A woman wrote this. Yes I’m a woman. And I wrote this. It contains opinions.

keiren-smith:

Been asked for my opinion (in phone calls and PMs I’ve gotten) and I’ve pointed out that I’ve tried to not comment on ‘the’ cover directly (I’m sure I slipped up somewhere! Gotta be honest, I giggle so hard every time I see it that it’s hard to put a thought together). My entire point, my near-constant argument in life, is that people get to have opinions… and by people, I mean “women”.

Short version:  most women are terrified to speak out loud and express an opinion. They are utterly petrified to do so when they are addressing issues of women, sexism and feminism. The internet has emboldened women to speak out more—but it has also enabled men to easily put more effort into silencing them, or threatening them into silence. When I say “terrified” I mean TERRIFIED. All of you were able to grasp how horrible it was when Janelle Assellin wrote about the death and rape threats she gets…none of you seem to get that the constant onslaught of mockery, sneering and general disrespect is equally exhausting. (Do consider, gentlemen:  You find a woman daring to criticise a working comics pro or illustrator as “disrespectful”, appalling, etc. but you have utterly no problem with mocking her or her defenders across the internet and starting memes to continue that mocking. She’s not entitled to her opinion…so she’s entitled to YOURS telling her that.) Most women I know fear having that spill into public encounters with these men, and having to work or socialise in now-toxic environments. To that end, I have had many private talks with women genuinely upset with the online discussion about the cover, or the levels of vitriol found in the social media accounts of men, even comics pros, they admire. Thus, they are fearful to engage.

The first argument is, of course, that YOU are equally entitled to your opinion.

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Mrs. Ty Templeton wrote this. All by herself.

(This is my take on the controversy itself:  http://tytempletonart.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/buns-toons-yay/.

Given who I ended up with, I think you can safely guess my thoughts about women with opinions!)

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fuckyeahtoronto:

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We didn’t get any photos of the giant blue horse at the airport (got a little distracted by a story the taxi driver told claiming that the horse fell on the sculptor and killed him. Is that true?!), but we got lots of the blue bear. What’s with Denver and giant animals\?

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While at Denver Comic Con, woke up one morning to Keiren asking, “Why is there a giant pencil beside that building?” I thought she was making some kind of weird joke…but no, there is a giant pencil beside a building. A couple of years ago, someone got the idea to paint the smokestack to look like a giant pencil. 
Given that there is a giant blue horse at the Denver airport, and a giant blue bear at the convention centre (which we could see by turning left, after checking out the pencil from our window), I started to wonder if Denver was a town inspired by Bill Finger and his love of giant oversized props. Marc Tyler |Nobleman reminded me that Bill was actually born in Denver!

While at Denver Comic Con, woke up one morning to Keiren asking, “Why is there a giant pencil beside that building?” I thought she was making some kind of weird joke…but no, there is a giant pencil beside a building. A couple of years ago, someone got the idea to paint the smokestack to look like a giant pencil. 

Given that there is a giant blue horse at the Denver airport, and a giant blue bear at the convention centre (which we could see by turning left, after checking out the pencil from our window), I started to wonder if Denver was a town inspired by Bill Finger and his love of giant oversized props. Marc Tyler |Nobleman reminded me that Bill was actually born in Denver!

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More fun with color… Scarlet Witch from Denver Comic Con June 2014

More fun with color… Scarlet Witch from Denver Comic Con June 2014

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