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comics re-visited

July 8th, 2006     by Thea Lim     Comments

So it turns out, as it usually does, that we are not alone in our despair at the way women are often drawn in comic books. I stumbled across this high-larious website: Girls Read Comics (And They’re Pissed). It sometimes takes a while to load, but it’s worth the wait. Not as funny but extremely fascinating is Project Girl Wonder, who’ve adopted the fantastic strategy of actually lobbying DC Comics to change a storyline that they feel has severely dis-serviced women, by killing off a central female character in a brutal and degrading way.

I was shocked when I discovered that, in writing my complaint about how women in comic books are sometimes drawn (that is, like toothpicks, though with symmetrical cotton balls stuck to their upper regions), I didn’t consult a most obvious resource: Shameless! See Shameless: Summer 2005 for more info. (If you, horror of horrors, don’t have it, don’t fret! You can still buy it here).

And, to finally out myself as a Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con geek, here is a video of Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and the movie Serenity, giving a damn fine speech.

Tags: arts, media savvy

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