Captain Marvel #6

I’ve been compromised.

Paging weinersoldier!

In October 2013, at NYCC, I posed a question about queer ladies in comics at the Ladies of Marvel panel.  Frankly, I wanted to know where our Batwoman was, and what was taking so damned long for comics to catch up to what our world looks like now.  I wanted to know how long I had to wait before comics started looking even a little bit more like me.

I had the chance to speak with Kelly Sue DeConnick later that day, following another panel, and it was beyond words to hear from her that my question had resonated with her.  She told me then that she knew she could do better, that comics could do better, and she wanted me to know that she was doing her best to try.  It was an emotional conversation, for many reasons, but the takeaway for me was that she listened.  I have spent so much time asking for things from my comics, supporting and loving a media that hasn’t always been friendly to me or people like me, and she listened.  She took my words to heart, and for the very first time ever I felt a tiny bit of vindication, like my words mattered.  It was so refreshing.

When I went to Kelly Sue’s table at HeroesCon, I was amazed that she remembered me - I mean, I’d been an emotional wreck, but that much? Sheesh - but she did.  She remembered me, she remembered my words, and she told me about this, about what was coming.  About Jackie and Pud, about how she had taken my words to heart. 

And so - it’s emotional for me to see this.  It’s indescribable to see this, something I’d asked for, show up on-panel in one of my favorite books.   Every small step feels like a marathon, and this?  This feels amazing.

This is why representation matters.  This is why it’s important to keep pushing, keep asking for more, keep making your voice heard above the din and the bullshit and the ignorance.

Because there are people who listen.  They’re few and far between (or it feels like it, sometimes) but they’re there.  And today, that is all that matters.

That and the giant smile on my face (with a few tears!).

Thanks, kellysue.  Thank you so, so much.  Thank you for being the baddest-ass lady I know.

(P.S. - Pud is the cutest, I couldn’t have asked for a more adorable alien lady doppelganger.)

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Two border guards, one Pakistani and the other Chinese, at Khunjerab Pass. (via Imgur)

Someone write me this forbidden romance novel.



Two border guards, one Pakistani and the other Chinese, at Khunjerab Pass. (via Imgur)

Someone write me this forbidden romance novel.

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When doctors stick their fists into the chest cavities of human beings, they leave something behind, some sadness that glues itself to the insides of the operated ribs. It is as if your heart knows it has been exposed to the sky and it is mourning the loss of light. It grows dark when they break you open.

For some reason, you know the call is coming before it does. He says it’s over between you and him and you thought you were ready for it but instead you find yourself shaking and sobbing with the same nauseous out-of-control feeling as when you were seven and spun over your handlebars and hit your head against the concrete. His words are a high-speed collision without a helmet.

This is what it feels like when you put the phone down: it feels as if you are lying with cold feet on the crinkled paper of a hospital table and there is an ongoing surgery occurring without anesthesia. Every doctor has his face. You picture the small moments that are being carefully plucked from your sternum - no more quiet moments while you sort clean clothing, no more ice cream trips at two in the morning, no more waking up before him to see the sun shift through his eyelashes, no more summer days with bare legs tangled on beaches, no more kissing him, no more curling up near him, no more him.

And you hate that you want it all back, that you would take everything you have and trade it for another chance to feel him beside you. You are not someone’s princess and you never were. Your mother did not raise you with a wolf in your chest so you could howl over losing a man.

But here you are, open-heart operation in progress while he cleanly snips out his connection to you. That’s it. No more future.

He leaves you there, bones bent back to make room for the hole he has punched in you. You are the one in charge of your recovery, but you have shaky hands and there aren’t enough band-aids for a hurt like this. Every time you make a peanutbutter sandwich or listen to your favorite music or stare up at the ceiling, you remember him and the stitches come undone again.

And your friends grow weary of hearing your story and hearing how you called him drunk and hearing how you hate him and hearing how you love him in an almost impossibly unending way and hearing how you’ll never be the same and hearing how you’re feeling better really and hearing how you’re back in the same sad space and your mouth grows wearing of saying his name like each letter was a prison wall and

one day you don’t speak of him at all. You carry the scar but you no longer flinch when the sharpness of this world brushes against your chest. You are wolf, and you might be wounded, but one day you will get over it.

You are still waiting for when that moment hits.


Soft dies the light (part two) /// r.i.d

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Anonymous said: hi, i'm sorry if this has been asked but in your powerpoint you said that the tumblr sj community is guilty of antisemitism. what kind of things has it done? also, i love your blog!


I’ll take this one since I’m the blog’s resident Jew.  Oy vey, where do I start…

  • SJ community loves to police Jewish identity and silence actual Jews when they talk about their own identities.  This usually happens in context of either “Are Jews White?” or “Jewishness is just a religion” conversations.  In reality, Jews are an ethnoreligious group that ethnically originated in the middle east, and while some ethnic Jews have light skin, it’s actually due to centuries of forced assimilation in European and Slavic countries through rape, which is a big reason why Jewishness is matrilineal.  Furthermore, there exist Jews who do not look white at all.  There are black, brown, and asian Jews who are all ethnically Jewish, and these conversations erase them.
  • "Jewish privilege".  Fact: It’s not a thing.  It’s actually a very common anti-semitic trope that says that Jews run everything so they are not oppressed.  Jews are oppressed, and face anti-semitic violence.
  • "Anti-semitism is not just about Jews, there are other semitic people." While yea, there are other semitic people, the term "anti-semitism" was created by Germans in the 19th century to refer specifically to the hatred of Jews because it sounded more scientific.
  • Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel.  I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting.  Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism.  
  • Finally, and this is a big pet peeve of mine.  The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews.  Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe. 

That’s enough for now.  If you’re interested in learning more about Jewish identity and anti-semitism, you are welcome to check out my personal blog: yochevedke.  I discuss that stuff a lot.  


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I can’t wait until December when I will pop on my favorite sweater, pour a nice big mug of cocoa, assemble a big plate of cookies, ignore the weeping of my friends and family who haven’t seen me in a month and can’t believe that I have finally emerged, and return to my sequestered existence where I will still be playing Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Fuckin goobs


Fuckin goobs

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15 Day Dragon Age Graphics Challenge

Day 2: Make a graphic of your favourite team.

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I live for this woman!

I left you a transparent one, If you like that sort of thing.

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Practice piece for a full illustration I’m planning. Completely in love with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s interpretation of The Morrigan in The Wicked + The Divine - everyone should be reading this book. Everyone.


Practice piece for a full illustration I’m planning. Completely in love with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s interpretation of The Morrigan in The Wicked + The Divine - everyone should be reading this book. Everyone.

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