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The Squeaky Wheel

As I mentioned in an earlier column, I wasn't able to attend New York Comic Con this year. San Diego Comic Con was fun, but it was not cheap, and the combination of plane ticket, hotel room and registration for NYCC was beyond my means. It was therefore only second-hand that I read about DC's exclusion of Amy Reeder from their All Access: Batman panel. I really wish I could have been there, because I have a question I would have asked. It's a pretty simple question, just three words.

"Are you high?"

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Mar. 28th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
You know... I've been reading a lot today about the new vision of the Amazons in the current Wonder Woman. ... I was mad enough to stop buying DC (despite still loving them so much) but I'm starting to actually belief that they really are trying to get rid of women readers and they actually, actively dislike women. :/ I get that this is a huge assumption but between SDCC, so much of the new 52, and this? I don't understand what else they're thinking. Not after all of the criticism. (And they have been losing money so that can't think they're doing everything right...)
Mar. 29th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
You know, I totally understand that feeling. When looking at DC as a whole, it really feels like that. Yet, when I've met individual creators, I haven't felt like that at all. If anything, I get a sense of embarrassment and frustration from most creators, both male and female, about this issue. If there is some sort of 'anti-woman conspiracy', I don't think it's DC as a whole, I think it's one, maybe two people who, consciously or not, dismiss female creators as being incapable of doing superhero comics and female superheroes as being unappealing to their target audience. When I asked about Steph and Cass at WonderCon, Snyder told me that they all love these characters too, but it's not really up to them - the ones who make those kinds of decisions are above them. Even Geoff Johns and Jim Lee came across as nice, if bewildered by my "Where are the women?" question, at SDCC. And of course Gail Simone has been fighting for greater parity for years.

It's just weird that there's such a bizarre disconnect between the people I meet at conventions - Dustin Nguyen, Bryan Q. Miller, heck, even Scott Lobdell was super nice to me! (that last I did not expect, let me tell you) - and the company's actions as a whole. They say they're committed to hiring more women, but as of June when Amy Reeder will be off Batwoman, there will actually be fewer women working on the New 52 than there were when it started!
Mar. 29th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, I figure most writers and most artists aren't to blame (maybe a few), I think it's at a much higher level and I'm not sure I would call it a conspiracy so many as a strong, strong bias. ... If that makes sense. Like you said, the writers and the creators have no say in a lot of these decisions and what they control is one story line and then possibly for only one arc. It's the editors and others who are looking at the big picture but I'm guessing even among the editors there are people who don't like this direction. I have my theories about who are the most at fault here but I don't exactly have evidence to back up my claim.

Even if I'm wrong and everything else, it is terribly depressing that as so many other parts of the geek community and the industries related to that are at least attempting to reach out to women one of the biggest, and certainly one of the two best known, comic publishing houses seems to be giving us the middle finger.
Mar. 29th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. It really does feel like there's a strong bias, and I think that there actually has been at times in the past. Even if it no longer exists at all (which I find VERY hard to believe) it's depressing that the DC execs are apparently so...stupid. I mean, how idiotically dense do you have to be to think it's a GOOD IDEA to boot the one and only female you have on your panel a bare three months after the events of SDCC have brought you so much negative media attention about exactly that subject?

So...actively sexist or just plain stupid, I guess. Take your pick. Either way it's depressing. *sighs*

(BTW, there weren't any women on any of their panels at WonderCon, either, at least not any that I saw. Where are Paul Cornell and Si Spurrier when you need them?)

ETA: Love that icon so much.

Edited at 2012-03-29 07:21 pm (UTC)
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