Many ladies I admire have come out in the last few weeks to talk about their experiences with harassment in the comics industry or just general geek culture. I wanted to share as much as I feel comfortable sharing about my own experiences.
I first want to point out that sexual harassment and…
Janelle, you ROCKED this. Thank you so much for sharing.
Q:Miss Simone, query for you, what is your opinion on the idea of sympathetic villains? I personally don't fully understand the term, because I don't think who people who do horrible things to innocents are sympathetic at all.
There are two kinds of light switches. The kind that are binary—they are either on or off, or the kind that you can slide from full brightness to complete darkness.
I think morality and ethics are the latter, they present a spectrum from, say, the Joker on one end, to Shazam on the other (and beyond).
When you present villains, you find where they are on that slide, along that spectrum. Few characters are ALL good or ALL evil.
And it’s one dimensional to think of characters that way, as a writer. The fact that a serial killer is kind to cats doesn’t redeem what he has done to his victims. But it still is part of his character.
In real life, it’s nearly impossible to find someone with ZERO sympathetic or redemptive qualities. But fiction writers aren’t dealing with reality, they are trying to simulate reality to varying degrees. So what the writer shows is intentional. They can present even horrible characters in a temporarily sympathetic light.
A good example is the animated Mr. Freeze. He has caused untold misery, but it’s because his heart is broken from the tragic story of losing his wife. Even if you hate what he does, your heart has some empathy for his loss.
I think empathy is a powerful force. Most people find it harder to turn off the more they get to know about a person. It’s easy to have no empathy for a person you don’t know, or a group you haven’t got much knowledge about.
Much, much harder when you know someone and get to understand them.
Five Reasons to Read … Red Sonja
Those of us who have been on Team Gail (as in Simone) for years were ready for her Red Sonja reboot with illustrator Walter Geovani as soon as it was announced. It will surprise very few people that this comic has met our high expectations in its first four issues. Let us count the ways in which this exciting, engaging book deserves your attention.
“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”
(Panel by Sheldon Moldoff, Bill Finger et al from 1961’s Batman 139.)
Today I got banned for 12 hours from Facebook. It’s not the end of the world (I think it helped my productivity) but I figured it would be worth discussing because of the context of the ban. So here goes.
Last June I made this comic:
Definitely not the most shocking thing we’ve done at…
Evolution is always churning along. Evolution, after all, is just change over time and natural selection. … So whether we like it or not, evolution is going on, but it’s going on at a very slow pace. And really what’s a more dominant form of evolution today is cultural evolution: It’s how we learn and use our bodies and interact with each other based on learned information, and that’s also a kind of evolution. It’s not Darwinian evolution, it’s not biological evolution, but it affects our bodies. We’re evolving — we’re evolving slowly through natural selection and rapidly through cultural evolution, and we need to think about those interactions as we plan to use our bodies better.