Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s already the end of April? I’m not going to say anything cliché like where has the year gone—because I know the answer to that question—but I do wish 2017 would slow down a little bit.
On the other hand, Marvel probably wishes the next couple weeks would speed up and be something in the distant past. If you haven’t been keeping abreast of the company’s latest missteps, Colin Spacetwinks helps you out with this epic, novella-length essay, “Shut the Fuck Up, Marvel.” At the very least, it provides an excellent explanation of the North American comicbook industry’s confounding business model. I just don’t understand why the direct market determines so much in 2017. Adapt to the times!
But Marvel doesn’t seem quite content to leave it there. Not only are they continuing the “Captain America was secretly Hydra all this time” storyline, they’re requesting comicbook stores to don Hydra paraphernalia for the Secret Empire event.
We've also been asked to change our store logos to Hydra symbols. My staff are LGBTQ, Jewish, or both. We are no longer hand-selling Marvel. https://t.co/gQnBfBZC8L
— Seductive Lord of Thunder (@NickiColey) April 20, 2017
I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Um. What.”
Speaking of unfortunate political implications, United States border patrol maintains its stellar behavior as illustrated by this encounter had by Jem and the Holograms artist Gisele Lagace on her way to C2E2.
It is absolutely unconscionable that this is happening to anyone. All this will do is drive more visitors away from the U.S. pic.twitter.com/d7giTp0Lls
— Jamal Yaseem Igle (@JAMALIGLE) April 20, 2017
Given the current climate, both in politics and in comics, we need resistance of all types more than ever. Headlight Filmworks recently concluded a Kickstarter to fund Black Ink, a film that explores contributions made by people of color have to the comicbook industry. The best news? They made their goal!
On the other hand, not all resistance comes in splashy, obvious forms. Sometimes it’s quieter. For example, the current silent war being waged in Japan against oppressive attitudes toward gender and sexuality as demonstrated by manga and anime.
Now, shifting gears, Canadian singer-songwriter Lights announced that her next project is a linked album and comicbook series, Skin & Earth. The comicbook launches digitally next month with the album to follow in the fall. The title follows a young woman who navigates a post-apocalyptic future controlled by corporations.
If stories about self-discovery and independence aren’t to your taste, what about organization and decluttering? We all probably could use a little more of that in our lives, whether it be literal or metaphorical. Marie Kondo’s ultra-popular The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up is becoming a manga! Not gonna lie. This new format definitely appeals to people like me.
And to end on an uplifting note, the Gangsta manga will be resuming its Japanese serialization next month. Yes, a manga coming out of hiatus is always a cause to celebrate for loyal fans but in Gangsta‘s case, it means that mangaka Kohske is now healthy enough to resume! Her chronic illness kept her away for almost two years, so her return is definitely a cause to celebrate.
That’s it for this week. See you next time!