For a little context, Kelly Thompson at CBR’s Comics Should Be Good posted a great interview yesterday with comics creator Hope Larson. The interview was inspired by Hope’s recent survey of female comics fans, in which the two discuss topics such as how to create more female-friendly comics and how to introduce girls to comics, especially in their heavy-reading YA years. The interview is a great read, filled with plenty of timely insight for any western comics publishers looking to sell books to the half of the population they’re currently ignoring.
Unfortunately, things move swiftly downhill in comments to the post, with smug, condescending fanboys calling female readers “cute,” “whiny,” “ignorant,” “babies” with small brains. To be fair, there are a lot of civil, respectful, and even thoughtful comments as well, from both women and men, but the misogynistic bile tends to wash over everything, tainting the entire thread.
Meanwhile, here are a few links to recent reviews of comics women have liked. Try to stereotype them. Just try.
A, A’ and They Were Eleven – Katherine Dacey
Toriko – Brigid Alverson
Yuri Hime – Erica Friedman
Real – Connie C.
Twin Spica – Johanna Draper Carlson
Neko Ramen – Michelle Smith
Sarasah – Kristin Bomba
Roureville – CM Branford
Ode to Kirihito – Melinda Beasi (That would be me.)
I rest my case.