songstersmiscellany said: I'm fascinated by the premise of this comic, but I'm also wary because I too often see the Confederacy romanticized in pop culture. And that often goes hand in hand with minimizing slavery or the position of freedpeople after the war. Could you tell me a bit about your approach to that side of Rook's character (or point me to a post) and how it influences your representation of any black characters? Thank you!
A completely valid concern! Here's one post, and in short I can say that I have no intention of romanticizing the Confederacy– Rook is an ignorant idiot about slavery and the hell slaves had to endure and I hope to portray him as such, not to mention his experience in the army itself can be summed up as: a teenager romanticized war, went in expecting to become a glorified general, and got his ass handed to him, to his great shame.
As for my black/poc characters, I’m interested in portraying them as people who have had to work much harder to get where they are in the face of racism, oppression, and people like Asa and Rook– but not as faultless in the situations that will arise. Everyone in this comic is, at least on some level, a piece of trash and prime material for a villain in a story about decent people. I hope this makes sense!