Back in 2002.
Sometimes I feel dumb for wearing lipstick every day then I remember I’m fine as hell. Also my hair is longer than it’s ever been!
Since I started this blog four years ago I’ve reported on problematic merchandise featuring DC Comics IP too many times to mention. And it seems to go the same way:
1. Post on item
2. Get worked over in comments, Twitter and comics forums by people stating one or more of the following:
- feminists have no sense of humor aka “Ah yes, more, more bullsh*t from the feminist brigade”
- that there are “real problems” in the world and question why “this is even an issue”
- I’m a woman and have no problem with it
- I showed it to my wife/daughter/girlfriend/mother and they had no problem with it
- You “misinterpreted” the item
- comics are for dudes so get over it
- why did I ignore that other thing so clearly I am a selective journalist that just hates DC and finally, always a favorite,
- I’m an ugly bitch SJW feminazi who needs a good dickin’
And yup all that stuff got said this week when I posted about a t-shirt featuring Wonder Woman and Superman that basically elicited a huge EWWWW from most people who saw it.
Coincidentally another t-shirt popped this week that state the wearer was “training to be Batman’s wife”.
And that got an equal amount of disgust.
But this time? This time DC Comics responded to the issue and we got this:
DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.
I have to admit I’m surprised to not only see them comment but acknowledge the problem and say they will try and fix it.
Good job, DC.
People were very generous last month and I was able to compensate my staff. (THANK YOU SO MUCH.) I promise we used this money to pay for things like food, rent, and gold plated Japanese smart toilets.
Things are a little better now, we found a way to fund Corg Life, but we are still having this same sidebar problem. That tumblr preview continues to eat up pageviews and thus my ad revenue is not nearly enough to pay my staff for this coming month. I’ve personally emailed David Karp about this, but his lack of response probably means the feature is baked into tumblr and isn’t going away.
We are looking into Patreon and Subbable, but these things take time to set up. We have some other ideas for how to monetize, but those also take time. I think my content coodinator jujyfruit0 (Jessica) is going to come into town so we can organize a Subbable campaign. But that requires air travel and more money. Apparently to run a successful business you need money before you can make the money. It’s very frustrating.
Right now my team and I are working hard to create more comics (we have a very cool sci-fi comic in the works!), improve my photography blog (new contributors/more tutorials!), create a plan to bring fresher content to tumblr (stuff you haven’t seen before!), and setup a system where all of the little tasks are taken care of by my team so I can focus solely on creating original content like I used to (more original creations/new animal facts!). We even have a few entirely new websites that we want to launch. One of which I’m hoping will help artists and webcomic creators get a huge head start in building an audience.
We’ve been at this for months and we are getting close, but with my health issues and my team’s limited time to work, I feel like it is all moving along at a turtle’s pace. We don’t have a lot of tangible stuff to prove how much hard work we have been putting in. But I assure you that many of us work from morning until we go to bed.
I want to make this site better. I want it to be the go-to place for people who need a safe, positive space. I have the plan to do that but I’m having trouble with resources.
If all this sounds like something you would want, and if you value the work we already do, I ask that you consider helping us keep going. Believe it or not, if enough people just pitch in a few dollars, I can keep my staff paid for another month and hopefully by then we will have a better system than me begging.
This stupid sidebar thing just threw a wrench into our biz and I don’t know how else to keep going until we get our new solutions in place.
Things you can do.
If a bunch of folks sent in a few dollars each, I can make sure all my staff gets paid this month. They are amazing people and would probably work for free until we get things figured out, but I would really prefer not having to ask that of them.
Buy a tshirt!
You can help out and be stylish. Win/win.
Hire me for photographic tasks!
If you are a maker and sell items on Etsy or ebay, having professional photos of your products can make a huge difference in sales. You can send me the item, I’ll take high quality, color accurate photos and send the item back.
If you are in the St. Louis area, I can do studio portraits or even personal photography training.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
As I’ve said before, even if you can’t help, I just want to thank you all for your love and support through the years. You have kept me going through some hard times and I can’t express how much you mean to me.
Here is another puppy Otis picture as a thank you for reading this. .
I say that sounds like a fantastic way to spend the day with me.
Only a monster would make someone choose between the two best kinds of fur babies.