gailsimone:

renaroo:

Secret Six (2008-2011) #28

"The very definition of love, as I understand it."

Man. I’m starting to wonder just how much of my blind love for things can be reduced down to the fact that it has father-daughter relationships. I’m going to guess it’s actually a lot.

And what better father-daughter moment can there be but in the midst of a bloody, senseless war?

This is a very interesting point. 

We hear all the time about how comics are wish fulfillment and power fantasies, and that’s true, they most definitely are. But if that’s all they are, just power fantasies, just the ability to fly or punch rocks…I think we’d tire of them, I think we’d get bored and pick up the PS4 controller.

But WISH FULFILLMENT, well, that’s a much deeper subject than most comics really tackle directly. Yes, I’d love a Green Lantern ring if you have one laying around.

But wish fulfillment is so much more than that, it’s imagining things we may not have.  We are not so much rooting for a character, as we are putting on their shoes.  

How many of us had no father, or a terrible father…for those of us in that category, Bane and Scandal become a little more than just mercs in costumes. 

How many didn’t have anyone who cared about us as kids? To those people, maybe Aunt May isn’t corny at all. Maybe it’d be nice to have someone who cared enough to make us pancakes once in a while, and care that we made sure to wear our raincoats in bad weather.

That’s wish fulfillment, too.

And that stuff is all over the Secret SIx, it’s one of the reasons I love writing comics. The reader might be lonely, so a story of a loner in the Six who has a friend, who has a sex partner, or has a girlfriend or boyfriend, that’s wish fulfillment for a lot of readers, too. It’s not just adventures, it’s not just powers, it’s not just violence. 

When the Six tell an employer to fuck off, who hasn’t wanted to do that? When they shut down a brutal prison camp in North Korea, that is an urge that many of us have felt and are powerless to make a reality.

I love that stuff, I try to put it in every comic I write. I get bored of comics that are JUST about how COOL and AWESOME the powers of the lead character are very quickly. I want to feel more than that. And the Secret Six gave a lot of opportunities for less-than-perfect characters to experience happiness, however fleeting.

Wish fulfillment. It moves mountains, I’m telling you.

purpleladyofthenight:

davecity:

gailsimone:

rebeccamartin2:

thehappysorceress:

purpleladyofthenight:

As a Helena Bertinelli fan, I felt this was needed.

Ahahahaaaa…yes.  Necessary.

You would have thought by now, people would know better.

Well, that’s my morning MADE!

I don’t really know the character of Zinda but the fact that somewhere in a comic book she bursts into a room, guns drawn, to defend her teammate’s good name is something that I love. 

That never happened in the comics. I edited in Photoshop to make it look like she’s saying that. Helena is right beside her. This is from BoP #117.

Thanks for the correction!
I don’t really know the character of Zinda but the fact that a BoP fan made a cool art where she bursts into a room, guns drawn, to defend her teammate’s good name is something that I love. :)

purpleladyofthenight:

davecity:

gailsimone:

rebeccamartin2:

thehappysorceress:

purpleladyofthenight:

As a Helena Bertinelli fan, I felt this was needed.

Ahahahaaaa…yes.  Necessary.

You would have thought by now, people would know better.

Well, that’s my morning MADE!

I don’t really know the character of Zinda but the fact that somewhere in a comic book she bursts into a room, guns drawn, to defend her teammate’s good name is something that I love. 

That never happened in the comics. I edited in Photoshop to make it look like she’s saying that. Helena is right beside her. This is from BoP #117.

Thanks for the correction!

I don’t really know the character of Zinda but the fact that a BoP fan made a cool art where she bursts into a room, guns drawn, to defend her teammate’s good name is something that I love. :)

gailsimone:

rebeccamartin2:

thehappysorceress:

purpleladyofthenight:

As a Helena Bertinelli fan, I felt this was needed.

Ahahahaaaa…yes.  Necessary.

You would have thought by now, people would know better.

Well, that’s my morning MADE!

I don’t really know the character of Zinda but the fact that somewhere in a comic book she bursts into a room, guns drawn, to defend her teammate’s good name is something that I love. 

gailsimone:

rebeccamartin2:

thehappysorceress:

purpleladyofthenight:

As a Helena Bertinelli fan, I felt this was needed.

Ahahahaaaa…yes.  Necessary.

You would have thought by now, people would know better.

Well, that’s my morning MADE!

I don’t really know the character of Zinda but the fact that somewhere in a comic book she bursts into a room, guns drawn, to defend her teammate’s good name is something that I love. 

A Word About The Creator of Rocket Raccoon

charlotteofoz:

So the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer was sweet. We all love Rocket Raccoon. He’s a raccoon that shoots a gun, after all! Who could say no to that?

But he didn’t spring, fully formed, from the ether, despite what people may think happens with artwork on Tumblr. He was created by a legendarily prolific Marvel Comics creator, and the story of Bill Mantlo does not have a happy ending.

At all.

Until his regression in Georgia, there was hope that with enough rehabilitation, Bill might one day return to his home, living with assistance but actually having something approaching a normal life. Now, that seems impossible.

“At this stage, there really isn’t much that he gets out of life,” Mike says. “He doesn’t like to eat. He doesn’t like to listen to music. He doesn’t like to watch TV. He doesn’t like to read. He doesn’t want to do anything. It’s very difficult.”

If a way could be found to get Bill in front of a computer, perhaps with dictation software, Mike feels that Bill could probably write a story. But that depends entirely on whether Bill could maintain his concentration long enough to form a creative thought. These days, it does not happen often.

Mike does not have a large collection of Bill’s writing. But he does have a printout of the computer journal Bill kept while he was at Meadowbrook. Many of the entries contain loose details that appear to be connected to his Martian invasion story. But there are personal notes interspersed that reflect Bill’s own anguish, and his resistance to the very treatments that were slowly returning him to normal.

“My name is Bill Mantlo,” he writes in his last personal entry. “I want to go home.”

At they say, read the whole thing.

Bill Mantlo is in hospice care and his family approaches destitution due in part to the flamboyant failures of the American health care system, but frankly, the fact that he doesn’t see much in the way of royalties for his work cannot possibly be helping. Marvel is about to release a movie that will probably pull in half a billion dollars at the minimum, and Mantlo’s family won’t see anything from it.

If comics taught me anything, it taught me that that isn’t right.

So I urge people who are looking forward to that movie to donate what you can, when you can, to the Hero Initiative - a charity dedicated to being the safety net that too many comics creators lack - and specifically to Bill Mantlo’s care. When Guardians of the Galaxy comes out, I’ll see it, but to do so in good conscience I’ll donate an amount equal to the cost of my ticket to the Hero Initiative. I did this last year with Man of Steel and the year before with Avengers.

It’s only right.

(via mattfractionblog)

charactermodel:

The ‘90’s definitions of good, better and best were really skewed.

[Marvel 1993 The Year in Review] 

I think these are supposed to be funny….

Oh, 90s comics…

via kunstgriff/ellidfics/dirtysouthavenger

(via sinvraal)

superdames:

It literally fell in her lap!
And that’s how some random lady became Spider-Woman for a day.
—Spidey Super Stories #11 (1975) script by Jean Thomas, art by Win Mortimer & Mike Esposito

This is. Like. What superheroes as a genre are for me. What they should be. They let people, any people, all people, say “I can be a hero now.”

superdames:

It literally fell in her lap!

And that’s how some random lady became Spider-Woman for a day.

—Spidey Super Stories #11 (1975) script by Jean Thomas, art by Win Mortimer & Mike Esposito

This is. Like. What superheroes as a genre are for me. What they should be. They let people, any people, all people, say “I can be a hero now.”

asker

Anonymous asked: I'm probably going to phrase this wrong because I've had a tough day and I'm not thinking straight, but I wanted to ask: Do you think there will ever be a good representation of the mentally ill in comics (as something other than criminals)? I know some people expect you to change everything. Let me assure you that I don't, and I think everything you've done in comics is brilliant, but I wanted to know from someone who knows comics whether you think it's a possibility.

gailsimone:

superherologist:

gailsimone:

I certainly hope so.

I actually feel this is the area where I have fallen down the most.  For decades, any sort of mental illness almost automatically meant ‘evil,’ and that is something we really have to address. 

I have some characters I am proud of in this regard, like Rose and Thorn (based on an actual young woman with her permission), Savant and Burden. But I don’t feel I have presented this well or consistently. So I have not been part of the solution. And that sucks. 

I promise I am trying, I do have some plans for this, in Barbara’s civilian and night-time life, in just a few months. Hopefully, I can start doing better. Around issue 32, we start to see something that I think does address this.

While I am at it, let me throw it open to everyone…what Marvel or DC books do you feel HAVE presented mental illness (of non-criminal types!) well?

As a psychologist who teaches mental illness, psychology in literature, and related classes, I must say that I cringe when comic book writers refer to specific mental illness, treatments, and other psychological concepts. Most don’t even seem to keep the difference between psychologist and psychiatrist straight - hence some inconsistencies regarding characters like Harley Quinn and the Scarecrow. I couldn’t get past the 3 page of Batman: Jekyll & Hyde because of how horribly the author mangled the psychiatry.

I have no doubt that that is correct. I am fortunate in that I have a few qualified professionals out there who have been endlessly gracious resources. 

drmanahan:

racialicious:

A particular thought came to me during a panel discussion Kendra and I took part in — more on that later today — but I wanted to put it out here, too.

See, the last two pictures above strike me as the end result of the comic industry’s continued prioritizing of white cis-men both on the page and in the marketing plan. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t even have a nice preview of Marvel’s new Ms. Marvel book without idiots like that rushing into the comments section.

Did they bring at least some of their Islamophobia and misogyny regardless of their fandom? Sure, that’s possible. But by protecting white heroes and white brands for so long, the business has only instilled the idea that women, women of color or LGBT characters are just attempts at being “PC,” rather than characters with their own valuable stories and experiences that creators can bring to readers. 

And sure, individual writers and artists may be doing their best to be inclusive, but Paul Dini’s recent statements regarding Young Justice show that, at the corporate level, DC and Marvel are still chasing that White Guy Money. And it’s way past time the people at the top of the food chain stood up to jerks like this. In a pop-culture world increasingly demanding more diversity, such a move win them more fans than they lose.

- AG

New life goal- stop chasin’ that White Guy Money.

Characters like the new Ms. Marvel are so important to comics and superheroes. Enough so that, even though I haven’t bought a comic in years, my white dude money will be supporting Ms. Marvel #1 next month.

pocketaimee:

Hell-aciously busy with work, but I really wanted to draw this comic.

(via tinierpurplefishes)