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No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

If you’re not a gamer, maybe you’re the parent of a gamer and all of us need to do what we can to make our culture safer for everyone.

Thor: My Hero

studioeingana:

Thor #364 was the first comic book I had ever read. It’s the one where Loki turns Thor into a Frog. After that, I was hooked on the Thor series. I have been collecting ever since.

A lot of you may remember a post I made awhile back about being bullied terribly as a child and finding some solace…

This is almost exactly what I have tried to say about the new fem Thor. It took me 2 posts to convey the bullet points of problems and a long explanation about what Thor means to me personally. Still called an anti-feminist & racist for it. Clearly commenter doesn’t know me and all my advocacy at all! Check out amberunmasked.com (Feminism tag)

On Portia De Rossi's UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS: A STORY OF LOSS AND GAIN

Vodka O'Clock 1425 Interviews at Dexcon about D&D 5th Ed.

Nerdy chats at Dexcon about the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Vodka O'Clock 1424 with Erica Schultz and Claire Connelly

The creative team by the whacky Churchill comic book.

Vodka O'Clock 1423 Dexcon news with Avonelle

Important news about the Double Exposure gaming cons in NJ.

PAUL ALLOR ON THE PERILS OF SELF-PUBLISHING

comicssurvivalkit:

Paul Allor wrote one of my favorite recent small press comics, the wonderful ORC GIRL.  Because I know very little about Self-Publishing, I asked friends who have been successful at it for their honest tips, and Paul’s encouraging but sobering words here are absolutely essential. Thanks, Paul!

PAUL (ORC GIRL) ALLOR

Okay, let’s get this out of the way up-front: the subtitle of this post should be “Self-Publishing Advice from a Guy Who’s Lost a Whole Lot of Money Self-Publishing.” If you want to know how to self-publish your comics in an economically viable, financially sustainable way, I’m not your guy. Because frankly, I think that’s nearly impossible, unless you’re an established creator (or a wizard!).

But if you’re looking to self-publish as a way to get your work out there, and start to build a career, then we can talk. I’m going to assume that you already have a script, and the creative team is assembled, and everything is awesome. I’m also assuming that you’re interested in a print comic, not just something web-based. Here are a few (woefully incomplete) thoughts on where you go from there.

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Anonymous said: Pandering to the people who have supported this industry for years is a sure way for this industry to be dead in a few years.> cont: it's not a since of entitlement. It's knowing for a fact that most of the people who keep your comics alive, the people that continue to buy and collect, the people you're alienating and driving away, are comic book people. You really think that saying you don't care about your core customers is the way to keep us loyal?

incogvito:

brevoortformspring:

There’s always one of you guys who’s a sensitive soul and has his feelings hurt when I tell him that he’s not the be-all and end-all of my world.

You make a pretty extreme leap from “Pandering to the people who have supported this industry for years is a sure way for this industry to be dead in a few years ” to “we don’t care about our core customers”. It’s as though if every single thing we do isn’t squarely aimed at you, you’re like a jealousy suitor or something—you go bananas.

Just look at our output. Clearly in excess of 90%, 95% of what we do is aimed at you. But pandering is the point where it all goes over the edge. And also—and let’s be frank about this, you and me, because we’ve both been here a long time—you’ve seen younger days. You’re not going to be around much longer, not in a long-terms sense. You’re going to die.

What we need is a steady influx of new younger readers to continue to come after us when we’re disintegrating in the ground.

And let me ask you: is the guy who started reading the books a year ago, or six months ago, or two weeks ago not a “comic book person”? Were YOU not after that period of time?

If you’ve got $3.99 in your hand, then you’re equal in my eyes.

"You’re going to die."

Tom Breevort…cold as ice!

(But he’s not wrong.)

kurtchristenson:

Kurt “KC” Christenson and Vito DelSante give EXCLUSIVE 
advice about the meaning of the creative process and the importance of sweat equity. They discuss Convention Harassment with cosplayer/blogger/podcaster Amber Love of Amberunmasked.com

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Kurt Christenson
KurtChristenson.tumblr.com
PowerPlayComic.com
KingsCountyComics.com

Vito DelSante
VitoDelSante.com
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@KurtChristenson
@incogvito

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Show note links:

Brian K. Vaughn Panel Syndicate & ExMachina

Brian Wood

Mark Waid Thrillbent

Gorilla Comics & Section Zero

LARPing S.H.A.R.P. Brooklyn Walking Tour

STRAY

The New Gods. It’s complicated.

Comix WellSpring

Vito Delsante Bibliography

Graphic.ly Closes

ComicsFix

Alan Moore dude movie he made

Electricomics

PROMETHEA FOLD OUT POSTERS

Balak’s First Digital Comic

Marvel Infinite Comics

DrySpell

ActionLab Reader

Midnight TIger

APE Entertainment

Molly Danger

Amber Unmasked

HeroesCon Harassment Policy

Everyday Sexism

Princess UGG

Erica Schulz’s M3

Kelly Sue Deconnick

Janelle Asselin

Greg Horn Catwoman

I had the pleasure of being on a brand new comics podcast hosted by my friends Vito and Kurt. I joined them about an hour into their program to talk about sexism issues in comics and cosplay. It’s a big subject to cover so we hit the basics.

onipress:

PRINCESS UGG gets praise you rarely see in comic reviews: applause for strong, multi-dimensional female characters.
Order issue #2 by MONDAY. Diamond Code: MAY141500 
“PRINCESS UGG quickly reveals itself as a princess story that hits all our favorite points about princess stories without falling into the saccharine pit of fluffy birds and mice that do your bidding and waiting for your prince to come rescue you.” – Jaydot Sloane, The Mary Sue
“PRINCESS UGG by Ted Naifeh & colored by Warren Wucinich is the sort of fairy tale that hits you from page one and keeps on rolling with its spectacular art, uniquely powerful female characters of diverse backgrounds and ages, and design that lends itself to the eyes floating over pages of a glorious wonderland presented to the reader. Simply stunning.” – Amber Unmasked
"This is some of Naifeh’s best work to date.” – Aaron Duran, Newsarama
"Naifeh receives a lot of credit for writing strong female characters, but really he writes strong characters that happen to be female." – Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards
"This series is the epitome of everything I want in a comic. First off, a female protagonist that’s strong and secondly a premise that’s original and interesting regarding its base values. The added benefit of good art and funny moments only knocks this puppy out of the park." – David Brooke, Adventures in Poor Taste
"…a great comic for younger female readers." – Josh Reifler, Rhymes With Geek
"I love it. I cant wait to see what they do with this story. The fact that Priness Ülga leaves a trail of destruction behind her– and does not seem to even notice–is a little different than the Disney Princess Trope…" – jo0olia, Graphic Policy
"Mr. Naifeh shows that a character can be defined not only by her abilities on the battlefield, but the recognition that being smart is just as important." – Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers
"while Princess Ugg is definitely more relatable to the younger female crowd, I would like to point that it’s enjoyable for any gender or age – Svetlana Fedotov, Brutal as Hell
"High action, exotic lands, awkward friend making, the works!" – Svetlana Fedotov, Brutal as Hell 
"Princess Ugg may be the fairytale princess story I have been waiting for my entire life… I’m all in and can’t wait to become a Princess along with Ulga." – Casey Walsh, Geeks With Wives

I’m quoted with good reason - I love this comic!

onipress:

PRINCESS UGG gets praise you rarely see in comic reviews: applause for strong, multi-dimensional female characters.

Order issue #2 by MONDAY. Diamond Code: MAY141500 

PRINCESS UGG quickly reveals itself as a princess story that hits all our favorite points about princess stories without falling into the saccharine pit of fluffy birds and mice that do your bidding and waiting for your prince to come rescue you.” – Jaydot Sloane, The Mary Sue

PRINCESS UGG by Ted Naifeh & colored by Warren Wucinich is the sort of fairy tale that hits you from page one and keeps on rolling with its spectacular art, uniquely powerful female characters of diverse backgrounds and ages, and design that lends itself to the eyes floating over pages of a glorious wonderland presented to the reader. Simply stunning.” – Amber Unmasked

"This is some of Naifeh’s best work to date.” – Aaron Duran, Newsarama

"Naifeh receives a lot of credit for writing strong female characters, but really he writes strong characters that happen to be female." – Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards

"This series is the epitome of everything I want in a comic. First off, a female protagonist that’s strong and secondly a premise that’s original and interesting regarding its base values. The added benefit of good art and funny moments only knocks this puppy out of the park." – David Brooke, Adventures in Poor Taste

"…a great comic for younger female readers." – Josh Reifler, Rhymes With Geek

"I love it. I cant wait to see what they do with this story. The fact that Priness Ülga leaves a trail of destruction behind her– and does not seem to even notice–is a little different than the Disney Princess Trope…" – jo0olia, Graphic Policy

"Mr. Naifeh shows that a character can be defined not only by her abilities on the battlefield, but the recognition that being smart is just as important." – Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers

"while Princess Ugg is definitely more relatable to the younger female crowd, I would like to point that it’s enjoyable for any gender or age – Svetlana Fedotov, Brutal as Hell

"High action, exotic lands, awkward friend making, the works!" – Svetlana Fedotov, Brutal as Hell 

"Princess Ugg may be the fairytale princess story I have been waiting for my entire life… I’m all in and can’t wait to become a Princess along with Ulga." – Casey Walsh, Geeks With Wives

I’m quoted with good reason - I love this comic!