Last week I read the anthology Love Is Love, published by DC Comics and IDW, an homage to the victims and survivors of the Orlando shooting.
I didn’t dare asking to participate when Marc Andreyko made an open call for creators. But after reading it, and seeing the DC characters there (which I didn’t expect), I kept thinking what would I have done, and I was inspired to do this short story. Couldn’t help myself actually. It falls utterly and unashamedly under the category of fan fiction. My first ever.
And to expand on the meta commentary, given the hostile world we live in, as a queer author and activist I think mainstream comics still could use higher profile queer superheroes, tied to their most visible franchises, that are queer super activists alongside the ones that do add to minority representation but sometimes just “happen to be queer”. Of course, as a Wonderfan I think one tied to the Wonder Woman franchise would be just perfect.
I continue to be ALL ABOUT “Adrien Agreste can’t be bisexual but it’s probably almost definitely fine for Chat Noir to be” as one of Adrien’s personal rules for his “no-pun-intended model son”/”destructo-boy superhero” divide, and I mean this in every way, up to and including:
randomly deciding one night to just start ranking past akuma victims by hotness while patrolling with Ladybug (she is so shocked that he doesn’t just say “Copycat” and be done with it that she lets him go on for like fifteen minutes before just cutting him off with “Jagged Stone, OBVIOUSLY” and then he pretends to be all scandalized because “my LADY you like OLDER MEN?? how will I ever COMPETE??”)
the whole thing dissolves into semi-flirty bickering and afterwards Adrien goes home and breathes out the biggest sigh of relief of his LIFE that Ladybug did not freak out or get weird about it and then starts worrying if that was really obvious enough, maybe she just thought he was joking and not actually trying to come out to her or–
less-randomly deciding during the next akuma attack to make a point of going “OH NO HE’S HOT” about said akuma. Ladybug is like “okay fair he really is but FOCUS PLEASE, KITTY” (and THEN Adrien goes home and breathes out the biggest sigh of relief of his life.)
checking out boys in the gossip rags with Marinette on her balcony when she’s supposed to be doing her homework (in addition to trying not to die when she points out one of Adrien’s ads MARINETTE THAT IS SO PHOTOSHOPPED FOR CRYING OUT LOUD–) and being delighted when she starts commenting on the GIRLS too, PRINCESS LET’S BE BI BESTIES 5EVER and Marinette is like “oh my god I should never have told you” but it is already Too Late
making a point of regularly patrolling the rooftops of the queer neighborhoods and blowing kisses to random cuties who spot him, hello gay Paris I am one of your baby queers and I secretly wish I could do this without the mask on but HAH fat fucking chance of Father not hearing about THAT one BUT IN MY HEART OF HEARTS I TOTALLY WOULD
regularly addressing Nino Lahiffe with such gems as “hot stuff”, “sweetheart”, and “stud” with a genuinely embarrassing level of sincerity and zero (0) percent shame every single time he encounters him, accidentally purring VERY LOUDLY one (1) time when Nino decides to call him “tiger” in response, and then being unable to look Nino in the eye as Adrien for two (2) days oh GOD
We’ve got a super-soldier, a giant girl, a robot from the 30th century, a
Skrull/Kree super-soldier, Billy (who, yeah, is kind of lame, but can
cast spells), an Olympic class archer and martial artist, and… me.
If I asked a young boy what superhero they looked up to, I feel a lot fewer would say a female one or would ever use an example of a female one, than in reverse, which is a shame. We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.
Rest in peace, Rosey [April 7th, 1970 - April 17th, 2017]
Reports have surfaced that former WWE World Tag Team Champion Rosey, real name Matt Anoai, has passed away. He was 47.
Rosey competed for the WWE from 2001 until 2006, starting in developmental as one half of The Island Boys with his partner who would later be known as Jamal (who would even later be known as Umaga). The two debuted in the WWE as 3 Minute Warning, monstrous henchman for Eric Bischoff who would tire of segments and send in Rosey and Jamal to bring them to a violent abrupt ending.
When Jamal was released from the WWE, Rosey began teaming with The Hurricane in a comical but successful duo, where he morphed from being a Super Hero In Training (note the acronym) to being The Hurricane’s super sidekick! The two captured the WWE World Tag Team Championships at Backlash in 2005.
Outside the ring, Rosey was well-liked by his peers and has been mourned greatly by superstars from the WWE and in the greater Cincinnati area, where he teamed with Jamal in HWA. Rosey was the son of WWE Hall Of Famer Sika, the brother of WWE superstar Roman Reigns, and was the father of three children as well as the owner of a restaurant in Mason, Ohio. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosey several times, the most memorable of which being in 2005 shortly after he and The Hurricane won the tag titles. I recall telling him that I’d marked out for the occasion, to which Rosey said, “So did I!”
Rest in peace, Matt Anoai. You were beloved by so many, and I’m sure you’ll never be forgotten.
Growing up as a Filipino
kid in America who loved reading comic books, I didn’t see original, leading Asian
(especially Filipino) superheroes in the mainstream. When you don’t see
yourself or your experiences reflected in heroes in pop culture, it’s damaging.
Now that I’m older and see that not much has changed, I realize how important
it is to create narratives for the underrepresented, especially the next
generation of kids who don’t feel like they belong. In honor of Asian-American &
Pacific Islander Heritage month, here is what I imagine a mainstream Filipino superhero
in America might look like.
Please support this comic to find out what happens next!
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A huge thanks to @french-start for kindly helping me with the translation of my title!
So I was talking to a friend the other day about Wonder Woman. She said she hasn’t seen it yet, she wanted to wait to take her daughter since it’s a “girl-power movie”. And I was like yes! Your daughter needs to see it!
But the more I thought about it, the more the phrase “girl-power” started to bug me. I realized she didn’t want to take her husband, only her daughter, to see it. Because it’s about “girl-power”. Why can’t we just say it’s a movie? A powerful movie? Just because a woman is the main character doesn’t mean it has to be “girl-power”. We don’t call other superhero movies “boy-power”. A man can be just as inspired by Wonder Woman as I, a female, can, and they damn well should be.
Wonder Woman is not about gender. It’s about love, sacrifice and bravery. Let’s not bring Wonder Woman down by limiting her to just girls. I don’t want men to say “you have your movie and we have ours.” I want it to be equal. I want it to be in the same category as other superhero movies - it just happens to be the best of them all. I want everyone to know that the movie is inspiring and powerful and can make them feel powerful too, regardless of gender. I want men to know it’s ok to be inspired by a woman.
“Does everyone have their groups?” Madame Bustier looked around the room, making sure no one had been left out.
They had been allowed to pick groups for this assignment, since it was just a simple trivia game. Alya, Marinette, Nino, and Adrien had decided to form a group together since they were all relatively close (especially Nino and Alya) and they sat near each other. Adrien and Nino turned around, facing the girls (”so we can talk easier dude!” “Sure”).