Check out this interview in Interview Magazine with Kate Beaton!
Hilarious (web) comic creator Kate Beaton’s first book was just released. If you like history, victorian literature, or just goofy expressions, you’ll love Kate’s work. Check it out at Hark! A Vagrant and look for her new book (also called “Hark! A Vagrant”) in the library soon.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Another highly, highly recommended graphic novel.
a rant for the disney issue of cosmoqueer. in which i do cuss so there’s your warning. my films were: the princess and the frog, the lion king, and atlantis: the lost empire.
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I’ve always been confused about peoples reactions to the depiction of Voodoo (or Voudou? Lookit that shit, that’s how much I don’t know -_-) in The Princess and the Frog.
I have no personal experience with Voodoo, but was raised in Santeria. The two religions are not the same but do share similarities because they’re related, they came from the same source (both are faiths created as a result of the diaspora). So the depictions of Facilier and Mama Odie weren’t…problematic to me?
Cuz I’ve seen that. I grew up with and still know people that abuse the religion and use it for selfish, harmful, self-serving purposes and Santeras that use their station and their gifts to help the community.
But is it fair to compare the two the way I’ve been doing? Am I way off base? Or is it just that, yes, some stereotypes are true but become negative or hateful when they are the only depictions of *whateverthethingis* that are ever presented in mass media? Does that apply here?
If this has already been discussed to death I’m sorry -_-
It’s really about how Voodoo is usually depicted in American media. Every cop/drama/suspense show has an ep sooner or later with human sacrifice. Usually the victim is a child or a woman, occasionally a man is the victim, but in those eps money tends to be the motive. Someone who is supposed to be a practitioner of Voodoo living in a house full of spooky stuff (that creeps out at least one of the leads), who killed the person for their power, to please the spirits, or to make a point to someone else. Occasionally, like in Princess & the Frog they have someone who isn’t evil, but who still believes in Voodoo. Rarely that person is instrumental in defeating the evil, though usually they advise the (white) hero. But often, they only present Voodoo as a negative force in the lives of people who are too uneducated to know that it isn’t “real” & sometimes they even throw in some priests or whatever to show that Christianity is real & pure.
i dare anyone to name any type of film or TV show where African originated religion isn’t demonised
The only thing I can think of that’s remotely related was when Joe Quesada, EIC of Marvel (is he still? Been out of that loop for a looooonng time), spearheaded this teenage, multi-ethnic, superhero group comic in the early 2000’s, where the kids were avatars/their powers based off of the Orishas of Santeria. It was “well intentioned” anyway. Dunno what ever happened to it.
Some more American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Because it is that awesome.
Go read it already.
Cos’ i am a superwoman, yes i am, yes she is, still when i’m a mess, still put on a vest, with an S on my chest, oh yes. I’m a superwoman.
Didn’t Martha Kent sew Superman’s costume in some versions of his origin story? More importantly, can someone please get on writing a period, Otherworlds, type story about a black Clark? Please and thank you.