Emilia Clarke asks us to speak about periods. Period. Emilia Clarke, actress and comics writer Emilia Clarke will be speaking on Thursday.Game of Thrones joined the American Library Association’s Moni Barrette at New York Comic Con to talk about creating her debut comic M.O.M.M.O.M. Image Comics, about a mother superhero who discovers her superpowers while she is on her period.
Clarke was Emmy nominated as an actress in 2021. She became a comic book author. M.O.M.Marguerite Bennett co-wrote the following:DC Comics Bombshells M.O.MThe following is the article. Maya is a single mother. As if being a single parent isn’t hard enough, Maya’s got superhero powers she can’t control and a job she hates. Clarke calls the series “Deadpool meets Fleabag.”
Maya’s life is affected by her mother’s death at young age, and the transition to single parenthood. Three issues of the miniseries are dedicated to exploring how society’s different pressures affect women. It’s for a younger audience (think Billie Eilish’s voice in comics form) and is a tongue-in-cheek look at navigating what it’s like to be a woman.
The actress attributed her introduction to comics to her brother, saying, “I was very much in awe of all of it but could never find my way in.” Clarke said she felt ostracized by the comics community as a young girl. Clarke discovered the rich stories and mysterious realms of comics when she was younger and began to rediscover them.
Clarke said the concept for the series came from a joke in a car among friends, “Wouldn’t it be funny if there was a superhero with a costume she could pee in? That’s when the germs of this idea came about, and I started writing, and I couldn’t stop.”
Clarke collaborated with Bennett on the creation of this story. It uses glossy pop culture to address feminism and friendship as well as cultural issues. Jo Ratcliffe is the cover artist and Leila Leiz is an illustrator in this all-female team.
Clarke believed that Maya was best when she elevated human flaws and made them superpowers. The actress also encouraged open discussion about periods, to reduce the hype surrounding an otherwise common biological function. Maya’s powers depend on whatever emotions she’s feeling. One tiny nibble of her power? They are only available once every month.
Maya’s unpredictable powers help her move effortlessly from dangerous situations, like taking down a human trafficking ring, to preparing breakfast for her son. Issue #2 raises the stakes for Maya’s family. M.O.MIt is. She has her friends to help. What Maya learns is that she’s a better superhero when she accepts help from others, a powerful message for young adults.
Maya’s costume was another important sticking point for Clarke. “For her outfit, I was turning to the Missy Elliott 1990s fish-eye videos and PussyRiot. There’s also science running through all her symbols and signs. We were kind of mixing chemical compound symbols and mythological symbols for feminism.”
Barrette asked Clarke about what kind of feedback she’s received from the comic. “A big fear of mine was that it would be seen as anti-man, and I didn’t want that to be the case,” Clarke said, adding, “I wanted this to be inclusive for more people. Toxic masculinity is a very real thing, and I wanted that to be in there.”
M.O.M. This is all about the struggle to receive and be accepted help. It’s about the relatable challenge of being a person with emotions, especially when society demonizes those who express their feelings as crazy, unstable, or unbalanced.
Asked to describe what the comic is about, Clarke said, “The story of the book is one of a kindness to one another and an openness.”
Image Comics will publish final installment M.O.M.On October 27, 2021
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