on March 21st, 2013 at 02:52 am
Those are all good points.
I wonder how much too, in addition to skewing young, the authors skew outside the 7P's. Is it tokenism to write yourself into your autobio slice-of-life comic if you're Indian or gay or a transwoman or...? Obviously not.
And it's easier to see the difference -- I can't remember the passing mention of those characters' skin tones in the book, but I surely remember how they were drawn and colored in the comic.
(I suppose many of the authors also skew liberal-urban -- eg. Jeph Jacques is, as far as I know, a het white cis male, but he lived and his comic is set in friggin' Northampton. If the only characters you ever saw were het white and cis, the readers would speculate endlessly about the terrible plague which wiped out the rest of the city and left these characters the only survivors. And that's an interesting point too -- the feedback loop is much shorter. I wonder how much that's an influence.)
TJ and Amal -- ooh, I hadn't encountered that one yet. Sold! Thanks!