On the issue of harassment, threats, fanboys and Men

On Tuesday I read this article by Heidi McDonald, in response to an ongoing situation with Janelle Asselin.  I’ll let you read the two articles, and then point you at the Comics Alliance article that hit the interwebs today.

I won’t rehash details.  If you’re a comics person, you probably know about it by now, and if you don’t, you need to.

Heidi puts the issue of sexual harassment and threats of sexual violence (or just plain, vanilla violence) using the cloak of anonymity provided by the internet and aimed at women online (or in person) at the foot of Men. 

And you know what? This is not women’s problem. This is MEN’S PROBLEM. I know most internet trolls are teenaged boys who don’t know any better, but this is MAN’S THING. This is something you men need to figure out and condemn and deal with. There should be MAN RULES about it, like how you’re not supposed to go into the urinal next to another guy, that kind of thing. Belittling, embarrassing, threatening and shaming women should not be some kind of masculine rite of passage. It should be the opposite of being a real man.

She’s right.

I’m taking this seriously.  From the internet traffic I’ve seen on this issue today, clearly something about Janelle’s experience and Heidi’s article broke a damn and something in the zeigeist was clearly ready.

Male members of the comics community are going to have to drop their silence and reserve on a topic that they may not have felt much connection to.  My hope is that in the weeks to come there are a flood of posts better than whatever I’m writing here that will begin to set a new standard. 

It’s time to separate the Men from fanboys.   

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Paul McCartney to Lubbock because of Buddy Holly

This is awesome, and I hope all my friends in Lubbock get tickets.  This is the biggest thing to hit Lubbock since… probably Buddy Holly.

historicaltimes:

Los Alamos scientist sitting next to the worlds first atomic bomb shortly before the Trinity test. July 16, 1945

historicaltimes:

Los Alamos scientist sitting next to the worlds first atomic bomb shortly before the Trinity test. July 16, 1945

smoothpimping:

Replicant replicated

smoothpimping:

Replicant replicated

otakufusion:

meeghanory:

art students before a final is due

Happy little trees… In HELL!!!

otakufusion:

meeghanory:

art students before a final is due

Happy little trees… In HELL!!!

jordangibson:

jordangibson:

Cause this ain’t the nerd taxi!

Happy 20th anniversary Space Ghost Coast to Coast!

erictrautmann:

Digging around old files for my website, I ran across this old just-for-fun sketch I did. Totally forgot about it. I love me some Adam Strange.

Adam Strange

erictrautmann:

Digging around old files for my website, I ran across this old just-for-fun sketch I did. Totally forgot about it. I love me some Adam Strange.

Adam Strange

Superman Homepage points out that DC is cancelling Adventures of Superman, the best Superman book DC has out at the moment and the only one that recognizes Superman’s 75 year publishing history (and, I think, significantly, the only DC property to recognize Superman’s iconic look).
In my mis-spent youth, I would have come up with a reason why this is good news and but a step on the path to a better tomorrow.  But after the past five years of DC Comics, I know better.  So long, last decent Superman comic.  Good-bye, red trunks.

Superman Homepage points out that DC is cancelling Adventures of Superman, the best Superman book DC has out at the moment and the only one that recognizes Superman’s 75 year publishing history (and, I think, significantly, the only DC property to recognize Superman’s iconic look).

In my mis-spent youth, I would have come up with a reason why this is good news and but a step on the path to a better tomorrow.  But after the past five years of DC Comics, I know better.  So long, last decent Superman comic.  Good-bye, red trunks.

gameraboy:

reign of the super grovers by m7781
Me am hate this.  Is worst thing ever.
comicbookcovers:

Superman #202, January 1968, cover by Curt Swan

Me am hate this.  Is worst thing ever.

comicbookcovers:

Superman #202, January 1968, cover by Curt Swan

All comics come back to Snake’n’Bacon’nFoghornLeghorn
sergioferrari:

Michael Kupperman

All comics come back to Snake’n’Bacon’nFoghornLeghorn

sergioferrari:

Michael Kupperman

thursdaylane:

The cast of The Wizard of Oz and MYRNA LOY enjoy a cake because all of them are throwing a farewell party for Fleming who was leaving Oz to direct GWTW and I think he was also directing Myrna in Test Pilot at the time maybe nothing can keep Myrna from her cake. 

thursdaylane:

The cast of The Wizard of Oz and MYRNA LOY enjoy a cake because all of them are throwing a farewell party for Fleming who was leaving Oz to direct GWTW and I think he was also directing Myrna in Test Pilot at the time maybe nothing can keep Myrna from her cake. 

ET was one of the only video games I ever finished.  I didn’t think it was really any worse than “Kool-Aid Man” or half of the rest of the Atari 2600 games, and I never broke a joystick playing the game, which I can’t say for other games (I’m looking at you, “Yars Revenge”).  I’m not entirely certain why it has such an awful reputation.  It was boring and insipid, but that’s kind of how I remember games like “Adventure”, only there was no way in hell you were finishing Adventure or Pitfall.
At least you could finish ET and get on with your life.

ET was one of the only video games I ever finished.  I didn’t think it was really any worse than “Kool-Aid Man” or half of the rest of the Atari 2600 games, and I never broke a joystick playing the game, which I can’t say for other games (I’m looking at you, “Yars Revenge”).  I’m not entirely certain why it has such an awful reputation.  It was boring and insipid, but that’s kind of how I remember games like “Adventure”, only there was no way in hell you were finishing Adventure or Pitfall.

At least you could finish ET and get on with your life.

onepanel:

Kryptonite Handbook!
May 1983

onepanel:

Kryptonite Handbook!

May 1983