"I kind of resent the suggestion that there would be something inherent about superheroes that wouldn’t be of interest to women. That makes me nuts. I’m a 5-foot tall women with a quick temper who always looks like a child, so power fantasies are not strange to me. I also have this theater background, and I’ve always loved superhero comics the same way I love Commedia dell’Arte. The same way I love opera. This is Greek mythology. These are huge overwrought characters that somehow speak to the lizard brain. There’s genuine catharsis available in this stuff. I don’t think working in superheroes is slumming it. I’m proud of this form. I like this. There’s nothing inherently masculine about power fantasies. There’s nothing inherently masculine about superhero comics. There’s nothing inherently masculine about mythology. About science fiction. There is no reason that a woman who is interested in this field as a reader or creator should feel that she is peculiar in any way. It makes me furious when I see that — particularly when it’s the “nerd culture” that does it! Really?! Is that what we’re going to be about?! From a business standpoint, it’s just stupid. Women control the purse strings in families very often. Young women have their own income and love to shop and read. Why would you leave money on the table?"
- Kelly Sue Deconnick (via albinwonderland)
A few months ago on 3 Chicks Review Comics we interview the fabulous Majorie Liu about here work in comics and the challenge of female led books prompted by the cancellation of X-23. She told us about a pitch she had done to Marvel with Mike Perkins for an all-female team. You can hear her talk about it here.
Yesterday BC posted some of the artwork that Perkins developed for the concept and it looks amazing. Here’s a glimpse:
Awesome characters. Terrific writer. And look at the art.
Marvel didn’t pick it up because they didn’t think it would sell.
Why is that?
Superman/Batman #51 (October 2008)
“I’m the goshdarn Batma—”
… because I would make this. And frame it. And hang in my kids’ room.
I would put it in my room. I mean look at the letter “o”.
And “W” .. And “P”.
Pattern available on Etsy.
There’s a cross stitch pattern that I started years ago and I realize now that this is meant to be the
first only cross stitch project I’ll make.
Except I’d probably only finish Zatanna and Batman.
(But guys, they also have the casts of Buffy, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and so many others! I’m dying RN.)
For some, the question seems born from genuine confusion and curiosity. Yet for others – for many others, I think, it’s not simply that they’re asking How Did You Do This Thing? What they’re really asking, I think, is this:
Why aren’t more men doing it?
Why is it that so many male writers, when trying to write strong female characters, fail?
Why do they default to a shorthand, lazy equation, where strong equals bitch?
"Although all the world… viewed them as trash, Joe loved his comic books: for their inferior color separation, their poorly trimmed paper stock, their ads for air rifles and dance courses and acne creams, for the basement smell that clung to the older ones, the ones that had been in storage during Joe’s travels. Most of all he loved them for the pictures and stories they contained, the inspirations and lucubrations of five hundred aging boys dreaming as hard as they could for fifteen years, transfiguring their insecurities and delusions, their wishes and their doubts, their public educations and their sexual perversions, into something that only the most purblind of societies would have denied the status of art."
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) by Michael Chabon
Crossover ‘Ship - Veronica Mars / Tim Drake (DC Comics)
A relationship founded on secrecy, suspicion, cheeky witticisms, cameras, costumes, and aliases galore.
“Doors Unlocked and Open” by Death Cab for Cutie