DC released their September solicitations this week, and the cover for Catwoman #0 has born reactions that are nothing short of hysterically funny. Check out this slideshow of mockery that had me just guffawing, the tears streaming down my face. I’d considered posting my own reaction to the obscene ridiculousness of the cover, but then there are plenty others who have already summed it up, and so eloquently, too.
I almost feel bad for Guillem March. I’m not sure the anger is really warranted toward him; if anything, the blame and frustration should be placed on the editor who OK’d this. That editor was not doing their job … or, perhaps this is exactly what they believe their job to be—to spurn enough fury to get the Internet talking, bringing attention to this book, getting Catwoman “out there.” For all the unbelievably wrong reasons, of course.
Apologies for the massive linkage, but in lieu of reviews this week, this is some important reading.
I read this today and just had to share. Greg Rucka has always been one of my favorite writers; I started reading Elektra because of him, and his Wonder Woman run still can’t be beat in my eyes. I’m an avid follower of his web comic, Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, as well as various other projects and minis.
So when I came across this piece of badassery, it just further cemented my loyalty to this incredible writer.
You tell them, Greg Rucka!
Also, here’s a somewhat related supplemental reading, if you feel like. Definitely worth checking out.
Misery loves company, and for women in comics, it seems that their magazine counterparts have got it just as bad. According to this article from Think Progress, America’s top magazines do just as horrendous a job of hiring ladies as the comic book industry does. There’s some nifty pie charts there as well, illustrating the female/male ratios per publication. Pretty ridiculous stuff we’re looking at here. Let’s see … 165 females to 459 males? Really, The New Yorker?
The article brings up thoughts that are only all-too-familiar:Because really, the only answer here is not that these publications can’t find women. It’s that they don’t really care if they do or not. These numbers, and the annual discussion of them, seem to have succeeded in making a lot of female journalists and readers angry and frustrated, but they don’t appear to have made editors feel ashamed, much less called to action. And I’m not quite sure what it would take to persuade them to shake off their lethargy and acceptance of the status quo, which really means accepting sexism.
I wonder where I’ve heard/felt/read/written this before.
And hey–did you know that the new Avengers movie trailer came out today? It’s completely awesome, of course. But then I look at it and inevitably start counting … one female Avenger.
It’s Wednesday afternoon, and through a girl’s eyes, the world in which I live appears particularly hostile today.
The Nielsen ratings are in for DC’s New 52, and the results are … pretty depressing, though not surprising.
Kind of rips you apart a little, doesn’t it?
Could anyone tell me what’s missing from this otherwise exquisite bottle of Justice League body wash?
I guess, from the fact there is no female pictured in this group, that the body wash is meant for boys only. Which is confusing. It doesn’t actually say that anywhere on the bottle, that it’s intended for boys. I guess we’re just supposed to gather that from the picture. Again, it makes no sense. And now that I think about it, is there a scent out there that’s specifically made for boys soaps? What is it?
Oh well. On the bright side, at least it’s paraben free. Disney Princesses for the rest of us.
Actually, I should probably change that title to “why MORE girls don’t read comics.” Clearly, many of us do, although it’s getting increasingly more difficult….
No reviews from me this week, as I haven’t had a chance to read the stuff I wanted to review. Instead, I leave you with this very striking post from Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance about DC’s latest fail. It’s worth a read. Warning that it contains spoilers to Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 and Catwoman #1. I would also say that some of the imagery might be deemed “NSFW,” which is telling when you figure that the images have only been taken from the aforementioned books. Kind of messed up, no?
Have a good weekend, all. Pick up Wonder Woman #1 and the latest Children’s Crusade.
Reblogged from DC Women Kicking Ass: The DC Comics panels at SDCC have been filled with what I’m being told are uncomfortable and awkward moments around the issues of female creators and characters… [read more].
That’s some seriously screwed up stuff right there. I wish I were at that panel to cheer this woman on.