- Posted by Johanna on October 30, 2010 at 10:34 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
It’s tough to be a woman in comics. In response to Kate Beaton’s twittered complaints about sexist “compliments” that put her gender above her talent, the trolls and frightened man-boys came out in the comments of this Robot 6 thread. I only advise reading it if you need to build up the kind of energy righteous anger gives you, because there are some really dumb doozies showing their ignorance and bigotry against women who read or make comics. (You ever notice that those who sound most holier-than-thou about “not judging people based on race or gender” are those white guys who’ve never seen bias, so they don’t believe it exists?) The moderators finally shut it down when they were “having to delete more comments than we are actually letting through.”
However, one good thing came out of it: this comic strip by Gabby Schulz summing up how these discussions tend to go online, and why women are so tired of having to have them.
In other unfriendly news, two comics came out from DC this week focusing on two famous female characters, Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Oracle and Superman #704, a fill-in about Lois Lane (because the storyline is woefully behind already). I didn’t bother reading them, because apparently, they were highly disappointing, making the women’s stories all about the guys. In the case of Oracle, that’s particularly unsatisfying, since her creation was a response to Alan Moore’s throwaway misogyny in The Killing Joke.
These are two of the strongest, most fierce females in the DCU. … They may be linked to Bruce Wayne and Superman but they have rich personas that stand aside from these men. Why do we have to see them find their purpose from these men in their own books?
On a more hopeful note, Heidi analyzes the latest NY Times comic, er, “graphic books” bestseller list, pointing out just how many of the items on it are not superhero. Assuming you agree that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Scott Pilgrim aren’t superheroes (especially in the first case, it’s arguable), then there are NO cape books on the paperback list, and only 4 on the hardcover list.
An additional four hardcovers are literary adaptations or sold on the basis of a famous prose author (Diana Gabaldon’s Exile, Darwyn Cooke’s Outfit adaptation, a James Patterson Witch & Wizard book, and Stephen King’s name on American Vampire). There are another two on the paperback list, a Percy Jackson book and Dean Koontz’s Odd Is On Our Side, plus another Patterson on the manga side, for unknown reasons. Heidi goes on to compare these lists to the Diamond versions, concluding
The takeaway from both lists? Backlist backlist backlist…..and media tie-in, media-tie in, media tie-in. Both of which are pretty much true in EVERY medium.