It’s so incredibly ridiculous to see a chunk of fans spit and snarl that the vast pantheon of capes and supers don’t need better representation and different voices and everything is fine as is and nothing should change. They do everything they can to belittle and smear the legitimacy of T’Challa, Miles Morales, Sam Wilson, Riri Williams, Monica Rambeau, Kamala Khan, Robbie Reyes, Lunella Lafayette, Amadeus Cho, Cindy Moon, America Chavez etc (apologies, I’m quicker with Marvel characters than DC). But they never saw what I did when I worked in a comic shop and customers could find themselves in pages. I got to see kids of all kinds get excited for these characters and run for the shelves to look through these books. And then there were kids (and well older than that) who were so incredibly touched to see people who look like them in stories. I had parents shopping for younger ones ask me what the options were beyond white characters. There was like a huge relief when I could point to books with queer characters or even books that weren’t big two or hero oriented. Things aren’t great but I believe there are people fighting tooth and nail to make this industry better and more reflective of our world. And it means so much when we could show them stuff beyond Tony Stark. So don’t take Black Panther away from people who have been waiting so long for their chance to be seen in a super way.
Reasons I won’t shop at the locally owned comic store: Those who work there embody literally every negative steryotype of male geeks and make me feel like crap when I try to buy things there, and asking them questions only results in rude “i’m better than you because I know this,” responces.
Reasons I will shop at hastings (part of a chain): The people there are always helpful AND knowlegeable abt comics and the guy who works at the comics is an older man and once told me a story about reading captain marvel with his daughter back when i was first getting into comics and has never once made me feel inferior because i don’t know much about comics or have a question
So, I work at a comic book shop and a customer came up to me today, holding up MTMTE vol 1 (which has Rodimus on the cover) and asked unprompted and completely straight-faced, “Can you confirm that he’s got the touch, got the power?”
An awesome thing happened while I was at the comic shop today:
There sure are a lot more females reading these days and a lot more books out that are for them and they are enjoying. I think it's great!
I think they've always been reading, you just have to run the right kind of shop in order to make them feel welcome. I think females who read comics have influenced the comic industry in a huge way. Same thing with people of different sexuality and race.
(They totally had a deep, comics are for everybody moment and it made me really happy)