Hey, everyone! This is the creator of Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You, here with a post I thought you all might like. Writer Ted Anderson and I have made a pitch for a superhero comic!
The comic is about nine-year-old Lucia Marquez-Miller, who loves engineering, and uses her telekinetic powers to build and take things apart with her mind. She calls this power her spark!
As Spark, the world’s youngest superhero, she’s a junior member of a superhero team while also trying to live a normal life. Can Lucia juggle her friends and family while also saving the world from supervillains?
We’re posting a 15-page standalone comic here on tumblr to give readers an idea of what the book would be like.
Click “read more” below to continue reading the comic!
This is just pure, uncut wonderful.
Danny was literally jumped on for casual supersex by Billie and he turned it down because he had feelings for Amazi-Girl even if he didn’t know they were reciprocated yet. Hell, he was a jerk to Amber because he was afraid of the possibility of temptation of cheating on her with Amazi-Girl.
I’m a little upset that you think I will ignore Danny’s primary character trait now that one of the people he’s now physically attracted to is a dude.
It’s understandable that people would think that, because that’s the first thing that runs through your head when an attraction ping goes through a work like this one. Naturally, the first thing that crossed peoples’ minds — or, well, the ninth thing that crossed through their minds — was “oh my God… the guy who broke up with Amber because he turned out to be gay and the guy she’s currently dating totally want to bone — this will destroy her!” And the thought process goes past that — from “they want to bone” to “they’re totes going to bone” to “I’m relatively sure they’re already boning in panel 4. We can’t see their legs — are they still wearing pants?”
As for me — the thing I’m absolutely loving about this strip is the amazing way it conveyed dawning realization on Danny’s part. This is still Danny — the guy who went to Indiana in part because his One True Love Forever went to Indiana. The guy whose best friend has to think about whether or not he accidentally impregnated a sorority (consensually. The sorority had a meeting beforehand and everything).
Danny has lived submerged in het expectations and het culture. He has been the ‘norm’ of ‘heteronormative.’ And here he is, and he’s just had it all click in his brain (and… well, probably elsewhere)….
I don’t think boning would be a thing, just yet. He’s got tons of other Danny to Danny, first.
That said? I don’t think he’ll cheat on Amber. I also don’t think it’ll matter. I think he’ll let his feelings slip, and then Amber — who puts things together — will suddenly have “oh my God… the guy who dumped me because he’s gay and then started dating a Christian girl within weeks of starting college and the guy I’m seeing right now who once dumped me for my own alter ego and then got to be the nexus of crap with my dad just like Guy #1 used to be are totally….”
And then there will be screaming.
You don’t need to have sex to lead to conflict, anguish, heartbreak or torment. You don’t need to do anything at all to lead there. Sometimes, you can do everything right and then it all just explodes on you.
Thinking about it… we do in fact call that “college,” most of the time.
A few days ago, I asked a question on Twitter. Essentially, I asked if Marvel had any actual superintelligent characters who were decent, well adjusted, and stable, because setting aside Amadeus Cho (who gets an age exemption) I couldn’t think of any.
Note that by superintellect, I don’t mean ‘ubertech-engineer.’ Tony Stark doesn’t make this particular cut, for example. He’s brilliant, but he’s following a different character archetype.
There were some good points raised as it was batted back and forth, but then then almost simultaneously Jonathan Lennox and Ben Hutchins raised the same question.
What about Reed Richards?
Oh. I have opinions about Reed Richards.
The following is how it played out in real time, collected by Heather Meadows. My old friend Chris Meadows also did a Storify at almost the same time. His version includes all the wild, anarchic discussion that comes up in these things, and folks may prefer that. I kind of do myself — it was…
Yes, I ranted (and looked up facts desperately in other windows). And people jumped in, and brought stuff up, and… yeah.
However, it actually makes for a hard-to-follow thesis, and there is a degree to which you had to be there. But here it is, for folks who want the whole chaotic thing.
Heather’s version is focused in specifically on my tweets on the subject, which outside of the context of Twitter makes for more of a point.
As stated, this was real time. None of these have been edited. If I made mistakes then, they’re here now.
I hope folks enjoy.