In my weekly column on Newsarama, Hey, That’s My Cape!, I talk about pretty much anything having to do with comics. This week I had to start my column with the words, “It’s a tough time to be a woman who likes superhero comics.”
I’m fortunate to know a diverse group of people whose eyes are open to what’s going on in the world around us. Sexism, not just in comic books, but in the media at large. Of course comics are my main focus and something that has been in the news even more as of late.
People wonder why women like myself get so angry when we see things like this happen. I have a good guy friend who listens to his geeky girl friends when they tell him all the terrible things that are spewed at them on a daily basis (usually anonymously online). I will have to remind myself to think about what he just said to me, “You can’t fix stupid.”
But it’s difficult.
It’s difficult when someone says, “Who cares?" about something you care a great deal about. If they don’t care at all, why are they bothering to fruitlessly add to the discussion? They say, "Go read something else." But I *like* these characters. I want to read about *them*. "Males are demeaned just as much as females in comics." If you really thought that, you wouldn’t be reading them or you’d be online complaining about it like we are. How about, "Comics will never be for women?”
Hello, my name is Jill. I like comics. I like them so much I made a career out of them. Are they perfect? No, but I can certainly do my part to help make them better or more accessible for other women to read.
I don’t necessarily think people who don’t see sexism in comics at all or that don’t see it as a problem are stupid or neanderthals that need a few more centuries to evolve. Ok, maybe I do think that but I also like to give those people the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they just need to hear or see it in a certain way and then it will finally click? Or maybe their minds will never see it the way we do. It’s a hard thing to accept when you are so strongly in the opposite corner of the ring.
But then you run into someone (of any gender) online who does get it and who is or has become enlightened and it gives you hope. Yes, we’re not just spinning our wheels here, we’re not making things up and we’re not the only ones who want change. When the naysayers are calling you names or saying what you’re doing doesn’t count for anything, try and remember that.
DC Comics has thanked retailers and fans for their enthusiasm and support during the launch of THE NEW 52, but in a new appeal they’re asking for feedback in a new online survey.
As they made clear from the beginning, their goal was to expand the market by appealing to new/lapsed readers. They believe this has happened, but now they’d like feedback from the fanbase and comic shop retialers about where to go next.
The Survey is available now, through Friday, October 7.
Retailers will also be asked to complete an individual “Retailer Survey.”
DC Comics promises to release the results sometime early next year.
Please note - DC will not be retaining any consumer information associated with this survey. Additionally, Nielsen will be visiting a handful of comic shops nationwide for in-person interviews and will be surveying digital consumers from its app/website.
I really can’t wait to see where this goes. Market research is a long time coming for the comics industry.
“I wanted to be a professional troll, but all the good bridges were taken near where I live. Sometimes I do freelance work with overpasses though.”—Amazing comment left by Gallen_Dugall on “Rob’s Star Wars blu-ray FAQ” on ToplessRobot.
Does anyone else have a best friend, that you’re absolutely in love with? Not like in love with them as in “I wanna be with you” but in love like, the friendship is beautiful. My best friend is amazing. She brings out the best in me. Whenever we hang, that’s the happiest you’ll find me. She makes me feel alive. Anyway, I just wanted to see who else feels this way about THEIR best friend. So reblog if you do :).