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Justin Martin
Thorn in your side, salve on your wound, one seed of a new and stronger tree. Writer. Soother. Agitator. Shithead. Disabled and queer. Let's talk comics
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Ritesh 5h
Replying to @jmartinwrites
What this all really lays out is the biggest failing of LoSH as a comic is not being this. So many complaints by so many about a big, sprawling cast, but if shounen can do it and be as successful as they are, no reason superhero comics can't. It's a big world, they can show it
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Justin Martin 4h
Replying to @plentyofalcoves
daria rattigan
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Mari Dev Ramsawakh 16h
Replying to @merkyywaters
That's why white disabled people don't "get" racism just because of their disability.
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Mari Dev Ramsawakh 16h
Remember how I wrote 2 personal essays for Xtra, one about accessibility in the queer community, the other about racism in the queer community. The former was met with acceptance and promises to do better, the latter I was criticized for being divisive and whiny.
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Justin Martin 5h
Replying to @jmartinwrites
(a Justice League run where every villain was bigger and stranger than the last, and even as little as 1/3rd of the villains they defeated then permanently joined the hero roster for the rest of the run would be THE SHIT, probably the best run ever no contest, and you know it.)
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Justin Martin 5h
Replying to @jmartinwrites
Weirdly, Scott Snyder's Justice League FELT LIKE it might go in this direction circa issue 25 when the team beats Forger and Superman extends a hand so he can join the League...but they never really commit to the bit beyond him.
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Justin Martin 5h
Replying to @GhosttGray
"big big cast" gets us halfway there but I think I'm also looking for...let's call it an expansive moral worldview. "If we defeat you, and you wanna come along with us, you can! the journey is long and the adventure is vast!"
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Justin Martin 5h
Replying to @jmartinwrites
(though I haven't read it, Claremont X-Men probably a shonen structure: defeated villains become neutral part of sprawling cast. Rapid cast expansion via instant forgiveness. See: Rogue, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch. Post-Claremont X-Men probably not.)
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Justin Martin 5h
Replying to @GhosttGray
I've read neither: do they fit the further definition of "rapidly-expanding main lingering cast because of instant and deep forgiveness" I just laid out ala UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, or is it just "cast big, threats escalate"? like, Game of Thrones is not a shonen, nor is Lost.
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Justin Martin 6h
Replying to @jmartinwrites
Big Two comics are largely missing a Yamcha, a Bon Clay, a Franky, a Buggy, a Nami: a defeated villain who straight-up joins the main cast (maybe because we're obsessed with punishment) This is why the first and (so far, watch me) only American shonen is UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL
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Justin Martin 6h
Replying to @jmartinwrites
Edited to add and clarify: A shonen, in this definition, doesn't just escalate threats every arc. American comics already mimic that. What our comics miss is a cast which both expands AND lingers; the villains we meet in arc #1 become heroes or neutral in arc #2 and so on.
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Justin Martin 6h
Replying to @ProfofEvil
you know what American comic IS a shonen in terms of most antagonists being added to the regular cast as neutrals after their arcs end as straight-villains? UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL
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Justin Martin 6h
Replying to @ProfofEvil
a shonen cast has to both expand AND linger; as i recall, the villains we meet in arc #1 don't become heroes or neutral in arc #2 and so on. a shonen isn't just an escalation -- most American comics escalate threats -- it's a recursive cast-snowball.
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Justin Martin 6h
Replying to @DavidMann95
i understand one proper noun in this here tweet dave
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Justin Martin 6h
will pay a math person to explain this to me
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Justin Martin 6h
which big two characters have a deep emotional attachment to 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up?" Spider-Man, obviously. Who else?
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Justin Martin 6h
Replying to @DavidMann95
playing the "i'm your friend, send it to me" card
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Justin Martin 6h
i would disagree but i am willing to reread and ask again. if that is shonen we're thinking too small.
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Justin Martin 6h
jungle piss, jungle piss you didn't think i would meme this well my friend, you are wrong you can suck my jungle-dong it's a song about jungle piss.
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wizard life 6h
"yes, if it has jungle piss" -
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