C.M. Beckett

Oh, man!  I had this toy - at least I had the Bionic Man - but I’d forgotten you could “perform bionic surgery.”  Loved this toy as a kid. 
[found the ad on the inside front cover of Jack Kirby’s 2001 #2, a series I finally picked up and have started reading. Looooove 70s Kirby]
chris

Oh, man!  I had this toy - at least I had the Bionic Man - but I’d forgotten you could “perform bionic surgery.”  Loved this toy as a kid. 

[found the ad on the inside front cover of Jack Kirby’s 2001 #2, a series I finally picked up and have started reading. Looooove 70s Kirby]

chris

We [Fraction and his wife, Kelly Sue DeConnick] were pregnant at the time, and while I was out there I started to realize that if I had a daughter, there would come a day when I would have to apologize to her for my profession. I would have to apologize for the way it treats and speaks to women readers, and the way it treats its female characters.

I knew that if we had a daughter — because I know my wife and I know the kind of girl she wants to raise and I know the kind of girl I want to raise — she was going to look at what I did for a living and want to know how the fuck I could stomach it. How could I sell her out like that?” Fraction continued. “That conversation is still coming, and I’m bracing for it in the way that some dads brace for their daughter’s first date or boyfriend. I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street.

—Writer Matt Fraction on his role in expanding the profile of female characters in the Marvel Universe. (via goodmanw)

(Source: comicbookresources.com, via joshfialkov)

stair-diving-with-hayes:

Ladies and Gentleman, the man that will be in history books. He was throwing the burning tear gas. Not to the cops but away from the children protesting. In his American Shirt and bag of chips. Check his twitter.

(via chrisroberson)

mikedawwwson:

Sketchbook comic about Kajieme Powell’s death at the hands of police on August 19th.

The video that the bystander recorded and the police released, apparently to exonerate themselves, is very disturbing. The police go to their guns too easily too often. There is less than half a minute between the time they pull up and the moment where this man is shot to death. Again, they must have had some knowledge of his potentially disturbed mental state - the reason the police were called seems to be because the man was acting strange. Other police arrive on the scene within a minute.

For more thoughts on this incident I thought this link was good.

This is important. Read it through, then hit the link in the text at the bottom.  

mikedawwwson:

An American Werewolf in London

This week I was a guest on the Nerd Geek Dork podcast talking about An American Werewolf in London, one of my favorite movies ever, in part because of warm fuzzy nostalgic memories of watching it over and over again at my Grandma’s house when I was a little kid (it was the only movie they had on video, so we’d watch it almost every time we visited).

But, it’s not just nostalgia that makes me love the movie so much. If that’s all it took, then I’d have love in my heart for the Carry On movies or Benny Hill, which I don’t. I like horror movies, but most horror movies are dull waits for the horror bits to happen. Not the case with American Werewolf. The movie is entertaining in it’s own right. It’s funny. The friendship between Jack and David is believable. Unlike many teen horror movies, I feel there’s some allowance in this film for David to be upset about what happens to him and Jack on the moors, there’s room for him to mourn his friend (somewhat - we don’t see any tearful breakdowns - but the fact that he’d be traumatized by the attack plays into the plot nicely).

Not a lot of detail is ever given about Jack and David’s background. We assume they’re roughly college aged. They’re young enough that they still seem like kids, but old enough that apparently David’s parents don’t feel the need to come to the UK to be with him when he’s comatose for three weeks. That part’s a bit weird. I feel like his parents would come out, whatever the cost of airfare.

When I was a kid in England I’d have no sense of what kinds of guys Jack and David were, but I’ve been interested to realize upon more recent viewings that they’re guys from Long Island, and that David is Jewish. These are very much the kinds of people I now know very well. I read this one article about the possible significance of David’s Judaism.

The story of a man equipped only by his wit (if not his wits) in a country that neither understands nor particularly wants him. A man who is dazed by his recent bloody and brutal ordeal who does his very best to get along, despite being racked by the guilt and self-hatred of knowing what he is inside. I’m not arguing that director John Landis set out to make a hairy Jewish allegory, I’m just saying that there was an incidental subtext that continues to speak to and comfort me almost 30 years later.

My daughter is currently six, so I’ve not yet shown her the movie, but I figure in a few years she’ll be ready.

I love how Dawson keeps the discussion going on in the background, but just in the periphery, and uses the panels borders to great effect in exhibiting that, which really helps sell the impact of that final panel.  Nice work.

(Source: mikedawwwson)

cmbeckett:

Issue #2 of Firewords Quarterly, with my short story “I Gotta Get Outta Here,” is now available to order at the link below.  
LINK
I’m very excited to finally have this piece of flash fiction available, as I had already sold it one time, to a publication that met an economic impasse it could not overcome.  
[apologies in advance, as you may see similar posts promoting this issue and my story in the coming weeks.]
-chris

cmbeckett:

Issue #2 of Firewords Quarterly, with my short story “I Gotta Get Outta Here,” is now available to order at the link below.  

LINK

I’m very excited to finally have this piece of flash fiction available, as I had already sold it one time, to a publication that met an economic impasse it could not overcome.  

[apologies in advance, as you may see similar posts promoting this issue and my story in the coming weeks.]

-chris

STOP GIVING CNN RATINGS! THEY ARE LYING TO US TO PROTECT DARREN WILSON

sheenvelopesthenight:

thatprettymvthafvcka:

blackgirlsparadise:

You can follow journalists on twitter that are on the ground in Ferguson. They are showing what’s really going on an verifying with pics and videos.

Follow these people on twitter: @zellieimani @jamilahlemieux  @FeministaJones @MichaelSkolnik @iJesseWilliams @shaunking @Yamiche @Timcast @vicenews @chrislhayes @AntonioFrench @marclamonthill

^^^^*

(via franksantoro)

atane:

The above are the first 3 responses to Dr. Redmond’s spot on tweet. This is the boorish behavior that Black people have to deal with from white people for merely speaking out against white supremacy. The harassment from white people towards Black people is constant and virulent. If you’re a Black person speaking out against white supremacy, white people will attack you or at the very least, they will have a major problem with you. They will attack you more than a “good” white person saying the exact same thing. Tim Wise does not put up with an inkling of the abuse Black people endure and he isn’t saying anything new. Discourse about white supremacy from a white mouth is more palatable to the white masses than from the mouths of those victimized by white supremacy.

Ironically, the “good” white people become like the rest of their white brethren when they attempt to separate themselves by saying “not all white people”. They too become a nuisance that everlastingly badgers. They are largely silent about injustice, inequity and marginalization at the hands of white supremacy. However, the minute the marginalized speak out against their abusers, they are quick to lend a voice in defense of the abusers. It’s because even when white people are clearly abusers, other white people still see their humanity. In the face of this abuse, merely pointing out that the perpetrators of the abuse are white angers white people. The abuse itself doesn’t elicit the same level of anger from them.

Another problem are these alleged white liberals. Truth be told, I get more harassment from white liberals than from anyone else. White conservatives don’t hide their disdain for Blackness. For them, it’s a badge of honor. We know where they stand. White liberals in contrast tend to be silent, but will speak up to center themselves in a crisis or will be apologetic towards white abusers, instead of condemning them. Many will not acknowledge that white supremacy even exists. If they do acknowledge a problem, they will wrap it up in empty platitudes about everyone needing to get along, how they don’t see race, how we’re all human, how they have Black friends or whatever post-racial nonsense they ascribe to, as if that addresses white supremacy. They believe that the problem “goes both ways”.

If the above isn’t you as a white person, do not take this as your cue to respond with “not all white people”. As the saying goes, the hit dog will holler. If something does not apply to you, then why are you hollering? Did I hit you? Maybe I did. The only thing many white people can bring themselves to say in response to Black suffering and white supremacy is “not all white people” or "this is reverse racism" or their favorite chopped up MLK Jr. quote “hate cannot drive out hate”. The response from white people is never a unanimous “the system of white supremacy is a scourge that must end and we must fight to end it”. It is never that.

Whiteness will always justify the extermination of Blackness. Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police in turn releases video stills of what they claim to be Brown being an alleged criminal days after his murder. This was completely unrelated to his murder, but there is always a reason for dead Black bodies when whiteness governs. So why did they release these stills if the Ferguson police themselves have admitted that it is completely unrelated to Brown’s murder at the hands of officer Darren Wilson? They did it to smear his image. This is a tactic of white supremacy. It always smears the image of a Black victim.

When Black people are victimized and dehumanized, they still aren’t quite human in the eyes of many white people. At least not on the level of white humanity. It’s why a white terrorist like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be put on the cover of Rolling Stone, like he’s a heartthrob in a boy band, and be described as “popular and promising”, while unarmed Black people murdered by white people are criminalized in death. Their image gets smeared because full victimhood is relegated to whiteness. Innocence and chasteness will be awarded to a white murderer before a Black murder victim.

I don’t argue or engage with white people on this subject anymore. This Malcolm X quote is forever relevant. I’ll respond or say my piece if need be, but I won’t debate a white person about Black humanity. My response to “good” white folks will always be “go and get your people”. That’s all I have to say to them. Truly good white people don’t need to be told that. They know. Word to John Brown.

(via chrisroberson)

jakewyattriot:

I apologize if this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

(via adhousebooks)