DivaLea

I draw comics, write comics, and paint, both traditionally and digitally.
My newest comic is THE GARLICKS, which you can see at: http://thegarlicks.net.

I've worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Oni, Disney & Image. I've published four graphic novels, one of them with Gail Simone, who is super famous.
I've won a couple awards. Not bad for a 25-year career.
I am the cartoonist of the Impossible.
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doronjosama:

1970’s cosplay from various WorldCons and SF cons. As most of these are probably literary SF/fantasy cosplays, I can’t pick out what most of them are. There’s Groucho, though, and as usual, a lot of totally random 70’s nudity. In honor of Throwback Thursday. (Sorry I missed last week, I wasn’t feeling well.)

Nude cosplay at sf/fantasy cons was weirdly common. All of it pretty much gratuitous. 

cosplaywithmestudios:

In September of 2013 the convention San Japan, based in San Antonio, asked me if they could use a video of cosplayers that I shot at their event for advertisement and promotion, via Twitter. They did not offer to pay me, they did not offer any sort of compensation and basically just wanted a free commercial. But, I was doing this for fun outside of my normal video production job and decided to allow it if they would agree to certain things details that I wanted, essentially credit.

Specifically told them that I was having a logo/watermark commissioned at the time and when it was done I would send them a re-cut version that they could use, which you can now find here (the only one online). They decided I was not fast enough or just didn’t care in general and took my un-watermarked video that was uploaded on my Youtube channel for fun and started using it for profit as advertisement. I never even sent them the original file so they had to use a 3rd party software to rip my video off of the internet.

The first time I personally saw them using my work was December 2013 at IKKiCon in Austin, Tx. Though they may have used it before that in the time between September and December. They have also been using it since that time, the latest being Mizuumi Con in March 2014 (I was told my video was seen there at the San Japan booth).

They have been using my work uncredited and unpaid for months now and it needs to stop.

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I just thought of a way that sexism in comics HAS lessened in the last 15-20 years! It used to be that when there was an article on “women in comics” it was about women CHARACTERS, not women CREATORS. Any comics creators interviewed were male, and women interviewed were token female fans, props to “prove” that girls didn’t have a problem with female characters dressed only in 1.5 sticking plasters.

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cosplaywithmestudios:

In September of 2013 the convention San Japan, based in San Antonio, asked me if they could use a video of cosplayers that I shot at their event for advertisement and promotion, via Twitter. They did not offer to pay me, they did not offer any sort of compensation and basically just wanted a free commercial. But, I was doing this for fun outside of my normal video production job and decided to allow it if they would agree to certain things details that I wanted, essentially credit.

Specifically told them that I was having a logo/watermark commissioned at the time and when it was done I would send them a re-cut version that they could use, which you can now find here (the only one online). They decided I was not fast enough or just didn’t care in general and took my un-watermarked video that was uploaded on my Youtube channel for fun and started using it for profit as advertisement. I never even sent them the original file so they had to use a 3rd party software to rip my video off of the internet.

The first time I personally saw them using my work was December 2013 at IKKiCon in Austin, Tx. Though they may have used it before that in the time between September and December. They have also been using it since that time, the latest being Mizuumi Con in March 2014 (I was told my video was seen there at the San Japan booth).

They have been using my work uncredited and unpaid for months now and it needs to stop.

FUCK YEAH new CBR community: “For those of you who were there only to be disruptive, abusive and ugly: Go away.” 

(Lea Hernandez here, adding this line in so I don’t have my words screencapped and hijacked to enrich someone else’s tumblr. Carry on.)

Jonah Weiland has decided that Comic Book Resources forums are a disaster and is rectifying it by closing the old ones and opening a new community. I find myself pretty emotional about Jonah telling bad citizens to go pound sand. Like this could be the beginning of comics culture unfucking its brutally dysfunctional self.

There’s already grumbling about praising Jonah for pulling the car off the road and telling the people throwing their poop to get the fuck out. Here’s why Comic Book Resources’ policy change is a Big Deal: Jonah said he was WRONG, he APOLOGIZED & he FIXED IT. No “if I offended” shit. No “but where will the weirdos go let’s be groovy” shit. No defining inclusiveness as entertaining steakfuckers. 

Comic Book resources has become a Good Place to be for comics fans of all sorts, instead of the loudest and ugliest.

I SELDOM post things about feminism, women in comics, sexism without steeling myself for hurtful and abusive responses. I’ve especially grown accustomed to (though I never liked it) having no recourse or backup if people got ugly. Imagine my surprise when I joined BoingBoing as a cartoonist and found out that not only was I taken seriously when I said I had a problem with commenters who made sexist remarks, but that remarks were removed before I reported them! 

Which big comics company will be first to make a statement about how they do not agree with the hateful views, threats, and attacks that their worst fans level at other people, women in particular?

Hi there, Ming! I love your artwork! So, in my Business of Art class, we were discussing women in comics. Most of the guys in my class said that women only get jobs from editors because they're attractive or cute. I'm the only girl in my class, so I stayed out of it to avoid trouble. As a woman trying to break into comics myself, this worries me. I'm far from what most would consider attractive, but for all the other girls out there trying to get work, what would you say to that? Thank you!
divalea divalea Said:

mingdoyle:

The short, practical answer: Most business is conducted entirely over email. Your editors may hire you, work with you for years, and if you don’t post selfies or attend conventions, they may never know what you look like. Even if they do know what you look like, editors care more about your quality of work, your timeliness and your professionalism, than any selfie. Be fearless, do the work, make connections online, and of course you can flourish!

The long, twisted answer: Yes. We’re women, it’s inevitable that we’ll be judged, coveted, and derided purely on the basis of our looks, our age, our perceived sexual availability. These judgments crash against us at every turn in life. They’re inescapable, and yes, explicitly or implicitly, from men and from women, you will confront these judgments and many more during your professional career. 

If you choose to make your gender public knowledge, some readers will be cruel to you. They’ll seem to single your art out more loudly and consistently than any equivalently accomplished male counterpart’s for pillorying. They’ll call your lines ugly, and in the comments section they will call you ugly. Or, they’ll be too kind to you. It won’t matter how unattractive you may think you are, they’ll speak to you too long at conventions, they’ll stare and say you’re even prettier than your art, and that will be worse, because if you can be the target of such bombastic, lecherous praise, then maybe your art is actually just as bad as you’ve been made to feel.

If you choose to make your gender public knowledge, some readers will support you. They’ll support you unfailingly, they’ll class you as a “woman creator” and they’ll ask you to provide sound bites that speak for all women, though of course that’s impossible. They’ll put you on a “Women in Comics” panel at every show, and often that will be the only panel you’re ever on. They’ll buy your work because you’re a woman, just because you’re a woman.

Have I gotten more or less work because of the way I look? Like you, I bear all the lifelong mental wounds of growing up in this society and consider myself “far from what most would consider attractive.” I think a lot of women do. But when I was first breaking in, I encountered my fair share of sexually charged interest and dismissal, in equal turns. I’ve escaped from gross situations with professionals and never worked with them, but also never spoken publically about those intimidating experiences. I’ve been hired to be in multiple woman-themed anthologies exclusively because I was a woman. I’ve been in an Asian-themed anthology because I’m Asian. Almost any review of my work from the first five years of my career begins, “Drawn by the lovely/beautiful/hot/exotic and talented Ming Doyle…”

Whatever you are in this life, however you look or identify or are identified, it’s going to impact you professionally and personally. Attractive, unattractive, majority, minority, there’s no getting out untouched. And if that sounds grossly generalizing and invasive, that’s because that’s what a lot of these experiences are like.

But remember what I said way back up there in the short answer, about being fearless? Do that. Yes, there’s a host of adversities attached to embarking upon any endeavor as a woman, and comics come with their own unique and prickly set. But if you love what you do, if you’re good at it and you can persevere, if you can access the core of who you are as a person and align that with what you want to accomplish as an artist and hold that knowledge as a shield in front of everything you do, you can make it! And I hope you will, because I want to see you here. For all the awful people who may make the journey rough or unpleasant for you, there is a large number of people who want to employ you and want to stand with you professionally.

Thank you. And please, even after I’ve said all that, GO FOR IT! It’s not going to be easy, but it was never going to be. The secret is that it’s not easy for anyone, and in the end that’s what’s going to make you a goddamn warrior.

GODDAMN WARRIORS! That is what you’ll be!

50sdirector:

raybucho:

okay, so what happens DIRECTLY before this bit of dialogue needs needs NEEDS to be talked about.

This entire episode is all about Batman and Orion shitting all over how The Flash does things and how flippant and aloof he is and so they all go to his city to try to stop some of his criminals from trying to kill the flash.

And when Flash finds this villain in the bar Batman and Orion both try to beat the info out of him and flash calls them off and sits right down next to him and just asks if he’s gone off his meds and lets him vent about what’s going on in his life.  And at the end he tells the Flash that he’ll start taking his medicine again and where the rest of the villains are that are trying to kill him.  ONLY THEN does Flash tell him to hand himself in.

once Flash is assured that he’s okay and not going to hurt anyone else.  it flies in the face of Batman’s fear and Orion’s brutality, it throws both of their brutal real-world techniques out of the water… because the Flash just wants people to be happy and safe, not to strike fear or defeat foes.

and that makes him pretty amazing

The flash is awesome.

(via voxapocrypha)

My “The Cost of Women Working in Comics" post here on tumblr got screencapped and was being shared here on tumblr and on twitter without credit to me. 

I guess I’ve arrived, if I’m being filched from. The person who screencapped it uses a Cintiq 22HD on a mac. 

Anyway, if you shared that screencap, would you please tumbl my original post?

http://divalea.net/post/82957920198/the-cost-for-women-working-in-comics

I hope you’ll also delete the post where you shared the screencap or edit it to give me credit. 

This is a good time to remind people to use Google images before posting unsourced images! 

Thanks!

judgementscythe:

corrinalawson:

judgementscythe:

corrinalawson:

This.

did the shitlord OP literally just screencap Lea Hernandez’ tumblr post and repost it without sourcing her? That’s kinda fucked OP…

Not sure what you mean but it seems I violated Tumblr etiquette. I knew that it was Lea Hernandez’ post and assumed when I reblogged it would source her.

not you corrina. The original poster didn’t source it and just took a screencap of Lea’s Blog which is the shitty thing. They edited in the source later after a bunch of folks called it out but yeah the original poster just posted an unsourced screengrab which is kind of a shitty thing to do

Thanks very much for the catch!

He’s deleted it, said he got the screencap as a DM, couldn’t say from whom, he didn’t check sources on “a meme.” (A meme. Snort.)

Not pleased with the explanation, but the screencap’s deleted from tumblr, and he deleted the screencap he shared on twitter, and has properly linked. Apparently, the screencap and link are still on fb, but I can’t see them. 

Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.

John Eldridge  (via cultious)

FUCK. YEAH.

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