Submission for the lovely We Are Comics Tumblr:
I’m Laurie Penny, I’m 27, I’m a writer and journalist, a nerd and a feminist, and I’ve been reading comics for 14 years. Part of the reason I decided to pursue journalism was because I was a fan of Warren Ellis’ ‘Transmetropolitan’ series. Right now I’m obsessed with Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ ‘Saga’ and Blue Delliqunti’s ‘O Human Star’.
Stories shape us. And right now a change is taking place in the stories we are allowing ourselves to tell, and who gets to tell them, and who has to sit quietly and listen. Comics have always had the potential to be a radical medium, because they edge around the mainstream, because they are collaborative, because they play with time and form, and because they’re so much bloody fun. Now that we have the interwebs, comics are getting more democratic, and fans and creators can navigate around the cultural debris of lazy storytelling and make art and magic that’s more interesting, more diverse and more human than ever before. And that excites the hell out of me. I’ve never been prouder to be a fan.