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I Read Comics

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Show #28 - May 21

Show 28 on MP3

Rants 'n' Reviews R Us!

If you don't want to hear me rant about women and comics and fanboys, skip the first 10 minutes
Eric Adams' Lackluster World
Justin Hall's True Travel Tales #5
The Black Forest, from Image (sorry it took so long to get to it!)
It's a Bird, by Steven Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
Steve MacIsaac's new book, Shirtlifter - yay! Gay porn!
Announcing a summer series of interviews with women who blog about comics


Music, as always, by Mayerson.
Other music I listened to this week that I love: Pleasant Valley Sunday remix, The Monkees

A proud member of the Comics Podcasts Network!

This podcast is sponsored by Comic Relief, the best comics store ever, and the Lincoln Heights Literary Society - Ontology On the Go!

Because we need less of THIS:

"Look at my impossible midsection musculature! Look at my barely covered pussy! I may be a superhero, but I'm a fucktoy first!"

16 Comments:

  • For the record it was 11 and half minutes ;)

    TAYLOR!TAYLOR! SHES OUR GAL! IF SHE CANT DO IT NO ONE CAN! GO L.T!!

    By Blogger Dave, at 2:49 PM  

  • Oh you should also check out www.sequentialtart.com its a website by fangirls for fangirls, plus it has a nice little message board.

    By Blogger Dave, at 2:51 PM  

  • Oh, Lene, the J LHLS review is by Chad Denton. http://liheliso.com/buzz/archive/00000119.htm

    Magazines for womenfolk? Here's my sub list:

    Science News
    Harpers
    New Yorker
    Modern Haiku
    Kenyon Review
    The Comics Journal (it was a gift)
    Works & Conversations
    Poetry

    And those are just the ones I have paper subs to.

    My pull at Comic Odysessy:

    She-Hulk
    Jonah Hex
    Green Lantern
    Seven Soldiers
    All Star Batman and Robin (my pick for the NAMBLA fiction award)

    I have to say that marketing to women has failed miserably with me.

    By Blogger Ginger Mayerson www.hackenblog.com, at 4:12 PM  

  • Sorry, the J LHLS review of "It's a Bird" is by Chad Denton.

    By Blogger Ginger Mayerson www.hackenblog.com, at 4:14 PM  

  • Let 'em have it Lene... You are right on point about this - and Image comics are some of the biggest offenders. I'm not afraid to say it either.

    My wife and I read comics- she's not as hardcore as I am. But she does enjoy a good comic book. So much so that she read my entire collection of uncanny X-men in one week.The the evolution of Phsylocke from a sophisticated english lady to an oversexified ninja wet dream did catch my attention... it was disturbing...

    I wonder if any of the men who have these opinions are married- in a (good) marriage, your wife's point of view is always thought of in whatever you do... I stopped buying comics altogether through the 90's not just because of these issues- but the one dimensional oversexed image of women was a factor.

    I dare the artists, writers, and men in these podcasts you speak of- that the next time they read the stories of these exploited female characters, and see the images of them- I challenge them to imagine if that was your mother, your sister, your wife, your daughter being portrayed that way. Or at least ask yourself- what would they think about this?
    I joke about this stuff a lot on my podcast from time to time- but all jokes aside....
    Just because it's comic book cult fiction does not mean 'anything goes'.....

    By Blogger Glen Glen, at 10:15 PM  

  • Bwaaaaahahaha!

    Eric Larsen cracks me up ranting about nasty shit on the walls of comics stores, bcause a lot of the nasty shit I saw on walls and doors of comics shops (before I stopping going to any store but Zeus Comics or Austin Books) was Image promo crap.

    It makes me glad I'm not at Image and haven't been for four years, because I got tired of explaining how my book was *different* and fighting people's well-founded prejudices about Image.

    By Blogger Lea, at 1:56 AM  

  • I liked the podcast a lot, and came here off of Ragnell's mention ...

    But I will say that I am a man, and I won't shut up about women in comics. I have two daughters - ages 6 and 3 - and I want to share comics with them. I don't want to be embarassed of my hobby, I don't want to be ashamed if I bring them in the store with me, and I don't want the Erik Larsens of the world shaping their self-image. It's not an abstract, theoreticat cat-toy for me: I won't cede comics to the idiots, and tell my girls to look elsewhere.

    By Blogger Mark Fossen, at 8:49 AM  

  • Enjoyed this week's rant, but I am of the don't shut up opinion as well. If guys are talking about women in comics, or women are talking about men in comics they are at least attempting to communicate. I think too few people are willing to communicate on tricky issues so they just fall back to quiet prejudice. You have a chance to engage and change minds when people talk, quiet prejudice is damn hard to dig out. Just my nickels worth, enjoyed the podcast as usual.

    By Blogger Brett, at 7:15 PM  

  • Brett and Mark, I hope you remember what you're saing when a girl or woman in your life says, "They didn't give me a chance!" because now you know how it feels to be told your voice isn't welcome.

    Even though that's not what Lene meant. She meant she was tired of men telling women what it's all about.

    But still--sucks, doesn't it?

    By Blogger Lea, at 2:03 AM  

  • I agree with Mark Fossen here.
    I'm not a girl but I'm in love with a girl (more than 10 years now) and, in some aspects, for me it's like being a girl too, as I feel offended for what offends her.
    Besides, I think it's good that guys talk about women in comics. Some of them will do it just to think "Hi chicks, look at how cool I am!", but even that can make comics industry change into more realistic and less discriminatory comics.

    By Blogger the Walrus himself, at 10:01 AM  

  • But still--sucks, doesn't it?

    LOL

    My dad left when I was young, and I was raised the only male in a house full of women.

    I now am the father of two girls, again the only male in a house full of women.

    Being told "you're a man, and not part of the conversation" isn't exactly new. :)

    I understand, though ... even when discussing feminism, there's an alarming trend for men to say "step aside, ladies - this is a job for TestosteroneAgressionMan". 'S why I don't blog about womens' issues much. But I feel as a father of girls, I can't simply sit back and hope someone else fixes it all.

    By Blogger Mark Fossen, at 10:18 AM  

  • Sometimes all companies will listen too is the bottom line.

    Hit 'em where it hurts- the pocket book.

    I say to everyone -DON'T BUY ANYTHING with such a cover on it. NO MATTER WHO wrote or drew it. Or comics that include such images of women.

    (Infinite Crisis/Power Girl- OUCH, noone said it was going to be easy...But I'm really going to try.)

    Watch how quickly things will change when the prohits go down...

    By Blogger Glen Glen, at 11:25 AM  

  • "profits" go down.

    By Blogger Glen Glen, at 11:26 AM  

  • Hah. Yeah, even as a guy, I noticed the oddness of that sleeping in a matching bra and panty set (in 52 #2). I think that anybody who's ever slept with a woman would find it odd.

    It was pointed out to me that it was probably put in by the editorial staff to make it less racy. There actually is underwear lying on the floor and they're drawn in such a way that the naughty bits would have been obscured even without the underwear.

    Not that that excuses it, but the original artist might be off the hook.

    By Blogger Bob, at 11:38 AM  

  • Hello Lene, my name is Ricardo I´m from portugal and your podcast rocks, I now is not about music but you can do Comics rocks. great podcast and you are absolutly right about Larson.
    Waiting for the nex podcast.
    http://kasovitz.deviantart.com
    www.omniwear.com
    www.multitudo.net

    By Blogger Kasovitz, at 8:32 AM  

  • I loved your rant. Made me all tingly inside. :-)

    You know what else pisses me off about the way women are portrayed in super-hero comics? When you do see them eating, it's always rabbit food... *whatever*

    By Blogger fat librarian babe, at 7:10 AM  

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