Bits’n’Pieces LinkBlogging

I’m getting ready to go to the New York Comic Con soon, so blogging will be light (but I’ve left some reviews to entertain you through the weekend).

In the meantime, here’s what entertained me today:

Red & Rover comic strip February 21 2007

Ed sent along today’s Red & Rover strip, which captures discussions I have actually had. I love the Monkees!

Marc Singer explains why I’m not enjoying Astro City anymore.

Shaenon Garrity sums up what’s wrong with every “what comic will my girlfriend like?” discussion at the same time she eviscerates John Byrne’s message board.

Obviously, the solution is to find that one magical uterus-friendly comic that all humans of the female persuasion are genetically programmed to love. And who better to locate the Bestest Comic for Girls than a bunch of nerdy men on the Internet? The thread currently running on the Byrne board is notable only because it’s such a perfect, Platonic example of the genre. It’s like a template for all Get Your Girl Into Comics threads on all comic-book forums for all eternity. It’s got every one of the essential elements:

  1. Sandman, Strangers in Paradise, Fables, and True Story Swear To God are recommended over and over and over. And over.
  2. Manga isn’t so much as mentioned.
  3. Neither are comic strips. Or webcomics, unless you count the print collections of Girl Genius.
  4. “Romance” is repeatedly cited as something all women adore. The “romance comics” recommended are frequently just superhero comics that include a love interest, like Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil. (That sound you hear is Lea Hernandez’s head exploding at the notion of Frank Miller as the perfect female-friendly cartoonist.)
  5. Everyone with a girlfriend or wife weighs in, even though none of their girlfriends or wives like comics. Mostly, they just want everyone to know they’re not single, either.
  6. Someone uses the phrase “chicks dig it,” possibly without irony.
  7. The thread is now two pages long, and no one has thought to ask about the tastes of the woman in question.

I wanted to reprint this so I have something to point to the next 217 times this comes up and I want to say how WRONG it all is. I adore the comment response that ran “You know, I’m having the very devil of a time getting my fiancé interested in knitting. What kind of yarn should I buy him? I hear guys like sportweight acrylic yarn, because it’s made of petrochemicals and has the word ‘sport’ in the name.”


7 Responses to “Bits’n’Pieces LinkBlogging”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    Sportweight acrylic yarn? Hell yea!

    Now get me a beer woman. I’m knittin’…

  2. Monk Says:

    My girlfriend got me hooked on Questionable Content, Achewood and Girl Genius to name a few . . .

  3. Dan Coyle Says:

    I once described this phenomenon to my parents, and my mother said, “Uh… I don’t like football. Your father knows I don’t like football. How is this a problem?”

  4. Thom Says:

    The Monkees are great. Period.

  5. Patrick Says:

    Ha! Knitting. That’s a hilarious (and appropriate) analogy.

  6. Thad Says:

    That’s an EXCELLENT editorial on what’s wrong with The Dark Age; I knew it just didn’t excite me as much as other Astro stories but I couldn’t put it into words.

    However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m not enjoying Astro City anymore — Dark Age has its flaws, but The Eagle and the Mountain was one of the best stories I read last year.

  7. Johanna Says:

    I liked that story quite a bit, but it left me vaguely unsettled (about the craft, not the subject matter), and I’m not sure why. Maybe because it seemed somewhat… unnecessary? when there were so many other Astro City stories implicitly promised that had never been gotten to? I mean, why keep introducing characters and situations when those already there cry out for more?

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