Biram Ba

Reality is overrated,

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wisnia:

biram-ba:

glassgears:

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dynastylnoire:

everythingbutharleyquinn:

never forget April O’Neil started out as a black woman

WHAT!!!!!!!

WHY AM I JUST NOW FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS!?!?!

Yup.

This is the first I heard of this too. Must be the most successful case of white washing I’d ever heard of. 

I don’t know. I googled some, and I’m sceptical. The early TMNT art is a bit vague (as in: not the highest quality), but this is a cover from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (Third Printing: January, 1985) [source]

Also, compared to the scientist in the first panel of this page

I’d say she looks white?

The art above (original post) looks like it’s been done later.

Mind you, I’m not a TMNT expert.

Basically, April’s race was really inconsistent in the early Mirage series. Part of it had to do with Eastman and Laird not being able to come to agreement and settle on that.

Eastman modeled her off the woman he was dating, and intended her to be mixed. Laird wanted her to be a white Irishwoman (hence “O’Neil”). Her facial features and skin tone really vary a lot through the early Mirage stuff. But eventually, it was settled that she’d be white with red hair when the cartoon popularized that. Some reprints had her first appearance recolored so she’d be a redhead with a yellow jumpsuit, to reflect the ‘toon.

I’d have to find the quotes on all that, but that’s how I remember that trivia going. I also remember reading that there was a reprint of one Mirage issue where they colored her darker (rather than lighter), but that got reverted for later release.

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Contemporary Art Week!

Seamus Gallagher

Wheel of Time Official and Unofficial Art

I think a lot of fans of Epic or High Fantasy tend to have a series that’s “their” series…the one the ends up setting the bar for the rest of their fandom adventures. For me, it was always Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. I read the first book, The Eye of the World, sometime in 1991 and that was pretty much it for me. 

Although it has plenty of flaws, it stands apart from a  lot of medieval fantasy settings in that it’s a loosely medieval-ish world, not an endless Europe that goes on and on for thousands of miles. There are very specific nations and cultures at work in the main setting continent (as well as the “other” continent), and there are also in-universe races and cultures associated with nations, with aspects of various  historical world fashions, social mores, myths, and even bric-a-brac chosen from a world setting, rather than creating a dichotomy of red-haired white people versus blonde-haired white people and other common fantasy tropes.

Although many of the characters can be read ambiguously in regard to appearance, Gallagher’s character designs are among my favorites, and generally faithful to the text descriptions.

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palaceofposey:

Maybe I’ll clean this up later.

Contemporary Art Week!
There are a lot of things to love about this piece, and I find it very easy to identify with. I kind of wonder if those of us out here writing, creating content, sharing knowledge and making articles, art, stories, and games had a battle flag, if it might look something like this.

Being a digital-only person I probably can’t fully appreciate this picture anymore. Still, cool.

medievalpoc:

palaceofposey:

Maybe I’ll clean this up later.

Contemporary Art Week!

There are a lot of things to love about this piece, and I find it very easy to identify with. I kind of wonder if those of us out here writing, creating content, sharing knowledge and making articles, art, stories, and games had a battle flag, if it might look something like this.

Being a digital-only person I probably can’t fully appreciate this picture anymore. Still, cool.

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kurtiswiebe:

deancasotp:

Is there a site where I can read rat queens online or download it for free?

You can buy the first trade on comixology for $5. C’mon man. $5 for 7 months of work Roc and I put into making the series.

Total Gary move

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Buy your comics, fools. It’s already ridiculously cheap for the number of hours that go into each. Comic makers need to support themselves. Don’t be a Gary.

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