"The women of Bikini Kill let guitarist Billy Karren be in their feminist punk band, but only if he's willing to just "do some shit." Being a feminist dude is like that. We may ask you to "do some shit" for the band, but you don't get to be Kathleen Hannah."--@heatherurehere


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Another week of the #BuyComicsByWomen experiment yields some interesting results for me; I'm definitely seeking out and finding some comics that may not have been on my radar if not for the experiment--with so many comics in the nope pile because no women writers or artists are working on them, I look around a bit more, and that has made for some more interesting reads, for sure. 

Yep Pile:

  • Help Us Great Warrior #5 Writer: Maddleine Flores   Art: Maddleine Flores   Cover: Becca Tobin -- I discovered Flores' webcomic just before she started publishing this comic, and it's been so fun to read.
  • 8house Arclight #1 Writer: Brandon Graham   Art: Marian Churchland   Cover: Marian Churchland  -- Definitely on my radar (mostly because of twitter!) and one of the series I'm most excited about.
  • No Mercy #4  Writer: Alex De Campi   Art: Carla Speed McNeil   Cover: Carla Speed McNeil Jenn Manley Lee -- De Campi's foray into real-world fiction is really well done. This is a series I might not have discovered if not for this experiment.
  • Zero #18 Writer: Ales Kot   Art: Tula Lotay   Cover: Tula Lotay  SERIES CONCLUSION -- Will we ever get a series with these two again? Hopefully. Sad it's ending, but it's been fantastic, and one of the most underrated comics of the past few years.
  • A-force #2 Writer: C. Willow Wilson   Art: Jorge Molina   Cover: Jorge Molina  -- Wilson is one of the few writers that make a book a must-have for me these days, and I don't love the Battleworld concept, but she makes it work in amazing ways. 
  • Princess Leia #5  Jordie Bellaire, colorist  Rachel Dodson cover, inker -- I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but digging this book, so I'm glad Bellaire and Dodson worked on it, though, c'mon, Marvel, give us a Leia book written by a woman!
Nope Pile:

  • God is Dead #27 -- This is/was one of my favorite guilty pleasures, but there hasn't been a female writer or artist on it since I started my experiment.
  • The Spire #1 4 covers, none by women. I love Si Spurrier, and this looks like a fantastic story with an interesting female protagonist, so this one hurts. So many dudes working on this book. If you have four covers, at least get one by a woman. I know I'm missing out on this one.
  • Arcadia #3 -- This one has a fantastically interesting conceit, exploring class issues through the sci-fi trope of virtual reality living. I'd love to check it out.
  • Baltimore Cult Of The Red King #3 -- Dark Horse continues it's astounding run of the ENTIRE Mignolaverse having no women writers or artists. I'm missing this one: I read the novel of Baltimore years back, and I'll be these are fun stories.  
  • American Vampire Second Cycle #8 -- Snyder has knocked this one so far out of the park that nobody even remembers Stephen King helped write the first five. But nary a woman artist in sight. 
  • Midnighter #2 -- I'll admit I cheated when I bought Midnighter #1 even though there are no women writers or artists working on it. It was the day that gay marriage won at the Supreme Court, I was at a special event at my LCS, and I overdid it a bit. It was a well-written book, and I would love to continue with this series, but alas...
  • 18 Days #1 -- I like checking out new (to me) Morrison books, but no women working on this one.
  • Nailbiter #14 -- I cheat with this one, because my partner buys it, so I get to read it anyway. Still--we're waiting for some promised guest covers by women!  
  • Satellite Sam #15 -- It's tough to resist the Fraction/Chaykin combination. I'll probably end up getting this as a trade, but I wish we could get some women working on the book. 
  • Darth Vader #7 -- Again, not a big Star Wars fan, but a big Gillen fan, so this is one I miss. 
  • We Stand On Guard #1 -- A comic by Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Hollingsworth, and Steve Skroce about future Canadians defending their country from an invasion of giant robots from the US? Normally this one would be a no-brainer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Still running an experiment of only buying comics that have at least one woman as writer or artist. This week is particularly interesting, as there are so many books I really love/want to read on my "nope" pile, yet plenty of interesting books to buy on the "yep" pile:

Yep:

  • Secret Six #2 (Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham): I'm not a big Secret Six fan, but I'll buy most of what Simone writes because it's almost always at least a lot of fun. 
  • Blackcross #6: Thank goodness for the Tula Lotay variant cover, or this would be on the "nope" pile.
  • Swords Of Sorrow Dejah Thoris Irene Adler #1: I'm picking up most of the SoS books, just because they're fun! Writer: Leah Moore   Art: Francisco Manna 
  • Star Trek Ongoing #46: I'm a fan of this series (more than of the movies), and here's hoping they keep Rachael Stott on for a bit so I can buy it!  (Mike Johnson and Rachael Stott)
  • Revival #30: Grateful for the Jenny Frison cover, because I dig this book. Writer: Tim Seeley   Art: Mike Norton   Cover: Jenny Frison 
  • Ms Marvel #16: This is definitely my fave superhero book at the moment. Writer: C. Willow Wilson   Art: Adrian Alphona   Cover: Kris Anka  
  • Runaways #1 I can't believe I didn't hear about this one until today. Recently finished Noelle Stevenson's "Nimona" book, and it's so very good. Can't wait for her take on the Runaways.   Art: Sanford Greene   Cover: Phil Noto 
  • Black Canary #1: I'm not a big fan of the character, but maybe that will change after Brendan Fletcher and Annie Wu do her justice?
  • The Kitchen #8:  Sorry to see this series end, but with a cover by Becky Cloonan and drawn by Ming Doyle, it's a must-buy.
  • Update: I missed Jordie Bellaire as colorist and cover! Surface #3   Writer: Ales Kot   Art: Langdon Foss   Cover: Langdon Foss  Colorist:Jordie Bellaire
  • Update: I am an idiot and left of Vaughn: Alex + Ada #15 (Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn, writer)
  • Update: Variant cover by Tula Lotay! The Fiction 001 (Curt Pires and David Rubin): This looks like it'd be funky and fun, so I feel like I'm missing out.

Nope:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1: Eight people working on this book as writers or artists--all men.
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #132:  The Mignolaverse continues it's run of never having had a woman writer or artist, ever. 
  • Martian Manhunter #1 (Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows)

  • Empty Zone #1 Writer: Jason Shawn Alexander   Art: Jason Shawn Alexander   Cover: Jason Shawn Alexander  
  • Lazarus #17 (Greg Rucka and Micahel Lark)
  • Low #7 Writer: Rick Remender   Art: Greg Tocchini   Cover: Greg Tocchini 
  • Southern Bastards #9 Writer: Jason Aaron   Art: Jason Latour   Cover: Jason Latour  

  • Trees #10 Writer: Warren Ellis   Art: Jason Howard   Cover: Jason Howard  Thors #1 Writer: Jason Aaron   Art: Chris Sprouse   Cover: Chris Sprouse 

  • Astro City #24 (Kurt Busiek and Brent Eric Anderson): I'm cheating here, because I'll almost certainly buy the trade on this one after the experiment is over. I just like the book too much.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Buy Comics By Women, still going!

Missed a few weeks of blogging due to being busy, but back on track now with the lists of comics I want this week--some of which I'm not going to buy because there are no women involved as writers, artists, or colorists

Buy Pile:
Hinterkind #18 -- Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Names #9 -- Cover: Celia Calle
Swords of Sorrow #1 -- Writer: Gail Simone
Wonder Woman '77 Special -- Cover: Nicola Scott
Rocket Girl #6 -- Art: Amy Reeder   Cover: Amy Reeder 
Zero 016 -- Art: Jordie Bellaire
Secret Wars #1 -- Amanda Connor variant cover

Dead Drop #1 -- Tamra Bonvillain variant cover

Notice out of all of these, there is only one writer and two interior artists who are women. Cover artists are rad (and make good money, right?), but I'm seeing a pattern of women colorists and "variant" cover artists, with fewer regular writers and interior artists who are women.  I really want to read Dead Drop, so hopefully I can find the variant cover easily; Secret Wars I'm on the fence about anyway, so no big if I can't, but still: The biggest crossover event in the last few years and only one woman artist--on a variant cover? Bogus. Careful, Marvel, or your "Women of Marvel" initiative will turn into more of a separate-but-not-equal ghetto for women artists. 

Also note that the rad-looking Wonder Woman '77 Special is written, drawn and colored by dudes--grateful for Nicola Scott's cover!

Nope Pile:
Rachel Rising #33 
God is Dead #35
Arcadia #1  Alex Paknadel matt Taylor
Jupiter's Circle #2
The Wicked + The Divine #10
Nailbiter #12
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1
Descender #3
Spider-Gwen #4

There are some big ironies here, I think:  I'd guess that Wic + Div and Spider-Gwen are two very popular titles among women readers (just a guess though, of course), but here I am not reading them. That seems wrong. But this is just an experiment, and only 7 more months to go. 

I'm most sad about missing out on Arcadia, which sounds like a really cool concept, created by some interesting folks, and the new Roche Limit book, which looks absolutely beautiful. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Howard the Duck Hates Women (<--Clickbait)

Continuing my year-long experiment to only buy comics with at least one female creator.  This week has some great comics I can buy, but some of my favorite comics I can't, and quite a few of them!


Yep:
  • Coffin Hill 17 Writer: Caitlin Kittredge -- This continues to be a badass book.
  • Convergence Nightwing Oracle 1 Writer: Gail Simone Art: Jan Duursema -- Thanks to the @LCSValkyries for the recommend.
  • Convergence Batgirl #1 Writer: Alisa Kwitney -- Love Kwitney! Thanks to the @LCSValkyries for the recommend.
  • Saga 27 Art: Fiona Staples -- Duh.
  • Southern Cross 2 Writer: Becky Cloonan -- One of my fave new comics.
  • The Surface 2 Colorist:Jordie Bellaire -- Still onboard with this one, and a perfect example of a book I wouldn't have found if it weren't for this experiment, and seeking out work by Bellaire
  • Captain Marvel 14 Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick -- Double-duh.
  • Max Ride First Flight Writer: Marguerite Bennett -- Another great example of the experiment working in my favor. Can't wait to check this out.
  • Updated: Astro City 22: Originally I had this on the "nope" pile--but I was corrected by none other than Busiek himself--Wendy Broome is one of the colorists! Yay!

Nope:
  • Rebels 1 Cover: Tula Lotay   Colorist Jordie Bellaire
    • This one is a special exception: I could buy it per my experiment rules, but I continue to refuse to buy comics written by Brian Wood, even when he's working with some of my favorite people in Lotay and Bellaire
  • Abe Sapien 22: Continuing pain, and knowledge that I'll likely cheat and buy the trade after my experiment is over.
  • Sleepy Hollow Origins 1: The show is a campy pleasure, so I'm sorry I'm missing out. 
  • Astro City 022: Sigh.
  • Jupiter's Circle 001 (Mark Millar)
  • Nameless 003 (Grant Morrison)
  • ODY-C 004 (Fraction)
  • Convergence The Question 001 (Greg Rucka). Sad there are no women working on this book, since I love Montoya so much. 
  • Rat Queens 010
  • Darth Vader 004
  • Howard the Duck 002: Twelve people working on this book. All dudes.





Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Avengers: Millennium -- All Dudes, All the Time

Continuing my year-long experiment to only buy comics with a woman artist or writer...

Buy Pile:
  • Lady Killer #4: Joelle Jones continues to knock this one out of the park, I bet.
  • Names #8: Cover: Celia Calle
  • Hinterkind #17 Cover: Marguerite Sauvage 
  • No Mercy #1 Writer: Alex De Campi   Art: Carla Speed McNeil  -- Love De Campi's work on the Grindhouse comics, so can't wait to see what she does with the real world.
  • Dark Tower Drawing Three House Cards #2 Writer:Robin Furth -- This is definitely a guilty pleasure, seeing Furth continue to expand King's rich world. At what point to the comics eclipse the books? 
If I Can Find the Variant:
  • Cluster #3 Variant Cover colorist Jordie Bellaire -- Hopefully I can find this variant, although it's becoming clear that, during this experiment, variants might not work out; ruins the flow if I can't find an ish.
  • Uncanny Inhumans Variant cover by Siya Oum -- I'm new to Oum's work, but I hope I can find it!
Nope Pile:

  • Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. #5: This one continues to hurt. Some of my favorite characters of all time.
  • Millennium #3: I loved this show, even though I didn't watch X-Files. This one stings.
  • Black Science #13: The art is just fantastic in this book--sorry I've had to give it up.
  • The Dying and the Dead #2: Hickman is one of my favorite writers. I'm sure I'm missing out here.
  • Nailbiter #11: I'm cheating on this one, because my partner buys it every week.
  • Southern Bastards #8: I've read every ish of Scalped, so missing out on Aaron's writing is difficult.
  • Kanan Last Padawan #1: I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but I've been liking the Rebels show, and the new Star Wars comics. 
  • Empire of the Dead Act Three #1: Not a huge zombie fan, but this looks so fun and fucked up. Sorry I'm missing it. Also, Andrea Mutti is a guy, which took me a while to figure out. Sorry Andrea!
  • Avengers Millenium 001: Comic Vine lists 17 creators for this comic, given the variants and editors. All. Men. It's like they're not even trying.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Buy Comics By Women

This week in my year-long experiment to buy comics with at least one woman on the creative team means that I still get to read most of what I want, but I don't get to read some stuff that is likely really good. Once again I'm pleasantly surprised by the number of women working on the comics that I want to read, and sad at the glaring omissions. 

The Nope Pile
God is Dead 31
Past Aways 1 (matt kindt!)
Drifter 5 
Wytches 5
Darth Vader 3 (Gillen!)

The Valiant 4 (Lemire! matt kindt!)

The Buy Pile
Hit 1957 1 Art: Vanesa Del Rey
Suicide Risk 23 Art: Elena Casagrande
Conan Red Sonja 3 Writer:Gail Simone
Grindhouse Drive in Bleed Out 3 Writer: Alex De Campi Art: Afua Richardson
Red Sonja 15 Writer:Gail Simone Cover: Jenny Frison  
Autumnlands Tooth and Claw 5 Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
The Fuse 11 Colorist:Shari Chankhamma
Wicked + Divine 9 Colorist: Marguerite Sauvage
The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three House of Cards 1 Writer:Robin Furth
Divinity 001 Cover:Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

Drifter and Wytches really hits me where it hurts, as I love some hard-boiled sci-fi and some Scott Snyder. But how can I complain when I get a Grindhouse book, a Red Sonja cover by Jenny Frison, and get to keep reading one of the most underrated titles out there, Suicide Risk?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lots of Comics Artists Who Are Also Women

Another week of The Experiment (spending a year only buying comics that have at least one woman as writer or artist), and something I'm a little surprised by is creeping into my consciousness: I was already reading a lot of books that had women working on them.  And: There are a lot of women working as inkers, cover artists and colorists in comics. 

Here are the books I'm allowing myself to buy this week:
Alex + Ada -- artist Sarah Vaughn
Burning Fields -- colorist Joana Lafuente
Giant Days 001 -- artist Lissa Treiman
Lumberjanes -- Writer: Shannon Watters   Art: Carolyn Nowak
The Kitchen -- Art: Ming Doyle   Cover: Becky Cloonan
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman -- Art: Noelle Stevenson
Outcast -- art and cover by Elizabeth Breitweiser
Manhattan Projects Sun Beyond The Stars -- Jordie Bellaire, colorist
Red One -- colorist Rachel Dodson
Zero -- art by Jordie Bellaire
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers -- Rachelle Rosenberg, colorist
Princess Leia 002 -- colorist Jordie Bellaire; Rachel Dodson inks

All New Captain America #5 -- if I can find the Marguerite Sauvage variant cover

Nope Pile:
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth 
Frankenstein Underground 
Millenium 

The Fly Outbreak

That nope pile is so dinky! And aside from BPRD, I'm not too broken up I don't get to read the others. I'm kind of glad my experiment turns out this way some weeks, so I can get through the weeks where I don't get to read most of the comics that I want that week. 

One more note: Is Jordie Bellaire the hardest working artist in comics? 

With Male Privilege Comes Male Responsibility

A few weeks back I found out a writer that I used to love, but whose comics I had given up because of misogynistic douchebaggery, has a new book coming out, and three of my favorite female artists are working on the book. I wasn't likely to read Brain Wood's "Rebels" at any rate, since it looks like Tea Party Porn to me, but, but, but: Andrea Mutti! Jordie Bellaire! Tula Lotay! -- All of 'em on one book! My first instinct was to tweet out to any/all of them and ask why they were working with him--but of course that instinct is also misogynistic douchebaggery itself, y'know? These are grown-ass women, and they make their own decisions, know more about him and about comics than I do, and I don't have a "right to know".  But that was my instinct. Trying to own that. 

Now the completely convenient non-apology from Chris Sims comes out, and even though I also wasn't interested in reading his new X-Men book anyway, I find a promotion quote from one of my fave writers (also a woman) on his website.  And again, my lizard brain responds with: "I WANT TO KNOW WHY!!!!"

And Rachel Edidin, a friend of Sims, has a bunch of answers to the 'why?' question, most of which basically say "this shit is complex". You should read what she wrote: It's pretty great.

I know that. I know Brian Wood is a human being who can make mistakes. I know that Chris Sims is a dude who was steeped in the same bullshit misogynist culture that all of us are, and that we can make room for nuance, and forgiveness, while still keeping room for not-forgiving (which is why Edidin's take is so great). And I think that women in the industry, and women who are fans, get to make whatever decisions they want without me butting in--of course they do, of course they do, of course they do--that is part of the whole point of feminism. 

But as pro-feminist men, I'm not sure we get the same options. I think we have to give up some shit, whether it's reading what might be a great comic, or something more serious, like choosing a different fucking career from the one where we behaved very, very badly. It's male privilege that allows a dude like Sims to think that he can still deserve to write for mainstream comics after behaving like that, especially given the timing of his sorta-apology--and male privilege for men to continue to support men like him. As long as men still have so much more power in the comics industry than women do, as long as women are still underrepresented as writers and artists, then men need to hold the feet of other men to the fire. I'm not going to get on women who understand these men and want to work with them, but I'm still going to get on the men who hire these dudes, and the men who buy their comics, because it's not acceptable that the only repercussions from bad behavior are a slap on the wrist.