PR: What Not to Do: Women? What Women?

Oni Press has announced a new series of adventure graphic novels by Chris Schweizer called The Crogan Adventures, with the first book named Crogan’s Vengeance. Neat. I’ve enjoyed some of their historical fiction releases in the past.

The series has the premise of following different branches of the Crogan family over different generations and eras, with the first book being about “Catfoot” Crogan, a pirate. To promote the idea, the artist put together a family tree, which he describes as :

“filled with adventurers of every sort and caliber: pirates, legionnaires, gunfighters, private eyes, flying aces, lion tamers, and a host of other daring professions.”

Crogan family tree

But apparently, only and all men. I have never before seen a family tree that didn’t at least mention women, because, unless the Crogans have also invented human parthenogenesis, you need some of them to HAVE more than one generation.

More seriously, I’m put off by the assumption that only men have adventures. In all these generations and locations, there was never a Crogan sister or daughter worth telling stories about? From this preview copy review, it sounds like a good read, but this attitude, that one entire gender doesn’t matter and can be ignored, really turns me off.

Update: After talking with the artist and publisher, they pointed out that they’re purposefully trying to create a version of boys’ adventure fiction for young male readers, which explains the direction of their publicity. Makes sense to me.

10 Responses to “PR: What Not to Do: Women? What Women?”

  1. velma Says:

    Yeah, and its not even about being a woman, its about being a human. Two genders exist!

  2. Dan Says:

    Heh, the extremely odd family tree aside, nice use of the word parthenogenesis. You’re not a fan of the group Shriekback by any chance are you?

  3. Johanna Says:

    Nah, never heard of them. But thanks!

  4. Paul Sizer Says:

    I swear, Shriekback seems to have cornered the market in the use of the word “parthenogenesis”! (Shriekback = quirky tribal/electronic/alternative band in the mid/late 80’s-90’s, sang songs about weird stuff and were very funky, best album; “Oil and Gold”)

    I also find it really odd, especially since Oni is so well know for putting out titles that ARE female friendly. Not saying this book will not be female friendly, but still, it does seem kind of short sighted.

  5. Alan Coil Says:


    Head exploding word of the week. Eyes heer 2 reed abot commix.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Hey, I linked a definition! I could have left you to figure it out yourself. :)

  7. James Schee Says:

    Remember Alan, Johanna was a teacher at one point. (and apparently looks like a librarian!:) ) So she knows how to sneakily teach us something when we aren’t looking.:)

  8. Alan Coil Says:


    A teacher who looks like a librarian? KC is a lucky man.

    I currently have a crush on a local librarian, but she is married, so it must all remain in my dreams.

  9. Joe Procopio Says:

    Ugh…this criticism is about as silly as the time somebody complained to me that “The Lord of the Ring” movies sucked because there were no black people in it. That’s exactly what Peter Jackson should have done–introduced a black hobbit character to ensure nobody could accuse him of being racially insensitive. I’m sure black audiences felt ostracized by the lack of racial parity among the fellowship. I mean, c’mon, there were elves and dwarves, but no black people?!?! Blatant racism…

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