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.
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…
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.
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…
All quotes are taken from Neil’s website,
Do you read any fanfiction?…
Putting on pants without using hands
this was wild from start to finish
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.
someone who never actually went to university because he really just wanted to write and is now an actual professor at a real college.
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…
New Big Hero 6 posters! First official look at all the main characters! Which one is your favorite?
Arrested Development: smart comedy about dumb people.
The Big Bang Theory: dumb comedy about smart people.