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GIRL FIGHT: THE MARVEL/DC RIVALRY FINALLY EXTENDS TO WINNING THE FEMALE AUDIENCE
By Andrew Wheeler
Marvel launches the eighth of its nine solo titles with a female lead in November with Spider-Woman #1, and the book sadly already has a cloud over it. A variant cover by master erotic artist Milo Manara stirred enough controversy last week to garner mainstream attention. The cover featured Spider-Woman with her apple-shaped butt raised high in decidedly unheroic manner. It was exactly what one would expect from Manara, who’s created a number of superheroine illustrations for Marvel, but the image suggested a particularly overt tone of sexual objectification that could alienate the sort of readers who attended the Women In Marvel panel at San Diego where the series was announced.
As far as I can recall, Marvel has more female solo titles now than ever before, with a ninth title, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, launching in December. On paper, that suggests a laudable effort to reach out to superhero comics’ growing and under-served audience of female readers. Yet the Manara incident serves to remind us that books about women can very easily be targeted to a male audience.
There’s currently an unspoken contest between Marvel and DC to see who can produce more comics aimed at a female audience. It’s possible the contest only exists in my head, as I’ve been keeping a tally of solo titles with female leads for the past several months — but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that editors at the two publishers have also been keeping track.
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comicsalliance:

GIRL FIGHT: THE MARVEL/DC RIVALRY FINALLY EXTENDS TO WINNING THE FEMALE AUDIENCE

By Andrew Wheeler

Marvel launches the eighth of its nine solo titles with a female lead in November with Spider-Woman #1, and the book sadly already has a cloud over it. A variant cover by master erotic artist Milo Manara stirred enough controversy last week to garner mainstream attention. The cover featured Spider-Woman with her apple-shaped butt raised high in decidedly unheroic manner. It was exactly what one would expect from Manara, who’s created a number of superheroine illustrations for Marvel, but the image suggested a particularly overt tone of sexual objectification that could alienate the sort of readers who attended the Women In Marvel panel at San Diego where the series was announced.

As far as I can recall, Marvel has more female solo titles now than ever before, with a ninth title, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, launching in December. On paper, that suggests a laudable effort to reach out to superhero comics’ growing and under-served audience of female readers. Yet the Manara incident serves to remind us that books about women can very easily be targeted to a male audience.

There’s currently an unspoken contest between Marvel and DC to see who can produce more comics aimed at a female audience. It’s possible the contest only exists in my head, as I’ve been keeping a tally of solo titles with female leads for the past several months — but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that editors at the two publishers have also been keeping track.

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She Makes Comics is an upcoming documentary by Sequart, the folks behind Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and The Image Revolution, dealing with women who make, distribute, edit and love comics. It looks really neat. I’m taking part in two ways - one, I’m going to be interviewed for the film, and two, I’m providing a backer goal! At the $1,500 range (I know) you will be drawn into a page as part of a comic about the history of women in comics, by me! Don’t have that kind of money? There are backer levels as low as $5!

I think this is going to be a really awesome project. The people involved are really fascinating. I’m excited to be part of it!

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Phew. Last night, Strange Adventures hosted its 5th Ladies’ Night. It was a HUGE success! The store was jam-packed for two hours full of enthusiastic women of all sorts buying comics, graphic novels, t-shirts, toys and more. Faith Erin Hicks signed copies of her new (and completely wonderful) book Friends With Boys, and Jordyn Bochon was on deck signing copies of the wonderful lady warrior princess book Spera. Anyone who was there can attest to the energy in the room - it was unlike anything else, and it was awesome.

We got 100 signatures towards our campaign to get Batgirl: Year One reprinted (thanks, Lor!), sold out of Friends With Boys, cleared through all our gift bags in the first 40 minutes and by the end of the night, the shop looked like it’d been ransacked! I couldn’t have hoped for more.

To everyone who came out: THANK YOU! To everyone who helped: THANK YOU EVEN MORE! I couldn’t have pulled this off without all the ladies in my life being total badass babes. Not to forget my boss, Cal, who made it all possible.

Fredericton, New Brunswick: I’m coming for you on March 31st to help host Strange Adventures’ first location’s own Ladies’ Night! I’ll be signing copies of Womanthology and have loads of prints and mini-comics with me. Hooray!

Take that, Comic Book Men.

(Source: kateordie)

My favourite photo from Ladies’ Night!

My favourite photo from Ladies’ Night!

The Great Ladies' Night Debate →

"This is wrong, and I will do my best and what I can to stop it."

A commenter on shop regular Tim Hanley’s blog is up in arms about our upcoming Ladies’ Night event, and the debate he’s sparked is pretty interesting. He intends to prevent the night from happening (don’t you worry, the show will go on!) and calls us some pretty wicked names.

I’m staying out of the fray, but I thought you might like to see the… unusual perspective.

New Comic Day: The secret’s out!

New Comic Day: The secret’s out!

Womanthology's Kickstarter is LIVE! You can see it and donate here!
This project is very important to me, and to a lot of female creators. It’ll be the first time I’m published by a major house, and it’s a foot in the door I wouldn’t have otherwise. Dozens of new artists, as well seasoned professionals, will be collaborating this giant 9x12 hardcover anthology. The theme is HEROIC, and I’m terribly excited to see what will come of it!
Anyway, pass this around! It’s exciting. Neil Gaiman has even pledged a reward!

Womanthology's Kickstarter is LIVE! You can see it and donate here!

This project is very important to me, and to a lot of female creators. It’ll be the first time I’m published by a major house, and it’s a foot in the door I wouldn’t have otherwise. Dozens of new artists, as well seasoned professionals, will be collaborating this giant 9x12 hardcover anthology. The theme is HEROIC, and I’m terribly excited to see what will come of it!

Anyway, pass this around! It’s exciting. Neil Gaiman has even pledged a reward!

What’s this? A little fan art? I guess! It’s THE PRO, an Ennis/Conner/Palmiotti joint about a prostitute with superpowers. It’s gross and awesome and a lot of fun.

What’s this? A little fan art? I guess! It’s THE PRO, an Ennis/Conner/Palmiotti joint about a prostitute with superpowers. It’s gross and awesome and a lot of fun.

It occurred to me last night, while rambling on about Amanda Conner and then how thrilled I was to be blogged by Erika Moen, just how much I’ve learned about comics in the last 9 months. If, in summer 2010, you’d asked me who did the art for Batwoman, I would have stared blankly at you and said… who? Batgirl, you mean? Yet just last week I had an extensive conversation with a fellow J H Williams III fan who ended up picking up the TPB of The Black Glove and issue #5 of Batman, Inc just to get a fix. It was supposed to be February 23, I said, then they pushed it to April, and now it’s slated for a fall release, meanwhile Previews was already soliciting issue #2 last month! Not to mention Batwoman: Elegy is already out of print! It’s like they’re TRYING to lose readers.

I pore over the invoices at work and shriek things like Oooh! New issue of The Sixth Gun! or Oh good, a restock of Nonplayer #1! I speak a language now that would’ve alienated me completely not too long ago. I’m still learning, and I’m lost when it comes to most cape titles (please, PLEASE don’t ask me about JLA or Green Lantern) but I surprise myself constantly with what I do know.

So to the middle-aged guy who, last week, stumped me with a question regarding The Flash and then asked Why do you even work here? I say: I work here because this is what I love. This is what I do, and I work at it every single day.

And you don’t know who the fuck Erika Moen is, anyway.

Kreon by Stijn.