest thing, and women just didn’t take it seriously compared to men. The men wanted to work in comics. The women, by and large, just wanted to complain and make irrelevant statements."

"Men understood the nature and context of what we were asking for. Women missed the point."

They’re lining up excuses.

None of this is to say that we shouldn’t complain about this disgusting farce of a submissions process or that people who are inclined to spam the contest shouldn’t do so. Because if they shock us into silence or drive us away, they win, too. But we should be ready for the next round, too. We should recognize where this is heading.

(Source: blue-author)


Dan DiDio saying that superheroes can’t have personal lives is pretty much everything that’s wrong with the New 52

We made some changes to Peeta’s narrative,” says Lawrence. “We manned him up a little. And by the way it didn’t take a lot, just little choices to make here and there. The story doesn’t really change, his relationship with Katniss doesn’t change, he’s just a different kind of character.” For instance, in the book, the Hunger Games kicks off and Peeta is paralyzed when the other all-star tributes dive into the water. “The option is for either me drowning or sitting there like a cat batting my paw into the water,” says Josh Hutcherson with a laugh. “Either way the visual is horrible.” Easy fix: Let Peeta swim.

Director Francis Lawrence  (via catchingupdates)


(via gifttothecity)

But wasn’t his issue with swimming that he was disabled due to only having one leg and his prosthetic slowed him down???


i hate so many of the things this statement and the movies choose to be

(via moriene)

Williams and Blackman Quit Batwoman Due to Ban on Kate and Maggie Marriage



One of the most consistent creative teams since the start of the new 52, writers Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III have quit the Batwoman series. And there is no dancing around why based on a post on both Williams’ and Blackman’s web site where they note they are “heartbroken” about leaving but editorial interference including being “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married” is the cause.


Not going to happen. Read on.

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Add Animal Man to the list of characters that can’t have a happy marriage.

I’m willing to bet Aquaman/Mera won’t last long.

I’d like to say I’m surprised but…

It’s fine for men to watch shojo anime and read shojo manga like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura.
It’s fine for men to make pornographic doujinshi of these, buy figurines, and jack off to the characters.
It’s fine for men to completely invade a Pretty Cure forum created for young girls and scare said girls away. It’s fine for these men to twist the entire fandom around themselves, its fine for them to show up to Pretty Cure events in throngs and its fine for them to frantically grab all the free handouts before any of the girls can.
It’s also fine for men to take these magical girl anime made for girls that celebrate being a girl and make them all about their pornography and which girl they most want to put their dick in. It’s fine, because theres even a cute name for them, ‘Ooki Tomodachi’ (Big Friend).
It’s fine for them to do the same with My Little Pony, of course. It’s fine that they can make the voice actors of the show uncomfortable with personal questions, its fine that they can yell out rape jokes to them at conventions, its fine that they have basically made it impossible for any of the 8 year old girls the show was made for to ever google it in public. It’s fine for them to gather in the toy stores around the pony toys and intimidate young girls. It’s fine that the whole show, created to celebrate femininity and how ‘theres no wrong way to be a girl’ is now associated with their fetishes. And its so fine that these male fans get given a cute name (‘brony’), get documentaries made about them, have newspaper article after blog post after feature talking about how they are ‘challenging gender norms’ and ‘transforming pop culture’.

But if a girl ‘trespasses’ into a male space, what happens? (Even when it isnt ‘trespassing’, in the case of Free!, in which a space was actually made for us ) We can expect such timeless classics as: degradation, ‘you’re not even a REAL fan!’ ‘I bet you dont even know ______’, all kinds of threats, and, of course, the posts you see on this blog.

Male Otaku mad about Free! because its brilliant and accurate on so many levels (via b-a-m-b-i)









Swapping his medieval attire for some ancient robes? Yes please!


no, how about just NO, NOW.

this just hurt me in so many melanated places and third eye gland nerves from floating in a sea of whitewashing bullshit.

sign this petition to stop the mayhem


So let me get this fucking straight.

Blond haired white male is totally fucking okay to play HORUS, a fucking GOD OF KEMET, WHICH LITERALLY MEANS ‘THE BLACK LAND’

But we still can’t get people of color to play anything other than fucking slaves and maids?

We can’t even fucking play OUR OWN GODS?

All of y’all bitches who complained about Heimdall being Black better not ever say anything ever again.  All of y’all bitches who complain about possible Black people playing a white character better not say shit.

I need to go to the store. I do not have nearly enough Hell No for this.


Why are they casting Scandinavians as Egyptian gods?

Your all saying this but maybe it’s because he’s a good actor? You guys didn’t complain when they cast Idris Elba or Tadanobu Asano as Norse Gods in “Thor”, so why complain now? If they’re good actors then they deserve to play the part, regardless of ethnicity. 

The problem with the “good actor” argument is that you are implying that there wasn’t a single actor of the appropriate ethnicity who could play  the character as well as this guy, which is pretty racist when you think about it.

Also, saying it’s ok for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to play a black character because Idris Elba and Tadanobu Asano played previously white characters is a false equivalency. There is a real lack of major roles for non-white actors, so handing some of the few roles that are actually available to them to white actors on the pretext of the white actors being better is racist bullcrap and needs to stop. Two POC guys playing minor white characters- and how much flack did Idris Elba in particular get for that?- is not even vaguely equivalent to yet another white guy getting the lead role, despite the character being POC. It’s just another example of the systematic whitewashing that POC face.

people are still using the “but he’s a good actor” excuse?







an article about this in case you’re itching for a quick source, there’s also some posted with the petitition

I am surprised that Disney went that far… that’s pretty far. Guess I should know not to be surprised by now…

for those who are being complete idiots and jerks about this. It’s NOT that Disney is securing the film title of “Dia De Los Muertos” I really could give two fucks if that was the case. It’s that Disney is TRYING TO SECURE RIGHTS TO EVERYTHING DIA DE LOS MUERTOS RELATED.

That is fucked up on soooooo many levels. It’s not their holiday and it’s not a trademark to them.

Please reblog and spread the word.

yeah read the articles ya’ll… it is not about just getting a movie title.

(And you know Disney is a major oligopoly member that is willing to trademark the hell out of everything. See: Seal Team 6.)

This is absolutely despicable, jfc.

More articles:

  • HuffPo. article
  • Stitch Kingdom has a pretty comprehensive list of areas Disney is aiming to acquire rights to: Education and entertainment services,  clothing, footwear and headwear, toys, games and playthings, and various foods. (It’s unlikely they will follow through with say,  DdlM eggs, but they are certainly covering their appropriation bases.)
  • SCPR article.

(Source: lamaschingonaa)

Get Your Batman, Inc. #8 Spoilers Right Here



On Wednesday DC publishes Batman, Inc. #8. They’ve been suggesting LCS buy more copies. They’ve been hyping it. They’ve had solicits teasing it. 

How bad will it be? Should you put them on the shelf with Batman #428 and Batman #633?

Wonder no more because DC has given the exclusive to the NY Post. And interestingly there’s a little bit there that suggests there may be another piece of news coming up.

Don’t click if you don’t want to know. Don’t click.

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fuck this shit

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It’s back.

No, don’t ignore this.
This affects every one of you in the U.S.
Take a single moment to reblog this dammit. We stopped it last time by public outcry, we can do it again.

oh my god you guys it’s back. Reblog the shit out of this

(Source: irish-taco)


it’s really hard to be a feminist and see all this misogynist bullshit everywhere posted by your friends a lot of the time and to want to explain to them that they are being sexist without making them hate you

(Source: nobrainslob)