This Tuesday, August 28, is Read Comics in Public Day and once again I am going to do concurrent event called “Women Read Comics in Public, Again!” Thanks to the shoutouts from Wired, The Mary Sue, Bleeding Cool, Newsarama and some helpful retweeting from some fabulous folks like Gail Simone, Action Chick and After Ellen I’m hoping for a good turnout.
But you can help too! Post about it to your Facebook, tell your friends and Tweet and retweet.
If you identify as a woman and you love comics send in a picture. If it’s a DC or Marvel comic all the better. And if you happen to want to tell the world how much you spend per month on your comics that would great, too. And send pictures of daughters and sisters and girl friends and who ever else gives you permission!
And guys if you like to read comics about women there’s a site for you too. So check it out and submit there as well.
I hope to see you Tuesday! (Or Wednesday or Thursday, this year it’s a week long event!)
My friend and co-hostess Kelly Thompson (she of the amazing kickstarter that raised 300% of her goal) has given herself over to Tumblr. This, of course, means I win in our ongoing competition to convert the other to nerdy things because I have yet to become a Buffy fan! BWAH HA HA HA. (Though she did pull that stunt on my vacation …)
Anyway, her Tumblr is called “There’s the Door Spaceman” which refers to the panel in The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke:
The Tumblr it is focused on unconventional superhero art and “to bring to light what an antiquated and alien thought process it is to say that female comics characters can only look like perfect Sports Illustrated specimens.”
So don’t expect a lot of broke backs and butts/boob contortions.
Please go read and submit; it needs SBFF Supergirl!
The carnival is about to open for business so if you haven’t yet written something, drawn something or even recorded something, the time is now.
The topic is Women in Refrigerators 13 years later. What does it mean? Is it still relevant? Are there any changes to the description? What are some of the most recent examples? Any and all topics are welcome.
This is not your ticket to admission, but still kinda thematic and awesome.
Someday we will be perhaps be in a place where the idea of needing a panel like “Women of Marvel” will seem archaic but not today. And let’s fact it, it’s great that Marvel has enough women to have a panel at NYCC. DC removed Amy Reeder from their Batman panel. But luckily they had incredible timing in naming Ann Nocenti as the new Green Arrow writer just in time for the last big con of the year. She even joked, “Obviously, when you look around the room, I’m the token female.” when brought out at the Justice League panel.
But the women of Marvel panel was filled with good creators including Majorie Liu, Colleen Coover, Sara Pichelli, Emma Rios and last but not least, Kelly Sue DeConnick who was. on. fire. Here via Newsarama:
DeConnick started the panel by asking any female aspiring characters to stand up, and for the crowd to give them some applause — and then said the fact that those women are at a Marvel panel was evidence that females do indeed read superhero comics.
And then when the question was asked if there was a “problem” in comics for women she said:
“I don’t believe there are people going, ‘Don’t go Kelly Sue that job, she’s a chick. She’s going to try to write it with her vagina,’” DeConnick answered. “But I do think that sociologically and historically, this genre in particular has grown up in such a way that I can only count two women in the last 15 to 20 years who I would consider having made it to A-list writer status. I would have trouble finding women at A-list artist status. And I think that is beyond curious. We are 50 percent of the population. I don’t think we have a shortage of talent.
“There is nothing inherently masculine about the pulp aesthetic,” DeConnick continued. “There is nothing inherently masculine about heroism.”
There’s more at Newsarama so give it a read.