Okay so someone needs to hold my things before I loose my shit completley.
I was listening to iFanboy pick of the week this morning and they mentioned Wildstorm:Michael Cray was set in New Zealand so of course I’m going to jump over to comicology and have a read.
On another thread I was talking about understanding diverse voices and cultural misappropriation so you can understand me when I say what the actual fuck did I just read
First of all labeling the opening panel “NEW ZEALAND” gives me absolutely no knowledge of where abouts this scene is actually located. There is 9,300 miles of coast, the 9th largest in the world, Give me a location. Nine pages later you had the decency to label the location San Francisco a little effort could of gone a long way.
Am i being a bit facetious? Possibly but I’m proud of my country and want it pictured in a good light so every little helps
Secondly dressing the villagers up as if they just landed on Plymouth rock is just lazy. Isolated community or not a quick google could of helped a more appropriate design.
Slapping a lighter shade of brown on the skin and not rendering pacific island features and expecting us to see them as Polynesian or Maori is again lazy. If the comic was in black and white you would assume everyone is Caucasian.
Primitive fishing villages don’t exist in New Zealand. Its easier to get food from the supermarket.
Page 14 Arowana are a fresh water fish. They are not native to New Zealand. Cray’s assumption that " Arowana don’t migrate very far" is pretty spot on as they would be dead the minute they hit the fecking ocean.
Page 15 "The first settlers came from Britain in the 1500’s"
Now your just taking the piss.
The first European explorer to sight New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman on 13 December 1642. Captain James Cook, who reached New Zealand in October 1769 on the first of his three voyages, was the first European explorer to circumnavigate and map New Zealand. From the late 18th century, the country was regularly visited by explorers and other sailors, missionaries, traders and adventurers.
Page 15 (same speech bubble)"The tale is they taught the local to tame the sea"
Okay now your going to get a slap in the face.
Traditional fishing was both a practical and a spiritual activity. There were many ingenious methods and tools, from complex calendars to iridescent lures and woven traps.
The Maori had their own goddamn fishing calendar and knew when to fish and when to let stocks replenish.
Take your primitive shit somewhere else pal.
So who wrote this patronizing masterpiece?
Bryan Hill. Now admittedly I had never hear of him before. A quick google pointed me to this article
Now this right here really got me wild.
Yes black representation matters but what a hypocrite to not do your homework on New Zealanders and Maori.
I’m absolutely disgusted by this creative team and what little effort they have taken to look at another culture and understand their history.