- Posted by Johanna on December 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm
- Category: Comic News
I dream of a day when a comic created only by women doesn’t get tagged with a stupid title like Marvel’s Girl Comics. In fact, I dream of a time when it’s not even special enough to remark upon, instead of being some kind of attention-getting stunt that ends up resembling a plea for charity. “Please pay attention to us — look! we’re letting the women do superheroes!” But we’re not there yet, still. From an interview with the editor:
I’m hoping it’ll be encouraging to see so many women who are making their livings in comics, that the idea will be reinforced that comics can be (and already are) as much for them as they are for men.
It would be more encouraging to see so many women making a living in comics that you couldn’t shove all of them into one three-issue miniseries. The editor also says:
it’s not specifically focused on our female characters, and I’m not trying to generate content that I think will appeal to more women.
That seems a little … contradictory. Who is your target audience for these one-time incursions into the superhero boy clubhouse? Or are you just saying that to avoid scaring off the hardcore fanboys? Later on:
I think the characters and the stories will draw in just as many men in as women, and will get people thinking that good comics aren’t about the gender of the writer or artist, it’s about where what you like to read intersects with what they like to create.
If good comics don’t depend on gender, why draw so much attention to it? And why the horrendous gender bias in Marvel comics during the rest of the year? Will these women keep getting work from Marvel, or get placed on a regular title?
There’s a lot more at the link, and yes, I’m taking cheap shots. I feel I’m entitled, since I’ve seen over a decade of these projects, and once the company has gotten its hit of publicity, they go straight back to marketing to the superhero fanboy and hiring those who used to be such. Don’t give me an event, give me real changes in your hiring and employment practices and your publishing slate. Or should I wait for the Disney takeover for that to happen?
Update: All that said, I will of course be reading this because it’s an amazing lineup of talent and looks to be well worth reading. But the publisher’s approach to it annoys me.