February 2, 2012

Girl-Wonder Elections: Technical Issues and Extension

Filed under: Girl-Wonder — Poison Ivory @ 6:43 pm

Greetings, true believers!

Unfortunately, we’ve run into some technical issues with our membership page, and nominations have not gone through. If you’d like to sign up for a membership or nominate potential Board members, please email Membership fees will be waived during this process. If you’ve already paid your $5 membership, please let us know so that we can check to see if the payment’s gone through and refund it.

Extended nominations will be open until Friday, February 10th. Again, please email with your nominations and membership requests! We apologize for any inconvenience.

December 12, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 1:28 pm

-Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Editor Jeanine Schafer discuss that publisher’s lack of female-led titles, amongst other gender issues.
-Missed this when it happened, but back at the end of October a group of psychiatrists spoke out against DC’s treatment of the mentally ill.
-Kate Beaton’s Wonder Woman comics continue to delight.

December 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 9:08 am

-Alan Moore responds to Frank Miller on the Occupy movement, the, er, thoughts of whom we previously featured.
-Kate Leth on DC’s ongoing mistreatment of icons and the characters that women need.
-Wonder Woman’s origin story featured no big, heterosexual manly men! Fortunately, Brian Azzarello was on the case. If this page is indicative, Wonder Woman is getting a big shot of testosterone, something often lacking in big DC productions.

November 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 6:00 pm

-Any followers of the feminist blogosphere have probably seen the Twitter-centered #mencallmethings discussion, in which writers have openly discussed the volume of (often extremely violent) misogynist abuse they receive for the crime of blogging while female. Over at New Statesman, Helen Lewis-Hasteley gathers nine writers to talk about what they’ve been put through.
-Victoria’s Secret does a superhero theme. What’s funny here is that these are often less revealing/porny than what DC is actually putting out lately (Victoria’s Secret being restricted only to clothes people can actually wear).
-Frank Miller not a fan of the Occupy movement. Although, since he uses it as an excuse to segue into how “America is at war against a ruthless enemy”, to wit, “al-Qaeda and Islamicism”, it’s possible he has no idea what Occupy is actually protesting.

November 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 5:09 pm

-An interview with Naif al-Mutawa, creator of THE 99.
-Margaret Atwood credits comics with inspiring a love of readings.
-Why Marvel and DC should have been at the inaugural Geek Girl Con.
-Every you’ll need to know if you suddenly find yourself a female character in a graphic novel.
-The travails of trying to find superhero t-shirts when female.

October 19, 2011

Where My Girls At? NYCC, Actually

Filed under: Comics,conventions — Poison Ivory @ 2:01 pm

This past weekend, I attended New York Comic Con. I’ve been attending NYCC since it started in 2006 – in fact, it was my first and so far only comic con – and over the years I’ve noticed some changes. Now, bear in mind this is all anecdotal – I don’t have official attendance stats or anything like that.

But the line for the ladies’ room was definitely longer this year.

Back in 2006 I was relatively new to comics. I’d certainly never been to anything like NYCC before (which, itself, was a smallish con, sharing the convention center with two other very confused conferences). I don’t remember seeing a lot of women there, but I do remember at least one: a really fantastic Phoenix cosplayer, who looked like she’d stepped out of the pages of the comics. And I remember seeing guys following her around – not with her, not talking to her, just…staring. Creepily. And thinking to myself, “I will never cosplay.”

This was my fifth NYCC (there was none in 2009), and a lot has changed. The con has expanded, taking up the whole of the Javits Center for four days (well, along with New York Anime Festival, which partners with NYCC). I buy my tickets in advance now because they usually sell out, and I go for the whole weekend instead of just one day. I say hi to creators who recognize me from previous years or from Twitter. Instead of feeling shy and alone and out of my depth, I feel like I’m with my people. (One of the highlights of the con for me was getting into an increasingly-loud conversation with a complete stranger about our mutual outrage over the fate of Wally West. Where else can you find someone to shriek, “BUT BARRY’S DEATH WAS PERFECT!” with you?)

And I see women everywhere: Behind tables in Artist’s Alley. Selling comics-themed jewelry and shirts. Waiting in line to meet the biggest and/or grittiest names in the industry. Wrangling passels of kids dressed as Spider-Man and Supergirl. And yes, cosplaying everything from Phoenix to Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl to Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl to gender-bent Dr. Who and Static Shock to Rainbow Brite. Heck, I even saw one woman dressed as the famous “Clean all the things!” panel from Hyperbole and a Half, complete with scrub brush and word balloon. And yeah, I’ve cosplayed myself the past couple of years, and it’s been much more awesome and less creepy than my initial impressions led me to believe. I’m sure there are still creepers out there, but everyone who asked me for a picture was polite and respectful. (It might have helped that I was dressed as Guy Gardner this year. You don’t want to piss off Guy Gardner.)

Look, every time someone points out sexism in a comic book or in the industry, there’s at least one naysayer arguing that women don’t read/get/love/want/deserve superhero comics, so why bother? But big public events show that things are changing. I wasn’t at the Batman panel where DC “didn’t have room” for one of their few female creators, but I was at the Womanthology panel, where the line doubled over five times and not everyone got in. I was at the Disney/Marvel Kids panel, and when I asked why Disney and Marvel hadn’t put out any books about female superheroes yet, because I was pretty sure the young girls in the room with me wanted heroes too, the rest of the audience applauded: mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. I talked to a man whose six-year-old girl loves comics so much she’s already bagging and boarding and organizing them. I rode the bus back home with six girls in matching costumes who didn’t care about the strange looks they were getting, because they were having an awesome con.

We won’t have the gender breakdown for NYCC for a few weeks, but we do know that women made up 40% of this year’s San Diego Comic Con attendance, and I’m eager to see how NYCC compares. I’ve always said that the only events I go to where the line for the ladies’ room is shorter than the line for the men’s room are baseball games and comic cons. It looks like I’m going to have to stop saying that, and frankly I couldn’t be happier. If it means women are publicly showing their love of comics – and having a damn good time doing it – I’m willing to hold it for an extra five minutes.

Just – no one talk about Aquaman until I’m done, okay?

October 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 4:23 pm

-On the heels of TheAbsurdSexualisationBorderingOnPornificationOfBelovedFemaleSuperheroesGate, which should probably have a snappier name, ComicsAlliance asks a number of creators (including Jess Fink and Rachel Edidin) how mainstream comics can improve their female characters.
-Why moulded breasts on a breastplate are a terrible idea.
-The adorable Sinfest had a funny, cute arc about feminism.

October 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 12:15 pm

-The Nobel Peace Prize this year went to three women: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman. Sirleaf is the President of Liberia and Africa’s first female elected head of state, Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist and Karman is a prominent Yemeni pro-democracy activist.
-Tom Brevoort comments on the latest round of hypersexualisation in DC.
-Speaking of Starfire, another great comic.

October 2, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — SeanTheSean @ 4:22 pm

-The ever-perceptive Shortpacked! sums up DC’s Starfire problem. The perspective of seven-year-old girls is also illuminating.
-Fempop, on the other hand, is perceptive enough to realise that Scott Lobdell’s Starfire is a brilliant satire.
-The ubiquity of cheesecake, and its costs.
-Women in The Republic Is Burning, page by depressing page.
-Aaron Diaz’s Five Essential Superhero Redesigns are thoroughly delightful.

September 25, 2011

Link Roundup

Filed under: link dump — SeanTheSean @ 5:34 pm

-Alyssa Rosenberg on the limitations of DC’s female roster in the new 52.
-A defence of Thor as a feminist movie.
-Those sexy, sexy “liberated” superheroines (how far does Catwoman’s suit zip down to?!).
-Bad Reputation has been doing a series, ‘Revolting Women’, on famous women from the history of protest. Here is their piece on Dolores Ibárruri, who resisted Franco.

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