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Yeah. I will say this – I’d like to start with the defense first. If you change Wonder Woman’s costume, the blog sites blow up. There are some individuals who look at graphic novels as “canon,” and they cannot change in any way, shape or form, and that’s what makes them in some ways good fans.

I think we have to come to understand that core fans – and God bless ‘em, because they are core fans – they’re not enough to be drivers, in every sense. These worlds are bigger than just that core of fans. And at some point, if you want to remain relevant, whether it’s just comic books or moving into the TV space or the film space, you have to be cognizant of the world around you.

You know, you see that in plenty of films – the filmmakers go, ‘We’re living in a multicultural society, and if we want to survive, we have to start acknowledging that.’ Certainly as a kid, I grew up with Batman, Superman, whoever – they didn’t need to be black for me to relate to them.

But when a character like Cyborg came along, I got excited, because he looked a little bit more like me, his experiences were a little bit more like mine.

I still have my first Black Lightning that I got way back in the day, and my first Steel. And I proudly display those comics, by the way. I have a lot of comics, but those are among the ones that mean the most to me.

I look at my kids, and how they respond to films, and yeah, if there’s a Michael B. Jordan in the film, they’re going to respond differently – not just in terms of whether or not they want to see the movie, but in terms of seeing someone like them being heroic, someone like them with powers and abilities.

All those things I said to you in that earlier question about wish fulfillment – why should that be limited to a certain space and time? With comic books, Batman has remained the same age forever, Superman has remained the same age – yeah, he gets rebooted and this and that, but if you are writing in a space that is magical, and it is at the whim of the creators, and these stories change as they need to change way back from the early days of the ‘30s and ‘40s all the way up to the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today, my Batman is not the Batman I understood when I was a kid.

They change. Their stories change. And if they can change to the reality that they do change, why can’t they make that change (of race) as well? You know, there are people who are against people of color getting involved in politics, or there was a time when people were against their getting involved with sports.

The real world has changed and moved on. If we can make that change in the real world, we can make it in this fanciful world that exists beyond us.

And if people don’t like it – we’re not waiting for permission any longer to make these changes in real life, and we’re certainly not going to wait for them in storytelling. I never asked for permission.

So for those who are against it – I get it to a degree, but as a society, we’re moving on, and we’re not asking for permission.

John Ridely, screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave

(Source: fyeahlilbit3point0)

katebishopofearth asked
heard that you were talking smack about HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, so I invited MYSELF to come to your askbox and lay some heavy on you. HTTM IS A COMEDY CLASSIC and you shouldn't feel ASHAMED for laughing at it. (I promise I'm not John Cusack)

killerville:

posting publicly because it’s not every day one gets a message from john cusack

Altered Perspectives: the awesome anthology I’m helping put together « Dan Wells

fuckyeahdiomedes:

So Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, and a bunch of other writers are doing an anthology to help out a friend and raise awareness about mental illness. The post describes it as “kind of like a bonus DVD full of deleted scenes and alternate versions of some of your favorite authors’ books.”

 Not only is this a fantastic idea which I will definitely be supporting, but here’s what Brandon Sanderson is contributing to the anthology:

Brandon Sanderson, five completely rewritten chapters from THE WAY OF KINGS, where Kaladin makes the opposite choice of what he makes in the published novel

krocatoo:

Having to google internet slang your friend is using because you have no idea what the fuck it means.

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"Chris and I have been in a lot of dark places together, and the thing I love about Chris, we met over some ‘apple juice’ and it was like one of those experiences where there’s a dude you meet and you’re like ‘Man, you’re a cool dude.’ Then a whole bottle of ‘apple juice’ later you’re like ‘Man, we’re friends.’ Just a dark, dark place."- Anthony Mackie.

(Source: ariahastings)

awkwardsituationist:

thirteen year old ashol pan is part of a nascent movement of girls who are keeping alive the six thousand year old kazakh tradition of golden eagle hunting known as berkutchy.

though long the monopoly of boys — once deemed uniquely strong enough to carry a full grown eagle on their arms and endure harsh winter hunts — fewer are now learning the skill, abandoning their traditional semi nomadic ways for life in the cities.

berkutchy is a life long profession, and is often a hereditary one. but ashol’s brother left for the military, leaving her father, an experienced eagle hunter, to ask if she would take his place and assume training.

asher svidensky — who took these photos during a four month trek in the mountains of western mongolia’s bayan ulgii (or “rich cradle”) province, where only 250 hunters remain — told the bbc that where most boys are at first apprehensive around their eagles, ashol was very much at ease.

ashol, though still in school, will spend much of her time nurturing her eagle, imprinting herself on the fiercely independent bird from birth. after much time and training, her eagle — who is considered a member of the family — will learn to track down rabbits, foxes and wolves, whose fur is needed for the harsh winters.

feggotdesu:

dating me means dating my anxiety and my random spouts of depression it means dating my panic attacks at 11pm or 2 am or 5am or anytime of the day for that matter it means dating my mood swings where i get really upset over everything about me and all my insecurities and how i’m not good enough because i’m never good enough

ishipitlikeups:

ishipitlikeups:

Don’t cry don’t cry DON’T CRY DON’T CRY DON’T—

Goddammit.

Yeah no but seriously. Read it.

ashermajestywishes:

dienachtmahr1995:

smolderandsass:

Lana Parrilla in Regard Magazine - April 2014[x]

This picture is the one that has slain me. Goodbye, folks…

Oh mother of christ…

ashermajestywishes:

dienachtmahr1995:

smolderandsass:

Lana Parrilla in Regard Magazine - April 2014[x]

This picture is the one that has slain me. Goodbye, folks…

Oh mother of christ…

spoliamag:

“Bees are the smallest of birds. They are born from the bodies of oxen, or from the decaying flesh of slaughtered calves; worms form in the flesh and then turn into bees. Bees live in community, choose the most noble among them as king, have wars, and make honey. Their laws are based on custom, but the king does not enforce the law; rather the lawbreakers punish themselves by stinging themselves to death. Bees are afraid of smoke and are excited by noise. Each has its own duty: guarding the food supply, watching for rain, collecting dew to make honey, and making wax from flowers.”
From a medieval bestiary.

spoliamag:

Bees are the smallest of birds. They are born from the bodies of oxen, or from the decaying flesh of slaughtered calves; worms form in the flesh and then turn into bees. Bees live in community, choose the most noble among them as king, have wars, and make honey. Their laws are based on custom, but the king does not enforce the law; rather the lawbreakers punish themselves by stinging themselves to death. Bees are afraid of smoke and are excited by noise. Each has its own duty: guarding the food supply, watching for rain, collecting dew to make honey, and making wax from flowers.”

From a medieval bestiary.

fluffixation:

so according to celeb news sources that appeared at the side of my facebook feed, idris elba and his ladymate now have a son named winston

congrats to them on the shiny new human!