Bookish Haul of Awesomeness Numero Catorce
Wow it really does feel like forever since I did a book haul post! To be honest it’s been a while since I bought some books. Due to Financial Restrictions that I have I’ve kept my book buying at a bare minimum, but this weekend I really couldn’t help but splurge some cash on some books that I really do want to read. Speaking of books, I did buy some books in Sri Lanka, but I’ll…
Finally did a proper comic about “strong female characters” Its good comics and cartoons are finally representing some diversity. But most cartoons are still with a male lead, and films mostly are the worst example of strong females etc. (Although sarcastic mean girls are a special love of mine provided they are at least sort of decently written)
ALSO please note I am using examples based on stuff I like, its hardly the end all be all of character examples. There is a ton of current and not current stuff I could have used. But an excuse to draw characters I like is aesthetic and preference. (also I really liked Pacific rim so theres that.)
Preach it Stevie!!!
10 Asian Pacific American YA Authors to Know
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- Author of the award-winning Split and critically acclaimed Chasing Shadows
- swatiavasthi.com | @SwatiAvasthi
Melissa de la Cruz
- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series, The Ring and the Crown, and Witches of East End, and more
- melissa-delacruz.com | @MelissadelaCruz | Tumblr
- New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Summer I Turned Pretty series
- dearjennyhan.com | @jennyhan | Facebook
- Author of Adaptation and Inheritance, William C. Morris Award finalist for Ash, and co-founder of Diversity in YA
- malindalo.com | @malindalo | Tumblr
- Author of the Prophecy trilogy, and #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign co-founder
- ellenoh.com | @elloecho | Tumblr
- Author of Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, the forthcoming Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), and co-founder of Diversity in YA
- cindypon.com | @cindypon | Tumblr
- Author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels A Time to Dance, Climbing the Stairs, and Island’s End
Gene Luen Yang
- Author of the National Book Award finalist and LA Times Book Prize winner Boxers and Saints, the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese, and co-author of Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender
- geneyang.com | @geneluenyang
- Author of dozens of books for children and young adults including the Gold Mountain Chronicles, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and two-time Newbery Honor winner
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10 African American YA Authors to Know
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Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Author of The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award, as well as several fantasy novels for adults.
- alayadawnjohnson.com | Twitter @alayadj | Facebook
- Winner of the 2014 William C. Morris YA Debut Award for her novel Charm & Strange
- stephaniekuehn.com | Twitter @stephkuehn | Tumblr | Facebook
- Winner of the 2010 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner for her novel The Rock and the River
- keklamagoon.com | Twitter @KeklaMagoon
Walter Dean Myers
- The 2012–2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and winner of the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement.
- Author of When I Was the Greatest and My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.
- iamjasonreynolds.com | Twitter @JasonReynolds83
- Author of numerous contemporary YA novels and series including the Ni-Ni Girl Chronicles and Hollywood High
- www.ninisimone.com | Twitter @IamNiNiSimone | Facebook
Sherri L. Smith
- Author of Orleans, Fly Girl, Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet and more.
- www.sherrilsmith.com | Twitter @Sherri_L_Smith | Facebook
- Winner of the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement, the Coretta Scott King Award, and a three-time Newbery Honor author.
- www.jacquelinewoodson.com | Twitter @JackieWoodson | Tumblr | Facebook
- A playwright, director, and author of the YA novels Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy and Sunday You Learn How to Box.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks because this is a typical book display at a public library branch where more than 50% of the patrons are non-anglo.
In response to the complaint of white writers about writing about people of color: “Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t,” I want to say: absolutely.
It’s absolutely true. You’re damned either way. If you don’t do it, you’re a racist. Yes, you are. Race and racism exist in this society, and if you ignore them, you’re expressing a racial privilege that you don’t, morally, have any right to. That’s a subtle form of racism.
If you do do it and get it “wrong”, you’ll get reamed, and rightfully so. It’s presumptuous of you to think that you have the right to represent a culture you don’t belong to if you can’t be bothered to properly examine and accurately portray that culture.
Further, if you do it and get it “right”, or rather, don’t get it wrong, you’ll still get reamed by members of that culture you’ve represented who rightfully resent a white writer’s success representing their culture. After all, every American ethnic minority has its writers: good and bad. The good writers are mostly ignored. Inevitably, some white writer will come along and do a bang-up job portraying that culture and will get—in one book, in one section of a book—more attention than the poc writer got over the course of three or five or ten books.
You’re a white writer trying to do the right thing, but no matter what you do, it’s wrong. And that’s so unfair to you, isn’t it?
Welcome to a tiny taste of what it’s like to be a person of color.
Oh, and quit complaining.