Now is an interesting time in comics. Thanks to such strong female titles like Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Thor, Spider-Women, and Wonder Woman, there are more women reading comics than ever before. The industry is putting out stand-out titles with good stories that put focus on strength of character and tenacity. Despite the growing trend, the treatment of women in comics is a work in progress. There have been some bumps in the road. Women are still being objectified. While costumes are covering more skin nowadays (See: Spider-Gwen, Silk, Ms Marvel – even Wonder Woman got a recent full-bodied costume redesign), female characters are still drawn with unrealistic forms and are often posed in sexually suggestive positions. When it’s bad… I mean when when a comic cover drops that is borderline soft-core porn, the Internet lashes out. A lot of the outcry is hyperbolic (hey, that’s the Internet for you) but artists are being called-out and often crucified for the decisions they make. In some ways, this helps dictate the marketplace and forces creatives and publishers to think more carefully about their readership and the type of content they’re putting out there. On the other hand, online lynching stifles creativity and freedom of artistic expression. Artists shouldn’t be bullied into submission.
Now, a recent event amongst comic artists has poignantly showcased what happens when culture goes to war with itself.
Head on past the jump to get the scoop on the showdown of the century (or at least this year). *Note: Get some coffee ready, this is a long read. (more…)