Comic Book Readers
Little girls read comics from the very beginning of their incarnation??
“Girl reading comic book in newsstand” by Teenie Harris (c. 1940-1945) © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
That sound you hear is thousands of wangsting sexist fanboys shrieking in horror.
Hourly Comics Day yesterday, everyone! Hope you all had a super fun day!
I understand the actual sentiment behind those kinds of posts but after seeing them a million times my brain over-analyzes and attempts to actually answer the question.
Reality is a monster living under your bed. They tell it like it is, but they’re not all bad.
The Endless by Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend
Just hangin out with that inner critic, yo. She’ll creep up on you like nobody’s business.
I think one of the hardest things to learn when you’re starting out on a making-stuff journey is which bits of that voice are valid and which bits are a waste of time. A lot of it can drag you down and get you stuck so much that you can’t find the confidence to face the stuff you need to do to get better. But once in a while there’s a real piece of honest self-reflection. Telling the difference between those two can be super tough; knowing when to listen and when to just chin up and move on.
oh god uploading a long comic to tumblr did i do this right
extra addendum i ate a whole bunch of fruit by the foot while drawing this, i think it is becoming my official Art Fuel
I LOVE THIS
i need this for all my critics.
this is good! check out this person’s other stuff at http://lervold.deviantart.com/
it’s like superhero comics fans and writers being thrown a line, and rejecting it, thereby dooming themselves to drown because the line was the wrong colour.
The only aspect of superhero comics that makes money anymore is the movies, and to a lesser extent the cartoons. Comic books have ALWAYS been a game where real financial success is a tenuous thing. Superhero comic fandoms as they were ten, fifteen, twenty years ago are dying. Comic shops are bleeding money, because of systemic distribution issues in the comic book industry, because of the changing face of retail, and because lbr a lot of comic shops are honestly terrible, depressing places to be.
You’d think that given this situation, most superhero comic writers and artists and fans would be stoked to see an influx of enthusiastic young women, ready to spend money, attend conventions, visit their crummy stores, etc. Like, it’s not even just about “why can’t you assholes just be happy that more people are enjoying these silly pretendy fun time stories about flying dudes punching a guy in the face”, it’s about “why can’t you assholes stop driving away viable business that could be the saving grace of the medium to which you are so attached”. Do these dudes WANT their local comic shops to go out of business? Like, really? are you so invested in being the king of shit mountain that you’d destroy the mountain just so no one else could even look at it?
Look. All I know is that before Batman Begins and the X-men movies launched a whole new generation of fans, opportunities for comic book writers and artists were shrinking drastically. There was no room for new talent, and not that many people even interested in bringing new, dynamic and refreshing takes to old characters. Mainstream movies expanding the fanbases for Batman and The Avengers and The X-Men has actually managed to change that to a degree, and new talent continues to spring up everywhere, inspired by these characters.
And if you’re mad about it because a lot of these people are girls, or because they’re younger than you, or whatever, then you are the cancer that was killing comics, and I am just hoping that the industry can recover from all those years of your toxic bullshit.