Character Themes and Social Politics.

 Tho the recent months have been difficult for me financially and socially but I have done my best to 

follow the issues of the comic community. And now that things are a little better for me I felt I should make a comment on one of them.

Whenever I hear someone shout on youtube or write on a blog or reddit “Don’t  bring your politics into our comics.” there’s  the immediate response that “comics have always been political” and once both sides have been riled up, we go straight to name calling and flame wars.  

I thought  about it for a bit and came to a simple, conclusion. Not saying its the right conclusion, but this makes the most sense to me. 

It all depends on the theme/general ideology of the characters/comic book in question.

For example, Spider-man is all about personal responsibility. A lot of his stories focus on the fact that despite what happens to us we are ultimately responsible for the actions/decisions we make.

Batman’s tends to be about Justice, Punisher vengence, Hulk inner demons and the power fantasy of being able to lash out /overcome oppressors/ threats.

So from what I’ve listed , we can already guess that some political topics are a natural fit for some characters. 

Now the stories stated as “political” are simply stories that do not work with the original themes of the character/comic. They are not an evolution nor a growth, but simply a betrayal of the ideas behind the creation of the character. 

For example, a story featuring Sherlock holmes as a pimp…….. would not be taken well by anyone I’ld expect. Neither would a story about a stupid, crybaby Batman.  

personally the best example of this would be one more day. 

My reason for hating this story is that it betrayed the core theme of self responsibility. Peter Parker, the amazing spider-man was a character that screwed up ….a lot. But his story was about him getting back up from his mistakes and making restitution for those mistakes.  

This was him making a deal with the devil to erase a mistake….He ran from the consequences of his choices and went the easy way out. 

A divorce which would have hurt, would have grown the character and made him a lot more relatible ( I mean aren’t alot of American people divorced at least once.) and its a more natural story than the crap we got.

Now the current dilemma seems to be that modern comics in particular marvel, seem to be more concerned about making a point over telling a story. 

Instead of picking a character/creating one that fits the point they are trying to make, they try to bend popular existing characters to fit their point despite how nonsensical the result turns out to be. 

Conversely Superman rebirth worked so well because it restored the theme of superman which had been damaged by the new 52 and in particular the truth arc (while I didn’t hate the truth arc, it was really depressing to see superman depowered for several months with his id exposed by lois lane of all people.) Now hes back to being classic Superman, champion of earth, married to Lois, with the pleasant addition of a natural son jon kent the new superboy! (still waiting for conner’s return so that I can see them interact)

So basically the question is not whether comics are political, its whether the writer understands the character he/she is writing so that whatever issue/point the writer wants to make fits within the themes that the character represents.  

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Marvel Originals

Decided to do some fanart of the Marvel heroes and their legacy counter parts, why? Cuz despite the stuff that marvel tends to do, they have the most popular human heroes in comic history. Here we have Iron Man, Spider – man,  Captain Marvel, Hulk, Thor and Wolverine! 

#art #nigerianart #pencilart #fanart #artwork #pencils #pencildrawing #marvellegends #marvelcomics #avengers #webhead #marvelart #comicbookart 

My thoughts on superhero comics no killing rule.

So this isn’t going to be too long. I have always been a fan of superheroes since i was a kid. My favorite heroes were batman, superman and spiderman. Batman for his crime stories, Superman because of his awesome displays of might and Spidey for how the superhero life complicates normal social life (something marvel seems to forget, he has to have a social life to be disrupted. Its not about being young or about being down on your luck. Its the juggling of his parker life and his spidey life thats interesting)
Ok just watched the injustice 2 story mode on youtube. While the game play itselfwas quite excellent…but a bit too mkish, the story left me a bit cold. I’m not here to talk about the obvious issue…..coughbatwankcough……its about their intepretation of the no kill rule.
According to batman (or at least more moral superheroes in marvel/dc) a hero must never kill or else they’d run the risk of becoming villains too.
A sort of man becomes the monster he fights trope.
But this reason for it rings hollow and is a bit insulting.
First it kinda mocks people who work in law enforcement and the military who sometimes are forced to kill while in action. No reasonable person likes to kill, however some enemies/threats are so dangerous or the situation itself so dicey that sometimes the trigger needs to be pulled.
Secondly using this reason for why heroes dont kill is pretty arrogant in itself. I may be wrong but to me it implies that the hero in question is above the law. And that his choices carry more weight than they actually do.
Thirdly it makes heroes seem far more mentally fragile than i would like. Every other genre of action hero ( pulp, supernatural,cyberpunk,war) realises that there are peeps who need to be taken out. That make them bad in fact when they do we celebrate their badass actions. So why are superheroes the ones that will go crazy when they take a life? It feels weak especially since the real reason is (comic book publishers) to keep a set of rotating villains that the hero can fight over and over without worrying that he’d run out of peeps to punch.
So I reasoned out a different reason for the no kill rule that makes me at least feel a little better.
Heroes don’t kill because they aren’t allowed to. Either by overt laws or unspoken understanding.
Superheroes are a mix of first responders and heavy artillery that assist the existing law enforcement in protecting or enhancing society.
Understandably superheroes need a certain level of freedom in order to be effective which society grants in exchange for a promise/set of guidelines.
One of which is never to kill a suspect. This is naturally due to the fact that society should be the one to judge the criminals not vigilante justice.
So any superhero who kills maliciously loses all privileges and is treated as a criminal in order to prevent others from following such actions.
This I feel both ties the heroes closer to the societies they work in and makes a better case for why superheroes shouldn’t kill rather than you’ll get a taste for blood after killing.
Anyhow am I making sense or am I just over thinking this.
Wow this was longer than I thought for a random musing.

Feeling Old

Been feeling quite old and regretful the past few months. With the one year anniversary of my late aunt, to the weddings of my older and younger cousins, my kid bro thinking of changing his job,to the upcoming wedding of an old school mate, it hit me that I’m a lot older than I felt I was. 

I am a little bitter at present circumstances but what has happened has happened. Staying cooped up in the past and wasting the present is a horrible thing to do to oneself.

Though I am quite uneasy about where my next actions might take me, it would be nice to do something new for a change. 

Leaving you with a pic of Celest Summerfrost!

Happy valentines!

Another valentine’s day has arrived!
Whether you’re a member of the forever alone alliance, the club of dates, the institution of wedlock or even the league of the separated, it is a day where you’re expected to be at least a little caring.
Let’s hope to show a little love both to ourselves and to others.

Looking for peace of mind.

I’ve been in a black mood lately. Things haven’t exactly been going well. In fact they’re kind of miserable.
The Paradox of the situation is that the most obvious solution to some of the issues facing me is the most difficult thing to acknowledge.
As I wandered through the corridors of Wrath, Fright and Procrastination, I found and brought to light several of these thoughts that are plaguing my mind at the moment.

• Sometimes one burns bridges because he/she is fearful or ashamed of when others cross over said bridges for a visit. Better to be alone than to face the possible disappointment/pity from peers.

•Sometimes the lesson you teach isn’t the moral that is learnt.

•If one is always deemed wrong, how can one be trusted to make decisions?

•If one’s happiness can only be granted by oneself, then why are the majority of one’s happiest moments in the presence of others?

•One loves the concept of life, but not life itself. Relationships,victories, growths are all envied and logically appreciated but are not experienced.

• when one is repressed for a long time, what comes out when it is finally free?

• An ideal is simply a desirable state of being not a mandate on what life should be.

• If everyone is different, why are we trying to assume there is a single way of life for all humans to follow?

• A lot of the time we simply do what we want and justify our actions afterwards.

Laying out the issues in my mind made me wonder, what exactly do I want. And what will it take for me to be content. Not happy but content.
I will spend some more time wandering these mental hallways.

The seven deadly sins

Seven Deadly Sins : Evil traits or Survival instincts.
It’s a common belief in christianity that indulging in the seven deadly sins would send your soul on a fast track to hell.
However, when you look at these sins, they seem pretty basic to human nature don’t they?
I might say without these so called ‘sins’ Humanity would not have survived so long on this planet.
Why?
Em…. because in essence they are our survival instincts. Those traits that help us to live and prosper and avoid or overcome threats.
How? Here’s the List.
1. Wrath: when you feel threatened, cheated or even just offended what do you feel? Anger of course! It’s your self defense mode in order to protect oneself from precieved threats. There are occasions where anger has helped in allowing people to make a meaningful change in their lives or to give a much needed boost in energy to overcome a threat.
2. Lust: Simply put we can call this the reproductive instinct. It’s a natural push to creating future generations of a species. It is also said to boost emotional connection between mates. I don’t think we need much more elaboration on this.
3. Greed: This is hoarding and stockpiling instinct. We could say it is the drive for future security. Knowing of the seasons of plenty and drought, it is reasonable to expect that this drive exists in order to insulate oneself from the harshness of such dry periods. I.e. The more you stockpile, the more you get to enjoy later.
4. Sloth: Without a whole bunch of laziness there would be no technology. Every innovation in technology to some extent was based on the desire for an easier, more comfortable alternative. Cars, television, Internet, video games all have an aspect of making certain activities easier.
5. Gluttony: This is related to greed in the sense that while greed is outward stockpiling, Gluttony is more inward.
In uncertain periods of human history it was not uncommon for people to gorge themselves whenever they found food, because they were never sure of when they could get another meal. Basically delaying the effects of starvation.
6. Pride: this could be the leadership/ambition/ confidence drive. Any idea needs the confidence to back it up. In order to get things done or to convince others of a particular choice/action, confidence in oneself is needed.
7. Envy: This could be called the competitive spirit. This is the reason sports as a whole exists. Some say that having a rival can enhance your skills and push one to greater achievements. This is one trait that helps humanity push forward and advance.
Yes over indulging in these traits can be a a very bad thing, as morality tales and quite a few religions state.
In my own opinion this is because to a certain extent these sins aren’t society friendly. What I mean is, these ‘sins’ are very self centered in nature.i.e. Gluttony and greed can restrict the availability of resources preventing others from accessing them. Lust can lead to broken hearts, resentment and jealousy amongst rivals or even between the supposed “harem” or even the offspring. Anger clouds judgment, envy can be destructive, pride can limit progress and problem solving, sloth leads to passiveness.
I guess the point to this little talk is that like all other “things” there are good and bad sides to it.
So what do you think? Am I just saying nonsense or do I have a point. Comments would be appreciated.

Heyo there! I’m back!
2016 was a bloody mess of a year in which I was forced to go offline for extended periods of time. No. More.
Weekly posts are to be expected.