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hythrain asked: The other day I saw your tweets about how a lot of the female empowerment message is mediated through guys. I agree with this completely, but I'm also concerned. Why? Well, I'm a guy myself and I want to be a writer. For years I've been improving on my writing of female characters and trying to make empowered female characters and spread that message. What are things I should avoid to make the message come out more properly and not filtered?

gailsimone:

I often get this nagging feeling that because I am talking about women and female characters and female creators so much, people might think I automatically have something against male creators.

I don’t. Every new writer is a blank slate to me, everyone gets a fair shot. Everyone is capable of doing good work until they show otherwise.

The gender someone calls themselves doesn’t bestow any magic powers or insight or ability. Some of the best writers of female characters identify as male and some of the worst do not. I would rather read a Greg Rucka female than a female by a merely average female author.

The fact that this is a concern to you is a good sign. Hopefully, it’s not JUST women characters that you want to represent well, because there are lots of other groups that have historically been marginalized and stereotyped as well.

It’s just that historically, a lot of the tropes of female characters have been repeated so endlessly that it is painful to the female reader.

Some things I hope people watch out for…

1) The Perfect Everything. Often, we see guys write female characters as without flaws. This isn’t really what we want…look at the books that have huge female audiences. We do not tend to embrace the perfect woman who never makes a mistake. You can make your females have flaws, just be honest about it and avoid making them similar to stereotypes of the past.

2) The Character With No Steering Wheel. Even more often, we see women who have no agency and no direction or motive of their own. These characters are solely dependent on following a man. I am not saying never write this person, but keep in mind if that is a character YOU would enjoy reading about.

3) The Mystery Of Woman is Bullshit. I hate this trope, the woman who is supposed to represent what mysterious, sexy, tantalizing but unknowable creatures women are. It’s a staple of noir fiction, and it always sucks. Women aren’t treasure maps.

There’s a lot more but that may help a bit. Good luck!

gailsimone:

rozf:

Gail and Kelly Sue at a panel on women in comics.


This was the most fun ever, I can’t tell you what it’s like to have Kelly Sue out there punching the same bullshit in the face all the time.

Awesome comics ladies and the awesome comics ladies they love.

gailsimone:

rozf:

Gail and Kelly Sue at a panel on women in comics.

This was the most fun ever, I can’t tell you what it’s like to have Kelly Sue out there punching the same bullshit in the face all the time.

Awesome comics ladies and the awesome comics ladies they love.

drmanahan:

chescaleigh:

believeinrecovery:

A little table to how to get rid of all that negative self-talk. We have to learn look at the good in situations too, instead of dwelling on things we can’t change- because you know what? We may not be able to change what is happening but we CAN change how we view it! 

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This is the most important thing I’ve ever reblogged

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Anonymous asked: On the whole, how do you feel about both Robert E. Howard's and H.P. Lovecraft's work, Miss Simone?

gailsimone:

He is one of THE poster children for problematic writers.

I love the Cthulhu mythos, I love the dread, and the many, many stunning and powerful things he created. I am a fan of all that stuff and it shows up in my work all the time.

But the guy was a virulent  racist even beyond the norms of the day, and anti-Semite, and had weird ideas about women. I know he married a Jewish woman and I know he softened some of his views at the end of his life, but I don’t understand the people who try to cover up this stuff. The man was a stone cold racist and it’s all over his work.

It’s one thing to allow for commonly-held beliefs of the day, even if they are repugnant. It’s another to try to justify this stuff.

So I often end up enjoying the Cthulhu work of other writers more than Lovecraft himself.

Indie dev Zoe Quinn made a great little game to educate people about Lovecraft’s awful views:

http://www.beesgo.biz/horp.html

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Anonymous asked: On the whole, how do you feel about both Robert E. Howard's and H.P. Lovecraft's work, Miss Simone?

gailsimone:

He is one of THE poster children for problematic writers.

I love the Cthulhu mythos, I love the dread, and the many, many stunning and powerful things he created. I am a fan of all that stuff and it shows up in my work all the time.

But the guy was a virulent  racist even beyond the norms of the day, and anti-Semite, and had weird ideas about women. I know he married a Jewish woman and I know he softened some of his views at the end of his life, but I don’t understand the people who try to cover up this stuff. The man was a stone cold racist and it’s all over his work.

It’s one thing to allow for commonly-held beliefs of the day, even if they are repugnant. It’s another to try to justify this stuff.

So I often end up enjoying the Cthulhu work of other writers more than Lovecraft himself.

Indie dev Zoe Quinn made a great little game about Lovecraft’s awful views.

gailsimone:

delilahsdawson:

SMILE, TUMBLR. YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA.

Ha!

gailsimone:

delilahsdawson:

SMILE, TUMBLR. YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA.

Ha!

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Cap 2

Pretty good! Spoilers below.

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comixology:

Every Friday, were going to try to bring you a brief guide on a different comic book character or story, because we all know the world of comics can be a confusing place, and we want to help.

There seems to be a lot of fans of Wonder Woman here on Tumblr, but if you’ve been wanting to find out more about Diana Prince, Themyscira, and The Amazons, we humbly present to you:

A comiXology Guide to Wonder Woman!

Fierce, bold, and confident, Diana, Amazon Warrior Princess of Themyscira, is both feared and respected by the denizens of the DC Universe. 

Wonder Woman’s first appearance came in 1941 within the pages of All Star Comics #8 but her origins really were developed in the early issues of DC’s Sensation Comics. In these classic comics, you see the introduction of some of WW’s best known tools like the Invisible Jet and her Magic Lasso. In May 1942, only 5 months after her first appearance, Wonder Woman was the star of her own solo comic.

If all you want is one must-read example of a great modern take on Wonder Woman, look no further than gailsimone's story, The Circle, which brings the heroine face-to-face with talking gorilla warriors, neo-nazis, and the vulnerability of being powerless.

Finally, the rebooting of the DCU with The New 52 saw the combining of comic legends Brian Azzarello and cliffchiang bringing their much acclaimed talents to the Wonder Woman comics. While the New 52 has seen its share of successes and failures, Wonder Woman has consistently been one of the brightest stars in the new universe.  

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Also picked up King’s “On Writing.” Have gotten most of the way through it, enjoyed it thoroughly, and greeted one bit with deep relief. As I have said, I cannot plot. I am great for a brief blog entry, I can, with great effort, tell a long, rambling, disjointed story badly requiring an editor, but—this is the key bit—plot and I can’t even be in the same room. I discover key twists in the story about five minutes before everybody else does. I know—or think I know—how Digger ends, and have a sort of vague idea what may happen next, but I could be wrong. This has always led me to believe that while I can be briefly amusing, I have no real business trying to be a writer. (“Owht-lyne? What is like “outline” of which you speak? Madness!”)

The fact that King said he distrusts plots and just kind of sits and tells the story and watches what happens next, and books he tries to plot come out stiff and mediocre, felt like an annuciation, as in angels descended from on high and said “Alleluia! Blessed art thou, etc, now chilleth out, for this is perfectly okay and you shouldn’t worry too much about it!”

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Headcanon Wednesday: Ashley Williams & OC Manuel Sonsini

swaps55:

There wasn’t much about being stationed on Eden Prime Ashley Williams was terribly fond of. It was her third request for a shipboard posting, third denial. She got along with her squad for the most part (except for Yvetz, but greaseballs like him were a dime a dozen) and the planet was pretty, but the entire place was one huge reminder she was a Williams. Always would be.

The one small comfort she had was the Operations Chief in charge of her platoon, Manuel Sonsini. Sonsini was a noncom like her, pushing 40 but still bound and determined to earn an officer’s commission. He wanted a berth on a starship so bad he could taste it. Despite the number of times he got shafted groundside to twiddle his thumbs, his enthusiasm never waned. He and Ashley took to spending their breaks talking about what ships they wanted to serve on, what parts of the galaxy they wanted to explore. It was a long list.

Sonsini was a nice guy. He laughed a lot for someone who’d gotten kicked around like a dog his whole career. Ashley wanted hers to have a happier ending, but if it didn’t, she hoped she’d handle it with the grace of her OC.

Ashley shot Sonsini – what was left of Sonsini – in the head during the geth raid, ironically trying to save that shithead Yvetz. Didn’t matter. It didn’t work. She didn’t save any of them.

When she boarded the Normandy she didn’t think of it as anything more than a means of transportation. She’d get off at the Citadel and get shafted somewhere else. Maybe on latrine duty. When Captain Anderson showed her a copy of the orders, official Alliance seal on a transfer with her name on it, she almost laughed in his face. 

But it wasn’t a joke.

She spent the next few hours in the cargo bay, cleaning out Jenkin’s locker and trying to find someone who could lend her a set of fatigues and a pair of boots, succeeding in the former but not the latter. There’s no way to avoid looking like an idiot clomping around in BDUs with pink Phoenix boots, so she just embraced it. She’d find something when they reached the Citadel.

Before she got in the elevator to see if her new XO had regained consciousness yet, she stopped and took a deep breath.

How about this place, Sonsini? Where we always wanted to be. 

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