Comics, PulpRev, and Diversity

or, That word you’re using? I don’t think you know what it means.

First, take a look at this:
Marvel
Where to start with this?
Well, Folks like Diversity and Comics have dismantled the ‘diverse’ writers listed by this idiot so much better than I could. You should check out their videos, you won’t regret it. I’ve read the comics put out by the trio, and can honestly say that it felt like completely wasted time. Mainly because none of them are in reality diverse.
I know diverse. My early childhood was spent being a white kid being brought up by a lovely black stepfather, alongside three siblings. When my mom divorced him (I was 12) I was gutted. He spoke French as a first language, cooked the most amazing Mauritian food and was a devout Hindu. He loved music and the house was filled with everything from Demis Roussos to Boney M to Rachmaninov. His real love though was reggae, a love which infected me at that early age. UB40 and Bob Marley are still my go-to guys when I need comfort for my soul. He was NOTHING like the fathers of any of my friends.
There were other stepfathers, and at one point when my mom was experimenting a stepmother. Interesting times.
You grow up and you have kids. My eldest is trans, male to female. I knew from an early age that she would never be happy in a male body. I’ve never seen anyone so happy that their outside now matches their inside. That’s all I’m prepared to say on that matter. One of my stepkids is gay. His boyfriend is a prat, but not because he’s gay. Mainly because he’d agree wholeheartedly with the above viewpoint. I’ve been married twice, once to a very committed feminist, the second to a very committed Christian.
So yeah, I know a little bit about what the above chap/ess thinks is diversity.
I know that he’s wrong too.
I  know that what he thinks is diversity is nothing of the sort, as each one tells the same story, over and over again. Then they use artwork to really hammer home the points that they’re trying to make. They cannot be diverse because each one ‘creates’ identical’ work, and it’s really, really tedious. Why would anyone hand over serious money every month to read something that is no different than the last? Superman as a character is pretty tedious. He’s essentially invulnerable, can turn back time if the film is to be believed and fires laser beams out of his eyes! Having the story about him and him alone every week would be so tiresome you’d pour bleach into your eyes to escape the monotony. Instead, the story is rarely about him, but rather about the people around him, and that’s why he’s still going. America, Devil Dinosaur, and Ms Marvel? All about them.
Ahhhhh!
Which brings me around to the guys and gals that sit under the PulpRev banner. Here you have real diversity, and not just limited to the individuals sexual/political orientation. The story is the key, with entertainment the desired outcome, not education or promotion of ideology. How long will it be before someone of the above ilk tries to infiltrate? Pretty soon I’d wager, but they’ll fail, and it won’t take. Too many ‘individuals’ for a start, and any attempt to make them produce a story that fits a false idea of diversity will be met with ridicule.
Show me new worlds. Excite me with your ideas, challenge my preconceptions, and if the hero happens to be gay, or black or trans I won’t give a damn. Make the story all about said hero and I’ll be bored, and that’s the point that Marvel has arrived at. They’ve got it ass-backward, and the pulprev crowd hasn’t. Entertain me with real diversity, diversity of ideas, and I’ll hand over my money in a heartbeat. Try and sell me a pig in a poke and you’ll never get another penny.

Do yourself a favor, head on over to PulpRev and sample some real diversity.

Until next time,
take care guys

Dean

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2 thoughts on “Comics, PulpRev, and Diversity

  1. Well said.

    I thought the first few volumes of Ms. Marvel were really good, in large part because they were telling an individual story. That didn’t last, maybe because sales were low, maybe because they lost confidence in their storytelling.

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