Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Wednesday, September 3, 2014
"Courtesy" of Matt Craig.

"Courtesy" of Matt Craig.

Friday, August 29, 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014

Young Avengers Omnibus Pre-order Cut Off

It was brought to my attention that the collection of our (Jamie, Matt, Me, Clayton, Everyone Else Who Threw In) Young Avengers run has its orders cut off this week. I believe they’re in on Monday.

In other words, if you want to make sure of a copy, you should speak to your retailer to ensure they order one.

These ominbuses tend to be printed relatively tight, and reprints are rare, so if it’s something you want, it’s best to make moves to get one now.

(Or pre-order from an online retailer, which should do the same thing)

Don’t know how to pre-order from a shop?

Well, you probably hoping someone humiliated themselves to do a photocomic guide of how to pre-order to explain everything to you.

Miss A’s clothes represent her. It’s impossible to overstate how significant this is for a female superhero. The costumes of male superheroes have always been powerful tools for making and owning the self; their colours, contours and crests proudly declare their mission, identity, and powers, transforming them into walking advertisements for themselves, capturing in the sleek simplicity of iconography a snapshot of what the hero can do, where he’s been, and what he aspires to become. Historically, this has been far less true of the costumes of female superheroes. Often derived from the costumes of male superheroes and/or prioritizing skin and cleavage at the expense of character, the costumes of female superheroes tend to lack deep meaning and individuality. Too often, the way female superheroes are dressed (and of course, the way they’re drawn), makes them more of a thing to have than a person to be; too often, female superheroes are vehicles of objectification, rather than identification. Diceratops does a lovely article about Miss America Chavez’s style which I’m afraid to forward to Jamie in case his head explodes. Though, I suppose that at least would be very WicDiv. I almost quoted the last three paragraphs, but I don’t want to take the climax away from Anna’s prose.

A Miss America Look Book with MeepyGal, filmed by Christina Viseu.

Strong like ox, etc.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 Friday, July 4, 2014

Public Self Laceration For Incompetence: Young Avengers Edition

Professionalism a-go-go here, obv.

You know the Hardback of our entire run of Young Avengers is out before the end of the year? We’ve been asked if there’s anything we want to tweak for it.

Clearly, the typos.

I need to locate the Teddy/Billy and Kaplan/Caplans, etc, which are the main ones. Now, I’m going to do it myself obviously, but it’s been a year and I don’t trust my brain, as I made the mistakes first time.

In short: shout out if there was anything that bugged you.

You can assume any responses along the lines of “WHERE WERE TEDDY’S HOOP EAR-RINGS!?!??!” will get an eyeroll.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Anonymous said: In your YA run, when all those evil versions of the team appeared, why were there no alternate versions of America Chavez? And was the nazi Kate Bishop a nod to Über?

3rd Reich Kate Bishop was more a nod towards all those alternate dimensions where the Nazis won. If you’re talking alt-dimensions, that’s one of the most common ones, so felt like a necessary beat to hit.

As revealed in the last issue, America is from outside the multiverse, in a singular dimension. There’s only one of her.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Anonymous said: I know you've mentioned a couple of times that there will be lots of diversity in the Wicked and the Divine, and I'm glad to hear it, but I can't help but find your refusal to confirm the presence of trans characters in it or, for that matter, in Young Avengers a little concerning. I sometimes worry that you think LGB are all that's necessary to be represented of the LGBTQIA community and I hope that is not the case.

Sorry for the delay on this one. Complications.

I actually wrote an enormous answer in response to this - getting on for 2000 words. I showed it to people, obviously including Trans friends, tweaked it a bunch and then decided it really was too much information and I should do something really cut-to-the-core.

In terms of Young Avengers, all I was aware of ever talking about Trans issues connected with the book was a question about The Utopian Parallel. I’ve been aware that this has been going around the fanbase as evidence of transphobia, and wanted to actually address my thinking. Because I basically presumed by the way I’d seen it talked I’d presumed I’d fucked up hard by being blithe about something.

Anyway - nosing at the lovely Bisexual Books I found that the original post had been saved, and I got to see what I said. 


At which point, I’m angry. By my limited following of the debate, I’d somehow internalised what people said I said as something even vaguely related to what I actually did say.

The basics: Miss America is a Wonder Woman analogue. The Utopian Parallel is a Paradise Island analogue (i.e. isolated place solely populated by women). There’s obviously much more to it than that, but that’s very much the basics. America was my nod to the original YA plot, where a character who appears to be taking after one character is actually really taking after another.

To the point: 

How do Trans people fit into this alt-dimension Paradise Island? I could write essays on this, and in fact did in the first draft of this post. How does gender or sex or anything work in a place like that? In YA there were many cultures who see concepts of we see in a certain way in a different way. It’s certainly something I could have explored if I continued. I probably would have.

I didn’t, so I don’t get to do a fucking word of god and shit on anyone else’s story that decides to do with Miss America and go in a way that I didn’t foresee or “approve.” I’d put whoever writes that story into the position of having to deal with people using my words to beat them up. This is just not something I can do.

I’ve finished writing Young Avengers. I don’t get to write it any more.

That’s why I give a straight answer to that. It’s not my straight answer to give.

In terms of Trans characters in YA generally, yeah, it’s not something we did in terms of speaking roles (I mean, that’d have been true even if I did a solid answer to the question above - I’d say there’s Trans people on Earth-212 or Earth-crowd-scene-proper, but it wouldn’t actually make them part of the story.) I did consider a concepts, I’ll admit, but the ones which most fit inside our METAPHOR! aesthetic seemed like pretty bad stories, and ones that have been done before.

But overall? I left a more diverse team, both in terms of sexuality and race than the one I found. One book can’t do everything. All books should do something. That’d kind of the point.

In terms of The Wicked + the Divine, it’s a simpler answer: that we have to tell anyone anything about the book before it launches is something we despise. In an ideal world, the first you’d know about anything solid in the book is what you see when you open the first issue. The reality of business means we can’t do that, but we want to keep as much of the content of the cast as fresh as we can. We want you to meet characters for the first time as we’ve presented them. We want you to learn and befriend them.