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Everyone who is anyone in the bottom feeding world of comics culture aka “comic forums and chatboards” knows that women (aka “bitches” aka “feminazis”) don’t belong anywhere in comics, particularly the ones in the genre known as “superhero” comics and their presence there is just another example of women ruining everything!
Or so I’ve been told.
Anyway there are a lot of interesting stories on women and superhero comics around the net today that you can go clickity click and read. I’m sure they will put some folks in a lather but, really, isn’t seeing folks lose their shit half the fun?
Truth-Out has a nice interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick where she discusses feminism and comics.
DeConnick is always very quotable in her interviews and this one is no exception:
Finke: So, what propels you as a storyteller to say, “I know that these stories are not going to propel the business side but I’m going to do this anyway”?
DeConnick: I’m filled with piss and vinegar? I don’t know. It makes me angry. I was asked in an interview once: “You’re writing another book with a female lead, aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed?”
Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads? Half of the population is women. I lose my temper here. And it’s certainly not at you. It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default and you have to justify any variation from it.
I woke up this morning to a half page essay in my hometown paper about the new Ms. Marvel comic which debuts this week by Prodita Sabarini, an Indonesian journalist. Unfortunately the piece is locked behind the firewall but here’s a snippet:
It will be cool to see how Kamala morphs into her multiple identities and grows as a superhero. Will she be able to live up to the mantel of the former Ms. Marvel whom she idolizes? Be as strong as her Afghan predecessor? Could she be America’s new superhero and save us all from prejudice? Time will tell. Let us watch her ride the zeitgeist and may she travel on the palm of Allah.
And speaking of Ms. Marvel, USA Today did a huge piece on it last week including a conversation with the writer, G. Willow Wilson.
And USA Today has another big piece today on the Joker’s Daughter one-shot that is out this week including some thoughts by Marguerite Bennet. The book has art by Meghan Hetrick making it a double female creative issue from DC. It’s happened before (How I long for the Simone/Scott team ups on Wonder Woman and Secret Six) but nice to see not one, but two ladies’ names on a cover again.
Kelly and I interview the only comic creator who has both our names - the always quotable Kelly Sue DeConnick.
DeConnick talks about Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble and hints that something else is coming soon.
Kelly and I also review two new comics:
We also discuss some of the latest comics news.
Please give us a listen and, as always, leave us your comments.
It’s Wednesday! And not just any Wednesday it’s a Wednesday where the World Series starts with the Red Sox! Oh, AND it’s new comics day.
This week there are two first issues for you jump on and I think you’re going to like them both.
First up is a book I’ve been waiting for a long time. I’ve been a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick since her Osborn series and now she’s back on a series with her collaborator Emma Rios and, bonus, it’s a fantastical western with a female lead who just happens to be Death’s daughter. So go pick up or download the first issue of Pretty Deadly from Image Comics.
And also from Image this week, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting join up for a smart cold war espionage tale. The agent? Her name is
But wait! There’s more!
So pick up those two. But Image is also has more ways to take your money!
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and couple who can make time stand still by having sex.
But wait there’s more! This week also has another issue of Satellite Sam by Fraction and Chaykin.
Moving on to Marvel there is a new issue of Tumblr’s favorite comic Young Avengers and given this issue focuses on Kid Loki I’m sure we’ll be seeing a big reaction - yes, it is ALL THE FEELS time!
I decided to trade wait the Forever Evil crossover from DC but it seems it is going on longer than I thought. I’ve missed Justice League Dark so i’m picking it up again this month - also Black Orchid is on the cover.
And finally given that Halloween is right upon us you might want to pick up
Eva and Vampirella go all girl power in this - snarking, stabbing and biting through a creature of the night who should just know better. ‘Tis the seaon and all that.
What’s on your list?
Once again Marvel has had a “Women of Marvel” panel at NYCC and as usual the room was packed with fans ( I attended last year and if this year was like last year I’m sure the energy was amazing.
The panel is put together by the women in editorial at Marvel including Jeanine Schaefer. This year’s panel featured creators Sara Pichelli, Stephanie Hans and Kelly Sue DeConnick. You can go read an overview of the panel at BC but I wanted to pull this quote out about female representation in comics.
During the Q&A some asked the following:
"My friend, who happens to be female, and I, argue that I make too much of a big deal over female representation in comics"
Here is DeConnick’s answer:
"She’s wrong! It is a big deal. I am willing to make people uncomfortable so that my daughter doesn’t have to! I was Smurfette on the Avengers panel yesterday and NO! That’s not good enough. I appreciate and I am proud of the progress that’s being made and I don’t want to sweep it under the table. But this job ain’t done. Nobody sit down!"
As I’ve said the past few years, it would be great to see DC do a panel like this one.
During ECCC, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick sat down with Blair Butler for an hour of conversation including some anecdotes about how the Captain Marvel book came together and updates on her creator owned project with Emma Rios.
When DeConnick learned from editor Steve Wacker she was writing Captain Marvel (the name change was a surprise) they began discussing Carol Danver’s costume. DeConnick said while she admired the iconic Ms. Marvel design by Dave Cockrum it was also dated. She also knew in her first arc Carol was going to a funeral in uniforms and “who goes to a funeral in thigh high boots? I couldn’t see showing up to the funeral with her butt cheeks hanging out.”
Coming in November an new ongoing featuring Spider-Woman and few other top tier Marvel superheroes written by Kelly Sue DeConnick who is also writing the Captain Marvel series.
Oh hey did you see that DC announced the creator line-up for their digital “Legends of the Dark Knight” series the other day? Let’s take a look:
August 9— “A Game to Die For” written by TJ Fixman with artwork by Christopher Mitten
August 16— “Slam!” Part 1 written by Joshua Fialkov with artwork by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
August 23— “Slam!” Part 2 written by Joshua Fialkov with artwork by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
August 30— “Slam!” Part 3 written by Joshua Fialkov with artwork by Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
September 6— “Bat-Man: The Movie” written by Andrew Dabb with artwork by Giorgio Pontrelli
September 13— “Together” written by Jonathan Larsen with artwork by Tan Eng Huat
September 20— “Gotham Spirit” written by Jeff Parker with artwork by Gabriel Hardman
September 27— “Dungeons & Dragons” writing and artwork by Mike Oeming
October 4— “Look Inside” written by Rob Williams with artwork by Juan Ryp
October 11— “Arkham’s Ghost” Part 1 written by Joe Harris with artwork by Jason Masters
October 18— “Arkham’s Ghost” Part 2 written by Joe Harris with artwork by Jason Masters
October 25— “Arkham’s Ghost” Part 3 written by Joe Harris with artwork by Jason Masters
See any female creators? No, you don’t.
Did you listen to the interview that Kelly and I did with Kelly Sue DeConnick this week? Go give it a listen as she talks a lot about her take on Carol and what you expect to see in the first arc. Also Carol’s hair (which looks longer here than on the other covers).
The report from earlier this week that Kelly Sue DeConnick would be taking on new title starring Carol Danvers is true.
“My pitch was called ‘Pilot’ and the take can pretty much be summed up with ‘Carol Danvers as Chuck Yeager,’” says DeConnick. “Carol’s the virtual definition of a Type A personality. She’s a competitor and a control freak. At the start of our series, we see Carol pre-Captain Marvel, pre-NASA even, back when she was a fiercely competitive pilot. We’ll see her meeting one of her aviation heroes and we’ll see her youthful bravado, her swagger. Then over the course of the first arc we’re going to watch her find her way back to that hungry place. She’ll have to figure out how to be both Captain Marvel and Chuck Yeager—to marry the responsibility of that legacy with the sheer joy being nearly invulnerable and flying really [expletive] fast. My playlist for this series is heavy on AC/DC, Heart and Pat Benatar.”
The series will, according to Marvel, look “into the mysteries of her past takes a toll on her Avengers membership and that repercussions may be in store on that account. The new Captain Marvel’s power levels and particulars will also be addressed in the series.”
Here’s a look at the new costume and a few preview pages by artist Dextor Soy.