Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
One of my regrets in life is that I was not on the forefront of the literary feminist movement. Yes, literary feminism is still needed, and no, we are not yet considered equal (argue if you want, but this is my opinion), but when I studied the movement I found myself longing to have been one of the first to roll up my sleeves and wade into the fray.
But I realized today that there is still one genre very much in need of the next wave of literary feminism. That genre is comics.
I feel like comics today are greatly in need of women writing as WOMEN. More women need to be writing the stories that a fan base with an ever-growing female population are reading. No, I do not want to see men cast aside. In my opinion Scott Snyder is one of the most brilliant Batman writers I have had the fortune to read. But for something that can quite possibly be our generation’s version of mythology, I feel that more women’s voices need to be added to the chorus, particularly as writers transition heroes and humans in these comics into our updated settings (I’m looking at YOU, New 52). There is much to be lauded in these relaunchings - most notably Gail Simone’s work on Batgirl. But there is also much to be desired (coughStarfirecough). There are simply not many women represented - and many of those represented are not represented WELL.
So I am sad but happy to report that I - literary feminist - am wading into the fray that is comics and graphic novels. Women need to be able to write AS women ABOUT women.
I think we should start by cloning Gail Simone.
Some of the ‘Girl Power’ t-shirts with the best designs have messages that are a little weird for me. There was a beautiful classic superheroine design that said, “Girls Rule and Boys Drool,” which just spoiled a shirt I would otherwise love to wear.
But this one is cute, girl positive, and doesn’t slam anyone. I WANT.
“The brief was to portray Disney princesses enjoying a little tea party but they all had to be portrayed the same age as their respective movies (for example Snow White would be 75 years old, Aurora 53, Belle 21, Rapunzel 2 etc). ”
ok that’s actually pretty cool
I like this. I like it a lot.
This is the first time I’ve actually seen a piece of disney artwork like this.
I will always reblog this
I love this piece so much.
The bests of 2012 came first this year and it was a very nice list. But as we know there is the other side of the coin, the worsts. And this year there were some painful ones. To join me in my commiserating and raking over the coals I invited a few of my colleagues; my co-host on 3 Chicks Kelly Thompson, regular guest columnist Liz Pfeiffer, the blogger known as Ragnell, Lisa Fortuner, regular guest contributor and blogger Tim Hanley and Geek Mom, Corrina Lawson to help me make my list.
There was much commonality. Let’s start with the worst of the worst.