I came to realize a while ago The Mary Sue is held to a very high standard. Both in terms of how we cover things and present ourselves but also in the eyes of our readers. I also came to realize once becoming the Editor in Chief that those standards were daunting and incredibly difficult to live up to. It’s hard for me as EiC and even harder for me as an individual.
I know the majority of our readers don’t understand what goes on day-to-day at TMS and sometimes there are misunderstandings about what is achievable/possible from us. But I wanted to apologize for letting a lot of our readers down recently in not keeping with our core values and mission statement.
I also want to say how very sorry I am there’s been no official mention of the concerns on our website or social media account.
This is all I can say, and I know it won’t be nearly adequate for a lot of people and I totally understand and respect that, but I just wanted you all to know TMS staff have read and discussed every single one of your comments, tweets, emails, etc. We hear you and will strive to do better in the future.
We are always looking for diverse contributors. Information on how to apply can be found on our website.
As a writer, you are your brand. How you behave, how you speak, how you joke, it’s all seen by your fans, by your friends, and by your prospective employers. I’ve suggested a few people for jobs I couldn’t take recently who’ve been rejected for said jobs because of their social media presence….
“News broke yesterday that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence had been “leaked” online. The truth is they were stolen. They were hacked from her personal technology. They were posted online without her consent. This is a crime. And possibly worst of all, this is something women are supposed to expect… We live in a society where women’s bodies are a commodity to be sold, whether they agree to it or not. And some of the same people who complain about the NSA or Facebook invading their personal privacy will be the same people searching and spreading around these photos.”—Large-Scale Hack Lands Stolen Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence & Other Celebrities Online | The Mary Sue (via themarysue)
“Manara also touches on the “men and women are depicted unrealistically in comics” argument. Those with a modicum of art knowledge knows male comic book characters are depicted as a male power fantasy and female characters as a sexual fantasy. It’s why the “look, Spider-Man is drawn like that too!” argument holds no water. One is to show a strong man, in action, being dominant while the other is to show a women objectified, existing solely to appeal to the baser senses. It’s about intent, presentation, and context.”—
Do people keep linking you to a side-by-side of that J. Scott Cambell Spider-Man cover & Milo Manara Spider-Woman, convinced they’re the same thing? Here’s something to link back to them. Also, this comic strip describing “false-equivalence.”
There’s a new Spider-Woman variant cover that is, er…. less than good. But(t) we had fun with it, anyway.
Hit the link for the rest (as well as for actual, serious commentary on the cover).
So. Wrote this up today. Later on, professional comic artist Vasilis Lolos decided to comment on the post, then called himself a troll and was obviously just there to start some trouble (a no-no on The Mary Sue comment policy), so I banned him.
Then he signed up for another Disqus account to say some more.
All of his comments are still on the post except for one where he linked off to some adult comic art and this second-account one.
“We designed our Valkyrie around who she is, and what she does. She’s a trained, disciplined fighter from a small team of elites. She wears armor that reflects her role and therefore it needs to protect her in battle. To me it’s nonsensical to add armor to a fighter that would not serve this purpose; boob plates, bare legs, etc. don’t feature real armor, and so they didn’t even come into consideration when designing the look of the Valkyrie. I think it’s very sad that we are in a situation with video games where showing a female character that is wearing practical armor and isn’t overly sexualized is seen as a choice, or even a statement.”—
“By now most members of the Comic-Con and cosplay community are likely aware that early Sunday morning a female cosplayer was found unconscious at the 333 West Harbor Drive Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel. It was the girl’s first visit to Con, and her seventeenth birthday. We spoke to a Harbor Police Sergeant who asks that anyone with information reach out by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”—
Husband and wife team Meredith and David Finch have not yet taken over DC’s Wonder Woman title, but already they’ve made headlines for an awkward interview. At San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, TMS Editor-in-Chief Jill Pantozzi gave them the opportunity to elaborate on what they meant, and on what changes we can expect to see when they take over for Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang in November.
The Mary Sue: Should we get the hard one out of the way first? Is Wonder Woman a feminist?
David Finch: Wonder Woman is a feminist icon and it’s an incredibly important aspect to her character. I absolutely regret the way that my words came out and it doesn’t reflect at all how I feel.
“I think [HBO’s Game of Thrones] rides a very fine line and creatively it’s sort of amazing, because I think sometimes people are outraged by how much nudity there is and how compromised women are in these circumstances. And then they find a way to fill these characters with such a richness, and to kind of blindside you with a power that is within a female character, a level of intelligence, a survival skill that can totally outshine any of the other characters that we’re familiar with. And I think that they’re not afraid really shine a light on how fucking terrible it can be for a woman out there. How dangerous it is in this world and the kind of violence that is perpetrated against women.”—
The main thing now was to find the steering wheel. At first, Billy windmilled his arms, hoping to find it by luck. When that didn’t work, he became methodical, working in such a way that the wheel could not possibly escape him. He placed himself hard against the left-hand door, searched every square inch of the area before him. When he failed to find the wheel, he moved over six inches, and searched again. Amazingly, he was eventually hard against the right-hand door, without having found the wheel. He concluded that somebody had stolen it. This angered him as he passed out.
He was in the back seat of his car., which was why he couldn’t find the steering wheel.
If time and money was not an issue, who would you most like to cosplay as?
Oohhh tough one. I’m going to give you two: Mombi from Return to Oz since I have that movie on my brain currently. Also, really been wanting to do a Medieval Batgirl/Batwoman for a while, complete with my scooter as a horse.
“Alright, I stated my opinion of the scene, on a forum that I didn’t really understand what it was about because it showed up on my news feed with game of thrones tagged in it, you obviously have very strong feelings towards the message you saw in that scene, so I’m going to end my discussion, I don’t think too much into what I see on screen, I don’t put it into real life situations, which is obviously how I came to my conclusions, obviously many of you out there do such things, anyways, this is all I have to say on this matter, I obviously should have looked into what kind of forum this was before I posted, my apologies”—
Have had to read a lot of awful comments on the internet this past week but this one actually surprised me. It initially started off with him giving his opinion on the recent Game of Thrones scene, and not being very sensitive to the topic at hand, “it’s just a TV show etc. But then a rape survivor shared their experience and he wound up writing this.
I mean, who knows if they “get it” now but at least they realized what was happening and backed off instead of the usual gross confrontations we normally see on threads like this. Anyway, felt compelled to share.