Lumberjanes and tools of change!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Comics and cartoons are some of the most important creative media in developing a society that is inclusive and understanding to others. This is something that I have grown to believe increasingly over the years, and being a man approaching his 30's faster then he would care to admit and STILL regularly consuming them, I'm happy to say that things are starting to go the right way. Lumberjanes is a comic that has been in publication since 2014, has won numerous awards and is able to confer a sense of understanding in a non patronising way.

The story of Lumberjanes is one of adventure mystery; set in a summer camp for girls the story follows a group of friends who fall into of all sorts of mystical mishap. The story is one as old as ages, kids getting into mysterious adventures. The cast of characters all have very distinct personality and backgrounds even though they are not explicitly told, the interactions and even the way they look tell a story about who this person is and where they came from. 

One of the things that grabbed peoples attention - apart from the fantastic story and art - is that this is a comic with all female characters, in a story that doesn't dilute their personality down to their gender. This comes across most of all from how through all the characterization shows that there is not a feminine ideal and no single way to identify as a girl.

Now I'm coming at this from a male viewpoint, and I can quite easily see this being in the hands of a boy too. It doesn't have the attitude of wanting to cause a gender divide in the way media when I was growing up did. When during my formative years demographics hinged on saying either, "Girls are gross with cooties" or "Girls rule boys drool", and this media could force a whole sex to become disillusioned. This is why media that can portray a social group of people in a way that doesn't push another group away is important, and the kids who are watching and reading this kind of stuff will become better more well rounded individuals just because its second nature.



There is a same sex relationship that is suggested through the series, and its not treated as a big revelation, it just is what it is and this normalised view of LBGTQ relationships is also well welcome. Kids are smart and only pick up on ideas that are shown to them. A better future is possible by showing kids at an early age different outlooks and taking for granted that differences are ok!

~ Gary


     

7 comments :

  1. *claps for this post*

    I still do need to read these, and love the look of them anyway - but this made me wanna read them MORE

    <3 x

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  2. The art in these comics look amazing such a unique style! Thank you for introducing me to them I'll be adding them to my list to read the year - www.teaisawishyourheartmakes.wordpress.com πŸ’–

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    1. Yeah I love the art style, it adds just even more charm to the stories.

      Thanks for reading
      ~Gary

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  3. These are so good. Funny, thought-provoking and a joy to read. Just finished book 6.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying them, they are definitely a fun read. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for reading
      ~Gary

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  4. This is on my hit list. I've heard lots of people rave about it. I also want to investigate Rat Queens, have you read it?

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    1. No I still need to read Rat Queens it looks really good though, so that's another one for the list haha.

      Thanks for reading
      ~Gary

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