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Rape and Suicide in comic form

This week two bits of news have hit me both of them comic related, and both of them have made me somewhat sick.

Penny Arcade Is Just Wrong

Wired ran an article on the controversy surround penny arcade at the moment, and reading through it I was quiet appalled at what was going on.

Background It all started in 2010 when Penny Arcade ran a strip, it is relatively funny I suppose but does go further than it needs to get its idea across. But the real problem isn’t the strip it is how Penny Arcade and Krahulik (@cwgabriel) in particular responded to the criticism that arose from it. Rather than doing the decent thing and saying yes it is offensive and they don’t support rape in any way. Instead they come out with some weird fake apology and then start making merch around the idea and selling it at PAX. When Penny Arcade pulled the merch from the store Krahulik openly he wasn’t happy with that and said he would be wearing the T-shirt.

Back to now So a number of people have started to question what they hell he is thinking and whether they can actually support something like PAX if one of the organisers fails to understand why people would be upset with him glorifying rape.

From now on I have no intention of supporting Penny Arcade in anything they do, I can’t support anyone with such a sick and twisted perspective on such an important subject. I thought geeks would have a more inclusive approach to everyone, but this shows me they are no better than any of the other arse holes out there.

As a side note to that, what is with all the comments on the Wired article? They seem to have totally missed the point.

DC Comics asks readers to draw Harley Quinn naked committing suicide

This hasn’t been a good week for DC comics. It started with DC refusing to allow Batwoman to marry her partner in the comic, causing two of the editorial team to resign. Apparently this isn’t because DC is anti gay marriage but it is hard to see it any other way. This is a problem for DC as Batwoman is proving to be one of their most successful comics.

Just when you think they really couldn’t get much worse they open a competition for their readers to draw Harley Quinn committing suicide.

PANEL 4 Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

I’m sorry… so you won’t allow gay marriage but glorifying the suicide of a woman with clear mental problems is just fine? The Daily Dot has a good article on it.

What has the world come to.

Geeks and nerds they are the normal people I turn too when I think the world has gone to shit. They are the ones who are tolerant of all others no matter what, because they know it is wrong to pick on them just because they are different. They are the voice of reason.

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