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So, this exists.
I don’t imagine anyone’s waiting on bated breath for the moral authority of the guy who wrote Morbius: The Living Vampire, I’m pretty sure close to 100% of humanity doesn’t give a shit about what I’ve got to say here, but this — combined with the recent horrible treatment of my other pal Janelle (and who knows how many women who dared speak their mind when they, hey, guess what, don’t appreciate being treated like a subspecies because they like something and/or don’t like it when women are portrayed in that thing they like as said subspecies) — makes me feel uncomfortable just sitting back and watching this stuff roll down my screen. Namely because the other thing I’ve seen people repost is how much some of these assholes love how male comics creators aren’t, to quote, “taking the bait.”
If you’re someone who sees that shirt and realizes why it’s offensive/stupid, there’s no need to click the ‘read more’ here. If you don’t, well, click on.
I don't get it... What's so bad about Hank?
For those of you who do not know, Hank Pym is also known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Yellowjacket, and Henry. He is married to Janet Van Dyne and is an ‘original Avenger’. He is present in both Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble (as of this week). The Ant-Man movie is set to debut in 2015.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, I will tell you what is so bad about Hank Pym.
Put simply, Hank Pym has little respect for anyone, especially women. He treats his wife like absolute crap, ignoring her while she dotes at his feet. Arguably, Jan stayed with Hank at the beginning because they worked in the same laboratory, but, as time went on, I believe that she became dependent on their relationship (this is especially obvious in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes).
Hank saw her dependency and abused it. He used her for her working brain, her willingness to obey, and her body. Hank has no respect for Jan as a person and even smacks her around in an attempt to make her see things his way.
No matter how hard Jan worked to be a ‘good wife’, she was unable to meet Hank’s obscene standards, often driving him into a fit of rage.
Like a lot of people who experience abuse, Jan was never able to leave her abuser. But neither of them hid the torment that rattled their marriage.
Even though she has been used and tossed aside by her husband, Jan never loses faith that they could have a normal life together… or as normal as a life as two avengers could get. But Hank sought recognition for his own alias, casting her and her attempts to help aside in favor of more ‘personal’ goals.
Hank not only abuses Jan, but he also cheats on her multiple times. He even had an affair with their fellow avenger Tigra (who was actually off to the right in the panel two pictures ago).
I said Hank cheated on Jan ‘multiple times’ and here is the proof.
(I do not know who this woman is; however, I think that this image definitely says something about Hank’s character.)
Let’s get away from the sins that Hank has committed against his wife to round out his wonderful personality.
Hank Pym is well known in the science community, and, like a lot of Marvel’s characters, is a contender for the ‘world’s smartest human’ (next to Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Bruce Banner). He invented Pym Particles (the little particles that allow him to grow and shrink into his different aliases) along with a few other nifty toys.
His inventions included a wonderful AI named Ultron who eventually rebelled and attempted to destroy the free world.
(The scientist in me wants to scoff at the idea that a biochemist is working with nanoparticles and AI units, but I will refrain from going off on that tangent)
Ultron aside, Pym does not forgive anyone for their transgressions and I would argue that he uses his ‘intelligence’ to justify the way that he treats people. I myself have a bias towards Bruce Banner and I take offense to the way that he often talks down to the nuclear physicist.
The only example I can find of this issue is:
(I think it is also important to note that both Banner and Pym have doctorates in Nuclear Physics and Biochemistry (respectively) and are esteemed members of the science community)
In the most recent Avengers Assemble cartoon, Pym harbors a sort of holier-than-thou attitude towards both Sam Wilson and Tony Stark – two very capable scientists – for no reason other than that it is inconvenient for him to assume that they know enough about the particles.
Throughout the totality of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hank talks down to everyone, including Tony (who I personally think is more intelligent and more successful than Hank). He looks the team (especially Jan and Steve) over whenever he’s ‘working’, unable to be distracted for a second from his work.
In Marvel Zombies, Hank incapacitates T’Challa (the Black Panther and a close friend) and holds the Wakandan king captive (and human) so that Zombie!Hank could have a sort of ‘snack’ whenever he got hungry.
Hank hides the meal from his starving Zombie!wife and when Jan finds out, she is not happy.
Threatened by Jan’s promise to return to the lab with Colonel America, Hank grows in size, swiping his wife off the floor with a giant hand. Without hesitation, he quickly bites her head off and spits it to the ground, disgusted by the taste, not by his actions.
God knows I can continue this discussion for hours, but I this is all I have to say on the topic as of right now.
If you need me to clarify anything, please don’t hesitate to drop by my ask box.
In this upcoming issue, I have this scene with Monet, and I really wanted her to look strong… not comic book superhero-strong, but real life strong, and so I sent artist Clay Mann this shot of Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet:
and asked for a build like that on Monet. Which I got:
I read a lot on the internet about the toxic environment of many comic book stores and how sexist they are and demeaning towards women. Which, yes, that culture can often be extremely misogynistic and arrogant and all sorts of awful things.
Which is why I feel like I need a moment to talk about how the people who run my comics store are GREAT.
I mean, I’m female, I really don’t know much about comics (I come in every few weeks for the next issue of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, and that’s it), I’m not very old and I look about four years younger than I am……I’d be a pretty easy target, is what I’m saying.
Instead, I asked for earlier issues of Hawkeye and the store manager tried for a few weeks to get them in for me instead of just telling me it wasn’t possible. Once, he and one of his employees and a woman who was clearly a frequent customer were conversing about the latest issue of some comic or other while I frantically searched the store for the latest issue of Hawkeye. When I finally confessed that I was clueless, the manager didn’t roll his eyes at me, he just showed me that the new releases sometimes get placed on a different table and had happened to get stacked on top of each other so that the comic I wanted was hidden. Then they all wanted to know why I was so worried, and when I explained about having arranged to discuss the comic with People that evening over Skype, they all were interested and asked for more details, congratulating me at the appropriate points and displaying genuine interest and waving at me as I departed.
Today, I ventured in yet again for more of my one and only comic. When I checked out, the manager handed me a flyer for a local comics convention and told me that I ought to come, I might be able to get some of the back issues of Hawkeye there. (DOES THIS NOT SOUND LIKE A BIG DEAL TO YOU? THEN YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN A COLLEGE STUDENT WITH THE FACE OF A HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN WHO NEVER GETS SPOKEN TO LIKE AN ADULT.) It sounded interesting, too, only I realized that I would be out of the country on those days, and told him so. He asked if I was fleeing to Canada because of the draft, and assured me that America doesn’t force young people to join the army any more. (WHICH I AM A LADY BUT HE STILL TEASED ME ABOUT HAVING TO JOIN THE ARMY LIKE IT WAS TOTALLY NORMAL AND GOODNESS.)
I am impressed with them, okay? This could easily have been a totally awful experience for me, and I was a little concerned going in, but it turns out that no one there is a jerk at all.
I’m not a small woman.
I wear a size 24-26 in jeans, depending on the manufacturer. I wear a size 3x in shirts (most of the time—fitted stuff has to be 4x because I don’t nip in at the waist).
Black Milk doesn’t make clothes for me. We Love Fine doesn’t carry things in my size. They have it on their size chart, but rarely in stock. Forever 21’s plus sizes end at about a 20. TeeFury? Shirt Woot? Stuck in the men’s sizing, which doesn’t fit me right.
We all know what I’m commenting on, and I’m doing my best not to derail it because yes, Kate Leth is making a very good point.
It’s just not a point that includes me. I want to be included. It’s all I ever really want, at the end, but yet again I’m not good enough to be counted as part of the cool kids club.
If you based comic sales on an algorithm that marries Tumblr and Twitter appearances with cosplayer viability, “Young Avengers” is by far the biggest selling comic on the planet.
But that isn’t the world we live in, as sales do not equal social media hype.
The question for me is, if all of these people are so hyped about books like “Young Avengers”, then why aren’t we seeing it in sales? Is this a case where we have a highly vocal minority, a frightening level of piracy or some combination of both? It’s probably the combination, but it often is frustrating to see the comics internet get so up in arms about the need for support of new ideas and controversial topics, yet those ideas and topics falling by the wayside when those actionable items actually cost money.
If you want a new book – like “Ms. Marvel” – to succeed, tell your retailer. Ultimately, comic “sales” aren’t really sales in the traditional sense, they are orders from retailers. Most retailers order huge on #1 issues (thus, the constant relaunches) and drop precipitously from there, even though orders for #2 are due before the first issue is released.
Because of that, new characters and new comics are facing a huge roadblock in finding their audience.
So be vocal and be active. If there is a new character you are eager to support, get out there and tell your retailer and tell your friends. It’s not enough to just talk about it on Tumblr or Twitter, you need to make sure that your pull list is updated, that your friends pull list is updated, and that you are spreading the excitement of those books that you love. The sales of issue #1 aren’t what defines a book as a success so much as the sales for #3 and #4, when the buzz has died down and books find their true level.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter where a book is published and if a new character stars in it or not, it still can’t survive without you. So if you are really desperate for a new character or comic to succeed, start with nine simple words:
“I’d like to add this to my pull list.”"
I Need a Hero: A Look at the Lack of Breakout Characters in Today’s Comics by David Harper for Multiversity Comics (via myvisagewasted)
See what I was told is that digital sales don’t count. Which is always going to skew the numbers on titles that appeal primarily to a younger market. Particularly a younger female market.
Agreed. I hope someday Marvel will realize that the traditional single issue market isn’t the only thing that should drive their priorities. I wonder how successful a book has to be digitally before they’ll notice that. The creative side of marvel does keep doing projects that try to push the boundaries of that audience, but the sales side doesn’t want to acknowledge the areas where that would pay off.(via creepingmonsterism)
I normally don’t put my two cents in on stuff like this, but…
When I tell my retailer (admittedly, our local market has, um, LIMITED brick and mortar options) that I want to sub to a book like Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Fearless Defenders, etc., HE GIVES ME SHIT ABOUT IT. “Oh, it’s not going to succeed.” “It looks dumb.” “You’re just doing this for the politics.”
He has accidentally(?) forgotten to sub me to 1st (and 2nd and 3rd) issues of things that I know I specifically requested MONTHS prior, in writing.
So I guess what I’m saying is that the companies can’t even rely on brick and mortar retailers to give them an accurate representation of their market. They NEED to start looking more carefully into online and electronic distribution numbers.
There was a post, well a few posts really about how DC generally doesnt give a shit about its female audience because we dont buy the same amount of merchandise or toys or apparel as male fans.
Now today I was shopping and spotted a Wonder Woman t-shirt, so I made a beeline for it. Ready to throw my money at DC, to become a walking billboard and swish around in a snazzy new Wonder Woman shirt.
As soon as I picked it up I put it back down in disgust and headed back to the mens section and picked up a guys Batman tee.
Why? Because emblazoned on the WW shirt were the words, in a glittery font “Girls Night!”.
Below this tshirt was another Womans fitted vest with the boys from the JL on it and the slogan “I need a hero!”.
I dont want to buy this shit. Why can’t they just give us a line of superhero stuff for women without insulting our intelligence?.
Where are my Black Canary knee high fishnet print socks? My Huntress pants? Where is my Mera inspired jewellry range for my more formal needs (because yes. I do require a sensible tiara).
Where is my Big Barda gym bag?
They don’t exist.
So instead I buy the guys stuff and alter it myself but then they assume its a guys money they’re getting.
And action figures? Shit I have ALL THIS FUCKING MONEY TO GIVE YOU DC but you wont give me a set of kick ass women figures that aren’t more offensively proportioned than Barbie herself.
I once saw a Catwoman figure whose waist was as thick as her neck.
Who statistically are the biggest consumers DC? Women. Don’t you dare pretend I aint here waiting to buy stuff, shit give me a utility belt purse with quick draw credit card release and i’ll give you my first born.
I’M LOOKIN’ AT YOU, TOO, MARVEL
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