Proabably the 3rd time reblogging this
Of course the date I was supposed to have last night canceled.
Of course the cute bartender I’ve been flirting with has a boyfriend.
Of course the girl at the bar who wants to talk about tattoos is here with husband.
Of fucking course…
Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, Vol. 1, No. 2, June, 1983
Published by DC comics
Anonymous said: Why do people characterize Laura as being a positive biracial character? Tumblr social justice staples like her "otherness" are thrown out and applauded, yet her race hasn't been a factor at all. Instead, Laura has the means to attend all of the god's concerts, as well as attend, and neglect, college. I'm all for diversity in comics, but I feel like Laura has received too much credit. *I'm not a bigot cred: wrote a paper on feminism and pop culture using Young Avengers and girl groups last year*
That’s not for me to say. The question of what a “positive” character is something that’s a larger debate, and one I suspect people will have a lot about WicDiv.
As this is a non-answer I wouldn’t really have done it, but wanted to say something - when asking something like this, which is primarily about the social background of a character, it may be worth mentioning where you’re from. I don’t want to patronise.
In this case, I’m getting the subtext that you’re not from the UK and don’t know London that well - It’s mainly from getting the sense you’re working on the idea of “College” in the American sense as opposed to the UK A-level one, for example (i.e. in terms of the amount of financial resources required to attend). Brockley was also chosen for a bunch of reasons. We’ll get into the family background eventually, I’m sure.
But it’s a book set in the UK, and set precisely in the UK. We did these things for reasons.
To further clarify on college - a state sixth form college, as attended by Laura (and me, and I think Kieron), does not require the student to pay. It is funded by SFCA (previously by local authorities).
Other reductions in life costs that usually stop at 16 are often extended to 18 if the person is still in full time education (eg prescription costs).
Jamie says what I was dancing around not saying.
(I didn’t go to sixth form college, actually. There was a six form in our school.)
The thing that leapt out at me was Laura attending concerts and college, like that’s a weird or unusual thing for a brown person to do. I’ve never been much for concerts (I have been to Two as an adult) but I definitely slept my way through college before dropping out.
I can’t/won’t speak for Gillen McKelvie, they got a mouth of their own, but as a guy who has read a comic or two with an eye toward portrayals of race and such…race doesn’t have to be the driving factor in a thing for a person to be a positive portrayal of that race. Robbie Robertson, the coolest old dude in Marvel Comics, is black, and a very good, very welcome character. His blackness is usually left to implication—how does a black guy get to be the top dog at a major newspaper in the sixties? is a question you ask, not the characters—but he’s still a Positive Black Character, as much as that phrase grates. It’s not his blackness that makes him positive or negative. It’s who he is, how the writers and artists who choose to portray him treat him. His race is only “not a factor” in that he’s not whatever weird stereotype of a black guy people have in mind, but he is definitely, definitely black.