August 16, 2012
DC vs. Marvel on Female Characters and Creators: It’s On!

dcwomenkickingass:

For the big two publishers of superhero/cape comics who may or may not care about female readers as an important demographic there has been a LOT of activity around publishers on titles with female creators and characters recently. A lot.

Each of the publishers had a watershed moment in the past year where they were called out by fans and media (and NOT just me your “suffering suffragette” or “whining bitch” depending on which sites you read).

DC, of course, reached its low moment when SDCC 2011 went “off message”for DC Comics and instead of a promofest on their new 52 it became a PR fiasco where the lack of female creators in the new 52 and the treatment of female characters became the story. That ended with Jim Lee and Dan Didio issuing a statement that “We hear you.”

Marvel reached its low moment earlier this year when it cancelled its last two female led titles. Disney’s boy brand had hit some bumpy moments in the past, but the wave bye bye to X-23 and Ghost Rider (boobs and hair edition) set off debate about why Marvel just couldn’t keep a female led book in print. On the upside, however, Marvel was noted as doing much better than DC in the whole female creator thing where apparently their management did not have to ask audience members at a con, “who should we be hiring?” when discussing female comic creators.

But each of the publishers has been issuing announcement after announcement that point to some efforts to focus more on female led books and/or creators. So let’s look at the this in detail as the big two and the battle for dominance.

(The pink gloves to signify lady stuff. As if you didn’t get that, you smarties.)

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Where do I think DC & Marvel could do better…

1. Not alienating women by the art of female characters! Marvel seems to be doing better in this regard, but then again, I read less Marvel titles. As for DC, I cringe every time I look at Catwoman’s book — especially that #0 cover. 

2. Reconsider those TV Shows, Marvel/DC! AKA Jessica Jones — why does this not exist? Try, try, try again. Lord knows you’ve tried with The Hulk enough times. 

3. Getting rid of existing female characters alienates female fans. Bring back Renee Montoya, Cass Cain, Stephanie Brown, Donna Troy & Mia Dearden and guess what — you may have more readers! Fans buy comics because they like the characters in them. 

4. Don’t alienate women by talking about their favourite characters by using only one descriptor or write them with that single descriptor in mind: yes, we know that Catwoman is sexy. But she is a lot more complex than just T&A, as The Dark Knight Rises and previous renditions of her by Paul Dini & Ed Brubaker have shown. Consider it like this: would you describe a male character using only one descriptor? Is Batman just angst-y? Is Superman just strong? Is Spider-man just funny? No. They are more complex than that, as are women! Shocking concept, but true. 

5. Give me my Wonder Woman movie, DC! And my Anne Hathaway Catwoman movie! And a Black Widow movie! 

6. Also, I want a Black Widow book; a well-written Catwoman book that isn’t offensive to look at, either; a Storm book; a Cass & Steph book; and Renee Montoya & Mia Dearden back in the DCU. 

7. Give me a recognition that Oracle exists and was important. Give me a Batgirl book that I can care about where the character grows in as much of a way as Oracle was a growth for Barbara (that’s probably an insurmountable task, though, since I don’t think DC should have ever regressed Babs back to Batgirl in the first place). Give me a reason to buy this book other than “she’s back to Batgirl!” And FFS, stop stabbing her and putting in on the cover. 

June 12, 2012

kateordie:

Sometimes I have the time and patience to get from an idea to a fully fleshed-out, penciled, inked and coloured comic.

Sometimes I don’t.

SHEER BRILLIANCE

(via stfuconservatives)

June 1, 2012
Aww yeah Women Boxers!!

I think I have mentioned before that I took up boxing in March. This year will be the first year that women are allowed to box in the Olympics. HELL YEAH! 

From feministing.com

Aswe’ve mentionedbefore, a good century after the men did it, female boxers will compete in the Olympics for the first time this summer. That means that for the first time in Olympic history both men and women will be competing in every sport.

Mother Jones has anawesome photo essay of the three American boxerswho have a shot at London 2012. Marlen Esparza,Queen Underwoodand Claressa Shields now head to the 2012 Women’s World Boxing Championships in China for the final hurdle to qualify for the Olympics.

Sadaf Rahimi’s already got my heart, but if these women make it too, I don’t know who I’ll be rooting for.

I’m obviously rooting for our Canadian gals, including my hometown girl, Mary Spencer and I’m really interested in East Indian boxer MC Mary Kom who has a truly inspiring story. 

AND ON THAT NOTE CHECK OUT SOME COMIC LADY BOXERS: 

Smallville’s Mia Dearden doing some MMA style fighting! Mia also uses a trick boxing glove arrow. 

Wondy’s knock-out punch!

HQ’s boxing glove gag knock-out (of Catwoman! Who, by the way, was trained in boxing by Wildcat!) 

And Peej v. Supergirl! 

May 24, 2012
stfuconservatives:

thedailywhat:

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith is deaf in his right ear and has hearing damage in his left. He also refused to wear his hearing aid (which he calls “Blue Ear” because it is blue), because “superheroes don’t wear hearing aids.” So in a long-shot attempt to help her son, Anthony’s mom emailed Marvel for ideas.
“She didn’t know a specific person to write to here at Marvel, and even figured it might get caught in our spam filters, but she sent it in anyway, because that’s the kind of great parent Christina is,” said Marvel editor Bill Rosemann. “And it was her inspiring effort to help her son that touched so many of us here. As a fellow parent of a toddler, I can understand where she’s coming from, so I forwarded the email around the rest of Editorial, asking what we could do to help, and like when Cap yells, ‘Avengers Assemble,’ the gang leapt into action.”
Not only did Anthony receive an image of the superhero Hawkeye, who lost 80 percent of his hearing back in the ’80s and wore hearing aids — Anthony also received a drawing, by Nelson Ribeiro in Collected Editions, of a brand-new superhero: “Blue Ear.”
Now, with his hearing aid back in, Anthony is able to “fight battles and help people.” His preschool, for hearing-impaired kids, recently hosted a superhero week to inspire the students to overcome their limitations.
DON’T miss the video. It’s the best thing you’ll see all day.
[death+taxes / robot6]

A gay marriage, a disabled superhero, AND the Avengers all in the same month? Marvel must have some real-life superheroes on the payroll.




This is pretty sweet — plus awesome mom and adorbz kid

stfuconservatives:

thedailywhat:

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith is deaf in his right ear and has hearing damage in his left. He also refused to wear his hearing aid (which he calls “Blue Ear” because it is blue), because “superheroes don’t wear hearing aids.” So in a long-shot attempt to help her son, Anthony’s mom emailed Marvel for ideas.

“She didn’t know a specific person to write to here at Marvel, and even figured it might get caught in our spam filters, but she sent it in anyway, because that’s the kind of great parent Christina is,” said Marvel editor Bill Rosemann. “And it was her inspiring effort to help her son that touched so many of us here. As a fellow parent of a toddler, I can understand where she’s coming from, so I forwarded the email around the rest of Editorial, asking what we could do to help, and like when Cap yells, ‘Avengers Assemble,’ the gang leapt into action.”

Not only did Anthony receive an image of the superhero Hawkeye, who lost 80 percent of his hearing back in the ’80s and wore hearing aids — Anthony also received a drawing, by Nelson Ribeiro in Collected Editions, of a brand-new superhero: “Blue Ear.”

Now, with his hearing aid back in, Anthony is able to “fight battles and help people.” His preschool, for hearing-impaired kids, recently hosted a superhero week to inspire the students to overcome their limitations.

DON’T miss the video. It’s the best thing you’ll see all day.

[death+taxes / robot6]

A gay marriage, a disabled superhero, AND the Avengers all in the same month? Marvel must have some real-life superheroes on the payroll.

This is pretty sweet — plus awesome mom and adorbz kid

(Source: thedailywhat, via stfuconservatives)

May 22, 2012

 Marvel Comics makes history with a gay X-Men marriage.Marvel Comics’ Astonishing X-Men is set to experience a new sound effect on top of its booms, whams, and sknits: the bong of wedding bells. Specifically, it’s the wedding bells of Marvel’s first gay marriage between longtime X-Man Northstar and his civilian boyfriend, Kyle. After pairing up the couple in 2009, Marvel is officially tying their knot in June’s Astonishing X-Men #51.(x) 

Marvel Comics makes history with a gay X-Men marriage.

Marvel Comics’ Astonishing X-Men is set to experience a new sound effect on top of its booms, whams, and sknits: the bong of wedding bells. Specifically, it’s the wedding bells of Marvel’s first gay marriage between longtime X-Man Northstar and his civilian boyfriend, Kyle. After pairing up the couple in 2009, Marvel is officially tying their knot in June’s Astonishing X-Men #51.

(x) 

(Source: iamthefirstavenger, via stfuconservatives)

May 7, 2012

I love lady archers. Artemis is my favourite character in Young Justice. I’m pissed that there can’t be an Atemis in the YJ universe and Speedy/Mia in the DCU-verse.

I’m pissed that there are multiple Earth-whatever Supermen and Batmen and there can only be one Huntress.

I am still pissed that Cass and Steph are gone and there’s absolutely no word from DC that I can trust about them bringing them back. I don’t understand how DC cannot see the sales potential in a Black Bat & Spoiler ongoing.

I am pissed that I can’t even read Catwoman as it is actually terrible.

I am still pissed that Oracle is gone. Oracle was the best at what she did. There was no one better than her. And for a female superhero that’s pretty amazing because anytime you try to claim a female superhero the best at something (ie. Black Widow as the greatest assassin of all time), someone always brings up a male character who is better. But there was no one, not man or woman, who could do what Oracle did better than she did. And I’m pissed that she’s gone and the title that Barbara Gordon is currently in will never make up for it.

I’m pissed that there are fans out there who believe that Black Widow’s sole superpower is distraction via T&A and not that she kicked ass, helped save the world and tricked the God of Mischief himself. And that she did it without superpowers.

I am pissed that fans of The Walking Dead wrote to Robert Kirkman begging him to kill Lori. (And that I have to wait until October to see Michonne in live action!!!)

And dammit, I am pissed that Wonder Woman still doesn’t have a movie or anything even remotely close to it.

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April 30, 2012
nparts:

Avengers Assemble Day 1: Who will be the greatest members of the Avengers? Before the superheroes hit the big screen May 4, the Post wants you to build your own team from more than four decades of Marvel-ous masked men (and women, and aliens). Each day this week, we’ll unveil a new roster of heroes according to their era, after which you can vote here for your favourite member.Read all about each Avenger here, then vote for your favourite in the poll.

nparts:

Avengers Assemble Day 1: Who will be the greatest members of the Avengers?
Before the superheroes hit the big screen May 4, the Post wants you to build your own team from more than four decades of Marvel-ous masked men (and women, and aliens). Each day this week, we’ll unveil a new roster of heroes according to their era, after which you can vote here for your favourite member.

Read all about each Avenger here, then vote for your favourite in the poll.

(via nationalpost)

April 17, 2012
Post reads: “I need feminism because male privilege is far too prevalent in comic books.”

Post reads: “I need feminism because male privilege is far too prevalent in comic books.”

(Source: whoneedsfeminism)

February 24, 2012
First look: Womanthology

dcwomenkickingass:

The issue of female creators in comics has always been one to create some discussion but I can’t remember a time when the topic seemed to permeate the comics blogs and news sites as it did this past summer. It was within this maelstrom that creator Renae De Liz came up with the idea of creating an anthology made up of female creators. That in itself was not new - there have been other all-female anthologies. Marvel, for example, recently issued the series, Girl Comics featuring women created content. But Womanthology was not the result of an organization or a commercial comic publisher, it was the result of a grass roots effort. That effort which went from a single Tweet by organizer De Liz to a touchstone around women in comics due to it blowing away its fundraising goal on Kickstarter and raising $86,000 more than its original goal.

I’ve had the review copy of Womanthology sitting on my computer for a while and I’ve been almost afraid to go through the whole thing to write a review. With the success on Kickstarter, with the continued debate on female creators, there seemed to be so much riding on it. What if it didn’t deliver?

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February 22, 2012

colorful-history:

Jackie Ormes (1911-1985) was the first nationally syndicated African-American female cartoonist. She started as an editor for a weekly African American newspaper called the Pittsburgh Courier, and in 1937 the paper began publishing her Torchy Brown comics. In 1942 she moved to Chicago and worked as a columnist for the popular newspaper the Chicago Defender, in which her one panel comic series Candy became published. In 1945 she resumed working at the Courier; this time she would publish her Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger comic, which would run for 11 years. In 1947, Growing tired of offensive stereotypical dolls, she would turn her character Patty-Jo into the first upscale African American doll. In 1950 Ormes would revive her Torchy Brown comics; these were featured in color print and included fashion dolls. All of Ormes’s characters defied the popular stereotype of black women at the time by featuring intelligent, stylish, and independent black women.

(via racismschool)

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