“Fire Rick Remender”—a timeout for the Internet’s outrage-o-matic–UPDATE

cap22a.jpg

In last week’s issue of Captain America, #22, two characters were shown having a few glasses of wine and tumbling into bed only to wake up the next morning wondering what happened. The characters in question were Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, one of the few prominent African-American characters in both the Marvel comics and film universes. The woman was Jet Black, aka Jet Zola, the daughter of Arnim Zola. Although she runs around in a skimpy costume reminiscent of Leeloo from The Fifth Element, this is perhaps explained by her having been raised in an alien dimension. Although she was born only a few years ago in real world time, she has aged more in comics time.

Barcon, that starts with ‘B’ and that rhymes with ‘T’ and that stands for trouble

Party-2

We’re off to HeroesCon in Charlotte later today and one of the many pleasures of that show is its relaxing and expansive Barcon; as opposed to other conventions where people scatter to their various drinking holes, pretty much everyone at HeroesCon stays in the same bar, and it’s a great place to catch up with folks and maybe lay the foundation for future work.

OR IS IT???

Why Lauren Faust directing MEDUSA for Sony is important

MedusaTitle.jpg

News broke yesterday that My LIttle Pony: Friendship is Magic creator Lauren Faust is going to direct Medusa, a full length animated feature, for Sony. This is awesome for many reasons. ¶ The film was co-developed and will be co-written by Beat contributor Todd Alcott (along with his writing partner Holly Golden.) Perhaps at some […]

San Diego Comic-Con under fire for its harassment policy, or lack thereof

201406030235.jpg

The issue of harassment at cons isn’t going to go away, and seems to get highlighted more each day as women, men, organizers, cosplayers and interne bystanders deal with the growing injection of actual hormonal humans into abstract fan scenarios. When I went to shows as a youngster, I thought of cons as a “safe space” believe it or not. Compared to the rock scene I was involved with, the relatively few women in comics were in a mostly hands off zone, mostly because most congoers were afraid of them, and should anything amiss happen there was a huge crew of friends to back you up. Notice that I just said “COMPARED TO THE ROCK SCENE”; it was far from a paradise of equality, but I felt safer at a comic con than I did at most places.

Must read; Laura Hudson on ending online abuse

Internet_dog.jpg

#160456638 / gettyimages.com Laura Hudson has a well-researched piece from the print Wired called Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start and I think it’s a seminal piece that suggests that bad behavior ISN’T inevitable on the internet. The good news, though, is that Internet harassment can be combatted and reduced. While the […]

Cartoon Art Museum to host Queer Comics Expo this June

beat-default

As part of Pride Month, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will host the first annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) on June 8th from 11am to 5pm. The museum was previously an incubator for the Latino Comics Expo, and this sounds like another fine event. Details via the announcement below: The expo encourages attendees to dress […]

Cartoon Art Museum to host Queer Comics Expo this June

image.png

As part of Pride Month, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will host the first annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) on June 8th from 11am to 5pm. The museum was previously an incubator for the Latino Comics Expo, and this sounds like another fine event. Details via the announcement below: The expo encourages attendees to dress […]

What is it like to be a man in comics?

201404150429.jpg

So yesterday I tweeted this, and there was quite a bit of outcry before during and after about Janelle Asselin’s Tumblr post, linked to in this said tweet. The kind of short version of it all is:

Guest editorial: Matt Hawkins says “Diversity = Money”

matt-Hawkins.jpg

[Matt Hawkins, President at Top Cow Productions and President & COO at Top Cow Productions, Inc., is an industry veteran who has seen it all, from the highest booms to the lowest busts, He recently posted the following essay on how diversity makes economic sense for comics on his FB page, and with his permission, […]

Two conventions forget what year it is with questionable promotions

FanExpoCuddle2.jpg

Over the weekend there was a kerfuffle or two! Are you shocked?

These involved comic cons which had promotions that seemed to forget that about 40% of the con going audience is now female.

SHE MAKES COMICS documentary funded

She-Makes-Comics-Logo-Medium-660x880.jpg

I’m happy to report that Sequart’s SHE MAKES COMICS documentary has been fully funded and reached a first stretch goal of making a special 15 minute mini-documentary about Jackie Ormes, the first black woman cartoonist. The film will be directed by Marisa Stotter, and co-produced by Karen Green, and include an oral history of women […]

Steve McQueen and John Ridley may be feuding, but you can still buy Ridley’s The American Way

476301929-director-steve-mcqueen-accepts-the-best-picture-award.jpg.CROP_.rtstory-large.jpg

As you may have recalled, Ridley is actually one those big comics fans in Hollywood and spent a while writing comics for Wildstorm, including a run on the Authority, the mini-series Razor’s Edge: Warblade, and The American Way. The latter is a book that really deserves to be on more comics reading lists—an 8 issue mini-series drawn by Georges Jeanty and Karl Story that has similar themes to Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier about the cold war and superheroes, but treats them with a much harsher view. The book follows the government’s development of the Civil Defense Corps, a pr-driven team of superheroes introduced in the early 60s, and the turmoil that stem from the first African-American member in the Civil Rights era. A lot of comics mini-series have tried to be “the Next Watchmen” and The American Way is one of the few series that takes that tired “What if superheroes really existed???” idea and gives it a take based on the real world and not the imagined one.

Demo-Graphics: Perespolis, Fun Home and Blankets Popular With Women

graphic novels gender

How does gender break down for some of the more popular “indie” graphic novels versus mainstream graphic novels vs the average? And it’s clear, there’s a difference. Taking 17 various graphic novels (and if folks add suggestions in comments, I’ll be happy to add upon this) I looked at men and women who were fans in the United States. I tried to stick to actual graphic novels, or books that have been long out of print and thus a complete graphic novel is how it’s now consumed.

Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female

201402060431.jpg

While we don’t have any market research, the eyes don’t lie. If you go to conventions and comic book stores, more and more female readers are emerging. They are starved for content and looking for content they can relate to. – Axel Alonso, Marvel’s editor-in-chief While making the rounds promoting Marvel’s new series Ms. Marvel, […]

Shocking claim: Booth Babes Don’t Work

potato-head.jpg

[Photo via Hasbro] Does sex really sell? We all know it does, but marketing dude Spencer Chen has a post at Techcrunch that suggests Booth Babes Don’t Work. Booth Babes, as we all know, are very pretty, often revealingly clad models, almost always female, who are hired to lure people to trade show displays. The […]

Must read: Allison Baker on Image Expo and the Public Perception Problem

201401141529.jpg

Alison Baker is co-publisher of Monkeybrain Comics and I think it’s no secret that her super-power is bering super smart: when she isn’t promoting and publishing comics, she’s working as a political operative, making political ads for campaigns. Thus the debut of her new column “ALLISON TYPES ” for CBR is good news all around. […]