- Posted by Johanna on August 1, 2006 at 10:14 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Gail Simone, at her message board, responds to the question of why not many women submit to Marvel, seeking work there:
I like Marvel. I have a lot of friends at Marvel. But there is definitely a Howard Stern/partytime/fratboy/strip club element.
Again, I like Marvel. But when I was there, it was INEVITABLE that every female who left or was let go would be referred to as a ‘crazy bitch’ at some point. I don’t blame any one person for it, but it is something that could bite them in the ass if they’re not careful.
And on the flipside, big kudos to editors like Mike Marts who could NOT have been more gracious and welcoming. And Joe Quesada has been nothing but nice to me as well. It’s not the individuals, it’s just sort of an institutionalized faux ‘badboys’ environment, to my mind.
As a final cavaet, let me add that it’s been some years since I was there and it all may have changed since then.
Later in the thread, an aspiring woman writer says that it’s not a good economic decision. With limited time and energy, she’d rather dedicate her efforts to a different field, one where she doesn’t have to fight an offensive atmosphere, can more easily get work, and oh, yeah, make more money.
That bit about how the men talk about the women behind their back, how it’s always made out to be the woman’s fault, fits in with my experience at DC. (Again, that was several years ago now.)
I think the guys who work in superhero comics, because they were fans first, are used to feeling picked on, so when they get the chance to blame someone else, they take it. It’s never their fault. They run the clubhouse, so they think they always make the right decisions and obviously deserve their positions. (That also explains the defensiveness to fan feedback you often see.)