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 

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.

Ten things I’ve learnt from taking care of my disabled brother.

For the last six months I’ve been taking care of my junior brother who has cerebral palsy,is fully dependent and non verbalhonestly, it has been difficult. However it has been quite the learning experience. Here is a short list of things I have learnt while on the “job”.

  1. Patience is key. It is one of the most vital traits you need to survive the experience.
  2. It can be exhausting, both emotionally and physically. The long hours, the physical lifting and the stress can tire one out. 
  3. One learns to appreciate the little things. A lot of the time we take stuff for granted and feel that we deserve more or are owed something by the universe. Seeing my younger brother with his limitations still smiling and happy does tell me that I’m lucky to have what I do have.
  4. Empathy. Ok this is more as a result of being his brother than the six months of nanny work but having a brother with disabilities does force you to see the flaws and weakness of others, and if you’re not some sociopath you’ll learn to feel for them and in time understand them. 
  5. Your social life does suffer a lot. Not being able to hang out with friends does limit what support and encouragement you get. Though good friends can and will contact you on the job.
  6. To be honest there is no off period. One is always on call. In case of any kind of complications or issues one must always be ready. 
  7. You will get used to and get tired of the routine. In my case my bro’s life is severely regimented from the minute he’s awake to the time of sleep. What he eats, what medications he gets, his therapy, his sitting and resting periods, you will get this regiment drilled into your soul. 
  8. As said before there is a routine. However there’s a lot of chaos within it. Sometimes the routine is carried out perfectly.  Some days, there are colossal screw ups. In others small but needed changes are introduced. So one is never sure of what the next day will bring. 
  9. Your charge/ward is a living breathing Human being. He will express pleasure and displeasure. Love and hate.  Boredom and excitement. He will show you what he needs and what he wants and god help you you fail to realise that. 
  10. Lastly you learn to do things not because of what you’ll gain but out of love. Taking care of a sibling with disabilities is a heavy duty. A labor of love. And is one of the few acts of mankind that separates us from the feral animals out in the wild. 

And that’s that. A short list of what I learned and continue to learn caring for my bro. However wanna get back to writing my stories.  

P.S. here’s a superman  pic for ya.