Many apologies but this week’s update should be posted late Friday afternoon/evening or Saturday morning.
If you are in the Stone Mountain (GA) area this Saturday, I’ll be hanging out at The Dragon’s Horde Free Comic Book Day Event along with a lot of other amazing artists and creators. Check out Robert Jeffrey’s write-up on the event at J’Adore!
I don’t know if it’s cool to even post this (I know Google specifically has rules against directing people to notice specific ads) but sometimes it’s cool to notice some of the specific ads that pop up on this site via Project Wonderful. Once about a year ago I noticed an ad for Stan Lee’s company and today there’s one for Doug TenNapel‘s webcomic extravaganza Ratfist running on the site. It doesn’t mean anything, I’m pretty sure Stan Lee doesn’t even pay any attention to his web advertising and while I think Doug TenNapel likely has a more hands-on approach, I again doubt he is actively picking out specific sites he wants his ads to appear on for any reasons other than price and opportunity. But still, it just seems kind of cool to see little things like that!
In his raps, he makes frequent mention of his manhood. His propensity for thick women, particularly of Asian descent, is well-documented, and on one track he gives a shout-out to e.e. cummings—you can fill in the rest. But in between, he’s rapping about alienation, trying to fit in, getting girls to like him. Nerdy emo with a fro. Name-dropping Greedo and Inspector Gadget one minute, then laying something like, “Whiskey-sippin’/Wanna drink the whole bottle/But these smart middle-class black kids need a role model” the next.
“So many black kids Tweeted me about that line,” says Glover. “This is the first time in history we are able to talk about alienation and nerd things. Black kids do like white stuff. Arcade Fire were at the top of iTunes—it ain’t all white people listening to them.” He represents a new archetype of entertainer—a black nerd who can like white stuff. Not a black nerd in the over-the-top Steve Urkel or Dwayne Wayne sense, but a regular black guy who likes the same stuff white people like—but just happens to be more talented than you.
The black middle-class kid is a real thing. Earlier that night, before heading to Pianos, around the table of Boka Bon Chon with his two biological siblings, brother Stephen and sister Brianne, and high school friend Lauren, the conversation turns to race—who can say the N-word and who can’t. “He was voiced by a black dude,” he wonders out loud. “So is it OK for Darth Vader to say the N-word?” He quickly Tweets the question out to the world.
“During the whole Spider-Man thing, the only thing that ever hurt my feelings was this one comment. The guy said, ‘Look, I love you. I think you’re great. But let’s be honest: There are no black kids like Peter Parker,’ ” he says, shaking his head. “There are!”
Make sure to check out the full article here, you need that in your life!
Here’s an interview I did for the site 360BEYOND!