Kurt Busiek took to the comments thread of an article on The Beat yesterday to settle the score on the sexualization of women in the comics industry.
A ton of hype surrounded the launch of the all-female X-Men team, and now hype is about all that's left.
DC makes strides in stripping their flagship female character of everything she has ever stood for.
Creators fighting for change in an industry entrenched in harassment.
Because diversity of female characters has been lacking in comics, film and just fiction in general, coupled with an upsurge of feminism; there seems to be this perception that IF you choose to portray a female character, then she HAS to be a positive role model. I think that is absurd, unrealistic, and stifling of … Continue reading Gail Simone on Writing Female Characters
With yr pal: Lindsey Morris http://www.lindseymorris.com
You may have read Erika's review of Batman Incorporated #2, which is a stellar issue. Everything she said about it is true. Talia most certainly is a great character and Grant Morrison writes her well. But the issue stood out for me because it is full of DC continuity past. Somehow (we all know how), … Continue reading The Not So New DCU
Wonder Woman means a lot of things to a lot of people. She's iconic and has permeated the collective consciousness in probably a million different ways depending on the person. So naturally, when Brian Azzarello comes along and changes every damn thing about her save her looks, it is most certainly going to make waves. … Continue reading Thoughts on Azzarello’s Wonder Woman
E. examines the not-so-polite side of some fan art.
By now, you've probably seen Gail Simone's fierce, utterly awesome rebuttal to an aspiring comic book writer who said, essentially, that characters should not be forced on publishers for the sake of inclusion. Specifically, gay characters. This person's argument is annoying for a number of reasons, but what struck me is how frequently I've … Continue reading A Word About Diversity
Every community, from LARPers to knitting circles, has its version of the hipster. If you think about it, comics are particularly fertile ground for these creatures, because the medium marries literature and art — two subjects that bring out the hipster’s trademark qualities: pretension and a penchant for constant one-upsmanship. Let’s call this geek/hipster hybrid … Continue reading Pull List Pomposity
The jig is up, and V. just can't do it.
There’s some great work being done on television, and there are a number of shows I’d watch gladly before forking over $10 for a paint-by-numbers blockbuster. The big screen isn’t always superior, and lots of comic book characters would be well-served by a thoughtful TV vehicle. Just look at Smallville. And yet, when the story … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Wondy!
V. vents about the apparent similarities between Madame Xanadu #28 and Chew.
Wonder Woman is all-new, but not improved.