- Posted by Johanna on August 1, 2006 at 6:59 am
- Category: Comic News
What clouds that panel is the ignominious treatment of a female audience member by certain of the panelists. For me, the secondary stunner was the message delivered by the level of gender-based creator cluelessness on display by another panelist’s wearying myopia. And the continued attacks against her and anyone else who has expressed doubts? Not helped the cause much.
She analyzes how the panel was created and how its panelists were chosen:
A panel with blurbage claiming to be “the definitive panel for what’s up in black content” but does not have powerhouses such as Kyle Baker or Keith Knight as participants for example, or dip into the alt world to snag David Walker, maybe, is not “the definitive panel for what’s up in black content.” Nicely played hype, though. There’s nothing wrong with hype.
This was a panel with a specific, corporate focus and mainstream (read: superhero) leanings. Compared to last year’s track of black programming, this was not a panel diverse in content; a majority of its participants have spent the bulk of their career in comics working on the capes for DC, Marvel and Milestone.
Noles actually talked to the woman who was belittled by the panel (one of whose representatives, Reginald Hudlin, has continued insulting and dismissing her in his online comments about the event):
One thing she told me was it’s not that she doesn’t want to read superhero books, it’s more those books routinely do not provide her with the type of content or storytelling she wants. She hung on for a while before finally giving up and turning to Vertigo….
Hudlin’s ignorance of the content of works in the realm beyond capes and his lack of perception is absolutely no excuse for his later calumniation of this woman. She was no more a “nutcase” than any other fan who stepped up to the mic during the panel. Just because Hudlin didn’t know what she was talking about and was unable to clue in to where she was coming from doesn’t mean her question lacked validity. Just because she asked her question without first letting the love gush does not mean she was out to bring everybody down.
She ends with advice that all male creators should take more note of.
It is a coward’s approach to say men can’t write women [as Hudlin did]. It is a lazy approach to say only women can write women. It is ridiculous to imply we have to wait a generation or nine before we get a woman in a position to write a woman. It is wrong when the white folks say can’t deal with the coloreds. It is wrong when a black comics ProBoy says to a black comics FanGirl he can’t do women and that’s just the way it is for now.