- Posted by Johanna on May 24, 2007 at 8:54 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
If your issue is that there aren’t enough female voices in the medium, I completely agree with you, and have been supporting female creators of gift for years for precisely this reason. …
If your issue is that there aren’t enough female voices writing your favourite corporate-owned superhero titles, then, frankly, your problems are deeper and broader than you think.
Keep fighting. Keep kicking. But never, ever act like the women already working in the medium aren’t there, just because they’re not writing Batman or Supergirl.
So what’s my point? Well, I didn’t really have one when I started this post beyond listing some great comics by women, but upon further reflection I’ve come to this: Just dump the superhero comics already. While I understand that many female readers wish to continue reading superhero stories, only without the offensive depictions of women, perhaps it’s time to look at the overwhelming evidence on record and cut one’s losses. Why support publishers who seem to go out of their way to aggravate and alienate female readers? …
So why not just give up on superhero comics? (I did, and I’ve been much happier with comics as a result.) They’re not going to change, so why stay in an unhealthy relationship with the unfounded hopes that someday they’ll start treating you right?
“Just dump(ing) the superhero comics already” paid off rather handsomely for me. …
Would I recommend the strategy for everyone? Probably not. For readers whose interest in comics begins and ends with the Marvel and DC universes (and that’s not intended as any kind of criticism, because I was exactly that reader for ages, and I had a lot of fun), I don’t know if Ichigo or Naruto would actually present a satisfying alternative to Peter Parker. There’s a difference between wanting satisfying heroic adventure stories generally and wanting to see them built around a specific group of iconic characters.
And the cyclicality of super-hero comics suggests that change is inevitable and perhaps the pendulum will swing back in a direction that doesn’t make certain readers grind their teeth in frustration. … I think that possibility is kind of a tease, to be honest, but anything’s possible.
If someone’s willing to move beyond superheroes, they might try any of these.