norree asked: Hiya! In regards to your answer in the FAQ: "I’m not so reluctant to spoil this because one of the main things I was thinking about while writing the story was: “I’m gonna stick it to the bromance genre so fucking hard–”" Could you please elaborate on that for me? I'm intrigued by that and I'd like to hear more! What exactly would you consider the bromance genre, and how do you feel about it? Thanks!
I actually talk a bit about it in this article from The Daily Dot, but let me elaborate a little more:
Bromance is more or less a subgenre found most often in television shows that have a pair of (usually white) male leads. The relationship between these two men is glorified as a bond that runs deeper than your average friendship, while dancing around or often outright denying the idea that they could ever be in a romantic relationship together. Simply put, the term “bromance” is just a shorter way of saying “NO HOMO” at the top of your lungs.
I have no arguments against platonic friendship between men, but it does bother me that simply calling it friendship is unacceptable due to Western concepts of what’s masculine and what’s not, and that the word “bromance” is “necessary” to eliminate the possibility of romance when a friendship between a man and a woman or two women receives no such limitation.
Examples of shows and other media that feature a ~bromance: Sherlock BBC, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Suits, White Collar, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, most Western superhero comics and accompanying spinoff media, etc etc etc
TL;DR I fucking hate the bromance genre, I have 100% creative control of this comic, let’s have some gays