NYC Con: Women in Comics Panels?

No more convention writeup, because Sunday went much the way Saturday went, only the crowds were shorter and younger because it was kids’ day.

But I was left with a question: did anyone go to any of the debated Women in Comics panels? I heard that several of the supposed panelists didn’t even attend the joke setup with Jenna Jameson. How did they go?

Update: Heidi posts a writeup by Steve Bunche.

There to shill both Zombie Strippers and the comic book that she supposedly created — Shadow Hunter, a book that looked to me like yet another entry from the school of Witchblade knockoffs — Jameson displayed far more passion for and knowledge of horror movies than she did for comics, quite obviously betraying an ignorance of the medium and allowing [Amanda] Conner to field most of the questions relating to the stuff that the real fans and creators would know and understand. When describing her collaboration with Shadow Hunter‘s scripter, Witchblade co-creator Christina Z, it was apparent to many in the audience that Jameson most likely had never even spoken to the writer, at which point what little credibility Jameson had built up with the comics cognoscenti present rocketed down the proverbial bowl.

In short: it was full of people who only wanted to get a picture of the former porn star.

7 Responses to “NYC Con: Women in Comics Panels?”

  1. Pedro Tejeda Says:

    Joe talks about it a little and I follow up on it.

    I kind of wish I did go to blow up Jenna Jameson one. It sounded more exciting.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Hey, thanks! Sorry to hear that it didn’t go well, but I appreciate the update.

  3. david brothers Says:

    Am I the only one who is kind of uncomfortable with all the hate regarding Jameson and her comic? “Supposedly” created and other terms used to dismiss her part in the creation of the comics just rubs me the wrong way for some reason.

    I was skeptical of the panel line-up like pretty much everyone ever, but there seems to be a lot of pent-up resentment (though that may not be the exact word I want… cynicism?) toward her without much proof.

    I kind of wish that I had been there to see the panel, because I feel like the writer at The Beat came into it kind of unfairly biased. The text is almost there just to diss Jenna Jameson.

  4. Johanna Says:

    I don’t think it’s her so much as cynicism towards famous names on comics. Remember Tekno’s Neil Gaiman’s whatever and how he had nothing to do with it besides the original concept? If someone licenses a name just to get PR value off of it, then I think readers are justifiably skeptical about that.

  5. david brothers Says:

    I kind of rambled a bit and got deeper into the subject here on my blog. I still can’t tell if my issue is more with the tone/point of that post than the trend, though, to be honest.

  6. Johanna Says:

    I do agree that the writer of that post definitely had some expectations going into the situation. I disagree with you (if I’m reading correctly) that “criticizing a porn star named comic that looks like everything else out there” = “misogyny”, though.

  7. david brothers Says:

    Oh, no, I didn’t mean to give the impression that it was misogyny. Just that the response was completely out of proportion, in a “kill the messenger” kind of way. I don’t think he’s misogynist, just that he’s using Jenna as some kind of e-punching bag for some reason.




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