In related news, slept for 11 hours last night
Etta Candy rescuing people with style.
—Wonder Woman #28 (1948) script by William Moulton Marston, art by H.G. Peter
I’m going to have a lot of fun with you!
—Wonder Woman #12 (1945) script by Joyce Murchison, art by H.G. Peter
shaz-da-baz asked: Hello, I love that you're going to be writing a Pakistani Muslim Ms Marvel comic! I have one major concern and that is the representation of of my race and culture. In an interview you referred to being Pakistani having a lot of baggage. This made me take a step back and think, wait the writer who is going to representing my race thinks that it is baggage? I wrote a post on my blog going into more depth. We Pakistanis need a positive role model that are proud of their heritage and embrace it.
Thanks for writing in with such a thoughtful observation. In the NYT interview—which may not have been obvious from the selected quotes that made it into the final copy—when I was talking about baggage, I was referring to the baggage of stereotypes and the burden of representation. Kamala certainly doesn’t see being Pakistani as having baggage. What I was trying to say (perhaps not in the most eloquent fashion) is that she, like so many second-generation kids growing up in the US, feels like the child of two worlds—and not just two worlds, but two worlds that are portrayed in the media (and in global politics) as being somehow intrinsically opposed to one another. She wants to make her parents proud, and at the same time she wants to fit in with her mainstream American peers. That’s a lot for a sixteen year old to handle, especially at a time when there is so much scrutiny and suspicion surrounding the Muslim community in the US. That’s what I meant by “baggage.” This is a dilemma I think about a lot…my own children (who are still very small) are half Egyptian, and I worry about how they will manage growing up as Arab and American and Muslim at a time when the world is telling them they can’t—or shouldn’t—be proud of any of those identities, or that they have to choose one over the rest. It’s my hope that Kamala will—in some small, entirely symbolic way—help to right those wrongs.
Thanks for listening.
I have not read Ms. Wilson’s comics work (e.g. Air), but based on her novel Alif The Unseen (and the above) I have high hopes for Ms Marvel.
A few new ladies I sketched up last week! Zatanna and Batgirl, ink and gouache on watercolor paper.
This is one of my favorite stories I have written, gorgeous art by the sadly departed Eduardo Baretto, who, after this story, kindly sent me the best two pages of the original art, which I cherish beyond words.
When I read it now, it feels like Zinda is saying goodbye for the old DCU, and it makes me even sadder.
Usagi Yojimbo is one of the best comic books being published, and it is the work of one man, Stan Sakai. His wife has been ill recovery requires assistance not covered by Stan’s insurance, so there has been a call for help – see this blogpost for more details on how you can help.
This is a short comic I did for Tor.com a few years ago, about The Hunger Games. I’m the daughter of a veteran; my father was sent to Vietnam when he was 18 years old. He suffers from depression and PTSD as a result, much like Katniss. I wasn’t born until the Vietnam War was years over with, but it still affected me in many ways.
I thought this was worth re-running on my tumblr, for the release of Catching Fire.