futurerevolutions asked: What exactly are the approximate races of Alana and Marko? Like it's a fantasy/sci-fi deal so I know they're aliens but, let's be real, I seriously doubt the team would stray from this kind of question since they write a comic like this and the artist is an ~awake~ WoC?????
“This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.”
- Brian K. Vaughan (x)
Both Brian and Fiona have repeatedly said that their heroes are PoC. And of course it’s clear from Fiona’s illustrations that neither Alana nor Marko are white, but that Alana has darker skin than Marko.
The only featured/recurring character in the Saga universe who actually seems to have white skin is The Stalk.
However, I still come across white-washed Saga fan art and fancasting posts, which never cease to amaze and infuriate me. No matter how pretty the art, I will never repost that shit.
If people genuinely see these characters as white, they need to check their eyesight or their racism. And I doubt the optometrist will find any deficiencies.
Thanks for the ask. I haven’t had a good rant on this subject in a while!
Personal pet peeve is folks who think Marko is white. He ain’t.
Marko is meant to be Asian- more specifically, I combined features from a handful of Japanese models and actors when I was designing him. I can see why people sometimes mistake him for white, because I avoided using exaggerated racial markers (slanted eyes, rounded nose, etc). With simple cartoon drawings like these, a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. So I accept there will be some misidentification because I didn’t draw Marko’s family like Mulan characters, haha.
I see Alana as having mixed heritage. When I drew her father I was envisioning an Indian man. Her mother remains a mystery!
Spring has sprung in our backyard and it’s never going to snow again ever.
Today in business as usual, a nice elderly man had to be given a stern talking to about his repeated viewing of porn in the computer lab, and another gentleman thought it totes acceptable to roam the library with a giant live snake wrapped around his arm.
In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.
Facts about library use in Rep. Paul Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin:
- Just blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013.
- More than 65 percent of Wisconsin libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents.
- The state of Wisconsin reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs in state public libraries.
Advocates can support IMLS by tweeting Rep. Ryan at @RepPaulRyan.
Forever crushing on tv dads
The more I learned about Saint-Exupéry, the more I despaired of ever being able to put him on the page in a way that captured all his many and contradictory aspects. He was a revered writer, of course, but he was also an inventor who held several patents; a skilled mathematician; an astounding magician; an infuriating man who nonetheless managed to capture women’s hearts through his unique blend of charisma, awkward charm, talent, and helplessness; a great French patriot; an incredible pilot; a depressed man who loved humankind; a man whose mind and heart were a wonder to me, yet who insisted that character can be measured only by one’s actions, and not one’s thoughts or words. How could I convey all this without straying into biography or losing the thread of the story I wanted to tell?
The Rumpus Interview with Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex