Blog Post #4

Comics and diversity is the topic of week 5 in my Pop Culture class. As mentioned in Comics, Community and The 99, “it’s simply easier (and, for many, more fun) to slag on someone else’s hard work than to praise it” (Elayne Riggs). I agree with her that it is frustrating when people continually comment and say negative things or find things to pick at that are wrong where there just simply isn’t. For example in the reading Islamic Super-Heroes, it talks about how people and journalists do not agree with “The 99” because it doesn’t follow the world view of a superior West or the story of a White American saving the day (Jannis Haggman). Which I find completely ridiculous because “The 99” was aired in other countries without a problem but of course self-centered America would be the ones to find an issue with the inclusion of diversity. Comics being a type of read that I actually do not mind because I like pictures and diversity being something very passionate I’m about brought a lot interest to me. Growing up every super hero or princess was white, there was no connection from them to who I was. Reading The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics the major thing that stuck in my head because it has always bothered me is that super hero creators try to make woman superheroes out already existent male characters, like a female hero Captain America, Thor, Bat Woman, etc. I am all for the inclusion of women I don’t only believe there should be diversity in heroes with in race but gender as well. Girls and women need female super heroes too and I love the idea but I do not understand why super hero creates lack creativity when it comes to making women super heroes. Create beautiful, powerful, smart, different race, independent female super heroes. Some that come with their own identity because women and all of those thing and there is no reason why they should be portrayed based off male characters. Which I really enjoyed the article, How Comic Fans Got Their Faith Back. It portrays a beautiful plus size super hero which is a major deal, I think media often forgets that women are humans, we come in shapes and sizes. It’s sad that the ideal portrayal of women is an unrealistic one. Any woman super hero or any woman in media is always thin and yes, great for having powerful women out there in general but it just makes little girls believe that the only form of beautiful is thin. I like the the hero Faith she’s not the norm of woman portrayal and she’s still body positive, being fat is just as normal as being thin and I’m glad it shows that. I am also very pleased with In Jordan, The Comic Book Superheroes Fight Extremism, I love how it talks about the way Suleiman Bakhit, creator of superheroes, tackles ways to encourage youth to believe in more and in better people. In the comic it mentions how children in the Muslim country had no idea of what superheroes were like so they were given free comic books in which they found comfort, awe and the belief that there is and there could be so much more out there. I think diversity into comics is great and should keep pushing forward. Reading comics is a form of education and creating diverse superheroes does educate and create real diverse superheroes. Maybe not with super strength, flying ability or laser eyes but heroes who are of all races, gender and religion and create technology for the future, become doctors, writers, scientists, who knows. Minorities need to see that they can be so much more even if its just through a comic, it builds a sense of hope.

 

Cambro, E. (2015 April 5). the Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics. Sequart Organization. Retrieved from http://sequart.org/magazine/56401/the-good-and-bad-of-diversity-in-comics/

Claire, P. (2016 April 15). How comic Fans Got Their Faith Back. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/faith/478386/

Haggman, J. Islamic Super-Heroes. Qantara.de. Retrieved from http://en.qantara.de/content/the-99-cartoons-islamic-super-heroes

Rafaeli, JS. (2015 Mar. 30). The Jordanian Cartoonist Trying to Tackle Extremism with Comic Books. Vice. Retrieved from https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/suleiman-bakhit-profile-js-rafaeli-395

Riggs, E. (2007 Nov. 28). Comics, Community and The 99. Comic M!x. Retrieved from http://www.comicmix.com/2007/11/28/comics-community-and-the-99/

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1 thought on “Blog Post #4”

  1. I agree that there is still this negative connotation about comics, which is silly because they are so mass consumed, they are deeply creative both visually and from a narrative perspective. They offer hope, and people we can aspire to become.

    The gender issue troubles me because we need female superheroes so desperately. And what is very disturbing is that with the new Wonder Woman film coming out next month, they are promoting it with diet bars. This is not what Wonder Woman is about. She is not about body size, but about compassion, justice, peace, and kicking butt when she needs to. We still feel our female heroes need to be white and thin, when in truth most female real life heroes are every race, culture, shape, and size. I was also upset because I had just read about a female gaming group that wouldn’t allow trans gamers in because they were “faking” their gender. This is so stupid. Especially because female gamers/comic book readers have struggled with this kind of sexism in the industry themselves, so to engage in the same kind of behavior only creates more problems.

    I also like the Faith superhero character—I am hoping at some point she gets her own film 😀

    10/10

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