Oy With The Poodles!

A blog by Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis

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So one of our kids is back.
We’ve been out of the superhero comics loop for a while, honestly.  We’ve focused on our creator owned books, and haven’t looked for work at Marvel or DC for years.  As for reading, the big two seemed to always have major events happening, and once we fell behind we felt pretty clueless.
But we understand that Prodigy is back in Young Avengers.  We’re thrilled to see him being used, and thrilled to troll Tumblr and see that his appearance has caused some fans to go back and discover his roots in our books.
But then this thing happened, see…
David kissed a dude.  And fandom started freaking a little.
A straight guy had been ‘turned gay.’
The dreaded R-word (Retcon) started getting tossed about.
We’ve seen some message boards saying it’s clear our intent was never to have David be gay.
So let us be 100% clear.
Our intent was never to have David be gay.
And let us be 100% clear.  We have no problem whatsoever if David’s new writers make him queer, or bisexual, or simply questioning.
Life is funny.  People can move through it certain of one thing about themselves, and then realize something else entirely.
David, as we wrote him, had real feelings for Noriko.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t gay.
We haven’t read the issues of Young Avengers yet, but we plan to.
But in principle, we have no real problem with this new direction.
Would we have gone that way?  Unlikely, but who can say for sure?  What matters is this… what we would have done with him is irrelevant.  It’s a shared universe, so he’s someone else’s character now, as much as he ever was ours.  Besides, this isn’t a retcon unless they take away his history with Noriko.
And in stories, just like in life, people evolve.  Teenagers especially.
We’re just glad he’s still alive and still a part of the living breathing world of Marvel Comics.

So one of our kids is back.

We’ve been out of the superhero comics loop for a while, honestly.  We’ve focused on our creator owned books, and haven’t looked for work at Marvel or DC for years.  As for reading, the big two seemed to always have major events happening, and once we fell behind we felt pretty clueless.

But we understand that Prodigy is back in Young Avengers.  We’re thrilled to see him being used, and thrilled to troll Tumblr and see that his appearance has caused some fans to go back and discover his roots in our books.

But then this thing happened, see…

David kissed a dude.  And fandom started freaking a little.

A straight guy had been ‘turned gay.’

The dreaded R-word (Retcon) started getting tossed about.

We’ve seen some message boards saying it’s clear our intent was never to have David be gay.

So let us be 100% clear.

Our intent was never to have David be gay.

And let us be 100% clear.  We have no problem whatsoever if David’s new writers make him queer, or bisexual, or simply questioning.

Life is funny.  People can move through it certain of one thing about themselves, and then realize something else entirely.

David, as we wrote him, had real feelings for Noriko.

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t gay.

We haven’t read the issues of Young Avengers yet, but we plan to.

But in principle, we have no real problem with this new direction.

Would we have gone that way?  Unlikely, but who can say for sure?  What matters is this… what we would have done with him is irrelevant.  It’s a shared universe, so he’s someone else’s character now, as much as he ever was ours.  Besides, this isn’t a retcon unless they take away his history with Noriko.

And in stories, just like in life, people evolve.  Teenagers especially.

We’re just glad he’s still alive and still a part of the living breathing world of Marvel Comics.

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