Women in Comics Week

So as I mentioned in the previous post, Diamond declares March 21-27 “Women in Comics” Week in its latest Previews catalog (page 11). It’s designed to recognize “the women who work in the industry and create the comics and the women who star in the comics we read each month.” It’s a great idea, though I have to wonder how much time publishers had to buy in, as participation seems kind of sporadic. Few of the publishers you might expect to tag their books with the “Women in Comics” logo do; the only manga publisher to use it is Del Rey. Natsume Ono’s House of Five Leaves (Viz) is profiled as a “Staff Pick” on page 198, which is nice, but it doesn’t have a “Women in Comics” designation.

There are many potential reasons for that. Turnaround time might have been too short. Publishers who do very specific page layouts for their listings (CMX, DMP, Tokyopop, Viz) might not have wanted to include the logo in their designs for logistic or aesthetic purposes, no matter how many awesome women creators they publisher or how many interesting women characters appear in their comics. Or they might have just been reasonably confident that they were already in touch with women in their audiences and that the Previews catalog might not be the venue to lure more.

The big four don’t actually do anything with it, though Previews interviews Gail Simone (writer of Secret Six and Wonder Woman for DC) contributes an interview. Marvel doesn’t identify this section of its mini-catalog as a “Women in Comics” offering, but there’s a six-page “Women of Marvel” section featuring Girl Comics, what appears to be a reprint book called Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades, and a few other books. Marvel also promises that 2010 will be “the biggest year yet for the Women of Marvel.” Dark Horse and Image both have books in Diamond’s “Recommended Reading” list which can be seen at the above link.

Here are all of the individual items that bore the logo. I’ve got to say, there’s some what I think is counterintuitive material below, but I’m not a woman, and maybe women really love Tarot. I just don’t know. If I tried to link to every individual item, I’d lose my mind, and while I love you all, I don’t love you that much. If possible, I will link to the publisher on first reference, because I don’t think I’ve linked to even a third of these before.

  • Glamourpuss #12, Dave Sim (w/a), Aardvark Vanaheim, page 188
  • Terry Moore’s Echo #20, Terry Moore (w/a), Abstract Studio, page 188
  • Strangers in Paradise Pocket Volume 1, Terry Moore (w/a), Abstract Studio, page 188
  • Terry Moore’s Echo Volume 1: Moon Lake, Terry Moore (w/a), Abstract Studio, page 188
  • Rowena: It Takes a Giantess to Raze a Village, Eric Lindberg(w), Rock Baker (a), various, AC Comics, page 188
  • Nighmares & Fairy Tales Volume 1, Serena Valentino(w), FSc (a), Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics, page 188
  • Weird Fishes, Jamaica Dyer (w/a), Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics, page 188
  • The Killer Volume 1, Matz(w), Luc Jcamon (a), Archaia Entertainment LLC, page 194
  • Archie & Friends All Stars: Veronica’s Passport, Various(w), Dan Parent (a), Archie Comics Publications, page 198
  • Archie: The Love Showdown, Various (w/a), Archie Comics Publications, page 198
  • Best of Josie and the Pussycats Volume 1, Archie Comics Publications, page 198
  • Betty & Veronica: Bad Boy Trouble, Melanie J. Morgan(w), Steven Butler (a), Archie Comics Publications, page 198
  • Katy Keene Special, Andrew Pepoy (w/a), Archie Comics Publications, page 198
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch Volume 1: Magic Revisited, Tania del Rio (w/a), Archie Comics Publications, page 198
  • Female Force #13: Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra C. Ruckdeschel(w), Pedro Ponzo (a), Bluewater Productions, page 210
  • The Legend of Isis #11, Aaron Stueve(w), Silvo dB (a), Bluewater Productions, page 210
  • Nola, Chris Garak and Pierlugi Cothran(w), Damian Couceiro (a), Chris Brummer (c), Boom! Studios, page 228
  • The Unknown Volume 2: The Devil Made Flesh, Mark Waid(w), Minck Oosterveer (a), Boom! Studios, page 228
  • Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #61, Jim Balent (w/a), Broadsword Comics, page 232
  • Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #61 Deluxe Edition, Jim Balent (w/a), Broadsword Comics, page 232
  • Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #61 Previews Exclusive 10th-Anniversary Photo Cover, Jim Balent (w/a), Broadsword Comics, page 232
  • xxxHoLic Volume 15, CLAMP (w/a), Del Rey Manga, page 246
  • Jane’s World Omnibus Volume 1, Paige Braddock (w/a), Girl Twirl Comics, page 255
  • Jane’s World Volume 9, Paige Braddock (w/a), Girl Twirl Comics, page 255
  • Magic Trixie, Jill Thompson (w/a), Harper Collins Publishers, page 258
  • Finder: Sin Eater 10th Anniversary Edition, Carla Speed McNeil (w/a), Lightspeed Press, page 274
  • Finder Volume 2: Sin Eater Part Two, Carla Speed McNeil (w/a), Lightspeed Press, page 274
  • Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon, Lori Gentile (e), Moonstone, page 276
  • Zig and Wikki in “Something Ate My Homework,” Nadja Spiegelman(w), Trade Loeffler (a), Raw Junior LLC, page 283
  • 6 Responses to Women in Comics Week

    1. Jay says:

      Er… how does notorious crazy misogynist Dave Sim get recommended here?

    2. davidpwelsh says:

      I’m guessing self-selection. Ditto for Tarot.

    3. I was wondering the same thing, Jay and David. Glamorpuss‘s inclusion seems like a sick joke, given Sim’s unapologetically dim assessment of women. I’m also puzzled by the inclusion of so many titles that are the work of male creators. That seems counter-intuitive; you’d think “Women in Comics” implies “Women Who Are Working in the Industry,” not “Titles That Men Think Chicks Will Like.”

      About the best I can say for the list is that the few female contributors mentioned are awesome — I’d read the Yellow Pages if it were illustrated by Jill Thompson.

    4. Matthew Murray says:

      It seems to be more “comics that have female characters in them” rather than anything else.

      Also, I can’t access your comment pages using either firefox, ie, or crome on two different computers. It only works in opera. I don’t know if this is a wordpress problem or what, but I don’t get it.

    5. davidpwelsh says:

      Hey, Matthew. I don’t know what to tell you about the comments thing. I access it in Firefox with no problem, whether I’m logged in or not. It’s just a basic WordPress template; I haven’t tweaked the settings or anything.

    6. I’m too guessing self-selection. Ditto for Tarot.

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