So, time for a list! In this case, my favorite indy queer comics. (Excluding porn, which gets its own list.) To simplify things for myself, I'm putting in some provisos: only one title per author, only series that are either complete or which I am sure will finish, only shit I own/read regularly, and only titles that are still legally findable. Anyway, in no particular order here they are! I hope other folks enjoy them and check them out!
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Okay, those of you who’ve known me a while know that I really like golem legends, specifically the Golem of Prague. (I actually have a wee tiny clay golem from Prague who sits atop a compass and watches me work at my desk. I call him Yossele.)
One thing that really bugged me, though, was that a lot of the pop culture images of the Golem of Prague (including my teeny Yossele) show cracks across his chest, held together with rivets, like so. And I couldn’t figure out where that design quirk came from!
It’s not in any of the legends. (And I’ve read a LOT of renditions of the Golem of Prague legends, I have FOUR books with him in it.) It’s not in the 1915-1920 silent movie series. (There, the Golem looks like this.) It was driving me crazy!
Well, today I found out where the golem’s rivets come from. It’s from a 1951 movie, totally unheard of in the states, called The Emperor’s Baker. (Well, it’s two short movies shown together, the Emperor’s Baker and the Baker’s Emperor.) It’s a freaking comedy, of all things. It’s mostly about an emperor and a baker switching places, but the golem has a minor role in it, and there, he looks like this. The cracks, the rivets, the only vaguely humanoid shape, it’s all there!
The Emperor’s Baker was a total nonentity in the states, but it was a BIG hit in its native Czechoslovakia--where, of course, the legend originated. That movie seems to be pretty much singlehandedly responsible for how every person in Prague envisioned the golem forever after... and of course, they were the ones making most golem memorabilia, including mine.
So yeah, this random movie I’d never heard of (but now want to see) is responsible for the golem’s design forever after! That’s so cool!
And I’m so glad to finally know where it comes from. Drove me crazy!
Things I’ve read recently:
- Col Williams’s I Love My Hair, Dysphoric Thoughts, and Remove the Knife and the Scar Still Remains. Little black and white ziney comics; I think the hair one is my favorite. Totally recommend. (they’re @colsart on tumblr)
- Food Porn from Filthy Figments. It’s a big bunch of queer porn comics AND a cookbook, so basically everything Mac and Biff ever wanted from a book. It might possibly be my favorite anthology, though duking it out with Queerotica. Thanks to @our-witching for it!
- Horny Tails and The Pound #1 from Richard Moore. This was a weird nostalgia thing; we were really into Richard Moore’s non-adult work back in high school, and as an adult, I figured I’d try out his adult work. It’s okay. Still love his inks more than the actual stories.
- Integration is a Bitch! by Tom Floyd. Awesome example of education through comics and humor from 1970 about racial integration in the workplace. Really wish I knew more about the publishing history!
- Fire Dancer, by Ann Maxwell. Old nostalgia read; our copy has now been literally read to pieces. Old sci-fi pulpy romance from the early 80s. We imprinted on it as a wee middle schooler.
I found a comic in the free library with the best title: Integration is a Bitch!
Of course I got it.
(It’s not about multiplicity at all, by the way. It’s a gag/educational comic from 1969 about being a black white-collar worker. It’s been posted in its entirety on tumblr here, though I DO recommend hitting the archive and reading in chronological order. It's quite good!)
Craft fair ACHIEVED!
To celebrate, I bought a couple bargain-bin gay golem romance novellas. Today, I have made too much money to feel shame for my purchases!
Seriously, thank god for Boomerang’s. We are slowly but surely getting our hands on all the nostalgic classics of our youth. Yesterday, Mori got her hands on Robin McKinley’s Beauty, and I’m sure if we wait long enough, we’ll get our hands on Susan Wilson’s novel of the same title and theme too.
Wee Tiny Us had better taste than expected.
Does anyone remember this episode? Do any of you remember which one it was? It turns out that that gimmick is nigh-unGoogleable, and it's driving me crazy!
Because Calamus Bookstore (the last gay bookstore in Boston) is shutting down for good, us and roomie went to ransack its bones and buy all the queer stuff we could get our little hands on.
I did not have much luck in traditional books, but I did have a pretty neat haul! I got some leather pride flag stickers, found a tiny trans pride flag lapel pin, some old gay mags (worse comes to worse, Sneak can chop them up for zer craft projects), but that is not the crown jewel of my haul! I found a really cool surprise hidden in there!
For some reason, I found a copy of Oni Comics/Rosy Press’s Fresh Romance! The thing was, it wasn’t a book. It looked like all the pages in proof form, just printed out (at very high quality) on ordinary paper, held together with brads. No cover or anything, just... a pre-book, as it were.
And I got it for like $6! Dang right I nabbed that sucker! And it was really awesome and cute and I’m so glad I was able to get all this stuff for less than $20 altogether.
Goodbye Calamus. You were a great shop. :(
I've already added a bunch of my cartoonist buddies; add yours, and also explore to find more comics that you want to read! This thing might look old-fashioned, but it's got images, demographic information, and lots of links. A true labor of love.
Rogan: Just finished watching the first season of Cleverman with our roommate. Man, that show is INTENSE, and relentlessly paced, but great! Uber-glad we watched it, dying for another season because it ended on a cliffhanger.
Mori: Also, Biff actually paid attention while it was on. Usually he can’t give less of a shit about any kind of fiction. It’s all science and history shows with him. (And cooking. Dude fucking loves cooking shows.) I’m starting to think it’s not the fiction that bugs him, it’s how white and unrelatable it is to him. Stuff to check out!
Lately we've been watching 'Murder, She Wrote' with our roommate and her girlfriend. And I've realized: the main character is basically the kind of person I'd like to be.
Jessica Fletcher has all the money she needs, but lives in her humble home because she likes it. She has lots of people she cares about and who care about her, and she helps makes their lives better. She's active socially and physically, taking her little morning jogs, interacting with people, and while she's experienced loss and grief because she's a widow, she's a generally happy person.
She's also a NICE person; even when people are nasty to her, she's never nasty back. At the same time, though, she's a whiz at standing her ground. People dismiss her, insult her, and even threaten her, but while she's always polite and never cruel, she's really hard to push around.
I want to be Jessica Fletcher when I grow up.
- A crossover between Return to Oz and American McGee’s Alice. (At the top because oh my god, does Gigi want this.)
- An Avatar: The Last Airbender fic focusing on the rules and games of Earth Rumble.
- A different Avatar: The Last Airbender fic where Zuko and Iroh live peaceably in Ba Sing Se, Iroh stays with his tea shop, and Zuko has to come to terms with being a nobody.
- A fic where Coraline grows up to be a paranormal detective. (Optional: her detective agency also has Wybie, Nina Tanleven from Bruce Coville’s work, or the Dead Boy Detectives.)
- A shipperfic where Thursday Next gets together with Spike Stoker.
- A crossover where Sasha Miller’s Ladylord is early history for the Avatar-verse.
I like Loved a lot, but I'll warn you, it IS a creepy, possibly upsetting game, so I'll put warnings in a spoiler, for people who would rather be prepared beforehand. (Though I think the game is better just being tossed in, myself. <.< But you might not agree.)
You should totally check this game out.
I've been fiddling with this for ages, but so far, the only way to make it stop that we've found is to go into the task manager and kill the process directly, which also ruins all of our computer's audio! Soooooo annoying. And even more annoying is that I haven't found a way to actually find out what that svchost.exe is actually DOING--it's a generic process name that could be doing practically anything. It could be malware... or it could be some stupid issue with Microsoft Update.
I've been noodling with it, scanning, installing updates, and no malware found and no solution reached. AUGH COMPUTER WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME.
Make at least one of the men have a tortured past, which makes their douchery to everyone around them seem dramatic and reasonable. Make at least one of his parents abusive. Have at least one of them cry and express a feeling besides happiness or rage.
Have at most, one female character with anything to do. Make sure she does not impinge or steal the spotlight from the pretty white boys, but still around enough that the female audience is mollified.
Also have Benedict Cumberbatch.
There is this absurd idea that women have never had any significant part in video games, except as eye-candy for the always-male player. Obviously this is nonsense or they would know and worship the great names of Roberta Williams and Kim Swift, but I digress. In light of the misconception, we're listing games where you can play (A) a female character, who (B) has her own plot arc, and (C) isn't sexualized. Because non-sexualized female characters are not new. In fact, they've been in games since the very beginning, games that were popular, well-designed, and critically acclaimed, and I've tired of obnoxious trolls claiming otherwise.
If you'd like any more information about any of these games, ask us; we own/ed or play/ed most of them. Alternately, tell us more games so we can add to this list! We haven't gamed much since 2000, so we're out of date!
The list so far, in chronological order:
- Below the Root (1984)
- hack103 (1985)
- Metroid (1986)
- King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (1988)
- Laura Bow: The Colonel's Bequest (1989)
- Laura Bow: The Dagger of Amon Ra (1992)
- Unlimited Adventures (1993)
- Day of the Tentacle (1993)
- Realmz (1994)
- King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (1994)
- Exile I: Escape From the Pit (1995)
- Exile II: Crystal Souls (1996)
- Jet Moto 2 (1997)
- Exile III: Ruined World (1997)
- Blades of Exile (1997)
- Crash Team Racing (Coco Bandicoot) (1999)
- American McGee's Alice (Alice) (2000)
- Portal (2007)
- Mirror's Edge (2007)
- Portal 2 (2011)
- American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns (2011)
- Beyond Good an Evil (2011)
Interestingly enough, of the eleven games we ourselves knew, three are games without real villains (you race against other people, or time, or the villain's gender is unstated), four have female villains, and three have male villains. (Laura Bow, we don't know who the true villains are yet; don't spoil us!) It's not only a much more balanced gender in player, but in villain as well.
What about you? Can you add to the list?