I’m not getting a lot of hits on these so I think I’ll actually advertise the contents
Batwoman- queer lady main character, written by Greg Rucka who is legit one of the best writers comics ever had, with a back up feature starring a queer woc. ORGASMIC art.
Wednesday Comics- these are really cool and the price I’m offering them for is cheap considering they were like 5 bucks each or something- I actually have the coffee table book version of this which is the reason I’m selling it. This is a hugeeee mix of 12-part stories by different artists that stand alone and don’t require any continuity- these stories not just for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but Kamandi, Catwoman, Deadman, Supergirl and her supercat and superdog, The Metal Men etc etc. It’s all in a newspaper format The stories range from mediocre to fantastic- i’m p. sure the only irredeemable ones were Teen Titans and Superman and even then you can still look at the art. But Amanda Conner’s Supergirl story was the cutest shit ever,
the Kamandi story had GORGEOUS art, a lot of people disliked the Wonder Woman one but I personally think it was a really cool modern take on the character that took advantage of the mythology and really made the best of her villians and supporting cast- and also was a really dense story, The Flash story was really great and fun done in an old-school comics with a cute format etc etc
The Unwritten- Read this. It’s an indie comic, so no background required. Especially if you like Harry Potter. Especially if you like stories like Princess Tutu- stories about stories. Not only are the covers gorgeous- by the same lady who did the Seirei No Moribito light novel covers- the story is made for lit geeks and fandom fanatics
Basically, the plot of this comic is the protagonist’s dad basically wrote Harry Potter (“Tommy Taylor”) and what’s more, based the main character off his son and told everyone that. Then, before the anticipated 14th book, the dad mysteriously vanishes. So Tom Taylor (who hates his father because he was frankly terrifying and abusive) is left to bitterly live off his secondhand fame giving out autographs at Comic Cons. Then a mysterious woman brings up proof of the possibility he might be adopted in public, causing a scandal. After that, he’s kidnapped and nearly killed by a apparently delusional Lord Voldemort cosplayer who thinks he’s really Tommy Taylor,
then pursued by a dude who can MELT PEOPLE AND OBJECTS INTO NOTHING MORE THAT WORDS with his hands and appears to belong to an organization that controls all of fiction to influence the world in sinister ways that apparently his father was involved with (and who was his mother???), gets framed for murder, meets up with the mysterious woman (who is convinced, like the Voldy cosplayer, that he’s actually Tommy Taylor and had legit magic powers) and a cynical Internet reporter- both of them suspiciously resemble
HarryTommy’s sidekicks Ron and HermionePeter and Sue….
This is a story about how stories influence our world, history and culture. Every so often the location will switch and we’ll get an issue about how Rudyard Kipling’s propoganda interested this organization until they took over his body and soul, or how Oscar Wilde was set up by said Organization out of revenge- or about how a woman writing a (basically Superman) superhero comic under a male penname during the 1940s ended up being a threat and that will come back around and be important- Hobbes “Leviathan” is also a huge theme- so it’s def a comic for philosophy and lit geeks and it does it’s job very well, and will likely even teach you new things! There’s even a fuckin’ Choose Your Own Adventure issue that makes the format disturbing as hell. And it intercuts often to message board-goers reactions to the events in the story that make the news, as well as web journalism, and actually captures how those discussions go frightfully well. It’s a really interesting, uniquely done comic book that knows its shit and is THE DEFINITION OF META. I have all the trades
This is a series focusing on a team of supervillains. Or anti-villians, really. OR ARE THEY HEROES? No definitely not heroes. It’s gory, and it’s raunchy, but not to the level of like, Garth Ennis or anything. The art in the main series is also very gorg, by the great Nicola Scott. The story is dark, but a lot of fun and the mix of characters is great.AND. Lesbians.
We have two really excellent queer ladies in a relationship as main characters at all times - four, by the end. SCANDAL GETS MARRIED TO BOTH OF THEM OR SOMETHING. I THINK. IT’S BEEN A WHILE I HAVE TO CHECK. It’s been confirmed by Gail Simone that Catman is also bisexual, though it’s only ever implied in the text. Jeanette is textually bi, iirc, though, and a world class dom. Though I’ve fallen out of love with Gail a bit in recent times, this remains a really solid, fun series with great characters.
It’s okay to read it soley for scandal savage tho that’s basically what i did
As much as I hate Bill Willingham and his sexist lying face, the concept of Cindrella as a superspy is intriguing. And these aren’t written by him, so they’re actually good! There may be some issues wrt Muslim chars in the first one I was too young to be aware of but I also recall Islamophobia was actually discussed too. And the cool thing about how Cindy is repped- she’s basically like James Bond, she has fun with her job, she sleeps around and she’s never shamed for it. The story and art was solid and their signed.
This was the series that got me reading Marvel. It’s great. Great characters. Solid story. But mostly great characters that actually act like teenagers. Aaaand MOST of them are girls, a huge amount of them are POC, one is actually NOT A THIN GIRL!!!, there are two queer main characters and one of them is canonically genderqueer (Joss Whedon’s run ruins that, as Joss Whedon does, but regardless). But yeah, as an intro to comics, you can’t get better than this series. Did I mention there’s a ten year old who regularly punches Wolverine through buildings? and a girl who psychically controls a dinosaur?
Booster Gold- Man, you know a dude has to be a fun character if I’m willing to buy a series about him. And the time-traveling adventures of the formerly (and still kinda) self-absorbed Booster Gold. loser from the 25th cetury who stole a powersuit from a science museum after he was kicked off the football team when he tried to fix a game (to try to take care of his sick mom of course), and his snarky obot sidekick are a lot of fun. Especially as Booster got to team up with all sorts of heroes from the past and present, including dead dudes. Of course, he was also a pining over his tragically killed nerdy best friend Ted Kord (everyone ships it)
The thing about Booster is he never gets over Ted, but it’s kind of okay on him where it’s intolerable on others? Mostly I guess because Ted’s a great guy and we all love him, Booster tend to just be hilariously fixated on bringing him up at all times and finding ways to hang out with him thru time travel while being a goof and then going to his grave and screaming dramatically about it rather than brooding and guilt tripping everyone. Plus he’s transparently gay about the whole thing.
Anyway, a portion of these comics also include backups starring Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle, aka BEST DUDE EVER and his little sis who is gonna be a Green Lantern someday. Also she makes sure to let us know when I say everyone ships Booster/Ted it includes her.
um the rest…you know who Superman is right? he’s a good. and the miscellaneous comics are all fun too.
which I am totally unsurprised by, the only way the news even remotely affects me anymore is by feeding my satisfaction in having basically quit comics
but it does kinda baffle me how little respect superhero comic creators have for their own art form
It’s basically saying “the shit I write can’t change anything, can’t contribute to society, can’t offer real commentary on society or real issues or urge for real social change and it doesn’t really affect anyone in a real way”
and why the fuck would you want that? Why are you even bothering to write if you think that?
If you’re basically admitting you don’t really care about making a difference, that you’re churning out the same old shit everyone else is and not bringing anything new to the table, why should anyone bother reading your work?
idk maybe I just don’t understand because I’m a girl and not straight, so I grew up with a craving for stories that spoke to me and represented those parts of me. And these guys just don’t understand that. They think art can’t affect people, that people can’t yearn for things that speak to them, because everything speaks to them already.So sadly, they underestimate the worth of their artform. In some ways, I can see how beautiful fiction can be in a way they can’t. Which is something to keep me going when I’m overwhelmed by the shittiness of our media.
Saying comics don’t shape society or are not meant to provide social commentary is completely ignoring the origin of comics- there was a hero written by two Jewish dudes as World War II approached. Their hero was from a foreign place, an immigrant at birth, he had to hide undercover and not let anyone know who he was- yet he was the best of them all. He was everything great about America.
And if you think I’m reading too much into that, Superman’s first adventure has him taking down war profiteers and there’s also a comic where he punches Hitler in the face and says, and I quote “This is a strictly non-Aryan sock in the jaw”.
What if those guys had decided comics could have no impact on society?
What about Wonder Woman? What about the little girls who wrote in letter columns saying “I wish I could go to Paradise Island”. What about how she became a feminist icon, a gay icon? Do you seriously have so little respect for your artform you don’t understand how huge it must of been for some girls in the 1940s to read her adventures, how much she means to so many people?
Comics can shape society. The reason they don’t is because bullshit excuses like this mean they just parrot society.
But when you actually aim comics at girls, at minorities, at anyone other than straight white males, there is an impact on society. The people involved with Sailor Moon are aware that that manga had an impact on women:
wow it seems like this dude believes a comic written by woman for women can actually impact society weird
and you know he’d objectively be right, since Sailor Moon inspired thousands of little girls, kicked a genre into gear that gave little girls their own version of a hero, and contributed to yuri becoming more prominent etc etc
What if Naoko Takeuchi and the anime staff had just decided “well, we follow society, there’s no point in making the comic and show with messages like “women are strong” or having lesbians, because it will have no real impact anyway. Let’s just make another comic about dude superheroes with a girl being the damsel in distress love interest”.
Yet they didn’t. And that was why it was a success and still means so much to so many people.
It’s like when little girls have work that actually speaks to them, they respond and grow and feel empowered.
It’s like if you never try, change doesn’t happen, but if you actually give a shit and believe that you can make an impact, push boundaries and make something actually for girls or whoever else, you do actually see change happen.
Funny how that works.