Lovefool 09.22.14 | The Stars We Were Meant To Be

Lovefool shows some love for the Carol Corps.




I’m really not sure how to start this. It’s been, what, six weeks? I guess I could go week-by-week and tell you why I haven’t been updating, but I think it’s just that the world was awful and the Nerdosphere was incredibly, stupendously awful (as usual, really) and then I went to LouFest and that was less awful but super exhausting. And then I got sick and didn’t want to do anything but sit on my couch, and then I got slightly better but was all miffed because I was just sick enough that staying home was really the way to go but healthy enough that I didn’t want to stay home, which is pretty much THE WORST. 
But mostly I just don’t feel like I have anything worth saying, anything worth the five minutes it’s going to take you to read this, and I feel like there are so many other things you should be paying attention to that it’s selfish for me to expect anyone to read my ramblings on comics. And I alluded to it in my last column but it’s hard out here sometimes. I’m tired and, if I stop and I did, I feel like I don’t have anything else to add to the discussion. On particularly bad days when I’m considering this, I wonder if I ever had anything to add to the discussion.
You thought so, though, nerdlings, that I had something to say worth reading, and so here I am, checking in. Hello, nerdlings. I’m here. I hope you are, too. Welcome back. I have a guest column lined up for next week and I hope that I’m back in the swing of things enough in two weeks to sit down and write something decent by then. In the meantime, though, let’s talk about the Carol Corps, because I’ve been thinking about them a lot for the last month and change. 
The Carol Corps? Eh? Let me tell you about it, it’s so exciting. Imagine a corner of fandom that was generally kind and inclusive. There’s no gatekeeper, no widespread bullying or stupid, uncomfortable jokes. Imagine that instead of paying lip service to the concepts, it really was filled with all ages and types of people, imagine it was global and connected and that you didn’t have to do anything particularly special to join up. A tumblr probably doesn’t hurt, I guess, and they’re pretty into cosplay but really, all you have to do is say you’re in—you support this, you’re part of it. Imagine it was centered around a strong but flawed female character written by a solid, clever writer, who seems like the kind of lady you could be friends with, and drawn in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re all wrong.
It sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Well, nerdlings, it’s out there. It exists.
Wired covered the Carol Corps in this article, which really does make the whole enterprise sound incredibly charming and leads me to believe that having a coffee with Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer for Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, as well as Ghost and Pretty Deadly, would be one of the better ways to spend an hour. I’d like to ask her what it’s like to be the driving force behind a quiet revolution. Because it sure feels like something massive, all these people who are traditionally laughed out of the Nerdosphere, being a vocal part of fandom, tumbling away and having meetups and quietly wearing their Carol Corps shirts out in the world. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this amount of sheer joy and wonder in being a comics fan. Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy was a big deal, but this feels different. It makes me feel hopeful, which is something I don’t usually associate with this part of my life these days.
Maybe Captain Marvel is the superhero we were all waiting for out here in Fake Geek Girl Land (trust me, we all hear it once or twice, no matter what our credentials are) to bring us back into that particular fold, which can be a terrifying place. Give her the mantle of Captain Marvel, bring her to center stage, make her brave and imperfect and put her in something not completely alienating but beautiful. Make her someone we could look up to, but also someone we could see hanging out with. And then support her and make her part of the greater Marvel Universe and follow her up with a new and wonderful Ms. Marvel and then watch it all go. Because no matter what happens to the series, no matter what happens with a movie, the Carol Corps is out there.


Aren’t they lovely? | Erin Jameson

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