And on the subject of ‘edginess’ in comics…
You can show sex without having it be tasteless:
You can discuss rape without having it be exploitative:
You can portray prostitution without fetishizing it:
You can write dark storylines without having it be soulless:
You can write addiction without treating it simplistically:
I am not crying, there’s just something in my eye.
I am not suggesting that comics should consist of nothing but squeaky-clean fluff. You want to write something dark, controversial, non-kid-friendly? Go for it. Comics aren’t just for kids anymore.
But do it with respect. Do it with sensitivity. And for the love of God, do not do it just to be “edgy”.
You want to know what these scenes have in common? They have heart. They have nuance. And they fit into the context of telling a larger story - one which is ultimately empowering, not degrading, to the characters involved. These scenes were written for more than shock value.
Too often, when these issues are brought up, that is not the case. There is no thought, no heart, no nuance. There is no larger story. It’s blatantly obvious that the writer just wanted to be shocking or “gritty”, and so they decided to bust out the sex/drugs/rape/torture/”hookers”.
That’s not how you do it. You can’t use these things for shock value. You can’t use them as a plot point. You can’t use them just to be ‘edgy’. You owe it to your characters to treat them with more respect than that.
- The New Titans 65
The Titans has brought down the posessed Raven, and Tim meets the team. he’s such a fanboy, hehe.
From The Titans #15 (May 2000)
“He was trained by Batman!”
The Titans really love to rag on Dick about this, although this time it’s more in anger than in jest.
- The New Titans 60
The Titans are looking for Dick. Several things to note about this:
- They’re really putting in an effort to find him!
- Dick’s a slob. People who are very tidy in their heads tend to not be so tidy with the things around them. Super-smart detective equals slobby cleaning tendencies.
- I have too high thoughts about Tim and don’t want him to have taken something from Dick’s safe, but he is the only one who can have done it.
- Roy! Nice seeing you again. :)
Never really thought about Dick’s missing photo too much, but come to think of it…. who else but Tim would have done it?
I miss Lian.
Titans v1 #5
Where Donna goes, hugs follow.
-New Teen Titans v2 #20
[The Titans: Secret Files and Origins #1]
Some happy snaps from Donna, featuring proof Dick does in fact sleep. Wally West playing with himself; Lian learning to swim from Garth; Roy playing William Tell with Garth and a beautiful self-portrait of Donna herself.
(I love this artwork! They look so real, one of my favourite Secret Files and Origins issues ever.)
it doesn’t stop being funny to me