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futurerevolutions asked: What exactly are the approximate races of Alana and Marko? Like it's a fantasy/sci-fi deal so I know they're aliens but, let's be real, I seriously doubt the team would stray from this kind of question since they write a comic like this and the artist is an ~awake~ WoC?????

fionastaples:

benrankel:

sagacomic:

“This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.”

- Brian K. Vaughan (x)

Both Brian and Fiona have repeatedly said that their heroes are PoC. And of course it’s clear from Fiona’s illustrations that neither Alana nor Marko are white, but that Alana has darker skin than Marko.

The only featured/recurring character in the Saga universe who actually seems to have white skin is The Stalk.

However, I still come across white-washed Saga fan art and fancasting posts, which never cease to amaze and infuriate me. No matter how pretty the art, I will never repost that shit.

If people genuinely see these characters as white, they need to check their eyesight or their racism. And I doubt the optometrist will find any deficiencies.

Thanks for the ask. I haven’t had a good rant on this subject in a while!

Personal pet peeve is folks who think Marko is white. He ain’t.

Marko is meant to be Asian- more specifically, I combined features from a handful of Japanese models and actors when I was designing him. I can see why people sometimes mistake him for white, because I avoided using exaggerated racial markers (slanted eyes, rounded nose, etc). With simple cartoon drawings like these, a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. So I accept there will be some misidentification because I didn’t draw Marko’s family like Mulan characters, haha.

I see Alana as having mixed heritage. When I drew her father I was envisioning an Indian man. Her mother remains a mystery!

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fictional-sailor asked: Hi there, Ming! I love your artwork! So, in my Business of Art class, we were discussing women in comics. Most of the guys in my class said that women only get jobs from editors because they're attractive or cute. I'm the only girl in my class, so I stayed out of it to avoid trouble. As a woman trying to break into comics myself, this worries me. I'm far from what most would consider attractive, but for all the other girls out there trying to get work, what would you say to that? Thank you!

mingdoyle:

The short, practical answer: Most business is conducted entirely over email. Your editors may hire you, work with you for years, and if you don’t post selfies or attend conventions, they may never know what you look like. Even if they do know what you look like, editors care more about your quality of work, your timeliness and your professionalism, than any selfie. Be fearless, do the work, make connections online, and of course you can flourish!

The long, twisted answer: Yes. We’re women, it’s inevitable that we’ll be judged, coveted, and derided purely on the basis of our looks, our age, our perceived sexual availability. These judgments crash against us at every turn in life. They’re inescapable, and yes, explicitly or implicitly, from men and from women, you will confront these judgments and many more during your professional career. 

If you choose to make your gender public knowledge, some readers will be cruel to you. They’ll seem to single your art out more loudly and consistently than any equivalently accomplished male counterpart’s for pillorying. They’ll call your lines ugly, and in the comments section they will call you ugly. Or, they’ll be too kind to you. It won’t matter how unattractive you may think you are, they’ll speak to you too long at conventions, they’ll stare and say you’re even prettier than your art, and that will be worse, because if you can be the target of such bombastic, lecherous praise, then maybe your art is actually just as bad as you’ve been made to feel.

If you choose to make your gender public knowledge, some readers will support you. They’ll support you unfailingly, they’ll class you as a “woman creator” and they’ll ask you to provide sound bites that speak for all women, though of course that’s impossible. They’ll put you on a “Women in Comics” panel at every show, and often that will be the only panel you’re ever on. They’ll buy your work because you’re a woman, just because you’re a woman.

Have I gotten more or less work because of the way I look? Like you, I bear all the lifelong mental wounds of growing up in this society and consider myself “far from what most would consider attractive.” I think a lot of women do. But when I was first breaking in, I encountered my fair share of sexually charged interest and dismissal, in equal turns. I’ve escaped from gross situations with professionals and never worked with them, but also never spoken publically about those intimidating experiences. I’ve been hired to be in multiple woman-themed anthologies exclusively because I was a woman. I’ve been in an Asian-themed anthology because I’m Asian. Almost any review of my work from the first five years of my career begins, “Drawn by the lovely/beautiful/hot/exotic and talented Ming Doyle…”

Whatever you are in this life, however you look or identify or are identified, it’s going to impact you professionally and personally. Attractive, unattractive, majority, minority, there’s no getting out untouched. And if that sounds grossly generalizing and invasive, that’s because that’s what a lot of these experiences are like.

But remember what I said way back up there in the short answer, about being fearless? Do that. Yes, there’s a host of adversities attached to embarking upon any endeavor as a woman, and comics come with their own unique and prickly set. But if you love what you do, if you’re good at it and you can persevere, if you can access the core of who you are as a person and align that with what you want to accomplish as an artist and hold that knowledge as a shield in front of everything you do, you can make it! And I hope you will, because I want to see you here. For all the awful people who may make the journey rough or unpleasant for you, there is a large number of people who want to employ you and want to stand with you professionally.

Thank you. And please, even after I’ve said all that, GO FOR IT! It’s not going to be easy, but it was never going to be. The secret is that it’s not easy for anyone, and in the end that’s what’s going to make you a goddamn warrior.

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barbeauxbot:

Like, let me explain a little bit more about why this upsets me. Recently, we had Kate Bishop, America Chavez, Sif and Valkyrie all in the spotlight. Kate was a relatively new character, America was a very new character, and Sif and Valkyrie have been around for decades.

America had a break out role in Young Avengers. She’s not a legacy anything. She’s wholly her own person, not taking the role of any white person or man. And she’s a Latina lesbian. 

Where is she now? What are they going to do with her?

Kate Bishop has been around a bit longer. She’s kind of a legacy of Clint but she’s also wholly her own person, with her own team, and friends and relations that have nothing to do with Clint. She was in two critically acclaimed books, with writers who talked about how great she was, etc. etc. Young Avengers ended. She’s not in the miniseries. Hawkeye is ending. 

Where is she going to be? What are they going to do with her?

Sif is not a legacy of anybody, but she has been relegated to a supporting role for Thor for decades. She got her own arc, with a fantastic woman writing her, and a great artist. The book was not relaunched with a new #1. And I wasn’t really into comics when Sif launched but as far as I know it did not get very much publicity. It got canceled.

Where is she now? What are they going to do with her?

Valkyrie has been around for ages. She’s been an Avenger. She was leading her own all-woman team. The writer was doing more to explore her sexuality and confirm that she was not straight. For a lot of reasons, the book got canceled.

Where is she now? What are they going to do with her?

I’m not interested in getting attached to a new female character that they’re going to shelve as soon as this particular hype is over. I want them to continue to develop the women they already have. And if they are going to to create new characters, I want more new characters like America Chavez.

What they’re doing with the Asgardian women right now does not impress me. And I don’t expect it to last. Because it hasn’t. Because they don’t value the female characters they have, and thoughtlessly jamming more on the roster is not going to make things better. 

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Comic Haul/Update
Sooo I have finally Bagged and boarded all my comics and put them somewhere other than a shoe box! Over the past year I have collected enough to fill two short boxes. I have to admit a huge chunk of one is skottie young variants. 
And my recent love of Black Widow has reached a high point so I finally got Name of the Rose (which is really good and I recommend to everyone who hasn’t read it). And the news of X-23 appearing in issue 12 of the current Black Widow run piqued my interest in her, as well as the knowledge that Phil Noto worked on some of those issues.And both were written by Marjorie Liu who worked on the last run of Astonishing xmen, which I loved. And then I picked up Avengers The Orignins casue again Phil Noto. 
As for what I picked up this week. Storm was awesome and I can’t wait for the next issue. Saga was good. Not my favorite issue, to be honest it felt kinda like a filler issue. Supreme Blue Rose kinda confused me but I’m digging the art. And I haven’t even gotten around to All-New Ultimates. I do that too often, I’ll keep picking up a book even though I haven’t read the issues I have. Same thing is happening with Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spiderman. I really need to stop getting them or actually read them.  

Comic Haul/Update

Sooo I have finally Bagged and boarded all my comics and put them somewhere other than a shoe box! Over the past year I have collected enough to fill two short boxes. I have to admit a huge chunk of one is skottie young variants. 

And my recent love of Black Widow has reached a high point so I finally got Name of the Rose (which is really good and I recommend to everyone who hasn’t read it). And the news of X-23 appearing in issue 12 of the current Black Widow run piqued my interest in her, as well as the knowledge that Phil Noto worked on some of those issues.And both were written by Marjorie Liu who worked on the last run of Astonishing xmen, which I loved. And then I picked up Avengers The Orignins casue again Phil Noto. 

As for what I picked up this week. Storm was awesome and I can’t wait for the next issue. Saga was good. Not my favorite issue, to be honest it felt kinda like a filler issue. Supreme Blue Rose kinda confused me but I’m digging the art. And I haven’t even gotten around to All-New Ultimates. I do that too often, I’ll keep picking up a book even though I haven’t read the issues I have. Same thing is happening with Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spiderman. I really need to stop getting them or actually read them.  

Filed under comic books lizgetstoomanycomics i need less expensive hobbies but they were so good i think i am finally getting into the xmen at least a little ive always loved the shows and movies but the comics were always so intimidating but you just gotta jump in like with all comics phil notos art is my newest weakness next on my list is sperman/supergirl maelstorm its my first dc comic and then probably ghost or astonishing xmen cause i only read the last three issues but they were amazing tag whore

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The one thing I would tell myself is that you don’t have to be anything for anyone. And, that it’s all right to just be who you are. […] Everyone has his or her own aesthetic. And, if you’re changing yourself for every person and every situation, you can’t really find out who you are for yourself.

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beneziatsoni:

if uve ever talked shit about a cashier while u were standing in their line i literally fucking hate you.

i dont give a shit about the reason why, i hope u get hit by a truck and someone shits down ur throat.

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wordsofdiana:

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acting cool around ur crush

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This post is the most inspirational thing I’ve ever seen and anyone reading this should understand that anything is possible in this world because this k-mart model wannabe looking schlub is a legitimate sex symbol now everyone. Do you understand that? People use his face to sell shoes! You remember that next time you think you can’t do something.

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