Diversity

DC to the Ladies, “WE HEAR YOU!”

It seems that Batgirl’s San Diego Comic Con questions did not fall on deaf ears. In a statement on DC Comic’s Blog, The Source, Dan Dideo and Jim Lee wrote:

Over the past week we’ve heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your concerns very seriously.

We’ve been very fortunate in recent years to have fan favorite creators like Gail Simone, Amy Reeder, Felicia Henderson, Fiona Staples, Amanda Connor, G. Willow Wilson and Nicola Scott write and draw the adventures of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

DC Comics is the home of a pantheon of remarkable, iconic women characters like Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman and Supergirl as well as fan favorite characters like Black Canary, Katana, Mera and Starfire. We’re committed to telling diverse stories with a diverse point of view. We want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership. Can we improve on that? We always can—and aim to.

We’ll have exciting news about new projects with women creators in the coming months and will be making those announcements closer to publication. Many of the above creators will be working on new projects, as we continue to tell the ongoing adventures of our characters. We know there are dozens of other women creators and we welcome the opportunity to work with them.

Our recent announcements have generated much attention and discussion and we welcome that dialogue.

Best-

Jim Lee & Dan DiDio
DC Entertainment Co-Publishers

I am going to take them at their word. I’m glad they’re taking this issue seriously. This could be a real watershed moment for DC. I hope to see more diverse creator lineups from them in the near future.

Now if we could only do something about those godawful costumes. Seriously, I don’t think Starfire could wear any less. And Harley’s new costume… ugh.

Batgirl Goes to San Diego to Ask DC Comics “Where are the women?”

There’s a fascinating interview at the DC Women Kicking Ass blog with a woman who went to every DC Comics panel dressed as Batgirl to simply ask “Where are the women?” It’s more than a fair question. With DC’s September reboot, the ratio of female creators to male creators goes from 12% to 1%. Out of 28 solo titles, only six star women with only two not associated with a male counterpart.

It’s not too surprising that DC editorial tried their best to dodge her questions, but the fact that fans in the audience responded with so much hostility really surprises me. Come the fuck on. Comics fans should be better than that. The lack of women in DC’s lineup both creatively and comickly is glaringly obvious. I’m actually amazed more fans weren’t at panels asking similar questions.

There’s another side to this, though, that gives me slight pause. Forced diversity is almost as terrible as no diversity. Hiring someone merely to fulfill a quota misses the point entirely. You should hire the best you can regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation. If we are to have more women in comics, it must happen naturally.

Having said that, I think that it’s already happened. I looked around SPX and I saw just as many women behind tables as men. Women are creating the shit out of indy comics, web comics, digital comics, mini comics. I honestly think the best women creators are out there making their own damn comics. Why would they want to be tied down to sixty year old characters owned by some dodgy asshat who thinks that rape and murder are edgy?

Women are in comics. Women create comics. They just don’t create them for DC. Which is pretty disappointing. But it’s clear that DC doesn’t give a crap. I say create the comics you want to see and let the good old boys have their collars and cross hatching. DC doesn’t deserve your loyalty.

Source: DC Women Kicking Ass

If Same Sex Marriage Can Make it There, It Can Make It Anywhere!

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New York joins Connecticut, DC, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont as the states in our country to pull their heads out of their asses. Six states down plus the DC, forty four to go. My excitement is tempered by the fact that there are so many states left that do not recognize or outright ban same sex marriage.

Don’t get me wrong. New York is absolutely a big deal. It’s the news capital of the world. It’s the publishing center of our nation. It exerts so much influence on popular media and culture. And if you can make it there, Same Sex Marriage, you can make it any where.

It’s a start. It’s a nice start. It really seems like the New England states are figuring things out much faster than the rest of the regions. And Iowa. Bless you so much, Iowa. You know what, I actually think that I will live to see the day when same sex marriage is legal in all fifty states. I couldn’t have believed that a few years ago, but now I think it’s possible. That’s going to be a great damn day and I’m so looking forward to it.

DC Comic’s Relaunch Reminds Us That Comics Are A Good Ol’ Boys Club

Graphic Credit, Tim Hanley from Bleeding Cool

Though DC’s September relaunch includes a number of female heroes, the number of female creators is dismal. Thing is, this is not at all reflective of comics as a whole. There are a significant number of female creators who are kicking the shit out of comics. Kate Beaton, Hope Larson, Emi Lenox, Erica Moen, Dylan Meconis, Yuko Ota, Lucy Knisley, are all fucking fierce ladies creating some amazing comics. It’s an absolute travesty that DC didn’t recruit any of these or other women comickers to help launch their “more diverse” universe.

And they wonder why more women aren’t buying their comics.

Now it’s possible that the ladies I’ve mentioned have indeed been approached by the Big Two and have turned them down. They’re all working on creator-owned projects that are amazingly fulfilling and they don’t have to worry about editors or years of continuity or any of the headaches that come with working on a major book like Batman. Still, it is terribly disappointing to see so few women creators in the lineup. I mean, DC says their doing this to attract new readers and all, but it really seems like they’re aiming for the same old crowd.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Apparently In the New Millennium, the Black Character Still Dies

Audrey and I caught Super 8 this weekend. It’s a thoroughly charming film with characters that you instantly care about. Although, all the adults in this movie are either complete fucking morons are stubborn assholes. And there’s a bit in the last scene that made our eyes roll terribly hard. Overall, it was quite enjoyable. And I don’t care what Abrams says, I like to think this one is totally related to Cloverfield.

However, I’m calling this shit out. There is one Black character of note who has more than just a sentence or two of dialog. He is totally murdered. There’s another Black character who has no dialog but interacts with our young heros in a few small ways. Guess who bites it before the final act. Okay, so the film is set in the late 70s and if a monster movie of that period featured a Black character, chances are you knew who was going to die before too long. I’m glad someone is finally doing giant monster movies in America, but for fuck’s sake, this “Black guy always dies” trope needs to end, especially if you only have one Black character that actually impacts the story. You’re not supposed to kill off Token!

I used to do something called Jam Scale Reviews which is why that tag is still around. I would review movies, comics, and television shows based on their minority count and how minorities were treated in the product. While I enjoyed Super 8 and think it’s a wonderful summer flick, it rates terribly on the Jam Scale. Which is really disappointing. But what do I know. This thing is going to rake in big bucks this summer regardless of who dies.

It’s Okay to be Takei

This is a cross post from Yellow Peril.

So apparently, the state Senate Judiciary Committee of Tennessee believes that if they prohibit teachers from talking about homosexuality in schools, they can completely ignore the issue of gay bullying. George Takei has the perfect solution.

George Takei is officially my favorite human being.

Source: It’s Okay to be Takei

Can Wonder Woman Catch a Damn Break?


Image Credit: Richard Beetham/Splash News

According to this news that AZM Ally David Reimer sent along, after some fairly poor test screenings, NBC had decided not to pick up the new Wonder Woman series.

Dammit!

I know that the net was all abuzz about the new costume, but I honestly don’t think that had anything to do with NBC passing. What little we heard of the updated plot sounded absolutely terrible. What’s the fucking deal, Warner Bros? You can churn out Bat flicks til the cows come home. Green Lantern gets a new coat of paint. Superman is up for another fucking rebake, although that one could probably use some more time in the oven. And you’ve yet to give us an updated Wonder Woman?!

I’m really disappointed in the treatment of women super heroes in general. Of the big two, DC has much more of a slate to choose from when it comes to women super heroes that have their own titles. Marvel has ladies in a lot of their line ups, but very few headline their own books. So if we’re going to get a movie or television series featuring a female super hero, it’s more likely to come from DC. And they keep fucking it up!

So what’s the fucking deal? How hard is it to make a film starring a lady kicking the shit out of bad guys wearing a ridiculous Halloween costume? Actually, that sounds kinda dumb. But with all these comic book flicks coming out this summer, next summer, and foreseeable summers into the damn future, there’s gotta be room for a goddamn Wonder Woman film. Fucking pay Gail Simone to write the shit, recast Adrianne Palicki for the movie role, get a decent director, and MAKE THE GODDAMN FILM ALREADY!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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