This is seriously turning out to be a roller-coaster of a week and not in a good way. Earlier this week, an avalanche of vile misogyny came crashing down on comic book professional Janelle Asselin for criticising the comic book industry on their failure to market books to a wider audience. It is a legitimate criticism when you consider that the goal of comic book publishers—like any other business—is to make money. She was especially on spot with the role that covers (and even teaser images) play in marketing:

Covers are important, but their job is also very basic. A good comics cover alludes to the story within, yes, but most importantly, it draws readers in. In comics, covers have an especially important role in marketing, a role that hits three or four times. A cover is often the project’s first impression, debuting online either in solicitations or other promotional campaigns.

I agree. And consistent with this discussion, my first impression of the teaser for Earth-2: World’s End is anything but good, especially since the teaser features the image of a young woman who appears to be dead in the arms of her grandfather. The seemingly dead woman in the teaser is none other than Helena Wayne (the Huntress) in the arms of Thomas Wayne, the new Earth-2 Batman. You can already imagine where I’m going to go with this.

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Judging by the cover, the women are once again disempowered to service the men in the narrative. Not only is Power Girl seen being comforted by the new Earth-2 Superman, but I see Helena Wayne’s final fate will once again be to ‘die in a Crisis.’ Just like last time, only this time her death appears to affect her grandfather, Thomas Wayne.
I am not going to run out of things to talk about this week, am I? 

Exclusive: DC Comics Unevils EARTH 2: WORLD’S END Weekly Series

Judging by the cover, the women are once again disempowered to service the men in the narrative. Not only is Power Girl seen being comforted by the new Earth-2 Superman, but I see Helena Wayne’s final fate will once again be to ‘die in a Crisis.’ Just like last time, only this time her death appears to affect her grandfather, Thomas Wayne.

I am not going to run out of things to talk about this week, am I? 

confusiongrows:

Right on.

So, here we go again: the problem of sexual harassment in the comic book industry.  Which totally feels like deja vuI wrote about this back in November, as did a lot of creators, but to what point?  Did anyone learn from the discussion?

Apparently not.  Because the shit has hit the fan again, and as always it’s the ladies who are paying the price for having the gall to say what’s on our minds.  This time around it’s Janelle Asselin, who wrote a piece called “Let’s Talk About How Some Men Talk To Women In Comics”.  It’s part of a larger discussion she began about art, marketing, gender, all very non-threatening– and yet, she was threatened with rape.  Just for talking about a comic book cover.

That’s fucked up.  You all realize that, right?  But it happens, regularly, even if the ladies who are subject to this abuse don’t always bring it up.   And if it’s not rape threats, it’s other kinds of verbal abuse or sexual harassment.  Men are frequently surprised when they hear this happens.

This is an excellent article from one of my favourite writers, Marjorie Liu, that’s very spot on about why misogyny as a real societal problem needs to be addressed, discussed, and actively changed.

She says everything I’ve been wanting to say about this latest shitstorm, but addresses her points assertively and much more eloquently than I would have had. I can safely tell you, my thoughts would have been more strongly worded and full of anger. 

What transpired over the past few days was completely unprofessional and unacceptable behaviour from an industry professional who should’ve known better than to be snowball that started the avalanche of vile misogynistic abuse of a woman who spoke up about a very real problem that exists not just in the comics industry, but in the world at large. A world that has and continues to treat women as objects that exist for men’s use, something other than human. That is unacceptable.

I will write my own thoughts on this over the weekend when I actually have the time to sit down and write. But do read Marjorie’s article as it is VERY spot on about a very real problem that affects women of all ages and of various walks of life. 

marcusto:

gimpnelly:

Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…

I’ve worked with Janelle on Red Robin for the majority of my run. She is one of my favorite collaborators and also a great friend. She brings up a lot of things that women have to deal with, in this case within our industry. It’s not about attacking men, it’s about bringing to light the problems that exist and our inability see what is actually going on. My personal belief is that the more we talk about this and the more people know the better we can all be. 

therearecertainshadesoflimelight:

gimpnelly:

Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…

I get messages every single day saying that they hope I get raped or die. And I am not alone. This is vile.

A very important conversation to read.

I originally had something more to add to this, but I think I will save that conversation for a separate post of my own. This was truly disgraceful, especially coming from someone in a position of power working in an industry that already makes women feel unwelcome.

MARCUS TO | Commission of Classic and New 52 Helena Wayne at ECCC.
MARCUS TO | Commission of Classic and New 52 Helena Wayne at ECCC.
MARCUS TO | Character studies of Helena Wayne, part 4.
MARCUS TO | Character studies of Helena Wayne, part 4.
MARCUS TO | Character studies of Helena Wayne, part 3.
MARCUS TO | Character studies of Helena Wayne, part 3.

shobogan:

rambosaysso:

souljannoying:

Why does anybody even live in Gotham

Because Batman is hot.

because batwoman is hot

Because the likelihood of being rescued by the Huntress (Helena Wayne)—and thereby meeting her—on the Earth-2 version of Gotham is pretty damn high.

Even if I ended up dead in the process, the point is I still met Helena Wayne. I would at least die happy. :)