- Posted by Johanna on January 7, 2006 at 6:19 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
It was awfully nice, after watching two well-known comic women I respect going at each other, to see more women blogging.
I was somewhat surprised, though, that most of the new blogs I saw were writing mostly about DC and Marvel. It’s a bit weird to see people concerned about sexism in comics who only talk about the comics genre that’s known to be especially anti-female (in both content and production).
Don’t get me wrong, I was there at one point in my life (only reading superhero comics) and if that’s what they enjoy reading, then there’s nothing wrong with making their voices heard in response. And at least they’re not flat-out saying that since sexism is everywhere it’s no big deal here in a tone that suggests the girlies should shut up now. (That same blogger calls the discussions “navel-gazing”, implies those commenting are likely hypocrites who buy Lady Death, and says “I think it’s nothing more than a big “bandwagon jumping” from a lot of people who don’t want to look like they are part of the “problem.”” Yes, that must be it. People just want to be cool. Methinks that this person is seeing his own motives in others.)
I’m likely to turn people off by saying this, and I’m probably coming off as the annoying adult voice who says “when you’re my age you won’t think that way”, but I hope that they soon find other comics in other genres that they can enjoy without that little voice in the back of their head saying “this would be great if only the artist could cut back on the crotch shots” or “why are the costumes so chilly-looking?” or “I wish rape wasn’t such a popular subject matter.”
At some time in their lives, long-time comic readers tend to find themselves having read so many superhero stories that they’ve seen them all before. At which point, they find that they like comics as a medium, and they read many other things instead; or they find that they get better superhero stories in movies or on TV; or they try to wring the same enjoyment they once had out of the same superhero properties, and they become bitter cranks always talking about how it was better before.
I’d like to see more cross-pollination, with blogs that talk about and link to others talking about all kinds of comics. That way, ideally, we can all learn from and inspire each other in more interesting and thought-provoking ways. The comic market is fragmented enough, with superhero-only stores and a tiny percentage of truly diverse outlets. I don’t want to see comics blogging go the same way.
Maybe I’m reading much too much into this, and it’s just that people notice the people who start around the time they do. Regardless, it appears that there’s a whole new generation of comic bloggers out there — welcome!