Mail Bag #5

It’s been a big week for Yes Homo! Between my *ahem* controversial review of Stand Still Stay Silent and the somewhat less contentious write-up I did for Computer Love, there’s a lot of new faces around the site. And by “faces” I mean “Google Analytics statistics” but that hardly seems like a neighborly way to put it! Anyway, I’ve gotten some messages, so it’s time for another Mail Bag.

Kataline writes:

Suggestions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey there! So I read through your list of comics, and was surprised to find that a good number of the comics I check up on regularly weren’t listed, so I figured I’d share. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry if you’ve already been clued into these, by the way! I’ll start with some Old Guard-type comics, since your review of Zebra Girl was one of the first that I read. ๐Ÿ™‚

-There’s “Paradigm Shift” by Dirk Tiede, an older comic that started back in the late 90s and is on hiatus at the moment, unfortunately. ๐Ÿ™ The premise and art style are a little strange (especially as a combination) but the storytelling really sets it apart.

-It’s another Old Guard comic, but “Zap!” is definitely worth checking out. It began in 2003, and was created by Chris Layfield and Pascalle Lepas (who has since moved on to “Wilde Life”). The humor is very hit-or-miss at the beginning, and the characters can seem sort of immature, but the years show marked improvement in, well, everything. It all falls into place so perfectly by the end…it’s a favorite of mine, to be sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

-From perusing your reviews, something tells me you’d like “Sister Claire” by Yamino and her wife, Ash. Representation. Representation, everywhere. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s pretty good, with plenty of quirks to keep things interesting throughout the story. It’s not perfect, and I do have my qualms, but by and large, it’s a quality piece of work with an interesting premise that keeps me coming back for more. ๐Ÿ™‚

-“Trying Human” by Emy Bitner is another favorite of mine. I’ve never been a big fan of the traditional alien abduction-type conspiracies, but I couldn’t help falling into this story. Emy’s artwork is beautiful, and (before she began redrawing the first chapters) it was great to watch how her art improved over time. She’s an inspiration of mine, and I always look forward to her updates.

-“Fox Sister” is a really great work by Christina and Jayd. It’s been on hiatus for over a year now, but will (apparently) get back on track soon. Only about 15 to 20 pages until it’s finished off for good! And oh, is it good. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s a nice mix of paranormal mystery, romance, and traditional practices and folklore. It’s set in Korea (Seoul, specifically) in the 1960s. Ahh~~ I’ve said this so much, but again, this is another favorite! I was so disappointed to see the updates stop (and the promises of updates falling through) all throughout the last year, so I’m extremely excited to see this wrapping up! Checking for updates on this one (in my independent study period) is a fond memory of my senior year of high school. You should definitely check this one out! ๐Ÿ˜€

-“Dream*Scar” by Heather Meade is a modern fantasy with a “monsters among us” premise, but it’s a pretty enjoyable read. There are twists and turns, some confusing plot points to be ironed out…it’s not the best comic I’ve ever read, but it’s worth a look. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is another example of evolving artwork, which I personally really enjoy. Heather has come a long way, and it’s been great watching her get to this point.

-And last but not least, there’s “The Dreamer” by Lora Innes is a pretty interesting read. The setting is split between modern and historical, and wow, the revelations going on at the moment are bringing me back on the regular. I do have some issues with it from time to time (certain character archetypes *cough*Bea*cough* tend to annoy me, for one) but overall, it’s definitely a good one. Also, it’s impressive and inspiring to see just how much research Lora put into her story. She worked really hard on it, and it definitely shows. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are all I can remember at the moment, but I hope that you can find at least a few among these that you like, as well! Thank you so much for making this blog, by the way! And your reading list has introduced to comics I might never have found otherwise, but are new favorites. You’ve even reintroduced me to comics I’d lost track of and had completely forgotten about. Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes! -Kat S.

Oh man I really gotta get a character limit on that form.ย Brevity is the soul of wit, readers! That’s a little Oscar Wilde for you – the real one, not the webcomic character.

I briefly mentioned Zap on Memorial Day but I’ll make an effort to check out the others. Thanks for writing, and thanks for reading!


 

Purrs writes:

Suggestions

Two comics for you, if you’re interested. http://selkiecomic.com Selkie is a comic about adoption, adoption-related issues, and a secret species of aquatic humanoids who live in Lake Superior. Unfortunately, all the relationships I can remember being in there are straight (there might be some queer ones I’m not remembering, but that itself would say something about how much weight is given to them). Fortunately, about half of the regular cast are minorities. The titular character’s adopted father was himself adopted, and has a very interracial family. The comic also deals with, to some extent, teenage parenting, bullying, abuse, and special needs. Oh, and a behind-the-scenes fish-person war.

http://skin-horse.com The main cast includes Tip Wilkin, a transvestite psychologist male cisspecies human; Sweetheart, a lesbian(?) sapient female transgenic dog; Nick Zerhakker, a Jewish gamer male transhuman airplane; Moustachio the Thinkonium, an old-fashioned robot; Dr. Virginia Lee, an Asian female cisspecies human who comes about as close as possible to “mad scientist” without actually being one; Gavotte, a sapient swarm of bees; and U.N.I.T.Y., a manic, half-black-half-white, female currently-humanoid necrotic who has started a relationship with a sapient female(?) water cooler named Bubbles. Skin Horse is a government agency that works towards equal rights and proper regulations for nonhumans. They deal with bureaucracy and shady corporations on a basis just as regular as things like lovesick swamps and neglected animatronics. Usually both at once. There’s also something suspicious going on; it’s not entirely clear yet, but it seems like bad news.

Selkie sounds like something worth checking out, but the language you use to describe Skin Horse is kind of uncomfortable!

“Transvestite” is a term that alternately is used against trans women to reduce their identities to a sexual fetish (and in this sense can be considered a slur), or is used to describe cisgender men who get off on wearing “women’s clothing” because of how “wrong” it is. This relies both on cissexist ideas about clothing having an inherent “gender” and transmisogynist ideas of men being abased by adopting femininity. Some people propose the alternative term “cross-dresser” for non-fetish uses, but that too assumes that clothing has a gender. If you want to describe a man who wears dresses sometimes, the best way to do that is really with the phrase “man who wears dresses sometimes”.

Sorry for the lecture! But language is important, and I take harmful words seriously.


JJ writes:

SSSS

Hi, I googled Stand Still, Stay Silent reviews and found your posting. I feel very unpleasant writing to you, because Iโ€™m not sure if you are just trolling? Or are you serious? No homo & Racism in the comic. Really? Just in case you are serious: Iโ€™m guessing that you are not a Scandinavian of origin. So, I like to inform you that over here we donโ€™t suffer from USA type of homophobia nor racism. We donโ€™t put any judgement in fellow citizens sexual orientation, we donโ€™t care about his/her skin colour nor do we interfere with anybodyโ€™s religious believes. We judge every person by their own merits. Sundberg is raised by these values. Maybe you should read her stories again? Where do you read that all coloured people are dead? Where do you in the story read about any persons sexual orientation? (Or is it just you? judging people by their appearence? if so- you should be ashamed for doing so). Can you in SSSS spot any judgemental statements about race, religion or sexual orientation? I bet you canโ€™t! If you choose to hate her comic, feel free to do so! But, please donโ€™t read into her story/ spread on the web your own prejudices about gays and races.

Wow. Wow. Amazing. I’d heard stories, you know? But I never thought I’d actually – I mean – a real live “We Don’t Have Racism Here” in the wild! And it’s the “No You’re Homophobic” variety too, just incredible. This is one for the scrapbook. Nature is amazing.

4 comments on “Mail Bag #5

  1. “Iโ€™m guessing that you are not a Scandinavian of origin. So, I like to inform you that over here we donโ€™t suffer from USA type of homophobia nor racism.”

    Where the fuck do you live where this is possible
    I’m guessing it is a cave possibly in the bottom of the ocean
    Love, a fellow Scandi

  2. Don’t apologize for the lecture – you’re absolutely right. I shouldn’t have used that word. I try, but I make mistakes sometimes… I can’t even think of any times “transvestite” was used in the comic itself. It’s all on me. I’ll be sure to consider my words more carefully in the future, and thank you for reminding me to do so.

    1. Ok so I checked out Skin Horse and it’s frankly full of transmisogynist jokes!

      Get it, because he’s femme, lol.

      So… thanks for the suggestion, but I’m taking a pass.

    2. Oh man this one took me a while to catch on to but this also:

      Ugggghhhhh.

      She’s a Frankenstein creature made of a white person and a black person… named “Unity”. Sort of like how white liberals tell multiracial kids that their existence is symbolic of the end of racism. My eyeballs just fell out from rolling too hard.

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