I drew a comic about getting married to the sea.
Much has been made about the idea that mainstream comic books are driving all of pop culture — and they are. Superhero movies might seem silly and airy, but they’re extremely powerful. They have an impact on a whole lot of people (look at “Guardians’” $94 million opening weekend for the latest proof). Given that, we have the obligation to take them just as seriously as any other significant force in our culture. We have to talk about this stuff — be it diversity, gender politics, social commentary or any of the other larger issues these works may raise. It’s not a distraction or a digression, it’s a bare minimum expectation — and just as much of a relevant and necessary of a conversation for fans to be having as wondering when we’ll finally see “The Infinity Gauntlet” on the big screen.
The idea that the only reason to have these discussion is to “appease” some nebulous entity reduces the importance of these matters to a false “us vs. them” mentality. There’s nothing inherently political about wanting to see positive, diverse representation in popular entertainment, be it movies, television, video games or the comic books themselves that so much of them are based on. It’s life. It’s reality. It doesn’t have a left or right wing bias. I don’t want to see minorities in a superhero movie because I’m a minority; I want to see it because I live in society. Much like Peter Quill’s reason for wanting to save the galaxy — because he’s one of the idiots who lives in it — it benefits everybody.
Alien - The Illustrated Story
(Published by Titan Books in 2012. Originally published by Heavy Metal Communications in 1979)
Written by Archie Goodwin
Art by Walt Simonson
Coloring by Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Deborah Pedlar, Polly Law and Bob Lerose
Lettering & Design by Jonh Workman
Edited by Charles Lippincott
"In space no one can hear you scream."