Marvel Blaming Diversity for Sales Dip is Wrong

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It seems like the topic of diversity in comics has reared its ugly head again. For the past month there have been many speculators whom  have been tearing apart what Marvel has been saying about how diversity in comics have related to the sales of books. Let’s start with a statement that vice president of sales, David Gabriel gave to Entertainment Weekly:

“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.”

Also when it came to race he said:

“We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against.  That was difficult for us because…

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seriously, the guy has a point

I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it was dropped in Manhattan’s Financial District some five weeks ago.I have occasionally added a comment or two to some of the online discussions about the statue.

Recently most of the Fearless Girldiscussions have focused on the complaints by Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who createdCharging Bull. He wantsFearless Girl removed, and that boy is taking a metric ton of shit for saying that. Here’s what I said that got me spanked:

The guy has a point.

This happened in maybe three different discussions over the last week or so. In each case I explained briefly why I believe Di Modica has a point (and I’ll explain it again in a bit), and for the most part folks either accepted my comments or ignored them. Which…

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Face Off – How could you be so ignorant about Hawaiʻi?


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Face Off, the reality competition program of creature design and makeup is now winding down its All-Stars season. On April 11, 2017, they delved into a new subject material: Hawaiʻian mythology. The show remarked on how the culture was oft-ignored by audiences until recently with movies like Moana. This contest should have been the perfect opportunity to provide representation and exposure to mainland audiences.

Instead, Face Off fell victim to that very ignorance with its competition and artist designs.

The first failure lay on the production staff themselves, who failed to provide accurate information to the designers. Each contestant was given a choice of five tikis (about the only accurate cultural aspects on the show) representing a different Hawaiʻian god. The problem was, each tiki had a “God of…” explanation that was oversimplified at best, and outright inaccurate in one case.

They described…

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Weak In The Knees: Does Love Deflate Anime Women?

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As the hype train rolled around about Sword Art Online, I went through my usual ho-hum about a new series that has everyone except me excited. I got myself ready by first listening to the opening song, which was to my liking. I got my usual snacks and snuggled up with my CrunchyRoll app open and ready to begin a new series only to be disappointed again. As the story began to unwind I watched intrigued, but guarded…And then it happened: the main woman in the series fell in love and became weak.

Why does this seem to be a thing? Why does this always happen to the heroines? When did it become a point in time where I started to expect the women to become these great warriors only to succumb to infatuation and turn into this weak willed woman who is incapable of saving themselves after being able…

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