Marlon Brando accepting the Oscar for Best Actor at the 1955 Academy Awards for his role as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront
In 2007, I invented the term in a review. Then I watched in queasy disbelief as it seemed to take over pop culture.
I am SHOCKED, SHOCKED to find that Nathan Rabin thinks this is all about him.
Captain American punching a dinosaur.
Happy 4th of July!
Jessica Williams and New Dude just did a bit about campus rape cases where Jessica Williams AS ALWAYS absolutely killed it. Just fucking murdered the piece. I think my favorite thing about New Dude is that he tends to stand behind Jessica Williams and just happily underline how awesome she is being at any given time.
To me, The Daily Show is a radio play that I listen to while I’m slowly waking up as Collin gets ready for work. I only ever see it through gif sets. I have no idea what New Dude looks like.
I still think I could get a police sketch artist to draw something pretty close to the mark.
I have experienced this a lot, myself, particularly in the early days of my career, and I am distressed to find that this still is happening.
Listen, you do not have to justify, explain, conceal or apologize for being a woman in comics. You do not owe anyone, and I mean ANYONE, a moment of your valuable life trying to reconcile your art and dreams with someone’s jaded, obsolete worldview on gender.
I have been asked hundreds of times what it’s like to be a woman in comics. You know what it’s like? It’s like being a woman in comics. The answer is both too large to possibly encapsulate and complete not your business at the same time.
I have spoken with dozens of women who felt forced to behave in a manner that was completely unlike them because they felt they had to be ‘one of the guys,’ to get along. Well, there are worse things than having brodudes think you’re not ‘one of the exceptions.’
Either you have value as a creator, or you don’t. You have to decide if you want to be liked by people who do not respect who you really are, or if you want to be truthful to yourself and others.
Sadly, it is not uncommon for women to be part of this happy horseshit. I have many times seen advice given to women that essentially equals, “smile and don’t upset anyone.” This is the world’s worst advice, and the people who say that to you? Make no mistake. They are the enemy, regardless of gender. Don’t even bother to engage them, just go around them as they try to grab your legs and pull you down.
Timid people make timid comics. If you wouldn’t want to read books from someone like that, why would you settle for actually BEING someone like that?
It’s harder breaking in, being female. It’s harder keeping your spot in line, being female. And yes, people will hate you for a myriad of reasons that have nothing to do with you whatsoever. I am not saying any of this is easy. But people do it. If they are talented and dedicated and put their blood in the game, they do it, and you get a Kelly Sue or a Marjorie Liu or Becky Cloonan or Fiona Staples or any of the many remarkable success stories of the last few years. Can you imagine any of them apologizing for being female?
Don’t feel bad about something you have nothing to feel bad about, merely because you hear some pitiful cries from the local tar pit. These people aren’t worried about their own accomplishments, they just want to make sure YOU don’t accomplish anything.
This industry, at least in terms of female participation, is finally becoming the industry I had always dreamed of, even as a little kid. There are fabulous female editors, executives, publishers, retailers, critics, and creators all over the place. The female readership is flying. There are books you can buy that actually, heaven forbid, feel like they acknowledge women in the audience.
And yet we still routinely see people trying to pretend that there’s no steamroller coming and refuse to move out of the way.
They are not your problem or your responsibility.
When someone, anyone, regardless of gender, tries to make you feel bad, or like an outsider, for being female in comics, remember that you are actually one of many, going back a long, long time. You do not need to hide yourself. There are enough people out there who want you to be ashamed or grateful.
Pretty much every word of this also applies to women in comedy, and I’m guessing women in pretty much every other field that can feel like a boys’ club.
Models : Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta, Helena Christensen, Karen Mulder, Carla Bruni & Linda Evangelista
Wow this REALLY takes me back to when I used to leave the fashion channel on while I did my algebra homework. I always loved the part where the designer came out at the end and all the models clapped for him. This is a particularly absurd all-star lineup, and just a year before Gianni Versace died.
When he was 2 years old, he fell out of a second story window and fractured his skull
When he was 6 years old, he mistakenly drank boric acid.
When he was 9 years old, he fell over a small cliff and broke his leg.
When he was 11 years old, he contracted measles and was in a coma for nine days.
When he was 14 years old, he broke his arm when he caught it in a carriage door.
When he was 19 years old, he was struck on the head by a falling brick.
When he was 23 years old, he almost died from the effects of tainted wine.
When he was 29 years old, Adolph Sax invented the saxophone.
clearly someone didn’t want that saxophone invented
THIS NEEDS TO BE A 300-PAGE SCI-FI NOVEL BECAUSE I WOULD READ THE HELL OUTTA THAT
I blame George H.W. Bush and the Republican Party.