Comics and girls, comics and me.

I am a girl. I like to read comics. I like it when women are involved in the production of comics. I especially like comics predominantly about women and are not just there as sexy accessories. And I think it’s complete bullshit there is still this ‘no girls allowed’ attitude when it comes to comics. There’s a feeling that ladies are out to single handedly ruin comics for the menfolk 5eva or that girls have only started reading comics for some ulterior motive. 

Because apparently now getting into comics because you enjoyed a franchise in a different media (I don’t know, say, a film?) is suddenly one of the worse things girls are doing to comics and oh God, won’t someone think of the dudebros?!

The first ever comic book I ever read was Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ring of Fire. I was about 12/13 and my younger sisters’ primary school were hosting a book fair and it was of those where you could pre-order something from the ‘catalogue’ (more like, may be four sheets of paper at best) and BtVS: Ring of Fire was available to order and I just assumed it was one of the spin-off novels because I already had a few of those. So I was very surprised when it turned out to be a comic, but that didn’t seem to bother me because I read the damn thing so much, the book fell apart, hahaha. But it all turned out okay because it got reprinted in one of the comic omnibuses, happy days. I wasn’t suddenly a comic convert overnight or anything like that, but I willingly read a comic book because I enjoyed Buffy on TV.

Several years later, and I mean several, I was in my first year of university when I heard about The Umbrella Academy which I only knew about because it was written by Gerard Way who was the front man of My Chemical Romance and at that time, I really liked My Chemical Romance so why wouldn’t I want to read it? And so I ventured each month to a comic book store about 20 miles away just to pick it up each month. And then it ended and that was the end of that for sometime.

But that was a self contained story, one which didn’t have 50+ years of continuity and history behind it, which is really off putting for people who want to get into reading Marvel or DC, myself included. And then shortly after I saw The Avengers, somebody on Tumblr recommended Kieron Gillen’s run of Journey Into Mystery, obviously I had seen the Marvel films so I knew who Loki was and at this point I didn’t really fancy Tom Hiddleston (oh Lordy, do I now) nor was I a ‘Loki apologist’ (and even I did, it wouldn’t have mattered) but the basic story just sounded fun (“Loki died! Now he’s a teenager! He makes a friend and gets a puppy!). And that was the beginning of my slippery slope of a relationship with Marvel, I started to read more titles, I started buying issues regularly, I started buying trade paperbacks, I started reading titles by other publishers and now I can’t stop, won’t stop.

Basically, all of my comic reading started because I was already invested in related media. And that’s not a bad thing, I’m 98% certain that companies like Marvel and DC want more people to start reading comics after watching the films. And I don’t understand why girls are being accused of being fake fans because that’s how they got into comics (girls are also being called fake fans for various other reasons as well, mind).

And then there’s the whole school of thought that comics are a man-only pastime because ‘they provide escapism for men’ but now girls are reading comics and publishers are doing more to cater to girls by writing more well-rounded female characters and not drawing ladies as tits on legs?!?!?!?

The times, they are a-changing and I’m excited about it. I mean, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies though, female superhero titles are way more likely to get cancelled early (I have no official stats on that or anything, just something I’ve noticed from experience) and there are yet to be any superhero films starring female characters (though there’s going to be Wonder Woman soon-ish and a Black Widow movie is allegedly in the works), but I’m staying positive.

As a side note, I also read a lot of manga in between Buffy and Umbrella Academies, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish, mostly because a lot of manga is very blatantly marketed towards girls and as a result of this I grew up on a very healthy diet of magical girls.

And there is no way whatsoever Marvel were not pandering to their growing female fanbase with Loki: Agent of Asgard #1. I mean, Loki showering and posting slash fic online, please.

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Obligatory first post, oh no!

One of my resolutions this year was to write every day almost every day more often than I did last year, and I thought that blogging was the way to go about it. Though all of my other attempts of blogging have failed miserably. Hmm. You’re setting yourself up for a fall, Jade.

But I like to write! A lot! I’m by no means, the world’s greatest writer, but I enjoy it nonetheless. I guess, there’s a small large part of me that would love love love to have my writing published, I’m not completely delusional and I know it’s going to take a massive amount of hard work and time and effort but who knows, maybe I’ll get there one day. Partly I just want a fandom and I’ll secretly post completely canon fic onto AO3 just to mess with everyone. Ah, no one should ever give me that much power.

I should probably say some things about myself, I like to craft, I like to bake, I like pens and buying notebooks that I just can’t quite bring myself to write in. I’m not even joking, I have a draw full of notepads I haven’t used and have no idea what to use them for, it’s an obsession. My absolute favourite notebooks are definitely Moleskines, maybe I’ve been sucked into the brand name, but I really like how they look and there’s just that certain off-whiteness to their paper insides I really like. Though I do have a few cheapy Moleskine knockoffs, so I can’t be a complete brand snob (though the elastic has gone on one of the cheapy ones, so there’s that).

More recently, I have bought a new Filofax so I am excited to get back into that and try to regain some control of my life. I googled how best to organise myself with the ol’ Filofax and somehow stumbled upon a whole underground society of Filofax decorating and that seems pretty exciting. So I headed out to Hobbycraft and bought all the Washi tape in the clearance tubs (read: all four rolls of the stuff) because Lord knows I didn’t see any elsewhere in store. Maybe I’ll even blog my Filofax weeks, if nothing else, at least I’ll have regular content to post.

Expect a mix batch of posts, I guess, bit of writing, my thoughts on books and films and TV, my job finding efforts, crafty things I have made, my baking attempts, things.

Here’s hoping anyhow.