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Danni’s practically giddy about Captain Marvel joining up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. What books are you reading?



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Character: Belle

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

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After "Don't rape" and "Don't threaten rape" what's the best way for men to improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom?



Okay, look: “Don’t rape” and “don’t threaten rape” are pinpoint-specific parts of social compact, also known as “the bare minimum expectations for getting to be part of society.”

These are things that should be taken as a given. Don’t hold up ”don’t rape” and “don’t threaten rape” like they are gifts.

I mean, don’t do those things, and deter others from doing them, and talk about all of this, but, fuck, man.


The best way men can improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom is to do their damnedest to shift the balance of power. Geek dudes—especially white geek dudes—you have something the ladies do not: you have a platform from which to speak about issues of justice with relative impunity. Use it. Better yet, share it with or give it to someone who does not have that privilege.

Are you a pro on a panel that’s all white dudes? Give up your seat to a woman of color. Encourage other panelists to do the same. Straight-up refuse to be part of panels that do not work toward equal representation. Hold speaker and guest lists at cons to the same standard. And talk about what you are doing, and why.

If you are in a position that gives you hiring power, hire women—especially into positions where they will have power, not just low-level editorial and work-for-hire gigs. Actively seek and use the input of women, and go out of your way to make really damn sure they’re credited for those contributions

Seek and vocally advocate for works by and about women, for female-friendly and generally diversity-friendly publishers, retailers, and fan communities. When someone does shit right, vote with your dollars and spread the word. When someone fucks up, call them out, and—if there’s any real potential for it and you’ve got the capacity—offer them impetus for and tools to change.

Buy girl books. Buy books with pink covers, and read them in public. Break down the box of geek masculinity, and live the geek culture you want to see and be part of. Subvert everything.

Meanwhile: Hold other men accountable. Don’t tell rape jokes. Call out bullshit.

And respect the anger of those of us who have been consistently marginalized. If you want to be an ally in this fight, recognize that the fight is not about you: sometimes solidarity means giving other people space to be frustrated and angry at a system from which you directly benefit, and sometimes that means that they will, by extension, be angry at you—and that this, along with everything else, means *that system* is your common enemy.

Speaking of systems: Educate yourself. Read How to Suppress Women’s Writing and call that shit out. Understand that in this fight, your voice is generally considered to mean more than mine. Fight that inequality as hard as you can—but meanwhile, while you’ve got that platform, use it.

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This video discusses the controversy around the rape of the male protagonist in “Invincible #110” by a woman. The release of the issue has caused a flurry of discussion in topics ranging from the validity of rape as a storytelling device to the right of a writer to write about it without experiencing it. What do you think?



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The choice for this weeks Follow Friday Feature was always going to be a simple choice for our team. Anyone who’s been following our work will know that our team are all fans of Amanda Dawn Cosplay. Amanda recently won the Best Female Hero in the Costume contest at the 2014 Wizard World Louisville convention and in honor of that achievement, we’re naming her this weeks FFF!

Whether its being the commanding the respect of a khaleesi or handing out fatalities, there is no task too small for this epic cosplayer from Kentucky. Not only is she a perfect Merida but she’s an adorable Ariel. We had the impossible task of trying to pick out a sample of her cosplays and trust us, there are far more to see over at her Facebook page.

If you have access to any of the following social media, then we highly recommend you give Amanda your support and send her a like, follow or even just a simple message of support. Much like the rest of us, the Initiative team has loved the work of this cosplayer and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store!


1 - Daenerys: Photo by Kacey Slone 
2 - Weird Girl: Photo by More Love 
3 - Arwen: Photo by Abby Brechner 
4 - Kitana: Photo by Abby Brechner
5 - Merida: Photo by Kacey Slone 
6 - Ariel: Photo by Abby Brechner
7 - Kitana: Photo by Abby Brechner
8 - Merida: Photo by Kacey Slone
9 - Ariel: Photo by Abby Brechner
10 - Daenerys: Photo by Kacey Slone


"Strong is the New Pretty" is a new photo series by Kate Parker which shows her two daughters and their friends "just as they are: loud, athletic, fearless, messy, joyous, frustrated. I wanted to celebrate them, just as they are, and show them that is enough.  Being pretty or perfect is not important. Being who they are is."

Photos by Kate T. Parker.

These are perfect!

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Brian why does it seem that there is such hostility towards woman creators in the comic industry?



Because no matter what we do there will always be unevolved cowards among us. and the anonymity of the Internet brings out some people’s worst instincts.

  please read my words carefully… I said some people. and its only some people. but those people seem really awful.

 truthfully, it is not just female creators. a lot of people take weird, hateful shit from weird people.  truthfully, honestly, a lot of us get showered with lovely thoughts all day as well but the sickening stuff stands out because… it just does.

but I think that all of us would hope that we would have gotten to a place as a society where our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives could go on the Internet without having to worry about being called a whore for having an opinion.

 I think what rattles most of us in the comic book community is the fact that someone could read a bunch of comic books, with very specific, simple moral themes with highly moral characters, fighting the fight for good, and COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT.

 you know what Capt. America would never do? he would never go on the Internet anonymously and slam anyone.

the point of the stories, the good ones :-), is to show us what we could be. not to waddle around in the minutia of comic book science but to enjoy a world were someone is fighting the good fight.  a world we hope we could live in one day.

 just because you are posting anonymously doesn’t mean that those thoughts are not yours.  it is not role-play, it is not a character, that is who you really are.  that is the energy you are putting out in the world. this isn’t some mask you are hiding behind… this is who you REALLY ARE.

and if who you really are is a bully, anonymous or not, I truly feel bad for you. I really do. I feel bad that you’re hurting so badly that you think you need to do this.  

but there is NO excuse to attempt to punish others under the cloak of anonymous. none. 

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