- Posted by Johanna on May 18, 2014 at 8:22 pm
- Category: Meta
This month’s Diamond Previews catalog is celebrating “Women in Comics Month”, which means they stick a circular logo of a tiny skirted blonde standing next to a giant pencil in certain listings. They are promoting “women in comics, both as characters and as creators, with interviews, spotlights, and more!”
Not a bad idea, I suppose, although it feels a little three years ago. Except… mixing up female creators with comics that just happen to star women means that not only do we get an interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick and relists of books by such creators as Noelle Stevenson, Amanda Conner, and Raina Telgemeier — we get extra attention for books such as Aspen’s Damsels in Excess (busty, barely dressed fantasy princesses); Milton Caniff’s Male Call (a good girl World War II strip); and Broadsword’s Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose (just google it — it’s full of physically impossible softcore porn-like images).
Diamond may want to celebrate “deserving title[s] featuring female creators or protagonists” but the end result suggests a retrograde tone-deafness to real issues involving sexism in comics. In fact, several of these titles are key exhibits as to why it’s still a problem.