to add to this “humans are weird” thing did you know that humans are the only species on earth with the ability to throw things with any significant degree of accuracy and force (apes can throw with about the force of a human ten year old, but cant lock their wrists well enough for accuracy)
and we just never really think about it bc its so easy and simple to us that pretty much all of our sports are based around the concept of throwing things accurately
so what if the concept of projectile weapons takes most species FOREVER to get the hang of, or even come up with in the first place. a human goes onto a ship and throws some trash into the nearest reclaimer, shouts “kobe!” and all the other aliens on board absolutely LOSE THEIR MINDS
Teaming up with the ridiculously talented artistJohanna The Mad, Fence follows Nicholas Cox as he joins the world of fencing at an elite boys school and becomes embroiled in the drama of competitive sports, team romance and rivalries, and good old self-discovery.
On finding inspiration for Fence, C.S. Pacat says, “I got really into sports comics in Japan, where I lived for about five years. I love the intense rivalries, the striving, the way you can take characters to their breaking point. Haikyuu!! and Hikaru no Go are easily some of my favourite comics of all time. Fence is like my love letter to the genre.
At the same time, I’m interested in female gaze and queer gaze art. I wanted to make something that had all the drama and intensity of a sports comic, while also being joyously and unabashedly queer. I was really inspired by Ngozi Ukazu’s fantastic hockey web comic Check, Please!, and the recent Japanese animation Yuri!!! on Ice. I started to wonder, what happens when those energies come out in a combat sport—when you add in the danger and stakes of fencing?”
“Fence means the world to me,” says Johanna The Mad. “It has always been one of my biggest dreams to draw comics, but I never thought I’d be able to work on one that I’d end up fangirling about!”
“Johanna’s artwork captures everything that is hot, dangerous, and exciting about fencing,” adds Pacat.
Fence #1 hits comic shops in November, and it’ll have covers from Johanna The Mad and Kevin Wada (and maybe someone else we’ll seeee~) and colors from Rebecca Nalty.
Lily Harrison and I met at a graduation party when we were eighteen. As soon as I walked into the house, her bubbling laughter caught my attention. I couldn’t help but grin because it was so contagious, and she’d noticed. Already a couple drinks in, she pointed right at me and shouted, “Hey. You’re cute. Come be my partner.”
cheering for a sports team is like reading a ongoing series where at any time the luck of the heroes can fail, most of the time they don’t win the climactic fight, anyone can die, and every year the author goes on hiatus for months, and since when they resume the cast can be completely different everyone goes wild tying to predict the changes
“By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and
providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope
to spark a change across the UK that will help put an end to the excuses
for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport. Together
with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay
can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and
The East Sussex club set out their aims as follows:
• Raising and setting the playing budgets for the women’s and men’s first teams at an equal level.
• Providing equal resource for coaching, performance and strength & conditioning staff.
• Upgrading equipment and facilities to meet the standards required by higher football divisions.
• Investment in local grassroots outreach to drive equal participation in football from girls and boys.
The club’s new campaign, Equality FC, aims to raise awareness about
gender inequality in football and encourage more support for women’s and
girls’ football across the UK and around the world.