- Posted by Johanna on January 5, 2007 at 11:02 pm
- Category: Meta
My little rant on corporate comic sexism was the Quote of the Month in the letter column in Powers #22.
I was disappointed that it’s presented without attribution or link, just my name, and also that Bendis didn’t comment or respond. It’s just plopped in there between a near-incoherent letter and an excerpt from Tina Fey talking to Howard Stern about how nasty Paris Hilton is. (Rather like the worst impressions of Usenet, that column is.)
Update: Jeff Lester at The Savage Critic wonders if Bendis is comparing me to Hilton. I hope not — I’m much closer to Tina Fey, although not nearly as funny.
Bendis did go on to post at his message board, “wow, what a wildly warped generalization of a medium and sub genre that hundreds of thousands of people love and enjoy.” I’m not surprised he missed that I was talking about not the medium but about a couple of corporations, one of which he works for. (He wasn’t the only one.) I don’t think a message board (especially his, with its freewheeling boys’ club atmosphere) is the right place to go into depth on the subject, but I would be curious to hear him address the problem of sexism in the industry in more depth.
As for fan response, it’s an interesting pathology that there will always be some people who try to turn any criticism of superhero comic publishers into “superhero comics suck” so they can justify to themselves their ignorance and avoidance of valid complaints. Bless Brian Defferding (School: A Ghost Story) for his kind comments, and thanks to Paul for the pointer.