Snares Crested Penguins (Eudyptes robustus) - photo by Darren Scott
I had some thoughts on twitter about the terminology of referring to taking someone’s personal property without consent as “leaks.” But Bill here did it much more succinctly than I did.
With the entitled manchildren being the main perpetrators of this breach of privacy, it may be that referring to it as a “leak” only reinforces the concept of “leak” as they are most familiar with it, and that’s likely in reference to early information about video games being distributed before the publisher officially releases it. In those situations, they would get the information eventually, it will be theirs in time, they’re just getting it sooner, with the adrenaline rush of having obtained it without permission. And thus, to them, a “leak” is a minor issue. Part of a game.
I don’t know if changing the words used in reference to this crime will do anything to affect the mindsets of these manchildren, since they’re very happy to wallow around in the belief that they were already entitled to it, but it might help us, as we talk about it, to use a word that better indicates the severity of the situation.
But again, Bill said it more succinctly than I.
Fiordland Crested Penguins / Tawaki (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) - photo by David B. Koch
African Penguin / Jackass Penguin / Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) - photo by Jude Cabal
Little Blue Penguin / Fairy Penguin / Kororā (Eudyptula minor) - photo by David Hewett
White people asking questions about my turban (part 3)
I took a couple of hours out of my day to be on a panel for Young Author’s Day, an event put on by the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I was invited to join by John Lustig, who I feel very lucky to call my friend and mentor. We answered the usual questions about the writing process and how we broke into comics, but I was even more intrigued by the audience. Notice something about them?
Yeah. GIRLS. Very. Young. Girls.
So I asked THEM some questions. “How many of you read comics?”
All hands went up.
"How many of you want to make comics some day?"
Most of the hands went up.
Here’s where it really got interesting. “How many of you BUY comics?”
Only one hand raised. I asked her where she buys her comics. She said, “At the comic book store.”
"Do you have a comic book store you like going to?" I asked.
She hesitated. “It’s complicated.”
That’s 10 year-old speak for “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.” The rest of them read webcomics. None of them had heard of Comixology before, but they knew all about it by the time the panel was over. What comic would they like to see most? Minecraft. Only Steve needs to be a girl.
It was a fascinating experience, especially in the wake of this article detailing why girls in the 1980s (like me and one of the moms nodding eagerly in the audience) stopped buying comics for 20 years.
The future of comics is bright indeed.
This is absolutely wonderful.