Mail Bag #10

Ahh, it’s good to be back. I got a ton of nice and supportive messages and comments during my 6-week hiatus – and comic recs, of course – and I won’t lie, they helped. I love you guys! Let’s share the love.

D writes:

Some comics

Hello, this is random but I read a crap ton of comics, so I figured I would drop a couple your way! These are a couple you may like! Minor Acts of Heroism – we little superheros, complete with lgbqt adults too. One of my favorite webcomics. The Hues: Post-apocalyptic magical girls with a diverse cast. Monsterkind: Not sure what’s going on yet but it’s really sweet so far. Have a nice day 🙂

Thanks, D! I already read The Hues and Monsterkind, but Minor Acts of Heroism is new to me. I’ll check it out!


Seoung writes:

Review Request

Sorry to be sending this right as you go on hiatus, but I was wondering if you had any thoughts on “As The Crow Flies.” I always see it on lists of queer comics but something about it left a bad taste in my mouth. I haven’t been able to exactly put my finger on it. Thanks for your work, love the blog!

I’ve actually really enjoyed ATCF. I had some trepidation at first about a white author trying to handle a story that’s largely about racism, but I think Melanie Gilman has created a compelling and genuine work that is remarkably nuanced. If you ever put your finger on your criticisms, though, I’d love to hear them!


Miranda writes:

First Star Trek fan comic with a number of LGBT main characters

Just wanted to point you to Star Trek: The Webcomic. The characters and settings change with each episode and two out of four of the episodes have starred LGBT characters. That being said, these stories aren’t LGBT themed. They are just stories with LGBT characters in them. The comic is here: http://www.trekcomic.com and the two stories are “No Good Deed” and “Peace in Our Time”. Enjoy your Hiatus!!!

Thanks for this recommendation! I did check it out, and found myself sucked in – it’s a great fanwork, capturing the tone and feel of the original series while expanding on it in positive ways. Well, mostly positive. I have some issues with it, but I’ll hold onto them for the review.


Another Anon writes:

Thank you!

(Oh dear, I hope I’m sending this in the right way! Apologies if I’ve somehow messed it up.) I really just wanted to thank you so much for your reviews! I found Yes Homo from the SSSS review, actually- I was madly in love with SSSS at the time. But reading your review not only revealed to me that, wow, there’s absolutely no POC in this comic, but also that I hadn’t even noticed it before, which was a shock to me as a POC kid. It was like a massive wake-up slap- and I seriously could not thank you enough for it. (Also it revealed a metric ton of racist and sexist sentiment in the fandom and hahaha oh man i’m not gonna vent about it, that’d take aaaaages) Yes Homo is so important to me, because it not only gives good criticism and praise for webcomics across the internet, but it’s made it crystal-clear that internalised racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other such terrible values engrained in societies can cause people to miss glaringly obvious issues in webcomics. And, it’s personally helped me a ton with interpretation and critical thinking about mass media in general, not just webcomics! :9 I’m so glad you decided to create this review site- you are giving people the tools to notice the problems of our world, and the courage to make conscious efforts to change. You’re doing such an amazing thing, and we love you lots for it. 🙂 I hope you are feeling better soon! Take as much time as you need to rest. <3

Oh my gosh? This is the sweetest thing, I’m tearing up a little. I’m so glad you find my work so positive; as a writer that’s the most and best I can hope for. That’s what makes me feel successful. Thank you for sharing that with me.


 

There’s more, but I don’t want this to get too long, so I’ll post the rest later this week. As always, thanks for reading, friends!

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