eekim1988

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    November 18, 2013 5:18 pm The first comic that came to my head for the inspiration question was Transmetropolitan.
    August 29, 2013 12:02 am This was definitely my PotW too. Loving the art but especially loving Greg Pak's writing. It's amazing how much good storytelling can really make a comic exceptional.
    May 6, 2013 11:44 pm @USPUNX: It's a shame that you make an assumption that I only care about racism toward Asians. I just happened to be posting about this particular topic today. But point taken. Maybe racist is too strong a word. In my original post, I don't use the word racist but instead the term "racial insensitivity" which is probably more accurate. However, I think it's still fair to be disappointed by the lack of response from Marvel since the original solicits about this and also to be disappointed that so few people think it's a big deal. Racial or cultural insensitivity may not be racism but they are still underneath and a part of a widespread cultural attitude in the United States of acting and feeling like Asians are "other". Both racism and insensitivity should be stamped out and I don't think pointing out either should be ignored. And now I really will stop posting about this. I already said I would but I felt like I had to respond to the statement that I seem to only care about racism against Asians. I'm not. I just happened to post about this today because today was when this page opened up on iFanboy.
    May 6, 2013 11:35 pm @adrianrigter: I actually tweeted both Brevoort and Hickman today. Neither has made any remarks nor replied to me, despite both having made tweets since I messaged them. I have a feeling they will never reply to me, which is disappointing but understandable.
    May 6, 2013 10:40 pm I'm someone who barely posts on any board, forum, or website I'm a part of. I mostly only post when I feel like there is something important to say. I don't use the pull list because I feel like there's no point in doing so on this website. I can just buy my comics. I did a pull list one week just to see what it was like and have felt no need to do ever do so again. No need to advertise everywhere what I'm buying. It's unfortunate that you think I'm a troll, but the timing of these two events just happen to have occurred in a very short timespan. And yes, I am making some assumptions. But considering that Marvel's only response to this issue is to either 1. say nothing or 2. make jokes (aka something Hickman said in response to questions about this) I don't think it's unwarranted to say that Marvel has little interest in addressing the matter at all. If Marvel won't talk about it, at least somebody who is affected by this can. My real name is on my profile and my username is one that I commonly use. If you think I'm just some anonymous troll, then I'm sorry that you think that way. But it should be really clear just from my name that I am an Asian and any sort of racism, whether intentional or not, against Asians is something that I would feel passionately about. This will be the last comment I make on this page before I go back to my non-posting ways, so you can feel free to have the last word. But I just wanted to let you know that I'm not a troll.
    May 6, 2013 8:08 pm I just read Weaver's blogpost and can accept the fact that this was a mistake, at least on his end. But this does just make Marvel editorial look even worse now to my eyes. Marvel editorial knows that the story is going to be based in Asia, they probably have some sort of information about which country it would be based on, and could have (and should have) given Weaver more information than just, "Draw Asian-inspired characters." Now Marvel editorial looks both lazy and racist.
    May 6, 2013 6:04 pm I've been buying every issue of Avengers and New Avengers, but I'm going to be skipping on this one purely on the cover alone. There is a very weird racial insensitivity going on with the cover that I am not comfortable with. The story is based in Hong Kong, which is in China. The cover is an homage to Japanese popular culture. Does Marvel really think that two very different Asian culture are interchangeable like this? I understand that Dustin Weaver is a huge Japanophile, but Marvel should have known better and asked Weaver to change the cover or told him from the start that the issue was going to be about China and not Japan. If Weaver wanted to do a cover homaging Japanese pop culture, he could have easily done one for other books that are actually related to the correct country, like Wolverine. The worst part of all this is that Marvel has not many any sort of comment about this issue, though it has been brought up multiple times by various websites. If this were an issue set in Great Britain but had a clear French, Spanish, or German theme for a cover, I think it would definitely be talked about much more. But because this is an issue about Asia, which comics barely use as a subject matter to begin with outside of the two "main" Asian countries (China and Japan), this is going largely unnoticed or, worse, ignored as not important and minor.
    May 5, 2013 10:48 pm @Master Destructo: Don't worry about it. You definitely said things in a better manner than I did. Thanks for the reply!
    May 5, 2013 12:25 pm The Mandarin is one of the clearest examples of a racist stereotype in comics. Just because his mother was British doesn't mean that he isn't a caricature. All you have to do is type in "The Mandarin Fu Manchu" into Google and find dozens of article talking about how the Mandarin is a racist caricature. Here are two examples of such articles: http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/defending-iron-man-3s-big-plot-twist http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1228548/racist-curse-fu-manchu-back-spotlight-after-chevrolet-ad Even Shane Black, the director of this film, says he's a racist caricature. And yes, there are aspects of those characters that you mention that are slightly or even very racist. Comics has a long history of terrible historical standards, such as misogyny, racism, and outright ignorance. I love comics, but I think it's foolish to ignore those kinds of things in our hobby's history.
    May 5, 2013 1:21 am As someone of Asian descent, I've always hated the Asian caricature the Mandarin and so many Asian characters in comics turn out to be. So I was slightly dreading the depiction of the Mandarin a mainstream movie. I just want to say that I'm really pleased with how it turns out and I honestly don't care that some comic fans are feeling upset about the change. The Mandarin is based off a racist stereotype, no matter how modern or updated the current version is. If they changed the Mandarin to something like the movie version in the comics, there would be at least one happy Asian-American comic fan in this world.