STOP. STOP ALL THE PRESSES. THERE IS A COMIC BOOK...
betterfoodandcoolerpeople: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Bluewater is notorious for its cheaply produced bio-comics on basically anyone they think will sell (in addition to its shady business practices). Just read her Wikipedia article. It’ll be the same experience minus the bad art.
The Problem Of Women In Comics: Where They Are... →
Lately, between Womanthology and DC’s All-New-Almost-All-Male 52, the popular lens has turned — as it is wont to do every year or so — to the Problem of Women in Comics, namely, whether there are enough of them, and if not, what, if anything, should be done to fix that. As often as not, those conversations have two side effects: First, they erase the women who do work in...
Bitch Magazine - We're All Mad Here: Crazy Ladies... →
“We’re all mad here” might be the best description of almost all of the characters in Batman: The Animated Series, including the caped crusader himself. Most of the villains in Batman are super criminals with personal obsessions that drive their crime sprees well beyond the point of parody. Of course someone named E. Nygma is going to be puzzle-obsessed and (when...
Our Love Is Real: A Straight Writer's Problematic...
[This review contains spoilers.] We’ve all heard homophobes cry that if gay marriage is legalized, the next thing you know people will want to marry dogs. Sam Humphries’ Our Love Is Real (currently in its third printing with a fourth due in November) takes a look at a world where they’re right. Purportedly set “five years after the AIDS vaccine”, OLIR takes place...
The Real Wonder Woman: WWII Hero Nancy Wake Dies... →
She was possibly the most badass woman in the history of World War II. One of the most decorated WWII servicewomen, Nancy Wake led 7,000 maquisards - armed resistance fighters - in battles against the Nazis. She rode a bicycle for more than 500 miles through several German checkpoints to replace codes her wireless operator had been forced to destroy in a raid. She even killed an SS sentry...
ComicsAlliance Editor-in-Chief Laura Hudson's... →
“But how can I even start writing for those websites, newspaper, and magazines without any experience,” you ask? If you’re in school and you can get an internship of some kind at an outlet you respect, you should absolutely do that. It may even be a good idea if you’re out of school, though it may pay poorly or not at all. Sorry: You are going to be poor for a while, at...
More Twitter Fun: #WomenReadComics →
ladiesmakingcomics: Share your origin story as a comic fan, tell a cool story from your time in comics fandom, or just fangirl about your favorite comics!
So that said, here it is. My sincere thoughts on how to promote the presence of...– Meredith Gran on the topic of women in comics. Well worth a read, very interesting. (via fullofwhoa)
Tiger Beatdown Talks Oracle and Strong Female... →
There’s also a notable erasure of strong female characters when it comes to disability, sometimes erasure in a rather literal sense. Marvel recently decided to ‘reboot’ Oracle, aka Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, as a nondisabled character, despite a long, distinguished, and notable representation as a wheelchair using character. A strong wheelchair using character. People with disabilities, you...
Classic transphobia/intersex-phobia and misogyny...
Allow me to take you on a journey back in time to the far off year of nineteen hundred and ninety-eight. The Monica Lewinsky scandal gripped the nation, Britney Spear’s “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time” exploded onto the pop charts, and a Marvel Comics character called Deadpool received his first ongoing series. Originally written by Joe Kelly and later taken over by Gail Simone,...
Think the DCnU Isn't Female Friendly?
Meet the White Rabbit: Created and drawn by David “I Don’t Know How Boobs Work” Finch, Playboy Bunny White Rabbit is one of the new villains DC is introducing into the rebooted DCU. I bet all those feminists who were worried that the lack of female creators at DC would lead to (even more) objectified, oversexualized and otherwise negative portrayals of women in comics feel...
My Pull List 8/10/11
Wow. After more that a quarter of the comics I picked up last week featured at least one female creator (not bad, but certainly not great), this week only one of the eighteen titles on my pull list (5.6%) had a female contributor on the interiors (Emma Rios on Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #1), with two more featuring female cover artists, so including cover artists I picked up one less comic...
In The Dark Knight Rises, Catwoman is a stripper... →
For all of Christopher Nolan’s strengths as a filmmaker, female characters sure aren’t one of them. From Rachel “Stand There and Look Pretty” Dawes in Batman Begins* to Rachel “Woman in Refrigerator” Dawes in The Dark Knight to “Smurfette” Adriane in Inception, his track record speaks for itself. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to...
Womanthology: WE HIT $100,000 THANK YOU SO MUCH... →
Gail Simone Introduces Polyamory to the DC...
[This post contains spoilers for Secret Six #36.] Gail Simone is one the best writers in comics today, and Secret Six is with out a doubt my favorite of her works. Or maybe that should be ‘was.’ With this week’s issue #36, the series has ended for the time being, and while I expected the issue to be satisfying and heart-wrenching cap to the series (which it was), Simone also...
Batman: Knight of Vengeance #3 - Review
[Review contains spoilers for Batman: Knight of Vengeance #2 & 3 and Flashpoint #1.] There were a lot of reasons for me to be skeptical of Batman: Knight of Vengeance going in. I’m not usually type to buy tie-ins to crossover events, and as great as 100 Bullets was, Azzarello and Risso’s previous take on Batman in Wednesday Comics was pretty underwhelming. Still, I enjoyed the...
My Pull List 8/3/11
To satisfy my own curiosity (and in light of Dan Didio revealing only 1% of DCnU writers will be women), I’m going to start tracking the percentage of comics I read each week that have a female creators contributing as writer or artist. Six out of the twenty-one titles I pulled this week (28.6%) have at least one woman working on them. The only title that had more than one female contributor...
Who Exactly Was Sadie Hawkins?
Most people are familiar with the pseudo-feminist tradition of Sadie Hawkins dances, wherein girls are encouraged to take the dominant role of asking a boy out.* Given the nature of the dances, one can easily assume that Sadie Hawkins was a heroic feminist of days-gone-by (like the above pictured Susan B. Anthony) who thwarted social conventions of the time by insisting that a woman need not...