Anthony Mackie getting in trouble for signing his posters at a Micheals (x)
You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.
We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”
I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”
He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels.
After nearly 4 years morningchorus still can’t figure out what asexuality is.
It’s not that I don’t have better things to do with my life than ponder how exactly HYDRA recruits agents, it’s just that none of those other things are nearly as hilarious.
Especially if they recruit from the very lowest levels, so there’s, like, enthusiastic interns who draw the HYDRA logo on the Starbucks cups they were sent out to get with a smiley face in the skull.
And they make all the tentacles look like they’re giving a thumbs-up.
As I discussed in an earlier post, pre-Comics Code comic books are full of fascinating women superheroes who’ve been more or less forgotten in the decades since WWII. Born in the era of Rosie the Riveter, when there was a national campaign to get women into workplaces, these costumed heroines were brassy, hard-assed, snarky, and sometimes just plain weird. They displayed remarkable grit and independence, and were portrayed as better crime-fighters than the inept, sexist cops that got in their way.
Even removed from their intriguing, important place in sociocultural history, these stories are compelling bits of pure comics nerdery - eg, the fact that 1941’s Spider Queen was almost certainly the unacknowledged inspiration for Spider-Man. These characters deserve to be better known. Happily, the astonishing www.digitalcomicmuseum.org hosts full-issue scans of scores of public domain pre-Code comics. Which means you can read these comics right now, for free!
Here are a few of my favorite lost superheroines from the 1940s. Click on a character’s name to access an archive of their adventures!
FANTOMAH - Arguably the first woman superhero, and to this day one of the strangest. Fantomah is a near-omniscient (blonde) jungle spirit with incredible magical/psionic powers. She is always threatening her enemies with “a jungle death!” and she turns into a green skull with beautiful hair when she’s angry.
LADY SATAN - Sometime Nazi-killer, sometime occult detective, Lady Satan roams the land in her stylish automobile, using gun, garrote, and fire magic to take out Reich agents and child-snatching werewolves.
MOTHER HUBBARD - Looking like a cartoon witch, speaking only in rhyme, Mother Hubbard uses her bizarre occult powers to battle everything from fifth column saboteurs to Disney-esque dwarves that steal kids’ eyeballs.
THE WOMAN IN RED - A gun-toting jujitsu expert, the Woman in Red is a sort of costumed private detective. She’s the bane of both criminals (especially those who prey on women) and inept male cops. But to the women she saves she’s quite…tender.
THE SPIDER QUEEN - A chemistry lab assistant becomes a wise-cracking costumed herowho uses wrist-strapped web shooters to swing around the city and tie up bad guys. But this is 1941, and our hero is a woman.
THE VEILED AVENGER - Although she’s the frilliest-looking of 40s superheroines, the Veiled Avenger might be the hardest. She uses her crop to make criminals shoot each other…and themselves. And in her civilian life as a District Attorney’s secretary, she scolds dumb cops who endanger witnesses.
Sadly, these heroines all disappeared by the 1950s. As the national project of getting women out of the workplace took hold, bold self-sufficient superheroines became scarce on the ground. Despite some great work by amazing artists over the years, comics still doesn’t have enough of them.
[And now, a plug: I’m working on a longer piece on these heroines, and on some other stuff you might find interesting. You can learn more about all that here.]
Great references! Thanks to OP and nextsignal for submitting this link
aromantic =/= asexual
someone can be asexual (meaning experience of little to no sexual desire/attraction) and still fall in love.
someone can be aromantic (not into that whole falling in love situation) and still experience sexual desires/attractions.
True, but not experiencing romantic attraction doesn’t necessarily mean no love. (though there may be a difference between love and in love, but still… equating romantic attraction with love might be a little dicey)
we as a community should talk more about how to change the patterns we fall into when we’re doing 101 work
like, at yesterday’s workshop I talked about how harmful some of the myth-busting we do is
and I talked about how we’ll debunk the misconceptions that make us look “weird” or threatening but we don’t talk about the full diversity of the community
we don’t talk about race or age or gender or nationality and how all those things create a huge variety in what asexuality actually means and how it’s experienced
but the thing is, like, I pat myself on the back for *bringing up that problem* but neither I as an individual nor we as a group did much to actually address or solve it?
like, I just kind of tacked that onto the end of an otherwise very typical 101 presentation…and we had the panel and we had different perspectives there and that was great, so that’s a start, but I still felt like we could have done more
and it was because I didn’t really know how to do it better?
can we please have a conversation about how to do it better?
how to fight stereotypes without hurting people, and equally importantly, how to actually include diverse points of view and not just default to the “basics” aka the white western educated perspective?
can we talk about that?
I wonder if maybe it’s better to not frame myth busting as ‘things asexuality isn’t’ but as ‘this is what asexuality is’ and then ‘there are lots of different kinds of people who are asexual’*.
And the same would go for talking about celibacy, sex drive/libido stuff, having/not having sex, etc… ‘this is what those things are’ and ‘they are choices and feelings that vary from person to person of any orientation’. This is something I’m trying out. It kind of takes the pressure off of asexuality as ‘look at all the things asexuality isn’t’ or ‘asexuals can do all of this, but not all do’ because I’ve found that, in addition to leaving people out or making us look defensive or like we’re prioritizing “normal” aces, it leads to confusion (for non-aces especially) over what asexuality is… the basics of not experiencing sexual attraction gets lost.
*the focus being on the people who are asexual and not asexuality itself as I personally dislike the ‘there are lots of different ways to be asexual’ or ‘asexuality as a spectrum’** type stuff that talks about things that aren’t asexuality (sex drive/libido, interest in sex, having sex, etc.)… like, having or not having sex doesn’t make you a different kind of asexual or not having a sex drive or being non-libidinous doesn’t mean you’re more asexual than an asexual with a high sex drive (esp because these are varied factors for any orientation, not explicitly connected to asexuality).
**though I think spectrum talk is fine if it’s actually addressing things like grey-asexuality and demisexuality.