a sailor moon zine asked me to draw sailor moon, then i drew her
As I have emphasized in the past, women have always been a part of the comics (and in this case, pulp) industry. While much of their work has been socially-conscious, progressive stuff, so too has it been sexy, scandalous, and reflective of it’s era’s id. Enter Margaret Brundage, cover artist for Weird Tales from 1933 to 1938. Margaret’s work was lurid: themes of submission, the occult, and assorted deviancy dominate. Women are lithe, fair, and menaced by whips, chains, and the illicit intentions of men, demons, animate shadows, and the odd woman in a brass bikini. Some of it you might find on a dorm room wall—some of it, however, is rife with Yellow Peril-style caricaturing (and a few exoticized black men), especially her work for, ahem, Oriental Stories. It’s dark stuff, seedy and base and, yes, weird. When it was revealed that “M. Brundage” was, in fact, a Margaret rather than a Martin, complaints about the erotic nature of her work only increased. Margaret Brundage was a menace to society.
But there she was, carefully pasteling her pornography year after year. Having been the kind of woman to frequent speakeasies in her youth, I cannot imagine she was much fazed by these objections (though her art did seem to bow to them—nipples were covered more often in her later work). As Playboy put it in a 1991 tribute, “Brundage was a trash artist. But she was a top trash artist of her time, and she may have been a kind of genius. Her work had zip, zest, pizzazz; it had luster and lust; it zoomed straight past the intellect and homed in on the viscera.” She was, in the end, the only woman to achieve true success as a pulp artist, and is credited as saving Weird Tales from Depression-era bankruptcy. As pulp waned, so did her reputation, and she largely disappeared from public life after having original pieces stolen at a convention. Her work remains, luminous and creepy and lustful, predating similar work by men who would receive greater recognition and praise. Before Frank Frazetta, Vampirella and Adam Hughes, there was Margaret Brundage, drawing chains and whips and heaving bosoms with the best of them.
(Fourth in a series on women in the comics industry.)
Suprise Kill la Kill fanart prints for Desucon Frostbite!
Fandom secret: I saw this scene only once as a child. Years later, when I saw it for the second time as an adult somewhere online, I cried. (▰˘︹˘▰) Dat moonie life.
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The greatest Margaery—nay, the greatest Game of Thrones fanmix ever to exist.
A soft, folky mix for Brienne, the Maid of Tarth—the truest knight of Westeros.
Hey guys, the She Makes Comics kickstarter has 6 days to go and it’s not fully funded yet! This is an awesome, incredibly worthwhile project that I know a lot of you care about, so spread the word.
[Image: b/w portrait photo of Ida B. Wells]
Ida B. Wells was a social worker, journalist, and teacher best known for her anti-lynching crusade. Exceptionally bold, at the age of 22 she sued a railroad company who threw her off a train for refusing to ride in a segregated car; at considerable personal risk, she spent much of her life publicly lecturing and writing against the practice of lynching. Using careful statistical research and observation to support her claims, she asserted that lynching was less about protecting white womanhood and more about keeping African-Americans in a subordinate social and legal position—literally, that it was an act of terrorism by whites.
Wells’ confrontational approach arose from the urgency of her cause, and from her realization that a placatory attitude was insufficient against violent, systemic racism. Wells has been the subject of several biographies, two of which are on the shelves of the CS Library.
Anonymous asked: So about that anime feminism thing, can you give some examples of anime that are considered feminist in japan then since you seem to know a lot about it and I can't access the original poster's blog for some reason???
I wish I could anon, but I really can’t. :/ My knowledge of Japanese feminism is far from extensive and again, I’m just a random American girl. I wish I knew where to direct you for answers, but to be honest I don’t even know if Japanese feminism has commented on anime—and if they have, it’s a discussion I couldn’t translate, even if I could locate it.
Maybe you could research professors of Japanese history/culture/feminism/etc and email them for answers? I did that for semi-related queries while working on my thesis, and even the profs who had no connection to me whatsoever were pretty happy to point me in the right direction.
Rat Queens #5: Orc Dave and Dee