My name is Olivia Kelly. I’m a writer, mom, wife, and comic lover. Ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon, I was drawing people doing crazy and funny things, and making up stories to go along with them. It wasn’t hard to see I didn’t have much talent for drawing, but I’ve always had people walking around in my head. A few years ago, I tried my hand at writing fiction, and that’s working out pretty well.
But comics, and fantasy/SF stories, sparked the burning plains of my imagination. Without them, I’m not sure what I’d be doing today. I definitely wouldn’t be having nearly as much fun.
So you can imagine how excited I was that my young boys started showing an interest in comics. I’ll admit, I kind of steered them toward the graphic novel shelves in the kids section of the library long before it was age appropriate. But the combination of art and story was one I wasn’t willing to wait to share. When the Marvel movies started coming out, and my little guys begged to see them, I gladly gave in. Because there’s a lot to learn from characters like Captain America and Ironman, Clark Kent and Bruce Banner, the Black Widow and Pepper Potts.
Commitment to doing what’s not always the easiest thing, but the right thing.
Those are some of the values I try to teach my boys, and comics are one way I can do that. Which is why it’s so horrifying, and deeply disappointing, to witness women being threatened with rape and all sorts of awful shit just because they want to be equals members of the community. Women don’t deserve to be treated badly, or as lesser beings, just because we are women.
We are talented, strong, intelligent, independent, funny, and guess what? We aren’t going to fade away, shut up, or let you scare us off. We aren’t your coffee girls, your doormats, and we sure as hell aren’t your inferiors. And we aren’t going anywhere.
Deal with it.
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