On Wensday July 1st, Image comics released the second issue of James Robinson & Greg Hinkle’s Airboy, a metatextual commentary about the creators of the comic meeting the public domain Airboy charachter in 2014 as they are planning on doing a revival of the property. Instead, they mostly binge on drugs and alcohol. The comic is meant to be an examination of James Robinson, the books writer. In it, we are shown Robinaon at a low point in his life in which he is experiencing a disconnect with his work at DC Comics and by extension his life in general. While the first issue is basically that set up and a drug binge with artist Greg Hinkle, the conclusion introduces the Airboy charachter into the story. The second shows Airboy reacting to modern America and Robinson’s world. Airboy unknowingly eats pot brownies and goes to a bar where he and Robinson each recieve a felatio from a transgender women in the bathroom. Upon Airboy’s discovery of the individual being transgender, he reacts poorly. A day after the books release, during the most recent Image Comics Expo’s, where they annouce a series of new titles coming from the publisher, people on twitter and social media began calling for the comic to be pulled off the shelf because of it’s offensive portrayal of transgender people in the comic. Past that, the idea took on a life of it’s own. The merits of the comic and it’s portrayal of trangender people were debated from a wide range of view points. What was lost in much of the discource over the minutia was the bigger picture; Airboy intent was not to be maliscious to a minority group, but because that minority group is oppressed, it struck a nerve. The reaction of Airboy #2 was a sympton of a larger problem of power structure’s and systematic subjugation. Continue reading On Airboy #2, Transphobia & Power Structures
During last week’s Image Expo event, comics blog Graphic Policy initiated a Twitter campaign asking publisher Image Comics to pull copies of Airboy #2 from shelves. Written by James Robinson and illustrated by Greg Hinkle, the Airboy series presents boorish fictional versions of the creative team as they attempt to craft – amid a haze of booze and drugs – a reboot of the Golden Age comics hero Airboy; in the first issue, the fictional Robinson and Hinkle are surprised by the appearance of the Airboy character in the “real” world. Airboy #2 depicts Airboy and Robinson receiving oral sex from transgender women; Airboy is unaware that these women are transgender, and as Graphic Policy notes, “A debate ensues about the ‘men’ they hooked-up with, Airboy storming off complaining about the ‘degenerate’ world.”
Several sites, such as The Rainbow Hub and Comicosity, criticized the comic’s narrative for being transmisogynistic and transphobic, and the issue prompted Graphic Policy to launch its Twitter campaign; in response, Robinson issued an apology via GLAAD, stating that he had “inadvertently hurt and demeaned a community that the real non-fictionalized version of myself truly respects and admires.”
Curious about how Graphic Policy came to its decision to launch the Twitter campaign, Nothing But Comics contacted Graphic Policy’s founder and “Blogger in Chief” Brett Schenker to learn more.
At Nothing But Comics, we enjoyed reading the first issue of Airboy from Image Comics, by writer James Robinson and artist Greg Hinkle. Airboy is an kid aviation hero character created during World War II, but the character endures. The public domain character was revived in the 1980s by Eclipse Comics, and his adventures have been published by IDW, Moonstone Books, and Antarctic Press. Notable writers have created homages to the character, like George R. R. Martin’s Jetboy and Alan Moore’s Jetland. So we tasked superhero the Red Bee with asking Robinson an important question about Airboy’s endurance as a character.
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At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Airboy series from Image Comics, by writer James Robinson and artist Greg Hinkle. In the comic, Robinson and Hinkle have been hired to reboot the Golden Age comic book aviation hero Airboy – however, things get strange when the character appears to the creators after they debauch themselves on drugs, in order to set the duo on the straight and narrow. So we tasked superhero the Red Bee with asking Robinson an important question about the Airboy character.
By James Robinson & Greg Hinkle
In a week full of new series, Airboy is probably the most oddball. It is not about its title character, as much as it is about the making of a comic about the title character. Or more precisely, about writer James Robinson’s frustrated attempts to get started on a comic about the title character. Well, at least until the final page, and, OK . . .
The issue opens with Robinson fielding a call from Image publisher Eric Stephenson (Stephenson’s office looks like it would not be out of place amidst the modish designs of his Nowhere Men series). Stephenson is trying to convince Robinson to write a new Airboy series for Image. The character is public domain, so anyone can do anything with him and who better than Robinson who has built a reputation on artfully reimagining comics’ Golden Age. Only, for Robinson, this reputation is a bit too much. He is sick of being known as that Golden Age Guy, or worse that Starman Guy (the implication of the latter being that he only ever wrote one thing worth reading). More importantly, Robinson has zero affinity for Airboy. Could not care less about him. Robinson laments that he feels like Paul McCartney being remembered just for The Beetles.
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