Calgary Expo is coming up this week! Here’s when I’ll be there:
I’ll be doing quick head sketches for $10 and will have Saga trades available. See you there!
futurerevolutions asked: What exactly are the approximate races of Alana and Marko? Like it's a fantasy/sci-fi deal so I know they're aliens but, let's be real, I seriously doubt the team would stray from this kind of question since they write a comic like this and the artist is an ~awake~ WoC?????
“This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.”
- Brian K. Vaughan (x)
Both Brian and Fiona have repeatedly said that their heroes are PoC. And of course it’s clear from Fiona’s illustrations that neither Alana nor Marko are white, but that Alana has darker skin than Marko.
The only featured/recurring character in the Saga universe who actually seems to have white skin is The Stalk.
However, I still come across white-washed Saga fan art and fancasting posts, which never cease to amaze and infuriate me. No matter how pretty the art, I will never repost that shit.
If people genuinely see these characters as white, they need to check their eyesight or their racism. And I doubt the optometrist will find any deficiencies.
Thanks for the ask. I haven’t had a good rant on this subject in a while!
Personal pet peeve is folks who think Marko is white. He ain’t.
Marko is meant to be Asian- more specifically, I combined features from a handful of Japanese models and actors when I was designing him. I can see why people sometimes mistake him for white, because I avoided using exaggerated racial markers (slanted eyes, rounded nose, etc). With simple cartoon drawings like these, a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. So I accept there will be some misidentification because I didn’t draw Marko’s family like Mulan characters, haha.
I see Alana as having mixed heritage. When I drew her father I was envisioning an Indian man. Her mother remains a mystery!
Is there a site where I can read rat queens online or download it for free?
You can buy the first trade on comixology for $5. C’mon man. $5 for 7 months of work Roc and I put into making the series.
Total Gary move
Buy your comics, fools. It’s already ridiculously cheap for the number of hours that go into each. Comic makers need to support themselves. Don’t be a Gary.
SHUTTER #1 is
This Wednesday, April 9th is the big day. Been amped about this for a while.
And here’s a preview of all four covers (by Leila del Duca, Emma Ríos, Dustin Weaver & Brandon Graham) and the preview that’s going around websites right now. I’ve added the last spread of the title sequence as it seemed weird to cut off there, so consider this a TUMBLR EXCLUSIVE.
It’s $3.50. Features 21 pages of a lead feature. Two pages of what will eventually be a letters column, but is just Leila and me talking for right now. Four pages of comics by Ryan Alexander-Tanner & Catherine Peach. One page of our regular Tiger Lawyer comic by writer Ryan Ferrier & a rotating series of artists. One ad because I really love Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Then a back cover with ANOTHER Leila del Duca & Owen Gieni image, credits, etc.
If you live in Portland, Oregon you can hang out with me on Wednesday at Cosmic Monkey. If you live in Missoula, Montana, you can hang out with Leila on Wednesday at Muse Comics. If you live in Southern California you can hang out with BOTH of us on Friday at Beach Ball Comics.
And finally, here are some thoughts on Shutter from other people who make comic books:"SHUTTER is bold, smart fun — a stunning book on every front. Keatinge and del Duca have crafted something special — at once intimate and epic."- Scott Snyder (Batman, The Wake, Wytches)"Joyous and Heartfelt science-fiction pop with all the capital-R Romance of the last roll of polaroid film on Earth."- Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine)
Please do spread the word! And have a good week!