Alas, this is my old and not so good lettering I inflict upon you. I’m sorry. This will be corrected in the final collection.
OK, so a comics blogger informed me at a convention a few months back that they didn’t know why I got invited to so many conventions and did so many appearances, because there are more women in comics out there than me, and I was hogging all the attention. They don’t think it’s fair for me to be on so many panels because I crowd out other women creators.
I am sure they mean well, but the perception has nothing to do with reality.
My fans know I rarely do appearances. I haven’t actually done a good old fashioned book tour in about ten years.
I do no more than a couple of conventions a year, and one or two book fairs.
I turn down almost every request I get.
There are nearly 1000 shows a year, of which I might do two. This is hardly hogging the spotlight.
I have done exactly two women in comics panels in roughly ten years.
I was sick for at least three years straight, produced very little work, and rarely went anywhere. I have a full workload now, but I’m not going to apologize for getting what I’ve earned, and what I need to do to make up for years of poor health and low income.
I am not hogging the blogging spotlight, either. No one is forced to read this thing.
I am also not eating up all the good women in comics assignments, as far as I know, since women are perfectly capable of writing and drawing all kinds of books whether I am there or not. And while some people might think other women could write and draw my books better than I do, I respectfully disagree. I am also pretty sure if I stopped writing or drawing anything, the theoretical person who would benefit from my absence is just as likely to be some dude.
No one is running around demanding dudes give up their jobs for other dudes because SPOTLIGHT HOGGING.
It is incredibly patronizing to incorporate the assumption that the only way one woman can shine is for another woman to turn off her own spotlight.
Women are perfectly capable of shining without dimming anyone else.
A woman’s place in comics is about achievement and talent, and work ethic, not about taking away a piece of pie from a woman who already has it.
It’s not about getting a piece of the pie, it’s about making your own pie.
Someone has this for sale on ebay. Is it art? I dunno, but the seller is not an art dealer: most of his product appears to be old video games. You can even buy a Japanese video game sticker from this dude for 99 cents. If you want one.
However, he claims the painter of this masterpiece is an acolyte of Diego Rivera. You can’t tell just by looking at this.
But hey, if you’re willing to pay a million bucks for something that looks like it came out of the Sears Portrait Studio because you simply must have a pic of Gates, his family, and a levitating Microsoft logo, knock yourself out.
Here is the direct link, if you just have to have this unique item. The free shipping makes it an extra-special bargain.
Hat tip, Val Trullinger. Because pictures like this make art directors cry.
No matter how good an artist you are, no matter how many awards, no matter how popular, someone is always going to think you’re a terrible creator or a bad person. There is no accomplishment, skill, or generous heart that can insulate you from a public scourging. This is the hard truth of being a pro. It’s harder on artists now more than ever because everyone has a voice online regardless of how mean, false, or dead stupid it is.
Ten time Hugo Award winning artist Frank Kelly Freas was my mentor when I was a kid, and I worship the ground he walked on. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was kind and generous. He was also a pioneer of SF/Fantasy art, and a wonderful cartoonist. So imagine my surprise when I found this letter published in a 1970′s era magazine. It’s pretty vicious and cruel.
If someone wonderful like Frank Kelly Freas had to deal with this, we all have to deal with this.
Remember: a lot of what people say isn’t about you. It’s about them. Don’t carry their baggage for them.
Get on with your life, get on with your art.
There are a lot of things going on in our industry, some of them bad and some of them good. Every day or so, someone sends me a link, or an article or some tweets of outrage, asking for my opinion.
Frankly, I don’t have an opinion about most of these things, because I simply can’t take the time out to follow every single story out there.
My job is not to address every convention incident or industry issue. I don’t even blog about them that much anymore.
My job is to write and draw comics.
I know I used to blog a lot more about these things than I do now, but I simply do not have the time or energy to do it these days. There are lots of people out there who do this all the time, and I know you will not have any trouble finding one.
Please don’t incorporate the assumption that my not speaking up about an issue is me avoiding it, or assenting to it, or anything else. It simply means I don’t like to run my mouth unless I understand things beyond a surface level. If I can’t speak with some authority, I’d really rather not speak at all.
I feel qualified to answer your questions about copyright or concrete contract matters, but not about who is fighting with whom, or what is going on in every comic book. There are at least 1000 conventions per year, and the rat’s nest of problems with convention culture seems more confusing than whatever the heck is going on in the Middle East.
Love you guys, want the best for you, want you to have the best and most fun fan experience possible. But I can’t get my books done it I fritter away my precious time fighting battles for everyone who wants me to. I have a professional life and a personal one. I do what I can do, and no more.
Thanks for understanding.
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