1. Notes: 4 / 2 months ago 
    duss005  She took your suggestion.  :)

    duss005  She took your suggestion.  :)

     
  2. Notes: 6 / 3 months ago 
    Why I Love "My So-Called Secret Identity" @ Comics Bulletin

    I’ve been trying to figure out why I like My So-Called Secret Identity so much.

    I think the reasons are similar to why I like the movie Galaxy Quest.

    [Read more]

  3. Notes: 918 / 3 months ago  from renaroo (originally from inthenameofcassandracain)
    witchtrees:

inthenameofcassandracain:

"I don’t kill. But I don’t lose either."
In September 2011, DC Comics rebooted their entire main universe, leaving hundreds of characters missing or irrevocably altered.  Many of these losses included women, specifically those of color, and characters with disabilities who had come to help develop, in some small way, the world of DC as populated and enriched by more than just white, able-bodied men.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the treatment of Cassandra Cain. 
Initially a young woman of color whose disability affected her ability to speak and read, Cass’s first appearance in the Batman arc Mark of Cain signaled a change in the stagnant atmosphere in Gotham and would lead to the young woman’s ascension to the Batgirl cowl.  Enriched, but never dwarfed, by a full cast of Batfamily members, Cass’s run as Batgirl didn’t stray away from her abusive backstory nor from her optimistic future.  Later storylines would alter Cass’s character in numerous ways—many terrible, some terrific—but the heart of the character and what she meant to so many people would not change.
What has changed, however, is Cass’s presence within the DC world.  Completely removed from the main universe, it is up to the fandom to keep Cass alive.  It is up to us to be conscious consumers of our fanworks and to demand more Cassandra at every turn.  No more Batfamily posts without her.  No more stereotyping and making her into a background character. 
Just as Cass fought to be more than what her father wanted, so too should we fight an entire system, only exemplified by DC’s tactics, that tells us that Cass’s narrative is not one we should care about, that women of color with disabilities have no worth within a world where humans can fly, and that Cassandra herself is the Batfamily member no one wants.
"You can change. You can.”
WHAT: Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month
WHERE: Here on Tumblr, or on any other fandom channel you commonly use (such as AO3, Livejournal, or Twitter)
WHEN: July 2nd-July 31st
WHY: Cass’s first appearance took place in July of 1999 in Batman #567.  This month is also host to disabilityfest, which emphasizes the importance of fictional disabled characters, like Cass.  In many ways, it’s a perfect matchup of dates!
HOW: How can you help?  It’s simple!  During the month of July, consider creating, posting, and reblogging more Cass!  Create headcanons, write meta, write a tweet celebrating your love for Cass, or ask questions about her to your followers!  Think critically about the presence of the Batfamily in both the comics and in fandom and how your contributions either help or hinder Cass’s presence as a crucial, loved family member!  Write fics, do fanart, or make crafts!  Make graphics or playlists; change your Tumblr theme and your icon!  No matter what you’re good at, there’s something for you to do to let everyone know how much you love Cass!
"Everyone experiences tragedy. Tim. Bruce. You and me. It’s not about the city. It’s about how you choose to see the world. Everything else is just an excuse."
This appreciation month is being coordinated through In the Name of Cassandra Cain.  This blog is completely dedicated to Cass, and will host a contest during July with prizes for seven different categories of fanworks!
We do ask that if you will be participating in Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month, that you follow some simple guidelines:
Don’t post/reblog/support sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise offensive material under the premise of helping Cass’s cause.  Cass wouldn’t support that kind of behavior, and neither should you.
Don’t character-bash.  There’s a strong difference between pointing out meta differences in characters or in characters’ treatment in fandom and hating on a character you don’t like under the premise of defending Cass.  Focus on Cass, not other characters.
Please use tags for all potentially triggering material, especiallyin your fanworks.  While certain materials may not bother you, they could potentially cause very unsafe feelings in others.  Tags include, but are not limited to:
NSFW
Racism
Sexism
Ableism
Gifs/Flashing
Blood/Gore
Death
Abuse
Rape (please note that dub-con and non-con should be explicitly tagged with this)
Nudity
Sexual Content

The main tag for this event will be #casscainappreciationmonth, but some other tags you can use here or on other social media and fandom outlets include:
#celebratingcasscain
#cassforlife
#cassisbatfamilytoo
#bringbackcass
Please reblog this post to spread awareness of the celebration!  Let others know that you stand with Cass!

IT’S ALSO THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF CASS’ FIRST APPEARANCE, AND HAD I DONE MATH WHEN I WROTE THIS ORIGINAL POST I WOULD’VE INCLUDED THAT!!!

This is a beautiful idea.  I hope it gets lots of reblogs and participation!

    witchtrees:

    inthenameofcassandracain:

    "I don’t kill. But I don’t lose either."

    In September 2011, DC Comics rebooted their entire main universe, leaving hundreds of characters missing or irrevocably altered.  Many of these losses included women, specifically those of color, and characters with disabilities who had come to help develop, in some small way, the world of DC as populated and enriched by more than just white, able-bodied men.

    Nowhere is this more obvious than in the treatment of Cassandra Cain. 

    Initially a young woman of color whose disability affected her ability to speak and read, Cass’s first appearance in the Batman arc Mark of Cain signaled a change in the stagnant atmosphere in Gotham and would lead to the young woman’s ascension to the Batgirl cowl.  Enriched, but never dwarfed, by a full cast of Batfamily members, Cass’s run as Batgirl didn’t stray away from her abusive backstory nor from her optimistic future.  Later storylines would alter Cass’s character in numerous ways—many terrible, some terrific—but the heart of the character and what she meant to so many people would not change.

    What has changed, however, is Cass’s presence within the DC world.  Completely removed from the main universe, it is up to the fandom to keep Cass alive.  It is up to us to be conscious consumers of our fanworks and to demand more Cassandra at every turn.  No more Batfamily posts without her.  No more stereotyping and making her into a background character. 

    Just as Cass fought to be more than what her father wanted, so too should we fight an entire system, only exemplified by DC’s tactics, that tells us that Cass’s narrative is not one we should care about, that women of color with disabilities have no worth within a world where humans can fly, and that Cassandra herself is the Batfamily member no one wants.

    "You can change. You can.”

    WHAT: Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month

    WHERE: Here on Tumblr, or on any other fandom channel you commonly use (such as AO3, Livejournal, or Twitter)

    WHEN: July 2nd-July 31st

    WHY: Cass’s first appearance took place in July of 1999 in Batman #567.  This month is also host to disabilityfest, which emphasizes the importance of fictional disabled characters, like Cass.  In many ways, it’s a perfect matchup of dates!

    HOW: How can you help?  It’s simple!  During the month of July, consider creating, posting, and reblogging more Cass!  Create headcanons, write meta, write a tweet celebrating your love for Cass, or ask questions about her to your followers!  Think critically about the presence of the Batfamily in both the comics and in fandom and how your contributions either help or hinder Cass’s presence as a crucial, loved family member!  Write fics, do fanart, or make crafts!  Make graphics or playlists; change your Tumblr theme and your icon!  No matter what you’re good at, there’s something for you to do to let everyone know how much you love Cass!

    "Everyone experiences tragedy. Tim. Bruce. You and me. It’s not about the city. It’s about how you choose to see the world. Everything else is just an excuse."

    This appreciation month is being coordinated through In the Name of Cassandra Cain.  This blog is completely dedicated to Cass, and will host a contest during July with prizes for seven different categories of fanworks!

    We do ask that if you will be participating in Cassandra Cain Appreciation Month, that you follow some simple guidelines:

    • Don’t post/reblog/support sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise offensive material under the premise of helping Cass’s cause.  Cass wouldn’t support that kind of behavior, and neither should you.
    • Don’t character-bash.  There’s a strong difference between pointing out meta differences in characters or in characters’ treatment in fandom and hating on a character you don’t like under the premise of defending Cass.  Focus on Cass, not other characters.
    • Please use tags for all potentially triggering material, especiallyin your fanworks.  While certain materials may not bother you, they could potentially cause very unsafe feelings in others.  Tags include, but are not limited to:
      • NSFW
      • Racism
      • Sexism
      • Ableism
      • Gifs/Flashing
      • Blood/Gore
      • Death
      • Abuse
      • Rape (please note that dub-con and non-con should be explicitly tagged with this)
      • Nudity
      • Sexual Content

    The main tag for this event will be #casscainappreciationmonth, but some other tags you can use here or on other social media and fandom outlets include:

    #celebratingcasscain

    #cassforlife

    #cassisbatfamilytoo

    #bringbackcass

    Please reblog this post to spread awareness of the celebration!  Let others know that you stand with Cass!

    IT’S ALSO THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF CASS’ FIRST APPEARANCE, AND HAD I DONE MATH WHEN I WROTE THIS ORIGINAL POST I WOULD’VE INCLUDED THAT!!!

    This is a beautiful idea.  I hope it gets lots of reblogs and participation!

     
  4. Notes: 2059 / 3 months ago  from kateordie

    kateordie:

    Here’s a thing: I’m selling the original art of my “Best Taco” comic. Remember this guy? Oh man! What a throwback! Was I ever so young?

    I had no idea what to price it at, so it’s up on eBay. I’ll ship worldwide - it’s just $10 to wherever. I promise the package will include goodies.

    Have a piece of my weird comics history!

    I am also in the process of listing several new pieces in my Etsy this week, so keep checking in. Thanks! <3

  5. Notes: 5 / 3 months ago 
    Five Reasons Why Movies Fail the Bechdel Test @ Comics Bulletin

    Last time I talked about The Bechdel Test, a test that began as a joke and has evolved into a widely-used measure of female representation in movies and other media. The test is simple: if there are two named female characters who have a conversation about something other than a man during the course of the movie, the movie passes. Otherwise it fails.

    The Bechdel test worries me not only because most movies fail it, but because of how it is often applied: rather than looking at the number of movies that fail in aggregate, which is useful, people have begun to use the test as the primary ‘feminist’ measure of individual movies, where it is not nearly as useful and is actually dangerously limiting.

    On the other hand, the Bechdel test can still be useful. If we consider some of the reasons why so many movies fail this simple test, perhaps we can figure out a better way to gauge female representation in movies and, more importantly, what we can tell directors, writers, and other media creators that we want to see in future movies beyond two named women having a conversation about something other than a man.

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  6. Notes: 16 / 3 months ago 

    Thoughts on the great Marvel sell-off

    I’ve read a lot of lamenting and tearing of hair and hand-wringing over the fact that Marvel sold a bunch of its properties to different studios years ago before being bought by Disney.

    It was not until tonight, after watching the third superhero movie on the big screen in six weeks, that I realized…it was a good thing for fans of superhero movies.

    No single studio could have afforded to put out this volume of movies in such a short time.  It is because Marvel sold off pieces of itself that we’re getting Spiderman 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and X-men: Days of Future Past within weeks of each other.  It is because of it that we’re getting so many different takes on Marvel’s superhero properties, each with its own tone and consistent to its own universe.

    As a fan of comics in part because of the layered and divergent storylines, it actually makes me happy to have so many options for my summer viewing.  Disney’s doing a great job with what they’ve got: between Iron Man 1, 2, and 3, Captain America 1 and 2, Thor 1 and 2 and Avengers (not to mention…Guardians of the Galaxy?) they don’t actually need to make a mega-crossover with X-men and Spiderman.  And while it would be fun to see that, I’m actually glad that we’re getting so much variety instead.  Plus, each studio is really giving its all on the individual properties.  I’m not saying every single movie is great, but each of the series have had some good ones, or at least good parts.  It’s a golden age for fans of superhero movies.  I don’t think there’s ever been a time when so many really good movies about superheroes have been coming out simultaneously.

    Kinda makes me wish DC had sold off its rights, too… *wistful sigh*

  7. Notes: 23 / 4 months ago 
    Why the Bechdel Test Scares Me @ Comics Bulletin

    The Bechdel Test started off as a joke. No, really.

    [Read more]

  8. Notes: 288389 / 4 months ago  from daggerpen (originally from guineos)

    itsmeaveryd:

    lesbiansinwesteros:

    deucalio:

    I’m 20 years old and I still can’t spell unessarcaryccery

    a shirt has one Collar, two Sleeves

    Necessary

    you dear sir, have changed my life

    Have you got one for “occasionally”? (I had to look it up just to post this…)

    (Source: guineos)

  9. Notes: 168 / 6 months ago  from cassandracaindesiresstuff (originally from apocalypticash)

    duss005:

    apocalypticash:

    I cosplayed Spoiler at ECCC because duss005's design makes me soooo happy! Bluebird and I got some waffles, thanks to the people at Cheesecake being wonderful and making us some after brunch had ended.

    Apparently they were out having a lavish waffle brunch, while I was stuck at my table eating leftover soup crackers I found in artist alley from the day before. You win again Comic-Con.

    New!Spoiler and Bluebird cosplay?  This makes me happy in so many ways.  What fantastic costumes!

  10. Notes: 26221 / 6 months ago  from themarysue (originally from riansygh)

    themarysue:

    kateordie:

    riansygh:

    Mar 5th
    Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.

    At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.

    The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)

    Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.

    It was a very good day.

    I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.

    Thank you.

    I’M NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING

    Oh, I love this story!

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