Why aren’t you reading Hark! A Vagrant? You should be!
Quite a while back, I wrote about The State of Wonder Woman as an entity, spurred by yet another costume makeover. One of the sources I quoted said Wonder Woman should just come out as a lesbian already.
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[adult swim]’s Robot Chicken got there first. I believe that’s Lucy Lawless doing her voice–oh, the compounding implications!
Thank you, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, for another good one!
This is the third part of Alissa’s interview. In this segment, we discuss the larger context of her work, and how it relates to the mission of our site. We asked her questions pertaining to gender and personal artistic decisions. She answered us — as always — very honestly. As we wind down this interview, we’d like to thank Alissa once again for her participation and for the chance to talk about her amazing work.
What does “feminism” mean for you, and would you consider yourself a feminist?
Overall, I do believe in what feminism stands for. Everyone wants equal rights. I think feminism has gotten a bad rap, really; growing up the first thing I thought of when I thought of a “feminist” were the extremists who burned bras and were avid “man haters”.
Has anyone else noticed that the state of today’s anime is bland, having little or nothing to do with politics, or relevant issues of the times, compared to the way anime used to be back in the day?
Have you ever thought that some people take their entertainment too seriously? That, for some reason, they cannot enjoy something as lovely as anime without having to thrust politics, current issues, and other such things? I have had that thought, too. But, I see now where I had not been engaging my brain! Let me explain.
A few days ago, perhaps even a week or so ago, I discussed anime with Roxy. She and I have very similar views and political beliefs. The discussion was really just meant to be light-hearted, an exchanging of views. But, I took it too seriously and it began to quickly irritate me. I won’t lie, it was mostly because at the heart of the discussion seemed to lie my favorite anime as of the moment (and last year or so!). I saw it as dissing my favorite anime, and I kept thinking, “Why does this have to be about such things? Why can’t we just watch something to get away from the real world and politics and current events/issues? Why can’t we just have simple fun with an anime? Doesn’t she realize that this is important, too?” This is just an excuse for my irrationality. I was upset over anime. Anime! I was taking things too personally. This was not only silly, it was ridiculous.
I’ve been reading this webcomic for a while now, but I didn’t think to write about it until my cousin brought it up this morning.
Zahra’s Paradise is the story of a man named Mehdi who goes missing in the recent post-election Iranian protests. He leaves behind a mother, desperate to find him, and a brother who turns to technology to help him understand what has happened to his family. The titular Zahra was an expatriate photographer who came back to take pictures of prisoners at Evin, the notorious Iranian prison. She was caught getting too close to her subjects, imprisoned, tortured, raped and then killed. Though it was initially covered up, a post-mortem quickly revealed the causes of her death.
Hark! A Vagrant is one of my all-time favorite webcomics. It’s by K. Beaton, who is clearly a giant history/literature nerd, and one rocking chick. Her comics are always delightfully madcap, often playing on historical figures, events, or famous books.
This past week she riffed on Dracula. Perhaps the best part?
You NEED to go read the whole set of Dracula strips (Mina, you vampire-baiting slut!) and the entire H!AV archive. (Anyone who does and sends me links to more we can feature will get a shiny sticky.)
You mad, liberated women, you.
Happy Halloween, Subterfugettes! Here’s some girl power for your treat bag.
Text courtesy of IMDb:
Linus: Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.
Sally Brown: (sarcasm) That’s a good story.
Linus: You don’t believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.
Sally Brown: Welcome to the 20th century!
You go, Sally!
*In case you’ve lived under a rock for the last 60+ years, Peanuts is the Snoopy comic/cartoon. In this Halloween special, Linus once again sits all Halloween night in a pumpkin patch, waiting for The Great Pumpkin to visit. The Great Pumpkin is not unlike Santa Claus, in that he comes once a year to distribute toys to the good children of the world. He does this every year–and every year, The Great Pumpkin fails to show.