i need to read more comic books


I write this bcz I’m a huge language enthusiast and I’m frustrated about the way most methods and language classes/courses approach the process of learning. I’m not a professional but I have a lot of experience in studying foreign languages: I have taught myself Lithuanian and reached the upper intermediate level (B2) in 4-5 years without much help from others, and in Spanish reaching the same level took me only 2 years bcz I simultaneously studied it at school and already knowing French helped me a little. I want to help everyone who wants to start a new language, does not have the possibility to join a language course or just feels frustrated of the stagnation they might experience in the early phase of learning a foreign language.

So, if you want to learn a new language, I suggest following tips:

• Immerse yourself from the beginning! This is really important so that you can get yourself familiar with the intonation and pronunciation of the language. Listen to radio or tv and try to read whatever you can (ingredient lists from the food packages, newspaper articles, whatever!) it doesn’t matter if you can’t understand much yet, it will come! If you start a language with a new alphabet learn the alphabet really well first thing.

• Get an overview of the grammatical structure of the language! This is often not properly done in language courses where you learn some vocabulary and greetings but after 60 pages of the textbook you still have no idea how many verb tenses or noun cases the language has. Take a look even at the “hardest” topics, bcz they might not be that hard after all. (for example the Spanish equivalent of past perfect is much easier than the present tense) 

 • With that being said, learn to recognise past tenses even when you are still learning the present tense! I find it absurd that most courses expect you to master present tense _perfectly_ before even taking a look at other tenses. Most of the time, in everyday communication, past tenses are used more frequently than the present tense + in some languages mastering the past tense can also help you to form the conditional. So, learn the past tense earlier than most ppl would recommend!

 • In general, study the easiest things first! If you find something particularly difficult you gain more confidence and knowledge if you first focus on what you find more interesting (however, you can’t postpone studying boring topics eternally, especially if you are preparing or hoping to prepare for an exam at some point) In Lithuanian, I taught myself a lot of grammar before learning how to tell the time… and it was ok.

• For material: usually the country’s universities have a reading list on their website which proposes what books one could use to study the language. These are often preferable to handbooks aimed for tourists and some language methods for beginners because those mostly focus on useless vocabulary you might only need when you rent a car or book a room in a hotel. The grammar is often also relatively poorly explained in those “tourist language books”, whereas books that are aimed at immigrants or university students usually focus more on the efficient language acquisition and are written by professors and specialists. If you are persistent enough and google all possible search words in both English and the target language,  you can probably find whole textbooks in PDF format, which you can then save on your laptop.

• Don’t get stuck on vocabulary! Remember that grammar is the skeleton of the language and that vocabulary is the muscles hair and eventually the clothes you use to dress up and embellish your apperance. Vocabulary is useful once you know how to use it. For me, learning vocab is the hardest part of a new language, especially bcz I like starting languages that are not really similar to any other languages I know (consider Lithuanian and Greek when I previously knew Finnish, English, French and Spanish) ofc you need to learn some of it to be able to form sentences but most traditional methods focus on that too much. My suggestion is to read a lot: start by children’s books and comics and gradually get more advanced material. When you read them, make notes!! Look up the words you don’t know and don’t be afraid of using unconventional, seemingly challenging ways to learn, such as buying a bilingual poetry collection and trying to decipher what the original poem says and compare it to the translation. 100% recommend, even for the beginner level + it’s a nice way to connect to the culture but still focus on the language itself, not on the way ppl make breakfast in that country. (That’s something that irritates me a lot in most Youtube’s language videos where ppl are just discussing the traditions of the country in English when you had come there to look for the explanation of grammatical structures or just to hear the language being spoken. smh.)

• A really important thing about vocabulary is to learn all the abstract words, such as conjunctions, really soon! For example, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to use the words therefore and otherwise,  it is almost impossible to try to explain those words without first translating them to another language. 

• Make vocabulary learning more interesting and deep by learning about the etymology of the words you learn. It can be mind-blowing and it helps you to remember the words better.

That’s it!

I hope these tips inspire you in pursuing your interest in foreign languages and facilitate your learning process. I might add more to this if I remember I have forgotten something of great importance. 

I hear so many people talk about how great it is that they didn’t get into comics, or that they stopped buying single issues of comics. They say things like “It was getting pretty bad before I had to stop myself,” as if they’re discussing heroin or punching elementary schoolers. Comics had ceased to be things that they consistently enjoyed and had become things that they felt like they had to finish. They had to buy every issue of every title so that they could potentially grasp one narrative. You know why a major book being a “standalone title” is often seen as such a awesome thing in comics? It’s definitely not because they come around very often.

There’s something so satisfying about holding a single issue of a comic book in your hands. It’s light, colorful, and reminds you of the good times you had before you had to start paying for the things that kept you alive. So I hate to say “Time to scrap that concept,” but the comic book industry needs to lean into the skid of what’s actually working. If digital comics are on the rise, do more to promote those. If people are more likely to read trade paperbacks or full-length graphic novels, have more writers working toward creating them. I would much rather buy a graphic novel for $16.99 than a collection of single issues (some of which are probably terrible) for $30.

I don’t think single issues of comics will ever go away, at least not in the near future. But I do think that a business model that deals mostly with what’s working is a good step toward making sure that the comic industry isn’t extinct in 20 years.

4 Ways Comic Books Are Losing Touch With Their Audience

Eddie Berganza No Longer Works At DC Comics

Last year I wrote a blog post about Eddie Berganza continuing to work at DC Comics despite being a serial harasser. That post was titled Eddie Berganza still works at DC Comics.

I am happy to report that as of today he no longer does. This is attributable directly to the piece in Buzzfeed that dropped over the weekend and more importantly to the women, Janelle Asselin, Joan Hilty, and Liz Marsham who all spoke to Buzzfeed about Berganza. Also to the writers who took the story on.

Eddie Berganza should have been fired years ago for what he did. He wasn’t. Those women all left DC Comics and he got to keep his job.

The question we need to ask is “why?”

There were people who pushed back against him - Greg Rucka for one. Berganza was the Group editor for the Superman and Wonder Woman books. That’s why Wonder Woman got moved to the Bat office when Rucka came back. I wish more creators did that.

But others watched women walk out the door while Eddie stayed and did nothing.

That’s frustrating.

But Eddie Berganza is gone from DC Comics and that is a good thing.

It will be nice to be able to read the books I’ve avoided because his name was on them.

But more importantly it is knowing that there will be less chance that another woman will see her career in comics cut short because of harassment.

There are still other harassers out there in comics. I hope they are sweating bullets and shitting bricks.

The game is over.

anonymous asked:

you've mentioned you can code in your comics, where did you learn? I've always been interested butnever knew where I could go to pick it up. well besides college but I can't afford that :(

I’m primarily self-taught, actually! Although I did go to college, it wasn’t for programming or web development. (Like…at all.)

I started with books you can find in the coding reference section of the bookstore, but that was before there were so many resources online to help. ;) (And those books are expensive!) Of course, knowing what you want to code will help you know which language and where to start. (Not sure? This infographic is super helpful!) I still love having code books around for reference though (I’m a nerd, yes) and there are some recent fantastic ones if you need recommendations.

But here are some resources to try out:

  • Code Academy (free)
  • SoloLearn (free - app)
  • Team Treehouse (paid subscription but totally worth it & less than college)
  • Lynda.com (paid subscription – if you want to learn things beyond programming, they’re a good all-around resource of video tutorials in a huge library of subjects)
  • TutsPlus (free tutorials and how-tos)
  • SitePoint (excellent professional resources from developers for developers – mix of free and paid content)
  • Interneting is Hard (free; CSS/HTML only)
  • Stack Overflow (the place to go when you need a pro’s help to debug your work!)

And these are only a few. Like, the first things that come to mind. And don’t forget blogs! There a TON of blog resources out there – SmashingMagazine is definitely my #1, and for web development, you had better be reading it.

Honestly: if I could learn code at 11 with nothing but geocities, a book way about my reading level, a terrible neon-colored website in comic sans, and lots of repeated trial and error…so can you. And there are way more resources available to you now, and only a few clicks away! (Seriously. Google it. GOOGLE IT.) You can pretty much find open-source software for code editors, compilers, version control, and anything else you could need.


You can get started learning today, and you can do it for free. Don’t get me wrong. It does take time and practice. But it’s best to learn by doing – so just start doing!

Stuck Together | Richie Tozier X Reader

English isn’t my first language, so please excuse any mistakes.

Request: I would love it if you did a Richie tozier x reader, please!! It would be great if it was the kind of scenario in which they’re stuck together and they think they despise each other but really they both like each other and over time they realize the little things that the other person does drives the other one crazy with love- the whole losers club supports it too!!!

Characters: Richie/fem!reader, Beverly, Bill, Ben, Mike, Stan and Eddie.

Word Count: 2828 words.

Beverly had had enough of that, the fights, the insults. It wasn’t news to her that Richie Tozier and (Y/N) (Y/L/N) didn’t get along, she knew that even before joining the Losers Club, but only when she started to hang out with them did she see how one’s presence affected the other.

Every time (Y/N) was around, Richie would get louder, trash talking more than usual, trying to annoy (Y/N). The (Y/N) girl didn’t take more than a few minutes to start talking back to him, clearly irritated. The effects on Richie wouldn’t end when she left the place, he’d continue to trash talk her for the next few hours after that.

Bev once asked him why (Y/N) bothered him so much, to which he replied “she’s so fucking annoying”. Well, Beverly wasn’t sure about that, every time she looked at (Y/N)’s friends, they seemed to be having fun around her. She was always smiling, just stopping when Richie was around.

Trying to see if what he had said was true, Bev approached the other girl one day. (Y/N) looked a little wary at first, since she had seen Bev with Richie, but she was kind to the Marsh girl anyway.

And it didn’t surprise her when she saw that (Y/N) was actually nice and funny. What surprised her was that (Y/N) acted a lot like Richie sometimes. How did they end up hating each other instead of becoming best friends? Bev had no idea.

When she asked (Y/N) why she hated Richie, the girl shrugged, saying that he was always rude to her, that they couldn’t stand being in the same room as the other for more than five minutes without one of them leaving, usually mad at each other.

When (Y/N) said that last part, an idea started to appear in Beverly’s mind. Well, it was true that they couldn’t stand to stay for more than five minutes with each other, but what if they couldn’t leave, what would happen next? They would probably still trash talking, but what would happen when they ran out of insults? They would finally start talking to each other, seeing how well they would get along if they wanted to? There was only one way to know it, she had to put it to the test.

In just a few days being friends with her, (Y/N) already trusted Beverly, going to an address that the Marsh girl had given her so they could hang out with her friends. (Y/N) was excitedly on her way there. She loved making new friends, and if they were as cool as Beverly, she would adore them, too.

The (Y/L/N) girl didn’t take long to find the house she was supposed to go to, knocking on the door and being quickly greeted by a smiling Bev.

“You came!” she exclaimed, moving aside to make room for her to enter.

“Did you think I wouldn’t come?” (Y/N) came in, analyzing the inside of the house as she entered.

“I wasn’t sure.” Bev closed the door, motioning for the stairs. “They’re upstairs.”

(Y/N) nodded, walking up the stairs. “Whose house is this?”

“Bill Denbrough’s.” Bev was right behind her. “There.” she pointed to a room.

“Stuttering Bill? Nice.”

So Bev was taking her to hang out with the Losers Club. They seemed to be nice kids; (Y/N) had some classes with Eddie Kaspbrak and she had borrowed a band-aid from him once. Well, that was the only interaction she had with the rest of the group that wasn’t Beverly or Richie.

Richie. For a moment it crossed her mind if he would be there, but she brushed it off quickly. Beverly wouldn’t take her there if she knew he was coming, right?

(Y/N) only realized that she was wrong when she took the first step into the room. There was no one in the room except Richie, who was sitting on Bill’s bed, reading a comic book. The girl was about to leave to go home and probably never look in Beverly’s face again, but Bev was faster, pushing (Y/N) into the room.

Richie lifted his gaze to her, narrowing his eyes, before Bev closed the door quickly. “The fuck are you doing here?”

(Y/N) just crossed her arms. “I was invited.”

“Why would anyone invite you to anything?”

(Y/N) rolled her eyes, turning around to try to open the door, and, just as she expected, it was locked. No matter how hard she pulled the doorknob, she was stuck there with Richie Tozier.

She heard him laughing at her, making her turn back to him with a raised eyebrow. “What are you laughing at, dumbass?”

“You can’t even open a fucking door.”

“You can’t open a door when it’s locked.”

The boy left the comic book on the bed, a cocky grin on his face as he walked toward the door. “Watch and learn.”

(Y/N) watched him and the only thing she learned was that he was more stupid than she thought, a smile appeared on her face as he started to pull the knob, trying to open the door. After a few attempts, seeing that it was really locked, he started to thrust his fists against the door.

“Beverly, open the door!” he shouted.

“No can do, Richie.” she replied calmly from the other side.

“Does Bill know you’re doing this?”

“We all know.” Eddie’s voice sounded, making Richie stop trying to get out, looking shocked.

“Are you all there?!”

“You need to sort things out.” Ben said.

Mike could also be heard. “Yeah, this is getting annoying.”

Richie stared in shock at the door for a few more seconds before returning to Bill’s bed, angry. “I quit this group! Now you can change it’s fucking name to Traitors’ Club!”

“Just t-tuh-talk t-to her.” Stuttering Bill’s voice was heard.

“I won’t talk to her!”

“You can’t stop talking, you’re going to have to talk to her some time.” they heard Stan Uris say.

“Guess what? I won’t! "Richie replied, lying down on the bed and trying to go back to read his comic book.

(Y/N) looked around before sighing, sitting in front of the door, leaning there.

Incredibly, Richie didn’t talk to her for half an hour, seeming to be amused enough at what he was reading to let (Y/N)’s presence bother him. The girl, on the other hand, who had nothing to do, kept mumbling and cursing Richie’s friends, who were behind the door, trying to hear if something was going on there.

(Y/N) grunted, turning her gaze to Richie, who seemed focused on what he was doing. "Hey, shitmouth.”

Richie shook his head. “It’s Trashmouth.”

“Whatever, shithead.” she couldn’t see, but the boy rolled his eyes. “Do you have any more of those books with you?”

Richie lifted his head, a frown on his face. “Do you like comic books?”

(Y/N) nodded, shrugging. “Yeah, do you have another one for me to read?”

He gave her a weird look before reaching under the bed for something. He then pulled out a box full of comics, pushing lightly toward her.

“Choose something,” he said before going back to read.

(Y/N) crawled across the floor until she reached the box, looking at the things inside. She didn’t realize that Richie’s eyes were on her as she studied the books; he was curious to see which one she would choose. To his surprise, she took one of his favorites, seeing her smile before lying down beside the box.

“Good choice.” Richie murmured, returning to read.

A few more minutes went by in silence, with them reading peacefully, until Richie startet to tap his foot on the floor. That didn’t seem to bother his reading, but (Y/N), who was known for not being able to concentrate easily, couldn’t read a page after he’d started doing it.

“Can you stop doing that?” she asked in a rude tone and he stopped.

(Y/N) was surprised and pleased with that, going back to reading the comic book… For just five more minutes because Richie started to tap his foot again. The girl looked at him with her “are you fucking serious?” face.

He had a small smirk on his face, and for a moment, (Y/N) found herself staring at his messy hair and thinking how cute he looked with that smirk on his lips. (Y/N) frowned at herself before giving up reading, grunting and letting the book fall on her face.

Richie finally finished his comic book after a few more minutes, closing it and taking a glance at (Y/N) to see if the tapping was still annoying her. And then he saw that she was no longer reading and that the comic was actually covering her face as she rested. He thought for a moment that she was asleep, but then he noticed that her finger was tapping on the floor beside her.

The boy didn’t remember ever seeing her as relaxed as she was at that moment, she never seemed relaxed when she was around him, probably because she was always angry at something he had said to her.

For a moment, there was something about how relaxed she was, with his favorite book on her face and her finger-tapping at the same rhythm he was tapping with his foot, which made his heart beat slightly faster. Richie shook his head before sitting down, putting the book he was reading back into the box and choosing some other one to read.

(Y/N), noticing that the noise of his foot had stopped, pulled the comic out of her face, seeing Richie leaning slightly toward the box beside her, which made her, for some reason, feel her face heat up. Stop it, (Y/N), don’t be stupid.

Richie chose something that he seemed to like, returning to lie down on the bed. The girl continued to stare at him for a few seconds before her gaze went to the door. Those kids had locked the two of them there so they could sort their problems out and they must be dying of boredom since nothing was happening in the room. Her gaze returned to Richie.

“Hey.” she called him. Richie had never heard her voice so calm, he had never heard her say something that wasn’t accompanied by a sarcastic tone.

“Yeah, shitface?” he muttered back, not taking his eyes off his book.

“Why do you hate me?” well, that was enough to make him turn his eyes to her.

He was somewhat taken aback by that question. He had never expected her to ask him something like that.

Richie shrugged. “You’re annoying.” he said it because that was what he usually answered when someone asked that question to him, it used to sound like a truth to him, but to say that at that moment seemed like a lie.

(Y/N) nodded, muttering a low “Okay” before turning her head to look at the ceiling.

The next few seconds followed in silence, but Richie didn’t take his eyes off her. “Why do you hate me?”

She looked back at him. “First of all, I don’t hate you.” she shrugged, just like him. “You’re always taunting me, there’s no reason to be nice to you.”

Richie nodded this time and they continued to stare at each other for a few more moments. And then the boy broke eye contact as some thoughts started going through his mind, opening his comic book and turning his gaze to it so he could have those thoughts without having the feeling that (Y/N) knew exactly what was going on in his head.

The Tozier boy couldn’t remember why he’d taunted (Y/N) the first few times he’d done it, but he knew why he kept doing it and it had nothing to do with her being annoying. Every time Richie said something slightly offensive, it didn’t even have to be about her, (Y/N) would get mad at him and there was something he found adorable about how she wrinkled her nose and suddenly became sassy when she was mad. Richie loved it and he hated that she made him like something as simple as that.

He always said she was annoying, but deep down he knew how funny she was, he always heard people talking how nice (Y/N) (Y/L/N) was. And he hated that she made him want to be her friend, knowing that it would probably never happen. (Y/N) was pretty and kind and Richie simply hated the fact that he liked her and that she would never like a guy like him.

The thoughts in (Y/N)’s mind weren’t so different. She had sat down and opened the comic, but her mind was far from the story that book told.

She had never thought of Richie Tozier as anything but the guy who hated her, but when he asked her why she hated him, she could see for sure that he didn’t hate her. Not even a little. His eyes seemed distressed at the thought that she hated him and softened when she said she didn’t.

He was a funny guy and she knew it. Sometimes she had to suppress a laugh at the things he said when she was around, she had because she was already used to pretend to be angry with anything he said. There were few times that (Y/N) had been really offended by something he said.

He had a good taste for comic books and had a nice smirk and… Richie Tozier made her feel weird. Until an hour ago, she thought it was because of her dislike for him. But what if it wasn’t?

The two continued pretending to read the books in front of them, lost in their own minds, for a few more minutes. Richie was the first to wake from his thoughts, taking a deep breath before getting up from the bed. That drew (Y/N)’s attention back to reality, making her look at him, seeing him approach her.

The boy sat down next to her, putting his comic on the floor and pretending to read it again. (Y/N) raised an eyebrow at him. Was he trying to make amends with her? It was possible. “Are we friends now?” he looked up at her for a moment, a grin on his face, nodding. The girl gave a small smile to that before looking back at her own book.

A few more minutes went before Richie started to tap his finger on the floor, making the girl do the same after a few seconds. Their fingers were practically side by side, tapping at the same pace on the floor. That was enough proof to both that none of them were really paying attention to anything in that room other than each other.

But only when Richie’s hand brushed lightly against hers, it was when they looked at each other. Their fingers stopped tapping immediately as her eyes met his. The two continued in silence for a few more seconds before Richie blurted out “We should go out together on a date.”

The girl raised her eyebrows, not surprised by the sentence… Well, a little surprised by the sentence, but mostly because he’d asked her that. So, she wasn’t the only one feeling that.

(Y/N) nodded, a smile appearing on her face. “We could go to the arcade or something.”

Richie’s eyes brightened as he heard those words. “Fuck, we’re really alike.”

She laughed before she heard a few murmurs from the other side of the door that caught her attention. Were they about to get in? She didn’t know, but she felt she didn’t have much time left with Richie in there. (Y/N) turned to him, seeing that his eyes were still on her, before smiling and giving a quick kiss to the boy’s lips.

His eyes widened as he whispered “what the fuck,” looking shocked at her. Moments later, the murmur could be heard once more outside the room before the door opened, Bill Denbrough appearing and looking around his room to see if they had broken anything. He smiled slightly when he saw the two sitting next to each other peacefully.

“Did it wuh-work, then?” he asked, entering the room.

“Yeah, I think it did.” (Y/N) said, chuckling, before getting up, turning her head to Richie. “See you at the arcade tomorrow?” she was already walking toward the door to leave.

Richie got up, nodding and walking to the middle of the room, a smirk appearing on his face. (Y/N) winked at him before walking out the door, seeing that most of Richie’s friends - including Beverly - were looking at her with smiles on their faces, having heard the end of their conversation. Well, they wanted the two of them to sort things out between them, they did more than that.

The girl was already starting to walk down the stairs when she heard Richie’s voice shouting from the room. “Welcome to the Losers Club, shitface!”


I saw a big group of kids reading comics the other day, and thought how nice it would be to diversify the ones they encounter. Here are a few kid-friendly diverse titles that I’ve enjoyed:

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell - Young Cece is embarrassed over the large hearing aid she has to wear at school, though after using it to overhear a teacher’s conversation, she begins to tell others she has super powers. Explores deafness and disability.
  • Pashima by Nidhi Chanani - Priyanka yearns to know more about her mother’s homeland, India. Though her mother refuses to share much about it. Then Priyanka finds a pashima that seems to transport her there. Explores ethnicity and heritage.
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden - A young girl finds comfort in ice skating and its familiarity and order, despite the dramas it brings her. She attempts to keep this order as she begins finding herself attracted to other girls. Explores gender and sexuality.
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - Jin Wang is the only Chinese American student at his school, leading him to confront bigotry and bias, as well as his own internalized racism. Explores ethnicity and racism.
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen - An ongoing comic series following a group of best friends at a scout camp during the summer. They encounter all sorts of strange things, using their skills and working together to overcome them. Like a girl-centric Gravity Falls. Explores gender, feminism and girl power.
  • The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh - A new kid at an all-boys private school finds friendship in the stage crew for the drama club. Though it turns out the backstage is filled with mysterious tunnels and supernatural entities. Explores gender, sexuality, and femininity in boys. 
AI Kid story time stuff

North:*reading a book to Theta* And then Red Riding hood and her grandma lived happily ever after. The End.

Theta:*sleepy* more story dad.

North: Kiddo it’s bedtime.

Theta: pleeeeeeaaaase?

North: *smiles softly* Alright. One more and then it’s time to sleep.


Delta: Father can you read me a book.

York:Sure kiddo. Which one do you want?

Delta: The pop-up book about the history of medicine and medical practices.

York:….Don’t you want  Three Little Pigs or something?

Delta: It is Fiction. Pigs cannot build houses and Wolves cannot blow them down.

York: Fine but we’re skipping the amputation chapter deal? You don’t need to be dreaming about that.

Delta: Very well.


Wash: Epsilon get back here!

Epsilon: I do what I want BITCH! *running around and chugging a Red Bull and Wash’s Deadpool comics*


Tex: Kid go the fuck to sleep.


Tex: Its one in the morning. Go.To.Sleep.



Carolina: Cant you two choose on a story?

Eta: But Three Little Pigs is scary!

Iota: Aw cheer up bro! The pigs win in the end!

Eta: But what if its a representation of our demise?

Carolina: The fuck?


Maine:*playing an audio book of Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales*

Sigma: *wide awake and just listens*

Maine: (Kid you need to sleep)

Sigma: I must hear about the evil queen’s demise.


Wyoming: I think you should sleep instead of reading knock-knock jokes a loud.

Gamma: *stares at Wyoming with a look of “you’re kidding right?”*

*both burst out laughing and dont care about sleep*

I’m going to dive into my general Justice League thoughts and collect them in this post because I need to rant about the movie - the good and the bad. Don’t read if you don’t want spoilers.

Overall, I don’t think Justice League is a bad movie. Especially for comic book fans, there’s stuff that will make them happy, things that they’d hoped to see for a very long time. I really enjoyed some references - some to Flashpoint, comics, easter eggs. However, there are things that need to be discussed. 

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Gender Fluid Loki Matters

Al Ewing put a close to the amazing story arc started by Gillian for Loki. This amazing ending finally gave genderfluid people a character who was beyond the binary role they were placed at birth who came above it. Cut to only a few months later and Jason Aaron makes a terrible Loki design and writes Loki back as the wicked “man” that she had just escaped being. Now this Loki could not be the Loki that became goddess of stories escaping fate. This Loki could indeed be a new Loki created to fill the gap when 616 was remade. That said they sure do act like it is the Loki that had escaped their fate.

It’s like they are proud of the story but not of the results. With Loki 2016 announced, the Mighty Thor’s look at Loki, and Marvel’s editors constant refusal to address Loki as gender fluid. Now these could all come around and be good things but I just somehow doubt it (More so Marvel constantly needing to refer to Loki as different genders as different people). Loki’s story and evolution started from Kid Loki from Journey into Mystery is a powerful metaphor for what many genderfluid/non binary people experience in their lives.  This metaphor made Loki a powerful force for the community if only they had know it existed. Loki Agent of Asgard works hard to remind people Loki is non binary although Marvel never really helped people be aware of these facts.

Many non binary people are told they must make a choice, they were born this way and must live out life as this way they were born. Loki’s journey is the attempt to escape this in metaphor while allowing Loki to also be gender fluid in actuality too. Were often give a metaphor for being trans like X-men but without any kind of character that actually represents the group. We had finally in agent of Asgard see Loki flip genders, we see real representation with a very distinct visual. We also had it made clear with Odin as well as Loki that this isn’t just flipping forms like a shapeshifter. Loki says it’s still them in whatever state and Odin says “My child who is neither my daughter nor my son.” to clearly state Loki is neither gender. This is a very important part of making a metaphor also treat the marginalized group well.

So when Loki makes their escape from the fate of being Evil Loki becoming the goddess of stories we see how Loki finally won. Loki had never really been fighting Thor, Odin, Asgard, but fate itself. We see as Loki overcomes their struggle with having to chose who they would be, when Loki decides I am the goddess of stories, that’s who I am not taking the choices they were dealt before it’s an insanely important moment. Loki making this happen is able to escape the end of reality, is able to save good and evil, is able to scare away the oldest gods, is able to defeat evil Loki. This freedom shines in a moment that made me go, “That’s me, this is my hero, this is the person I want to see more of.”

Loki is my hero because Loki represents more than just tricks, quips, Tom Hiddleston’s career, Marvel’s best baddie but Loki represents a community of people who have long been told they don’t have the right to exist. Loki much like the god in Norse mythology truly is only bad because the others want them to be that way.  Loki as a person who has gone beyond that, who has gone beyond a binary morality, who has gone beyond a binary gender, that has gone beyond what we’re told. Loki gets to create their own story, Loki gets to give Loki the agency Loki needed. It’s stunning and wonderful and I feel like non binary people need this character. This is a character who deserves more books, this story arc matters, it’s the most interesting character I’ve ever had the pleasure to read and Loki is truly my hero. I can only hope one day my dream will come true.  

Want more stuff like this check out #TransComicsMonth or check out my blog. 

anonymous asked:

Hey Tim. *wink* *blows kiss* Hai.

Tim: “… H-hi”

Dick: “Awww! Timmy has a fan!”

Tim: *flustered* “S-shut up…”

(I was only able to draw a quick one. I hope that’s okay. I am a bit behind on my comic book readings but I’ll catch up soon. It will help me get more motivated to draw. I wish they would bring Tim back or at least mention him again. I need something. Thank you all so much for sticking with me. I’m horrible for neglecting this blog for so long. I need to practice drawing Tim more. I’m never satisfied with how he turns out when I draw him. -Adaminaart)

Hello friends! Are you all jazzed-up on Wonder Woman now that the DCU finally has a good movie? That’s great! Me too! But it doesn’t have to end there! Wonder Woman has a long history of great comic books that have long been overlooked my mainstream nerd culture!

While plenty of us have read foundational DC books like Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman, or Watchmen, Wondie has plenty of books that are just as central to her character as well! The above image is a general recommended reading list, and I certainly haven’t read all of them, but I can give a few recommendations on the ones I have!

Wonder Woman, by George Perez

This is pretty much your foundational modern Wonder Woman. Nearly everything about the character as she is today draws from this sensational run. It’s widely regarded among Wondie fans as one of the most quintessential runs in the character’s history. If you want to wholly *GET* Wonder Woman, this is a fantastic place to start.

Wonder Woman by Gail Simone

What can I say about Gail Simone that hasn’t already been said? Deadpool, Batgirl, Secret Six, Birds of Prey, the woman just has so many legendary comic book runs. And her run on Wonder Woman is no different. She wasn’t on the book for a super long time, but her run is one of the best!

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello

This one I understand is a bit polarizing among some on Tumblr. I get that there’s a number of people who don’t like the changes Azzarello made to the amazonian culture, specifically how they deal with male outsiders and male children. However, consider that characters are not interesting without flaws, and seeing for once a definite black spot on the seemingly-perfect Amazons was pretty interesting!

In addition, the book has fantastic art style, and does a lot to re-imagine the greek gods in a modern, almost horror-esque way. This run’s take on Wondie is that of a warrior goddess, so if you want a Diana that’s ready to throw down, this is the book for you!

Wonder Woman: Hiketeia by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman has taken a sworn oath to protect a young girl! But when she finds out that this girl has murdered her sister’s killer, this puts her at odds with Batman, who is determined that the girl face trial! A modern greek tragedy penned by the masterful Greg Rucka, and an absolutely fantastic one-shot graphic novel!

JLA: A League of One by Christopher Moeller

An unstoppable dragon has awoken from its slumber! An amazonian seer has predicted that it will DESTROY the Justice League! To prevent her friends from dying, Wonder Woman must face the dragon ALONE! Even if it means fighting her friends to stop them from helping her!

Wonder Woman: Odyssey by J. Michael Straczynski

A pseudo-elseworlds story about an amnesiac Wonder Woman rediscovering her place in the world and her destiny. Featuring all-star talent, a gripping suspense story, and my personal favorite Wonder Woman costume ever. 

Wonder Woman by Bill Messner-Loebs

Hey, did you know that for a while Wonder Woman was a space pirate? This run is fucking nuts and I love every page of it. If you want a run where some guys are just trying to tell compelling and INCREDIBLY varied Wonder Woman adventures, give this one a shot!

Wonder Woman: by Greg Rucka

There is a current Wonder Woman ongoing! It’s by Greg Rucka, who has previously done great work with the character. It’s called Wonder Woman: The Lies. Full disclosure, I haven’t read any of this. But if you want a Wonder Woman comic that’s currently ongoing, just pick up Volume 1 and start from there. There’s currently three books out, so there’s plenty of reading material. 

Final Thoughts

Really, anything in the guide I posted first is a good read. Comics are an incredibly small medium, and need all the sales they can get. If you’ve seen the movie and you’re hungry for more, there’s a LOT of material. The character’s been around for over 70 years at this point. So please, head down to your local comic shop and pick up some Wonder Woman! Diana believes in you, and I do too!

I just need to get this off my chest.

When you see me talking over excitedly or crying about a certain character or a TV show or a book , don’t tell me they’re ‘just’ books , they’re 'just’ characters, they’re 'just’ ships because NO , they’re not .
When a person gets obsessed with some character or show , it’s because they’re either escaping reality or somehow see themselves in the character. They’ve been inspired or taught something by that character.
It’s not childish or stupid to love a fictional character . Sometimes even fictional things can make you feel less alone .
When you insult my favorite character or show , It’s like you’re insulting me , you’re insulting my choices or you’re insulting my emotions .
It hurts because they are a part of me .
People defend their fandoms because they understand what it’s like to be an outcast or push people away or be jealous of an almighty sibling or be a rape survivor or to make all the wrong choices or be bullied …… the point is , fandoms are way more to me (and a lot of people) than just a way to kill time .
Sure , there are people who just watch a movie for fun or read a book cause they have nothing else to do or just randomly watch a show because they need something to see while they’re eating but there are also people who’ve been deeply affected by their fandoms.
For all you know , a fictional character has SAVED THEIR LIFE !
I have prayed for Daenerys , I’ve cried for Fred , I’ve learned with Hermione , I’ve been sad with Draco , I’ve loved Loki , I’ve traveled with The Doctor , I’ve been inspired by Arya Stark , I’ve observed with Sherlock , I’ve laughed with Chandler , I’ve hunted with the Winchesters , I’ve fought with the Avengers , I’ve guarded the galaxy and I’ve lived more lives by reading than I can count.
The TV shows , the books , the movies , the comics, they were all there when I didn’t have enough courage or confidence to make friends , they were there when I was feeling like hell and all alone , they were there when I needed a good laugh after a tiring day , they were there even when no one else was . They were there when I felt like I had no reason to go on ,they were there when I just wanted to relax in my bed with a cup of coffee.
And they are REAL TO ME !

You don’t have to be a part of my fandom , you don’t have to love what I love but don’t tell me that I’m stupid to love and appreciate something that has gotten me through a lot of shit .
You don’t know what goes on in someone else’s life , you don’t know what a character means to someone , you don’t know what a book has done for someone .
You don’t have to understand it , just don’t insult it .

anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm pretty new to xmen, but Kurt is 1000% my fave. I was wondering which comics I should read to get more of his story! I love your blog too great stuff

Okay, first of all: there are too many books he appears in, so I just tried to list some important ones (and this not even close to listing everything!) And if you want to simply read books he is in, you really need to go through many team books.

The easy part, Nightcrawler series:

- Nightcrawler (1985-1986) - 4 issue
- Nightcrawler Vol 2 (2002-2002)- 4 issue
- Nightcrawler Vol 3 (2004-2006) - 12 issue
- Nightcrawler Vol 4 (2014-2015) - 12 issue

- X-Men: Manifest Destiny Nightcrawler #1 (May, 2009)
- X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler #1 (May, 2010)


Some important appearance/story from the beginning until now:

- Uncanny X-Men: start with his first appearance in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975) but I’d say read UXM of 80’s.
(AND/OR read Classic X-Men, which is a reprint of uncanny issues, but with new panels/stories!
-Classic X-Men #1-45,
-X-Men Classic #46-110)

- Excalibur (1988-1998) - a must

(After Excalibur he’s in Uncanny X-Men again - from 1998, so you can continue here )

- in 2003 he gets an origin story ‘Draco’ in Uncanny X-Men by Chuck Austen (but you need to know, it’s one of the most hated X-Men stories. For reasons.)
Chuck Austen’s run on UXM: #410-441, and Draco: #428-434 (2003)
(And before Chuck Austen, the priest story happend.)

- Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont from #444 (2004) (better story, good art)

- X-Men: Second Coming related books (2010) - (he dies here)

- Amazing X-Men (2014) 19 issues (resurrected) - a must
( the last solo series begins in 2014 too)

- Extraordinary X-Men (2015) -  (it’s not the best Nightcrawler story again…)

- X-Men Gold - current X-book  - (it’s ok so far)


Significant Issues: (by marvel universe wiki)

Killed foster brother (X-Men Annual #4, 1980);
first joined X-Men (Giant-Size X-Men #1, 1975);
first used image inducer (Classic X-Men #4, 1986);
first blended with shadows (X-Men #102, 1976);
first encountered Mystique (X-Men #141, 1981);
injured by Marauders (Uncanny X-Men #211, 1986);
co-founded Excalibur (Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn, 1988);
regained full powers (Excalibur #37, 1991);
formed N-Men (Excalibur #45, 1991);
learned Mystique is mother (X-Men Unlimited #4, 1994);
rejoined X-Men (Uncanny X-Men #360/X-Men #80, 1998);
first seen studying for priesthood (X-Men #100, 2000);
first encountered Supreme Pontiff (Uncanny X-Men #400, 2001);
quit priesthood (Uncanny X-Men #419, 2003);
learned Azazel is father (Uncanny X-Men #432, 2003);
died (X-Force #26, 2010)


A few issues I can think of and recommend:

(there’s definitely much more!)

- Amazing Spider-man 161 & 162  (1976)
- Guardians Team-Up #6 (2015)
- Deadpool/Spider-Man  #14 (2016)
- Deadpool (2012) #27 (wedding)
- Nation X #1 (2009) - (road trip)
- Wolverine (2003) #6 - (I don’t need to say anything here :D)
- Axis revolution #2
- Classic X-Men #4 - The Big Dare!
- Male Bonding (Marvel Comics Presents, #101 - 108) (with Wolverine)
- Wolverine weapon X #16 (2009)
- Death of Wolverine: Life after Logan (2014)
- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #17 (2017)
- Exiles #28-30 (2001) - (meets his daughter from another universe)
- Bizarre adventue  #27 (1981) (mentioned in his first solo series)
- What If? Vol 2 #98 (if Mystique had raised Kurt)
- Uncanny X-Men #204


A comic made exclusively for the movie: X-Men 2 (2003):

X-Men 2: Nightcrawler - Official Movie Prequel


Alternate univers Kurt

(this is not in order)

- Kurt Darkholme / Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler (Killer version of Nightcrawler):
Uncanny X-Force Vol 1 ,
X-Termination 1 & 2,
Age of Apocalypse Vol 1,
Astonishing X-Men Vol 3

- Kurt Waggoner (Kid version of Nightcrawler):
X-Treme X-Men Vol 2
Astonishhing X-Men Vol 3


And lastly here’s another longer list of important issues about Kurt that are worth a read:



I hope it helps. If anyone wants to add something to the list, please do!
I might’ve made mistakes; in that case let me know.

Waiting (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Story!! Tony is like… drama queen!Tony and I love him in this chapter! He is just drama queen and pining and so in love I just love it. This is so fluffy i almost choked. Also some sexy parts near the end!

Quick Note- I am tagging everyone who showed interest in the first chapter, but from here on out if you want to be off the list/ added to the tag list LET ME KNOW! Thanks babes




Nearly half an hour later, Steve reluctantly took a tiny step back from Tony. “I have to go.” He said with a sigh. “Director Fury wants me to meet with a panel of generals in DC and I have to fly out tonight.”

“You absolutely don’t have to go.” Tony shook his head and inched closer again. “Fury can suck it. Stay with me.”

“Tony.” Steve was barely breathing, standing so close to his soulmate. “Tony, I want nothing more than to stand here with you, to be here with you but I really need to–”

Please don’t go.” Tony shook his head. “I’ve waited my whole life to meet you. And we’ve only got like half an hour together and you just… don’t leave yet, alright. Stay the night with me. Just want to hold you.” And his voice was so close to breaking that Steve wanted to cry.

“My heart.” Steve whispered, and Tony’s knees nearly gave out at the emotion in his voice. “I will come back, alright? As soon as I can. I have to do some things, have some responsibilities to manage but I will come back to you as fast as I can.”

“Captain America.” Tony pouted, but his words were laced with admiration. “Never one to run from his duty, never one to turn his back on what needs done. I used to read all about you, listen to the stories and you’re just…”

“What?” Steve rubbed their noses together.

“It’s just that you life-size is so much better than all of that.” A pretty flush climbed Tony’s cheeks, and he winked. “It’s like my own Captain America doll and I have to say I don’t really want to let anyone borrow you.”

Steve just chuckled at him, at this quick talking, sarcastic, beautiful man who somehow all his. “Mine.” He said softly and Tony nodded his head quickly.

“Just like you’re mine, Steve. Waited for you, and now I have you and I think I’m about two seconds from a meltdown if you leave.”

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I’ve Read Secret Empire #0 With My Own Eyes. I’m Boycotting Marvel. Movies & All. Here’s Why.

I have read Secret Empire #0 with my own eyes; and while none of the truly offensive stuff that got leaked here or there, implied and spoiled is in this specific issue there is already more than enough in this issue alone for me to call it a day with the company.
 First, yes the Nazis had won World War II but that part actually doesn’t matter to something else that happens in that scene that has massive implications. Something few people have picked up. Hydra are the Nazis; no more implication, no more tip toeing around it the characters clearly state “The allies are going to change history so that Hydra loses the war” while showing the original Defenders punching soldiers in Nazi uniforms.
 All the debate and back and forth is over; Hydra is the Nazi party. Period. End of story.

  Fundamentally changing the origin of a creation created by two Jewish artists who both served in World War II (Simon enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, and Kirby was drafted into the U.S. Army) and was created to show that the Nazi ideal could not win into someone who was truly a Nazi all along and playing a part? Piss off.
  Talk about disrespectful, talk about vulgar, talk about cheap. With the world the way it is, the rise of far right parties

  Now at this point you may be wanting to give the Mouse and Marvel the benefit of the doubt by saying ‘Well perhaps they will just snap the universe back afterward’, ‘They may be doing it as political commentary’ or ‘They are showing there is lots of brainwashing and cosmic cube rewriting so it isn’t really the characters.’

  Let’s address all three of those points and show how if any of them are true it will make things even worse.

  First off let’s talk about political commentary idea. Facists are taking over the US. Well duh.  There is a big problem with this being a political commentary concept. Those that wouldn’t support Captain America being a Nazi and taking over the US already know that is bad; we don’t need to be told.
  What about the people who would love the idea of Captain America pushing a Nazi like agenda onto the US? Well all this book does is strengthen their ideals no matter what the end result of the story is now.
  The President of the United States constantly says that things that show he is wrong is fake news, or lies with no proof to back it up and believe him. Steve Bannon, a powerful man even if he is a shell of his former self is in the White House and owns a highly popular and quoted propaganda machine called Brietbart. Everything that proves him wrong or makes him look bad is either a conspiracy, a lie or a plot by the ‘global elites’ (read as: Jewish). Fox News dismisses things just by saying; “It didn’t happen.” and people believe it. In Europe they are electing far right parties with pretty solid majorities.
  Do you know what happens if you pull the rug out from under these people and say “Nope Cap was wrong all along! Here is the anti-Hydra, anti-hate ending!”? Either they will simply reject the ending as Marvel chickening out, or more likely these groups will wave their flags and hold up copies of this book screaming how the ‘global elites’ forced Marvel to change. Then these poisoned adults will turn it into an object lesson for their kids about the power and danger of the ‘global elites’. These people believe that Sandy Hook was a false flag operation, that Hillary Clinton runs a child sex market out of a pizza place and all sorts of other garbage people like Bannon, and Alex Jones spews.
  Talk about dangerous.

  Magneto fighting for the Nazis, Sharon Carter joining Captain America, and other events may in the end be brainwashing. Sharon Carter is escorted off the bridge of the heli-carrier and Steve says he will make her understand later. Later covers and preview blurbs indicate that she fights with him and is in love with him as she always has been.
 Will the woman who would rather be dead than not fight Hydra fighting even after Cap reveals himself flip her entire set of principals in under an hour? (As by the time the fight for Washington she is on his side and they arrive over Washington at the end of this issue) or is it more likely that Steve will just have her brainwashed or rewritten?
  If it’s the former then, wow talk about character assassination; if it is the latter then…the comic will go out of its way to have a man brainwash or rewrite a woman so that she will love him regardless of what she wants, believes or desires.
 What type of shit show are you writing to have your audience rooting for character assassination?
  Talk about vulgar.

  Hey, hey let’s give them the benefit of the doubt for one second. Maybe the cosmic cube will blink and it will all have been a lie, or a dream or something.
  Meaning that all the terrible, offensive covers, character assassinations, deplorable rewrites and who knows what else is yet to come didn’t mean anything and never happened. All this horrible offensive stuff was just ‘shock marketing’ and a ‘PR stunt’. To get people talking about Marvel stuff just as Marvel movies are coming out.
  Talk  about pointless. (At it’s politest)

  So I am boycotting Marvel with the following exceptions; the last issue of Nova, and any Heroclix traited as Runaways for Mitch though those will represent past events and will be bought second hand so Marvel gets none of my money directly.
  Everything else is a big nope. No movies, no Clix packs, none of it. As a person giving Marvel the best benefit of the doubt this book is dangerous, vulgar, and potentially pointless. I don’t need to see their movies, or read their comics, or buy their branded merchandise.
  BY THE WAY if you see the movies without buying the comics you are still giving Marvel money and telling them you want more Marvel comics stuff. It says “No matter what you do in the comics that makes me so mad or upset I won’t buy them doesn’t matter cause you will still get my money anyhow.”

 I am not expecting anyone else to boycott and if you choose to or not to; you do you. I’m just telling you what I will be doing and why. Besides if Marvel finds some magical way to pull this out of the fire I can always see Guardians 2 or Spider-Man or whatever later…these aren’t things that will receive one time showings. My life doesn’t end if I don’t see them on the big screen.

 P.S. We had secret Hydra people really run the US already it was called Winter Soldier.

( @hellyeahteensuperheroes  @dorksidefiker )

sleepslep  asked:

do you have any recommendations for lgbt ya books kinda similar to trc?

aaaa sure! i have a couple. i’m leaving out some of the more commonly recced books bc i’m sure you’ve heard of them, but if you want me to rattle off a list of those with shorter summaries, i will :) 

wonders of the invisible world by christopher barzak

it has a gay farmer and good magical realism in common w/trc. incredible, iconic, show stopping. it’s mlm. the protagonist figuring out his sexuality is part of the book and it’s an important part, but it’s not the only important part and it’s just so subtle and real and normal feeling and when i talked to someone irl about it i was like ‘i can’t explain why the rep is so good it just IS’ bc i didn’t have words for it and she was like ‘yeah it makes being gay feel valid.’ and it really does. like it made me, as a wlw, feel so normal even though it was about mlm characters. it’s just so true and real and gentle somehow? such a good book. PLUS THERE’S AMAZING MAGICAL REALISM!! 

in other lands by sarah rees brennan.

it has a bi protagonist and fantasy elements in common w/trc. mlm rep. literally the gay YA fantasy we’ve all been waiting for. it handles bisexuality and biphobia and the stigma against bi people really well, while also subverting gender roles and being generally hilarious. you get to watch the protagonist grow up and explore his sexuality and its very cool to see a protagonist dating a lot of different people over the course of a book, bc usually in YA a character meets their “true love” or whatever and never dates anyone else. there is a very good slow burn between the protagonist and the person he ends up dating. also the book is just so funny and interesting and good!! 

super mutant magic academy by jillian tamaki

has magic and lgbt themes in common with trc. it’s a comic book! listen super mutant magic academy may very well be one of the funniest and most #relatable books i’ve ever read. HAS WLW CHARACTERS !! but literally it’s just so funny and so very teenager in a way that i love. it’s not a very narrative comic, more of a lot of little short comics compiled all together, but they’re related and have re-occuring characters. probably not the rec you were looking for but i promise if you give it a chance, you’ll laugh your ass off. 10/10. if you need an idea of what the comic is like before buying/reading, look no further than @mutantmagic !

the abyss surrounds us + the edge of the abyss by emily skrutskie 

has lgbt themes in common w/trc, but is sci-fic rather than fantasy!! wlw rep. do you like pirates, lesbians, or genetically engineered sea monsters? this is the book for you!!! it’s like pacific rim with lesbians and pirates. it’s one of the only wlw sci-fi/fantasy series i’ve been able to find and i loved it IMMENSELY. i didn’t expect for it to be up my alley bc i’m not a big sci fi girl, but it’s incredible. it’s a fast paced page turner, and it has a great enemies to friends to lovers romance :’) 

the watchmaker of filigree street by natasha pulley

has lgbt rep in common w/trc. mlm characters. this book is historical fiction but it’s kind of like? historical fantasy fiction because some of the elements within it are fantasy-esque. (i.e: the clockwork octopus) it’s very, very, very good! i originally read it without knowing there was lgbt rep, and was pleasantly surprised by it. the romance in this book isn’t a key theme as much as the mystery aspect of it, but i think that lends it a softer, more subtle quality thats really nice to read. often times with lgbt plot lines/ romances there’s some level of drama to it, or it’s trying to be sexy, but the romance in this was quiet in a way that was really refreshing. 

shout out to all the adhd ppl out there who hasn’t managed to finish a novel in years n only manages to read comic books or do more interactive stuff or consume media that doesnt require active attention.. (games for the prior n movies for the latter)

like, i know this might seem like an “uwu ur valid” generic thingy.. but legit tho. like.. walls of text absolutely is so difficult and unvaried to read… especially with adhd.

like, with adhd u need to have constant stimulus, and that doesnt make u less intellectual or anything.. thats just how the brain is for many people.

and with comics, movies, and games there is more variety in what you look at, and less to have to pay attention to.

you’re really not stupid and the enjoyment in comics et.c isn’t a “lesser” form of reading.. it just simply isn’t text-heavy.