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15 November 10
sufferingsappho:

ceebee-eebee:

Having someone call out Gail Simone of all the comic writers working  for DC in a comments about diversity in comics makes me so angry it’s  hard for me to even see straight.  How about WHERE ARE THE WOMEN OF  COLOR AND GAYS IN THE REST OF COMICS, ALL THE REST OF YOU COMIC WRITERS?   We’re really going to focus on one of the few writers doing ANYTHING  to combat this problem for not doing ENOUGH?! Flames.  Flames on the side of my face…

I’m curious as to why this is being aimed at women specifically. There’s been plenty of whitewashing in male characters too, why only make this point with the female characters?
I also disagree that the Secret Six are nothing but murderous villains. They are mostly anti-heroes to me. 

pseudicide:

ceebee-eebee:

Having someone call out Gail Simone of all the comic writers working  for DC in a comments about diversity in comics makes me so angry it’s  hard for me to even see straight.  How about WHERE ARE THE WOMEN OF  COLOR AND GAYS IN THE REST OF COMICS, ALL THE REST OF YOU COMIC WRITERS?   We’re really going to focus on one of the few writers doing ANYTHING  to combat this problem for not doing ENOUGH?! Flames.  Flames on the side of my face…

What the ever loving…
Gail Simone isn’t perfect. God, I wouldn’t wish perfection on anyone  at all.  But look at the characters she’s created, from Ryan Choi to  Scandal Savage to her most recent creation Tremor who is a Bengali  woman.  (Yes I know Ryan is a man, but as one of the few asian heroes in  comics, he gets a mention).  She’s created characters of colour, queer  characters, characters who are very different from the norm. 
Also? Who’s ever stated that the Birds are entirely straight?   Weren’t Savant and Creote part of that team?  Ryan Choi was a hero.  She  writes Amanda Waller into books as often as she can, and that woman is  very much in the anti-hero mold.  Why is her showing Scandal Savage as a  woman with definite strength of character for all that she’s a  mercenary.  How about Liana, Scandal’s extremely sweet girlfriend who  makes us see a different side of Scandal.  Hell, Knockout did that too. 
So why are you calling her out?
Should she eschew every white character in comics ever?  Is it okay  to use Oracle as she has a disability and perhaps that mitigates the  fact she’s white?  I just baffle…
Absolutely, call out the comic industry as a whole.  Tell them they  do not give us enough strong women.  Tell them they don’t give us enough  non blonde-blue eyed girls.  Tell them there aren’t enough queer  characters.  Tell them all of that and tell them loudly.
And if you want to ask Gail a question like this, then ask her.   Because she’s one of the most approachable people in comics (except  maybe that Jimmy guy ;p) and she would listen to the question and do her  best to answer it.  She’d answer it without jumping down your throat,  getting defensive, or flying off the handle.  She’d answer the question  with a lot of respect.
More respect than you’ve shown with your anonymous posting. 


I appreciate the kind words,  cee-bee and pseudicide (and others!), but  whoever this person is, I’m assuming they don’t actually know my work.  To the OP, do  you know how many straight white guys I write regularly right now?
Two,  by my count. Two.  Everyone else is either lgbtq, female, or  non-Caucasian, or some combination thereof. I doubt there’s another  writer in comics with my workload who can say anything even REMOTELY  like that.
I have said before that the Birds of Prey are too  vanilla right now. But Black Canary is bi (in my mind, admittedly, it’s  not been  made canon yet), Savant is bi, and Creote is gay.  I wanted Vixen to  join the team ages ago, but she was going to be used in JLA, and was  unavailable.We HAVE tried to diversify the Birds in the past and will  again, as well, but to be honest, we had a lot of work to do to restore  the triad at the book’s center first.  And the rumors are correct, both  Renee Montoya (with Greg Rucka’s kind permission) and Cassandra Cain  will be appearing in the book soon.

I consistently turn down higher profile books to do books  with leads that are lgbtq, female, or of non-white ethnicity.  To have  an Asian lead in the Atom, I had to turn down a book that sells several  times what any Atom book would sell.
As for not having lgbtq be  anything but villains, well, that’s not true either as you can see in  Gen13, Welcome to Tranquility, and, well, darn near any series I’ve ever  written for any period of time.  There’s been some lgbtq content in  very nearly every book I’ve worked on, and that’s not going to change.
And  the only minorities are villains, …dude, I use every non-Caucasian  hero character I can get every chance I get. Black Lightning, Cass  Batgirl, Amanda Waller, Atom, Vixen, Grunge, Black Lightning, Skyrocket,  bleah, I could do this all day. And there are a ton more I am  constantly TRYING to get, like Static and Rocket and Mr. Terrific and  the new Crimson Avenger, who are usually not available. Not to mention  the lead of my creator-owned book is an African American female  character, Thomasina Lindo,  a character who won the GLYPH award for best Black Female  Character, in fact. Not that it’s going to change your mind, but I have a  couple GLAAD award nominations for gay characters, as well.  I don’t  mention them as an attempt at an lgbtq pass, just saying that some  people feel characters like Scandal and Jeannette (who is bi) are meaningful despite  not being ‘heroes.’
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever  created a blonde female hero, while we’re on the topic, just as an  aside. No one leaps to mind at all.
I’m not going to defend this any more  than to say that I’m sure the poster is just not familiar with my work,  evidently. Not a big deal.  But just as an aside note, it’s kind of  surreal to have one person on Tumblr angry at me because I only have  gays as heroes and then two days later this person is angry because I  only have gays as villains. The simple truth is, neither charge is even  remotely accurate.
I have a hard time defending some of these  kind of charges simply because the industry IS completely screwed up  regarding lgbtq, female, and non-Caucasian characters and I am part of that industry.  I get very  depressed and weary about it. But the assertions the poster made just  aren’t factual. It’s fine to demand more. We should ALL demand more. And  I get frustrated that some of the biggest names in the industry don’t  seem to see this as a problem.
I’m not perfect, never claimed to  be, but I do fight for this stuff constantly both in public and behind  the scenes, a lot more than I talk about.  I keep hoping it’ll get easier or that more creators will  jump in and take a public stand, but for whatever reason, that seems to  be something all too many of them are loathe to do. That’s a whole OTHER sack of bullshit to talk about, unfortunately.
Anyway,   there’s my two cents. I repeat, no harm done, not angry at the poster,  but I did want to at least respond before fatigue sets in. Also, I’m  tired, been up for a couple days, so I hope this doesn’t come across  grumpier than intended.  It’s fine if people ask these questions and I  don’t mean to be disrespectful.  Just trying to be a LITTLE bit succinct  and if I wasn’t as gracious as I should be, I apologize, it’s really  just the lack of zzzz’s.
Night, all.

sufferingsappho:

ceebee-eebee:

Having someone call out Gail Simone of all the comic writers working for DC in a comments about diversity in comics makes me so angry it’s hard for me to even see straight. How about WHERE ARE THE WOMEN OF COLOR AND GAYS IN THE REST OF COMICS, ALL THE REST OF YOU COMIC WRITERS? We’re really going to focus on one of the few writers doing ANYTHING to combat this problem for not doing ENOUGH?!
Flames. Flames on the side of my face…

I’m curious as to why this is being aimed at women specifically. There’s been plenty of whitewashing in male characters too, why only make this point with the female characters?

I also disagree that the Secret Six are nothing but murderous villains. They are mostly anti-heroes to me. 

pseudicide:

ceebee-eebee:

Having someone call out Gail Simone of all the comic writers working for DC in a comments about diversity in comics makes me so angry it’s hard for me to even see straight. How about WHERE ARE THE WOMEN OF COLOR AND GAYS IN THE REST OF COMICS, ALL THE REST OF YOU COMIC WRITERS? We’re really going to focus on one of the few writers doing ANYTHING to combat this problem for not doing ENOUGH?!
Flames. Flames on the side of my face…

What the ever loving…

Gail Simone isn’t perfect. God, I wouldn’t wish perfection on anyone at all.  But look at the characters she’s created, from Ryan Choi to Scandal Savage to her most recent creation Tremor who is a Bengali woman.  (Yes I know Ryan is a man, but as one of the few asian heroes in comics, he gets a mention).  She’s created characters of colour, queer characters, characters who are very different from the norm. 

Also? Who’s ever stated that the Birds are entirely straight?  Weren’t Savant and Creote part of that team?  Ryan Choi was a hero.  She writes Amanda Waller into books as often as she can, and that woman is very much in the anti-hero mold.  Why is her showing Scandal Savage as a woman with definite strength of character for all that she’s a mercenary.  How about Liana, Scandal’s extremely sweet girlfriend who makes us see a different side of Scandal.  Hell, Knockout did that too. 

So why are you calling her out?

Should she eschew every white character in comics ever?  Is it okay to use Oracle as she has a disability and perhaps that mitigates the fact she’s white?  I just baffle…

Absolutely, call out the comic industry as a whole.  Tell them they do not give us enough strong women.  Tell them they don’t give us enough non blonde-blue eyed girls.  Tell them there aren’t enough queer characters.  Tell them all of that and tell them loudly.

And if you want to ask Gail a question like this, then ask her.  Because she’s one of the most approachable people in comics (except maybe that Jimmy guy ;p) and she would listen to the question and do her best to answer it.  She’d answer it without jumping down your throat, getting defensive, or flying off the handle.  She’d answer the question with a lot of respect.

More respect than you’ve shown with your anonymous posting. 

I appreciate the kind words,  cee-bee and pseudicide (and others!), but whoever this person is, I’m assuming they don’t actually know my work.  To the OP, do you know how many straight white guys I write regularly right now?

Two, by my count. Two.  Everyone else is either lgbtq, female, or non-Caucasian, or some combination thereof. I doubt there’s another writer in comics with my workload who can say anything even REMOTELY like that.

I have said before that the Birds of Prey are too vanilla right now. But Black Canary is bi (in my mind, admittedly, it’s not been made canon yet), Savant is bi, and Creote is gay.  I wanted Vixen to join the team ages ago, but she was going to be used in JLA, and was unavailable.We HAVE tried to diversify the Birds in the past and will again, as well, but to be honest, we had a lot of work to do to restore the triad at the book’s center first.  And the rumors are correct, both Renee Montoya (with Greg Rucka’s kind permission) and Cassandra Cain will be appearing in the book soon.

I consistently turn down higher profile books to do books with leads that are lgbtq, female, or of non-white ethnicity.  To have an Asian lead in the Atom, I had to turn down a book that sells several times what any Atom book would sell.

As for not having lgbtq be anything but villains, well, that’s not true either as you can see in Gen13, Welcome to Tranquility, and, well, darn near any series I’ve ever written for any period of time.  There’s been some lgbtq content in very nearly every book I’ve worked on, and that’s not going to change.

And the only minorities are villains, …dude, I use every non-Caucasian hero character I can get every chance I get. Black Lightning, Cass Batgirl, Amanda Waller, Atom, Vixen, Grunge, Black Lightning, Skyrocket, bleah, I could do this all day. And there are a ton more I am constantly TRYING to get, like Static and Rocket and Mr. Terrific and the new Crimson Avenger, who are usually not available. Not to mention the lead of my creator-owned book is an African American female character, Thomasina Lindo,  a character who won the GLYPH award for best Black Female Character, in fact. Not that it’s going to change your mind, but I have a couple GLAAD award nominations for gay characters, as well.  I don’t mention them as an attempt at an lgbtq pass, just saying that some people feel characters like Scandal and Jeannette (who is bi) are meaningful despite not being ‘heroes.’

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever created a blonde female hero, while we’re on the topic, just as an aside. No one leaps to mind at all.

I’m not going to defend this any more than to say that I’m sure the poster is just not familiar with my work, evidently. Not a big deal.  But just as an aside note, it’s kind of surreal to have one person on Tumblr angry at me because I only have gays as heroes and then two days later this person is angry because I only have gays as villains. The simple truth is, neither charge is even remotely accurate.

I have a hard time defending some of these kind of charges simply because the industry IS completely screwed up regarding lgbtq, female, and non-Caucasian characters and I am part of that industry.  I get very depressed and weary about it. But the assertions the poster made just aren’t factual. It’s fine to demand more. We should ALL demand more. And I get frustrated that some of the biggest names in the industry don’t seem to see this as a problem.

I’m not perfect, never claimed to be, but I do fight for this stuff constantly both in public and behind the scenes, a lot more than I talk about.  I keep hoping it’ll get easier or that more creators will jump in and take a public stand, but for whatever reason, that seems to be something all too many of them are loathe to do. That’s a whole OTHER sack of bullshit to talk about, unfortunately.

Anyway, there’s my two cents. I repeat, no harm done, not angry at the poster, but I did want to at least respond before fatigue sets in. Also, I’m tired, been up for a couple days, so I hope this doesn’t come across grumpier than intended.  It’s fine if people ask these questions and I don’t mean to be disrespectful.  Just trying to be a LITTLE bit succinct and if I wasn’t as gracious as I should be, I apologize, it’s really just the lack of zzzz’s.

Night, all.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh