So you may have heard that the best Chris™ will be in a new Disney film coming up. Or perhaps you know that the director of 13th, Ava DuVernay is the first black woman to be given a $100m budget to make this movie. Or maybe you just saw the boss ass picture of Oprah in her full makeup.
Whatever it is, you’ve probably heard that this movie is happening. Now, I assume that many of you read the book growing up like I did, but in case you didn’t, I here to tell you why it is The Most Amazing™
1. It is a SMART sci-fi novel for children. It doesn’t pander. It is complex and goes into a lot of cutting edge science (from the 60’s when it was published) and was almost rejected because it was considered too “adult.”
2. It has a 12 year old female protagonist. Back in the 60’s you didn’t have a lot of women and girls as the leads of anything, and certainly not leads in a sci-fi world. But meet Meg Murray, the fucking best. She is totally subversive of so many tropes that males usually inhabit (angry and acts out because of an absent father, oldest sibling responsibility, etc.) , plus her own set of personality traits and struggles that just make her a really wonderful well rounded character. This is another reason why 20 something publishers rejected it back in the day. Also in case you didn’t hear STORM REID (12 Years A Slave) IS PLAYING HER AND I AM HYPE FOR THIS.
3.It’s a really beautiful marriage of science, magic, and religion. Meg is assisted by three Witches who guide her along a journey across time and space and they respect all three of these things, which I think is pretty remarkable. Plus, this means that the majority of the main characters are women.
4.It introduces children to the idea that their relationships with their parents will be complicated. While Meg loves her father (portrayed by Chris Pine) she comes to see that he, as all other authority figures are imperfect and that she must solve some things herself. Once again, the theme of a young woman claiming her own agency is a powerful one, and its accomplished in a really nuanced way.
5.Meg isn’t good at everything and that’s ok. The narrative reenforces that no one is perfect or good at everything but everyone has their own value and strength that uplift others. Meg begins the story feeling frustrated she isn’t as athletic as her 11 year old twin brothers, or a genius like her parents or 5 year old brother. She has another scene where it shows she struggles with the fact she isn’t nearly as remarkably beautiful as her mother (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) but in the end she learns her own talents still matter.
6.Lastly, it teaches that empathy, compassion, and love, are all strengths. I know were all reveling in Wonder Woman and how it had the theme that you can be both powerful and kind, strong and loving, so guess what YOURE GUNNA LOVE THIS STORY.
I’d really recommend checking out the book, and of course SUPPORTING THE HELL OUTTA THE MOVIE. I promise, it’s going to be something truly special.
Dolly Haas as Pat Caverley in Girls Will Be Boys [d: Marcel Varnel, 1934]
This is in no way the English version of the previous year’s German Viktor und Viktoria, (it doesn’t have the knowing sophistication of that film’s genderswapping, for a start, although the ‘reveal’ scene is not at all coy) or the following year’s American Sylvia Scarlett (how I love the mid-30s trend for women dressing as men) but it’s a lovely little comedy, has Esmond Knight at his dark-eyed thick-haired swooniest as the romantic interest, and Dolly Haas is bloody marvellous as Pat; adorable, boyish, bolshy and delivers my menswear trifecta of tweed/dressing gown/chunky knit, with bonus evening wear.
There’s that kind of double bind that women find themselves in. On the one hand, yes, be smart, stand up for yourself. On the other hand, don’t offend anybody, don’t step on toes, or you’ll become somebody that nobody likes because you’re too assertive. ~Hillary Rodham Clinton
Year-old Kensington comic book store and coffeehouse getting attention
Since Ariell Johnson opened her comic book store and coffee shop in Kensington in December 2015, she has taken the world by Storm.
In fact, her childhood fascination with Storm, the X-Men superheroine, led her to comic book and sci-fi fantasy geek fandom in the first place, she said.
She has been profiled on ABC News, CNN Money, and MSNBC, not to mention various nerd and geek websites, as the first African American woman to open a comic book store on the East Coast.
And in November, she was depicted on a variant cover of the Invincible Iron Man No. 1 comic book, along with Riri Williams, the 15-year-old African American superhero character known as Ironheart.
Storm “was the first black woman superhero I ever saw,” Johnson, 33, said at her shop, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, 2578 Frankford Ave.
“In addition, she was a powerhouse; she was one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe. She controlled the very elements. She wasn’t a sidekick. She was the main event, which was exciting.”
Johnson said all the attention has been good for business.
“I think we’re doing well. We’ve had a very strong first year, and an untraditional first year, with all the hubbub around the shop,” she said.
Diversity in comic books has been met with some backlash from mostly male fans who assert on YouTube videos that characters should not be suddenly changed to black or gay. Some have called it pandering to attract more women and people of color to comics.
Johnson has not hesitated to speak out about the importance of the comic book world becoming more inclusive.
That means having characters who represent everyone - black, white, Latino, Asian, and people of all religions and sexual identities.
She makes sure to carry books written by and for women and people of color.
Johnson said people like them as heroes in fantasy and science fiction can empower young readers.
“When young girls come in here and know that a woman owns the shop, a black woman owns the shop, and they can see titles where girls are the heroes and not just the love interests or the sidekick … when they see women and girls taking the lead in things, that’s really powerful,” she said.
Since word of Johnson’s success got around, celebrity comic book writers have visited Amalgam.
The store was packed a couple of months ago when Ta-Nehisi Coates came for a book signing to accompany the release of a new comic in his Marvel series Black Panther.
She has also welcomed Greg Pak, author of X-Treme X-Men and other titles, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who coauthored a graphic novel, March.
Amalgam is spacious and colorful, with a red couch at the front window and blue and yellow armchairs nearby. In fact, it’s like entering a live comic strip tableau.
Small round tables have comic book logos: symbols for ThunderCat, Captain America, and Spider-Man.
Johnson said she became enamored of superheroes while watching television cartoon shows as a child.
“I’ve always liked shows about super powers,” she said. “I grew up watching ThunderCats, He-Man and She-Ra. But none of those shows had any black characters featured.”
When she was about 11, she saw herself in the character Storm in X-Men cartoons.
“In addition to being black and a woman, she had dark skin. The only thing that didn’t look like me was that she had white hair and blue eyes.”
A Baltimore native, Johnson came to Philadelphia to attend Temple University and earned an accounting degree there in 2005.
It took a decade of working for other people, first in retail and later as an accountant, before she decided to fulfill her dream.
Inside Amalgam the other day, Sam Woods Thomas, the commercial corridor coordinator for New Kensington Community Development Corp., said the coffee shop was the only one in the neighborhood.
Still, he said, things are looking up, with a new apartment development in the next block that people are comparing to the Piazza in Northern Liberties.
But he said it’s small businesses like Johnson’s that are key.
When entrepreneur Ariell Johnson opened her comic book store and coffee shop in Kensington, Pennsylvania back in December 2015, it became an instant hit both locally and nationally.
Being hailed as the first African American woman to open a comic book store on the east coast,
she immediately caught the attention of ABC News, CNN Money, MSNBC, and tons of other web sites and blogs.
“When young girls come in here and know that a woman owns the shop, a black woman owns the shop, and they can see titles where girls are the heroes and not just the love interests or the sidekick… when they see women and girls taking the lead in things, that’s really powerful.”
Comics Buzz #2!!! If you’re looking for diverse comics you definitely need to start looking on the web! I found an awesome list of over 100 webcomics featuring black leads and that sort of took me down this webcomics rabbit hole. (http://joamettegil.tumblr.com/post/129254047960/webcomics-w-black-leads)So even though I only talk about 5 webcomics in the video know that there are a ton more! Thanks so much for watching the video!! Please be sure to like, comment, and share!!
Uhm who cares what men believe in anyway? They’ve been running the whole world since the begining look where its gotten us; non stop war, poverty, climate change and other horrible things. Its time for women to step up regardless of what men think of us. Let us not be above men but equal to and lets help eachother because thats all we’ve got
Retro Leading Ladies of Gaming 1- Recette LemonGrass
– Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Released: December 2007 in
japan, September 2010 in NA and Europe
Game Type : Single Player Action role-playing,
“Recette Lemongrass is the main protagonist of Recettear:
An Item Shop’s Tale.
She lives alone in a house on top of a hill in Pensee
after her father decided to become a hero, and went out on an
“adventure” three months ago. Unbeknownst to Recette, he left her an
outstanding debt so big that Tear won’t even tell her the total amount!
The player takes control of Recette to buy and sell
items to gather enough “Pix”, the in-game currency, in her
house-turned-item-store, Recettear (a portmanteau of the two partners’ names,
Recette and Tear), to make increasing weekly debt payments over the course of
five weeks.” – From the Recettear Wiki
Background : Recette will be the first of many women I look at over
the year, and I’m happy the randomizer chose her first, as she’s one of my
favorite choices among girls from less known games. I could talk a lot about
the game, but for better or worse that’s not the focus here. What we are here
to talk about is the main heroine of our adventure, Recette.
Recette is a young girl of age unknown (probably between
the ages of 12-16? Who knows with these types of things?) She’s been living her
life in her home city doing dick all it seems, since her father decided to go
try and be a hero and has not returned. One day a fairy, Tear, shows up and
tells her that her dad dun got himself dead and now she’s settled with all his
debt, because apparently he took it all out in student loans and that shit
never goes away.
: Recette is… a
bit “light “ on the thoughts, and a bit more about the actions. She tends to think before she acts at times,
but is kind, thoughtful, and sincere in her words. If she says she’s going to
do something, it’ll get done. She’s also
endlessly positive and optomisitic, and despite the shitty situation she finds
herself in, she keeps on trucking, and never gives up. Much of her personality
is evened out by her co-worker/handler/knee breaker Tear, the fairy who
basically helps her set up the racket totally legit business of running the item
shop. Her personality doesn’t change too much through the game, except for her
opening up more to others, learning to believe in herself, and develop a close
friendship with Tear and the adventurers in her life.
She also has a very VERY strange and active imagination,
often letting her thoughts go where they may, often to strange places, such as
weird ways to make money, or pay off her debt. She’s also quite talented, not
only in dealing with others, but in various skills, such as needlework, knowledge
of local flora, craftsmanship, and being a pack mule for the tons of loot found
in the game: Recette’s place in the game and world is
that of an item shop owner. She’ll buy low/sell high, and work her butt off to
get the best prices, in order to acquire enough shekels to pay off her father’s
debt, and be a strong independent woman who don’t need no adventures. She can also join various adventurers in world
on their travels into dungeons, and although she cannot directly interfere, she
can assist them if they are hurt, and carry all the stuff they find to sell
later, all at the low low cost of either paying them up front, or becoming
their friends and going for free. As far as the story goes, it full revolves
around her and her attempts to make money, and once you hit endless mode, it’s
more about finding out about the other characters, the secrets behind the
dungeons and maybe even… THE ACTUAL FATE OF HER FATHER !!! DUN DUN DUN!
As a video game character she doesn’t really have much
in the way of abilities or skills, since the majority of the game is haggling,
talking, and selling shit, but that’s just fine, as it suits the mood and tone
of the game perfectly. Recettee is as capable as she needs to be, and meets any
challenges put before her.
Through the game, Recette meets and befriends
various characters, including adventurers, a rival shop runner who is snobby,
rich, and has her own fairy friend, the town vendors, and MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS.
with most things, Recette’s interactions with most of the other characters is
amusing, light hearted, and positive. There is no romantic relationship in the game,
and minimal familial one, so almost all her interactions are with friends and
Of all the relationships however, of most importance
is that she has with Tear, the fairy who came to collect on what’s owed.
Although their initial meeting wasn’t due to the best reasons, they become much
closer, with Tear eventually filling kind of a mentor/big sister role to
Recette. When the game is over, and Tear
set to leave, Recette expresses her sadness, but is overjoyed to hear Tear say
that she will stay to help because Recette is basically lost without her, and
probably will let the shop burn down due to her laziness.
Personal Thoughts - Overall, I really like Recette. I have a soft
spot for the endless optimist, and especially for one who tempers it with a
willingness to do what needs to be done, work hard, and meet their goals. Recette inspires us to
never give up, and not let bad circumstances make us bad people. She’s also
much more capable then others give her credit for, and even if a bit of an air
head, she’s not upset by it, and more than willing to listen to others, and
default to their knowledge when she’s out of her depth. She’s also a cold business woman, and is able
to make some buco bucks in quite the short time.
I’m also a big fan of her relationship with Tear, as
it’s great to see how they bounce off each other, and temper out the best and
worst parts of each others personalities. I also really like this game, so I hope that
if you haven’t played it, and you’re interested in games with female leads, business
sims, or just fun, cute games in general, you’ll give it a go.
when i talk about girls / women leading men on, this is NOT what i’m talking about. guys, her laughing at your fucking jokes is NOT an invite to fuck. the fuck is wrong with you?!?! if any type of kind attention from a woman makes you think she wants to fuck you, the problem is YOU. chill!
As writers have noted, both costumes are adopting the muted tones of “Man of Steel”, which is good. It brings these superheroines into the 21st century modern “serious” comic movie era. A little less of this:
I’m also cool with the casting, and am looking forward to both productions!