Dat tire thief.
For a minute I thought he was using those hipster glasses and I was like “I liked having blood on my face…before it was cool”
Ahaha hipster Jason “Staying dead is so mainstream.”
Hahahahhaha,oh God I love it. “Oh,yeah,Damian,that’s cool,but I was a bratty sidekick…before everyone started doing it.”
“I’m so underground I had to dig my way out.”
I don’t know why all mine are puns about him being dead…
i’m so underground i had to dig my way out
hipster glasses drawn on in blood
reblogging for “I’m so underground I had to dig my way out”
[I want to emphasize that this rant is directed at no one in particular, but more about me and some collective issues with comics, its industry and fandom and such.]
I’m tired of arguing about Stephanie Brown.
I’m tired of reading arguments about Stephanie Brown. I’m tired of Stephanie Brown vs. Cassandra Cain arguments, either springing from expressions of character hate or perceived character hate. I’m tired of sexism being dismissed as a factor in her time as Robin, her subsequent torture and death.
It’s partly because I’ve personally encountered/participated in them so many times, and after a while I tire of the same old arguments and I don’t want to repeat myself anymore.
I think Steph’s a great character, and I enjoy reading her books, and although the current Batgirl title is not without its faults, I’m happy that the character has had a writer who actually gets and likes the character. I was pleased as punch about Project Girl Wonder and how it encouraged women and girls to write letters, stand up at conventions and ask difficult questions, how it got comics readers to talk about sexism in comics, and I’m happy that it resulted in a female character getting a fair chance to succeed for once. Project Girl Wonder was also a big factor in getting me to read comics regularly in the first place, and for me the return of Spoiler was like a big fat welcome mat in front of the door to comics.
But now, I kind of wish we could collectively move on. Move on to problems in comics that remain unresolved, onto bigger problems, onto stories and creators and characters that haven’t had the good fortune of Steph’s happy ending/new beginning.
What made Project Girl Wonder so damn effective, is that there was a direct comparison to make with Jason Todd that explicitly demonstrated a difference in treatment given to a female character in comparison to a male character. It’s harder to find a similarly simple way to show people how both racism and sexism has likely factored into the way DC has treated Cassandra Cain over the years, and it’s frustrating. I think among fans, there’s less urgency to convince people that Cass is a worthwhile character as she seems to have consistently had a solid fanbase that Steph didn’t, but it seems like an even greater uphill battle to have that support recognized by The Powers That Be.
But I hate hate hate that when talking about these things, it’s as though I’m pitting two female characters against each other. I don’t fucking want Steph and Cass to compete with each other for page-time, I don’t fucking want to pit Kate Kane and Renee Montoya against each other when I wonder why Batwoman got so much fanfare for being a lesbian superhero when you have Renee Montoya as the Question right there. There’s still issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia related to those topics as well, that also get dismissed/ignored/forgotten.
It’s disheartening to realize that even though I’ve seen some major breakthroughs within the three or so years since I started reading comics regularly, and maybe there will be ones in the future, but we’re still going to get colouring that whitewashes PoC characters, we’re still going to get Oracle drawn in inappropriate wheelchairs, we’re still going to get ridiculous boobsocks and ass-shots, we’re still going see white straight males as the perpetual default and treated as the ones who really matter in super-comics, we’re still faced with a portion of the comics industry where male voices are heard better than those of women, and so many other things. “Feminism” and “diversity” are still scary words, apparently.
I feel like Stephanie Brown as representative of problems in comics, at this point, is limiting as it only gets us so far. Which is why I wish we could move on and deal with other matters at hand, have new arguments, new campaigns, new discussions, new rants. At the same time, when even this year you have industry professionals who think it’s okay to talk/joke about wanting to “gun down those girls who kept asking about the memorial case,” I start to think it’s not so much about moving on and leaving what Stephanie Brown represents behind, as it is about just continually adding to the pile. Which makes sense in a way, but the bigger that pile gets, the more daunting it is, and the less energy and desire I have to keep holding out hope for this whole mainstream superhero thing in the first place.
And to translate this for those who focus on the dollar signs and bottom lines, all that means I’d be spending less money, and talking less to other people about the mainstream superhero comics they could be spending money on.
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