THE POSTERCHILDREN: ORIGINS
by Kitty Burroughs, aka quipquipquip
The Posterchildren: Origins, or TPC for short, is a self-published novel featuring a diverse cast of teenagers with superpowers. The book includes in its main cast Arab, Latin@, bi/pansexual, lesbian, and asexual characters, as well as characters with mental illnesses and learning disabilities. Many minor characters are highlighted in the Timely Tales, short stories released regularly, to flesh out this rapidly expanding world. TPC is proof that a book can feature minority characters without making the plot revolve around that minority status. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Kitty about her work on TPC, and she has graciously agreed to let me share the transcript of our conversation for you all to read. Interviewing along with me is budding writer Renee Rhodes, raedeanne on tumblr.
(My questions will be in bold, Renee’s in italics, and Kitty’s response in unbold. Questions and responses may be edited for clarity.)
DD > Didio
Why I will always love Marvel vs DC
um, I really don’t want anybody to think that I intended this as a Marvel vs DC thing. I just felt that this Daredevil scene was a perfect encapsulation of why Dan Didio’s “heroes aren’t allowed to be happy” line is utter bullshit.
I think Marvel vs DC posts are frequently simplistic, tending to overlook the problematic (and sometimes downright shitty) stuff that Marvel’s done as well asthe positive (and sometimes downright awesome) things that DC has done.
I love both the DC and Marvel universes. And while I may be reading more Marvel books at the moment, having been driven away from current DC publications by the New 52 and drawn to Marvel by new female-led offerings like Ms Marvel and She-Hulk— there are also things going on with Marvel that make me want to tear my hair out. Haden Blackman’s first Elektra arc was appallingly racist. I’m discomforted by the decision to put the porn-tracing Greg Land on Spider-Woman’s new solo series and unsettled by the backlash against criticisms of Milo Manara’s ultra-sexualised cover.
Both publishers are putting out some quality books at the moment. And both of them are putting out some deeply problematic stuff that is deserving of criticism.
And it’s fine to prefer one over the other and to share your love of their comics and movies. But when you reduce it to a “LOLOL ON YOUR LEFT DC” punchline, as Marvel vs DC posts tend to do, you’re ignoring half the problem.
I don’t think that Marvel is better than DC — or that DC is better than Marvel, for that matter.
I do think that Dan Didio is a douche and that DC editorial’s attitude of “heroes can’t have happy personal lives” is ignorant, offensive and stupid.
I gotta get the hell out of Los Angeles.
mythology meme: [3/3] mythical rulers
↳ romulus and remus of alba longa
Twin sons of Mars and Rhea Silvia, they were nursed by a she-wolf as infants and raised by a simple shepherd and his wife. Once they reached adulthood, they helped overthrow the false king of Alba Longa. Rather than press their own claim to the throne, however, they decided to restore the rightful king, and found a new city of their own. A disagreement arose, concerning the location of this new city; the brothers fought and Remus was killed. Romulus founded Rome and brought it glory, but as the years passed he became increasingly autocratic, and in the end either disappeared, ascended to the heavens to become a god in his own right, or was killed by the Senate, depending on the particular version of the myth.
Who do I need to
kidnap talk to over at Marvel to make a Miss America series?
I just want a miniseries or something real bad :(
Sensational She-Hulk #5, 1989