Fangirls, I had the amazing opportunity to send some questions to Annie Stoll and Kevin Jay Stanton of the fully funded 1001 Knights anthology. 1001 Knights is a project that seems beyond amazing, and is still available to back on kickstarter, which means you can get in on the action still! The next push goal is to get more foil color to the anthology covers, and they’re only about $5,000 away from that goal. You can learn more about and pledge to the kickstarter here.
Fangirls, I love conventions. Up and coming conventions are almost always as exciting as bigger conventions, but they usually need a bit of help. HavenCon is a new convention this April that focuses on Geek and Gaming Culture through LGBTQA experiences and eyes.
Since it was uploaded nearly two weeks ago, Fangirls, this video has been outrageously a buzz. It’s one of the most talked about pieces of female awareness that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m happy that it’s gotten so much recognition and that it’s started just a national conversation. I’m not happy, however, about a lot of the ridiculous negative responses that have come from the video, which have been getting just as much press as the video itself.
In this video, a young woman walks around all areas of New York City, wearing jeans and a t shirt. She experiences over 100 instances of verbal harassment and gets followed multiple times. She did nothing at all to provoke these men, as often most women do not. Some may think that this video is extreme, some also think it’s not real. Regardless if any of this was staged or not (though I assure you, it’s real) women have been talking about how unbelievably accurate this video is. This is a portrait of the lives of many women, just trying to get wherever they’re going. Take a look at the video, the ten hours is reduced down to just two minutes. It’s overwhelming to see all that was thrown at her, and know that this was only a small fraction of her day.
The video was done by a group called Hollaback!, who are dedicated to bringing awareness to and ending street harassment. A lot of people have responded really well to the company and the video, bringing up a much needed conversation about this kind of verbal harassment. However, there is also a lot of people who have also brought up a whole other side to the conversation, a much more negative one. You see, there is now this other video, one that has now gotten more views that the street harassment video itself. The video is from CNN and presents a conversation between the host, comedian Amanda Seales, and Steven Santagati, author of MANuel, a guide to how to “be a man”. What happens is an electrifying and frustrating argument between the two guest, and some absolutely outrageous things come out of this man’s mouth. He talks about how men cannot be blamed for looking at and appreciating a woman, and wanting to give them a “compliment”. He says that women should be happy that they get so much attention, and if they don’t like it or feel threatened, they should carry a gun.
This man makes my blood boil, and he represents a whole other side to this conversation, of people who just don’t get it. They think that these men are simply complimenting these women, they don’t see that these women are not asking for this, that they are being harassed, that it’s disrespectful and completely wrong. To them, this is all happy dandy and women are there for them to oodle with their eyes at all time. Back the fuck off, Santagati. You haven’t got a whole lot of people on your side.
However, it is important that this argument is happening. Street harassment is something that everyone sees, everyone endures, yet no one really talks about. It’s become a way of life, something that women (& men, too) have to go through, and something that has no remedy. But we all know that’s not true, there’s ways to cut this crap out, to teach people to back off, and give everyone some respect.
To learn more about this project and Hollaback! Visit their website right here.
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Hey Fangirls! At Special Edition New York, I met a lovely woman by the name of Tara Abbamondi. I bought her book On The Morrow, which is a 24-hour comic (she made the whole thing in a day). So I sent her some questions, and she answered them!
Hey Fangirls! A couple weeks back I was lucky enough to go to Special Edition: NYC and meet some absolutely lovely independent creators. I think independent creators are some of the most amazing and inspiring people on the planet. They make what they love, and to me, that’s beautiful. Two of the individuals I met at SE:NYC were David Phillips and Sarah Braly. Let me tell you, Fangirls, these folks really know how to catch an eye. In a sea of grey and blue tables, their’s was neon green. It was littered in lovely yet despicable cupcakes, and had some really intriguing comics on top. So when my friends were looking for back issues that I wasn’t concerned with, I sneaked off to the High Fructose Zombies table.
Hey Fangirls! Recently, I found out about an IndieGoGo for a rad tv show called Cowl Girl. Its kind of based on the life of a Fangirl, from Latin America. Cowl Girl was written by Anna Capunay and is played by Yunuen Pardo. Cowl Girl has a problem with leaving the house, but she desperately wants to go to San Diego Comic Con (don’t we all?) to get her Pee Wee Herman action figure signed. I was lucky enough to interview not only the writer, but the lovely woman who plays Cowl Girl.