Anyone identifying as female is more than welcome to answer…
I was having a conversation with a very talented and successful comics artist about how comics companies in the past and even currently sometimes seem to actively push away female readers. He agreed, and cited the Avengers movie (which…
1) That Black Widow wasn’t treated as a sex object, but as a capable figure from the “interrogation” scene where she kicked butt and took names. 2) There were no “brotastic” bonding moments where the guys did creepy leering at women or creepy “we must save the helpless chicks” as a shared experience. Also - I don’t recall any of this specific scene, but it would appeal to me - dudes sharing with each other an acknowledgement of how cool/strong/capable a female character is: a “Dude. Check out her kick butt style.”
I promise. DC did a nice thing here. A happy thing, and there’s more news coming I can’t tell yet, but soon. ALL good news.
Some opportunities have opened up all over the place and soon I will be writing some of my very very favorite characters that I have never written before, AND I will be…
COOL. If Gail is happy to stick around and keep writing, I’m happy to stick around to keep reading. I’m thrilled; Barbara Gordon has always been my dream girl.
I’ve been fairly inactive on Tumblr these days, mainly because I participated in NaNoWriMo and managed to “finish” the 50,000 word challenge. I have not finished the actual novel, however, although the project is much closer to being finished. I will finish it in 2013, and I will publish it. I have no doubt of that, now. 2013 is going to be an interesting year, for sure.
Guys, I know I owe a million responses.
I’m not kidding…my email makes a little bong sound and for the last few days, it’s sounded like this bongbongbongbongbongbongbongbongbong. Just endlessly. Everyone has called, executives and editors from every company. My DM box on twitter was filling up so…
Gail Simone says - “Can’t say anything yet, but I will say that I’ve been offered to write some dream, dream books I never even thought I might be able to work on.”
COOL. COOL. COOL. That I cannot wait for. That definitely makes up for losing her on Batgirl. Wherever you’re going, Gail, I’ll follow along.
And this is GENUINELY hypothetical, I post it because I think it’s interesting for readers to face the kind of odd scenarios that actually happen pretty regularly for comic book and other writers of licensed characters.
Okay, you are a writer, you have a name for writing licensed characters,…
That’s a really tough one. I would go with b) “Avoid the characters even if you really love them because of the canon addition” - and I would make it really clear to the people offering me a job why I was doing that. If it’s something I felt strongly about, I wouldn’t want my name attached to the character publicly, because I would always feel like it was a tacit endorsement of the wrong direction that character was made to go in. Writing is about more than the characters that I love, it’s also about the messages I’m trying to convey to the world about what I believe in, and if the character is off in a direction I don’t believe in, I couldn’t do it.