“There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for their impertinent assumption that *they* must accept *you*. The really terrible thing, old buddy, is that you must accept them. And I mean that very seriously. You must accept them and accept them with love.”—
Honestly I get why Disney turned most of the female characters male in Frozen. I mean let's be honest. If they were all female it would be a pretty boring movie, honestly speaking. It's sorta unfortunate but the fact is, without the drive of male characters, stories generally just sort of meander aimlessly.
RIIIIIGHT because females only gain agency through male involvement.
The movie would quickly lose direction without a large male role.
I mean, it’s not like anything interesting has EVER happened to girls.
You also don’t want to name a film AFTER a female character because then how would it ever do well with both general audiences?
Honestly, you’re right. The film would turn into nothing but two hours of girls braiding each other’s hair and other girly things because that’s all those silly girls are ever capable of. Hahaha! Girls!
I can only hope that in someday in the future girls evolve to be interesting enough to have more expansive roles in films.
Ok. So there is no denying it. I have the beginnings of a pot belly. I could either drink less beer, eat less pizza and nachos, go back to the gym, or some combination of the above… Next week.
Gonna eat my last week of “fuck it” food an enjoy it. Then I’m gonna start eating right (which means actually cooking dinner) and going to the gym regularly. No need to wait til the new year to start good habits (again).
“I know you’re talking about the systemic and institutional racism that people of color face, but could you please say “some white people” instead of just “white people”. It’s really hurtful because not all of us are like that. I ask because I’m more concerned with being perceived as racist rather than discussing the actual effects of racism.”—some white people (via chescaleigh)
“The question you have got to ask yourself — the white population of this country has got to ask itself — North and South, because it’s one country, and for a Negro, there’s no difference between the North and South. There’s just a difference in the way they castrate you. But the fact of the castration is the American fact. If I’m not a n****r here and you invented him, you, the white people, invented him, then you’ve got to find out why. And the future of the country depends on that. Whether or not it’s able to ask that question.”—James Baldwin
Hi, Are you the creator of the Prince of Cats comic? I just saw the comic for the first time at my local comic store and I think it's dope! What advice would you give an aspiring comic writer and illustrator that is trying to bring African American characters to the mainstream comic world?
I’m glad you saw it, let alone enjoyed it.
I can’t really tell you how to “bring African American characters to the mainstream” as I haven’t done so yet and if I had I am not sure I’d be able to recall or recreate the phenomenon. That said, if you have a genuine desire to make comics about black people. I’d say drawing a lot, reading a lot and living a lot is a great way to start. The first two things I mentioned will give you the tools you need to make the comics. The smarter the tools the better equipped you’ll be when you actually have something to say. Which brings me to the third in that list, living life is important. Observing the world around you will help you avoid the pitfalls of just regurgitating the broken representations that are already out there.
The tricky part is the “mainstream” part. I’d say your best bet at that is to be a white writer.
“What’s cool about this job is that it’s a comic that you won’t find in a comic book store. It’s not about superheroes. Hell, it’s kind of in the style of yonkoma manga. It stars people of color, made by a person of color.”
“I believe this is a piece of history that everybody — black, white, Asian, everybody — has to know. You cannot understand the United States without knowing about the history of slavery. Having said that, I don’t think we should go too far in drawing parallels to the present. Slavery was a horrific institution, and it is not the same thing as stop and frisk. In a way, putting it back to slavery takes the burden off the present. The guys who are acting in ways that lead to inequality today are not like the plantation owner. They’re guys in three-piece suits. They’re bankers who are pushing African-Americans into subprime mortgages.”—Eric Foner (historian) for NY Times