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Neil, you've written a trans woman character in Sandman but the way the story develops makes it seem like you think trans women arent actual women. And well, considering what you said about your friend, im sure thats not the case. So... could you clarify things? (i hope this doesnt sound accusatory, thats not how i mean it)

neil-gaiman:

monetizeyourcat:

neil-gaiman:

Why would you think that? I think the final page is absolutely clear on Wanda’s gender. And I hope the story is too.

Mostly, I found a lot of the stuff I was seeing in the late 80s from some feminist quarters really offensive, seeing them dismiss trans women as not real women, and decided that I wanted to put those attitudes into the story, which, from the title on, was about identity and how we create our own. So yes, there are god-like things in Sandman who do not see Wanda as a woman, just as Wanda’s family back in Kansas are not able not see her as a woman, but then, the narrative in Sandman is pretty clear that god-like things are just as likely to be screwed up, wrongheaded and mistaken as anyone else in the story. Wanda’s attitudes and responses to the Gods in the story are mine, although said much more pithily than I would have.

If I were writing it today, rather than in 1989, when there weren’t any Trans characters in comics, it would be a different story, I have no doubt. But that was the story I wrote in 1989. I got a fair amount of hate mail for putting a trans character in a mainstream comic, and I’m still proud of it, and of Wanda.

this is such a self-congratulatory retcon it disgusts me. when you write force majeure into your story and make it do value judgments, what in fuck’s name do you think people are going to take as the last word on a point of contention

also “there weren’t any trans characters in comics” maybe not the ones you and your boys’ club were writing you smug little shit

I suppose it would be a retcon if, back in 1990, in interviews, I had been saying “Yes, I know what Wanda says, but in this case the reader for once in Sandman is expected to think that things that characters say, even ones who have died and had their faces nailed to a wall, are true things, or that they have the whole picture”. But I wasn’t saying that then - I was, when asked and when interviewed, saying exactly the same stuff about Wanda and the gods 24 years ago as I am now.  

I think, or at least I hope, that what the characters will take away as the last word is the penultimate image on the last page of Game of You, of Wanda with Death, in Barbie’s dream, as a woman, because of all the characters in Sandman, Death is the only one whom we can rely on.

factsinallcaps:

HARRIET TUBMAN ESCAPED FROM SLAVERY AND THEN WENT BACK TO GET OTHERS. LIKE, I KNOW YOU KNOW WHO HARRIET TUBMAN IS AND THAT SHE DID THAT, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO TAKE THAT IN FOR A SECOND.

HARRIET TUBMAN WAS HELD CAPTIVE AND BOUND TO UNPAID, BACK-BREAKING LABOR SINCE BIRTH…

Is there a different writing method you us for writing books like American Gods vs. writing Sandman?

neil-gaiman:

Nope. The writing method is always the same. It mostly consists of walking up and down, making tea, glaring at the screen or the notebook, and chewing the end of my pen.

neil-gaiman:

Okay. I googled. This is what I found - a collection of quotes by me on fanfiction. For the curious, or at least, for the dozen or so people who ask each day…

rocking-horse:

All quotes are taken from Neil’s website,

Exhibit A

Do you read any fanfiction?…

chanyerrrrrr:

bestyoutubevideos:

Putting on pants without using hands

this was wild from start to finish

Hello! I wanted to ask if you thought writers without college educations could make it (get published, make money from book sales, etc.). I had a really bad time with high school due to depression and family situations and such and between that and financial issues, long story short I'm not going to be able to get into college. But I can write, and I just want to know if I'm being naive thinking I'll be able to do well at it.

neil-gaiman:

If you can write things that make people turn the page you’ll be fine. Nobody will ask to see your qualifications.

By the same token, no amount of qualifications will make someone turn the page if she’s bored.

signed

someone who never actually went to university because he really just wanted to write and is now an actual professor at a real college.

kristoffbjorgman:

okay so let me get this straight

Disney’s making a superhero movie with a Japanese lead and a multi-racial cast set in a fictionalised multi-racial world
half the human characters are women in non-sexualised costumes with completely different personalities and appearances
AND they race-bent one…

disneybighero6:

New Big Hero 6 posters! First official look at all the main characters! Which one is your favorite?

* PLEASE READ: http://disneybighero6.tumblr.com/post/90266684377/leaked-big-hero-6-posters *

Via JPosters

manchesters-answer-to-the-h-bomb:

Arrested Development: smart comedy about dumb people.
The Big Bang Theory: dumb comedy about smart people.