Questionable Content – The Claire Interview

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I originally wrote this for The Mary Sue.

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques is one of the popular and longest running webcomics online. Aside from a few filler guest strips Jeph has been writing and illustrating QC since 2003, and since 2004 it’s been updated five times a week. It’s a tough commitment but after only a year of QC it became his full time career and now has amassed 2849 editions. Not many webcomics ever achieve either of those feats.
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Ms. Marvel Issues #1-9 Catch-up!

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I originally wrote this for The Mary Sue

I’m a huge fan of the updated Ms. Marvel with Kamala Khan as the protagonist. Marvel has been hitting it out of the park with this comic and even my forgetful 10 year old daughter asks me repeatedly when the next issue is coming out. If you haven’t hopped on board yet you really should and here’s a spoiler filled comic catch-up of what’s been happening so far so you can start at #10, out November 19th..
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Batgirls Painful Joker

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Recently DC comics started circulating the June variant covers that feature the Joker across different comic book series. The aim was to celebrate 2015 as the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Only things have gone a little wrong. The art across the covers was pretty great, so it wasn’t that, what DC got wrong was the tone on a couple of covers. Look at how spot on the Catwoman cover is, or Aquaman’s or Superman’s faux wedding. Then look at Batgirl’s cover and to a lesser degree Wonder Woman’s cover. The tonal difference is stark.
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What Salesforce and Gen-Con’s Reaction in Indiana Means

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Originally from The Mary Sue

Corporations are people. It’s what is called ‘legal fiction,’ a conceit that somehow we’ve all been signed on to without having a say in the matter. Of course corporations are not real people, but are allowed to act as such under certain circumstances, warping law, capitalism, and democracy in the process. They have rights without responsibilities, free speech but far more political power than a citizen. It’s a bit like giving a four year old a chainsaw. I don’t recommend this, by the way, unless you like radical room redecoration and explaining why the hamster can’t be fixed.

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Occupotty and the Privilege of Passing

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I’ve always been on the edge of acceptability. When I was young and pretending to be cisgender, I was bullied, and it pushed me into the world of computer and console gaming, where I could shut out a lot of the world. (Thank you ZX Spectrum 48k, your bouncy rubber keyboard helped me a lot.) Years later, me pretending to be cis went out the window. I was older when I started to transition; this is the standard pattern for transgender women – or at least it was.

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Canada Fails on Equal Rights – Again

Senator Don Plett, you don’t know me but I suspect we have a few things in common. At the most basic level we are of course both humans, we are also Canadian citizens and happen to both be married. My wife was born in Manitoba, just outside Winnipeg, and in my travels around her homeland I have been lucky enough to meet many polite and wonderful Manitobans, no matter how chilly the weather.
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Rebuilding

I’m in the process of rebuilding my website to make it a lot more relevant and usable. It used to just be a long scroll list of doom. I intend to only have an optional scroll of doom now. Which this is the start of. Ironic? Who knows, Alanis ruined that word for everyone.
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State of the Trans Nation 2014

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Originally posted to The Mary Sue

When I hear some positive trans news I have an instinctive mental flinch. It’s rare when news about trans issues is unabashedly positive, I wait for the insensitivity or outright attacks to start. Even when an online article is unabashedly positive—and this is rare—the comment section will be awash with attacks and abuse from cisgender people, straight and gay. Although it’s different here at TMS, generally Internet rule #2473 applies: never read a comment section! Yet I’d be willing to argue that overall, 2014 has been a positive year for trans people, but I’m not saying that without caveats. ROUS-sized caveats, in fact, as the year has had many tragedies, too. This is the TMS state of the trans nation address, highlighting a few of the biggest trans stories of 2014. I know I’ll be missing some of your important stories, so discuss them in the comments below.

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Why All Those Sexist Complaints About The New Ghostbusters Movie Are Garbage

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Originally posted to The Mary Sue

I simply love the first Ghostbusters movie, though I know it has issues. It gets lost a little in the last third, and its treatment of women is not exactly that positive (right from the opening, where a professor is targeting a student for sex). Despite that, I’d still argue that the movie contains some of the greatest filmmaking of all time. Okay, I might be biased as I’m a fan, but even Bill Murray agrees. Clearly he’s not biased because he’s Bill freaking Murray. I won’t argue with Bill freaking Murray.

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Why Transparent has lost the trust of the transgender community

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Originally posted to The Mary Sue

I’ve written about the issues I have with Transparent before, but buckle in – we’re going to take another spin. I was one of the people on Twitter that was not happy with all the mainstream media attention the show received, especially after the Golden Globes. The speeches were good, and the show genuinely does have it’s heart in the right place, as does the main lead. But public opinion on Transparent is split: to cisgender people, it’s a positive accurate portrayal of the “trans experience”; to transgender people, it’s a lot less accurate and positive.

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