Repost: A Chronological List of Female Writers Working for DC Comics

diciembre 13, 2012 at 10:00 am (Comic Books, The kyriarchy) (, , , )

Below is a list of women who have written for DC Comics organized by year and including the titles they worked with.  It was originally compiled by Alex “Gorblax” Jaffe, whose claim to fame, aside from being the moderator of the Insert Credit podcast, is as selectbutton.net’s foremost archivist and taxonimist, and is the mastermind behind a project to organize videogames chronologically based on the year each is set in.  I reproduce it here, with permission, as the original is behind a registration wall in a message board that is subject to periodic purges (until then, it can be found here) and this is too useful to lose.  As I have not independently verified this list, I cannot vouch for its completeness (I will, however, knowing Gorblax, vouch for its general accuracy), so omissions will be welcome.

Note: There’s  Tumblr-friendly versions of the list at Operation Batgirl, Inc. and Gorblax’s own site, specifically, here and here.

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Wherein Ian Delves Into Sexism in Media, OR Why the Pilot Episode of TMNT (2012) is Highly Problematic

octubre 4, 2012 at 3:05 am (Animation, Comic Books, Commentary, Fat Hatred, Film, Homophobia, Racism, sexism, The kyriarchy, Videogames & Vidcons) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

(Content Note: Objectification of women.  Abstract descriptions of racism, fat hatred, dehumanization.  Words…so many words.)

So I wrote about my thoughts on the first two issues of Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. Then I went to The Technodrome.com, home of the largest TMNT fan community on the web, and shared my opinions in their forums there, particularly those on how disappointed I was at what I considered their treatment of April O’Neil sexist.

The comments were not particularly well received. This was not particularly surprising.

As someone who’s been part of the board for years, my impression of the TMNT fandom as represented by the board—and people there can correct me if I’m wrong–is that when it comes to gender, a vocal plurality of the believes that the status quo is acceptable, that a work is not sexist if there’s at least one woman in it who is not “useless” and/or can kick ass in some way, and that it’s a subject that never needs to be brought up ever, lest Venus de Milo be suddenly legitimized as a character. Or something.

As a feminist, I disagree. As both a fan of the TMNT and someone who believes that sexism helps makes works worse than they would otherwise be, I have an interest in doing what I can to help make it not be that way anymore.

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“Sword of Sorcery” and Derailing

septiembre 26, 2012 at 6:53 am (Comic Books, Commentary, sexism) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

(Content Note: Rape and Rape Culture, Privilege, Sexism)

So in my last post I argued–perhaps not all that coherently–that, given the prevalence of rape in our society, it was a good thing for there to be comic books that spoke honestly on the subject, and expressed my hopes that, as long as it was bringing up the issue at all,  Sword of Sorcery would be that comic.

Upon thinking some more about the issue and reading some additional commentary–some of it right on, some of it not–I feel I should clarify that my thinking on this a bit.  I fear that, in saying what I did, I may have inadvertently also said, in effect, that the need for that conversation was more important than women’s need and/or desire for comic books that didn’t deal with the issue.

Sorry about that.

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“Sword of Sorcery”, Amethyst, Beryl, and “That Scene”

septiembre 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm (Animation, Comic Books, Commentary, Rape Culture, sexism) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

(Content Note: Rape and Rape Culture)

On episode 91 of their House to Astonish podcast, Paul O’Brien and Al Kennedy discuss the return to Amethyst to comics and her debut in Sword of Sorcery #0.  The bulk of their review is spent discussing a scene in the protagonist Amy Winston stops the attempted gang rape of Beryl, an unpopular girl whom she’d met earlier that day, by three of their high school classmates.  Kennedy, in particular, considered this scene as the low point in the issue, being utterly unnecessary, disruptive of the book’s general feel, and yet another example of comic book writers’ use of rape as a source of cheap drama.

To quote the Slacktiverse, I think it’s more complicated than that.  While I am like Kennedy rather sick and tired of the way rape and sexual assault is usually presented in fiction–as something that doesn’t exist beyond the actual act, is often presented in an misinformative manner, and is at times fetishized–I’m not sure altogether sure that the scene shown here was an example of what he refers to.

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Godsdammit

julio 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm (Comic Books) (, , , , , , , , )

Lovely, lovely art by the awesome Dustin Nguyen.

When DC announced its New 52 initiative a year ago, I decided it made for a perfect jumping off point.  After following DC for little bit more than a decade, I’d grown increasingly dissatisfied with their creative philosophy and the way it affected an ever-larger swath of the books, so when they said that they’d be sorta-but-not-really starting over again in a way that suggested an emphasis on everything I’d grown to dislike about them, it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.  Sure, I’d miss out on stuff like J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman, or Paul Cornell’s awesome-sounding Demon Knights, but I could still rely on stuff like Young Justice and Superman Family for my DC fix.  What’s more, the fact that they weren’t part of the main universe allowed them to do things which I’d always wanted or have been ignored by the main books–stuff like a fixed timeline that allows characters to grow older, a return of the Lois and Clark partnership, and pure, unabashed, fun.

Apparently, I missed the memo indicating that this was unacceptable.

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Buy this!: Womanthology

julio 31, 2011 at 2:06 am (Thing X is sexist!) (, , , , )

So I went to my local comic book shop last Wednesday, and was stoked to find that they’d put on a flier promoting Womanthology, the graphic novel (read: comic book) collecting the work of various women in the industry. The brainchild of artist Renae DeLiz (the awesome artist of The Last Unicorn and assorted issues of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog*), it has caused a big splash in the comic-sphere, gaining a huge amount of contributors (including established talent like Gail Simone, as well as people who’ve never been published before) and becoming one of the best-funded projects on Kickstarter in a ridiculously short period of time. It’s also a particularly timely project, given DC Comic’s recent marginalization of their female fans, characters, and creators: the success of a project like this is the perfect way to let it (and Marvel, and all other companies, really) that women do read comics, and that, in ignoring this particular audience, they only do themselves harm. Also, I hope this does well enough with the menfolk to make DC and Co. realize that HEY! A lot of us have no problem reading stuff created by and for women.

So yeah. If you’re into comic books as a medium, or feel that you’d like comic books as a medium but never given it a shot, or if you just like to support female artists and have money to invest, please consider giving this a shot.  I’m not exactly sure when its released–their Facebook page has a tentative December 7 date–but if you contact your nearest comic book shop–which you can locate via this handy page–they should be able to reserve it for you.

* By the way, for those of you wondering what comic book one should give a child between the ages of 7-13, Sonic the Hedgehog is a darn good choice.  It’s Avatar: The Last Airbender if Aang was a small blue mammal.

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