I posted on Monday about Free Comic Book Day. In the post, I mentioned in passing how there is a really dark side to the comic book community. I didn’t spend a lot of time talking about it; it wasn’t really the point of my post. However, I’m sure we all can share a story either we’ve experienced firsthand, or a story we’ve heard of the geek/comic book community treating someone incredibly poorly because of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. For a community that is stereotypically a community of outcasts, we do a great job of alienating our own.
So it’s time we changed that! Today Amy Dallen posted the video above on a Geek and Sundry vlog, letting people know about the We Are Comics project on Tumblr. It’s a crowd-sourced project to show to diverse nature of comic book fans, in hopes to create a more positive, inclusive community of comic book lovers. Personally, I think it’s awesome. If you are so inclined, you should go check out the site, and add your photo and story. You can post directly to the Tumblr, or use the hashtag #IAmComics. You don’t have to feel like you are a comic book expert in order to post to the We Are Comics page–that’s the whole point! If you love comic books, you belong!
There is no “invading force” in the comic book community, just a bunch of people who love comics. Let’s stop alienating, discriminating against, and threatening comic book fans simply because they are female, gay, a person of color, or because they don’t meet whatever random set of “proper comic book fan” criteria you have created. We all are different, but we all love comics.
We are comics, and comics are for everyone.
If you haven’t already, check out the We Are Comics Tumblr!