My comic has lesbians ALL OVER THE PLACE lesbianing and being lesbians and converting women into lesbians. Start your boycott immediately. https://t.co/zgxng9lE48
— roxane gay (@rgay) November 3, 2016
Kate here, back again! I sometimes try to come up with interesting ways to start this news round up, but this week I saw that tweet and I just knew that nothing else was going to win Best Comics Tweet this week, and in this, the final week of the US Presidential Election, we all need to be reminded of the important issues, like whether there will be lesbians in a comic. If World of Wakanda wasn’t already going to be on my pull list, it definitely would be now.
Secondly, I wanted to make sure to follow up with the J. Scott Campbell Riri Williams cover controversy, and share this redrawn cover that Campbell shared on his Twitter:
Riri Redux pic.twitter.com/nKHvZ1G8uB
— J. Scott Campbell (@JScottCampbell) November 2, 2016
“Riri Redux” has been applauded not only because it’s adorable, but because it appears that Campbell may have actually learned something from the previous week’s controversy, if only to do better research on a character before drawing her.
I’ll finish the Marvel Round-Up by saying that yes, it’s Doctor Strange week, so there have been a lot of reviews out. If you want a review of the reviews on the subject of The Ancient One’s whitewashing, definitely check out this piece over at Nerds of Color. I also found Jen Yamato’s interview with Derrickson on The Daily Beast to be encouraging, especially for those who are still questioning whether the $70 million dollar opening weekend and generally favorable reviews (even from those who previously reported on the whitewashing) means their efforts have failed.
But it will be interesting to see if there will be anything resembling reparative action at Marvel. When gathering links, I found this remarkable interview with Gene Yuen Lang on how his series New Superman has given him the opportunity to right one of the horrifically racist wrongs from the comics dating back to 1937.
And speaking of awesome things happening at DC, if you haven’t seen the new Wonder Woman trailer, stop what you’re doing and watch right now.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve already watched it, but it still makes me excited and happy every time. The only thing that bothers me is that Etta Candy is definitely a woman in a fatsuit. Even though I’m glad they still kept her fat, I can’t help but be angry that WB decided that casting a fat actress in this role wasn’t important. Especially since it’s a comedic role, it’s a shame that someone like Melissa McCarthy or Rebel Wilson weren’t tapped.
One final note of WB/DC happy: After multiple years of fan outcry and rallying, Warner Bros announced that their animated series Young Justice, which was infamously cancelled because it didn’t resonate with WB animation’s preferred demographic (i.e. more women watched it than boys they wanted to sell toys to), is coming back for a new season. I never watched the series when it aired, but I have since watched it on Netflix and I am so ready for more of the badass Kaldur’ahm aka Aqualad.
Link Round Up:
- The winners of the 2016 Joe Shuster Awards, aka the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards, have been announced. In addition to well-deserved kudos for Jeff Lemire and Jillian Tamaki among others, the late Darwyn Cooke was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.
- The new Ramayana exhibit at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum not only sounds awesomely interactive but included a zine event last weekend.
- Iconic newspaper the Village Voice is publishing comics again. Check them out here!