Posts tagged Comic Books
Posts tagged Comic Books
By Joseph Hughes, Editor-in-Chief
This is the first week of Black History Month, a four week celebration and remembrance of the significant events and people of the African diaspora. For many, myself included, it’s a month to reflect on where we’ve been, as a people and as a nation, and to contemplate exactly where it is we’re going. In terms of the comic industry, an obvious interest and passion of mine, there is one glaring and sobering fact that needs our attention: There is currently not a single black writer working on a monthly series for either of the two biggest comic book publishers in the United States, andprecious few working for any of the others.
And yet, this fact has hardly been discussed recently, in the way some other diversity issues are. So what happened, exactly? Why is it that we no longer seem to care about this as much as we once did? Where has our outrage gone?
Here’s my dream animated Batman series! :D
“We want you!
Girls Read Comics Too is starting a companion series to our Women In Comics series, featuring the ladies who read and love comics. All you have to do is answer some comics related questions via email, and you’ll get your own spotlight blog post as you see in our Women in Comics series (which will be back on track soon)!
If you’re interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just let us know your name and that you want to be included.
Thank you, kick ass comic ladies!”
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If you read about Kelly’s post over at CBR today you know she hit a slam dunk on things not to like about women in comics.
I think it’s time for another rule. I think we need to develop criteria or examples that represent the best of what women in superhero comics can be. We need a crystallizing moment, panel or set of criteria that can be said is the epitome of women should be portrayed in superhero comics.
But will the criteria be? What should we call it? What should it look like?
I am not going to provide the answers to the first two questions. I have my ideas, I’m sure others have theirs. Let’s hear them.
But for the third answer, I can try and help. I have created a new Tumblr blog that will let fans of female superheroes show the world what they want in terms of positive portrayals of female characters. The moments, issues, runs, panels that illustrate the way women should be positively portrayed in superhero comics. The moment. The “THIS” moments.
And because incentives work well, if I get 25 new submissions by Friday, I will randomly pick one of you to receive a handy dandy set of Catwoman folding note cards. Make sure you drop a note in my ask reminding me you submitted.
Art by Stephanie Hans
I don’t know if you mean which Tumblrs I follow or which comic books, so I’ll do both.
All of the Tumblrs I follow on this blog are comic book based, so I don’t really follow as many as on my personal blog. Let me tell you, there are some really good comic book Tumblrs out there! Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:
comicbookkissyface.tumblr.com-For scans of really adorable romantic moments in comics.
discowing.tumblr.com-Always posts great scans! Most of them are completely hilarious or ridiculous, but in a good way;)
lulubonanza.tumblr.com-She always seems to find the best artwork out there, and I’m constantly reblogging her posts.
dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com-Great thoughts, comments, and pictures on the women of DC comics.
traught.tumblr.com-Always has cool pics, gifs, videos, or other random comic book related goodness.
As for the comics I follow, I haven’t completely sorted out which titles I’m going to stick with in the new year. I tried out almost 25 DC titles when the relaunch started, and I’m trying to narrow it down to 15 titles in total(including Marvel titles).
Titles I’m sticking with for sure:-Batman-Batman and Robin-Birds of Prey-Batgirl-Catwoman-Wonder Woman-Justice League-Stormwatch-Teen Titans-Action Comics-Batwoman-Detective Comics-Supergirl-Wolverine and the X-Men-I plan on reading the X-Men vs Avengers crossover when it starts as well-I’m also going to choose between Ultimate and Uncanny X-Men and stick with one.
I’m also going to finish up the Huntress miniseries and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade.
Titles I’m on the fence about: -Nightwing(I might drop it and pick it back up if it gets interesting)-Superman(I think one Superman title is enough for me, and right now I like Action comics better. I might switch it up in the future)-Batman: The Dark Knight(it’s not really capturing my attention at the moment)-Red Hood and the Outlaws(I would like to stick with this to see if it gets better, mostly because I love the artwork, and for Jason Todd. Still not sure if it’s worth it)-Superboy(I think I might just drop this one, since he’ll be in Teen Titans anyway)
Titles I’ve already dropped: Justice League International-Justice League Dark-Suicide Squad-Green Arrow-Green Lantern
Titles I have yet to catch up on and see if I like them: Animal Man-Batwing-Green Lantern Corps-The Flash(only read the first issue)
Any suggestions for titles I should try out?
I’m super excited for Birds of Prey, Red Hood and the Outlaws(guilty pleasure, much?), Batman, and Justice League. I might possibly get Catwoman and Wonder Woman too.
Oh yeah, I just realized that Nightwing and Wolverine and the X-Men get released today too! This is my favorite week for comics by far!
What titles are you picking up today?
So today is my birthday(well, technically yesterday, since it’s 12:59am in my time zone). I had a pretty adventurous day down in Miami, and ended the night at the Ft. Lauderdale IMAX. We went to see Mission Impossible(which was decent), but I was really just super stoked for the 6 minute The Dark Knight Rises prologue(which was pretty sweet, by the way).
It was interesting because we were one of the first groups of people to get there, and the two people in front of us were huge Batman fans who were only there to see the prologue. One guy was there with his wife, the other was waiting for his friends. We started talking comics right away, and the two of them quickly shut me out of the conversation in favor of each other. It was very clear to me that my opinion or comments were not wanted on that particular topic. Now, I really hate to pull the “they did it because I’m a female and they don’t think girls know anything about comics” card, but that really was what it felt like. There’s no other reason I can think that they would ignore my involvement in the conversation, especially because I was having a perfectly pleasant conversation with them about other topics just before our comic book geekiness came out.
So this begs the question, have any of you female comic book readers experienced this kind of prejudice first hand? If so, in what way, and how did you react?
Also, for you males out there, have you ever been treated like you weren’t wanted in a conversation about a “feminine” topic?
Damian is a dick (haha no Batman related pun intended) but I love him anyway!
from Batman and Robin #1 from the DC 52s
i wish i was robin in this picture……
I don’t know whether to feel sorry for him or be jealous! lol.
The Flash Drive