GENE LUEN YANG TO COMIC CREATORS: DON’T LET FEAR STOP YOU FROM WRITING DIVERSE CHARACTERS
In a speech at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress last weekend, The Shadow Hero writer Gene Luen Yang threw down the gauntlet.
Yang challenged comics creators to overcome their fears of bring criticized for inaccurately portraying characters who are different from them — in terms of race, gender, or other identifying factors. In brief, he told writers to do some research and get it right, but first and foremost to step outside themselves.
Here’s a brief excerpt:
We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.
This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.
After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL, JUNJI ITO IS DOING A COLLAB WITH POKEMON AND PROBABLY DRAWING A YONKOMA CHECK IT OUT YOU: http://www.pokemon.jp/special/kowapoke/
Holy shit, Junji Ito is actually going to draw my favorite type (ghost) AND my favorite pokemon (Bannete) based on their pokedex entries?! I’am so hyped for halloween already!
What Pokedex entry do you find the creepiest?
- I always found Yamask’s entry to be the creepiest. Just the thought of a human soul becoming a Pokemon and still having some shred of memory from a past it can never recall again is chilling. What’s more sad is that Yamask’s eyes can be perceived as being bloodshot from having cried so much. Being a Yamask would honestly be the worst fate ever. At least the other human ghost-types are innocently oblivious to their human lives.
The Helix Nebula is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation of Aquarius. Sometimes referred to as the “Eye of God”, it is one of the closest planetary nebula to Earth.
Why do i constantly keep gaining one follower and then losing one the next day? It hasn’t even been a week and already i’ve gone through this cycle two times. What is going on???
Been a while since I made up questions, so I made up some Halloween-themed ones! I suggest clicking the images, since Tumblr didn’t feel like cooperating with me (the images appear larger and smoother if you click them).
Have fun everyone! uwu
Reblogging for people who weren’t awake when I first posted this (I know it was something like 1am here when I posted).
This looks fun, please send some ~