So, anyone who doesn’t know, Princeless is going to be featured in Action Lab’s Free Comic Book Day book alongside Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger. What you will get in that free book is a brand new story featuring a brand new character.
Allow me to introduce you to Raven Xingtao.
Learn more about her in May in the brand new (and free) Princeless story called “Girls Who Fight Boys”.
Free Comic Book Day preview pages!! Colored by the wonderful Soojin Paek
Important note! Colorist Soojin Paek is awesome! Also, follow mega-moth, she arted this!
OH MY GOD! AN (Chinese) ASIAN-AMERICAN PRINCESS AND SHE LOOKS AWESOME!!!
I wish I could take credit for the design, but I only wrote the character. The design belongs to Emily Martin and Soojin Paek, my amazing art crew for the Free Comic Book Day story!
Your art crew did an awesome job of drawing her! Even if you only wrote her, I love her already! Can’t wait to see what she’s like coming May (if I can convince my family in America to send me a copy of this issue here in Japan… :( ).
They did an amazing job! Women in Comics! Woot! Also, I’m sure we’ll find a way to get the book to you!
“Stay Away From My Elves”: Racism in Epic Fantasy Fandoms-Damned if you Do, Damned if You Don’t.
Like I said before, I think adding poc into things JUST for the purpose of inclusion is just as bad. But I don’t think adding them in to a fantasy story that has been around for decades with a very strong and dedicated following is the right way to do it. This isn’t about racism, this is about fucking with my fandom.
Stay away from my elves.
I’m all for being happy that a black person wrote a fantasy book with black protagonists, just as themselves, largely (though not entirely) away from any color related power struggles, letting them exist on their own merit and showing the obvious fact that fantasy characters don’t all have to be pale.
It would be nice if the responses weren’t “FUCK YEAR! FINALLY A BOOK FOR US! TAKE THAT YOU HORRIBLE, BORING WHITEYS”.
However I do fail to see how ‘race isn’t a conflict’ as someone (I think) mentioned above, when it’s really just about black supremacy, not white supremacy. BUT HEY DON’T MIND ME. I prefer not to read fantasy with an agenda, even if it’s in my favor.
I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely. I do not withhold judgment based on skin color.
You know, I kinda have a problem with this, as well. I’m white, but one thing I’ve made a major point in my life is to never see skin color. If you had told me this book was part of a wonderful fantasy series that would have been fine. If you had told me the protagonists were people of color and the antagonists where white: still fine. But you had to drive home the thought that it’s so superior just for those reasons, and that’s unsettling.
I mean seriously, you SJS Skidmarks whine and bitch about how authors don’t include enough “non-white” characters in their books. Then when an author DOES do so, you whine and bitch because they aren’t the star or the main character. And when an author makes one a pretty important character you complain about THAT.
Seriously, kindly write “racist” on a club and beat yourself to death with it. It’s what you want, anyways, but no one would likely care enough to humor you. You can make the club any color you want, though I think we can all guess what color it’d be. Funny thing is, regardless of that? It’d still be stupid and incredibly ironic.
“Naturally Thresh would be a black man,” tweeted someone who called herself @lovelyplease.
“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue,” wrote @JohnnyKnoxIV.
“Why is Rue a little black girl?” @FrankeeFresh demanded to know. (she appended her tweet with the hashtag admonishment #sticktothebookDUDE.)
“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture,”@sw4q
“Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote @JashperParas
But wait! Let’s not forget the Fan-made movie that was uploaded and waddled its way around the internet well before the ACTUAL film came out, which has OVER 3 MILLION VIEWS AND FEATURES A BLONDE, WHITE RUE, AS WELL AS DOZENS OF COMMENTS REGARDING HOW MUCH “BETTER” IT IS THAN THE ACTUAL HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
According to the filmmaker:
I know that Rue is described as being dark skinned in the book, but I wanted to show Savanna’s acting. I think she would make a good Prim though.
Everytime I watch this, I always think it was so much better than the movie. This vid is just epic. It captures the whole feeling of the book. It’s realistic, and for that reason it’s completely awesome.
Kiara Muhammad is the young voice actress of the titular character in the Disney show Doc McStuffins, which is the top rated cable show for kids in the 2 to 5 year old demographic.
(This means that alongside The Legend of Korra, which took top ratings in kid and teen demographics, lead girl characters of color are rocking this year! Additional credit to Disney, too, for casting an actress of color to voice the lead role behind the scenes!)
Why is this not on my TV?
Earth-D Wondie get on my blog.
Aside from her case of Broken Back Disease, I like this. I like the linework and the pallet. The anatomy not so much, seriously, BBD.
Related to a recent post, this is from 2008 and it’s the same fucking issue, switching a Character of Color for someone who’s white. What’s the deal DC?
A trend with white writers.
I’ve always noticed this, and I just saw yet another example of it, and it makes me so angry. When white writers describe POC in their books, POC who are tangential in the story or perhaps even primary characters, the description usually just stops at their ethnicity. “The black woman at the store”, “the Asian man by the desk”, etc. But when they describe white characters, they’re always letting us know hair hair colour, their eye colour, size, height, what have you. “She had honey blonde hair and brilliant blue eyes set deep into her heart-shaped face that was also really beautiful.” The discrepancy is glaring and it hits me in the gut. As if the only thing you need to know about is POC is the fact that they’re a POC; as if you don’t need any more description because hey, all POC look the same; as if white people have a monopoly on having different hair and eye colours and whatever. And it really, really bothers me.
I’m not saying that all white writers do this, of course, but it’s something that I see over and over again in the books that I read, and I am so tired of it, and so angry.
Why do you think it’s electricity so often? That’s a curious coincidence.
To be honest I think it started as a humorous spin on “Black Power” that just sort…
If you do a black character or a female character or an Asian character, then they aren’t just that character. They represent that race or that sex, and they can’t be interesting because everything they do has to represent an entire block of people. You know, Superman isn’t all white people and neither is Lex Luthor.