QUEER KIDZ READ COMICS TOO. Queer identities get fetishized and mistreated by comic creators and fans alike. Queer kids have been creating comics, characters, headcanons, cosplay, and fanstuff since the beginning.
Just finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and while I liked it, I was discussing with my roommate who also read it how it seemed to privilege heterosexuality as “real” sexuality (as opposed to the slash pairing that Cath spends a lot of her time writing). She often says “I don’t understand this girl-boy stuff” in a way that makes it seem like gay sexuality isn’t as real or serious as heterosexuality, though it’s also all tied up in the idea of fanfiction. My roommate was saying how it would have been so much better if Cath was a lesbian (or bisexual), and I immediately realized how much the book would have improved, in my opinion, if that had been the case.
For one, it would have gotten rid of the gross undertones of privileging heterosexuality, but it also would have created some great parallels between Simon/Baz and Cath/girl!Levi. Cath would have been discovering her own queer sexuality and how it related to this fanfic sexuality, but was also vastly different (because it’s not fiction, because it’s two women). This would have been a much more interesting look at Cath coming into her sexuality. (I’m biased, because I realized I was queer partly through shipping Drarry, so this would basically be my story.)
Also, the story partly concerns her relationship with her twin and how they drift apart, and also addresses the sexualization of twin girls. This would have been much more complicated by Cath coming out while Wren is straight, especially since they wrote Simon/Baz fanfic together.
It would also add another layer to Cath’s passion about this slash pairing, because it would have also been a subconscious way for her to process her own queer desires. Plus, it would add another layer to her feeling personally attacked when this pairing/fanfic is questioned, or she’s teased about it.
Basically, you could have kept the plot almost entirely the same (Levi as a female character instead, possibly just as a friend of Reagen’s, or still as an ex—which would also add the idea of Reagen wanting to protect her not just as an older student, but also as an older queer person), but it would have added so much more complexity and emotional depth to the story, which removing the idea that heterosexuality is more adult and valid that queer sexuality.
handdrawnhero replied to your post “I’m thinking about doing a post deconstructing that response because…”
There’s definitely also a whole conversation about how a character can be bi, but years/decades of writers can go on never acknowledging it.
I spent this morning thinking about this in regards to race and the Big Hero Six debacle (mixed race characters in comics tend to be drawn and coded whiter and whiter as time goes on) but it’s true with sexuality too. There’s lots of reasons writers don’t write a character with a sexuality they’ve already been confirmed with (they aren’t familiar with their history, bigotry, disliking that aspect of the character and wanting to ignore/change it) which on a larger scale is one of the big problems comics has. Thanks to the nature of how comics are written and how they’re used in a company they can go through several evolutions and become completely different characters. And sometimes that works. Sometimes characters are better having changed, and characters are allowed to have alternate sexualities confirmed (see: David Alleyne) but at the same time characters like Bling are no longer bisexual but referred to as exclusively lesbian. I do think in the case of the Constantine television show and in other cases where characters’ bisexuality is downplayed it’s 99% of the time the writer is nervous, scared, or uninterested in writing non-heterosexual characters which is not remotely an excuse.
Panel Appreciation Post! Can’t stop staring at this one by toerning for our upcoming book KISS NUMBER EIGHT. The lighting. The emotion. The hickey. I know I’ve said it before but I am so glad Leela is drawing my words.
If you missed the announcement last week, here it is again in all it’s full-page preview glory!
I’m thinking about doing a post deconstructing that response because it’s so messed up on so many levels but I’ve never read Hellblazer so I did some cursory reading on Wikipedia.
And one day we’re going to exist in a world where bisexuality is not reserved for morally ambiguous characters.
Speed paint that ended up getting a bit of polishing here and there.
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Yeah, I have a SteveSam problem and I cannot lie. I cannot stop either. NO REGRETS. Also I would assume Sam would totally become an Avengers and also get an upgraded suit from Tony. Obviously.
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In response to your post about anime/manga:
Cardcaptor Sakura (canon queer characters and relationships and about as non-judgemental as non-judgemental can be… this series is sugar-sweet. The manga is also good, but I personally prefer the anime.) (Note: this series is by CLAMP, a mangaka group who’s work often features either explictly or implicitly queer characters/relationships. “Everyone is Bi” is a rule of thumb for most CLAMP characters… out of all of them, CCS treats its characters the best, so it’s the one I picked out from their huge body of work.)
No. 6 (neat sci-fi series with canon queer MCs… there’s also a manga that’s pretty good. It’s based off of a light novel series originally, but that isn’t avaiable legally in English yet.)
Ouran High School Host Club (The main character is most likely some kind of non-binary— they say that they don’t care whether people percieve them as male or female. There’s a manga too, but I’d rec the anime over the manga.)
Fumi Yoshinaga's work is great for realistic gay male characters and relationships. I'd especially reccomend What Did You Eat Yesterday?
Morinaga Milk does really cute series about lesbian relationships. I’d especially reccomend Girl Friends.
Nabari no Ou (canon intersex character and several it’s-canon-but-some-people-still-try-to-argue-otherwise queer relationships/characters… the creator is also asexual and non-binary. There’s an anime, but I can’t reccomend it.)
Wandering Son (slice of life about transgender children… the ending upset some fans, but I haven’t read the ending yet, so I don’t know anything about it.)