This probably isn’t what you expected to hear from us, right? Two women, creating comics and books about.. well, all sorts of stuff. It might seem we’re feminists, since our first book saw a lot of female customers reading something that was violent and envelope-pushing.
However, this isn’t the case. And we admit to using the term “feminist” ourselves because of a lack of a better word.
However, we’ve moved on to publish other books with a similar message. The difference deals with how we’ve shifted the conversation to talk about equality in other ways.
Odyssey is about a boy named Oliver, born in a lower class Detroit neighborhood, who works to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. Some readers probably didn’t notice this, but his best friend, Chris, has a hole in his shirt in the scenes where he accompanies him. He has that same hole in his shirt on the cast poster. He wears the shirt no matter what scene he’s shown in. Perhaps, then, it’s his only shirt.
Chris has less money than Oliver, yet Chris would probably be discriminated against less because of his fairer skin. This was a hint at kyriarchy, a concept where people may benefit in some ways, sometimes, over others and vice versa. We all have specific advantages that are unique to ourselves, and this contributes to a more complex system of privilege than the simple explanation of living in a patriarchy.
In other words, we’ve all got a reason to mind our manners and not be a dick to others.
The Other World covers different types of equality issues, revisiting both gender and economic points along with sexuality. The same could be said with Transhuman Resources, which is currently in production:
Across the span of our publications is that one thing: equality. No matter if it’s for a man, woman, or a poor child who wants to enter a limited and selective career field.
And while it’s true that feminists do work for and want equality for everyone, we have had a problem in the past with being associated with feminism based on our looks alone. The solution, then, is to define the label off the bat ourselves so this doesn’t happen again:
We are egalitarian. And if this label ever comes to not fit us anymore, then we will pick another.
In all honesty, it doesn’t matter what you call us, as long as we aren’t unfairly summarized and limited by that name. We love all of our readers. We’d like for all of them to know that we have their back. And when categories fail, we’re at least confident that our books will do the talking where we can’t.