Down with the textbooks, and up with the comics.

“It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman.”

- “What (Else) Can Men Do? Grow the Fuck Up,” some smart and diffcult words from Matt LeMay (via tinyampersand)

There is a ton of smart stuff to chew on in this article, including this bit, which I’d honestly never thought about before: “I usually see ‘he has a social disorder’ used to excuse men, and ‘she has a mental illness’ used to attack and discredit women.”

(via wonderali)

“I was a middle-class half-Korean boy growing up in Texas, not the orphaned daughter of an African-American photographer and an African princess growing up in the streets of Cairo. But Storm’s difference resonated with me — just by existing, she represented the idea that anyone could be a superhero, even me.”
— Greg Pak on the impact of Storm (via fyeahlilbit3point0)

(Source: stareintothemaggotdrawer, via greg-pak)

Since I’m attempting to actually use this Tumblr, here are some links to my recent writing on the internet:

Being Cinderella, in which I discuss my love for Disney’s Cinderella and the feminist message I take from it.

From MMMBop to the Comic Book Shop, in which I talk about the surprising similarities between Hanson fandom and comics fandom.

7 Reasons: Holly Black’s Curse Workers Trilogy, in which I celebrate some awesome YA books.

A Very Millennial Veronica Mars, in which I (sort of) review the Veronica Mars movie, and talk about its reflection of my generation.

Trying to Sing Along: The Cognitive Dissonance of Adaptation, in which I talk about some of the reasons why people react negatively to adaptations.

My name is Jennifer Margret Smith.  I’m a former Marvel assistant editor (X-Men office), former Newsarama Best Shots reviewer, current blogger at FantasticFangirls.org, and incoming PhD student in media and cultural studies (with a focus on comics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With any luck, I’ll one day be a professor of comics and media.
I don’t want my academic work to be ceaselessly negative.  I want to celebrate comics.  But I’ll only be able to celebrate them fully when the comics community truly welcomes women — in addition to all other disenfranchised groups.  I’m white, straight, cis, and able-bodied, and I know I haven’t seen even a fraction of the harassment, alienation, and violence some other readers have experienced.  Everyone deserves to feel welcome in this community.
I am comics, and so are the people I love.

My name is Jennifer Margret Smith.  I’m a former Marvel assistant editor (X-Men office), former Newsarama Best Shots reviewer, current blogger at FantasticFangirls.org, and incoming PhD student in media and cultural studies (with a focus on comics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With any luck, I’ll one day be a professor of comics and media.

I don’t want my academic work to be ceaselessly negative.  I want to celebrate comics.  But I’ll only be able to celebrate them fully when the comics community truly welcomes women — in addition to all other disenfranchised groups.  I’m white, straight, cis, and able-bodied, and I know I haven’t seen even a fraction of the harassment, alienation, and violence some other readers have experienced.  Everyone deserves to feel welcome in this community.

I am comics, and so are the people I love.

Contents Under Pressure

ruckawriter:

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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Sayreville pride!  Dule Hill is easily my favorite hometown celebrity. (Sorry, Jon Bon Jovi and Greg Evigan.)

(Source: caitylotz)

commanderriffraff:

Um, cute. @J9Schaefer was more starstruck here than when she met Cumberbatch.

marvelentertainment:

Great news, Marvel fans! You can now count Lil Bub as another fan of the Marvel Universe! The adorable Lil Bub and her human Jonathan stopped by Marvel HQ recently to check out SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 and get some one-on-one time with Logan! Check out the latest blog entry by Agent M to get the full scoop on Lil Bub’s visit and see more exclusive photos!

And don’t forget to pick up SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 to check out Lil Bub’s awesome AR video!

Meeting L’il Bub was just as exciting as meeting Hulk Hogan was.  LOOK AT HOW CUTE!  (The picture of me holding her is the third from the bottom at the link.)

bibbidibobbiddidette:

A while back I did a few Marvel/Muppets mash-ups, and since then I’ve made them all into cut-outs! It’s something that I’ve always wanted to experiment in, and I’m still finding my footing around the whole thing, but I really enjoy the way they look and how they come out!
There is also something strangely soothing about spending hours with an Exacto and construction paper.

This is AMAZING.

bibbidibobbiddidette:

A while back I did a few Marvel/Muppets mash-ups, and since then I’ve made them all into cut-outs! It’s something that I’ve always wanted to experiment in, and I’m still finding my footing around the whole thing, but I really enjoy the way they look and how they come out!

There is also something strangely soothing about spending hours with an Exacto and construction paper.

This is AMAZING.

(Source: bibbidibobbididette)