Seriously, everyone. If you have a younger brother or cousin or what have you really into the gamer scene right now, make sure they aren’t getting swept up in the whole GamerGate mania right now.

There’s a horrifying lack of empathy brewing in the corners of the internet, and it’s riling people up who feel like they’re part of a community that’s being attacked. The thing is, the perceived “attackers” are people who care so much about being a part of that community, they want to make it better. They want to make it bigger, so that people of all genders and races and sexualities can take part in it and enjoy in it all together.

By buying into the fear of inclusion, they’re developing deep-seated anger towards women (in particular with this current round of fighting), that they could carry for their entire lives.

Talk to them. Make them feel stupid for a minute, and make them see that they have to be better people. Or, if they’re totally already on the right path, use the fact that you’re older and they look up to you to show them that they are awesome for standing against the tide and thinking for themselves.

This shit is important.

Anonymous said: Please don't make Coulson gay because you can. He was created straight and written straight in Battle Scars.

aleskot:

Look, no-one said I was or wasn’t writing Coulson in Secret Avengers as gay. One beautiful thing about fiction is that we fill it with our own meanings. For example: was Coulson really created and written straight, instead of, let’s say, bisexual? How do you even do that unless you explicitly identify him as straight and choose to believe the character is telling the truth? You see my point? In case you don’t: fiction is infinitely malleable. There is no certainty, and there is no certainty in the universe, except perhaps change. 

I sense a certain dose of entitlement in your request — which, by the way, says a lot about you and nothing about the fiction you consume. I don’t react to entitlement well, but I am transforming my initial reaction into something positive here, and perhaps you’ll use that as a guiding light for yourself, too. Perhaps the question you want to ask yourself is, “Why am I so hung up on my perception of a fictional character’s theoretically heterosexual identity, and does me being hung up on it have anything to do with my possible uncertainty regarding my own sexual identity?”

It might. It might not. U-decide.

thechrishaley:

Here I have drawn TINA BELCHER VS. THE UNIVERSE for someone who donated to our #PlayLive charity video game event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Today is our final day of live-streaming for charity and we’ll be doing an EXTRA-LONG FINALE EDITION with the DC Comics based INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US LIVE today starting at 2PM Central!

www.twitch.tv/cooptonauts
Watch me be bad at video games, talk about comics and cartoons, get some original art, AND help sick kids!
Also, help us spread the word with a reblog or RT if you’re into helping sick kids!
(Prints of this are available at Etsy.
Other stuff with this on it is available at RedBubble.)

thechrishaley:

Here I have drawn TINA BELCHER VS. THE UNIVERSE for someone who donated to our #PlayLive charity video game event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Today is our final day of live-streaming for charity and we’ll be doing an EXTRA-LONG FINALE EDITION with the DC Comics based INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US LIVE today starting at 2PM Central!

www.twitch.tv/cooptonauts

Watch me be bad at video games, talk about comics and cartoons, get some original art, AND help sick kids!

Also, help us spread the word with a reblog or RT if you’re into helping sick kids!

(Prints of this are available at Etsy.

Other stuff with this on it is available at RedBubble.)

comicsalliance:

REVIVAL, REINVENTION, RESURRECTION: THE POWER OF GREAT SUPERHERO COSTUME DESIGN
By Andrew Wheeler
We live in a time of awesome superhero costumes in comics. The rise and rise of cosplay culture, the emergence of comic artists with a savvy understanding of fashion, and the slow diversification that’s making heroes palatable to a broader audience, have all contributed to a costuming culture with more to offer than capes and pants.
Superhero costumes have always been an asset to the industry, because iconography helps establish character and create a brand. But the value of costumes in reaching audiences and reinventing characters seems to be recognized now as never before, leading to the rise of artist-designers like Jamie McKelvie and Kris Anka, who don’t even need to be on a particular book in order to be called in to make-over the characters. This is a great leap forward in understanding just what a good costume can do — and the special skills required to do it.
READ MORE

comicsalliance:

REVIVAL, REINVENTION, RESURRECTION: THE POWER OF GREAT SUPERHERO COSTUME DESIGN

By Andrew Wheeler

We live in a time of awesome superhero costumes in comics. The rise and rise of cosplay culture, the emergence of comic artists with a savvy understanding of fashion, and the slow diversification that’s making heroes palatable to a broader audience, have all contributed to a costuming culture with more to offer than capes and pants.

Superhero costumes have always been an asset to the industry, because iconography helps establish character and create a brand. But the value of costumes in reaching audiences and reinventing characters seems to be recognized now as never before, leading to the rise of artist-designers like Jamie McKelvie and Kris Anka, who don’t even need to be on a particular book in order to be called in to make-over the characters. This is a great leap forward in understanding just what a good costume can do — and the special skills required to do it.

READ MORE

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And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)

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sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

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I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don’t have names.
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I am James Tynion IV.

I write BATMAN ETERNAL for DC Comics, THE WOODS for Boom! Studios, and THE EIGHTH SEAL and THE HOUSE IN THE WALL for Thrillbent!

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