I NOTICED A THING
Starscream was obviously remembered that Megatron doing that to him scared him and so it must work on other people
This story is about starscream growing up
getting his own starscream (rattrap)
and his own unique autobot nemesis
"I learned it from you, Megatron! I learned it from you!”
#What makes this even more interesting is that Windblade hasn’t done a goddamn thing to him#and yet he’s repeating this creepy intimidation tactic with her like she’s someone that’s personally betrayed him.#Starscream man you just don’t do that kinda stuff willy-nilly.
I swear I’m not saying this to further the joke about the parallel, but he’s afraid of Windblade because she potentially has the same sort of power as a prime. Starscream is reasonably paranoid that because they’re currently living in Metroplex, and she is the only one able to communicate with him, even if she doesn’t intentionally try to power grab she could very easily form a rallying point the same way the Primes did around the Matrix. That is why Starscream is insistent on fixing Iacon and playing off Metroplex as unstable and uninhabitable.
It feels like the tension between priest/priestess and king/queen. The power conflict between religion and politics. Although Cybertronians are not strictly religious, but they are keen to it generally. If Windblade fixes Metroplex and provide good life to the people, she will certainly being held on a very high place by all people, including Bots and most of the non-psychopathic Cons. Thus, Starscream will lose “his people” to Windblade.
Further more, Metroplex is not only a demigod, he is also an Autobot who fought for Optimus Prime before, who possibly knows well what kind of person Starscream really is and won’t give a damn about speaking or even acting out against him. Windblade holds the power of a demigod and a potentially fully functional city/colony. She has the power: land, people, and sovereignty you need to form a kingdom (those Starscream all either lacks or desperately to held together). Of course Starscream will feel threatened by Windblade’s presence.
I’m kinda pissed that feminists of all people are making the Windblade mini-series as their own, claiming things like “IT’S WRITTEN BY A WOMAN AND IT’S ABOUT WOMEN OMG!!!!!”
It is written by an IDW writer who has worked on other IDW series before (the two Prime Dinobot series, in fact)
and it’s about a fictional character who happens to be a female without it being the leading plot point in any way or shape.
Nobody in the issue gives a damn about Windblade or Chromia’s gender. Ironhide doesn’t give a damn, Blur doesn’t give a damn, even goddamn Starscream doesn’t fucking care. The only one who tried to ask was Rattrap, and he didn’t even get an answer.
So yeah, we still have no explanation of how other female Transformers exist in a universe where the only one so far was the result of a morally ambiguous experiment done by one of the most deranged scientists of the IDWverse.
Jhiaxus created the IDWverse’s first female and technically the first transgender. Of COURSE she’s going to be insane and bloodthirsty after that. Does this make her any less of an interesting character compared to her “male” brethren? No. Likewise, is having a female character written by a female writer a big deal? Not to me it isn’t.
If you start treating women differently than men, you’re only accentuating the discrimination which you’re trying to fight against. Yay, a woman is writing TF issues, big woop. Yay, TF issues have now more girls in them, another big woop. I don’t see all of that. All I see is writers and artists with talent writing and drawing characters that are interesting to follow. Windblade could be a male character, or written by a male, and it wouldn’t change shit.
But to some people it does, because they fail to consider the fact that genders aren’t everything. Sigh.
'If you start treating women differently than men, you’re only accentuating the discrimination which you’re trying to fight against'
oh god I was tempted just to reblog this without commenting because there’s so much wrong here it’s overwhelming but in the end I couldn’t help it so let’s run through why you’re wrong about everything.
1. It’s not a big deal that the author and artist are both women
Take a look at this break down of IDW’s staff from Nov ‘12, only
7.1% of the authors and 2.5% of the artists were women. Even if those percentages have increased- let’s be completely optimistic and say 5% in 18 months- women are HUGELY in the minority. Getting an awesomely talented team of women to write the multi-part series about the IDW ‘verses first cis* woman- this is a big deal. Especially with the way that we’ve seen male authors- especially Furman- handle the idea of gender in Transformers.
*Using cis here in the same way that Scott has applied it to Windblade- that she has always identified as a woman unlike Arcee
2. It’s not a big deal that Windblade is a woman
We can talk ‘til we’re blue in the face about how gender manifests in Cybertronians, but stepping outside the narrative for a moment makes it apparent that as they’re characters created by people coming from a western interpretation of gender the entire cast of IDW Transformers are male-coded. All of them use male pronouns and none of them are given the sexual characteristics [predominantly: boobplates, lipstick, high heels] that the other ‘verses use to identify ladyformers.
How many characters is that? Going just from the point in time when Windblade enters there are at least 8000 Cybertronians who returned home [and I’m going to bet closer to 10 000 by this point], plus the 200 on the Lost Light. We’ll stick with 10 000 to make this easy; with Windblade, Chromia, Nautica and Arcee in play this makes the ratio of female to male coded Cybertronians 1:2500. Holy shit. Going of the top of my head in MTMTE there’s at least 60 plot relevant characters- all male, in RiD it’s only about 30, with Arcee as the only woman. Not looking good there.
In addition Windblade is the first female character to be headlining a miniseries- in fact the only previous title featuring a woman was Spotlight: Arcee, which leads into
3. Arcee’s origin and resulting mental instability are totally reasonable
Let’s step outside the narrative again and look at why the hell Furman THOUGHT that women needed to be explained. This is a series about giant, alien robots that transform into vehicles; where having an arm [or a head] blown off is treated is a flesh wound, and it’s commonly accepted for them to live for millions of years. Yet the point of contention- the thing that needs to be explained away- is how there can be ladyformers. As though being a woman is so unnatural that it’s not only something that has to be manufactured- it’s some kind of sick torture. It plunges headfirst into problematic stereotypes about transgender women and Furman’s response to Scott’s announcement to retcon the presence of women in IDW was petty and unprofessional. Arcee’s in-universe reactions might be logical based on her experiences, but media does not exist in a vaccuum, and making the only woman in IDW mentally unstable, hating the fact that she is a woman and turning her into a ruthless assassin might be ‘interesting’ but is not relatable.
4. Nobody cares if Windblade and Chromia are women.
I feel like this is the point where I need to make a tacky, glittery gif that just says ‘this is the whole point’ in capitals. As I just said, up until now being a woman in IDW was UNNATURAL. The fact that the ‘verse is finally stepping up to a state of ‘there are women and we don’t have to explain that because women just exist’ is both one of the happiest and saddest things I’ve seen lately. Happiest, since being a woman shouldn’t need explaining- it should be the kind of thing that Chromia can brush Rattrap off of asking when he tries because it’s a ridiculous question- but saddest because it’s 2014 and we’re only NOW seeing this happen.
5. Windblade could be a male character being written by a man and it would be exactly the same.
Oh yeah, if Windblade had been a male character there still would have been the uprising of angry male fans complaining about women taking over. There still would have been the talk about IDW being willing to ‘take a chance’ on this new character, and I’m sure that you’d still be here too, talking about how people are over-reacting to the fact that Windblade is a dude. Keep telling yourself that.
So, to recap: Windblade is IDW’s first cis female character after hundreds of male characters, headlining her own miniseries- the first multi-part series for a female character, which is being both written and drawn by women in a male dominated industry, and you’re complaining because we’re excited.
Newsflash dude- we’re CELEBRATING. Representation of women in Transformers is well overdue, and while Windblade might not be a magical fix-all it’s a damn good step. No way in hell we’re about to turn down the party because you can’t cope with things not being about you for five seconds. If Windblade isn’t to your taste feel free to go back to the 200+ previous IDW issues, I’m sure you’ll get your ‘no girls allowed!!’ fix in no time.
holy shit you COMPLETELY missed my point so much it’s almost hilarious
1- have you ever considered that there are more male artists than female artists who wish to work in the comics department? And thus why there are more men working for IDW or DC or Marvel or Dark Horse than women? Has this thought /ever/ crossed your mind?
2- The idea of gender in Transformers is stupid. Transformers do not reproduce sexually and thus do not require genders. They refer to themselves using male pronouns by necessity, default and lack of a better term. Thus this is why a Transformer character with a “female” gender is a novelty. That’s what made Arcee special when she was introduced, and that’s also what makes Windblade, Chromia and Nautica mysteries thus far.
3- Completing with 2-, your problem is that you place genders abobe everything. When I look at Arcee, I don’t see a woman, I see a character, the same way I see Prowl, Megatron, Chromedome or Rattrap. Is it wrong to not care about genders until feminists like you and others wave at it like it’s the only thing that mattes?
4- “Let’s shit on all pre-existing continuity for the sake of adding more women!”. I’m fine with female characters in Transformers but for fuck’s sake, I’m also very fine with logical explanations instead of just “hey poof girls”.
But yeah let’s completely disregard everything because women want more women everywhere! And everyone who disagrees with that for the sake of reason is a sexist scum! All hail Tumblr!
WHOA NOW SON.
I know this is gonna be a rough ride in that we’re all going to disagree no matter what on the whole “gender with Cybertronians” thing. I hope you’ll take the time to check out my insight on your points, since I feel like things are a wee bit heated.
1- have you ever considered that there are more male artists than female artists who wish to work in the comics department?
This is like saying “have you ever considered why there are more male firefighters than female ones”. It’s usually because of the kind of environment they’re in, to be honest. In this case for IDW, I don’t know how the heck they feel about writers/artists and the gender comparisons, but I’m gonna tell you for DC, Marvel, etc., it’s usually because it’s not gender equality and why people like Gail Simone is a such a big deal! It’s less to do with “girls just don’t choose this path” and more “they’re treated like crap or not taken seriously AT ALL”. This is also true for female firefighters and… well, you know, kind of in a lot of places! It’s less to do with desire, I’m afraid.
2- The idea of gender in Transformers is stupid.
Man, this is a complicated topic for me. On one hand, objectively, I think gender with synthetic species if kind of strange. No, there’s no reproductive point to it. On the other hand, I’m getting the impression that the females we’ve been introduced to either just adapted that way (perhaps there were female species that they admired, who the heck knows) or decided why the hell not. So I don’t think it has so much to do with literally their biology (HAHA) and more to do with aesthetics, although that remains to be seen!
What I will say is that I think it’s kind of a silly point to argue on. I mean if we’re going to argue about the idea of gender in Transformers being silly, then I don’t see why we can’t argue “why are they primarily bipedal”, “why do most of the faces look like humans”, and so on and so on. Creatively speaking, I know why they do; it’s because if the characters didn’t have human-like aspects, then little kids couldn’t relate to them well and want to buy their toys. I think creatively, this could be said about female characters, too! Sure, women can relate to male characters, but that’s why we can also enjoy having female characters representing us. This also means Rewind and Chromedome, whose pronouns are “he” and therefore could be construed as male, are our first actual gay couple! WOW! That’s pretty awesome! Representation in my robots? I’ll take it everywhere! Not only do I get me some ladybots, but I got me a gay couple too. I can jive with that. Maybe we can get more characters more people can identify with or feel represented in some way!
3- When I look at Arcee, I don’t see a woman, I see a character, the same way I see Prowl, Megatron, Chromedome or Rattrap.
Then I think that’s the entire point of Windblade, Chromia, and Nautica (and maybe more female characters too in the future??) after all. We shouldn’t have to see them purely for their gender, it’s just a nice bonus to have! The focus of the series isn’t primarily for the fact that they’re female. See, my problem with previous Transformer incarnations is that the majority of female Transformers is that they were written for their gender. It was painful and ever since I was a kid, I was mildly annoyed. This goes back as far as G1, where they all suffered the Smurfette principle. They were the female version of a character that already existed, or they existed to be the female counterpart/girlfriend of said character. It was pretty obnoxious!
Then we get to Beast Wars. Oh, it is my very favorite continuity, but the female characters are so limited. We got Airazor and that was pretty sweet! Her toy was originally male, and the writers decided to make her a female. Thanks, writers! But we lost her after season one after she got together with Tigatron, leaving us Blackarachnia — where the majority of her character IS her gender, being the sultry, sexy character who seduces others frequently. Don’t get me wrong! Blackarachnia certainly had more personality than, say, G1 Elita-1. But most of her personality was her gender, and even her design was taken after an exotic dancer. Which explains her giant bozongas. Oh, and Airazor? Was made into a male in Japan. Man!
Then we crawl slowly towards other continuities. Most memorable of the Unicron Trilogy, there was Thunderblast, who was written even worse than Blackarachnia in terms of her gender/appeal. Heck, the animators gave her nipples. Okay, thanks Japan! Fortunately, TF: Cybertron gave us Override, but the problem is that she was a male originally in Japan. I’m grateful the dub gave us a female, but it wasn’t the original intention from Japan. I only wish it was the original intention, but Override’s a great addition and I hope we see her incorporated into another continuity again!
Here I think TFA comes into play. We have Blackarachnia with a tragic history who fulfills the sexy, seductive type again, having dude bots at her whim. Then there’s Arcee. Oh, Arcee, alas! You were made to be a plot device who needed to be rescued not once, but twice, and ultimate Ratchet’s romantic reward. Blackarachnia, on the other hand, is again written for her gender primarily, as being possibly Sentinel’s ex and using her feminine wiles on everyone else. There are other female Cybertronians in the show, but they’re more cameos than anything else. And let’s not forget Red Alert, who was made female for the show and was meant to be part of the main cast but was removed in favor of using Ratchet instead so kids had a connection between the show and Michael Bay’s movies. This was kind of upsetting for me to learn! I loved Ratchet, but I would have LOVED to see Red Alert as part of the main cast!
Finally, as far as the shows go, there’s TFP. I’m highly critical of this show, but one of the most IMPORTANT things to me is that Arcee is not written for her gender. She’s written for her character, and she’s one of the most capable Autobots on the show. Airachnid was pretty interesting, too, and the seductive personality was played down quite a bit from her previous Blackarachnia versions, which I sincerely appreciated. They were solid! And better yet, no one gave a crap that there were female Transformers. It never needed to be explained. Then imagine my disappointment in learning more about Solus Prime, whose entire history is being an object of desire by the other Primes. You were so close, TFP!
I’m not sure that I’m going to touch upon the Michael Bay movies, seeing as how there are so few characters that have a personality apparent in the films explicitly anyway. (I’m sure this must be different in the comics, but I will openly admit I have never read them.)
I guess what I’m getting at here is that we have a severe lack of female characters in the franchise that’s written for their personality and not their gender. I’m stoked for Windblade, because I don’t think it’s going to really matter what her gender is. And if that’s the case, why should the reader give a damn? That’s the definition of feminism, my friend! Equal opportunity for all genders — characters included.
4- I’m fine with female characters in Transformers but for fuck’s sake, I’m also very fine with logical explanations instead of just “hey poof girls”.
I’m sure we’ll get there! Let’s stay tuned.
Yep, and his introduction was very, very trying. At least it was for me; I know there are people who liked his introduction and I totally respect that, but as he was introduced, he did not appeal to me. I actually have James Roberts to thank for developing him into a character I gave a damn about!
So, bottom line, I know you aren’t crapping on the characters. But at the same time, I think this is a big deal for a lot of female fans who want to be represented in a relatable way. I love Arcee in IDW, but her history was problematic for many, so it’s just kind of nice to see that gender doesn’t have to be such a craptastic thing, you know? Personally, I’m excited to see what happens on the horizon. Heck, maybe we’ll get female Decepticons! That’d be awesome.
I am glad to see that IDW is being very open minded with the new generation writers and artists. It’s a risk to them (they are not a big company and has Hasbro on their back too), but they are still bold at making changes. And I think they are heading toward better ways since MTMTE and RID. After they walk away from the old, anthropocentric, and sexist Furman reign. So that we can have female identified TFs without them being some abominates of unspeakable experiments. So that we can have TFs say they love each other without it simply won’t happen in the old time.
Feminists don’t make Windblade miniseries “theirs”. I think most of us are just very happy to see this great progress took place. We gave praise to IDW, supported them by saying “you did a good job” loud and bought this series. As I said, it’s a risk for IDW to take, seeing that there are those dudebros in the fandom among those GeeWuners, so they need to heard and see the encouragement).
And this issue hits #3 on iTune? Win-win situation for both IDW and the readers. This also show female and open-minded male readers enjoy this situation (women can write good TF comics. Female TFs can be interesting characters without being a “freak” or “psycho”), and hopefully it will encourage IDW and Hasbro (especially Hasbro) to change the TF brand more all gender friendly.
I worked on some 2000AD colours today, saw Spider-Man, had two large glasses of wine and then finished this tonight for fun. Living the freelancing dream kids!
Boyfriend had to spell check this for me, thanks loveleeeee.
cute baras for firelight451 <3
YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I’m so glad this exists
I wonder if Megatron going Autobot (ostensibly…anyways) means they can hook up again
They will have a huge make up fight on board Lost Light.
Crosscut names it “best play of the year”
fav person of the day
because actually helping people with cosplay emergencies!
literally the most important man at supanova this year
he gave me double sided tape
what a good human being
petition to have a designated Captain Patch-It at all cons from now on.
Always reblog Captain Patch-It.
Requested by myworldandeverythingelse
oh my god
As a person from California, this is 100% accurate
As a person from Michigan, this is 100% accurate
As a person from England I was so confused because I forgot you use the Fahrenheit system
50 degrees in England
100 degrees in England
I don’t know why I found the skeletons so funny, it’s almost like they’re dancing really sarcastically?
they’re british skeletons of course they’re dancing sarcastically.
John has been confessing his feelings for Harold since season 1. Every time he says “thank you for giving me a job”, “someone found me and gave me a purpose”, he meant it with all his heart. But it’s really what was left unsaid that made his statements mean more than anything else.
This though, the way John looks at him, the way he emphasises you to Harold— for me, this trumps every other moment he professed how he felt because for the first time ever, there isn’t anything left unsaid.
So I don’t think it’s wrong to say that this is possibly the closest thing to John saying “I love you” to Harold and now I’m a fucking mess.
The snuggle is real.
My friend’s majestic huskies. -Hellbetty42
I feel like there’s a relation between that husky and Moon Moon.