Going Under, the first book in the Something in the Water series, arrives Tuesday, September 5!

 

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Comics Aren’t Political (and Other Myths)

Comics Aren’t Political (and Other Myths)

Earlier this year, a comic book shop owner in Florida took comic publishers to task for being too political. His argument is comics should be an apolitical space, where no one needs to worry about “left” or “right.” Comics, he argued, needed to provide a comforting embrace for everyone, rather than adding fuel to the fire of divisive politics.

Back the fuck up, please. Comics are a safe space? Publishers need to get their politics out of his store?

Has he ever read a comic book in his life?

Words Mean Things: Genre

Words Mean Things: Genre

Genre is one of those words that gets tossed around in book circles frequently. We talk about “genre fiction” more often than not, sometimes with a disparaging note in our voices. Well talk about kinds of movies or music. We walk into bookstores and were greeted with helpful labels telling us where to find books in particular categories. When youre publishing a book, youll even be asked what “genre” your book is.

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Ahhhh, I love the smell of misconceptions in the morning. One of the common ones in the world of writing is that if you’re not x, you can’t write about x.
I saw this crop up again the other day. The author expressed the sentiment that men aren’t “allowed” to write female characters any more. The argument is men have reductionist understanding of women. Since they’ve never experienced the world as a woman, they can only write through tropes and stereotyping. Any female character a man writes would either be a misogynistic interpretation or a fetishized, sexualized female object there for male pleasure.