So you work at Marvel Comics, and it’s a pretty sweet gig as you get to fill the world with wonderful, adventurous, and colourful comics and characters. So after a hard week at work, it might make sense for you to relax with some coworkers on a Friday afternoon in July by enjoying a milkshake. You deserve it! Well this innocent moment, shared on social media, seemed to make a lot of deeply disturbed people angry, and they shared that anger with said Marvel editor? Why? It might have something to do with the fact that Heather Antos is a female that works in comic books. 

In another front on the apparent overwhelming misogyny that lurks just under the surface in the comics world, Marvel editor Antos, who’s worked on a myriad of Marvel books include The Unbelievable Gwenpool and much of the Star Wars line, posted the following innocent tweet…

If you look at this image and say, “Well, that looks like a fun time!” congratulations! You’re a  normal human being that isn’t “triggered” by the sight of women having fun, or by the thought that such women work in the comic book business, which, some people (mens, I guess) are of the opinion is supposed to be a boys only profession. Like the folks that are quoted below:

“This does explain the quality’ of work Marvel has been putting out of late.”

“No life experience, the creepiest collection of stereotypical SJWs anyone could possibly imagine.”

“How all these Tumblr SJW fake geek girls club are editors at Marvel?”

We won’t embed the original tweets because these people don’t need the exposure, but clearly something is wrong with this world that the reaction to these women is a) they’re the reason you’re not enjoying comics, b) you think they’re unqualified to work at Marvel just by looking at them, or c) that they aren’t passionate about their work because they’re women working in comic books. Apparently, these men have never heard of Gail Simone, or Amanda Connor, or Patty Jenkins, and on, and on, and on…

Unfortunately, this is an incident that’s all too common in the present comic book industry as it tries to become more representative and reflective of the general society, and the growing circle of comic book fans. The “Gamergate” controversy is well known for blowing up the undercurrent of harassment and mistreatment of women in the video game business, but there have been several previous instances in comics that show a similar problem including when writer Chelsea Cain quit Twitter, and when Zainab Akhtar shuttered her award-winning Comics & Cola site. These are two other well-known examples of online harassment of women in the comic book business, and who knows how many others there are?

This is on top of Marvel’s VP of Sales David Gabriel saying earlier this year that Marvel’s slumping sales were because of their commitment to great a more diverse character slate, including Sam Wilson as Captain America, Jane Foster as Thor, Riri Williams as Ironheart, and Kamala Khan as Miss Marvel. Gabriel later retracted his comments, but the damage was beyond done by the time he did.

On the bright side, Twitter users have overwhelming responded for the positive with the #makeminemilkshake hashtag, showing ladies (and men) enjoying comics and milkshakes in support of Antos and other women in the comics business.

Another reminder that comic books fans come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and yes, genders. Why we still have to be reminded of that in 2017 is an astounding question…

Source: The Mary Sue

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