futurerevolutions asked: What exactly are the approximate races of Alana and Marko? Like it's a fantasy/sci-fi deal so I know they're aliens but, let's be real, I seriously doubt the team would stray from this kind of question since they write a comic like this and the artist is an ~awake~ WoC?????
“This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.”
- Brian K. Vaughan (x)
Both Brian and Fiona have repeatedly said that their heroes are PoC. And of course it’s clear from Fiona’s illustrations that neither Alana nor Marko are white, but that Alana has darker skin than Marko.
The only featured/recurring character in the Saga universe who actually seems to have white skin is The Stalk.
However, I still come across white-washed Saga fan art and fancasting posts, which never cease to amaze and infuriate me. No matter how pretty the art, I will never repost that shit.
If people genuinely see these characters as white, they need to check their eyesight or their racism. And I doubt the optometrist will find any deficiencies.
Thanks for the ask. I haven’t had a good rant on this subject in a while!
Personal pet peeve is folks who think Marko is white. He ain’t.
Marko is meant to be Asian- more specifically, I combined features from a handful of Japanese models and actors when I was designing him. I can see why people sometimes mistake him for white, because I avoided using exaggerated racial markers (slanted eyes, rounded nose, etc). With simple cartoon drawings like these, a lot is left to the reader’s imagination. So I accept there will be some misidentification because I didn’t draw Marko’s family like Mulan characters, haha.
I see Alana as having mixed heritage. When I drew her father I was envisioning an Indian man. Her mother remains a mystery!
“Jaime strikes a deal with his captors”
…HOLY FUCKING SHIT
I just sat down and threw up 2,000 words about Emily Croy Barker’s THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC and blurb culture and sexism in publishing and, because I can’t shut up about it, the MAGICIANS trilogy, and I won’t let myself self-publish any of it because I haven’t read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
You’ll notice I didn’t say “again yet.” I meant “yet.” (I’m going to.) Another reason I freeze up when it comes to applying to jobs. I feel like such an asshole sometimes. It’s, like, beyond impostor syndrome. If this were impostor syndrome, the underlying premise would at least be that I am actually qualified.
Never fear! I will, apparently, read the canon when it will be ethically stupid for me to work on my speculative pop culture pieces not having done so. </quasi-joke>
Anyway, in case anyone else also likes their escapist keys to be coated with a certain flavor of neon cartoonery when they go down, this is my request for what a Raclin and Ilissa prequel would look like.
"So, er, for the non South Asians in the audience who perhaps didn’t understand why there was applause, the British built a really extensive railway system throughout India before they left, and it wasn’t so much for transportation for the Indian people, it was because it’s really hard to plunder on foot."
Hari Kondabolu’s joke about the British colonisation of India [x]
I think I’m allowed to tell you that Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on as a producer for the ‘Sandman’ film, and I had a fantastic day spent with Joe talking ‘Sandman,’ and his knowledge and commitment to it impressed the hell out of me.
Get ‘em, boys.