Off-Panel: July 8, 2015

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“Just consider for a moment that young people under 22 years old today have lived their entire lives with Bowser as a playable character. They have known nothing else.

They are the Bowser Generation. They are the lost ones. You see them when you look at the 8-year-old who starts by bullying Luigi, and then moves on to his classmate Luis. The teenager who visits a friend’s house, plays Mario Kart for two hours with Bowser, her favorite character, then wakes up the next morning, ditches school, finds her father’s gun, and kills a firefighter in a drive-by shooting. It’s a tragedy that plays out in a thousand ways every single day, all across the country—the inevitable product of a world that implicitly condones the actions of Bowser.”

Oh Clickhole, you make my day better.

“I’ve already reviewed the first issue of We Stand On Guard by Brian K Vaughan and Steve Skroce but part of the fun of a book set in Canada is picking out the Canadian references. I call these Canadianisms and in my duty as the official representative of Canadians here on WWAC, I thought I’d help the non-Canadians navigate these phrases, terms, and delicious food establishments (Mmm…Tim Hortons) with ease.”

Panelteer Ardo talks Canada over at Women Write about Comics.

“[Diversity is] a basic thing that ought to be standard. It’s just fiction reflecting reality—there are all kinds of people in the world, and we should reflect that properly and try not to screw up.”

Yes. This.

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