Posts Tagged 'sexism in comics'

Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

Sheena is the first female character to star in her own comicI’m celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of posts examining historically significant comic heroines, starting with the first female comic character to star in her own title.

Sheena first appeared in the pages of the UK magazine WAGS in 1937. The following year, Sheena would enjoy her first appearance in the U.S. market when Fiction House reprinted her first adventure in the pages of Jumbo Comics #1. Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle’

Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course

Taught by Christina Blanch of Ball State University with Mark WaidMark Waid (Kingdom ComeDaredevil, Irredeemable) has recently announced a free online college-level course called “Gender Through Comics” which will feature live weekly interviews from some of the comic industry’s top creators! Continue reading ‘Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course’

The X-Women Are Taking Over ‘X-Men’ this April

X-Women starring in X-Men as part of Marvel NOW!News broke this week that Brian Wood and Olivier Coipe’s new on-going X-Men title will feature an all-female cast.

And as if that wasn’t enough to get me excited about the book, Wood recently told USA Today that X-Men will star Jubilee. I’ll be honest; I’m a sucker for anything with a well-written Jubliee. Throw in Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke, and it’s a who’s who of my favorite X-Men.

The announcement has been pretty well received, but there has been a bit of criticism regarding the series’ name. Continue reading ‘The X-Women Are Taking Over ‘X-Men’ this April’

What the Comic Industry Can Learn from the 2012 U.S. Elections

Obama and Spiderman ComicThere’s a very important lesson that the comic book industry can learn from the 2012 U.S. elections. You can’t just cater to straight white men anymore.

Last night we saw Mitt Romney carry the white vote and lose, a record number of women win Senate seats, and multiple victories for the LGBT community.

As ABC News puts it “Romney’s most reliant bloc the whole campaign was white men.” He won the white vote by 20 points but lost the election and the popular vote. The same margin of white voters Reagan used to win by a landslide in 1980 is no longer enough to win an election. Continue reading ‘What the Comic Industry Can Learn from the 2012 U.S. Elections’

On the Fan Reaction of the Attempted Gang-Rape in Amethyst

DC's New 52 AmethystIn case you haven’t heard, there’s an attempted gang-rape in Sword of Sorcery #0. While I’d warmly welcome an intelligent superhero comic that deals with rape, rape culture, and the treatment of women; this is not that comic.

Another ham-fisted inclusion of a sexual assault in a superhero comic shouldn’t surprise me, but for a second DC actually had me convinced that this book was targeted at bringing in new readers. I should have known that instead, they would just keep appealing to the same people who think that rape in comics make them edgy and mature. Continue reading ‘On the Fan Reaction of the Attempted Gang-Rape in Amethyst’

Unpacking From Dragon*Con 2012

Coulson Lives Fury Lies button, Cassie Hart Kelly illustrations, and more

Some of my Dragon*Con swag

I’m still unpacking and recuperating from Dragon*Con but I wanted to share some of the great stuff I got!

I was super excited to get Kevin Eastman to sign my copy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I also picked up a copy of Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels from Peter David who was gracious enough to sign for me. Continue reading ‘Unpacking From Dragon*Con 2012’

Another Great Year at Dragon*Con

Me talking to a couple of folks after “The Superhero as The Other.”

I’m back from this year’s Dragon*Con and I had a great time!

I just wanted to put up a quick post to thank all of the people who came out to see me present at “The Superhero As The Other” and at “The Status of Women in Mainstream Comics” panel (the latter of which I was a last minute addition on). We had a great turnout and an amazing audience at both. In fact, all of the Comics and Popular Arts Conference presentations that I attended had solid turnouts and many were standing room only.

Stay tuned for more Dragon*Con talk in the coming weeks!

Come See Me Speak About Diversity in Cape Comics at Dragon*Con 2012

Dragon*Con LogoIn case you missed it, I’m speaking at Dragon*Con 2012 as part of the Fifth Annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference!

Now that the official Comics Track schedule has been released, I can officially announce that I’ll be presenting this Friday, August 31st at 11:30 a.m. in the Hyatt (Hannover F). You’ll find my presentation listed under the Comics Track as “The Superhero as the Other.” Continue reading ‘Come See Me Speak About Diversity in Cape Comics at Dragon*Con 2012’

Scarlett Johansson on the Depiction of Superheroines in Film

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in Marvel's The Avengers

Marvel’s The Avengers has now beaten out The Dark Knight as the third highest grossing film of all time. (The Avengers has raked in a reported $573.7 million compared to The Dark Knight’s $533.3 million.) It’s not surprising when you consider that the film made over $200 million it’s opening weekend. But, what I found most impressive is that an estimated 40% of the opening weekend audience was female.
Continue reading ‘Scarlett Johansson on the Depiction of Superheroines in Film’

My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)

If the Avengers all posed like the Black WidowWith all the buzz surrounding Marvel’s The Avengers, you’ve probably seen Kevin Bolk’s Avengers Booty Ass-emble parody. It answers the question “what would happen if the male Avengers posed like the Black Widow Continue reading ‘My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)’

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