this is my (mostly) music blog. i wanted a space where i could wax poetically about all the bands and artists i love. (my heart and my cd collection is v. v. big.) you'll also find a smattering of writing related things, since that's what i'm doing these days, along with other pop culture miscellanea.
things you need to know: i live in chicago, but i used to live in new york city. i go to a lot of shows. i stopped being ashamed of my musical tastes a long time ago. the first time i heard "eleanor rigby" by the beatles, i was nine years old and i still get goosebumps when i hear those opening strings. i sing - trained in opera, musical theater, and everything in between.
We [Fraction and his wife, Kelly Sue DeConnick] were pregnant at the time, and while I was out there I started to realize that if I had a daughter, there would come a day when I would have to apologize to her for my profession. I would have to apologize for the way it treats and speaks to women readers, and the way it treats its female characters.
I knew that if we had a daughter, because I know my wife and I know the kind of girl she wants to raise and I know the kind of girl I want to raise, she was going to look at what I did for a living and want to know how the fuck I could stomach it. How could I sell her out like that?” Fraction continued. “That conversation is still coming, and I’m bracing for it in the way that some dads brace for their daughter’s first date or boyfriend. I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street.
Writer Matt Fraction on his role on expanding the profile of female characters in the Marvel Universe. (via goodmanw)
this. more of this from all comic writers ever, thanks.
today, sarah and i went to c2e2 here in chicago. we had a lots of fun and it’s basically like the internet come to life. my outfit had a distinctly doctor who theme - tardis damask print shirt, tardis blue hoodie, and my buttons, which clearly represent what doctor i love the best.
we hit up artist alley, where i got to meet/fangirl at cara mcgee, where i got an awesome new mug and some tea to put in it and picked up a gorgeous print from karen hallion’s fairytale who collection. sarah went to see yale stewart, who draws/writes the adorable jl8 webcomic and was totally cool in front of skottie young, who signed her a-babies v. x-babies and her print.
we went to a really interesting panel on the comics and pop music, where kieron gillen reveled that he makes playlists for everything he writes and all the songs have lyrics. (i do the same thing and 99% of the writers i know think that is totally insane.)
because she is great, sarah waited around with me for 45 minutes so i could get kieron to sign something for me. when we got to his table, there were high fives and bonding over how awesome we are for being the weird ones.
there are some days when being a nerd is pretty much the best, you guys. today was one of them.