Garrity on The Byrne Board

Speaking of funny, we always get a kick out of Shaenon Garrity’s commentary, particular her analysis of a John Byrne Forum Thread on how to “Trick Your Woman Into Liking What You Like”:

It’s no surprise that the board also routinely plays host to another of the universal comic-book forum threads, the How To Get Your Girl Into Comics thread. If, like me, you’re foolish enough to spend any time in comics fandom at all, you know the thread: one of the regulars has acquired a girlfriend or wife, but he’s not content. He can’t help thinking how great it would be if he could indoctrinate her into his favorite hobby and indulge in both of his passions at once, like that episode of “Seinfeld” where George tries to eat, screw, and watch TV at the same time. But girls hate comics! Obviously, the solution is to find that one magical uterus-friendly comic that all humans of the female persuasion are genetically programmed to love. And who better to locate the Bestest Comic for Girls than a bunch of nerdy men on the Internet?

The thread currently running on the Byrne board is notable only because it’s such a perfect, Platonic example of the genre. It’s like a template for all Get Your Girl Into Comics threads on all comic-book forums for all eternity. It’s got every one of the essential elements:


Click to find out what those elements are!

Comments

  1. Torsten Adair says:

    Wow. The Great Ironyis that men are so clueless yet they still manage to have girlfriends. I guess they’ve been reading Neil Strauss…
    Wouldn’t it be easier to find an interesting woman who reads comics? oops… redundancy.

  2. Between this and TCJ forum’s annual topic of “Why No Woman Will Ever Be A Great Cartoonist/Why Woman Won’t Read (American) Comics”, It’s little wonder my blood pressure spikes.

  3. I’m convinced that a majority of those threads are created simply so the starter and participants can slip in that, yes, they have girlfriends.

  4. Gregory Dickens says:

    Thanks for posting this link. I’m part of the original Byrne thread (my wife is the one who likes Miller and Nextwave), and I had no idea someone had made such outrageous assumptions about me, my wife, and our comics. I replied on the Garrity thread asking for clarity about her comments.

  5. These kind of threads just make my head hurt.

    And I’ll leave it to whomever to guess whether I have a wife, girlfriend or if I’m still living in my parents’ basement.

  6. NVigneaux says:

    I will give the benefit of the doubt to all those that genuinely want to expose anyone–especially those closest to them–to that which they enjoy in order to share in that enjoyment.

    Lots of people just don’t know that comics are great. I don’t see how it’s a bad thing for trying to show them.

    **No, I didn’t read the thread before posting this. I probably won’t read it.

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