Posts Tagged ‘Archie Comics’

Read huffpost article here.

The above article opens a conversation that should not have to be opened. It should not have to be opened because our Puritan-ableist beliefs should no longer exist. Guess what world— Human beings are sexual beings. Shocker I know. And guess what else? The Differently Abled (or the preferred descriptor of the individual) exist upon the sexual spectrum. For those having a hard time to comprehend…it is like life with what our ableist world defines as “typical”… or for a better analogy in my world– the Archie Comics Universe. The ol’ Riverdale gang where everyone exists and is accepted for who they are.

Guess what that means? Some people want to be intimate. Some want to be touched. Some don’t. Some want a life partner (who is same or different gender), some want to date two people at once (and the two are ok with it–not saying anything Betty-Archie-Veronica). Some, like Jughead, just want a cheeseburger…but guess what…no one looks shocked at them. Some are non-binary, some are trans-gendered, some a cis. Some are heterosexual, LGBTQ2+, some are somewhere on the spectrum…some are also the less talked about Asexual.

Guess what though? We as a world cannot impose what makes us comfortable.

We are all in the beautiful rainbow family of God, and that means that folks will date and fall in love regardless of the labels imposed by society. Between consenting adults that is called healthy relationships and sexuality. So please understand the terms: healthy, equitable, equal, consenting… all must be in play.

That means it is our societies responsibility to equip with the same knowledge we do others. Healthy sexual education in public and private schools; teaching of consent, body ownership. Believing abuse allegations and fully investigating. Yes #MEtoo, #Churchtoo, #Timesup, exists within community members, and usually at higher rates because the predators know that communication and believable are more easily questioned when the victim is viewed as “less than” by society.

Once you shatter the “less than” to “part of” and that everyone belongs and is fully who they are as they are then something wonderful happens. Communication difficulties break down. One learns the subtly of the non-verbal communication. One becomes observant of very subtle body reactions, and is able to see if something has changed in even the most cerebral of persons. The community, begins to address vocally and globally that abuse of any kind, against anyone is not acceptable and punishable. The abuser is the one who is held accountable, the victim is no longer traumatized.

True healing and reconciliation happens, because there is no longer a group that can be abused for we are all part of this together. We are neighbours.

It begins with affirming full person-hood, and yes, that includes the very human sexuality.

We are all whole and complete.

Just the way we are.

Okay my geek is firmly on. I remember discovering the “Red Circle” heroes out of Archie Comics, via DC Comics’ Impact Comics in the early 1990’s. Loved Fly, Jaguar, Black Hood, Comet, Shield, Web and the Crusaders. They were fun super heroes at a time when things were dark and gritty. Sadly, I cannot find these epic titles in collected trade paper backs (sorry Archie, just not a fan of the digital comic, old school here).

Then I found a TPB of the Red Circle New Crusaders from 2012 at my comic shop of choice Words & Pictures, the story being the aging Shield brings the children and proteges of the original Crusaders together to take up the mantle. This is after Emperor Brain returns after the heroes believe evil having been eliminated. Again, another fun story line, and I encourage folks to go to their local comic shop and find copies of this, or any singles of the Impact Comics (if you see trades let me know please!).

Which brings us to February 25, 2015 and the Red Circle relaunching as Dark Circle with the advent of Black Hood #1 (Yes already on my pull list). In the vein of Afterlife with Archie and Sabrina, comes a crime/noir super hero story that in my mind gets to the core of the Black Hood.

The Shield, a patriotic hero that pre-dates Captain America, but always in Cap’s shadow as an inferior clone is completely re-imagined for an April relaunch and The Fox is set for March.

Now for my spring to be complete, I just need word that Dark Circle will be bringing back The Comet. As my hope is with these three titles, unlike with Marvel & D.C. hero lines, the world shaking event is done, and the return of fun character driven stories of adventure is back!