Shauncastic 10: We Know Stuff!


In this podcast we discuss casual racism in comics, the inadvertent gentrification of the DC Universe, and crazy theory about hair.

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  1. Captain Mike says:

    Have you looked at the new characters of the past 5 years? there is a large relative number of either non-white, gay or female characters being introduced into Marvel/DC

    Spider-girl – hispanic woman
    blue beetle – hispanic male
    new question – gay latina woman
    young avengers – 2 gay males, 2 women, black male. 1 white guy (a jerk)
    new Bucky – girl (teen)
    the 99 – muslum hero group
    the atom – asian (now dead)
    wolverine’s new girlfriend – hispanic
    new x-men kids – gay kid, asian girl, brazilian girl, angry white male, black smart guy, hispanic guy, hick white southern guy
    batwoman – lesbian female
    new aqualad – black male
    miss martian – female, martian
    static – reintroduced black male
    ravager – female
    young allies new guy – hispanic male

    Justice League Generation Lost is keith Kiffen and Judd stars a russian,fire ( brazilian woman), ice (international femaile), blue beetle (hispanic), booster gold (the dumb/greedy white guy)

    I think the hardest part of introducing non-derivative characters is that people don’t support new characters. People say that they want new characters and diversity, but the sales numbers are not there. The best shot of getting one to stick is to make a character a “spin-off” and hope that enough spider-MAN readers like Spider-GIRL. However, every team book now has a pretty solid number of non-white-straight-american-males per book.

    I think that the companies are doing pretty well of trying to introduce diversity and get these new characters to stick, but if people don’t buy the books with the new characters, they are more likely to go-retro and return the mantle to the original white guys.

    And I don’t say beaner-beetle. That’s a dumb name.

    November 24th, 2010 at 8:39 am

  2. shaunblog says:

    Well we were talking about DC comics primarily and actually said Marvel is fairly progressive. A lots of the characters you mentioned are Marvel and we did cover stuff like Blue Beetle, Question, Atom, Batwoman, Static and Generation Lost, so I think we covered it pretty well. And I have always appreciated that you dont say Beaner Beetle – lol.

    November 24th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  3. jhota says:

    i think the X-Men are a somewhat poor example for diverse characters; not because they aren’t diverse, but because that’s their shtick. so pointing out that the X-Men are diverse is something of a non-surprise.

    but Marvel has been better at the diversity thing for a long time. and DC’s been screwing up a lot recently; look at how they’ve treated the Milestone characters.

    December 3rd, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  4. Dastari says:

    I like Iron Fist. Sure he’s white but he’s an asian stereotype white guy which makes him a little interesting and a bit ahead of his time. Also, he’d make another neat podcast character. 🙂

    I do also want to point out that Black Panther is actually awesome because even though he does have “black” in his name, he was made in the 60’s which actually gave him an advantage over a lot of the 70’s black characters. 70’s black characters were a reaction to a lot of the racial unrest of the time and were often angry stereotypes (I’m looking at you Luke Cage). T’challa was a wealthy, african nobleman. He was cultured and intelligent. I actually like him quite a bit.

    In the Fantastic Four animated series of the 90’s, Keith David (Goliath on Gargoyles) voiced T’challa which is all anyone needs to know, really. 🙂

    December 16th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

  5. Daniel says:

    great post, thanks for sharing

    December 17th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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