So, here we go again: the problem of sexual harassment in the comic book industry. Which totally feels like deja vu. I 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.
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.
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.
Do you think that Connor Hawke could fit into a rebooted Infinity Inc. series?
If he was still the son of Oliver Queen (who did originally exist on Earth-2), actually resembled the character from the post-Crisis continuity (as opposed to a Roy Harper look-a-like), and the JSA members were still old enough to have adult children, I think he would fit in quite nicely.
That being said, I honestly wouldn’t be interested in a New 52 Infinity Inc series. Outside of the second generation Trinity (Huntress, Power Girl, Fury) who were also members, none of the original cast members are in existence. There’s really no point in having an Infinity Inc if the members are not comprised of the children of the JSA members. We still don’t even have a Justice Society as we speak.
I'm holding off on Worlds' Finest #21 until Batman Superman #9 comes out. Any idea if it's safe to read WF#22, or will that spoil the crossover thing?
Issue #22 picks up right after the crossover event.
You can however read the 8-page ‘Huntress Year One’ flashback story in the middle of the issue since it only details a Helena Wayne’s official outing as the Huntress. No details from the crossover bleed into that story.
Also, Helena cut her hair short for her first year as the Huntress (allusion to the Birds of Prey Huntress played by Ashley Scott?) and we see the first version of her Huntress costume before it evolves into the version we see now.
You also can’t go wrong with Yildiray Cinar art for the Huntress flashback story. (Honestly, I wish he would’ve drawn the whole issue. No offence to RB Silva, but Cinar has a better handle on anatomy and his art looks better in general).
With earth one superman vol.3,batman vol.2,wonder woman vol.1 and recently announced teen titans vol. 1 coming out this year what is your opinon on the earth one universe?
I’ve only read the first volumes of the Batman and Superman Earth One graphic novels.
I think the idea in itself is a good one, but it would make more of a difference if they genuinely did something different with these graphic novels as opposed to just telling more ‘dark’ stories. We’re already getting plenty of that with the New 52 and Earth-2 alone.
1. The amnesiac flight attendant origin. 2. The abused wife who became Catwoman as a form of liberation origin. 3. The Frank Miller ‘life as a sex worker’ origin. 4. The Batman Returns-inspired Anne Nocenti origin.
At the time of Helena's blasphemous demise in CIE, she was in her very late 20's or early 30's. I'm sure she was into music, into whatever was in during the early to mid 80's. As a bonafide expert on all things of one of my favorite heroes, what artists and songs do you think she would have had on a mix tape or in her record collection? And just for fun, what do you think was hers and Harry's song? The 80's forever!
I was told by another fan who read the established Crisis timeline DC published that she was 27 years old (same age as me) when she died. :’(
(I do, however, tell myself that the version of her that appeared in the post-Crisis JSA was at least 30).
That said, I think the pre-Crisis Helena was very much a woman of her times and listened to whatever was new and contemporary. Since she originally grew up in the 1960s-1970s and had a normal upbringing at the time, I imagine she spent a lot of time listening to Simon and Garfunkel, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Queen, etc, just to annoy her parents. At least this would be true for teenage Helena I imagine. Then throw in some Disco queens like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and Patti LaBelle and she’d be complete in shocking her parents with her tastes in music. (We all know what songs some of these artists are famous for. Like this one from Patti Labelle) :)
For adult Helena, I think should be more diverse in her music tastes and would listen to anything that fits her mood. Whether that’d be an old Carpenters album or an artist more associated with the 1980s like Madonna, Paula Abdul, or Janet Jackson.
I still think her’s and Harry’s song would’ve been Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears. At least, I imagine Harry thinking of her whenever he hears this song cause he was always frequently frustrated with her double life as the Huntress. (I still think she deserved better than that lad, though).
And just for fun, because the New 52 is a new ‘dark and edgy’ universe, I imagine she’s a Lacuna Coil fan these days. The majority of their song lyrics are certainly a perfect match for Helena’s ‘edgy new’ personality. I’d throw in Epica, After Forever, and Tarja Turunen for good measure. :P
Someone at DC Comics has clearly been reading this blog lately, or at least they read my Happy Never After post where I talked about DC’s relationship-phobia in New 52, specifically their unwillingness to allow their characters to marry or have otherwise healthy relationships.
It turns out that will soon change because starting in 2015, Earth-2’s Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L will be doing a whole lot more than just returning home and reuniting with their respective families (what’s left of them anyway). They may also become ‘something more’ according to Earth-2 writer Tom Taylor and Worlds’ Finest writer Paul Levitz.
Exactly what that means, they won’t say. But they do hint that it could be ‘something a little more than just friendship,’ and it could turn out to be ‘what fans have long been suspecting.’
Because Hans Zimmer is a music god, I couldn’t continue the celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary without sharing one of my favourite tracks from the Batman Begins soundtrack that always gets me pumped.
It’s also one of those tracks always gets me thinking what Helena Wayne’s experience was like when she discovered: The Cave!
(Originally I wanted to post ‘Preparing Birthday’ as appropriate music for the celebration, but Tumblr said the ‘file was too big. Pfft).
In other news, I promise I will have a post up actually discussing Batman’s Golden Age history, as well as the lasting impression his family as left on me.
PS. Helena Wayne is in there too, along with a special guest!